- The Poet Slave of Cuba: a biography of Juan Francisco Manzano by Margarita Engle
- The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
- Wicked Plants: the weed that killed Lincoln's mother & other botanical atrocities by Amy Stewart
- Splendor: a Luxe novel by Anna Godbersen
- A Taste for Red by Lewis Harris
- Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper
For readability sake, I am going to split the reviews up into several posts.