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 […]

Merminia, by Emm Cole

I read this book back in the spring, but for some reason(s)—being relatively new to blogging, busy time at work, astronomical confluence, who knows why—my review made it to Goodreads and Amazon, but not here. So here it finally is! I love mermaids, and after writing and publishing my own mermaid novel for my daughters, […]

Becoming Jinn, by Lori Goldstein

I recently took my daughters to a wonderful book reading event at a not-so-local but not-too-faraway library. There were crafts for the kids (and adults) to do while ten YA authors read excerpts from their recently published books. I told my daughters that they could each choose a book that interested them (many intrigued me). […]