Genre: Adult Fiction

The Madwoman Upstairs: A Book Review

The Madwoman Upstairs: A Book Review

I was approached by Touchstone to review The Madwoman Upstairs, and as soon as I heard the synopsis, I knew that I wanted to be involved. And I’m glad that I did! As a fan of classic literature, I love Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights by Charlotte and Emily Brontë. They’re both so dark and creepy but romantic and beautifully written. And this novel, The Madwoman Upstairs, gives a modern take on these stories. It’s about the Brontë’s last living descendant: Samantha Whipple. Talk about living in a family member’s (or three family member’s) shadow. She’s constantly being hounded by the press about an inheritance that […]

Posted March 5, 2016
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The Martian: A Book Review

The Martian: A Book Review

Ever since I saw the movie for this trailer, I knew that I had to read the book. It sounded freaking awesome. Not for Mark Watney, of course. But for me as a reader…freaking awesome. And it did not let me down. The premise is that this mission to Mars, Ares 3, had to abort their mission because of a powerful dust storm. Trying to get to their shuttle, Mark Watney was hit with flying debris and presumed dead. Though the decision was hard, the rest of the crew boarded and started flying back to Earth. Watney woke up a few hours later…still […]

Posted October 22, 2015
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The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet: A Book Review

The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet: A Book Review

First off, let’s make sure you know everything you need to know. If you don’t already know, there’s a phenomenal Youtube series called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It’s essentially a modern-day retelling of Pride and Prejudice, told through a web-series…which is pretty awesome if you ask me. Anyway, I discovered this series like a year and half ago or so during my finals week. Which gave me great reason to procrastinate because I just wanted to watch all of the episodes. I rave about the web-series here. And theeeeen, they wrote a book based on the web-series. Which is also awesome. It’s essentially Lizzie’s diary while they’re filming […]

Posted September 28, 2015
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Inside the O’Briens: A Book Review

Inside the O’Briens: A Book Review

Wow, this book was emotionally packed. It’s the story of a family struggling through a diagnosis of Huntington’s Disease, a disease described as “the cruelest disease known to man.” I’m still kind of stunned by it’s beauty and emotion. Genova has a beautiful grasp of the English language. She knows how to string together words to make a impact on the reader, to help the reader understand what the characters are going through. But in a completely real and unforced way. Along with her language, Genova creates a family that the reader can feel real sympathy and love for. Each character […]

Posted April 12, 2015
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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Book Review

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet: A Book Review

Let me take you back to a time which is usually filled with stress, sleep-deprivation, studying (and also trying to study but epically failing), and a lot…A LOT of procrastinating. Maybe this isn’t how it is for all people, but this is usually what my finals weeks look like. So let me take you back to finals week Fall 2014. There I was, attempting to study, pulling out my books, notes, and highlighters, ready for some serious cramming…when I discovered this wonderful Youtube series called The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Seriously, it was wonderful. And if you know me, you’d know that I […]

Posted March 14, 2015
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The Invention of Wings: A Book Review

The Invention of Wings: A Book Review

I have never been a history person. I can remember a date as well as anybody but I have a hard time connecting with the subject because I have a hard time connecting with a name in a book. Lately though, I’ve realized how beautiful historical fiction novels can be because they bring the reader straight into the history. You can feel empathy for the characters. You can see their personalities. You can understand where they might have been coming from and make your own opinions based on that. Historical novels, done well, can really be perspective-changing experiences. The Invention of […]

Posted January 19, 2015
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