On the 10th anniversary of her father’s death, Claire Takata discovers that her mother and her stepfather—the man that she and her brothers have been calling "Dad" for almost as long as they can remember—have been lying to them for years. It turns out that not only did her father and her stepfather know each other, but they knew each other well—so why, when she asks flat-out, is she met with lies and deception? And why would they have ...
“And they really expect all humans to make the same choice? Are they that naive?”
“I don’t know,” Chrystal said.
“Are they unified? Do they all want the same thing?” Nona pressed.
Yi answered. “The ones we’ve met are.”
Nona looked from one to the other. “If you were still human, what would you do?”
They looked back and forth between each other, their facial expressions subdued.
Thousands of years ago, we took to the ...
I’ve got a wee menagerie in my picture-book round-up this week—pigs, cats, ponies. If you’re looking for other creatures, you’ll have to look elsewhere, but these are three books that won’t let you down.
First up is Marcus Ewert’s rhyming Mummy Cat, illustrated by Lisa Brown and coming to shelves later this month. There are several narrative layers to this sophisticated story about a mummified cat, “who’s passed through Death” and wakes to wander his tomb and be with the ...
I think it’s safe to say that there are a lot of upcoming historical romances that are generating some excitement!
On August 4, Lauren Willig’s excellent Pink Carnation series will come to an end with the release of The Lure of the Moonflower. Lady Jane Wooliston, aka the Pink Carnation, will finally meet her match, and I’ll go out on a limb and guess that Eloise and Colin, the modern day couple that has dallied and parried through the series ...
That the third prize winner should prove to be a woman was one of the surprises of the contest, for, as a rule, women do not make good scientifiction writers, because their education and general tendencies on scientific matters are usually limited. But the exception, as usual, proves the rule, the exception in this case being extraordinarily impressive. The story has a great deal of charm, chiefly because it is not overburdened with science, but whatever science is contained therein ...
To my American readers: Happy almost Fourth of July! I hope you have tomorrow off.
To everyone else: Happy…July? I hope that wherever you are, you are enjoying good books.
In honor of the holiday this year, let’s take a look at a few books that explore what it might be like to grow up among the rich and powerful in Washington, D.C.:
The President’s Daughter, by Ellen Emerson White
Originally published in 1984, Feiwel & Friends updated the ...
This month's roundup of speculative fiction reads includes time travelers on the run, an off-world murder mystery, a thriller that puts science up against theology, flintlock fantasy, steampunk adventure, and alternate worlds.
Nightborn by Lou Anders
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Everyone is chasing after a powerful artifact known as the Horn of Osius, an ancient relic capable of controlling dragons. Who is everyone? The Dark Elves; Desstra, a conflicted Dark Elf training to join their elite ranks; and Karn ...
BOOK REPORT for Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Cover Story: The Point Is Probably Moot
BFF Charm: Yeah, I Know, She's Been a Good Friend of Mine
Swoonworthy Scale: Ain't That the Way Love's Supposed to Be?
Talky Talk: It's Been Cool with the Lines
Bonus Factors: Twist and Shout, Thank You for the Music, We Used to Be Friends
Relationship Status: I Wish That I Had Jesse's Girl
Cover Story ...