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Karena's Reviews

Karena is in a non-monogamous relationship with Speculative Fiction, Romance, Feminist manifestos and any other little ARC that catches her eye. Snarky heroines are her weakness. She spends her nonreading time playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family (but really still thinking about what she could be reading).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naturally Tan by Tan France

I am such a fan of Queer Eye that I jumped on the chance to read France’s biography. It is such a fun book. This was like sitting down with a friend and sharing your life’s highs and lows while getting the best fashion advice. I love how France relates certain articles of clothing to a moment in his life. He made me laugh and contemplate (and consider whether my jewelry collection could use just one more piece). - Karena

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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 4th, 2019

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Helen Ellis is everything I would want to be if I were a Southern lady instead of a California girl. Her essays have the kind of wit that warms the cockles of my jaded heart. I cackled at every snark. She’s the one you want sitting next to you at the wedding, spilling dirt (and let’s be honest, probably her wine) about all of the groom’s relatives. She’s brilliant and I want to read everything she writes forever. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780385543897
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Published: Doubleday - April 16th, 2019

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I love when an author continues to delight. Helen Hoang is that author. The charm and sexiness of her earlier The Kiss Quotient is also in abundance in The Bride Test. Even though I know the book ends in a happily-ever-after (it’s a romance, that’s what they’re supposed to do!), I had no idea how we were going to get there. Hoang handles autism, being an immigrant, and meddling mothers while giving you the steamiest of sexy times and all the feels.

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Published: Berkley - May 7th, 2019

The Book of Essie By Meghan MacLean Weir

I kind of have an obsession with books where a woman is raised in extreme religious families. This fictional tale of a girl raised on TV with her preacher father, machinating mother, and five siblings fit the bill perfectly. I love the way Essie figures out how to escape by  using the rules and restrictions her parents set up against her. It is fantastically written.

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Published: Vintage - May 7th, 2019

The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal

I will read anything and everything that Jaswal (Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows) writes. This fantastically written book about three sisters on a journey arranged by their recently deceased mother charmed me. Within a story of sisterhood and family, Jaswal explores an immigrant experience as well as the complexities women go through in different ways. Sisterhood isn’t always about getting along and having everything in common, and Jaswal dives into that in this novel. I will be thinking about the Shergill sisters for a while, finding new things to love about them. - Karena 

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Published: William Morrow - April 30th, 2019

The Bird King by G. Willow WIlson

The Bird King is so many things at once. It plays with love, power, religion, freedom and what those words mean to different people at different times. You will be swept away in this gorgeously written historical fantasy. I have been a fan of Wilson’s ever since Alif the Unseen and she doesn’t disappoint here. In fact, she’s only gotten better as an author. - Karena

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Published: Grove Press - March 12th, 2019

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I make time every year to reread this and I always find a new reason to love it. The imagery alone is worth it. Descriptions of tents full of magic and wonder, characters who defy reality, and a circus that no one can predict makes this one of my favorite books of all time. "The circus arrives without warning." Consider this your warning. This is the read you were waiting for. - Karena

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Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet

I love a good Robin Hood story. This one just happens to take place in space in this perfect blend of scifi and romance. It's so very steamy, full of adventure, and really just a lot of fun. Bouchet knows how to create characters you want to go on a journey with. While you're waiting for the rest of this series, also read her Kingmaker Chronicles. - Karena

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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - January 2019

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

“Pretty as a picture and brimming with spite” describes Grishna Zoya, my new personal icon. This newest addition to the Grishaverse fits right in with the world we already know, yet is accessible to newcomers. Both Nina and Zoya were my favorite characters with complex personalities and zero time for foolishness. - Karena

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Published: Imprint - January 29th, 2019

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

This book is a wicked good time. As someone who grew up on 70s/80s rock, the idea of reimagining monster fighting mercenaries as touring rock bands makes my heart pitter patter. Saga being the retired “we’ve seen it all, smoked it all, fought it all” on a comeback tour/rescue mission is ingenious and hilarious. Read this if you love adventure, laughs, and amazing band names. - Karena

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Published: Orbit - February 21st, 2017

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