Book Reviews

Annihilation by Jeff Vanermeer–ATLP Book Review

No one knows what’s happened in Area X. For decades, it’s been cut off from civilization, reclaimed by nature. Scientific expeditions to explore the area have come up with little to no knowledge about what has happened there, leaving everyone wondering what exactly is going on? And how do they keep Area X from continuing…

Yellowface by R.F. Kuang–ATLP Book Review

Yellowface takes the question of authorship and amplifies it, asking readers to contemplate how far the publishing industry will go to sell, and what level of cultural appropriation is acceptable (if any). R.F. Kuang tackles difficult topics like cyber bullying, suicidal ideation, and racism, all through the lens of a standard white woman as an…

Foster by Claire Keegan–ATLP Book Review

Claire Keegan’s Foster isn’t the most popular book trending on Booktok–in fact, Foster probably isn’t mentioned on the app at all. While its popularity is limited, this little novella is quickly picking up speed for its thought-provoking plotline and stylistic beauty.

Before The Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi–ATLP Book Review

What if you could travel back in time and see a loved one that’s dead? a boyfriend that’s dumped you? Relive the moment you got engaged? Before The Coffee Gets Cold explores time travel–but with a caveat. A few, actually.

First, patrons that visit the little Tokyo cafe can only relive moments that happened…

Adelaide by Genevieve Wheeler—ATLP Book Review

At twenty-six years old, she doesn’t exactly have her life figured out. Adelaide is an American, living abroad in London, finishing up her graduate degree when she meets Rory Hughes. Rory’s a charming Englishman straight out of a Disney fairytale. He’s incredibly handsome, he’s got a fabulous accent, and he’s *tall.*

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The Spite House by Johnny Compton–ATLP Book Review

Eric Ross and his two daughters are on the run across the country (from a mysterious past, of course) when they come across an ad for The Spite House. The house is supposedly the most haunted house in the state of Texas, and known to the townspeople as ‘The Masson House,’ is filled with a…

Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder–ATLP Book Review

In Sister, Maiden, Monster a new virus tears across the globe–but it’s not COVID. It’s something much worse.

PVG is a virus that has scary symptoms. Patients begin with headaches and nausea that later results in throwing up their own blood. Many of them die. Those that recover are forced to accept their fate:…

Lone Women by Victor LaValle–ATLP Book Review

Victor LaValle’s Lone Women is the story of Adelaide Henry, a young black woman with a horrifying secret.

Growing up in the early 1900s on a small farm in California, Adelaide hasn’t had it easy. And yet, when she reads an article about women homesteading alone in Montana–in exchange for land–Adelaide is too tempted…

I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jenette McCurdy–ATLP Book Review

The one thing, like many others, that I was absolutely astounded by was McCurdy’s sense of normalcy by the way her family acted and how she was treated as a child. As she began to understand that other families didn’t behave the ways hers did, her depression worsened and caused a slew of very real…

Just My Type by Falon Ballard–ATLP Book Review

Just My Type is an adorable new rom-com where exes become lovers, the main character works on finding herself, and therapy is much approved.

The Lighthouse Witches by C.J. Cooke–ATLP Book Review

Luna has yet to solve the mystery of what happened to her family–That is, until she gets a phone call that her youngest sister, Clover, has been found. She’s ecstatic, until she actually sees Clover and discovers that Clover is still seven years old–the same age she was when she vanished. In The Lighthouse Witches,…

The Southern Book Club’s Guide To Slaying Vampires–ATLP Book Review

Patricia’s small town book club is made up of five women, all of which have a hankering for ‘trashy’ true crime novels. Each month, they share in their discussion about a crime that seems very far away–until James Harris moves in across the street. It’s very clear to Patricia that something is going on with…

The School For Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan–After The Last Page Book Review

In this light, no one would be able to tell they are losing hope. That they’re dangerous women. Women who can’t control themselves. Who don’t know the right way to love. jessamine chan, the school for good mothers (208) SYNOPSIS The School For Good Mothers starts with Frida Liu’s very bad day. Frida has been…

The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson–ATLP Book Review

The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a coming-of-age novel with some serious Stranger Things vibes. It’s nostalgic, it’s supernatural. It’s Magical. And, it’s the perfect spooky season read.

The Sign for Home–ATLP Book Review

SYNOPSIS The Sign For Home follow the story of Arlo Dilly, a young Deafblind adult who has spent most of his adulthood secluded from his community. Growing up a Jehovah’s Witness, Arlo has always been told he needs to be devout, and his uncle and guardian, Brother Birch, gives him no other choice. Brother Birch…

The Book of Gothel by Mary McMyne–ATLP Book Review

Germany 1156. Witches and Princess. Danger. The Book of Gothel will entice even non-fantasy readers with intrigue for all.

Killers of a Certain Age by Deanna Raybourn–ATLP Book Review

Killers of A Certain Age is a thriller following four retiring assassins being hunted by their own organization.

True Biz by Sara Novic–ATLP Book Review

In True Biz, several protagonists face the challenges of the hearing world when their school, River Valley School for the Deaf, is faced with closure due to a lack of funding. February is hearing, but she has lived among Deaf people her whole life. As the headmistress of the school, she’s committed to finding and…

Bunny by Mona Awad–ATLP Book Review

The all-time strangest book I’ve read this year, Bunny is more than a surface level novel about a clique–it’s horror and decapitated heads.

On Rotation by Sherlene Obuobi–ATLP Book Review

On Rotation explores themes of first generation American children and the struggles they face through protagonist, Angie, a medical student.

Everyone In This Room Will Someday Be Dead by Emily Austin–ATLP Book Review

In this raw portrayal of mental health, follow Gilda, a 27 year old atheist and lesbian who takes on a job at a Catholic church.

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center–ATLP Book Review

The Bodyguard is an adorable slow burn rom-com featuring fake dating, an A-list celebrity, a stalker, and a Texas ranch.

Moonlight and The Pearler’s Daughter by Lizzie Pook–ATLP Book Review

Moonlight and The Pearler’s Daughter follows the journey of young Eliza as she attempts to find her missing father in Australia in 1886.

The Maidens by Alex Michaelides—ATLP Book Review

My favorite Thriller this year, The Maidens features dark academia, a murder on campus, and a group-therapist ready to solve the crime.

Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult—ATLP Book Review

Jodi Picoult’s Wish You Were Here explores the coronavirus, seperation from loved ones, and a new adventure of self-discovery.

It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey–ATLP Book Review

It Happened One Summer is a cute rom-com featuring a character inspired by Schitt’s Creek, a fisherman, and an old dive bar.

The Power by Naomi Alderman—ATLP Book Review

In “The Power,” women develop a physical trait to overpower men, shifting a patriarchal society into a dangerous new world.

The Kindred Spirits Supper Club by Amy E. Reichert– ATLP Book Review

The Kindred Spirits Supper Club is a cute ghost-y rom-com following anxiety-ridden Sabrina who moves back to her family home for the summer.

The Lifestyle by Taylor Hahn–ALTP Book Review

One day, lawyer Georgina walks in on her husband cheating. To revive their marriage, the two begin swinging with their friends (2022 release)

Lessons in Chemistry By Bonnie Garmus–ATLP Book Review

Lessons in Chemistry is the story of Elizabeth Zott, a researcher in 1960s California fighting for gender equality in an all-male field.

Agatha of Little Neon by Claire Luchette–ATLP Book Review

Agatha of Little Neon is a heartwarming tale of sisterhood, unexpected friendship, and devotion–and nuns.

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin—After The Last Page Book Review

In this Pride and Prejudice inspired re-telling, Uzma Jalaluddin brings to life Ayesha At Last, the romance of a modern-day Muslim couple.

Book Lovers by Emily Henry- After The Last Page Book Review

It’s August, which is the slow season for cutthroat literary agent Nora Stephens. She spends every day around books, from reading her client’s work to cutting them enormous deals. Yet, when her younger sister, Libby, begs her to take a month off in a town she thought her biggest client had made up, she follows…

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez–After The Last Page Review

Inspired by true events, Take My Hand is the story of Civil Townsend, a young woman working for a family planning clinic in Montgomery, Alabama in the 1970s. Shortly after receiving her nursing degree, Civil goes to work for a local clinic, which specializes in reaching the impoverished women in the community. Civil comes from…

If The Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy–After The Last Page Review

If The Shoe Fits is a body positive romance novel featuring characters inspired by Cinderella and a Bachelor-inspired TV show.

Darling Girl by Liz Michalski–After The Last Page Review

In this dark retelling of Peter Pan, Liz Michalski crafts the story of Holly Darling, granddaughter of the famous Wendy Darling. Holly is a scientist and runs a successful skin care company in the US. Hailing from the UK, Holly has left much of her past behind other than her accent and her son, Jack,…

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt–After The Last Page Review

A 70-Year-Old widow, a fatherless man, and a Giant Pacific Octopus, all with a unique connection to each other. Check out this top summer read of 2022.

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover–After The Last Page Review

Lily has spent her life trying to leave the small town she grew up in. Coming from a broken family that has somehow stuck together more years than they should have, she wishes to leave everything behind and start over. Graduating college and moving to Boston sounds like just the way to do that. When…

When Stars Rain Down by Angela Jackson-Brown–After The Last Page Review

Opal knows that the world is more separated than it should be, and in 1936 skin color has more to do with it than anyone would like. Though slavery has long been abolished, African Americans are still doing laborious work for whites and the town of Parsons is as segregated as it comes. Opal has…

Dark Horses by Susan Mihalic–After The Last Page Review

Roan Montgomery has spent her entire life surrounded by horses. A 15-year old equestrian prodigy from a long line of Olympic equestrians, Roan has to live up to a certain level of expectation. After all, it’s her job to carry on the family legacy and the future of Rosemont Farms. Coached by her father, Olympic…

Part Of Your World by Abby Jimenez–After The Last Page Book Review

Together, Daniel and Alexis are unstoppable. But, the two cease to exist outside of Wakan town limits. Can the magic of Wakan keep them together? Or will Alexis and Daniel be destined to follow the path that has already been laid out for them since birth—separately?

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James–After The Last Page Book Review

No one would ever believe a small-town woman could be a murderer in 1977, let alone a serial killer. And then, there’s Beth Greer.

Shaken by two seemingly random murders, the town of Claire Lake, Oregon needs someone to blame. Who would bring such terrible violence into a safe, small town like Claire Lake? That’s…

Circe by Madeline Miller–After The Last Page Book Review

“In the reimagining of characters from The Odyssey, Madeline Miller brings to life Circe, a goddess born to the Titan god of the sun, Helios. From the minute of her birth, Circe is a disappointment to her father. She is the most unattractive of his children, powerless, and disobedient. He finds her to have qualities…

The Happy Ever After Playlist by Abby Jimenez–After The Last Page Book Review

“It’s been two years since Sloan Monroe lost her fiancé, but she knows grief doesn’t have a time limit. Struggling with her emotions, Sloan seems to have given up all things important in her life, including her painting. But, on her way to visit her fiancé’s grave, something strange happens. A dog runs out in…

People We Meet On Vacation by Emily Henry–After The Last Page Book Review

Poppy has the life she always wanted. She’s not a small-town girl anymore, she lives in the big city, works for a serious professional magazine, and she even has a city apartment to herself. Yet, she can’t seem to get out of a rut. When a friend asks her when she was last truly happy,…

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle–After The Last Page Book Review

“Where do you see yourself in five years?” Dannie Kohan, a lawyer in New York City, has a plan. In her mid-twenties, she lives her life by numbers. She knows exactly how long it will take her to make junior partner, how many years until she is married to her partner, David, and how many…

We Are All The Same In The Dark by Julia Heaberlin–After The Last Page Review

Wyatt Branson is driving along the Texas highway when he sees a dog on the side of the road, dumped in a field of dandelions—except, she isn’t a dog—she’s a kid. Is it a sign? It’s been a decade since his sister, Trumanell, disappeared, leaving nothing but a bloody handprint on their front door. Wyatt…

The Roughest Draft by Emily Wibberly–After The Last Page Book Review

Forced to reunite through their shared love of writing, Katrina and Nathan are secluded in only each other’s company as they hole up in their Florida cottage writing retreat, where they wrote their last novel. Both writers awkwardly must face each other, and their shared resentment over past misgivings. Together, they work through their issues…

The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd–After The Last Page Book Review

When Nell gets a phone call at work from the New York Police Department, the last thing she expects to hear is her father’s unexpected passing. After all, she hasn’t talked to her father in years—not since an incident at the New York Public Library, shortly after her she began working as an intern there,…

Just Haven’t Met You Yet by Sophie Cousens–After The Last Page Book Review

Sophie Cousen’s latest novel, following her bestseller, This Time Next Year, is a romance following the story of Laura Le Quesne as the 20-something lifestyle reporter from London jets off to the Channel Islands off of the coast of France, specifically Jersey. She is tasked with writing a feel-good love story following the nature of…