Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Review   Summary Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet. So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when …

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Review Summary Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a …

Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

Review   Summary  Inspired by a Senegalese folktale, Redemption in Indigo is a tale of adventure, magic, and the power of the human spirit. Paama’s husband is a fool and a glutton. Bad enough that he followed her to her parents’ home in the village of Makendha—now he’s disgraced himself by murdering livestock and stealing …

Giveaway! Win a signed copy of The Summer That Melted Everything

Yes, that’s right…I’m hosting the first ever Under the Heather Books giveaway! If you haven’t read my review of The Summer That Melted Everything, go take a peek now. I loved this book, and was surprised by how the ever-talented Tiffany McDaniel was able to achieve subtlety, humor, and sophistication all in one book. After talking …

The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

Review   Summary We meet him late in life: a quiet man, a good father and husband, a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, a landlord and barber with a terrifying scar across his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of …

The Bees by Laline Paul

Review   Summary Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And …

ARC: The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Review Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Summary Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into …

Girl at War by Sara Novic

Review   Summary Zagreb, summer of 1991. Ten-year-old Ana Jurić is a carefree tomboy who runs the streets of Croatia’s capital with her best friend, Luka, takes care of her baby sister, Rahela, and idolizes her father. But as civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia, soccer games and school lessons are supplanted by sniper fire …

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Review   Summary In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to …