“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

  Neil Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, opens as the narrator returns to his childhood home for a funeral.  He slips away from the crowd and is visited by memories of the past.  When the narrator was a child, his parents struggled with money, and took in a boarderRead 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 menacingRead more

“Wings of Wrath” by C. S. Friedman

  Back in September I reviewed C. S. Friedman’s “Feast of Souls,” the first book of the Magister Trilogy.  I finally read the second book! “Wings of Wrath” picks up where “Feast of Souls” left off.  The Wrath is a wall/spell separating the civilized world from the wintry north, which is where the Souleaters wereRead more

“Chalice” by Robin McKinley

  Robin McKinley is one of my all-time favorite authors.  I discovered her Damar stories when I was at the age where most children’s books were too juvenile and yet I wasn’t ready to jump into the world of grown-up novels.  McKinley writes books that transcend silly things like age and instead uses eloquent proseRead more