“The Darkest Part of the Forest” by Holly Black

  Disclaimer: This is a ridiculously early review. Under normal circumstances I’d wait to post this review until much closer to the publication date, but Holly Black is important.  My little sister is a huge Holly Black fan, and since we live several states away from each other, I wanted to read/review The Darkest PartRead more

“Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites is a novel about Agnes Magnusdottir, the last person to be executed in Iceland.  The story is set after Agnes has received her sentence and must await her execution at Kornsa, a farm that was once her childhood home.  At first, the family who lives there is unsettled by her presence, and Agnes’Read more

“Days of Blood & Starlight” by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood & Starlight is the sequel to Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone, a YA fantasy novel of angels and demons that is both chilling and unputdownable.  This post will contain spoilers from the first book, so if you haven’t read it, stop reading now. In a parallel world to our own,Read more

“Daughter of Smoke & Bone” by Laini Taylor

One of my blogging goals for this year is to work on whittling down my TBR pile of review copies from last year’s Book Expo America.  From the moment that I began reading Laini Taylor’s “Daughter of Smoke & Bone,” I was enthralled.  Taylor builds a magical world reminiscent of Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere“–simultaneously menacing andRead more

“Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

A few days ago at work a library patron brought in this book as a donation for the staff book exchange.  “Please don’t judge me, it’s YA,” she said.  “And it was really good.”  Based on her recommendation, I decided to borrow it for the weekend. “Beautiful Creatures” isn’t the type of book that I’dRead more