I finished out the year by reading two award-winning books!…
04/09/2019 | Penguin Publishing Group | 11 Hrs 7 Minutes
When We Left Cuba continues the story of the Perez family after they flee Cuba and seek refuge among Palm Beach’s wealthy elite. Eldest daughter Beatriz Perez has always been bold and unconventional. She isn’t one to sit around waiting for marriage and she soon begins a scandalous affair with a promising young politician (read: JFK) and is recruited by the CIA to kill Castro.…
10 Hours 18 Mins | Harper Collins | 03/02/2021
The Lost Apothecary was one of the first books I saw all over TikTok and decided to give the audiobook a listen. This book travels through time as an American tourist unravels the mystery of a nameless apothecary who dispenses poison and justice to women in need.…
11 hours 5 minutes | RandomHouse Audio | Historical | 6/1/2021
I guess this is my first ‘TikTok made me read it’ book.
I recently learned that is book is connected to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so I’m not sure this was the best place to start with Reid but it came in first on my library holds. My experience with this book was like when you watch an amazing TV show you can’t stop talking about and then by the end you just get annoyed but still have to see how it ends.…
10 hrs 48 mins | Hachette Audio | Paranormal | 10/1/2009
So, lol this book has been on my TBR shelf forever! It was in one of my early In My Mailbox’s nearly 8 years agoand I finally got around to reading it this year for book club.
Soulless is set in a steampunk Victorian London where supernaturals–werewolves, vampires and ghosts–live alongside humans. 26-year-old half-Italian spinster Alexia Tarrabotti isn’t a supernatural but she isn’t quite human either. She’s a preternatural–a rare person born with no soul and the ability to turn supernaturals human with just a touch. When supernaturals starting going missing Alexia decides to some investigation, much to the chagrin of Lord Maccon–the surly local werewolf Alpha and de facto head of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry (B.U.R).
Robert Langdon is back. This time the symbologist (although most of this book really just needed a Art Historian and Italian Lit professor) wakes up in a hospital in Florence, Italy with no memory of how he got there or why a shadowy organization is after him. As Langdon dashes across Italy with a beautiful blonde Girl Friday doctor, Sienna Brooks, he starts to put the pieces of his memory together. Langdon and Sienna are racing against time to save the world against a plot inspired by Dante Alighieri himself. This installment features all the twist and turns you expect in a Dan Brown novel with the addition of what I think Dan Brown considers strong female characters. I didn’t see the ending coming and Brown mixes just the right amount of facts and fiction to create a page flipping novel. A great addition to the Langdon series, this coming from someone who has read every Brown novel. We’ll just pretend The Lost Symbol never happened. Jess – ★★★
Song of Achilles is the story of Achilles from The Illiad told through the perspective of his lover, the exiled prince Patroclus. Let me stop you right there. Yes. Yes, this book is basically The Illiad fanfiction, but it’s the good kind. Although I suspect if Patrolcus was a female character in a YA book he’d be called a Mary Sue and bad role model. His character begins and ends with how awesomesauce Achilles is.
Miller’s writing is so vivid and engrossing, it works perfectly with Frazer Douglas’s audiobook narration. This book works great on audio because some of these names can be tough. Douglas’ does read a little slow and it felt like the ending of this book was dragging. I think it’s best to go in knowing as little as possible about the actual story because it follows the Greek myth so closely.
I do want to point out that there is a fair amount rape and misogyny in this book, but Miller handles female characters well. The few speaking women in this book could have easily been lamps with wombs, but Douglas brings them to life. Kat – ★★★★
Also, Miller does the *wink* *wink* *nudge* *nudge* thing to keep it kind of meta. Odysseus tells a central character (who you have probably never heard of) “Who knows, I could be more famous than you one day. Welp, back to Ithaca I go now.” (Okay, that may not be paraphrased.)