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Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Nothing But Blackened Teeth

Oh, my eyes! My eyes! I don’t think I’ll ever unsee the cover for Nothing But Blackened Teeth. It’s terrifying. The unsettling image of the Japanese ghost bride is the stuff of which nightmares are made, and it will be forever embedded in my mind, gleefully waiting in...

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The Ex Hex

The Ex Hex

4.5 stars Be still my heart. My Practical Magic-lovin’ heart. My fall-lovin’, Halloween-lovin’ heart. For I have found one of the funniest, hottest, witchiest rom-coms I’ve ever read – Erin Sterling’s novel, The Ex Hex. Nine years ago, Rhys Penhallow shattered...

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Light From Uncommon Stars

Light From Uncommon Stars

If only heart alone could make a novel great. If only positive themes of hope, transgender and queer identity, and acceptance were enough to lift a story to the skies. Because if that were the case, Ryka Aoki’s sci-fi/fantasy novel, Light From Uncommon Stars, would...

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I’m Melissa.

Welcome to Bantering Books.

A blog for book lovers. A blog for YOU.

With each review I write, I strive to help you find your next great read. I will give you the rundown – the good, the bad, and the ugly — on the hottest new releases in fiction and other familiar favorites.

My taste in books is eclectic. I review across many diverse genres, with my preferences being:

  • Literary, Contemporary, and Historical Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Magical Realism
  • Paranormal and Horror
  • Romance and Women’s Fiction
  • LGBTQ+
  • Young Adult

My reviews are boldly honest and free of spoilers. Always fair. Sometimes snarky. Hopefully, entertaining.

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