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“It’s a wonder that any woman ever agrees to be a mother, when the fruits of motherhood are inevitably conflict and remorse, to be followed by death and disembowelment.” Chouette is not for the faint of motherhood. Or for those with weak stomachs. The book is bizarre....

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Sarah Hall’s slim novel, Burntcoat, is haunting. It’s beautifully written. It’s relevant. And it’s icky. So very, VERY icky. Burntcoat tells the story of fictional British sculptor Edith Harkness. The novel is written in Edith’s voice, as she reflects upon her artwork...

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Once There Were Wolves

Once There Were Wolves

Migrations is a tough act to follow. Especially in my eyes, what with it being the book I most treasure. But I am happy to report that Charlotte McConaghy’s latest novel, Once There Were Wolves, does not disappoint. Delete that. Yes, it does. No, it doesn’t. Yes, it...

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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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