Book Reviews by Rating


5 Stars

Bad Fat Black Girl

From funny and fearless entertainment journalist Sesali Bowen, Bad Fat Black Girl combines rule-breaking feminist theory, witty and insightful personal memoir, and cutting cultural analysis for an unforgettable, genre-defining debut.


Logan Ramsay works for the Genetic Protection Agency in an effort to tamper his guilt from an incident 20 years ago. After a raid turned wrong, Logan begins to feel himself changing. And he finds himself asking what if humanity’s only hope for a future really does lie in engineering our own evolution?

The Bodyguard

Hannah Brooks is looks like a kindergarten teacher but is actually a bodyguard. When superstar actor Jack Stapleton’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch and needs protection from a stalker. But Jack does not want to alarm his family and enlists Hannah to be both his security and his fake…

Corrections in Ink

A memoir about a young woman’s journey – from the ice rink to addiction and prison to the newsroom – and how she emerged with determination to expose the broken criminal (in)justice system.⁣

The Charm Offensive

​​​In this witty and heartwarming romantic comedy, an awkward tech wunderkind on a reality dating show goes off-script when sparks fly with his producer.

The Personal Librarian

A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.


You just boarded a flight to New York. There are 143 other passengers onboard. What you don’t know is that 30 minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped. For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.


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4.5 Stars


An edge-of-your-seat thriller about a commercial jetliner that crashes into the ocean and sinks to the bottom with passengers trapped inside—and the extraordinary rescue operation to save them.

Book Lovers

A by-the-book literary agent must decide if happily ever after is worth changing her whole life for in this insightful, delightful novel.

Dust Child

A saga about two Vietnamese sisters, an American veteran, and an Amerasian man whose lives intersect in surprising ways, set during and after the war in Việt Nam.

Notes on an Execution

A gripping and atmospheric work of literary suspense that deconstructs the story of a serial killer on death row, told primarily through the eyes of the women in his life.

American Kingpin

The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom—and almost got away with it.


A nonfiction story collection about adulthood from former The Daily Show With Jon Stewart correspondent John Hodgman.


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4 Stars

Happy Place

A couple who broke up months ago pretend to still be together for their annual weeklong vacation with their best friends.

Yours Truly

A novel of terrible first impressions, hilarious second chances, and the joy in finding your perfect match.

Wandering Souls

A haunting, gut-wrenching debut novel that paints a tender portrait of three Vietnamese child-refugees and their journey of hope, grief, and survival.

The Drift

Three ordinary people risk everything for a chance at redemption in this audacious, utterly gripping novel of catastrophe and survival at the end of the world.

Finlay Donovan Jumps the Gun

After Finlay and her nanny/partner-in-crime Vero accidentally destroyed a luxury car that they “borrowed” in the process of saving Finlay’s ex-husband, the Russian mob got her out of debt. But now Finlay owes them and it’s time to collect.


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3.5 Stars

American Mermaid

A funny debut novel that follows a writer lured to Los Angeles to adapt her feminist mermaid novel into a big-budget action film, who believes her heroine has come to life to take revenge for Hollywood’s violations.

The Writing Retreat

The Plot meets Please Join Us in this psychological suspense debut about a young author at an exclusive writer’s retreat that descends into a nightmare.

Tread of Angels

In a Western mining town, half-blood sisters fight against the ruling class when one of them is accused of a grisly murder.


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3 Stars

The Measure

A debut novel in which the world awakes to a box at the doorstep of every adult that contains a string that correlates to the length of your life.

Killers of a Certain Age

They’ve spent their lives as the deadliest assassins in a clandestine international organization, but now that they’re sixty years old, four women friends can’t just retire – it’s kill or be killed.


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2.5 Stars

Locust Lane

A story about the search for justice and the fault lines of power and influence in a seemingly idyllic town. Can anyone be trusted?

Treacle Walker

A fusion of myth and folklore and an exploration of the fluidity time, vivid storytelling that illuminates an introspective young mind trying to make sense of everything around him.

Factory Girls

A young woman, awaiting her exam scores, works a summer job in a shirt factory in Northern Ireland, while tensions rise both inside and outside the factory walls.


A vulnerable coming-of-age story about the thrilling new experiences––and missteps––of a girl’s freshman year of college.


Journalist Cecily Wong is on her most dangerous climb yet, Manaslu. But the elements are nothing compared to one chilling truth: There’s a killer on the mountain.


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2 Stars

A Living Remedy

A memoir of family, class and grief—a daughter’s search to understand the lives her adoptive parents led, the life she forged as an adult, and the lives she’s lost.

Camp Zero

In a near-future northern settlement, the fates of a young woman, a professor, and a mysterious collective of researchers collide.

Hello, Molly!

The memoir of actress and comedian Molly Shannon detailing her childhood through her career.

The Other Dr. Gilmer

A rural physician learns that a former doctor at his clinic committed a shocking crime, leading him to uncover an undiagnosed mental health crisis in our broken prison system–a powerful true story expanding on one of the most popular This American Life episodes of all time.

The Verifiers

Claudia Lin is a lifelong mystery reader and a new employee at a company that verifies the identities of its clients’ online love interests. When Claudia’s newest client ends up dead, she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her suspicious death.

Cost of Living

Emily Maloney examines her experiences with our the trouble U.S. health care system from both the perspective of a patient and a caregiver. In doing so, she examines what the health care system costs us – financially emotionally, physically, and spiritually.


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1.5 Stars

The Tourist Attraction

Nothing is going as planned on Zoey’s dream vacation to Alaska. But a grumpy local may be able to both turn her vacation around and bring some much needed romance into Zoey’s life.

Harlem Shuffle

Ray Carney is trying to establish himself as a business and family man. With cash tight and a baby on the way, Ray is convinced to help his cousin Freddie do one last heist. But can Ray keep himself straight or will this heist get him back in the game or killed?

1 Star

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