“Acorna” by Anne McCaffrey

  I’ve loved Anne McCaffrey ever since I first discovered her Crystal Singer trilogy when I was in high school.  I’ve long admired McCaffrey’s ability to bring to life strong and competent heroines who are independent and a little bit Type A.  Acorna is no exception. The novel begins when an alien couple’s ship is attacked.Read more

“The Jewel” by Amy Ewing

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The Jewel is a young adult novel set in a world where the privileged social class has become so inbred that they can no longer have their own children.  However, some poor children are born with a genetic mutation that gives them the power to influence an object’s characteristics, including color and growth.  These girlsRead more

DNF Review: “Spellbound” by Sylvia Day

Normally I’m a very persistent reader and don’t give up on books easily.  I can count on one hand the number of books I’ve DNF’d since starting this blog (for non book blogger friends, DNF=Did Not Finish).  Spellbound by Sylvia Day is one of them. I picked up the book because it was on saleRead more

“How to Be Black” by Baratunde Thurston

I bought How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston because I thought it would make a hilarious coffee table book and/or conversation piece.  Race is one of those taboo topics that people (myself included) aren’t comfortable talking about.  Since Baratunde Thurston writes for The Onion, I hoped he’d be able to talk about racial issuesRead more

“Clariel” by Garth Nix

  Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously early review. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with Garth Nix’s Abhorsen trilogy.  I read and re-read Sabriel and Lirael until the paperbacks very clearly showed how much they’d been loved, and jumped for joy when Abhorsen was finally released.  Nix’s stories had everything to love–undead villains,Read more

“Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen is an exquisite blend of sci-fi and fantasy.  It’s set in a post-apocalyptic world where much of of our technology has been lost.  Modern medicine is nonexistent, but the villain is a geneticist, so scientific knowledge hasn’t disappeared completely. Magic seems to exist, but it’s unclear whether it’sRead more

“The Enchanted” by Rene Denfeld

When I picked up The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld, I was expecting it to be a fantasy novel set within a prison.  That’s not quite what it is.  It’s more like the movie “Dead Man Walking” paired with Isabel Allende’s magical realism. The Enchanted is narrated by a mute death row inmate named Arden.  WeRead more

“The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker

  The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is the story of two mythological creatures from different walks of life who find themselves living in New York City’s immigrant neighborhoods in 1899. Chava is a golem, a creature sculpted from clay and bound to the will of her master, who had bad luck withRead more