ARC Review: His Only Wife- Peace Adzo Medie

Title: His Only Wife

Author: Peace Adzo Medie

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Pages: 288

Rating: 5/5

Afi lives in a small town in Ghana. Her and her mother have lived in poverty for a while, depending on the help of her extended family especially Aunty, who is a major money maker in their town. Aunty wants Afi to wed her son Eli, but of course there’s a catch, Afi is to wed Eli because he’s in love with another woman his family doesn’t approve of (shocking). Afi’s job here…to try and make Eli fall in love with her, but he’s not cracking so easily; he’s standing his ground. This book started off with a bang. Afi was a firecracker with good intentions in her heart. She basically sits around trying to adapt to her rather new and lavish lifestyle. All while waiting for her new “husband” to come and at least meet her you know? She’s done all she can to make her marriage work, especially since she actuations;lly starts to fall in love with Eli. So will Afi finally get to conquer Eli’s heart and live happily ever after?

I enjoyed this book a lot. I love reading books set in other countries, it really gives you an inside look at how things normally are for them; refreshing to see. Thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin for providing me with a physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

You can purchase ‘His Only Wife’ in hardcover, audiobook, and kindle format here. You can also follow the author at their social media platforms:

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Blog Tour ARC Review: Road Out of Winter- Alison Stine

Title: Road to of Winter

Author: Alison Stine

Publisher: Mira books

Pages: 320

Rating: 5/5

Wylodine (Wil) lives in Appalachian Ohio where she’s left to tend to her mom’s marijuana farm (imagine inheriting a marijuana farm?) after she up and leaves with her boyfriend. Wil is looking forward to Spring, as is everyone, but for the past two years snow is all everyone’s been seeing. Things are looking pretty scarce. Will goes into town and is faced with an even scarier situation and a major crisis happening.

There’s lines in town for basic necessities, schools are closed because of the lack of funds for heating, food is impossible to find, and food supplies are down. There’s seems to be no hope for humanity or the wildlife. Everyone is off to find warmer weather. Wil decides to up and leave herself with all the needs for the marijuana farm. Along the way to California she encounters questionable characters on her way there whom are pretty desperate and taking violent measures themselves to survive.

‘Road out of Winter’ is a fantastic dystopian novel, honestly more people should be talking about it. The writing was superb, all the little details made the book so interesting. A definite eye opening story that shows what choices people will make to save their own kind, and the relationships one makes when put in the same situation. Huge thanks to NetGalley and Mira Books for a copy of this book in exchange for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Road out of Winter comes out September 1, 2020 in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook format and can be pre-ordered here.

You can also connect with Alison Stine at her social media:

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ARC Review: Ordinary Girls- Jaquira Diaz

Title: Ordinary Girls

Author: Jaquira Diaz

Publisher: Algonquin Books

Pages: 336

Rating: 5/5

“Some girls grow up to be the kind of women who fall for men like their fathers. Some girls grow up to be just like them”
-Jaquira Diaz

Ordinary Girls is a gut wrenching memoir from Jaquira Diaz. Growing up in Puerto Rico in poverty, along with a schizophrenic mother, drug dealer father, and a sick brother was no easy feat. She knows what it’s like to struggle and be lost without a way. As a young girl she spent her time in the streets hanging out with the wild crowd, and getting into trouble. She had no-one that cared for her or her well being, except for her grandmother, but even with that she couldn’t completely trust that she would always be there for her. Half the time her mother prostituted herself for her guilty pleasures.

Jaquira and her family moved to Miami to see if being in a different area would somehow make life a bit better, but life was just the same if not worse. Consistently moving around, Jaquira turned alcohol, sex, drugs, and other things that were normal in her life. She also was in and out of jail. Her life was bound to stay a continuous disaster if things didn’t change quickly. Diaz felt lost without no support. School was never her forte either so she didn’t even have that either. So how did a young girl with such a horrible life make it to her passion as a writer? You have to find out for yourself. 

This was such a great memoir. I’m so glad Diaz was able to take some control of her life and used it towards her writing. Huge thanks to NetGalley and Algonquin books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: China Rich Girlfriend- Kevin Kwan

Title: China Rich Girlfriend

Author: Kevin Kwan

Publisher: Anchor

Pages: 496

Rating: 5/5

Kevin Kwan has done another amazing job bringing back our beloved characters back and introducing new ones while he’s at it. This sequel is full of even more drama, more shopping, more labels, and even messier than ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ was. 

In CRG, Nick and Rachel are finally tying the knot after having so many opposing to it, especially Nick’s grandmother and mother. Even though it’s supposed to be the happiest of times for Rachel, she still wishes her birth father was able to walk her down the aisle. That is until a dark script comes out and Rachel is presented to a world full of lavish splendor. In this sequel we meet Carlton, a bad boy who loves fast cars, and luxury. Colette, Miss Glitz and Glamour who enjoys the chase (especially from the cameras) and being on social media, Astrid also makes a comeback and gives us an inside look into her husband’s “road to success”, and we can’t forget the rebel without a cause named Kitty Pong.

I won’t give out details about what happens in the book, but I will say it was a great read. Full of twists and turns, and of course full of Rich People Problems. You have to laugh sometimes at some of the trivial things these people worry about, but I guess that’s what happens when you have crazy amounts of money and don’t what to do with it.

Blackthorn Book Tour Review: Of Myth and Shadow- Matthew S. Cox

Title: Of Myth and Shadow

Author: Matthew S. Cox

Publisher: Division Zero Press

Pages: 896

Rating: 5/5

I’m so happy to be joining Blackthorn publications on their book tour for Matthew Cox’s book: “Of Myth and Shadow”. Cox did a magnificent job creating a magical setting and story to suck in the reader. A fantasy novel full of epic characters, beautiful scenery, and topics to make you think and engage in conversation. 

Aegaan, a small and quiet town has been under attack by Elves, and because of these attacks the racial tension between humans and Elves is on a all time high. Anrael whose half elf has bad feelings about this because people already dislike him. These attacks are surely to lead to a major war. Anrael is not the only character affected about this. Kylie is a full fledge forest elf and is under great confusion as to what she’s going to do. There’s also a whole bunch of other characters whom are affected by everything and also face uncertainty. 

This amazing novel is full of great narratives, magic (especially when it comes to the elves), action, politics, supernatural elements, and much more! I will admit this book is pretty huge and intimidating, but I promise you you won’t be able to put it down. I9t gave me major George R.R. Martin and Tolkien vibes. Huge thanks to Blackthorn book tours for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased the book because my tired eyes couldn’t read it well on my small phone screen

WWW Wednesday

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done a WWW Wednesday post. So I’m here bringing it back. Let’s not forget that WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Make sure to give her blog a look as well as others.

The three W’s:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

And there you have it. Happy Reading guys!

Review: The Archons Rise (Humanity’s Guantlet Book 1)- Brian Sieteski

Title: Humanity’s Guantlet

Author: Brian Sieteski

Publisher: N/A

Pages: N/A

Rating: 4/5

The Archons Rise a sci-fi thriller that focuses on Dante and his canine companion Aristotle. While watching some political television they were surprised to see a explosion take place at what supposed to be an inauguration. Everyone in attendance is sadly dead.
Flash forward Dante is not one for politics, but in some bizarre turn of events Dante gets a chance to live in the White House with five other political leaders. The question is…how did this all come about? Normally the sci fi genre isn’t really my cup of tea, but the blurb and sneak peak I took in the book didn’t disappoint so I gave it a chance. The novel was very engaging and full of action. Dante has to figure out a way of finding out whose behind the attacks and what the government has in store. I really loved how descriptive the author was, especially with the characters. He really outdid himself. I really felt like the story was playing in front of me like a movie, and the ending added dramatic effect which probably means a sequel is possible. Huge thanks to the author for reaching out and providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

PopCulture Readathon Book #3: Clap When You Land- Elizabeth Acevedo

Title: Clap When You Land

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 417

Rating: 5/5

TW/CW: Sexual Assault, Death of a parent , Grieving, Harassment, and Stalking

Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again with her beautiful writing in verse form, but she also brings awareness to something that’s almost always swept under the rug. Tragedies not fueled by politics. Acevedo’s “Clap When You Land” is centered around a real life tragedy. On November 12, 2001 American Airlines flight 587 en route to the Dominican Republic crashed into a neighborhood in Queens, NY. At first terrorism was said to come into play, as this was around the time September 11th happened. 265 people died on board and 5 people died on ground. It was a national tragedy. However, when it was discovered it wasn’t a terrorist attack, the media coverage ended. The Dominican community was devastated and left without answers and broken hearts.

‘Clap When You Land’ follows the lives of Camino and Yahaira. One lives in Santo Domingo and the other lives in NYC. They’re both oblivious to each other’s existence until they lose their father in a airplane crash. The flight was en route to DR. Their father was living a double life, and through this whole tragedy they were able to connect with each other despite the differences in living conditions. Both girls are fighting their own issues, but Camino feels unprotected without her father the most. Especially against the town pimp”El Cero”. El Cero is a creep and consistently stalks her everywhere she goes. She’s tired of this life. She just wants to go to Columbia and study premed, but she’s torn between that and the love for her land. Once they finally connect they both realize their father wasn’t who they thought, even though he was perfect in their eyes he definitely had some major flaws. 
I absolutely loved this beautifully written story. It shows how a tragedy can bring you close and help you grow. Both of these young ladies helped each other in ways they thought they couldn’t. Acevedo has done it once again with this heart wrenching novel. It will definitely have you in your feels.

PopCulture Readathon Book #2: Death and Other Holidays- Marci Vogel

Title: Death and other Holidays

Author: Marci Vogel

Publisher: Melville House

Pages: 144

Rating: 4/5

” The problems of the world are impossible to solve” 
-Wilson, Death and other Holidays
TW/CW: Grieving a family members death, divorce, talks of suicide

A short book, but very well written (to me anyway). We’re taken into the life of April. Set in the 90’s, April just lost her stepfather, Wilson. Her mother biological father separated when she was younger, and her father committed suicide when she was a teenager, so she’s had a pretty crappy life and has been dealing with death more than she should. She’s grieving them both and being in her late 20’s and now alone after her room mate Libby moved out to be with her boyfriend she has a lot of time to reflect on her past and present relationships as well as everything in between. These stories are often shown in little snippets or in a few pages. The words making a impactful statement, making you feel something in your soul. This is my first novella and I enjoyed it. 

ARC Review: Arms of the Ocean- Jamie Webster & M. Dalto

Title: Arms of the Ocean

Author: Jamie Webster & M. Dalto

Publisher: The Parliament House

Pages: N/A

Rating: 5/5

When I saw this beautiful book I knew I had to read it. I love stories that have to do with the ocean and mermaids. Arms of the Ocean takes place in the city of Inara. A beautiful city that’s described as a place where no harm can be done. We meet Tristaine who lives with her alcoholic father who she’s trying to help. After her mother up’s and abandons them, her father turns to liquid poison to deal with her absence, but her brothers as well. He decided to go and make his own life and get married. Who could blame him? No matter how many times he asks his sister to do the same.She simply can’t. She loves Inara too much. It needs her.

But after a situation with her father goes horribly wrong, her limits are tested and she starts to wonder if her love for Inara and her life is even worth it anymore. I won’t tell you the rest, you’re gonna have to find out for yourself. I really enjoyed this book. Webster and Dalto did any amazing job writing it, and it was simply magical like I knew it would be. Thank you to the Parliament House Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review