Have you all been watching the Olympics?
I admit I want all the ice dancers to be “real” couples and, as I do every four years, I remind my husband of how much I loved Torvill & Dean’s Bolero (yeah, Virtue and Moir were amazing, but nothing beats this ice dancing golden performance for me!—though to be fair, they don’t seem to have any twizzles in there…) and Grinkov & Gordeeva, the most beautiful pairs skaters ever, and of course ...
With so many books vying for your attention, it's easy for excellent reads to fall below your reading radar. I'm here to remedy that. Don't let these recent science fiction and fantasy books escape your notice.
Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay
Here's a post-apocalypse of different color. Hundreds of years after natural humanity has died off from a slow plague, the Earth is populated by a sea of endless clones to carry on human ...
BOOK REPORT for Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) by Tricia Levenseller
Psst! This is the second book in the Daughter of the Pirate King duology. Be careful; there are spoilers and man-eating eels below.
Cover Story: In Media Res
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Award For Much Improvement
Bonus Factor: Pirate Friends, Siren Abilities
Relationship Status: Ahoy, Matey!
Cover Story: In Media Res
I was underwhelmed with the first book’s ...
Mami says she thought it was a saint’s name.
Gave me this gift of battle and now curses
how well I live up to it.
My parents probably wanted a girl who would sit in the pews
wearing pretty florals and a soft smile.
They got combat boots and a mouth silent
until it’s sharp as an island machete.
—The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo
I first read The Poet X back in November, and I’ve been raving ...
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Far into the future a group of colonists from a decrepit, dying Earth arrive at a new planet after spending more than one hundred years travelling in suspended sleep. While the humans were asleep the ship’s AI chose a different destination that the original planet they were supposed to land, based on updated analysis for friendly inhabitability. The colonists had been prepared for one reality—and meet a completely new one they are forced to adapt to ...
I may be typing this on Valentine’s Day, but you won’t see it till Friday, shortly after this holiday has passed and you’ve nearly consumed all your chocolates. But I think that we can celebrate Valentine’s Day all week. And I’m doing so in that most time-honored, romantic of ways with something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue in the form of some picture book-valentines. Let’s dive right in, remaining chocolates in hand.
My first valentine, something old ...
Can we talk a bit about Louisa?
Jojo Moyes recently released Still Me, the third—and likely final—title that follows Louisa Clark, the woman we first met in Me Before You, the author’s phenomenally successful breakout novel that introduced us to Louisa when she became the caregiver to quadriplegic Will.
Will dies. (I expect most of you reading this know how that happens, and how Luisa is affected by it.) Louisa dealing with her grief, guilt and anger while figuring out ...
Photo courtesy of Ye Rin Mok
Imagine, if you will, the talk of the town in 19th century-Paris: Lady Crystallia. She is a fashion icon, dazzling crowds at night clubs throughout the city. And, unbeknownst to anyone but Frances, the talented, hard-working seamstress who creates Lady Crystallia’s gowns, the Lady is actually Prince Sebastian. He loves to wear dresses, something he doesn’t tell his parents, who happen to be looking for his bride. Frances keeps Prince Sebastian’s secret—she wants to learn to be a great ...