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Denene Millner recommends book for children as part of National Buy a Book By A Black Author and Give it to Somebody Not Black Month
I mean, as a romance reader I know I often find myself wondering about what damaged these characters I love so—that makes them so skittish about entering into a relationship with someone who’s so obviously perfect for them. And yes, we’ll often get at least some sort of explanation within the backstory (mores so if they’re reunion stories), but I inevitably find myself wanting more.
Asking questions. What was wrong with that first love? Why didn’t it work before? Was it not the right time for that relationship? Not the right place? Were there outside forces pulling them apart? What kind of mistakes were made? What were they thinking? In other words, what really happened?
A review of Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith at 365 Days of Reading
Somewhat lacking in genuine romantic elements despite its title, Tantalize offers a fun concept with a splash of paranormal. Although there were dark elements to the story, the upbeat narration and fast-paced writing style kept Tantalize from being a downer. The murder-mystery elements were great, and I liked that even though the killer’s identity was pretty obvious, there was a surprise twist that I never expected
A review of The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante at A Few More Pages
I really didn't expect The Trouble With Half a Moon to grab a hold of my heart so tightly. I don't read a lot of contemporary urban fiction, but this one seemed to call out to me. An urban setting may seem alien to someone like me, who grew up in a rural area, but the topics of grief, loss, and healing are universal. The Trouble with Half a Moon focuses on a 13-year-old girl named Dellie, who blames herself for her brother's death and wrestles with those emotions on a daily basis. Her brother's death is ever-present in both her emotions and in her parents' actions. Her mother's fear of losing another child keeps Dellie inside her apartment much of the time. But Dellie longs to have a more typical teen existence, to spend time with her friends and neighbors. Her best friend is fighting with her, and the boy Dellie likes seems interested in spending time together, but she has to watch the outside world from her window.
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