Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

I received a free electronic ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ashna Raje inherited her father's Indian restaurant and now struggles to keep it afloat. When her best friend, China Dashwood, offers her the chance to be on a new cooking competition show she's castingĀ  for Food Network, Ashna…

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot

In the finale, Lizze is engaged to Luke. But things aren't as rosy as she expected. He's so busy with school, and she's so busy with work now that everyone loves what she did for one of New York's famous brides, that they hardly see each other. The good news is, business has never been…

Queen of Babble in the Big City

Lizzie has decided to move to New York City with her new boyfriend Luke, who's pursuing a post baccalaureate premed degree, and her best friend Shari and her boyfriend Chaz. While Shari has no trouble getting a job, Lizzie finds herself struggling to find one with her degree in Fashion History. Until she stumbles upon…

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

After reading a dystopic fantasy series, I needed a light hearted break where the the biggest stakes was whether or not the main character would find love. Thank the Force for Meg Cabot! I haven't quite made it through her backlog yet, so I figured this was the perfect time to tackle another of her…

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

First off, happy 80th Birthday to my dad. Yes, he's 80. And still riding that motorcycle every day, even in the middle of a global pandemic as he refuses to stay home. Pachinko tells the multigenrational story of a Korean young woman, Suja, and her family from the early 1900s until 1989. At sixteen, Suja…

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Nineteen-year-old Hedwig Keisler has just wowed the people of Vienna playing the famous Hapsburg Empress Elizabeth, and won the admiration of the weapons manufacturer Fritz Mandl. The older Mandl asks her father for permission to date her, and afraid of saying no to such a powerful man, he agrees. When Mandl asks her to marry…

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

In 1891 young Rachel Kalam is a happy little girl living in Honolulu with her family. But her family is forever changed when first her father's brother, Pono, contracts Leporsy and then Rachel begins to show signs. Her frantic family does what they can to hide Rachel's ailment and cure her themselves, but a slip…

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Twenty-year-old Galaxy "Alex" Stern is a freshman at Yale University. Despite being a high school drop out, she's recruited to join one of Yale's secret societies, the ninth house, or Lethe, due to her ability to see ghosts, or "grays". Lethe is tasked with keeping the Ancient Eight in line, and making sure their occult…

The Uninvited by Cat Winters

Twenty-five-year-old Ivy Rowan has always seen ghosts. She' also just survived the flu epidemic in 1918 only to learn that her father and teenage brother have just killed a young German immigrant in town as retaliation for the war and the subsequent death of her other brother. Enraged, she decided it's finally time for her…