This month's roundup of new speculative fiction releases includes parallel dimensions, Norse gods, a flooded Earth, disappearing towns, and the end of the world.
Eternity’s Wheel by Neil Gaiman, Michael Reaves, Mallory Reaves
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Young Joey Harker teams up with other versions of himself from parallel worlds to confront HEX and Binary, the forces of magic that seek to destroy the multiverse of worlds, and stop FrostNight—the event that will end it all.
WHY YOU MIGHT ...
BOOK REPORT for Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Cover Story: A Vast Improvement
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 8
Talky Talk: Dessentastic
Bonus Factors: Lakeview, A Motley (Dessen) Crew, Tasty Business
Relationship Status: Love
Cover Story: A Vast Improvement
I used to complain that all Sarah Dessen covers looked like brochures on Women's Health and Your Changing Body. Then, a few years back, they got redesigned, and while a few still look like tampon ads, the branding ...
So many books, so little space! Here are a few that I’ve got my eye on this month:
Saint Anything, by Sarah Dessen
I’ve actively been avoiding any chatter about this one—I adore her books, and I like to go into them entirely cold. I’m especially curious, though, because the cover art is so very different from her usual treatment—as there’s nary a sun-kissed girl in sight, I’ve got no idea of what to expect!
If you’ve still never read ...
“I walk through people’s lives and I steal what I find. Their bodies, their time, their money, their friends, their lovers, their wives—I’ll take it all, if I want to.”
Kepler has stolen many lives.
A ghost, born of a violent death centuries earlier on the streets of London, Kepler has the ability to transfer from body to body—jump from body to body—with just a simple touch. Over the centuries, Kepler has been a Russian aristocrat, a powerful ...
I live in the South where I, as a parent, can see the end of the school year in sight. Here in Tennessee, we’re finished with school around the end of May. That means that right now schools are administering our state’s achievement tests. These are timed assessments that measure skills in Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Students’ results on these tests are reported to parents, teachers, and administrators.
And these results matter—in lots of ways. But ...
It’s always a bit problematic to say “spring is here” in Wisconsin, because snow has been known to fall in May. However, signs are good that warm weather is here for the season, and we are enjoying apple blossoms, tulips and daffodils.
For romance readers in this part of the country, spring tends to be fruitful in other ways as well, and this year has brought some really fun events to the Midwest.
I had the pleasure of meeting a ...
Many, many years ago, I was born in a little place called Chicago. As such, I have always been fascinated with the way the city is portrayed in stories ranging from the Fey-and-Demon-infested Chicago of the Harry Dresden novels, all the way to the version standing in for Gotham in Christopher Nolan’s Batman films. With all the crime and politics, there’s almost always that hint of corruption just below the surface in Chicago.
C.O.W.L. looks at Chicago ...
Tracey Baptiste photographed by Latifah Abdur Photography
You often hear the phrase “plucky protagonist,” but Corinne La Mer, the 11-year-old main character of Tracey Baptiste’s newest novel for children, The Jumbies, has pluck quite unlike any you’ve seen, given the obstacles she faces.
Jumbies are the spirits of Caribbean folklore: Douens are the spirits of babies that have died before being christened or baptized. A churile is the spirit of a woman who has died in childbirth, though the baby lives. A La Diabless is ...