Gazelle in the Shadows by Michelle Peach

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: “Michelle Peach brings Syrian culture and cityscapes to life with her descriptions and characters. The reader can feel Elizabeth’s excitement and nervousness as she encounters new people, places, and foods.”

The Last Odinian by Alec Arbogast

Rating: ★★★★

RCR Says: The Last Odinian places a strong focus on its characters at the occasional expense of its plot, which can sometimes go into long-winded explanations to reveal large portions of the novel’s inner-workings.”

The Fearful Lion by Almas Akhtar

Rating: ★★★

RCR Says:Akhtar has created likable characters, and by developing their story arcs more dynamically, she could have made their struggles more deeply felt by the reader.”