May 31, 2020


The Empress of Salt and Fortune is a tiny book that packs a big punch. Chih the cleric (they/them) and Almost Brilliant (a hoopoe bird) travel the country carefully collecting and cataloging stories and memories. Here, they listen to Rabbit, a former handmaiden of the royal court, recount the days and years she spent by the side of the now-dead Empress, who had been sent from her home in the north for a marriage of political alliance in the south, and then was quickly cast aside and exiled. As...

November 27, 2017

“Have you ever wondered what a human life is worth? That morning, my brother's was worth a pocket watch.”

There are some books that everyone - adults and children alike - should read. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY is one of those books.

I have always had a special place in my soul for stories from World War II. This probably stems from a very early reading of Corrie Ten Boom's The Hiding Place, and then later readings of The Diary of Anne Frank and Marcus Zusak's The Book Thief. I don't take pleasure...

July 14, 2016

With a compelling narrative and realistic characters, Nadia Hashimi brings the harrowing experiences of refugees to life in the pages of When the Moon is Low.

Fereiba, a young mother to three children, is forced to flee her home in Kabul, Afghanistan when members of the Taliban regime take her husband, Mahmoud, away and kill him. Her two youngest children do not quite grasp their perilous predicament, but her oldest son, Saleem, realizes that life will never again be the same. Told in alternati...

June 30, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses, the new series from best-selling author, Sarah J. Maas, takes the familiar tale of Beauty and the Beast to a scarier, sexier, all-stakes-raised level. I have been a fan of Sarah’s writing, world-building, and character development since her debut Throne of Glass series, and while there was one issue in particular that I had with A Court of Thorns and Roses, overall, this new series promises to be just as popular as her first. 

Feyre (Fay-ruh) is an admirable heroine....

May 7, 2016

When Jill Charron opens her eyes, she finds herself in a hospital bed, fresh from unconsciousness. She is told that she was involved in a car accident in Italy, and that she was jettisoned back to the United States by a friend of her father’s. Jill can’t remember a thing, and in fact, she is missing the last six weeks of her life. As if losing her memory wasn’t bad enough, it is revealed that Jill’s best friend, Simone, was also in the car -- but Jill is the only one who survived.

 

Soon, Jill is...

April 3, 2016

From the mortal world to the Otherworld, Roshani Chokshi's The Star-Touched Queen will take you on a magical adventure, full of exquisite dialogues and passages, witty banter, a heroine you want to root for from the beginning, a romance that will make you swoon, and world-building that will set your imagination ablaze. This is one of my favorite reads of 2016 thus far!

 

As a fan of both Greek and Indian culture and mythology, I was thrilled to receive an Advance Reading Copy of The Star-Touched Q...

February 26, 2016

I must first acknowledge that, yes, it’s 2016, and yes, I’m only just now reading the first book in the Harry Potter series – largely thanks to my super sweet #otspsecretsister, who sent me Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling via the Pottermore store. I don’t know why I avoided this series for so long. In fact, I wasn’t so much as avoiding it as more inclined to read other things. Now, having read and finished book one, I wish I had been part of the Harry Potter Mania, when hor...

May 8, 2015

This is Sadie was a delightful, whimsical read! I may be close to 30, but reading this sweetly-illustrated children's book brought me back in time to when I was an imaginative little girl like Sadie. I was happy to follow along with Sadie as she built blanket forts, read her favorite books, and pretended to be a mermaid and a fairy princess, all done with her faithful stuffed toy fox and animal friends in tow. Even in the midst of all this fun, Sadie is careful to remind her friends to respect o...

April 15, 2015

 

Love and Other Unknown Variables presented a bit of a sneak-attack on my emotions. I admit to skimming the blurb and thinking it would be more of a light-hearted read, especially with the fun cover. I wasn't prepared, however, for the tears that snuck up during a particular bathroom scene, or the painful twinges in my heart as the tension built and I became more attached to the characters. Don’t get me wrong; there are fun, light-hearted moments in this book, but this is certainly a lesson in n...

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