Renee N.'s Book Reviews

Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern

Fear of Missing Out by Kate McGovern

Astrid’s almost in her final year of high school, but that’s something she’s not focusing on at all. Astrid has a brain tumor.  A few years ago the tumor showed up and with treatment it went away, but now it’s back with a vengeance. Astrid’s mom, really wants her to sign up for a new […]


A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

This is a magical collection of short stories.  Each piece is inspired by an Asian myth, legend or tale.  There’s a wonderful mix of genres and time periods from sci-fi with androids to a feast with ghosts in present day.  While each story is a quick read; each one pulls you into its right away. […]


Waning Age by S.E. Grove

Waning Age by S.E. Grove

Imagine a world where everyone loses their emotions once they become a teen.  This is Natalia Peña’s reality.  Natalia and her brother, Calvino,  are parentless and living with guardians.   Calvino is a few years younger and his emotions should have started to wane, but they’re not.  After Calvino takes a test regarding his emotions at […]


A  Few Drops of Red: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

A Few Drops of Red: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Dive into Chicago’s past with relevance to the racial issues still facing Chicago and other communities today with this nonfiction read. A Few Drops of Red, sets the stage of all of the different events that led up to the race riots;  from immigrants from Europe and  southern Blacks coming to Chicago, to the meat […]


Agony House by Cherie Priest

Agony House by Cherie Priest

Denise and her parents have returned to their home town in Louisiana after being relocated to the Houston area after hurricane Katrina.   Her parents decided it would be a great idea to purchase an old house and fix it up to be a bed and breakfast.  The house is known as the Argonne House, but […]


Contagion

Contagion

Thea, a Hevetz intern, and a small crew are hurtling through space responding to a distress call.  After two months of space travel and they land at a research site, they thought was long abandoned until now.  Once they arrive, the crew isn’t sure what they’ve stumbled upon, with blood smears and the dead bodies […]


After the Shot Drops

After the Shot Drops

Bunny and Nasir were always best buds on the court and off the court until Bunny accepted a scholarship to a rival school. Now Bunny and Nasir  barely speak or see each other and are enemies on the court.  Nasir feels betrayed and left behind and knows that on the court is one place he […]


Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

This is an epic collection of graphic  stories of women from different time periods, races and experiences using their strengths and skills to impact the world in a multitude of ways.  There’s the bearded lady, Clementine Delait, who used her intriguing beauty and entrepreneurial skills to build a business or Josephine Baker, whose dancing and […]


The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Arturo’s summer started out like most summers, he got a summer job at his family’s restaurant, his best friends were around to hang out and his Abuela kept everything running smoothly. Then his mom’s god daughter, Carmen, and her father come to stay in their apartment building for the summer. Carmen, has grown up a […]


Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle

Vango: Between Sky and Earth by Timothee de Fombelle

Murder, forbidden islands, Zeppelins, Vango, is nonstop thrill ride. Set in pre-World War II Europe, we first meet Vango as he is about to become priest. But, the outdoor ceremony is interrupted as the police storm in looking to arrest Vango for murder. Before the police can grab him Vango is on the run, or […]


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