Review: The Stolen Kingdom

The Stolen Kingdom is the story of two young people thrust into roles they never wanted, didn’t expect and are not quite prepared for. Mara is the daughter of a vintner and she loves tending to her father’s grapes but she has a secret, she can make them grow with magic. But to her knowledge, magicContinue reading “Review: The Stolen Kingdom”

Pub Day Review: The Rebel Nun

“‘Perhaps you should think less and pray more.’ I shook my head and dropped back down on the bench. Was even this champion of the Holy Cross now adopting the church’s new attitude toward women? ‘What would you say if I suggested you think less and pray more.’ I asked. ‘But I’m a m-… poet.’Continue reading “Pub Day Review: The Rebel Nun”

Review: The Lost Apothecary

The Lost Apothecary is a dual timeline historical fiction / mystery story which brings you between modern times and 1790s London. When Caroline arrives in London on her first trip from the US she stumbles upon a group who are mudlarking, which is looking at tidal earth when the Thames has receded for historical artifacts.Continue reading “Review: The Lost Apothecary”

REVIEW: Reverie

“Sometimes the things we believe in are the most dangerous things about us.” ————————– ‚ÄúDreams can be parasites we sacrifice ourselves to. Dreams can be monstrous, beautiful things incubated in misery and hatched by spite. Or dreams can be the artifacts we excavate to discover who we really are.” ————————– Inexplicably, I struggled with thisContinue reading “REVIEW: Reverie”

REVIEW: Where the Lost Wander

“… his thoughts, when he shares them, are like little shoots of green grass on a dry prairie. The flowers on the prickly pears that grow among the rocks.” —————————————— I adore stories of the American Prairie and pioneer times. There is such beauty in the untamed land, passion in indigenous stories and strength inContinue reading “REVIEW: Where the Lost Wander”

REVIEW: Every Last Fear

Wow, poor Matt, this kid has been through some stuff! First, his older brother is convicted of murder and then featured on a highly rated documentary that seems to point to shoddy police work and a coerced confession. Then the rest of his family is murdered on a trip to Mexico. We find out theContinue reading “REVIEW: Every Last Fear”

REVIEW: The Dating Plan

Ok, everyone knows that rom-coms are not my thing but occasionally I like them as palate cleansers. And I’ve planned a few leading up to Valentine’s Day. Sometimes they really surprise me. And boy, did I enjoy this one! Daisy was such a great main character. My biggest dislike in romcoms is when the girlContinue reading “REVIEW: The Dating Plan”

REVIEW: The Paris Library

“… a library without members is a cemetery of books… Books are like people; without contact, they cease to exist.” ——————————– The Paris Library is really about the American Library in Paris and its unique cast of characters. Odile is passionate about reading and working despite her parent’s wishes as the war reaches France. TheContinue reading “REVIEW: The Paris Library”

Review: The Removed

The Removed is a beautiful treatise on grief particularly in regard to the culture and traditions of the Cherokee nation. The Echota family has suffered a grievous loss and none of them have recovered. Each family member is coping in their own way. Most of these are not healthy ways. The chapters alternate between theContinue reading “Review: The Removed”

Happy Pub Day & Review: The Last Tiara

Sofiya is a young woman living through war in Russia in 1915, she comes from a family of means close to the royal family who is in the process of being deposed. She volunteers her time with the soldiers coming into the hospital and falls for a man with amnesia from his head injury. InContinue reading “Happy Pub Day & Review: The Last Tiara”