Review: ‘Church of Marvels’ by Leslie Parry

New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. An orphan himself, Sylvan rescues the child, determined to find where she belongs.    Odile Church and her beautiful sister, Belle, were raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The […]

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Review: ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.  The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn […]

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Review: ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard known only as the Dragon to keep the Wood’s powers at bay. But […]

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Review: ‘Lumiere’ by Jacqueline Garlick

One determined girl. One resourceful boy. One miracle machine that could destroy everything.  After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her […]

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Review: ‘Shattered Blue’ by Lauren Bird Horowitz

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum […]

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Smells Like Christmas Spirit

Break out the tinsel and hang up the mistletoe, because it’s officially ten days until Christmas. Can you feel it? CAN YOU?

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Review: ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. Maas

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that […]

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Review: ‘The Accident Season’ by Moira Fowley-Doyle

 It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom. The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to […]

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Review: ‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.  That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. […]

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My First Post

Welcome to my new and improved blog! Writing a first post feels pretty bizarre at the moment, because I’ve been blogging (rather erratically, I must admit) since early 2013. I feel awfully torn between introducing myself to the blogging community all over again and continuing from where I left off, so I think it’s best […]

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