“The Summer That Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel explores the loss of innocence in a sleepy Ohio town.  Fielding Bliss is a kid growing up in Breathed, Ohio.  His dad is a judge, and has been struggling with the ethical implications of his role.  When he started his career, he saw everything in black and white,Read more

“The Sparrow Sisters” by Ellen Herrick

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The Sparrow Sisters is a story of subtle magic set in a quaint New England town.  Three unmarried sisters live together and run a local greenhouse.  The youngest, Patience, is somewhat of a healer.  She uses her knowledge of plants to create herbal remedies to ease the town’s aches and pains.  Patience never really fitRead more

New Acquisitions: 9/9/15

  New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. From TLC Book Tours: The Sparrow Sisters by Ellen Herrick Otherwise known as “the one that got away.”  I had seem some buzz around this one atRead 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. Read more

“The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende

  I wasn’t quite sure what genre to categorize this book as, largely because it blends elements of multiple genres into a unique novel.  Is there a line between magical realism and fantasy other than the fact that magical realism tends to be written first in Spanish?  While “The House of Spirits” incorporates elements ofRead more