Jodi Picoult’s “The Storyteller”: A heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful story that shows the strength of the human spirit

I’m going to start by saying that I am a massive fan of Jodi Picoult. Her novels are inspiring, gripping, enthralling and full of love, plot twists and the unpredictable nature of human life. Her characters are strong, yet sometimes beautifully flawed — which is why we love them so much and find them so … More Jodi Picoult’s “The Storyteller”: A heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful story that shows the strength of the human spirit

Jojo Moyes’ “Still Me” offers the best conclusion to the Me Before You trilogy

With Me Before You, Jojo Moyes crafted a millennial love story – a heart-breaking tale of two people from very different walks of life who find, first, vague irritation, and later, love, as they discover purpose in each other and their own visions of how to build a meaningful life. The hero, Will Traynor, is … More Jojo Moyes’ “Still Me” offers the best conclusion to the Me Before You trilogy

Pretending a problem isn’t real does not mean it isn’t in Dan Brown’s “Inferno”

In his international blockbusters The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown masterfully fused history, art, codes, and symbols. And he raised the bar yet again in his fourth novel in the Robert Langdon series, Inferno. Combining classical Italian art, history, and literature with cutting-edge science, this sumptuously entertaining thriller … More Pretending a problem isn’t real does not mean it isn’t in Dan Brown’s “Inferno”

Ignorance is sometimes preferable to harsh truths in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”

Dan Brown‘s The Da Vinci Code is a fascinating and absorbing thriller — perfect for history buffs, conspiracy nuts, puzzle lovers or anyone who appreciates a great, riveting story. It heralds the arrival of a new breed of lightning-paced, intelligent thriller utterly unpredictable right up to its stunning conclusion, which, believe you me, will have … More Ignorance is sometimes preferable to harsh truths in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”

Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons”: Religion vs Science

An explosive international thriller from international bestselling author Dan Brown, Angels & Demons careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war. The first of five novels in the Robert Langdon series. Angels & Demons was one of the best page-turners I have ever read. From the very … More Dan Brown’s “Angels & Demons”: Religion vs Science

Stories keep the heart alive in Cassandra Clare’s “Lord of Shadows”

Cassandra Clare‘s Lord of Shadows is the sequel we’ve all been waiting for. It has just the same amount of beautifully constructed, high intensity, deep, yet comedic content we love to see from a typical Shadowhunter novel. Lord of Shadows is the second book in her trilogy, The Dark Artifices and is set five years … More Stories keep the heart alive in Cassandra Clare’s “Lord of Shadows”

The mysteries of the world and of people in “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”

It was the title of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe that drew me to the book. I’m a massive fan of Dante, the major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages, and of Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. So everything about the title appealed to me — the names Dante, … More The mysteries of the world and of people in “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”

The real and overlooked message in “IT” by Stephen King

Only Stephen King could write an eleven hundred page novel about the innocence and wonder of childhood, and kick it off with a six-year-old boy getting his arm ripped off by a clown. Much like the titular monster that lurks within its pages, It is many things – it’s terrifying, it’s sweet, it’s disturbing, it’s sad. … More The real and overlooked message in “IT” by Stephen King

Learning not to judge in Brigid Kemmerer’s “Letters to the Lost”

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer is a wonderful, thought-provoking and hopeful story. But it was also dark, philosophical and upsetting. It is nothing like what the blurb might initially lead you to believe — Juliet is writing letters to her dead mother, but the story isn’t about that. This is the story of how … More Learning not to judge in Brigid Kemmerer’s “Letters to the Lost”