Splintered, by A.G. Howard

I got this book and its sequel Unhinged for Christmas from my daughters. They got me a YA book because they obviously know I’m a YA writer who reads YA books. And they also know that I absolutely adore Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Of course I’d be interested in reading a modern-day extension […]

Poet Tongue, by Kyla Stan

Poet Tongue Cover

Werewolves have been used in many ways in literature and film: sometimes for horror and blood and gore, sometimes for love and lust, sometimes as symbols of humanity (or loss thereof) or as symbols of big change and transition. In Poet Tongue, the debut work by Kyla Stan, the werewolves are used to symbolize a […]

Five Seven Five (The Boy with Words, Book One), by C.E. Wilson

I previously featured C.E. Wilson in an author spotlight when her previous YA book To Nowhere came out. The story was about a girl named Lyris who wandered through some kind of portal into a world of giants who sell humans as some kind of exotic pets. I gave the book five stars for its […]

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 […]

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 […]

Damselfly, by Jennie Bates Bozic

There are pros and cons to owning a Kindle. The greatest pro that I’ve found is that it’s very easy to accumulate books for my to-read pile. If, while browsing Amazon or Goodreads, a particular book catches my eye and the price isn’t too much, then I can—and most likely will—download a copy to read […]