Book Review: “The Fate of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen
Book Reviews / November 29, 2016

The final installment of the “Tearling” trilogy has arrived, and author Erika Johansen has a tall order for rounding off Kelsea’s saga: What will happen to the Red Queen? What truths will be revealed about the past in Kelsea’s visions? What will happen to Father Tyler? Can the Tearling be saved?

Book Review: “Heartless” by Marissa Meyer
Book Reviews / November 8, 2016

If you’ve been a bit down because “The Lunar Chronicles” book series is over, this new twist on an old fairy tale should turn that frown upside down! In the all-new standalone novel “Heartless”, author Marissa Meyer puts her very special spin on some familiar characters from “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

Book Review: “The Secrets of Hexbridge Castle” by Gabrielle Kent
Book Reviews / October 25, 2016

Alfie Bloom is a pretty normal kid (with the exception of his inventor father) until he receives a letter telling him that he’s inherited Hexbridge Castle. From that point forward, things are decidedly not normal: Alfie finds he can slip through time, he and his father are flown to a secret location to meet with an otherworldly lawyer, and the castle itself seems…magical.

Book Review: “The Baby” by Lisa Drakeford
Book Reviews / October 21, 2016

Olivia’s 17th birthday party is just getting into full swing (despite the presence of her overbearing boyfriend, Jonty), when she walks into the bathroom to find her best friend, Nicola, giving birth on the floor. No one knew she was pregnant (not even Nicola herself), but a baby, of course, changes everything. The arrival of Eliza, as she’s christened, threatens to tear Olivia and Nicola’s friendship apart because there’s one secret Nicola still isn’t willing to share…the name of Eliza’s father.

Book Review + GIVEAWAY: The “Charlie Bone” Series by Jenny Nimmo
Book Reviews , Giveaways / October 19, 2016

Way back in the year 2001, the first “Harry Potter” film adaptation had just come out. The fourth book had come out a year earlier, and fans wouldn’t get to read the fifth book until 2003. In the midst of this long wait, fans turned to any novels they could find with a spark of magic. One of the book series I turned to was Jenny Nimmo’s “Charlie Bone” books.

Book Review: “The Secret of Nightingale Wood” by Lucy Strange
Book Reviews / October 5, 2016

Something terrible has happened to the Abbott family, a tragic secret from the recent past that has torn them apart. It’s up to Henry (Henrietta) to figure out what the mysterious interfering Doctor Hardy is planning to do and use her wits to reunite her parents. Lucy Strange’s modern take on a classic children’s literary narrative is reminiscent of “The Little Princess”, “Tom’s Midnight Garden”, and “The Children of Green Knowe”. It explores the powerful influence of imagination in coping with heartbreak, with absentee parents and a trip through the wood at the end of the garden full of songs, stories, poetry, fairy tales, and a witch in a caravan. It’s a magical, lyrical mystery-adventure.

Book Review: “The Crimson Skew” by S.E. Grove
Book Reviews / October 1, 2016

The highly anticipated (by me) final volume of S.E. Grove’s “Mapmakers Trilogy” is finally here! In “The Crimson Skew”, Sophia Tims is just as determined as ever to find her missing parents – but that’s far from her only concern. The corrupt Prime Minister Broadgirdle has authorized an unjust war that just might tear the very fabric of their world apart. And Sophia and her friends are right in the thick of it.

Book Review: “Not Your Sidekick” by C.B. Lee
Book Reviews / September 20, 2016

Get ready to feel super with the supremely fun “Not Your Sidekick”, the kick-ass story of high-school-student-turned-supervillain-intern Jess Tran and her crush, Abby Jones. This is the perfect book for people who love “Ms. Marvel”, “Supergirl”, or anyone who has ever taken a “what’s your superpower?” quiz.

Book Review: “Warp” by Lev Grossman
Book Reviews / September 20, 2016

The long out-of-print first novel by bestselling author Lev Grossman is newly available again. The slim volume traces a few short days in the life of Hollis Kessler, a directionless 20-something who sleepwalks through his life daydreaming about “Star Trek” and fanciful works of literature.