New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)

My new novella is now available! Cover art by Dragonpen Press Designs “‘Tristan and Isolde’? More like stuff and nonsense…" At age eighteen, Isolde of Ayrland is expected to master the healing arts and uphold her mother’s legacy as a healer, but she’s nowhere near ready for the undertaking. Though her mother’s always urging her … Continue reading New Release: As Told by Isolde, A Mythic Maidens Novella (Mythic Maidens #5)

Meet the Hero: Geo

Meet Geo Full Name: Georome Straussen Featured in: The Wrong Prince by C.K. Brooke From: Tybiria, East Halvea, World of Jordinia. Status: The younger Prince of Tybiria Distinguishing characteristics: Raven hair, athletic, courageous. Can be reckless but for noble causes. Motivations: Loyalty and family. Will do anything for his brother. Geo’s Story:Although the two couldn’t … Continue reading Meet the Hero: Geo

Editor’s Review: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

*I was the editor of this novel for The Parliament House Press. Nocturnal Meetings of the Mispalced (The Parliament House Press, 2018) by R.J. Garcia is my favorite book I've edited to date - and one of my all-time favorite novels ever. This unputdownable debut blends my favorite elements of YA, horror/mystery, small towns, a … Continue reading Editor’s Review: Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced by R.J. Garcia

Book Review: Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

"'...you're not a mistake. In fact, you're kind of a miracle. ... The girl who shouldn't exist.'" Trigger 17, p. 152 Brave New Girl (Delacorte Press, 2017) is a YA dystopian novel by Rachel Vincent. The story is about Dahlia 16, a clone who was engineered to become a hydroponic gardener. Dahlia is one of … Continue reading Book Review: Brave New Girl by Rachel Vincent

Book Review: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

"'Someone or multiple someones are intentionally rewriting history,' Alice says.  'And keeping the Titanic stuck in time before its sinking,' Susannah says." - p. 249 Haunting the Deep (Knopf, 2017) is the sequel to How to Hang a Witch by #1 NYT bestselling YA author, Adriana Mather. In Mather's second YA paranormal thriller, we pick … Continue reading Book Review: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather

Book Review: How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

"I have to convince a group of people who hate me to help solve a curse that could be killing our families." - p. 125 How to Hang a Witch (Knopf, 2016) is a YA paranormal novel written by Adriana Mather, an actual descendant of the Salem Witch Trials' Cotton Mather. The protagonist in this … Continue reading Book Review: How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

DNF: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

*DNF at 40% RoseBlood by A.G. Howard (Amulet Books, 2017) is a YA urban fantasy novel inspired by Gaston Lereux's classic novel and the opera of the same name, The Phantom of the Opera. I enjoyed the author's debut, the Alice in Wonderland retelling entitled Splintered, even though at times the second through third acts became overwritten. … Continue reading DNF: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

DNF: Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

DNF at 50% Because I so loved the author’s debut novel, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, I picked up Looking For Me (Penguin, 2013) by Beth Hoffman on my Kindle. Looking For Me was a different story and writing style than CeeCee. The narrator, Teddie Overman, is an adult woman (as opposed to the adolescent CeeCee), and the … Continue reading DNF: Looking For Me by Beth Hoffman

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Kat and the team are back in Uncommon Criminals (Disney-Hyperion 2011), the second installment of Ally Carter's Heist Society series. Now that Kat has established her line of thievery as a noble "Robin Hood" sort, she can't resist when a kind, elderly lady approaches her, begging Kat to right a decades-old wrong. Constance Miller beseeches Kat to … Continue reading Book Review: Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Book Review: Luna by Julie Anne Peters

I found this book while browsing the Barnes & Noble teen bestsellers online. I had never seen or heard of it, but was drawn by the mysterious cover and the National Book Award Finalist badge. I've never read a book about a transgender person before, and the minute I sampled the first page, I was sold. … Continue reading Book Review: Luna by Julie Anne Peters

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

This YA book was not what I was expecting! At least not when it started. I'd seen it on shelves for years, but I think I was expecting a haunted orphanage, third-person sort of fairy tale. When I began reading, I wasn't prepared for as lovably flawed of a narrator as Jacob Portman, a wealthy … Continue reading Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Book Review: All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

"I am the Girl Who Cried Wolf. And now I am the only one who can save the lambs." - p. 291 All Fall Down (Scholastic, 2015) by Ally Carter is a YA political thriller and the first book in the Embassy Row series. From the first page, I was intrigued by the character of Grace … Continue reading Book Review: All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Book Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

The Radiant Road (Penguin Young Readers 2016) is a recent YA fantasy novel by Katherine Catmull. Our protagonist is fourteen-year-old Clare, daughter of a traveling geologist. After moving about the United States, Clare and her father return to her birthplace of Ireland, back into the ancient, mysterious stone home in which she was born, where her mother’s … Continue reading Book Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown (2016) by Kiera Cass is the fifth and final book in the #1 NYT Bestselling Selection series. After her mother suffers a heart attack, Eadlyn Schreave, princess of a futuristic U.S. monarchy, has narrowed her suitors down to the six "Elite". She must step in as regent while her mother recovers her health, although the … Continue reading Book Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Forewarned (Book 2 of the Near Deaths Series) by Holly M. Campbell

I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I have been waiting over a year for this novel. I could say that it delivered, it didn't disappoint, that it was even better than Book 1, Foreshadowed - but those would be understatements. To put it simply, this book … Continue reading Book Review: Forewarned (Book 2 of the Near Deaths Series) by Holly M. Campbell

Book Review: Without Curtains by Holly M. Campbell

Without Curtains (2015) is the second book by Holly M. Campbell I've had the pleasure of reading. After thoroughly enjoying her debut, Foreshadowed, I was more than eager to get my hands on her newest release... and it did not disappoint! I inhaled this novel in a single day, because I was simply unable to … Continue reading Book Review: Without Curtains by Holly M. Campbell

Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

The One is the third book in The Selection series by Kiera Cass, following The Selection and The Elite. While I really enjoy Cass's writing style in that it's incredibly easy to read and become immersed in, I'll admit I was shocked and rather disappointed with the ending. I don't want to give anything away, but I … Continue reading Book Review: The One by Kiera Cass

Book Review: Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein

Another hit from Lisa Klein, Lady Macbeth's Daughter retells the famous Shakespearean tragedy of Macbeth from the point of view of a female character– Macbeth's secret lost daughter, Albia. When Lady Macbeth gives birth to a baby girl with a clubbed foot, her husband Macbeth considers the babe cursed, and demands she be left outside to die. … Continue reading Book Review: Lady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein

Book Review: Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein

After reading Ophelia, I was eager to read another of Lisa Klein’s novels. I was not disappointed by Cate of the Lost Colony! This was another great read. Catherine Archer is the orphaned daughter of a high-ranking soldier when Queen Elizabeth grants her the rare honor of becoming a lady-in-waiting. But court life - with all of … Continue reading Book Review: Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein

Book Review: The Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown

The Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown consist of four (to date) fast-paced thriller/suspense novels, featuring fictitious genius Harvard symbology and iconology professor, Robert Langdon. I have read the first three: Angels & Demons, The DaVinci Code, and The Lost Symbol. Each book takes place in a famous city, involves a secret society of a religious … Continue reading Book Review: The Robert Langdon books by Dan Brown

Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937, penned by renowned author Zora Neale Hurston. We follow the story of Janie, a young African American woman who breaks all chains of tradition by refusing to marry the man her family had selected for her, and setting off to make her own life. She goes … Continue reading Book Review: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Book Review: Chocolat by Joanne Harris

In a pious little French village in the 1960s, an unconventional, free-spirited single mother opens a chocolaterie during Lent. One-by-one, she changes and enriches the lives of the closed-off townspeople, infuriating the town's traditional mayor. This novel may appeal to chefs and chocolate lovers alike, and reads quite differently than the charming film based off of it.

Book Review: Native Son by Richard Wright

Native Son is a novel written by Richard Wright in 1940, which explores the question of nature vs. nurture from a racial perspective. The main character, Bigger, is a young black man experiencing the us vs. them world of the 1940s. He resents that he doesn’t have the same opportunities as white boys his age. … Continue reading Book Review: Native Son by Richard Wright

Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

In the 1970s, Susie Salmon is a young teen who falls victim to her neighbor, a psychotic child predator. Brutally, the man assaults and murders her in the opening of this book. Thus, Susie narrates The Lovely Bones from beyond the grave, telling the story of her beloved family after she “goes missing,” as she waits … Continue reading Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Book Review: Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

Ellen Foster is a little girl in the 1960s who is neglected by her parents. She goes from family member to family member, each as cold and unreceptive as the next. All the while, Ellen retains her toughness, yet longs to live in a happy foster home. While the novel consists of her memories of suffering … Continue reading Book Review: Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons