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Plain Bad Heroines

Plain Bad Heroines

3.5 stars This is a tricky review to write. Emily Danforth’s Plain Bad Heroines has been one of my most anticipated Fall reads. And it would be a severe understatement to say I was merely thrilled to receive the ARC. “Joyfully ecstatic” may be a more accurate...

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Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1)

Black Sun (Between Earth and Sky, #1)

Epic fantasy fans – rejoice! Get ready to shout from your rooftops and jump for joy. Because Rebecca Roanhorse has given us a gift. A magical and wondrous gift. Black Sun, the first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, is FANTASTIC. “A god will return When the...

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Every Now and Then

Every Now and Then

3.5 stars The 1960s fascinate me. The music, the art, the clothing. The peace and love vibe. To me, it always seems like it would have been a fun time to be young, wild, and free. But then I think about how the decade is also one of the most tumultuous and pivotal in...

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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

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