“Feather Bound” by Sarah Raughley

True story:  I picked up this book because the protagonist shares the same name as my sister. When Deanna attends the funeral of a family friend, she discovers a ghost from her past.  She thought that her childhood crush/friend Hyde was dead, but now he’s mysteriously reappeared and is fighting to reclaim his stepfather’s company. Read 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

“Tankborn” by Karen Sandler

Back in June, I won a giveaway at The Book Smugglers for Karen Sandler’s novel Tankborn and its sequel Awakening.  The books are from Lee & Low, a new publisher focusing on multiculturalism and diversity in children’s and young adult literature.  Their mission is something that I fully support, and it’s especially heartening to seeRead 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 menacing andRead more

“Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

A few days ago at work a library patron brought in this book as a donation for the staff book exchange.  “Please don’t judge me, it’s YA,” she said.  “And it was really good.”  Based on her recommendation, I decided to borrow it for the weekend. “Beautiful Creatures” isn’t the type of book that I’dRead more

“The Iron Witch” by Karen Mahoney

I received a review copy of Karen Mahoney’s “The Iron Witch” while I was at BEA earlier this summer.  The cover looked intriguing, and a  book about alchemists, fae, and angry wood elves seemed like it could be a lot of fun. Donna Underwood is a home-schooled senior in high school.  Her father died protectingRead more