Sometimes I have a stack of books by authors I’ve never read, and one book that’s sure to be excellent. Save Excellent for last, it hides the taste of all the other disappointments. Annie is on the run from her family, because really she is on the run from Big Evil, AKA the Covenant. And … More Tricks for Free by Seanan McGuire
Too many tests this season. Time for a reread of a really good series. It’s a rare series that just keeps getting better – every time the plot seems to get a bit stale, it takes a hard right and turns into something else that, on re-read, was carefully built up over the last two … More Magic Series – Kate Daniel – by Ilona Andrews
The story cheats – it fails to follow genre standards in two places! Well done. Nameless boy, who might or might not be related to heroes from previous books, has leadership written all over him. This does not sit well with one other boy, who would quite like leadership and has a sharp knife to … More Tale of Oriel & Tale of Elske by Cynthia Voigt
When two people don’t quite fit into the crowd – he’s the Baron-to-be, she’s the witch – it must mean that they are meant for each other, right? But no. The square shape doesn’t fit into the round hole, but the dodecahedron doesn’t fit into the circle or the square. The Baron is dying, and … More I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett
Loved the first book in the series, Jackaroo. (What’s the deal with naming the book “Hero’s tale”? That’s not an interesting title!) Picked this one up for being a sequel, but the only connection is that Berle is the grand-daughter of Gwynn and Burl ((Get it? feminized name1) and therefore is taught to read. When … More Tale of Birle by Cynthia Voigt
I used to read lots of sword-and-sorcery, and this book has some of my favorite authors… I was so bored.
Read this book during daylight hours only. Yikes. Grandma dies in a nursing home after a long and mostly happy life. What could be more normal? Grandma’s two older grandchildren are embarrassed by her insistence that she is the Sleeping Beauty and she is a princess who once lived in a castle and slept until … More Briar Rose by Jane Yolen