Rosemary and Rue, by Seanan McGuire

Rosemary and Rue, by Seanan McGuire

First in the ongoing “October Daye” series, but the world-building and story are fully fleshed out in this novel. McGuire has an encyclopedic knowledge of fairy tales (the dark, un-Disney-fied kind) and folk lore, and they all come out to play here. Your heroine is a half-fey, half-human changeling who just spent the better part […]


I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

I’m Just No Good at Rhyming by Chris Harris

This is one of those gems of a kid’s book that adults will love. It’s packed with clever stuff that your 6-year old will get on one level and you will laugh at on another. It’s a perfect tool to teach the future generation the joys of irony, satire, parody, and what I call slightly […]


The Wizard of Once by Cressida Cowell 2017

The Wizard of Once by Cressida Cowell 2017

The Wizards of Once is a terrific new fantasy by Cressida Cowell, the creator of How to Train Your Dragon.  This is the first in a new series,  introducing the 2 main characters,  a Wizard boy named Xar and a Warrior girl named Wish. The book has the best illustrations: spell books,  snow cats, giants, […]


A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl

A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl

Tess de Costa hears a voice that no one else can. When this voice tells her to save a local fisherman, everyone one in her town starts to treat her like a real life saint. They come to her for blessings and prayers and attribute all kinds of “miracles” to her.  After Tess tragically dies, […]


City of Spies by Sorayya Khan

City of Spies by Sorayya Khan

Coming of age in Islamabad, preteen Aliya lives a life of secrets and mysteries. Interpreting and misinterpreting the events that put her city at the crossroads of the Cold War, half Pakistani and half Dutch Aliya wonders where her place is and how she fits in. Is her best friend’s father a spy for the […]


Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Thanks to Masterpiece Theater and the film Imitation Game, many of us are familiar with the amazing code-breaking work done by our British allies at Bletchley Park outside London. At Bletchely a great chunk of the arduous decryption work was done by women–mostly young, well-educated, unmarried, and very eager to help the war effort. Here, […]


News of the World by Paulette Giles

News of the World by Paulette Giles

Tom Hanks is soon to play 72-year old Captain Kidd, veteran of the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. This kind-hearted gentleman travels from small town to small town in Texas, reading the newspapers from around the world in order to soothe people’s worries for just a little while, to take […]



Essex Serpant by Sarah Perry

Essex Serpant by Sarah Perry

A very literary and literate novel set in the 1890’s, focusing on both the religion and science of the period. A wealthy widow interested in fossils, a precise surgeon who makes a breakthrough in heart surgery, a rector at a church in Essex, a young woman who believes in fair housing, a mother entranced by […]


The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (2017)

The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker (2017)

If you love your historical fiction ancient, bloody, and well – researched, I highly recommend this first novel. Rangvald of Maer, a real Viking warrior who supported Harald Fairhair in his bid to become the first king of Norway, and Rangvald’s sister Svanhild are the main characters in this book, but the supporting characters are […]