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 upcoming thriller, Everything You Want Me To Be, will be released by Emily Bestler Books in January 2017.


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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 . . . 

Review: My Last Continent: A Novel

My Last Continent: A Novel by Midge Raymond My rating: 5 of 5 stars Despite living in snow and ice for a good portion of every year, Antarctica is a continent I’ve rarely contemplated–until now. Midge Raymond’s debut novel is a gorgeous, consuming exploration of this unpredictable landscape. Deb Gardner, a penguin scientist and reluctant . . . 

Review: You: A Novel

You: A Novel by Carolyn Kepnes My rating: 4 of 5 stars Joe Goldberg immediately draws you into his obsessive, insidious world as he begins a one sided conversation with Beck, the girl he starts stalking on the first page of this novel. I was mesmerized, disgusted, amused, fascinated, and completely creeped out. At one . . . 

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