There are stories, of course. Tales of great queens who left the island to become great queens again on the mainland. Others tell of queens who live out the rest of their lives peacefully and quietly, with their consorts. But Arsinoe has never believed a word. In her mind, every last queen lies at the bottom of the sea, drowned by the Goddess the moment she was done with them.
—Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
Every generation on ...
In many ways, Canadian high schooler Pen Oliveira is your typical 16-year-old dude: Pen loves gaming with guy friends, raids older brother Johnny’s closet for sweet threads, and has a crush on a wild-haired girl. And if you saw her on the street, you might mistake her for a boy.
“I’m used to people staring at me, trying to figure out what my deal is,” M-E Girard writes in Girl Mans Up. “Ever since I started swiping clothes from ...
BOOK REPORT for A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
Cover Story: Walled Off
BFF Charm: Yay x 3
Swoonworthy Scale: 8.5
Talky Talk: The Hunting of Man
Bonus Factor: Road Trip
Relationship Status: Gimme More
Cover Story: Walled Off
Like An Ember in the Ashes, I don’t particularly care for this cover. It (and the thickness of the books) screams “generic fantasy,” and there’s nothing that would have enticed me ...
Our Summer Reading Program is over, and our patrons are getting ready to head back to school in a few days—some have already started, even! So, of course, it’s time to take a look at what titles are headed our way in September.
There are, happily, a TON of new books due out. Here are a very few that are on my radar:
Pasadena, by Sherri L. Smith
The Women in the Walls, by Amy Lukavics
The Female of the ...
Hail isn’t your average princess. For one thing, she ran away from home at the age of 18, leaving behind her home, family, and Empress mother, leader of the Indranan Empire, in order to hunt down her father’s murderer. For the next 20 years, Hail works hard for a living and for her freedom—she gets really good at gunrunning, and becomes captain of her own spaceship and crew. All of that hard work, however, comes to a screeching halt when ...
My friends, I have been miserably sick for over 36 hours now, and there’s no end in sight. As I see myself logging a lot of Bed Time in the near future, let’s take a look at some books that star characters who’re convalescing from one thing or another:
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When I think of convalescing, this is always the first book that comes to mind—possibly because my own personal Summer Of Mono memories are so ...
BOOK REPORT for The Monster on the Road is Me by J.P. Romney
Big SisterSwoonworthy Scale:
Modern Mukashibanashi (“Tales of Long Ago")Bonus Factors:
Mysterious Loner Lady, NarcolepsyAnti-Bonus Factor:
Cover Story: Firefox
I mean, there’s a fox on (or transforming from) fire on this cover. I couldn’t help but take the literal route.
(Also: Is the figure on the front wearing a low ...
The books didn’t help me find a word for myself; my father refused to accept the weight of it. And so I made my own.
I am vengeance.
—The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis
When Alex Craft was a freshman in high school, her older sister Anna was raped and murdered. For the last three years, Alex has hardly talked to anyone. At school, she flies under the radar—earning stellar grades, but avoiding all meaningful contact with ...