Blog Tour & Giveaway: “The Fifth Petal” by Brunonia Barry

Last summer I took an epic road trip up the coast with a few friends on our way to a wedding in New Hampshire. On the way back, we stopped in Salem, Massachusetts, and I fell in love with the city–and not just the kitschy witchy bits. Between the overall atmosphere, the herb shops (IRead more

“From Under Mountains” by Claire Gibson, Marian Churchland, & Sloane Leong

From Under Mountains is a fantasy graphic novel starring a teenage princess who chafes against the role assigned to her by her gender. Lady Elena longs for adventure and to know more about the world beyond the palace, but her father Lord Crowe sees her as nothing but a pawn to be married off for politicalRead more

“Volkhavaar” by Tanith Lee

My paperback of Volkhavaar by Tanith Lee is so old and battered that even my cell phone Instagram picture is higher resolution that anything I can find on the internet. This tells me two things–(A) Volkhavaar is not one of Tanith Lee’s best known books, and (B) I got hella lucky at the used bookstore. Volkhavaar is quintessentiallyRead more

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by John Tiffany, Jack Thorn, & J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a screenplay about Harry Potter’s son Albus.  It takes place many years after the previous books, when Harry is a middle-aged man and his son is about to take his place at Hogwarts.  Despite all of his adventures in defeating evil, Harry Potter doesn’t know how to be aRead more

“Kingfisher” by Patricia McKillip

Patricia McKillip has long been one of my favorite authors, and when I heard about Kingfisher, I knew I had to read it.  McKillip creates ethereal and breathtaking works of art, and I expected Kingfisher to be exquisite.  However, this novel doesn’t live up to her earlier stories.  It’s not that Kingfisher is bad, per se, but rather thatRead more

“The Witch’s Betrayal” by Cassandra Rose Clarke

  The Witch’s Betrayal is a short story set in the same world as Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse duology.  One of the main characters in The Assassin’s Curse is Naji, an assassin who wields powerful blood magic to hunt down his prey.  In the previous books, Clarke mentions that Naji’s face is heavilyRead more