Book Review: Kingdom of Ashes by Elena May

Reviewed by Yasmine Lewis Kingdom of Ashes is a young adult novel of around 530 pages. In this novel, the reader discovers the world post-nightfall, where the earth and its new technologies, such as the WeatherWizard which controls the weather, have been taken over by vampires. The New World forced humans into hiding for decades, [...]

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Book Review: Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Reviewed by Yasmine Lewis How well do you know the people around you? Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott is a psychological thriller that will keep you on edge through its 339 pages. Kit is a young PhD student in science, working in a lab with other PhD students, all of them are competing [...]

Book Review: Deaths of the Poets by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts

Reviewed by Elle Heedles When this curious, biographical travel-journal debuted last February, it was met with mixed reviews. Where some critics found it a “good, clever, kindly and enjoyable book,” others were not as captured. Charming and anecdotal though it may be, there is an underlying sense that the two contemporary poets have bitten off [...]

Connected by Nicola Bourne

They say when someone dies that they leave a hole in your heart but I don’t think that’s true.   Instead, they add something to your heart.  It has the shape and weight of a large boulder and its forever in the way.  It makes it hard for your heart to keep working.  Hard to [...]

Charge it to the Game by Karen Collazo

I checked into Miami-Dade County’s New Direction rehab facility after self-identifying as a drug addict.  I signed up for the Specialized Transitional Opportunity Program (STOP), a six-month inpatient program that provided affordable housing to patients who worked offsite. The rent was only $2 a day. Pam was the only client with a job in the [...]

Book Review: The Tryst by Monique Roffey

Reviewed by Aija Oksman Roffey’s style, abrasive and brass as it might be to some, reminds me of Jean Rhys—if she was writing in the twenty-first century. The ancestral, the first of them all, and almost animalistic female empowerment intermingled with the profound somehow aggressive and oppressive mentality is a wild read. An open look [...]

The First Animal by Kandace Siobhan Walker

At the end of the world, there is a beach. The giant monkey who lives there likes to watch the waves come in and go out again. The waves’ reliability is therapeutic. Especially for an animal who lives at the intersection of the universe and its apocalypse. It is for this reason, being on the [...]

Book Review: The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles

Reviewed by Huriyah Quadri The Invisible Crowd is about illegal immigration and the way asylum seekers are viewed and treated in Britain. It's centred around Yonas, a young man who has escaped from prison following a nightmarish life in Eritrea. Yonas was a journalist who was forced to act as a censor, his hatred of the [...]

Gold Streets and Cockroaches by Kenneth Pobo

Yesterday, after I finished memorizing the fourth chapter of Leviticus and had repeated it to my superior Mr. Worman, I started wondering about Worman’s position in heaven.  I don't want to be smiled at (benevolently) for eternity, don't want to be smiled at now, but in the Colony we are happy.  We are happy. Growing [...]