The Incrementalists by Steven Brust SFF, 5 stars Crushed Velvet by Diane Vallere A Material Witness Mystery #2) 5 stars The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton SFF, 3 stars.
Vika Andreyeva, Enchanter, is almost 17 years old. Nikolai Karimov, Enchanter, is 18 years old. Pasha, crown prince of Russia, is also 18. Can you predict a love triangle? (Incidentally, Niko’s maid is in love with him, but that little love triangle doesn’t count for anything, she’s a girl and not nobility.) The rest of … More The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
Who could pass up a book with a spotlight on a cheetah sitting on a stack of suitcases? Not me, that’s who. (No cheetahs or lions were harmed in the making of this book.) Two white teens head off to a dig at Simba Hill. Kari is an budding archeologist (also niece of archeologist) and … More The Adventure at Simba Hill by Susan Runholt
Best part: a nine year old boy wants to make a rainbow. He knows rainbows live over the waterfall in the summer, but now it is winter. So he cuts a piece of ice into a triangle and puts it in sunlight … and spills a rainbow on the ground. Hm, but rainbow bridges are … More Odd and the Frost Giants & Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
the princess, the dwarfs, the sleeper – the nameless characters we know so well. or do we? The princess is about to get married… to the prince who kissed her awake? Another princess is asleep in a castle behind a curtain of thorns… and there’s an old lady with her thick cane stumping up adn … More The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: A Wager: Today you chop off my head and next year I will chop off yours. But the Green Knight can stick his head back on, and Sir Gawain – not so much. The first book in this series tightly focused on Sir Gawain of the Round Table finding … More The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady by Gerald Morris
I absolutely picked up this book because of the cover. A boy who lives with a hermit meets Gawain, who wants to be a Knight of the Round Table. Terence and Gawain meet King Arthur (and Sir Kai! Hi, Kai!). As the knights eat dinner, the most extraordinarily ugly woman comes in and challenges the … More The Squire’s Tale by Gerald Morris