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Articles / April 9, 2020

When We Left Cuba When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton is $1.99! This one features a character from the first book in this series, Next Year in Havana, but I believe you can manage this one as a standalone. If I’m wrong, though, chime in below! Here’s what Sarah had to say: When We Left Cuba is beautiful and fascinating. Better recommendation comes from my house sitter earlier this year who very timidly asked if she could read my ARC of book three because she loves the series so so much and was so excited that a preview copy was in her vicinity. In 1960s Florida, a young Cuban exile will risk her life–and heart–to take back her country in this exhilarating historical novel from the author of Next Year in Havana, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.  The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez–her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost. As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over…

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
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Articles / April 9, 2020

B The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix April 7, 2020 · Quirk Books Horror I’m a huge Grady Hendrix fan (see my reviews of Horrorstor, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and the amazingly excellent We Sold Our Souls). This book was so much more intense than I thought it would be, and there’s so much to unpack that it’s a tough one to grade. Truthfully, if I had known what I was getting into, I doubt I would have read this book. And yet I’m so glad I did, because this, among other things, is a story about reading whatever the heck we want to read and the power of women when they decide to unite, both of which are themes that are Relevant to my Interests, Oh, Yeah. Here’s an incomplete list of Trigger Warnings: It’s quite a list. Rape Racism and Classism Sexism Gaslighting (OH GOD SO MUCH GASLIGHTING) Child Abuse Spousal Abuse Gore Rats (OH GOD SO MANY RATS) Cockroaches (AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGH) This is not one of Hendrix’s lighter books. This is hardcore, graphic, physically and psychologically violent, gory horror. The gory parts are hard to read and the psychological horror even tougher. There…

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters
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Articles / April 9, 2020

B To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters April 7, 2020 · Atria Books Historical: EuropeanRomance Desperate times call for feel-good romance novels. To Have and To Hoax is just what the doctor ordered: a gulp of serotonin disguised as a Regency romp. It isn’t a permanent escape from stress and fear, but hopefully it’ll help you forget your troubles for a few hours. It certainly did so for me. Lord and Lady James Audley began their first year of marriage as besotted lovers. They ended their first year of marriage in a silent and simmering hostility. True, they married young — Violet at eighteen and James at twenty-three — and perhaps too soon, but their bitter stalemate isn’t the result of a petty lovers’ quarrel. Not that anyone knows why, since they’ve determinedly kept the cause of antagonism secret from society, friends, and the reader. Fast forward four years later and the state of affairs remains the same. They live in the same house, sleep in different beds, greet each other tersely, stage a show of amiability in society, and secretly wish that things were different. It’s not a war. Yet. Bitterness can only build up for so…