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

A few months ago, I read and reviewed C.E. Wilson’s exceptional book Five Seven Five, the first of two parts in The Boy with Words series. I waited patiently after that doozy of a cliffhanger to find out what would happen next. The sequel adds a number to its title, so let’s see how the […]

We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach

At the end of every school year, my school’s students vote among 3-5 books nominated by the English Language Arts department to be the one common summer reading book for all students. Last summer, the book that won was The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. It was about a detective investigating a murder against […]

The Tiny Curse (Werewolf High Book Two), by Anita Oh

A few months ago, I stumbled upon the product page for this (at the time) yet-to-be-released book. The synopsis of the book clearly told that a curse had fallen upon the main heroine, shrinking her down to two inches tall. Shrinking is a fantastical plot device that has intrigued me since I was small (see what […]

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 […]

Urban Mermaid, by Howard Parsons

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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 […]

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 […]

Keeping Merminia, by Emm Cole

This past spring, I read the book Merminia, by Emm Cole and gave it four stars. The book was definitely well-written with lush language and vivid imagery, and the mermaid princess heroine Selinne was a delightful main character, but a war among mermaid factions in a Game of Thrones style wasn’t so much a plot […]

The Boy with the Hidden Name, by Skylar Dorset

A few months ago, I read The Girl Who Never Was—the first book in this series—and gave it five stars. I loved Selkie the narrator’s voice as all the irreverence was happening around her, and I loved the use of my hometown of Boston as a safe-haven for magical creatures. The book tied up its […]

Map to the Stars, by Jen Malone

I don’t read a lot of YA romance novels. Let me clarify: I read a lot of YA books that have romance in them, and I’ve written flirty, romantic sequences in my own books. I tend to gravitate more towards books that have something else (a contemporary issue or a fantasy/speculative/magical-realism element) driving the story with […]