With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

Author: Laura

Book blogger and enthusiastic reader. Former bookstore owner. Current library marketer and podcaster. Books, cats, and coffee are a huge part of my life. And glitter. Always glitter.

November 4, 2021

A Certain Appeal by Vanessa King

A CERTAIN APPEAL by Vanessa King is a fast-paced, super cute retelling that’s just as much about finding or rediscovering your confidence, battling the self-defeating demons in your head as it is about meet-cutes and HEAs.

October 24, 2021

Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes

Raquel Reyes’s Caribbean Kitchen Mystery debut, Mango, Mambo, and Murder, is a delicious, spicy treat. Cuban-American Miriam Quinones-Smith has just moved back to Miami so her white husband can take a new job. Miriam’s excited about being back in Miami as she can reconnect with family, see more of her bestie, Alma. And as a food anthropologist, she needs to figure out her career next steps.

October 20, 2021

The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

This is Gothic horror at its beautifully terrifying best. It’s got the creeping unease of Shirley Jackson, the family secrets that unsettle like Rebecca, and the lens of modernity viewing classic tropes and putting new sparkle (or maybe that’s viscera) on them like Mexican Gothic. Intensely creepy and satisfying.

August 25, 2021

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

Battle Royal by Lucy Parker gave me everything I could want – giggles, slow-burn steam, a cat, and cakes along with a bit of ugly crying because it broke my heart just a little but the ending more than made up for that.

August 11, 2021

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

Half Sick of Shadows is a fantastic reimagining of the King Arthur story that focuses on three of the women – Elaine, Guinevere, and Morgana. These are strong, imperfect, powerful women – not the seductresses or prizes of the source material.

July 24, 2021

Death in Bloom by Jess Dylan

Death in Bloom is a fun, quick, gentle read with an endearing amateur sleuth full of positivity, a great cast of supporting characters plus a bonus puppy sidekick

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