A few years ago I found a town called Portero set in a world unlike anything I had read before, written by a writer called Dia Reeves. Bleeding Violet and Slice of Cherry were the first two books and now, after a long, long wait—YEARS—the author is back with more books set in Portero. Two standalone novels: Miscreated and Heart Sick.
In Portero, doors to other worlds open in mid-air from where people can appear and disappear to never ...
Time has a way of marching on, doesn’t it? I can’t believe it’s already May, we are nearing summer, and the year is nearly halfway done. I thought I’d take a breather today and, instead of talking about new books, I’d write about several children’s lit-related news items that are making me happy.
I’ll list five in honor of the fifth month.
ONE – One of my favorite graphic novels series of all time, Luke Pearson’s Hilda, has been animated ...
The award-winning artist Rashin Kheiriyeh, who publishes as simply “Rashin,” has illustrated over sixty books in countries all over the world. Later this month, however, marks the first picture book she has both written in English and illustrated. Saffron Ice Cream, a story for which she mined some of her own childhood memories, is about her family’s trip to Coney Island after moving to the States from Iran. In brightly-colored, textured oil and acrylic illustrations, we read about her ...
In case you haven’t heard about Song of Blood and Stone (Book One of the Earthsinger Chronicles) from all the authors and reviewers who’ve been buzzing about it for months, let me add my voice in praise of this wonderful novel!
“L. Penelope's Song of Blood & Stone is a treacherous, thrilling, epic audiobook fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.
Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers ...
Step right up, folks, and check out the latest science fiction and horror books that are being adapted into television shows and films! Read them now, watch them later!
Sinless by Sarah Tarkoff
At what cost beauty? Sinless, the first novel in the Beholder series, is set in a chilling near-future dystopia where those who are deemed to be "good" are blessed with the gift of beauty, while those who are "bad" are subject to disfigurement or death. Grace ...
BOOK REPORT for Royals (Royals #1) by Rachel Hawkins
Cover Story: Bubblegum Bling
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Fizzy Fun
Bonus Factors: An American Princess, Scotland, Future Installments, The Royal Wreckers
Relationship Status: Whirlwind Romance
Cover Story: Bubblegum Bling
I love a good pink. The title bling is cute and eye-catchy. After reading the book, though, this cover doesn’t really vibe with chill Daisy or even up-tight Ellie. Were they trying to ...
Mother’s Day is coming right up, so here are a few recent books that highlight mother/child relationships. As I needed a way to narrow down my options, I’m only highlighting books that I haven’t read or written about—which is why Elana K. Arnold’s Bat books and Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X aren’t here even though they’d both be a perfect fit.
Sidenote: I also decided to only feature books in which the mothers are ALIVE, rather than books in ...
Circe by Madeline Miller
When I was born, the word for what I was did not exist.
Thus begins Circe, Madeline Miller’s long awaited follow-up to the wonderful Song of Achilles and a reimagining of the Odyssey from one of its most infamous women.
The daughter of a naiad and the Titan Helios, Circe is herself a nymph: the least of lesser goddesses, not powerful like her towering father or as interesting as her alluring mother, definitely less exciting than ...