Katherine Arden’s “The Bear and the Nightingale”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: Rated 18+ because no one younger than that might want to read this.  Some rough sexual violence muted in words of the culture of old, creepy spiritualism, a little violence. Author: Katherine Arden Title: The Bear and the Nightingale Facts: Published 2017, Del Rey, Fiction, Fairy-Taleish, Russia, Fantasy/Goth? Interesting Tidbits: Apparently this is the…

Ann Cleeves’ “The Moth Catcher”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: Rated 18+ for some language, some sexy talk, violence, overall adult theme to the book. Author: Ann Cleeves Title: The Moth Catcher (a Detective Vera Stanhope novel) Facts: Published 2015, Macmillan, Fiction, Crime, England 5 Star Rating: 3.9 stars Would I Read it again? I am looking at reading more in the series, and…

Jacquelyn Mitchard’s “Two if by Sea”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: Rated super R for a pretty explicit sex scene, well actually more than one, and language, some violence Author: Jacquelyn Mitchard Title: Two if by Sea Facts: Published 2016, Simon &Schuster, Fiction, Romantic (not romance), a little spiritualism because of the children Am adding a 5 STAR RATING SYSTEM: A 2 star rating out…

Margaret Atwood’s “Hag-Seed”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: Rated R for language, prison behavior, just general raucousness Author: Margaret Atwood Title: Hag-Seed Facts: Published 2016, Hogarth/Random House, Fiction, Shakespeare Interesting Tidbits: This book was part of a series Random House publishing did in which authors were commissioned to do modern retellings of Shakespeare plays.  These are the titles that have been released…

Eowyn Ivey’s “To the Bright Edge of the World”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: PG-20…I doubt any youngster will willingly read this, a little bit of natural element brutality, some pregnancy depictions, language is bleeped out. Author: Eowyn Ivey Title: To the Bright Edge of the World Facts: Published 2016, Little Brown and Company, Historical Fiction, Exploration, Photography, Alaska, Nature Interesting Tidbits: Eowyn Ivey’s first novel, Snow Child was…

Judy Blume’s “Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: Pg-10…obviously a youth book, I wouldn’t say it had much in there  besides maybe a tiny bit of language that you wouldn’t necessarily want a young child to know, and a few misunderstood moments for a child. Author: Judy Blume Title: Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself Facts: Published 1978, Bradbury, Youth, Fiction, Coming…

Isaac Marion’s “Warm Bodies”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: R for zombie gore, language, references to sex Author: Isaac Marion Title: Warm Bodies Facts: Published 2010, Atria Books, originally a short story but pushed to make into a full novel.  Fiction, zombie, end-of-the-world. Interesting Tidbits: Was originally a short story published before being ‘found’ on the web as the author stated in his acknowledgements…

Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”

LiteraryPlum’s Rating: R for a rape scene, child molestation and child abuse Author: Khaled Hosseini Title: The Kite Runner Facts: Published 2003, Riverhead Books, Fiction, Afghanistan, in a way historical fiction Interesting tidbits: After the movie was released, the three children in the movie were given so many death threats they were moved to the United…