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From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

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From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Twinkle wants to make films that change the world. But right now, she is a nobody in high school who is losing her best friend Maddie to the popular crowd. Those are the rich kids while Twinkle’s family can’t even afford to buy her a cell phone. She has a crush on Neil who she thinks will elevate her status higher than a groundling, but does he even notice her. Then Maddie suggest Twinkle make a movie for their high school’s end of the year Midsummer Night festival and who volunteers to help produce this movie? None other than Sahil, Neil’s twin brother. When the two start to work together Twinkle has to manage her feelings for the two brothers, especially since she’s been getting emails from a secret admirer under the name N. Cue the high school drama and angst! This novel is riddled with it. And the insecurity that comes along with being poor and not able to afford the things that others can. Along with being on the bottom of the social totem …

The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World’s Longest Treasure Hunt by Randall Sullilvan

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The Curse of Oak Island: The Story of the World’s Longest Treasure Hunt by Randall Sullilvan



        The first time I ever heard of Oak Island was during an episode of "Ancient Aliens." This had been years ago. But the idea of this island with a buried treasure no one had ever been able to reach stuck with me. I googled it a time or two after first hearing about it but didnt search too much into it. I didn’t even know it now had a reality show so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out about this book discussing the history of the island and the latest developments.
        It’s a really interesting story. From the “discovery” of the what would be known as the money pit in 1795, to the search still taking place on the island now over 200 years later. Sullivan details what happened since the day a teenager canoed to the island until the reality show that exist now. There’s no denying in my opinion, especially after reading this book, that the structure is manmade. But I co…

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis

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In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C. Davis


I have to start this review off by saying that this book is the type of U.S. History book that I gravitate towards, because it addresses the more problematic issues in the United States. This book in particular highlights slavery, but not just any slave story. This book looks at the lives of four presidents who were slave owners and discusses the lives of the slaves they owned. It’s sobering to read, especially when the presidents are men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, men of myth and legend who are the “framers” of the country. I was taught that these men could do no wrong. I’m glad to see that these myths are being ripped to shreds so we can see these men for who they truly are. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson were all slave holders. Billy Lee, Ona Judge, Isaac Granger, Paul Jennings and Alfred Jackson were the names of…

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann



I’m not sure where would be the perfect place to start with this review. The story is that of Alice, a young Black woman coming into her adulthood, while also navigating being a biromantic asexual. The only people who know her sexuality are her best friends Fennie and Ryan, who also happen to be a couple and her new roommates. But as her attraction to Tamuki, the new guy at her job grows, so does her insecurities around how to proceed in a relationship when she enjoys romance and but doesn’t care about sex. I am doing the best I can here with this blurb, knowing full well that I really enjoyed this book from a heterosexual standpoint and am hoping that I am describing this clearly and thoughtfully because this book was really good. Let’s take a second to talk about representation quickly. I loved the way Kann discusses asexuality and the way Alice processes and describes her feelings. This book left a very clear impression on what it means to be ase…

Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

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Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson


Mary has spent years in baby jail and now is staying in a group home for murdering baby Alyssa. Allegedly. She was nine the night Alyssa died. When the cops arrived at the home she was covered in mud, the baby had bruises all over here face and body. It’s been years and Mary hasn’t stopped thinking about Alyssa. She also never admitted to the crime. Her mom agreed to the plea deal of manslaughter on behalf of Mary. But now Mary has a different story to tell. She didn’t kill Alyssa but she knows who did. And if it means she’ll be able to keep the baby growing in her stomach, she is willing to tell everyone the truth. I regret that I started reading this book while visiting family. If I had been at home I would have finished this book in a day or two. It’s the kind of story that sucks you in right away but has a super dark tone and you spend the majority of the time trying to figure out what the truth it. I didn’t trust anyone and as much as I liked Mary I fe…

Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

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Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao



Poornima was the oldest daughter. Her mother had passed years ago and she was the one who cared for not only her father but her brothers and sister. Savitha’s father was an alcoholic and her mother did the laundry for other people in their village. The two became friends when Savitha came to work for Poornima’s father. Both were poor and struggling but their friendship was filled with a love and trust that neither had known and both depended on. It wasn’t long before Poornima’s arranged marriage that Savitha fled from their village, a victim who was going to be forced into an even worse situation. But the two would always yearn for each other and the friendship they had, with paths crossing until they could find each other again. There are some books that I can’t stop reading because the plot is beautifully done. This is not one of those books. This is a book that I kept reading because the writing is beautiful. The plot was a lot darker than I expecte…

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss



I heard about this book a few years ago. I have never read anything by Alexander Dumas but I feel like I’ve always known about his books. The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers had all been made into movies that I’ve browsed through or knew of. Not to mention The Man in the Iron Mask featuring those same musketeers and Leonardo DiCaprio, a movie that I have watched countless times over. I knew these characters for the most part but I had no idea what the inspiration might have been for them. Then I came across this book which states that Alexander Dumas’s dad, a Black man, was the novelist inspiration for much of his work and I became very intrigued. I had assumed that Dumas was white. Mostly because all of the depictions of his characters were white and because people usually make it a point to point out when an author is Black. I picked this book up with the intention of learning…