“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber

If you’re trying to hide under blankets and read a YA novel that’s fun but not too real (cause let’s face it, dystopias are a little too real right now), then Caraval by Stephanie Garber is an excellent choice. It’s kind of like a weird mashup between The Hunger Games, Austenland, Alice in Wonderland, and a circus.Read more

“On the Sickle’s Edge” by Neville D. Frankel

On the Sickle’s Edge is a multigenerational saga by Neville Frankel that chronicles the story of a Jewish family through the rise and fall of the former Soviet Union. The story of the Shtein family spans many decades and three continents, and provides a glimpse into how ordinary people lived through turbulent periods of history. TheRead more

“My Sweet Vidalia” by Deborah Mantella

My Sweet Vidalia by Deborah Mantella is the story of a young woman in the 1950s American South who overcomes considerable hardship and discovers her own inner strength.  Vidalia gets pregnant while in high school and has a shotgun wedding.  Unfortunately, her new husband is a terrible person and abuses her to the point thatRead more

“Playing St. Barbara” by Marian Szczepanski

  Playing St. Barbara by Marian Szczepansi is the story of four women living in a Depression-era coal mining town in Western Pennsylvania.  Clara marries a coal miner and union leader, but Fin is an abusive asshole, and one of the first things he demands in their marriage is that she change her name toRead more

Author Interview: Marian Szczepanski

Today I am featuring an author interview with Marian Szczepanski, author of Playing St. Barbara, on the first stop of her blog tour.  I will follow up with a full review within the next few weeks.  I’m about a third of the way into the book, and so far, I am fascinated with the storyRead more