I am telling the story to make sure the Abbey never forgets. But also so that I can fully grasp what happened. Reading has always helped me to understand the world better. I hope the same applies to writing.
—Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff, translated by A.A. Prime
The Red Abbey is remote, largely self-sufficient, and run entirely by women. Girls are sent there from all over: some are sent because of the unparalleled education they’ll receive there, some ...
Nicky Drayden’s debut novel The Prey of Gods is a surprising cornucopia of genres and characters taking place in a futurist South Africa and with seemingly disparate, multi-layered storylines that slowly progress toward each other—just as the characters do. It’s a little bit surreal, a little bit weird, a lot of fun and wholly impressive.
It opens with childhood BFFs Muzi and Elkin discovering feelings for one another and having their first sexual experience after taking a new ...
As all caretakers know, there’s a window of childhood, the one in which separation anxiety also tends to rear its head, in which young children gently push their boundaries for independence and self-reliance. It’s a balancing act for both the adult and the child—to shorten the small one’s leash and encourage exploration. Three brand-new picture books on shelves, all set in the wild outdoors, address this push-and-pull of growing up.
The one most explicitly remarking upon this caretaker-child bond is ...
As we head into the season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to express some gratitude for some great books coming out soon.
Are you a Jayne Ann Krentz fan? I am! (And Amanda Quick & Jayne Castle too).
JAK’s last book, When All The Girls Have Gone, was a juicy plot twister which opened the door to a series, and her upcoming release, Promise Not To Tell, is a worthy sequel. (Releases Jan 2) Main characters Virginia and ...
If you like stories about time travel (and who doesn't?) here are seven recent time travel books you'll want to know about…
The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland
What do you get when one of science fiction's most meticulous authors teams up with an historical novelist? You get a hefty and thoroughly imaginative near-future thriller that combines magic, secret government organizations and time travel. Melisande Stokes is a ...
BOOK REPORT for The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Cover Story: Bah, Humbug
BFF Charm: Eventually Sassy Gay Friend
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Easy Breezy Ebeneze-y
Bonus Factor: A Christmas Carol
Anti-Bonus Factor: Workplace Misconduct
Relationship Status: Holiday Hookup
Cover Story: Bah, Humbug
Sure, I guess? It's fine, but it doesn't bring joy to my world.* Upon closer inspection, I do appreciate how it emulates the intricate, old-timey covers befitting its inspiration. So it ...
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburn
What would any of us be like without our past? If I could no longer remember my years growing up with you and Alia, if my training as a healer was erased, would I still be me? If I started a new life, made new friends, fell in love, decided to apprentice in farming instead of healing, which version of me would be real? Would it matter?
The Amparan Empire is vast and powerful, controlling ...
I rarely write about books from the Far Future in this space—I’m a big fan of instant gratification, so I like to focus on books that are either already available or almost available.
That said, you should click over to your online bookseller of choice and pre-order The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo. By the time it arrives—in early March of next year—you’ll have forgotten that you ordered it, and it’ll be like getting a surprise gift from your past ...