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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the stuff that dreams are made of. And I’m not talking about rainbows, unicorns, and lollipops. I’m talking about monsters, the kind that lived under our beds when we were little. Other childhood frights, too, like...

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Sea of Tranquility

Sea of Tranquility

“… what she found at that moment, as the lights of yet another ambulance flickered over the ceiling, was that it was possible to smile back. This is the strange lesson of living in a pandemic: life can be tranquil in the face of death.” Emily St. John Mandel brought...

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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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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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