In this month’s roundup of the best-reviewed titles by BookLife authors, we’ve got a collection of feminist essays, historical fiction, terrifying tales, romantic thrills, and a whole lot more.
★ DeFacto Feminism by Judy Juanita
Synopsis: This essay collection provides a dynamic take on a subset of feminism and the author’s artistic coming of age.
PW’s Takeaway: Personal reminiscences mixed with pop culture details create a rhythmic and unforgettable portrait of an artist.
Comparable Titles: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Sample Line: “American society was one big happy family in the 1950s. A melting pot, a Jell-O & white bread land of perfection and gleaming surfaces. Not for a minute. The truth was that America was one big white out.”
Miro by A.E. Nasr
Synopsis: Nasr’s novel, set in an unnamed country, follows five jailed resistance fighters who escape after nine years in prison.
PW’s Takeaway: Nasr masterfully explores human strength and resilience while offering readers a smartly plotted narrative.
Comparable Titles: The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King
Sample Line: “Miro knew why men went mad in the dark. In the blackness of his cell, the revelation came cruelly disguised as a happy dream, urging him awake on a day of the week he could not name, at an hour he could only guess had come too soon.”
Angler in Darkness by Edward M. Erdelac
Synopsis: This collection runs the gamut of monster mayhem and historical weirdness, with plenty of gore.
PW’s Takeaway: This entertaining collection will appeal to a wide variety of horror readers.
Comparable Titles: Night Shift by Stephen King
Trust Me by Laura Florand
Synopsis: Florand concocts a sizzling romantic thriller that could easily have been pulled from today’s headlines.
PW’s Takeaway: Florand’s lyrical prose immediately draws the reader into a world where danger mingles with hope.
Comparable Titles: Black Ice by Anne Stuart
The Man with Two Names by Vincent B. Davis II
Synopsis: An inspired retelling of the life of legendary Roman statesman Quintus Sertorius.
PW’s Takeaway: Davis’s strengths lie in portraying the horrifying realities of war and in vivifying the ancient setting.
Comparable Titles: I, Claudius by Robert Graves