The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (Review)

37969723PUB. DATE: September 11th

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 STARS)

Genres: Historical Fiction, Retellings, Mythology

Summary: The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman–Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.

When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and cooly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position to observe the two men driving the Greek forces in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate, not only of Briseis’s people, but also of the ancient world at large.

Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war–the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead–all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives–and it is nothing short of magnificent. Read More »

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City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Review)

35403058Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Paranormal

Summary: Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself. Read More »

Who Tells Our Stories – Roxanne

IMG_2259Here’s another installment of my Who Tells Our Stories photo / interview series highlighting diverse readers and the diverse stories that represent their identities! Today I’m speaking with Roxanne about diverse literature and how she connected to the book she has chosen to be photographed with.

(A FULL EXPLANATION FOR THE PHOTO SERIES IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS INTERVIEW.)

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Name: Roxanne

Book title: When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Roxanne’s Review of When I was Puerto Rican:

 https://thenovelsanctuary.wordpress.com/2016/05/03/april-wrap-up/

Roxanne’s Social Media links: Youtube // Twitter // Instagram 


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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Review)

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Diverse Read: Main character with Asperger’s + a Vietnamese/Swedish love interest

Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 STARS)

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Summary: Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases–a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice–with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan–from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…Read More »

Who Tells Our Stories – Kav

img_9871.jpgHere’s another installment to my Who Tells Our Stories photo / interview series highlighting diverse readers and the diverse stories that represent their identities! Today I’m interviewing Kav about diverse literature and how they connected to the book they have chosen to be photographed with.

(A FULL EXPLANATION FOR THE PHOTO SERIES IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS INTERVIEW.)

Click here to see all the Who Tells Our Stories interviews!

 


Name: Kav

Book title: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Kav’s Review of More Happy Than Nothttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1905302621?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 

Kav’s Social Media links: Youtube // Twitter // Instagram // Goodreads


Kav’s Interview

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Who Tells Our Stories – Alexandra

56F29A0E-862F-4E6A-9D2C-895212AAB750.jpegHere’s another installment to my Who Tells Our Stories photo / interview series highlighting diverse readers and the diverse stories that represent their identities! Today I’m interviewing Alexandra about diverse literature and how she connected to the book she has chosen to be photographed with.

(A FULL EXPLANATION FOR THE PHOTO SERIES IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS INTERVIEW.)

Click here to see all the Who Tells Our Stories interviews!


Name: Alexandra

Book title: American Panda by Gloria Chao 

Social Media links: Instagram // Youtube //  Twitter // Goodreads // Tumblr 


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The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Favorite New York City Locations

Percy KleinIt’s easy to lose yourself in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The building is enormous and houses an endless amount of art from various times in history and different cultures, as well. Each time I visit the museum, I find something new to see and can never seem to run out of exhibits to explore. It’s a peaceful museum. Everyone’s voices are hushed as if not to disturb the art around us. Eyes are filled with awe at the sight of ancient relics, and languages from all around the world flow around you as you wander each room. 

This museum is a worldwide phenomenon that I believe everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It has something for everyone: Roman statues, ancient Egyptian sarcophaguses, modern paintings, Van Gogh pieces, and Samurai armor. Each collection is awe-inspiring and is sure to leave you struck by all the history that is placed in one building in NYC.

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