How is this book not required reading? Also, its so much better than the first book, Wizard of Oz. On the other hand, given the movie, it’s just as well this was never Disneyfied. You know that pretty girl in the fairy dress on the cover? Look out for her in the book. She’s a … More The Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
No Good Deed byKara Connolly 3 star tags: author-female, cover-art-enticing, hero-female, hero-rushes-around-planless, historical-fiction, palace-politics, sf-f, test-bechcel-pass, ya The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (World of Solace) 5 star tags: author-female, big-fat-book, cover-art-enticing, hero-brain-over-brawn, hero-female, middle-grade, mystery, palace-politics, sf-f, shapeshifter, steam-punk, test-bechcel-pass, test-johnson-pass
Can a book be YA when the hero is 25? She reads like an older teen. Ingrid is a special snowflake, the only female who can feel the magic of earth’s tremors. She isn’t going to storm the castle, um, the academy, to make it a place where women can take part. No, she has … More Breath of Earth by Beth Cato
Egyptian Mummy teams up with Roman Vampire to fight crime. In modern-day Miami. Pardon me while I croggle. OK, I’m back! Nonspoilery tidbits: The worldbuilding in this book is wonderful, a rare treat from a debut novel. Kudos. There’s a good starting scene where Alex (Alejandro) doesn’t tell his back-up that he isn’t afraid of … More Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil
The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson No ghosts were harmed in the making of this book. Cholera – a plague so bad that it had its own curse in my great-grandparent’s generation and back, kept around in … More The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
Robin Hood is Welsh? Of course, why didn’t anyone point this out before! Rhi Bran i Hod = King Raven the Enchanter. What better way to scare off the pursuit than by pretending to be a giant black bird with raven-feather fletched arrows? He’s not a man, he’s a phantom! Who wants to marry Merian, … More Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead
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.