Velocities by Kathe Koja – Book Review

Velocities by Kathe Koja is a group of intense, bold, deep and dark short stories. There are thirteen stories and each story is a masterpiece in itself. The stories cover a wide variety of topics from love, death, pain, hope and a lot of others. 

At Eventide, Toujours and The Marble Lily are my favorite stories. I really do not want to discuss the stories here but in some stories the author brings the darker side of the regular emotions for the reader to feel. They are dark and intense yet sensible and heart-breaking. The elements of the stories are rich and cunning in a special way.

Author Kathe Koja’s writing style is not regular but diverse and unique and she successfully presents her incredible vision to the readers in the most amazing way. This is the first time I am reading something like this. It definitely triggered a lot of emotions inside me. 

I received the advance reviewer’s copy of this book from Meerkat Press for an honest review.   

This book is releasing on 21st of April, 2020. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to try something different. You can buy this book here.

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Charleston Green by Stephanie Alexander – Book Review

Charleston Green by Stephanie Alexander is one of the wonderful books I read in the recent times. I can only imagine how beautiful this new color Charleston Green is after reading this book.

Tipsy Collins is a beautiful soul, an artist and strong and independent at heart. Tipsy arrives at her new home with her three kids to live at a new house after going through a rough divorce. She manages her work at her best friend’s art gallery, paints and also takes care of her kids all by herself. 
Tipsy gets to put her supernatural skill to use to help two new ghost friends that she found at the new house. Jane and Henry who have been stuck at that home for a long time find answers to the questions that have been hanging between them since their deaths. 

The climax twist was unexpected. The pace is excellent. The story is witty, lovely, romantic and awesome. I must admit this is the funniest ghost story, didn’t terrify me at all and made me think I might need a ghost friend for myself. 

I don’t want to mention Tipsy’s ex-husband Ayers whom I thoroughly hated while reading the story. I also liked how the author used the divorce law in North Carolina and certain other states to explain the troubles faced by many women who tolerate emotional and physical abuse. I’m sure this story definitely gives hope to many a women to stay strong and do what their heart encourages them to do. Just stand up for yourselves! Author has smartly put the marital issues from a century ago and the present day in one story and takes the reader on a wonderful fictional ride.

I received the copy of Charleston Green from NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you BooksGoSocial for sharing the copy with me. The book is going to be published on 14th of April, 2020. I know you all are stuck at homes quarantining. Don’t miss a fun ride to Charleston through this book. You can buy the book here

Time Trap by Jeanie R. Davis – Book Review

Time Trap by Jeanie R. Davis is the continuation of the author’s other book, Time Twist. Time Twist is a wonderful book about time traveling. I totally loved it and you can read my review of Time Twist here

Arianna Miller falls deeply in love with Christopher Flemming, the man from another time. After the near death time traveling experience, Arianna totally hates Christopher going back in time to return the valuable art pieces that his father stole from various art galleries across the world. 
Christopher promises to Arianna that he will go back in time just one last time to fix something that his father did. But is it as simple as it is said? The story takes a turn when Christopher declares his love for a woman in another time and decides to stay back in that time. 

Arianna who is a very strong and independent woman herself, contemplates the idea of going back in time risking her life. She could be stepping right into a deadly trap. You must read the book to know what really happened by the end and if Arianna and Christopher really got back together. 

Setting of the story is very important for any book and I must appreciate the author Jeanie R. Davis for being able to set up the story in two different times. I bet that is really challenging. The pace is excellent and I promise you won’t be able to put it down until you finish. 

The book is out now and you can buy it here. I recommend this book to all the fiction lovers in this lock down time no matter which part of the world you are in.

Below The Surface by Cynthia A. Graham – Book Review

Below The Surface by Cynthia A. Graham is a very interesting mystery novel. The story is set in a small village where the leads of the book Hick and Carol come  to investigate the death of the local priest and a federal agent. 

Hick is already in deep pain after losing his wife and the baby on the way. It’s like Hick totally lost hope, he even finds it difficult to spend time with his two sons. When Carol asks Hick to help her investigate the death of Kelly and torching down of the church, Hick accompanies her. The case is almost closed by the local police when Nicodemus Skaggs confesses to the crime. But, that is more to it.

The narration of the investigation is enthralling. Usually, after going through half the book, I pride myself of guessing the culprit. But this book did not give away a single hint and the final twist came as a total surprise. This book not only has a very interesting mystery, but also a very strong and deep emotion. The story transforms Hick towards the end. He finds hope again. 

There are many characters in the book that I connected with, like, Skaggs’ eldest daughter, Carol, and Father Grant. A little love and care towards our fellow beings is much needed and it truly does wonders.

I received the advance reviewer copy of the book from Edelweiss Plus for an honest review. The book released on 10th Mar, 2020. I bet you all will be surprised by the climax twist. With so much fuss about going about Corona virus, I recommend you to grab this book and read away! 

Buy your copy today here.

Splinters are Children of Wood by Leia Penina Wilson – Book Review

Splinters are Children of Wood by Leia Penina Wilson is intense and raw poetry. This book is the winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry. Each poem describes what it means to be a girl and the poet coming from the Midwest herself, I can totally understand what kind of conditions she must have seen around her that influenced her to write these beautiful poems. It won’t be exaggerating to say the world has a unique way of shaping the girls. 

Samoan myths are mentioned in these poems in a unique way, thus, carrying an ode to the poet’s roots. Also, the poems are punctuated in the most beautiful and intricate way I’ve ever read. They are almost like paintings. I read each poem more than once just to enjoy the depth of them. 

There are three different chapters in the book. There are some beautiful lines, like:”I cut my own throat close my own wound wear my own night descended blood.”
“What dream what maiden what full name””how do the promise of heaven and the brokenness of earth correspond — re: it will rain tonight.”

Leia Penina Wilson is an afakasi Samoan poet from the Midwest. I am so much impacted by her poems. Ms. Wilson has definitely increased my love for poetry through this book. The darkness in these poems touched my soul in the most beautiful way.

I thank Edelweiss Plus for introducing me to literature from countries all over the world. I’m so much in love with the diversity I find in various books and yet, they touch my soul in spite of the different language, culture and traditions.

Thank you University of Notre Dame Press for sending the hard copy of advanced uncorrected page proof to my from across the other end of the world. It means so much.