Title: The Vanishing Half
Author: Brit Bennett
I would rate the book a 4 out of 5. I like the character development, the plot, and that it’s a kind of historical fiction that reads like a true story. The good thing was learning about the twin sisters and how their life evolved. The bad was that the book ended in a way that I’d want there to be a sequel. The author could have developed one of the characters a bit more. I would highly recommend this book to everyone willing to learn about race relations in the USA and how it has impacted people of color over the years.
Title: The Lake
Author: Natahsa Preston
Drama, murder, mystery, friendship, romance and a cliff hanger of an ending~ this book had it all! It begins with two best friends returning as counselors in training to the summer camp they attended as children. When they attended camp as kids something very bad happened and they kept it a secret. But someone else knows this secret and wants revenge. This book kept me guessing about what the real secret was, who knew the truth and who could be trusted. Descriptive writing left me feeling the Texas summer heat, smelling the campfires, seeing the blood…all while wanting S’mores around the campfire. I recommend!
Available at the library: YA NEW F PRESTON
Title: Shoe Dog
Author: Phil Knight
Anyone into sports or fashion should be able to appreciate this tale behind the man that launched the most recognizable sneaker brand in history. Knight’s past and the company’s past are one in the same, and the way he molds his personal stories with those of the origins of the company is amazing. Unlike most biographies it reads more like a Horatio Alger work of fiction than a true story. Want to know just how far Nike has come since Phil Knight had a vision to take over the sneaker industry? Pick up this book and find out.
Title: Home Body
Author: Rupi Kaur
I give this book a 5 out of 5. There’s really nothing I can think of as far as complaints go. However, I will say that it is a raw, honest book, at some parts it may be a bit hard to read because of the topic.
It’s a book of poetry along with drawings by the author that go along with the poems. I love, love, love this author! And I highly recommend her, as well as her other two books. She’s the new face of poetry, in my opinion.
Available at the library: POETRY 21st CENT. Kaur
Title: Death at First Sight
Author: Lena Gregory
I stumbled upon this book while looking for a paperback to take with me on a trip. I was intrigued by the fact that the story takes place on an island accessible only by ferries and the author lives on the south shore of Long Island. The story moves at a nice pace, with a diverse group of characters, some even a bit mysterious. The author provides just the right amount of suspense, giving you clues to the murder mystery that are not too obvious. More than once though, I felt like the new kid in town as the author did not flesh out the back stories of their lives. At times, that made understanding the dialogue and character connections difficult.
The same holds true for the second book in the series, Occult and Battery.