Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Walton takes the Victorian social novel to new levels by making dragons the main characters. Suddenly, all of the social conventions of the age are backed by biological necessities – the need to have gold for one’s hoard, the need to have a parent’s estate (that is, their body…) divided fairly so one can eat […]


Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

The person who recommended this to me told me I would sob my eyes out at the end. I wasn’t that much of a mess but it is a lovely, touching story with both a sad and a triumphant ending. Jack and his family live on a farm in Maine. They agree to foster a […]


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A delightful concept, wonderfully executed. Kell is a magician, one of the last with the power to jump between different versions of London, one of which exists in each different world. The three Londons we see (and the one we don’t) are all beautifully brought to life, as are the characters who inhabit them. Plus, […]


Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017)

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017)

Fall into this timeless book and get caught up in the word of Orphan Island. It’s a place governed by rules and magic and nature. Idyllic. Until one of the nine kids decides to break the rules… Snyder treats world-building very differently than most fantasy authors. She does not share the background of the magic, […]


My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

Anderson Cooper calls it “heartbreaking” and “quietly dazzling.” Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) calls it “delightful and heartwarming”. I can’t quite even put into words how good this book is. My Brother’s Husband Volume 1 has grabbed me as no other graphic novel has! It is a contemporary story from Japan by one of Japan’s great […]


Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Troy’s life has been a roller coaster lately.  His mom passed away and now it’s just Troy, his dad and grandma.  Things have changed so much and Troy has started to get into trouble with his best friend Foster.  When Foster and Troy are busted for their most recent incident they are given the option […]


The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Is it possible that Kimberly Brubaker Bradley could write a sequel to the The War that Saved My Life that would live up to the beloved Newbery Honor book? A resounding YES! The author concludes this story beautifully, resolving the issues of the first book in the first few chapters before entering into the terrible […]


The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Flora had a brain tumor removed when she was ten and can’t form new memories. Nothing stays in her memory for more than an hour-until she kisses Drake on the night before he leaves for a study program north of the Arctic Circle. That memory remains. Flora, who in many ways is still a ten […]


Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

Really wonderful! Stick with this one – it starts slow, the main character seems arrogant and unlikable, and the setting familiar. As the book continues, though, it becomes apparent that this was all intentional, and the gradual revelations about the characters, their world, and the mystery at the heart of it are all masterfully done. […]


Get it Together Delilah by Erin Gough

Get it Together Delilah by Erin Gough

Get it together Delilah is an odd yet relatable coming of age novel with a down under setting. The story centers on a hard-nose and complex Delilah who can’t seem to “get it together” no matter how hard she tries. The homophobic girls at school scold her constantly because of her sexuality which forces her […]