Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Book Review: Everybody Needs a Bridge by Colleen D. Scott

Disclaimer: This novel was sent to me free of charge from JKS Communications in exchange for a review. As always, the opinions given are my own. To read my rating system for books, click here. Author: Colleen D. Scott Genre: Young Adult Fiction Publisher: NKD Ventures Publication Date: 20 February 2018 Format: Paperback Pages: 273 ABOUT THE BOOK {from…

Book Review: Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson

Author: Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson Genre: African American Fiction Publisher: Random House Publication Date: 7 December 2011 Format: Kindle Edition Pages: 320 ABOUT THE BOOK {from the back of the book} The mother of Emmett Till recounts the story of her life, her son’s tragic death, and the dawn of the civil rights movement—with a foreword by the…

Book Review: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

Author: Ayana Mathis Genre: African American Fiction Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Publication Date: 8 October 2013 Format: Kindle Edition Pages: 304 ABOUT THE BOOK {from the back of the book} In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd, swept up by the tides of the Great Migration, flees Georgia and heads north. Full of hope, she settles in Philadelphia to build…

Book Review: The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Author: Antonio Iturbe Translator: Lilit Thwaites Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. Publication Date: 10 October 2017 Format: Kindle Edition Pages: 424 ABOUT THE BOOK {from the back of the book} Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague,…

Book Review: Wickwythe Hall, A Novel by Judithe Little

Disclaimer: this novel was given to me free of charge in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own. Author: Judithe Little Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Black Opal Books Publication Date: 30 September 2017 Format: Paperback Pages: 324 ABOUT THE BOOK {from the back of the book} May 1940. Hitler invades France, a move that threatens all of…

Book Review: The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Some links are affiliate links. If you purchase an item using those links, I will receive some compensation. Thank you in advance. Author: Michelle Richmond Genre: Fiction Publisher: Bantam Books Release Date: 25 July 2017 Format: Hardcover Pages: 432 ABOUT THE BOOK {from the inside flap of the book} Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture~perfect couple. Alice, once…

Book Reviews and Ratings

I’ve been thinking about the way that I review books and I’ve come to the conclusion that my method isn’t really fair. I’m specifically talking about the star ratings. I’ve notice that I tend to give a minimum of 4 stars to every book that I review, even the ones that I don’t particularly like.…

Book Review: No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

Author: Stephanie Powell Watts Genre: Fiction Publisher: Ecco Release Date: 4 April 2017 Format: Hardcover Pages: 384 ABOUT THE BOOK {from the inside flap of the book} JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina, to build his dream house and to pursue his high school sweetheart, Ava. But as he reenters his former world, where factories are…