Queen of Katwe Review

queen of katwe coverAs a non-fiction book set in Uganda, Queen of Katwe is a novel I would never normally have picked up. However, something in the story called to me and, having read the entire book in a matter of hours, I don’t regret that decision in the slightest.

Queen of Katwe details the life and experiences of Phiona Mutesi, the young, female, Ugandan chess player from the poorest of the slums who somehow managed to learn chess and become the best player in the country, despite having virtually no resources, or even enough food to eat.

There is something to be said for a novel that so thoroughly immerses you in a world you can barely conceive of, and make you feel like you lived it right alongside the protagonist.

For the full review of this amazing book, click here


Congratulations Mother! (You should be paying me for this)

It’s been a while since I last posted. Sadly, I had to take a hiatus from reviewing while I moved into my new accommodations. However, I never stopped reading while away (I’m not sure that’s even possible), and I have a fresh batch of book recommendations and reviews that will BLOW YOUR MIND…or at least mildly entertain you for a few minutes.

However, I didn’t arbitrarily chose today to re-emerge from the shadows. Rather, I chose today because today is the release date my mother’s YA novel, Stolen Secrets. She has been working hard on this book for years and years and, today, all that work has finally come to fruition!

stolensecretsfront1After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy is shocked to find that her mother has lied to her. Instead of looking for work at a bakery, her mom is taking care of Adelle, Livvy’s grandmother, who Livvy thought was long dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have taken place in a concentration camp. When Livvy and her new friend Franklin D. find journal entries from the Holocaust in Adelle’s home, Livvy begins to suspect that her grandmother may have a shocking link to a notable figure — Anne Frank.

However, as many of the authors out there know, you are not done with a book once it gets published. The marketing process can be just as grueling and, in many cases, not very fruitful. It’s difficult to get reviews, booksellers, and attention. So here’s to you Mom, to many years of hard work, and much more marketing than you will ever want to do in a million lifetimes.

Now, my mother has generously allowed me to post a sample of her novel on my blog (after I had snagged the PDF. copy off her desktop already, of course)

You can read the sample here: (Shameless Plug)

You can check the book out here: (Shameless Plug)