Slaying Shadows, by Dan Rix

Let me start by saying that I didn’t know I’d enjoy this series so much, and I certainly didn’t know I’d plow through these four books so quickly. When I started, I didn’t realize how long the series was, so when I read the author’s note at the end of the third book telling me […]

Ash and Darkness, by Dan Rix

Okay, I’m admittedly binge-reading this series right now. I’ve got to give author Dan Rix a lot of credit for writing such an engaging narrative—a strong and believably flawed main character in Leona Hewitt, gripping storylines with many twists and turns, and intriguing ideas about guilt and humanity—that I don’t want to put the books […]

Of Starlight, by Dan Rix

I recently read, reviewed, and thoroughly enjoyed Translucent, the first book in this series. It was a great mixture of teen angst, mystery/thriller, science fiction (with enough actual science to satisfy this physics teacher), and symbolism. There was a strong character arc—Leona’s search for a way to absolve herself from guilt—that cleverly utilized the major […]

Translucent, by Dan Rix

Imagine a substance that when stretched over an object (or a person) will render it (s/he) invisible. That alone was enough incentive for me to buy this book. I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of invisibility, particularly how individual authors would deal with the specifics and the physics of it. If someone’s invisible but […]

Author Spotlight: Howard Parsons


Howard Parsons was born in Petersburg, VA during the final days of King George VI’s reign. He grew up and attended school in nearby Hopewell, VA. The eldest son of Lucile and Howard T. Parsons Sr., he attended North Carolina College in Rocky Mount, NC and graduated in 1974 with a BS degree in Biology. […]

Urban Mermaid, by Howard Parsons


I finished this book last fall, having received an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) from the author in exchange for an honest review. Author Howard Parsons knew I was a fan of mermaids—though admittedly not as well-researched and well-versed one as he is—so I accepted the book with much enthusiasm to dive in. Being a YA […]

Water So Deep, by Nichole Giles

Certain aspects of the book description totally screamed the kind of story that I’d enjoy—or even wished I had written! A teenage girl keeping it a secret from her family and friends that she’s slowly becoming a mermaid?! Sign me up now! As soon as I found this book, I couldn’t wait to dive right […]

My Top 10 Books Read in 2015

First off, Happy New Year! I hope you all have a wonderful year. Remember that mathematically, this year will be greater than last year: 2016 > 2015. A few days ago, I did a special year-end countdown of my Top 10 Songs of 2015. Now it’s New Year’s Day—the first of the month when I […]