My love affair with Lisa See’s writing started several years ago, when I picked up Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I went on to pick up almost everything she’s ever written (thank you, library), and can say with authority that she’s one of my favorite authors. I love See’s writing, and her characters are always lively and fully-fledged. The same ...
A Death-Struck Year is Makiia Lucier’s debut novel and I hate to say it, but here and there, it  shows. I didn’t dislike this book–far from it. I thought the plot was interesting, the characters were mostly well-done, and the setting was great. I just wanted a little…more. Firstly: the characters. Cleo, the heroine, is lovely. She’s brave, thoughtful, and ...