REVIEW: Velvet was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In brief: Maite’s life revolves around music and romance comics. Elvis is part of a secret gang to bringdown student protests. When they both get involved with a missing student, it makes things way more dramatic. The good: I didn’t know a lot about the politics of Mexico City in the 70s before this. The... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

In brief: Kya is left to fend for herself as a child living in the marsh of North Carolina. She grows up with a deep knowledge of the world around her, but that won’t help when people are against her. The good: Some beautiful scenes of the birds and other life in the marshland. The... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

In brief: Elwood is a Black boy growing up in 1960s Florida when a simple mistake sends him to reform school. The Nickel Academy is corrupt and brutal, but Elwood is determined to get through it despite his naivety. The good: Always an excellent story from Colson Whitehead. The not-so-good: Absolutely heartbreaking in parts. Why... Continue Reading →

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