The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss
On Sale in Paperback: March 2018
“Spectacular cases are usually simpler, and less interesting, than they initially appear.”
Mary Jekyll has had a rough year. Her father, scientist and gentleman Dr. Jekyll, died when Mary was just a young girl, leaving Mary and her mother without any money or prospects—a hard-learned truth, when the women discover that Jekyll had mysteriously liquidated his funds and sent his fortune to ...
Spring is a big time of year in the world of picture book-publishing. Right around now—March-ish, April-ish—we tend to see a significant number of new titles reach shelves. Today, I’ve got four books that have one thing in common: They are the four that most fired me up this week. They are books I hope you go out of your way to find.
First up is Once Upon a Time, which comes from illustrator Raúl Nieto Guridi, who publishes under ...
I’ve been settling in to a pile of historical fiction lately for Women’s History Month (with a quick reminder that we still have over a week’s worth of authors guest hosting on The Romance of Reading FB page!*).
A recent title that I found completely compelling and fascinating was Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year In Havana, a dual time line story that takes place in Cuba at the time of the revolution and today.
After the death of her beloved grandmother ...
There's literary magic happening in the pages of short fiction. Where else can you quickly be exposed to as many stories, as many new ideas, as many new voices and as much entertainment? That's why I love reading anthologies of short fiction. You get lots of stories by multiple authors all between the same two covers. Anthologies allow me to sneak in some reading time even when life becomes too busy for longer books. It's where I ...
BOOK REPORT for The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom
Cover Story: O-Face, Literally
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Little House Nostalgia
Bonus Factors: Cross-Dressing, Supporting Cast
Anti-Bonus Factor: No Justice
Relationship Status: Friendly Neighbors
Cover Story: O-Face, Literally
The longer I stare at this cover, the more I question the placement of the “O” in Beloved being centered perfectly over the face of shadowy Harriet. It bothers my soul. Aside from the awkward placement of the ...
At first, writing feels like falling
where there is nothing to hold on to
to keep from slipping off the edge of the world.
But then the dark presence of another begins to whisper
from the corners of my mind,
and his shadow grows and touches my own.
Together, we take one step toward finding a word,
and then another,
until the struggle drops away
and the only thing that is left ...
I’m fairly certain I’ve said this before here at Kirkus (probably more than once), but it’s a fact that “quirky” gets overused in children’s book reviewing. Merriam-Webster defines the word as “unusual in especially an interesting or appealing way.” That covers a lot of ground, so let’s turn to a similar word (since we all know that, once a word is exhausted, it starts to lose its oomph)—“idiosyncratic.” I like that, and it captures well the picture ...
It opens in the far past as a King meets a monster and he knows what he has to do. After all, Kings were made for killing monsters.
In the far future of 2267, everything has gone to shit after a series of ecological disasters forced humans to find alternative living underground in “hells” that succumbed to plagues and epidemics over and over.
But humanity still endures—and the surviving plague babies made their way to the top of the ...