“Shadow Scale” by Rachel Hartman

Shadow Scale

Seraphina was one of my favorite books of 2012, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the sequel ever since.  Enter Shadow Scale, Rachel Hartman’s long-awaited novel that continues the story of our favorite half-dragon heroine. The kingdom of Goredd is on the brink of war.  Because the war involves dragons, it is likely to be disastrous.  Goredd’s young queenRead more

“Steelheart” by Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart is set in a world where superpowers are real.  People with superpowers are known as Epics, and nobody’s quite sure how they were created.  Some people think that the Epics were a product of scientific experimentation.  Others think of them as magic.  Either way, their arrival coincided with a strange new light appearing inRead more

“Under the Wide and Starry Sky” by Nancy Horan

  Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is the story of Fanny van de Grift Osbourne, an adventurous woman who left her cheating husband to go study art in Europe.  While recovering from a family tragedy, Fanny met Robert Louis Stevenson, and the two began a lifelong relationship.  Fanny had a lotRead more

“Fifty Shades of Grey” by E. L. James

If you haven’t heard of E. L. James’ smash hit erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey,” then you’ve probably been living under a rock.  I’m a bit late to the game; everyone and their mother has read it by now.  By “everyone and their other,” I even mean my mother. I hadn’t planned on readingRead more

“Crystal Line” by Anne McCaffrey

  “Crystal Line” is the final book in the trilogy that began with Crystal Singer and Killashandra.  It is unique among science fiction novels, as it features an aged protagonist. One of the risks to cutting crystal on the planet of Ballybran is memory loss.  During the first two books, Killashandra was relatively new toRead more

“Lenin’s Mistress: The Life of Inessa Armand” by Michael Pearson

Inessa Armand is a fascinating historical figure.  She is most famous for her role as Lenin’s mistress, but was quite remarkable in her own right.  She lived during the late 1800s-early 1900s, at a time when women had few rights and little social mobility.  However, instead of living with that role, Inessa had an openRead more