Mindy Mejia is a Minnesota author whose debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, was published by Ashland Creek Press in 2012. Besides the occasional book review or blog entry, Mindy focuses on the novel and she writes what she likes to read: contemporary, plot-driven books that deliver both entertainment and substance. Her latest thriller, Everything You Want Me To Be, is on sale now.

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The Art of the Last Minute Gift (Hint: It’s a book.)

It’s the week before Christmas. Four shopping days left and if you’re anything like me, you’ve got a few hard-to-buy-for folks left on your list. Don’t worry! I’ve read some amazing new releases this year that will make perfect literary gifts. Let’s break them down by type, shall we?   Target: Your dear friend who’s . . . 

Review: The Vanishing Year

The Vanishing Year by Kate Moretti My rating: 5 of 5 stars Confession: I hated the first 80% of REBECCA. Who cared about Manderley? Why didn’t this irritatingly passive narrator even give herself a first name? Frankly, I was ready for Mrs. Danvers to torch the place by chapter three. Then the last 20%? Wow. . . . 

Review: Hot Season

Hot Season by Susan DeFreitas My rating: 4 of 5 stars Three undergrads navigate relationships, ideologies, and the call to activism in this beautifully-written debut from Susan DeFreitas. My full review is posted at Ecolitbooks.com. View all my reviews

Review: The Secrets of Lake Road

The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur My rating: 5 of 5 stars If you’ve never been to the Poconos, The Secrets of Lake Road brings that world to you. Two drownings bookend this story about a lake community that is simultaneously torn apart and bound by tragedy. I loved the different points of . . . 

Review: Don’t You Cry

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica My rating: 5 of 5 stars Two slow burning tales intertwine in a stunning crescendo. I was a big fan of THE GOOD GIRL and this book surpasses the high bar set by Kubica’s debut. DON’T YOU CRY alternates between two seemingly disconnected mysteries, the disappearance of a young . . . 

Review: Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng My rating: 5 of 5 stars The antidote to vapid genre. This book is brimming with three generations of heartbreak, endurance, strangled dreams, and quiet, unyielding hope. The overarching question, which is the main point of suspense, is how a hardworking and solitary teenage girl drowned in . . . 

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