ALC Review: The Empress of Time by Kylie Lee Baker

Half British Reaper, half Japanese Shinigami Ren Scarborough is no longer the girl who was chased out of England—she is the Goddess of Death ruling Japan’s underworld. But her problems have never been greater. Her Shinigami see her as a foreigner on the throne. Her brother, Neven, is gone, lost in the deep darkness. And... Continue Reading →

ALC Mini Review: Even Though I Knew the End by C. L. Polk

A magical detective dives into the affairs of Chicago's divine monsters to secure a future with the love of her life. This sapphic period piece will dazzle anyone looking for mystery, intrigue, romance, magic, or all of the above.An exiled augur who sold her soul to save her brother's life is offered one last job... Continue Reading →

Audiobook Review: My Imaginary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

Mary may have inherited the brilliant mind of her late mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, but she lives a drab life above her father’s bookstore, waiting for an extraordinary idea that’ll inspire a work worthy of her parentage—and impress her rakishly handsome (and super-secret) beau, Percy Shelley.Ada Lovelace knows a thing or two about superstar parents, what... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Shehnai Virtuoso and Other Stories by Dhumketu, Translated by Jenny Bhatt

When Dhumketu's first collection of short stories, Tankha, came out in 1926, it revolutionized the genre in India. Characterized by a fine sensitivity, deep humanism, perceptive observation, and an intimate knowledge of both rural and urban life, his fiction has provided entertainment and edification to generations of Gujarati readers and speakers.The Shehnai Virtuoso brings together... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Forbidden City by Vanessa Hua

A teenage girl living in 1960s China becomes Mao Zedong's protégée and lover--and a poster child for the Cultural Revolution--in this provocative, poignant novel from the bestselling author of A River of Stars.On the eve of China's Cultural Revolution and her sixteenth birthday, Mei dreams of becoming a model revolutionary. When the Communist Party recruits girls... Continue Reading →

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