The Darkening by Chris Sarantopoulos: A Spoiler-Free Review

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Author: Chris Sarantopoulos

Publication Date: October 28th, 2018 (Releases TODAY! See the bottom of this review for purchase links!)

Genre: Post-apocalyptic horror

Summary: In the world of this novel, light kills. Survivors scrape out their meager livings in whatever dark crevices they can find. When one survivor comes across a mysterious glowing girl, he learns that not everything is as it seems in the cruel new world born from the horrific event known only as “the Darkening.”

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American Street by Ibi Zoboi: A Spoiler-Free Review

30256109Author: Ibi Zoboi

Publisher: Balzar + Bray

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Magic Realism

Awards: Lincoln Award Nominee (2019), Americas Award (2018), National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature (2017)

Summary: When Fabiola Toussaint and her mother leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti to stay with their relatives in the United States, they are separated by Immigration Enforcement and Customs officers upon their flight’s arrival. While Fabiola is settling into life with cousins and aunt in Detroit, she is approached by a stranger who offers her a dangerous choice. Despite her newly found freedom, she finds herself trapped once again, this time forced to make an impossible decision and holding her mother’s future in the balance.

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Ronan’s Dinosaur by Nadishka Aloysius: A Spoiler-Free Review


Author: Nadishka Aloysius

Publication Date: April 23rd 2018

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Summary: When Ronan’s family moves away from their apartment over the summer to care for his ailing grandmother, he is befriended by a dinosaur that lives in his grandmother’s garden.

Rating: 3 / 5

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Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar: A Spoiler-Free Book Review


Author: Neena H. Brar

Publisher: Penguide Books

Expected Publication Date: August 4th 2018

Genre: Mystery

Summary: Tied to Deceit follows Superintendent of Police Chief Vishwanath Sharma as he investigates a massive cast of characters potentially involved with the murder of hospital secretary Devika Singh in this fascinating whodunnit mystery.

Rating: 4 / 5

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June Wrap-Up 2018

June was definitely a mixed bag for me. I strayed pretty far from my TBR, but I did have some success in other areas. Since I have so many books left over from last month and a few new ones that I  need to review, I’m not going to post a Monthly TBR. Instead, I think I’m going to post my review schedule.

Other than my TBR failure, I had an excellent month. LA Progressive published an article I wrote on the influence of corporate donations to the American Congress and how they effect legislative action regarding the opioid crisis. You can find it here! It’s my first byline and I’m really proud.

I also started working with a second review company. It’s called Feathered Quill. My first review with them was  for Go Home, Afton by Brent Jones. Definitely check their website out! They have a lot of excellent reviews available.

Currently, I’m waiting to hear back from Longreads, where I’ve pitched an essay.

Here’s to hoping July’s TBR goes a little better!

The Saugatuck Story Festival and Writers’ Conference is a three-day event taking place from October 12th-14th in Westport, Connecticut.

This festival is chance to build community through story in a unique collaboration between the Westport Library and Staples High School.

Attendees will travel between walkable stages to view talks, performances, and other events will take place throughout Westport during the course of the Festival.

The one-day writers’ conference features panels for teens and adults, delivered by professionals working in the publishing industry and educators. With a focus on craft, writers will receive high-quality instruction.

For more information, check out the social media links below!

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