Category Archives: Book Reviews

YA Book Review: Tarnish by Katherine Longshore

First, an admission:  I am a huge fan of Katherine Longshore. Second, a confession:  I was so done with Anne Boleyn. Therefore, I was conflicted about diving right into “Tarnish,” Katherine Longshore’s YA novel of Anne Boleyn’s early days at Henry … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Prince of Shadows” by Rachel Caine

You guys know I love Shakespeare, and I read pretty much every adaptation/novelization I can get my hands on since that’s what I’m doing with my writing life right now. That’s why I picked up “Prince of Shadows” the second I … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rose Throne

I enjoy Mette Ivie Harrison’s books, so when I was browsing the YA section at my library and found “The Rose Throne” (2013), I snatched it up. What I discovered there was more than just another YA fantasy. The books … Continue reading

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YA Historical “The Wicked and the Just”: You Want This Book

I just found out that it has been a year since this wonderful book was published, so we are going to celebrate that anniversary (and the looming publication of its paperback version) with my long-overdue review. Near the end of … Continue reading

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Interview With Debut Author Jeannie Mobley

I am thrilled and elated to share with you the news that Jeannie Mobley, with whom I used to be in a critique group, is celebrating the release of her first published novel this week. KATERINA’S WISH is already well-reviewed … Continue reading

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YA new release: “Courtship and Curses”

What’s better than a well-written historical novel? A historical novel with MAGIC! “Courtship and Curses” is Marissa Doyle’s third book and I think it might be her best yet. “Bewitching Season” and “Betraying Season” were set in the Victorian era (actually, … Continue reading

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“Flying The Dragon”: Middle-Grade Must Read

Hiroshi lives in a village in Japan where his grandfather makes traditional rokkaku fighting kites from bamboo and paper. In a month, Hiroshi will fly a kite of his own in the annual kite-fights for the first time. Thousands of miles away near … Continue reading

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“Bring Up The Bodies” – A Review

This is the text of my review of Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, posted today on Goodreads.   With this book, Mantel has added new colors to her brilliant portrait of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s mastermind counsellor. More … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whelan Turner

As part of the Light and Round (L&R) Project, I’m going to urge you to read The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whelan Turner.  In fact, I’m going to insist.  I might even beg. It’s that good. When I decided … Continue reading

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