Book Review: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

08.08.2017

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

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Category: General Adult Fiction
Author: Danya Kukafka
Format: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC), 368 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
ISBN: 978-1-5011-4437-0
Pub Date: August 1, 2017

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Summary from Publisher:

When a beloved high schooler named Lucinda Hayes is found murdered, no one in her sleepy Colorado suburb is untouched—not the boy who loved her too much; not the girl who wanted her perfect life; not the officer assigned to investigate her murder. In the aftermath of the tragedy, these three indelible characters—Cameron, Jade, and Russ—must each confront their darkest secrets in an effort to find solace, the truth, or both.

In crystalline prose, Danya Kukafka offers a brilliant exploration of identity and of the razor-sharp line between love and obsession, between watching and seeing, between truth and memory. Compulsively readable and powerfully moving, Girl in Snow offers an unforgettable reading experience and introduces a singular new talent in Danya Kukafka.

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Book Review:

The novel, Girl in Snow, by Danya Kukafka, is an exquisite, lyrical telling of three different narratives: one by Cameron Whitley, a deeply sensitive and troubled young man, whose focus, desire, and love spirals into obsession; Jade Dixon-Burns, an angry and spiteful, young woman whose jealousy and self-pity compels her to darkness and brooding; and Russ Fletcher, an officer burdened with the task of solving the mystery of Lucinda Haye’s murder and the ramifications of his own past.

The book is both beautiful and terrifying, a haunting soliloquy to loneliness, heartbreak, and revenge. The characters are flawed and vivid, their weaknesses also their haunting strangeness, but are also able to invoke in readers, a quiet empathy and tenderness. This is especially impressive since the plot also involves the mysterious treachery of murder—a murder which could easily implicate several characters in the novel.

Yet, the skill in this novel, too, is its ability to build itself in waves of narrative that is not only introspective, but thoughtful; poetic, yet wrought with believable realism. The death of Lucinda Hayes, is an opportunity for the other characters to grow, if not slowly become reborn as one usually does in trauma and crisis.

And while the writing is lyrical, it is also easily readable, a page-turner if there was an epitome of one, a book I had only read and was engrossed in for a mere two days.

The irony here, is, while Lucinda Hayes’ death means her absolute absence as a character in the novel, the three narratives by the other characters are so overwhelmed with their focus on her death, that though she is absent, she is also ever-present in their thoughts, in their wonder, and in their grief.

But, it is not all poetry and flowers—the book does put in question how easily mob thinking can arise through the epidemic of gossip and crisis, how the act of appearing sad is as inevitable as grief itself, how judgement is as coarse as it is easily thrown about to any suspecting person, and how incrimination is just as harmful as guilt.

And there are a few surprises with the help of secondary characters: Éduoard “Zap” Arnaud; Ivan Santos; Inés Santos; Mr. Thornton; Howard Morrie; and Lee Whitley—all whom play an essential part in raising the plot to its climactic revelation.

What I love about this book, aside from its lyrical cadence, is its testimony to the internal life, how history has a way of unfurling itself from the honest, and sometimes dark desires we feel compelled to surrender to. How these desires can sometimes take us to not only dark places, but thrust us into acts we might not otherwise think to commit.

Danya Kukafka is a young writer with an obvious gift for her craft; her prose, mature, and her introspective characters: haunting, scarred, and beautiful. It’s a wonder that this is only her first novel and yet thrilling to anticipate what work, stories, and narrative she might later share with the literary world.

In that sense, Lucinda Hayes, then, did not die in reckless abandon or vain.

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Characters: 5 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Language/Narrative: 4.5 stars
Dialogue: 4 stars
Pacing: 5 stars
Cover Design: 5 stars

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Zara’s Rating

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A special thanks to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an advanced reading copy (ARC) of the book, Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka in exchange for an honest and timely review.

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About the Author:

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Danya Kukafka is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She currently works as an Assistant Editor at Riverhead Books. Girl in the Snow is her first novel.

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Links:

You many contact Danya Kukafka on her official website, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Summer TBR Wipeout Update

08.03.2017

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

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It seems the summer was only beginning—and then I turned to look at the calendar and woosh—it’s the beginning of August with only a few weeks left until we return to school and work in the fall.

Perhaps, it’s because I’ve been able to meet this year’s Summer TBR Wipeout Reading Challenge with some fervour.

I have, so far, been able to read and review a total of 15 books—fiction and all full-length novels—since the middle of June!

Here are the titles I was able to wipeout off my Summer To Be Read/Reviewed (TBR) List:

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And while I’m pleased with what I’ve been able to accomplish, my TBR list is fully booked until October!

Of the above books, I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend these books to my readers:

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To take a look at the rest of the reviews I’ve completed on my TBR List, you’re welcome to visit my Reviews Page.

And a special thanks to The Candid Cover for hosting this challenge!

While our TBR piles never cease to end, we can always look forward to new and upcoming titles in the fall. Hope you continue to enjoy your summer digging into those piles of books with anticipation and pleasure!

Happy reading!

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How many books were you able to remove from your TBR pile so far this summer?

Were you able to meet your goals this year?

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Book Review: Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

08.03.2017

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

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Category: General Adult Fiction
Author: Sally Rooney
Format: E-book via NetGalley, 304 pages
Publisher: Hogarth Crown Publishing
ISBN: 9-780-4514-9905-9
Pub Date: July 11, 2017

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Summary from Publisher:

Frances is a cool-headed and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend and comrade-in-arms is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, Frances and Bobbi catch the eye of Melissa, a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into Melissa’s world, Frances is reluctantly impressed by the older woman’s sophisticated home and tall, handsome husband, Nick. However amusing and ironic Frances and Nick’s flirtation seems at first, it gives way to a strange intimacy, and Frances’s friendship with Bobbi begins to fracture. As Frances tries to keep her life in check, her relationships increasingly resist her control: with Nick, with her difficult and unhappy father, and finally, terribly, with Bobbi.

Desperate to reconcile her inner life to the desires and vulnerabilities of her body, Frances’s intellectual certainties begin to yield to something new: a painful and disorienting way of living from moment to moment. Written with gem-like precision and marked by a sly sense of humor, Conversations with Friends is wonderfully alive to the pleasures and dangers of youth, and the messy edges of female friendship.

  • From NetGalley

Book Review:

The novel, Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney is a formidable conversation on the complexity of relationship: friendship, love, sex—and the interconnectedness and fluidity of it—their thrill, their danger, their illogical compulsions.

It begins with Frances and Billie, two young women in college, friends who evolve into lovers, who meet through their poetry readings, a woman who wishes to write an article on them and their work. Melissa, the writer and photographer, in wanting to get closer to her subjects, invites the girls into her home and into her social circle.

From there, the circle permeates with social gatherings and connections that seem almost inevitable, ranging from the verbosity of intellectual and theoretical arguments, to the sensuality of sexual discourse and desire.

The plot of the book is rooted in its emotional development—a discourse in itself on what is not said, nor thought, but alluded to. This is the gift of the book, its character-driven clarity and depth. They move with an assurance of being exactly who the author wishes them to be in the story.

Bobbi, is an extroverted and attention-seeking lesbian, feminist, one who is both articulate as she is aggressive—and unsuspectingly sensitive. Melissa, is a wealthy, attractive, married, bisexual woman whose avant-garde style and social status arms her with a sense of power, control, and confidence. Nick, Melissa’s husband, born to wealth and natural giftedness, is accused of passivity and charm, afraid perhaps he is too good-looking to be taken seriously. And Frances, while known to be intelligent, if not more so than Bobbi, prefers to watch with calculated coldness, an astute observer and woman of few words—especially of those that express her feelings—she finds herself with debilitating trauma, both, of the physical and the repressed.

The book is not solely self-indulgent in the affairs of couples, but also has secondary plots that involve the weariness of estranged relationships with flawed parents.

At the same time, the book is also a novel that not only creates a venue for discussions at poetry readings, gallery openings, and dinner parties; its speaks to the act of writing as well. There are emails, chat messages, articles for publication, poetry readings, a short story publication. It seems the book is not only about the varying intellectual conversations amongst friends and lovers, but a comment on the boundaries, fluidity, and intentions of narrative—verbal, emotional, written, or otherwise.

The novel is rich in graphic sexuality, emotional turmoil, self-harm, and compulsion—and throws the moral compass of monogamy against the magnetized thrill of polyamorous love.

It is a love story that will immerse the reader into the world of women and men—and how they must navigate the relationships they are bound to, in friendship, in marriage, and in passion.

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Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Language/Narrative: 4 stars
Dialogue: 4.5 stars
Pacing: 4 stars
Cover Design: 3 stars

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Zara’s Rating

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A special thanks to Penguin Random House Canada on behalf of Hogarth Crown Publishing for providing me with an e-copy of the book, Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and timely review.

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About the Author:

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Sally Rooney was born in the west of Ireland in 1991. She studied English at Trinity Collge, Dublin, and her writing has been featured in The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, and Granta.

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Links:

You may connect with Sally Rooney on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Book Review: Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais

08.02.2017

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

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Category: Literary Fiction
Author: Bianca Marais
Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
ISBN: 9-780-3995-7506-8
Pub Date: July 11, 2017

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Summary from Publisher:

Life under Apartheid has created a secure future for Robin Conrad, a nine-year-old white girl living with her parents in 1970s Johannesburg. In the same nation but worlds apart, Beauty Mbali, a Xhosa woman in a rural village in the Bantu homeland of the Transkei, struggles to raise her children alone after her husband’s death. Both lives have been built upon the division of race, and their meeting should never have occurred . . . until the Soweto Uprising, in which a protest by black students ignites racial conflict, alters the fault lines on which their society is built, and shatters their worlds when Robin’s parents are left dead and Beauty’s daughter goes missing.

After Robin is sent to live with her loving but irresponsible aunt, Beauty is hired to care for Robin while continuing the search for her daughter. In Beauty, Robin finds the security and family that she craves, and the two forge an inextricable bond through their deep personal losses. But Robin knows that if Beauty finds her daughter, Robin could lose her new caretaker forever, so she makes a desperate decision with devastating consequences. Her quest to make amends and find redemption is a journey of self-discovery in which she learns the harsh truths of the society that once promised her protection.

Told through Beauty and Robin’s alternating perspectives, the interwoven narratives create a rich and complex tapestry of the emotions and tensions at the heart of Apartheid-era South Africa. Hum if You Don’t Know the Words is a beautifully rendered look at loss, racism, and the creation of family.

  • From Goodreads

Book Review:

Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais is a kind spotlight on the war against Apartheid in South Africa through the lens of a young, white girl named Robin Conrad, orphaned at the death of her parents in Johannesburg who eventually comes into the care of Beauty Mbali, a woman from the remote village Transkei in a desperate search for her daughter, Nomsa, who went missing during a mobilized protest that erupted into a riot between black students and white, security police.

The story is a microcosm of relationship between several characters—those who are ostracized and those who dominate socially at the time.

Though the characters seem to be written somewhat superficially or at least somewhat stereotypically, they were of enough to move the plot along.

Robin, the young, white orphan is rambunctious, portrayed to be innocent enough to love her black maid and later, her black caregiver, with an increasing knowledge of the tensions between the white and black community. She copes with this racism through the polarity of her twin sister, Cat and resigns to trauma at the death of her parents, Keith and Jolene Conrad—white, middle class, Afrikaaners whose opinions of black people are both low and condescending.

Edith, Robin’s aunt and last living relative who is an attractive airhostess for South African Airways and a flamboyant and eclectic world traveller is suddenly burdened with the unexpected obligation of motherhood and domestication, a role she finds rather difficult to navigate.

Then there are those who suffer the fate of Apartheid: Beauty Mbali, a widow with four children, an educated teacher who lives in a remote village and must journey a 6 km walk to a main road just to taxi 400 km to a province called Natal, another 400 km northeast to Pietermaritzburg by a crowded bus to go north past Midlands through Drakensburg Mountains, and then finally to Johannesburg—to visit her brother Andile who lives in Zondi, Soweto, in search of her missing daughter, Nomsa.

A number of other characters enforce a plot of racial cruelty and disparity such as: Piet Bekker, Wouter, and Marnus of the Die Boerseun Bende, an Afrikaaner Boy Gang, six boys ranging from 8-12 year-olds; Maggie, Andrew, Kgomotso, and Wilhelmina Vaughn, those who fight against white supremacy; The Goldman’s and their son, Morrie, a Jewish family; Victor and Johan, friends who are homosexual; King George, a bi-racial man; and Shakes Ngubane, a recruiter and leader of the Umkhonto we Sizwe or the Spear of the Nation, an armed wing of the African National Congress.

What was most enjoyable about the book was its narrative, the sprinkling of dialects in English, Afrikaans, Sotho, and Xhosa, which gave the book its true, cultural flavour. The reader can hear the narrative leap off the page as characters speak in their mother tongues, which showed not only the diversity of South Africa itself, but the richness of its many languages and cultures, however conflicted they appeared to be.

While black, white, homosexual, heterosexual, Christian, Jew, Englishman, Afrikaaner, were depicted to unite in the small microcosm of friendship in the book and some of the characters were endearing (I especially enjoyed the awkwardness and loyalty of Morrie Goldman); the failing of the book, otherwise, was often times the “telling” of the story, obvious “telling” of what readers should have been able to infer or realize on their own, would the writing be mature and well-crafted enough to indicate it through actions of the characters, nuances, or subtle hints. This was my only disappointment in the novel, aside from the stereotypical superficiality of most of the characters or the serendipitous, sometimes unrealistic plot in the novel.

While the theme of Apartheid is a serious one, its gravity in context felt distant, submerged instead beneath an almost calculated plot of responses and outcomes, something that lacked the depth and introversion needed to showcase the complexity of relationship and race at the time.

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Characters: 3 stars
Plot: 3 stars
Language/Narrative: 3 stars
Dialogue: 3.5 stars
Pacing: 3 stars
Cover Design: 3 stars

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Zara’s Rating

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A special thanks to Penguin Random House Canada on behalf of G.P. Putnam’s Sons for providing me with a hardcover of the book, Hum If You Don’t Know the Words by Bianca Marais in exchange for an honest and timely review.

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About the Author:

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Bianca Marais holds a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto’s SCS, and her work has been published in World Enough and Crime.

Before turning to writing, she started a corporate training company and volunteered with Cotlands, where she assisted care workers in Soweto with providing aid for HIV/AIDS orphans and their caregivers.

Originally from South Africa, she now resides in Toronto with her husband.

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Links:

You may connect with Bianca Marais through her official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Book Review: Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown

07.24.2017

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

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Category: General Adult Fiction
Author: Janelle Brown
Format: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC), 368 pages
Publisher: Spiegal & Grau
ISBN: 9-780-8129-8946-5
Pub Date: July 11, 2017

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Summary from Publisher:

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a beautiful, charismatic Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. No body—only a hiking boot—has ever been found. Billie’s husband and teenage daughter cope with her death the best they can: Jonathan drinks, Olive grows remote.

But then Olive starts having waking dreams—or are they hallucinations?—that her mother is still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he knew about his wife. Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, their family, and the stories we tell ourselves about the people we love.

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Book Review:

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown is an engrossing novel driven by its characters’ neuroses and its surprising, multi-layered plot, which not only dominate the story, but seduce its readers to delve into the book full force with intrigue and expectation.

The characters of the book are richly well-written, endorsing a realism and empathy that seems effortless on behalf of the author as seen not only through the dialogue in the novel, but through the honest feelings and thoughts of her characters, who are easily relatable.

Jonathan Flanagan, a dedicated husband and father takes his role seriously as provider for his family. But, the disappearance of his wife, Billie, after a hiking trip over a weekend, reels him into a year-long period in which grief not only alienates him from his teenage daughter, Olive, of whom he is now solely responsible for, but also into a state where his fatherhood, as well as his marriage are put into question.

Olive, in turn, is not only burdened with the awkwardness of being a teenager in high school, but being the teenager known for the one whose mother has gone missing. Not only does she suffer the loss of a mother of whom she was close, but suffers for what is believed to be hallucinations of her—alive, somewhere—but, where?

As the anniversary of the loss of Billie nears, and the process of her death certificate comes into its final stages, both husband and daughter go on separate journeys in their investigation of what happened to Billie, uncovering instead the complication of a woman they thought they knew and the histories of her past that resurface in the wake of her absence.

The book is rich in how it portrays the truth of its characters from Jonathan’s feelings of insecurity and sexual monotony in a loving, but long, loyal marriage; to Olive’s idolatry of her mother’s memory and her subliminal wish to emanate her independence and thrill-seeking personality; to Harmony’s nurturing kindness and natural rivalry with her best friend as proxy partner and hope-to-be wife to a grieving family.

The dialogue is real enough to convince readers of the characters’ relatability to empathize with them—or hate them—in lieu of their failings. And the narrative is readable, moving the book along at a comfortable pace that doesn’t make the book feel heavy, boring, or long. And once readers believe they realize the possible outcomes of the plot, the plot is intelligent and coy enough to change into a different direction.

Watch Me Disappear is a compelling story of navigating between love and loss, selflessness and independence, the fluidity of personality—and that narrative can easily shape an identity as much as it can reveal it—or keep it hidden.

Which begs the question: Can anyone really ever know anyone else?

 

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Characters: 4 stars
Plot: 4.5 stars
Language/Narrative: 3.5 stars
Dialogue: 4 stars
Pacing: 4.5 stars
Cover Design: 4 stars

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Zara’s Rating

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A special thanks to Penguin Random House Canada on behalf of Spiegel & Grau for providing me with an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) of the book, Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown in exchange for an honest and timely review.

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About the Author:

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Janelle Brown is the author of All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and This Is Where We Live. An essayist and journalist, her writing has appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, Wired, Self, Los Angeles Times, Salon, and numerous other publications. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children.

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Links:

You can connect with Janelle Brown on her official website.

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Book Review: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

07.19.2017

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

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Category: General Fiction (Adult)
Author: Gin Phillips
Format: E-book via NetGalley, 288 pages
Publisher: Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN: 978-0-7352-7319-1
Pub Date: July 4, 2017

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Summary from Publisher:

After school on a late October day, Joan has taken her four-year-old son, Lincoln, to one of his favourite places on earth: the zoo. Just before closing time, as they need to go home, she hears some loud pops like firecrackers. Not thinking much of it, they head for the exit…until Joan realizes the eerie human emptiness means danger, then sees the figure of a lone gunman. Without another thought, she scoops up her son and runs back into the zoo. And for the next three hours–the entire scope of the novel–she does anything she can to keep Lincoln safe.
Both pulse-pounding and emotionally satisfying, Fierce Kingdom is a thrill ride, but also an exploration of the very nature of motherhood itself, from its saving graces to its savage power. At heart it asks how you draw the line between survival and the duty to protect one another? Who would you die for?

  • From NetGalley

Book Review:

Fierce Kingdom is a tense novel that crescendos from a quiet outing in the afternoon between a mother named Joan, and her young toddler, Lincoln, at the local Belleville Zoo—until she discovers just before closing time, a man with a rifle and many injured and dead bodies on the ground.

The tone of the book quickly heightens to a state of adrenaline panic as Joan tries to frantically plan a means of protection and safety for herself and her young son within the confines of a zoo that is both cloaked by the growing darkness of evening and a fearful awareness of the danger posed by a potential madman with a gun.

The setting is infused with accurate detail, which gives the reader a deeper insight into the main character’s psyche as she narrates her demise, as she decides solely based on sound, sometimes sight, the immediate needs of her son, and what kind of educated guesses she may strike at about their common enemy—what exactly her next best step may be.

But, she is not the only victim held captive in the dark unknown even though she may or may not be aware of the others: an unnamed mother with a screaming infant; Kailynn, a talkative teenager; and Mrs. Powell, a retired elementary school teacher, strangers hiding and waiting in the dark.

While the secondary characters add a little movement to the plot, the true voice and heart of the book is little Lincoln and his mother’s fierce love for him and her adamant instinct for survival. Interwoven in the narrative of cat-and-mouse, is the back story of a woman whose maternal instincts stem from her own survival from a hurting past.

But, the book is clear: Joan loves her son and she will do anything and everything she can to survive.

The book, too, demonstrates what can be behind the psyche of a madman (and his cohorts), how mental illness can and does sometime play a role in unnecessary acts of violence—in lieu of deeper pain and suffering.

And yet, the novel also does justice to the tenacity of a mother’s love, how desperation can pivot those in that position to do what is unexpected—and beyond.

Fierce Kingdom is a gripping love story and bond between mother and child, and the power of will and the shear random lottery of luck that sometimes means the fine line between imminent death and wholly relieved survival.

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Characters: 3 stars
Plot: 2.5 stars
Language/Narrative: 3 stars
Dialogue: 3 stars
Pacing: 3.5 stars
Cover Design: 3 stars

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Zara’s Rating

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A special thanks to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with an e-copy of the book, Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and timely review.

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About the Author:

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Gin Phillips is the celebrated author of The Well and the Mine (winner of the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction) and Come in and Cover Me (“original and strikingly beautiful” – Elle Magazine). She has also published two middle-grade novels. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family.

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Links:

You can connect with Gin Phillips on her official website.

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Summer TBR Wipeout: My Pile

07.14.2017

By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis / @zaralibrary

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This year I’ve decided to commit myself to a Summer Reading Challenge hosted by the blog, The Candid Cover called the TBR Wipeout, which encourages book bloggers (or active readers available on social media) to read, read, and read—read as much as we can in order to make a dent in our To-Be-Read/Reviewed (TBR) Piles.

As a literary activist, professional reader, and book reviewer, my reading pile tends to accumulate quickly.

Here’s what I have on my summer reading list so far:

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bk - new boybk - fugue states

bk - all the beloved ghostsbk - do not become alarmed

bk - disasters in the first worldbk - meet me in the in between

bk - be ready for the lightningbk - ministry of utmost happiness

bk - please proceed to the nearest exitbk - here and gone

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bk - diplomats daughterbk - fierce kingdom

bk - watch me disappearbk - hum if you dont know the words

bk - conversations with friendsbk - mrs fletcher

bk - girl in snowbk - the lauras

bk - dead husband projectbk - the only cafe

bk - the paris spybk - a map for wrecked girls

bk - home firebk - a stranger in the house

bk - we all love the beautiful girlsbk - history of bees

bk - hearts invisible furiesbk - someone you love is gone

bk - zero repeat foreverbk - all is beauty now

bk - strangers with the same dreambk - six degrees of freedom

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How many books do you intend to “wipeout” from your reading pile this summer?

What do you think of my TBR pile? Are there any books listed there you’ve already read or would like to read?

What’s on your TBR pile this summer?

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Be sure to come back to check my upcoming reviews and an update on which books I’ve been able to tackle on this list.

Until next time,

Happy reading!

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