Skye Falling – Mia McKenzie
Queer, families, race, communities, activism, contemporary, fiction.
Skye opts to donate one of her eggs to her best friend who isn’t able to conceive through normal means. Skye doesn’t think much of it until twelve years later a twelve year old girl named Vicky comes knocking on her door telling her that she is Skye’s egg. Skye learns more about her egg that she donated and the woman’s life after that point. Vicky is just like her in every way. As she and Vicky are getting to know each other, Skye realizes that there is a community that she was missing out on and decides to be there for not only Vicky’s sake but her own sake.
I cried when I read this book. I felt so many emotions that one can’t even describe easily. This book was on my TBR pile for a while and I was hesitant to read but I am glad that today I got a chance to read it. I finished it in one sitting because it was just that good. There are themes that can be relatable to current political affairs such as police brutality and LGBTQ+ rights. This book explores the idea of egg donations and whether or not it’s a good idea. I think if one wants to donate an egg to a couple that can’t naturally conceive they should be able to. This book is another type of book that will make you laugh and cry for the characters. Each character feels like someone I personally know in my personal life and I can see this happening in a modern day moment.
Snow Falling – Jane Gloriana Villanueva
Romance, fantasy, historical time era, drama, fiction
This is a book from a telenovela, Jane the Virgin, “Snow
Falling” by Jane Gloriana Villanueva, by the main protagonist. Jane wrote a
love romance inspired by her love with Michael but in a romantic retelling
historical view point. Josephine Galena Valencia wanted to write a novel and it
was uncommon in her time era of the nineteen hundred. She was engaged to a
detective, Martin Cadden, while working at this hotel. After one
misunderstanding and getting a bit drunk, Jane makes a terrible mistake that
changes her life forever. Now she is in love with another man by the name of
Rake Solvino. Along with possibly being pregnant, her mysterious father whom
her mother never mentioned comes into the picture, and a very threatening crime
lord thrown into the mix. The drama continues as Josephine tries to manage her
feelings and her life. She has to face a final decision of who she truly loves.
As my soul sister had introduced me the show Jane The Virgin, I was hooked on it. I was not expecting a telenovela to publish a book that a fictional character wrote yet alone expect this book to be decent. However, I was not expecting my soul sister to have another copy and gave the spare copy to me. I was thrilled and excited. I was a bit disappointed in the main character’s choices and petty misunderstandings, but it had to happen to ensure the plot to thrive. It is a decent book and I would give it another read.
Villanueva, Jane Gloriana. Snow Falling. Adams Media Corporation, 2017