Sunday, September 4, 2016

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery

Released: July 2016

Anyone who knows me pretty well knows where I stand in regards to privacy, surveillance, and Big Brother. I generally stay away from social media services and apps that get too personal (*cough* Facebook), and I don't post photos of myself anywhere on the Internet. That said, I was super excited when I initially read the synopsis for I Am No One by Patrick Flanery.

The novel's official synopsis (from Penguin/Random House) is as follows:

Saturday, June 11, 2016

I Take You by Eliza Kennedy

Released: May 2015

A few weeks ago when browsing titles for my next book review, it was hard to resist the bawdy, unconventional summary of I Take You by Eliza Kennedy. This debut novel sounded like a train wreck, and I was only too happy to see what it was all about.

I devoured this book within two days, and was utterly sad when it ended. It's so witty and hilarious that I literally laughed out loud every few pages, which I RARELY do!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis

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Released: October 2006

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. I fell in love with this genre several years ago when I read The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George. Before then, I had limited knowledge of Henry VIII and the stories behind his six wives. The novel shed an entirely new light on what might have been.

I, Mona Lisa is the story of Lisa Gherardini, the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait. Set against the backdrop of Florence during the Italian Renaissance, this novel details Mona Lisa's heritage and life under Lorenzo de Medici's rule.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson

Released: March 2016

The Never-Open Desert Diner follows a trucker named Ben Jones, who delivers goods to people who live along a barren section of Route 117 in the Utah desert. Ben's days are usually all the same: long, repetitive, and uneventful.

One day, Ben impulsively turns off Route 117 and stumbles upon an abandoned housing development that looks as though it once could have breathed life in this remote, quiet part of the desert. That's where Ben meets Claire, a seductive, alluring half-Asian woman who plays the cello and stays low-key to evade her dangerous husband.