In the remote regions of 1920’s Russia, Kolya has just deserted his post in the Red Army. Tired of being separated from his family and tired of the unending brutality of war, he has loaded the body of his dead brother on horseback and is fleeing home to his village. But that is only the […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
This second title in the “Sweet Venom” trilogy finds reunited triplets, Gretchen, Grace, and Greer, equally committed to their role as gatekeepers between the monster realm and earth. Although Gretchen has the most experience finding and fighting the monsters, all three have magic talents passed down from Medusa and her gorgon sisters. However as […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Pirates and haute cuisine on the open seas? I really couldn’t have imagined a more fun read for my 4th of July weekend road trip. Eli Brown’s Cinnamon and Gunpowder is a foodie version of Pirates of the Caribbean by way of Simone de Beauvoir. While that might not sound terribly fun, just trust me. […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Vicious by V.E. Schwab asks the perennial question: how far would you go to give yourself super powers? It’s a question that weighs heavily on the minds of Victor Vale and his roommate, Eli Cardale/Ever. Extremely intelligent, competitive, and more than a little bit emotionally disturbed, these two young men are top students at Lockland […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan is a wonderful, enigmatic picture book which will be enjoyed equally by both the young and old. The book records two boys’ summer adventures as a series of rules–all of which, of course, are determined by the older boy as he attempts to exercise his seniority over his younger […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Beekeepers Ball is the second novel in the “Bella Vista Chronicles” by Susan Wiggs. (The first is The Apple Orchard.) In this novel, Isabel Johansen is planning the opening of her cooking school on her family estate in Sonoma County, CA. She plans to use locally grown produce as well as the honey and […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
I must say this is not my ordinary type of read, but the plot kept me wondering. Why would anyone kidnap a woman, tattoo her whole back side with what looks like a map, and then set her free? The City Under the Skin is made up of shady characters, all with their own […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
Half Bad is an urban fantasy novel set in modern day England where witches live right alongside humans. In the world of witches, it is pretty clear who is good and who is evil. If you’re a white witch, you’re good; if you’re a black witch you are considered evil. With Nathan, however, it is […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.
When Kara Westfall was 6 years old, her mother was accused for the most heinous of crimes: witchcraft. Now – 6 years later – Kara and her family are still shunned and denounced by the citizens of De’Noran. When Kara ventures into the Thickety – a forbidden forest that covers most of De’Noran – she […]- Continue Reading... No Comments.