The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan: A Psychologically Thrilling Ride

Does anyone have any tips for appearing refreshed after you’ve stayed up all night reading? If so, you’re going to need to pull out all the stops when you pick up Hank Phillippi Ryan’s thrilling new book, The First To Lie. The First to Lie is a suspenseful, twisting tale of revenge, intrigue, and identity. … More The First to Lie by Hank Phillippi Ryan: A Psychologically Thrilling Ride

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev: A Delightfully Delicious Dish

There are two things I absolutely cannot resist: a smart Jane Austen retelling and a Food Network cooking competition. Never did I think these two worlds would collide, but thanks to Sonali Dev’s latest novel, they have. I fell in love with Dev’s writing last year through Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, and she’s just … More Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev: A Delightfully Delicious Dish

Amy Sue Nathan’s The Last Bathing Beauty–The Summer Escape We All Need

I’m going to be honest with you, bookish friends. I’ve had a hard time focusing on reading lately. With everything going on in the world, it seems like all I can do is obsessively watch the news, read the news, then worry, worry, worry. I’ve found myself wondering when I’ll ever feel the joy of … More Amy Sue Nathan’s The Last Bathing Beauty–The Summer Escape We All Need

This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagán: A Treasure from Beginning to End

When I pick up a Camille Pagán novel, I know two things for certain. I know that I’m going to meet some quirky and complex characters I won’t dare forget, and I know that every emotional note is going to hit that perfect sweet spot between humor and heartache. Other than that, I never know … More This Won’t End Well by Camille Pagán: A Treasure from Beginning to End

Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb: A Royally Marvelous Read

I’ll never forget the first time I met Grace Kelly. I was in the fourth grade and had to read about a historical figure for school. My mother brought me to our local public library—my favorite place—and steered me towards the biography aisle of the children’s section. (The fact that this shelf existed was eye-opening; … More Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb: A Royally Marvelous Read

I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan: So Much More Than Fine

That’s fine. It’s fine. I’m fine. How many times a day do you say it? And how many times is “fine” code for #NOTATALLOKAY? That’s the crux of Camille Pagan’s wonderful new novel, I’m Fine and Neither Are You. I’m Fine and Neither Are You introduces us to Penelope Ruiz-Kar, a wife, mother, and breadwinner … More I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan: So Much More Than Fine

The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey Gives Us a Summer to Remember

You know when you just fall head over heels for a town? The people are quirky and unforgettable, the weather is perfect, there are cute little indie businesses EVERYWHERE, and there’s always some hot gossip you can’t help but want to be privy to. I fell in love with Peachtree Bluff, Georgia the minute I … More The Southern Side of Paradise by Kristy Woodson Harvey Gives Us a Summer to Remember

Get a Taste of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

It is a truth universally acknowledged that an inspired Pride and Prejudice retelling will win me over every time. Not since Bridget Jones’s Diary has an Austen adaptation stolen my heart as much as Sonali Dev’s new novel, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. Set in present-day California, it tells the story of Dr. Trisha Raje, … More Get a Taste of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner: Read It and Get Ready to Love It

Beautiful. Heart-wrenching. Eye-opening. Timely. Unforgettable. I’ve used all of these words when describing Susan Meissner’s forthcoming novel, The Last Year of the War, but there are two I can’t stress enough: read it. The Last Year of the War is the story of Elise Sontag, a typical American teenager who has spent her entire life … More The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner: Read It and Get Ready to Love It

The Curiosities by Susan Gloss: Curious Beauty on Every Page

I have a soft spot for books that make me weep openly in public, and that’s exactly what Susan Gloss’s beautiful new novel, The Curiosities, did. Set in Madison, WI, The Curiosities introduces us to a cast of memorable characters, each at a breaking point in his or her own way. At the center of … More The Curiosities by Susan Gloss: Curious Beauty on Every Page