Book Review: Witchlanders by Lena Coakley

I read pure fantasy infrequently, though the ones I have read I have enjoyed for the most part. Witchlanders, the debut novel by Lena Coakley, falls into that category. Full disclosure: I picked it up only because I heard her speak at a recent conference where she was accepting an award. I very much likedContinue reading “Book Review: Witchlanders by Lena Coakley”

Books: Thoughts on Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

There are some books that pry long-forgotten memories out of the dusty corners of your brain, unfold them on a table and force you to look at them. Alice Bliss was like this for me. Alice Bliss is a 14-year old girl who loves her father very much. So when his reserve unit is calledContinue reading “Books: Thoughts on Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington”

Book review: Invisible World by Suzanne Weyn

It is rare that I give a completely negative review. However, it is also rare that I read a book as bad as this one. I think it deserves to be talked about as it illustrates many of the Do Nots that I try to avoid in my own writing. I am also helping aContinue reading “Book review: Invisible World by Suzanne Weyn”

Book Review: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

I love Kenneth Oppel. Well, at least I love his books. His Airborn series was one of the best middle grade series I have ever read. The only reason why I did not read his bat series  is because a personal disinclination towards talking animals (unless it is Manchee from the Knife of Never LettingContinue reading “Book Review: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel”

Random Thoughts on Prep by Curtis Sittenfield

It is that time of year again, the time of year when I gravitate towards book that punch me in the gut. Either because the character is so palpable I feel like I know them intimately (A Complicated Kindness), or because the book introduces me to so many new and beautiful ideas I want toContinue reading “Random Thoughts on Prep by Curtis Sittenfield”

Why I think All Girls Should Read This Book

One of my favourite young adult writers is Libba Bray, and not only because she has the same initials as me, or because as my husband pointed out, if you squint your eyes her name resembles “library”.  She is not afraid to experiment with different genres- indeed her first trilogy was a wonderful 19th centuryContinue reading “Why I think All Girls Should Read This Book”

More YA Dystopian Novels

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth I have been on a tad of a Dystopian novel kick lately. While reading this last addition to the increasing list of Dystopian YA books, I had an epiphany. No, perhaps that is too strong a word for the small glimmer of light that brightened my brain pan forContinue reading “More YA Dystopian Novels”

YA MUST-READ: A Fault in our Stars by John Green

 The Fault in our Stars by John Green Oh, John Green. What can I say? This time the Greenster, the Greenmeister the Greenonator , has penned a tome that deals with such heady topics as love in the midst of death. And when I say ” in the midst” I mean in the chomping downContinue reading “YA MUST-READ: A Fault in our Stars by John Green”