“Pretty Deadly Vol. 2: The Bear” by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios

When I read the first trade paperback volume of Pretty Deadly, I was impressed. Pretty Deadly is a Western-style comic that incorporates American mythology amidst gorgeous artwork and lyrical storytelling. I couldn’t put it down, and it was unlike anything I’d read before. Impressive, but also super artsy, and there were points in the story that were aRead more

“Masks and Shadows” by Stephanie Burgis

Masks and Shadows is a historical fantasy novel set in Hungary in the 1770s.  The Hapsburgs currently reign, but there is constant court intrigue as scheming courtiers try to shift the balance of power.  The novel opens as Charlotte von Steinbeck, the newly widowed sister of Prince Nikolaus’ mistress, arrives at Eszterhaza.  Charlotte is prim andRead more

Giveaway: The Book of Life Commonplace Book

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The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness is coming to paperback on May 26, 2015.  The Book of Life is the third book in the All Souls Trilogy, which features a witch, a vampire, and a plot that revolves around an old book that mysteriously appears in Oxford’s library.  I enjoyed this trilogy tremendously, and amRead more

“Echo” by Pam Munoz Ryan

  Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan is a middle-grade novel that combines historical fiction and a fairy tale to tell the story of young people who rise above adversity with the help of music. The prologue begins with a tale of three princesses who are held captive by a magical spell.  In order to free themselves, theyRead more

“Shadow Scale” by Rachel Hartman

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

“Crystal Singer” by Anne McCaffrey

  Ah, yes… 1980s sci-fi.  I had heard good things about McCaffrey, although she’s mostly famous for her dragon books.  I was not disappointed in “Crystal Singer.” The protagonist, Killashandra Ree, reminds me a bit of Rachel from Glee.  She’s very ambitious and driven, and it took me half the book to figure out thatRead more