• YA Contemporary Book Review

    A Step from Heaven

    My Review: A Step from Heaven is not an easy book to address. It follows the life of Young Ju Park and her family; they are Korean immigrants pursuing the American dream. The book takes place over a wide span of time from the age of four to graduating high school. The story focuses not on the everyday events of the narrator, but instead on the major events that impacted her and her family as they struggle to acclimate to American culture. It is a classic immigrant story that is deeply heartfelt and inspirational, but it’s also a story about motherhood, and the sacrifices that parents make for their children…

  • Mystery Thriller Book Review

    Not a Sound

    My Review: Before I begin this review, let me start by saying that service dogs are awesome. Dogs, in general, are awesome but this book is a prime example of why service dogs are absolutely amazing and deserve all of the love and praise for all that they do. The story follows Amelia, a former ER nurse that becomes deaf after a horrible accident and is struggling to get her life back together. I appreciated how delicately the subjects of disability, depression, and alcoholism are handled in this book. Amelia is both a sympathetic character and an admirable one, actively learning how to carry on and create a new life…