Being the daughter of the great Haggard West—super scientist, superhero, and scourge of the monsters of Arcopolis—ain’t easy. Aurora has had her work cut out for her since the day she was born, and things are only getting harder the older she becomes. Her home, Arcopolis, is a city thrown into darkness and fallen on dark times. One day, thuggish gangs of monsters appeared bent on causing chaos and kidnapping children for reasons unknown. The only thing that stands between ...
In her early January piece for School Library Journal, “What’s Trending? What Is, What Was, What’s Soon to Be in Kid Lit,” Betsy Bird attempted, in part, to look into a crystal ball and predict what 2016 trends in picture books would be. She wrote that “the most serious trend consists of the very serious topic of talking to children about death and bereavement.” As for 2015 picture books, she cites the popular and critically acclaimed Boats for ...
I’m a sucker for a Western. My grandmother, who lived with us when I was growing up, loved Westerns and would watch them on the weekends, so I suppose some of her affection for the genre rubbed off on me. Now, take a Western and twist it on its head, add in some allegorical fairy tales, fantastical elements, or bent toward science fiction, and I’m hooked.
Enter Pretty Deadly: Volume 1 from Kelly Sue DeConnick (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) and ...
Megan Dowd Lambert, photo by Sean P. Lambert St. Marie
Last week, we started loading up or reading lists with some science fiction, fantasy, and horror books coming out between February and April 2016. Let's keep adding to it by looking at the next few months, shall we?
In May, a wide spectrum of science fiction awaits the reader looking for sense of wonder. For starters, there's Central Station by Lavie Tidhar, which gives intimate portraits of the people located around an Earth-based space station at ...
John A. Connell photographed by Pictange
John A. Connell took a circuitous route to reach his latest career concocting high-stakes crime fiction set in Europe immediately after World War II. Although the Atlanta, George, native had impressed his 10th-grade history teacher with “quite a gory account” of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572—a campaign of carnage that left tens of thousands of Huguenots dead in France—he had his heart set on becoming a rock ’n’ roll star. When that didn’t pan out (“I had ...
BOOK REPORT for The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
BFF Charm: Platinum Edition
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Story Time
Bonus Factors: Time Travel, Adoption, Supporting Cast
Relationship Status: Honeymoon Stage
Cover Story: Montell Jordan
Do you ever wish that books received similar treatment as TV or movies? Not only in public adoration and recognition (because omg there can never be enough IRL friends to chat books with), but with ...
Admittedly, she also fell short of her uncle’s ideal of female virtue— it was so hard to be that irreprochable mix of innocence, modesty, and unquestioning obedience— but such a failure did not make her an instrument of Hell.
—The Dark Days Club, Alison Goodman
Was this what growing up, becoming a woman, meant? To show only certain, acceptable sides of yourself to others, even to those you love?
—Serpentine, Cindy Pon
On the surface, The Dark Days ...