Review of Conception by Alicia

Conception by Kalisha Buckhanon is the moving tale of Shivana Montgomery. Fifteen years old, pregnant by a much older married man, and struggling to make her way in a world she isn’t mature enough to fully comprehend, Shivana makes her way through life’s many challenges. Her mother Annette loves her, but is verbally and physically abusive. The brightest light in this story is her powerful and supportive aunt Jewel. But Shivana’s unborn child wants desperately to be born.

Nothing New Under the Sun by Nick

I’m currently reading Ben Ehrenreich’s debut novel The Suitors, which uses Homer’s Odyssey as a sort of back story. Ehrenreich uses Odysseus’s wife Penelope as the focus, what became of her when Odysseus left for war.

Underappreciated Author by Amy

Christopher Moore is one of the most underappreciated authors of our time. I first read Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal. If the title doesn’t offend you, then I highly recommend you read it!

Good Books, Bad Blurbs by Nick

One of the earliest memories I can recall is riding around in my dad’s car while he sang, atrociously I might add, along to the Beatles. It was all down hill from there. Before I discovered how much I love deftly crafted written words, I fell in love with music. I was practically weaned on classic rock. Zeppelin, Sabbath, the Beatles, Dylan, Hendrix….I can go on and on. And then I became the proud owner of a CD player and I found out about liner notes.

Bizarro Laura: in which a supposedly sophisticated reader grapples with the disappointment of ambiguity (and the satisfaction of Happily Ever After) by Laura

I’ve always thought of myself as a sophisticated reader – that is, able to handle a heaping helping of uncertainty and doubt in my literary diet… strong enough to withstand the Happily Ever After desires of Harlequin Nation.

But… nope. Two books I’ve recently read prove otherwise. Instead, I’ve been plunged into a Bizarro World: the literary novel I was supposed to have enjoyed merely frustrated me… and the romance novel I read just to stay on top of popular authors delighted me to no end.

What??!? This has caused a crisis of not-epic proportions.