Review: Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell


Fall of a Kingdom by Hilari Bell Recommended Ages: 12+ Inspired by a Persian legend and originally titled Flame, this is the first book of the Farsala Trilogy. The new and improved title, while dramatically distinctive, has the drawback of giving away the ending. But since the story is only getting started, that’s probably all right. The kingdom that falls in this book is called Farsala, a society that has held its own for many ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Kaajal – December 15, 2013


KAAJAL Age 22 – London, UK RAVENCLAW How did you become a Harry Potter fan? It all started in Year 4 Literacy Class when I was 8 years old. Our teacher asked us if we would like to study Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone or The Hobbit. The class ended up choosing The Hobbit but my interest was piqued. I asked a friend who was already on the Goblet of Fire, “Are these books ... Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ starring Emma Thompson


After watching the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, I expected a light-hearted comedic historical film about how the classic Disney film Mary Poppins came together—but what I got was both much darker and more enjoyable than the film I had anticipated. Read More »

Book Review: Changeless by Gail Carriger


Changeless by Gail Carriger Recommended Ages: 16+ In Book 2 of the “Parasol Protectorate,” a racy supernatural riff on Victorian steampunk, something has taken the fangs out of London’s werewolves and vampires. No worries! Lady Maccon (formerly Miss Alexia Tarabotti) is on the case. In her role as the preternatural adviser to Her Majesty’s Shadow Council—a role she earned by being the only soulless, supernatural-powers-neutralizing, respectable married lady in town—she gate-crashes a reunion between her ... Read More »

Book Review: Tam Lin by Pamela Dean


Tam Lin by Pamela Dean Recommended Ages: 14+ The author of the Secret Country trilogy, when asked to contribute a volume to a series of fairy-tale novelizations, delved instead into a traditional Scots ballad about a girl named Janet who saves her lover from being sacrificed to the powers of Hell by the Queen of Faerie. Transferring the setting to the campus of a small midwestern college in the 1970s, she weaves this eerie storyline ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Robert – December 8, 2013


ROBERT Age 23 – Ontario, Canada RAVENCLAW How did you become a Harry Potter fan? I became a fan of the Harry Potter series before I hit double digits. I remember my mom bought me the second book while shopping one day and I tried reading it, but when I didn’t know what was going on in the book, I put it down with the intention of never reading it. Then for Christmas that year, ... Read More »

Book Review: The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen


The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen Recommended Ages: 12+ Jaron, alias Sage, proved to be more than as advertised in The False Prince. After convincing an ambitious nobleman he was the best impostor for a long-lost prince, Jaron proved to be the real prince after all—supposedly killed by pirates, but lying low in the guise of a street urchin. Now he has returned to claim his throne, just when his country’s aggressive neighbors are ... Read More »

Book Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger


Soulless by Gail Carriger Recommended Ages: 16+ The first of (at present) five books in a series titled “The Parasol Protectorate” introduces a world that combines Victorian-era Steampunk with vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. It’s a romantic comedy of manners with a broad streak of sensuous eroticism, ripe for an Adult Content Advisory. How ripe? Let me tell you. One day on my way to work, while listening to the audio-book expertly narrated by Emily Grey, ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Victoria – December 1, 2013


VICTORIA Age 20 – West Yorkshire, England HUFFLEPUFF How did you become a Harry Potter fan? I first became a fan when I was seven and I was bough a set of the first four harry potter books for my birthday by my parents. At the time I liked reading but would only do so occasionally. That was until I got my hands upon the Harry Potter books. Ever since then I have loved Harry ... Read More »

Book Review: Seawitch by Kat Richardson


Seawitch by Kat Richardson Recommended Ages: 14+ In the first six books of the Greywalker series, Seattle-based private eye Harper Blaine uses her unique abilities to interact with such paranormal beings as vampires, ghosts, poltergeists, necromancers, zombies, Chinese demons, Native American monsters, Egyptian gods, and Thames riverspawn. Her cases have taken her underground, into the ivory tower of academics, back in time (sort of), into the wilds of Twilight country, and back from the dead. ... Read More »