I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongfully Convicted by Laura Caldwell, Leslie S. Klinger
Published by Liveright on March 28th 2017
Wrongful convictions, long regarded as statistical anomalies in an otherwise sound justice system, now appear with frightening regularity. But few people understand just how or why they happen and, more important, the immeasurable consequences that often haunt the lucky few who are acquitted, years after they are proven innocent.
Now, in this groundbreaking anthology, fourteen exonerated inmates narrate their stories to a roster of high-profile mystery and thriller writers—including Lee Child, Sara Paretsky, Laurie R. King, Jan Burke and S. J. Rozan—while another exoneree’s case is explored in a previously unpublished essay by legendary playwright Arthur Miller. An astonishing and unique collaboration, these testimonies bear witness to the incredible stories of innocent men and women who were convicted of serious crimes and cast into the maw of a vast and deeply flawed American criminal justice system before eventually, and miraculously, being exonerated.
Introduced by best-selling authors Scott Turow and Barry Scheck, these master storytellers capture the tragedy of wrongful convictions as never before and challenge readers to confront the limitations and harsh realities of the American criminal justice system. Lee Child tells of Kirk Bloodsworth, who obsessively read about the burgeoning field of DNA testing, cautiously hoping that it held the key to his acquittal—until he eventually became the first person to be exonerated from death row based on DNA evidence. Judge John Sheldon and author Gayle Lynds team up to share Audrey Edmunds’s experience raising her children long distance from her prison cell. And exoneree Gloria Killian recounts to S. J. Rozan her journey from that fateful "knock on the door" and the initial shock of accusation to the scars she carries today.
Together, the powerful stories collected within the Anatomy of Innocence detail every aspect of the experience of wrongful conviction, as well as the remarkable depths of endurance sustained by each exoneree who never lost hope.
I spent much of my childhood believing that our justice system was overwhelmingly fair and transparent. Probably like many of the jurors that served on the cases of these innocent men and women, I thought that for them to even make it to trial meant that the cops and prosecutors must believe they had the right person. My eyes have been opened over the years, thanks in part to The Innocence Project, and even wider still with this book. Top authors like Lee Child and Sara Paretsky team up with 14 exonerees to tell their stories- the shock, anger, depression, and ultimately the hope that helped them persevere. I cannot recommend this book enough!
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1) by Rin Chupeco
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 7th 2017
The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.
Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.
Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.
Rin Chupeco scared me in The Girl From the Well and in The Suffering, but she has completely enchanted me in The Bone Witch. The magic and world building is amazing. From the first pages when Tea accidentally resurrects her first dead body, to the end where she has fully embraced being a bone witch, the reader is immersed in the world of the asha- a world of magic, fighting, dancing, and politics. I’m really hoping Chupeco is a Bone Witch herself, because the wait for the second book might kill me!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published by Knopf Publishing Group on March 7th 2017
From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today--written as a letter to a friend.
A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.
Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "allow" women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.
I sold a copy of We Should All Be Feminists to a customer a few weeks ago, and I told her about this book since I read it recently. This book the perfect follow up to WSABF! The advice is so great and so accessible on how to raise feminists (I honestly wrote all the suggestions now, because I need them too). But it’s more than that, because I think there’s plenty of parents, aunts, uncles, men, and women who could get just as much out of reading this as young girls growing up in a society that still values them as less or other. Adichie is the voice we need right now.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
From the author of Epic Fail comes the story of Chloe Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl on a quest to find love for her autistic sister, Ivy. Ethan, from Ivy’s class, seems like the perfect match. It’s unfortunate that his older brother, David, is one of Chloe’s least favorite people, but Chloe can deal, especially when she realizes that David is just as devoted to Ethan as she is to Ivy.
Uncommonly honest and refreshingly funny, this is a story about sisterhood, autism, and first love. Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan, who form a quirky and lovable circle, will steal readers’ hearts and remind us all that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.
It was love at first chapter when I read my first LaZebnik book many years ago, and this book only increases my affection and devotion for her! Main character Chloe is doing her best to help her autistic sister, Ivy, find love and friendship, even if it means hanging out with her sarcastic classmate David and his adorable autistic brother, Ethan. Chloe’s heart is in the right place, but she makes several missteps, and I love how flawed and real all of the characters are. Often LaZebnik’s books are based off Shakespeare and other classics, so if I had to guess what the inspiration for this one is, I would say it’s part Taming of the Shrew and part Pride and Prejudice. As much as I loved Chloe and David, it’s really Ivy and Ethan who’s story shines through. I have a firm belief that books are the best way to learn compassion and acceptance, and if I could, I would make everyone read Things I Should Have Known. All the stars, all the love for this book!
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on March 21st 2017
He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.
It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.
Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
Pretty in Pink meets The Lord of the Flies meets X-Files! The action and twists in this book are pretty much non-stop, so you might want to take a few deep breaths before diving in. I loved Min and Noah and Tack, loved how different and complimentary they were to each other. I especially loved how fearless, determined and badass Min was, especially in contrast to quiet, cautious and detached Noah. My stomach was in knots at least 85% of the book, worrying about the main characters (and honestly, even some of the minor ones). I’m still trying to wrap my head around the ending, but I guarantee I will be first in line for the sequel!