The HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA – TJ Klune

I finally got around to reading one of the most talked about books of 2020, and before I get into my review of TJ Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea (TOR 2020), I want to briefly touch on the problematic aspects of the novel, or as is the case, of the author. During anContinue reading “The HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA – TJ Klune”

LEGENDBORN – Tracy Deonn

Before I get into my review of Tracy Deonn’s Legendborn (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2020), I want to recognize that it may be biased and cloaked in an unexpected connection. I was 17 when my father was killed.  My acceptance to UNC arrived just under two months later.  That August, when I moved into myContinue reading “LEGENDBORN – Tracy Deonn”

THE WITCHES OF ST. PETERSBURG – Imogen Edwards-Jones

I purchased Imogen Edwards-Jones’s The Witches of St. Petersburg (Harper, 2019) strictly because of the gorgeous, icy blue cover. As stunning as the cover is, it doesn’t begin to do the story justice – this is one of the more captivating premise-wise historical fiction novels I’ve picked up in a while, and I simply couldn’tContinue reading “THE WITCHES OF ST. PETERSBURG – Imogen Edwards-Jones”

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON – Kelly Barnhill

I read forty-seven books in 2020, and my last read of the year ended up one of my top two.  I knew I’d like Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Algonquin Young Readers, 2016), but I didn’t anticipate it even being in my top five.  Yet I found this novel of an “enmagicked”Continue reading “THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON – Kelly Barnhill”

CONJURE WOMEN – Afia Atakora

One of my more recent goals has been to read more “new” releases, particularly from debut authors and authors of color.  I ordered Conjure Women because it ticked off several of my boxes.  It is a debut novel by an author of color, but more importantly, it’s the type of book my shelves crave: magicalContinue reading “CONJURE WOMEN – Afia Atakora”

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Ransom Riggs

I’ve gone on a bit of a YA kick when it comes to reading, but I’m not mad about it.  There are a lot of great things happening in YA lit land these days, and I’m here for it. I was gifted the book that is the subject of today’s review because the gifter thoughtContinue reading “MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Ransom Riggs”

THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY – Natalie Lloyd

 Before I get into the review of another Battle of the Books selections, I want to ask you to please donate to my niece’s elementary school. It’s a rural public school in North Carolina and many students have little support at home and are not encouraged to read. This Battle of the Books competition excitesContinue reading “THE KEY TO EXTRAORDINARY – Natalie Lloyd”

SHADOW AND BONE – Leigh Bardugo

I’d never judge a book by its cover, but I would be remiss if I didn’t start this post by mentioning how absolutely gorgeous this cover is.  The colors.  The stag.  It’s simply stunning. As for the book itself, SHADOW AND BONE is a delight, and a quick and easy read.  It’s the first bookContinue reading “SHADOW AND BONE – Leigh Bardugo”

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE – Tomi Adeyemi

I teach you to be warriors in the garden so you will never be gardeners in the war.” Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone You’ve read Harry Potter, right? Or at least seen the movies? Do you remember when they began training to fight? Dumbledore’s Army, they called themselves. Led by Harry, Ron, andContinue reading “CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE – Tomi Adeyemi”