Glorious Boy Tour – Review

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About the Book

Publication Date: May 12, 2020
Red Hen Press
Paperback & eBook; 344 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

On a remote island in British India, a mute four-year-old and the local girl who cares for him disappear on the eve of Japanese occupation, forcing the boy’s parents, a young anthropologist and her physician husband, to take drastic measures to save the children.

It’s 1942. The Japanese have invaded Burma and are closing in on India. After five years in the remote Andaman Islands, aspiring anthropologist Claire Durant and her husband Shep, a civil surgeon, must evacuate with their beloved but mysteriously mute four-year-old, Ty. They cannot, however, take Naila, the local girl whose ability to communicate with Ty has made them dangerously dependent on her. The morning of the evacuation, both children disappear. With time running out, Shep forces Claire onto the ship while he stays behind to find their son. But just days after landing in Calcutta, Claire learns that the Japanese have taken the Andamans—and cut off all access to her missing family. In the desperate odyssey that follows, Claire, Shep, and Naila will all take unimaginable risks while drawing deeply from their knowledge of these unique islands to save their beloved “glorious boy.”

Praise for Glorious Boy

“With nuanced descriptions of diverse characters, and a wrenching portrait of the well-meaning Durants’ limited power, Liu upends the clichés of the white savior narrative…[a] sharp take on a lesser-known part of WWII history.” — Publishers Weekly

“A novel about family, communication, and colonialism in a rarely discussed sphere of World War II conflict.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An absolutely gorgeous historical novel about ambition, culture clash, love, atonement, and one silent boy, set against the backdrop of a tribe in the Andamans struggling with British rule. So blisteringly alive, you feel the swampy heat and the bugs; so emotionally true, it grips at every page. Just magnificent and not to be missed.” —Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You and Cruel Beautiful World

“In Glorious Boy, Aimee Liu tears a forgotten footnote from the history books and brings it to life in an epic tale of a family caught in a clash of cultures and loyalties during World War II. Set in a penal colony on the remote Andaman Islands, Glorious Boy is the whirlwind story of vanishing cultures, unbreakable codes, rebellion, occupation, and colonization, all swirling around the disappearance of a mute four-year-old boy on the eve of the Japanese occupation of Port Blair. A stirring indictment of the brutality that humanity is capable of, Liu’s heartbreaking new novel of love, betrayal, and sacrifice is also a testament to how far we will go for the ones we love.” —Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, author of Shadow Child and Hiroshima in the Morning

“No doubt Aimee Liu’s ambitious novel, Glorious Boy, will be praised, deservedly, as historical fiction, an adventure novel, even a ripping yarn, but the heart of this book is what it means to be a mother. Liu’s sympathetic and complicated protagonist, Claire Durant, finds herself challenged when it comes to connecting with her atypical son, and the book asks us all to consider whose responsibility it is to be better with and to other human beings, especially those with whom we’re most intimate. How do we learn what isn’t instinct? How do we protect ourselves and others from our own best intentions? With a generous and exacting eye, Liu explores these questions and more, and we, lucky readers, get to go along for the ride.” —Karen Shepard, author of Kiss Me Someone

Review

This is one of those books that is going to stick with you for a while. After reading it, you’ll find yourself repeatedly and randomly thinking about it. It’s one of those hauntingly realistic books that forces you to think about what you would do if you were in the same position as the characters. Add in that is covers a part of history that isn’t often at the forefront of any story and you have an utterly alluring tale.

The characters in this book will sweep you off of your feet. They’re all so different yet they’re all written with such attention to detail. And given the high stakes atmosphere of this story it is so interesting to see the lengths and measures that these characters go in protecting not only Ty, but each other. For to protect Ty they all must make it out alive. It is interesting to see what a father, a mother, and a young girl with a strange affinity to understand Ty will do in order to protect him and make it out of this dangerous area.

I really loved the setting and prose of this book. They were blended so well together that it made the whole story seem lyrical in a way. This is a story of survival, war, and family. It chronicles the emotions and motivations behind individuals and adds in a historical depth.

About the Author

Aimee Liu is the bestselling author of the novels Flash House, Cloud Mountain, and Face and the memoirs Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders and Solitaire. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, published as a Literary Guild Super Release, and serialized in Good Housekeeping. She’s received a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, a Bosque Fiction Prize, and special mention by the Pushcart Prize. Her essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Los Angeles Times, Poets & Writers, and many other periodicals and anthologies. A past president of the national literary organization PEN Center USA, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College and is on the faculty of Goddard College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program at Port Townsend, WA. She lives in Los Angeles.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

Gotham High Review

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About the Book

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives.

After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.

When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight–but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at Gotham High, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes … and where everyone is a suspect.

With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies–all within the hallways of Gotham High!

Review

Happy book birthday! It’s been a long time since I’ve read a comic book, so I jumped at the bit to read Gotham High early! I mean it helps with my eagerness that I have always been a huge Batman fan! But I also love the illustrations in this comic and I mean, just look at that cover! The colors! The images! Just, perfection!

Honestly, for me the illustrations in a comic book make or break the story. If I don’t really like the style of illustration I find that I focus more on that versus the actual text. So, I was really excited when I saw these illustrations. Like REALLY really excited! Because they’re just so gorgeous!

The next thing I actually really liked was all of the culture diversity in this book! Each of the main characters are culturally diverse and while that differs from the traditional story, I think that the author kept enough of the classic elements to make the story still seem like a Batman story. This all leads me to the fact that the female was a villain. I know a lot of people are upset by this, but I actually don’t mind. I mean, not all women are nice and strong and amazing, some are manipulative and rude and villain-y (you can probably tell I like these types of characters more, gives them more depth). I also like that this story was modernized but not TOO modernized. For me it wouldn’t be a comic book if it didn’t have any of those cheesy vintage-y elements.

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About the Author

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

About the Illustrator

Thomas Pitilli is an illustrator and comic book artist living in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in such publications as New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Playboy, Washington Post, Variety, Hollywood Reporter and more. He is artist on the comic series Riverdale from Archie Comics as well as an upcoming project with DC Comics. When not making art, Thomas enjoys music, museums and summertime in NYC. 

*I received a copy from DC in exchange for an honest review*

Crave Review

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About the Book

My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

Review

Did I drop everything just to binge read this book? Oh, you bet your hiney I did! I tried telling myself to behave and let it wait it’s turn…. But I failed… And then pulled an all nighter to devour it all. So, you can probably tell I REALLY enjoyed this book! I also REALLY need the second one like yesterday.

So, is Crave basically a Twilight retelling down to having a similar cover? YEP. Am I mad about that? HECK NO! I mean, it’s about time I get some more yummy vampires to obsess over! I mean, it’s only been how long since I’ve been royally upset that the vampire craze seemed to vanish overnight?

So, this book has all of the angst and perfection of Twilight but without the sparkles and adding in some dragons instead. YAS. THANK YOU! There are also some witches and it alludes to even more supernatural creatures. Which has me so excited to see what is in store for the rest of this series (have I mentioned I need the second book ASAP? Yes? Oh, well, it’s true)!

This book was a very fast burn enemies to insta lovers type of ordeal. You did not have to spend 75% of the book waiting for the romance to kick off and we were graced with a couple of *steamy* scenes. Let me just say I will never think of the phrase, “bite me” the same after this. Let’s just say Jaxon has the ability to go from a sarcastic bad boy to a dawww inducing cinnamon roll in minutes and I found myself going between lol-ing and feeling the need to protect at all costs throughout this book.

So, before this review turns into me just fangirling over the main characters I will leave it at this: READ IT! Especially if you are like me and are a sucker for Twilight. You’ll love it!

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff is a lover of vampires, dragons, and all things that go bump in the night. A onetime English professor, she now devotes all her time to writing dark and romantic stories with tortured heroes and kick-butt heroines. She has written all her sixty-plus novels from her home in Austin, Texas, which she shares with her family.

*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review*