Friendship, magic, and high adventure make for an enchanting take on a classic tale.
UNSEEN MAGIC is a delightful middle grade novel about what it means to be brave. Fin, a young girl who struggles with severe anxiety runs into trouble when she sneaks a cup of tea from her magical town's tea shop and must face the parts of herself she has tried to leave behind. The town of Aldermere is quaint and enchanting, as much a character as the book's human cast. Aldermere is full of magic that is hidden from the outside world and a weird and wonderful little community. Fin learns to lean into her neighbors, friends, and family, and accept help when she's in over her head. Emily Lloyd-Jones handles the topic of anxiety with love and care in a realistic way, reminding readers that they can find help and acceptance. Reading UNSEEN MAGIC feels like being wrapped in a blanket and handed a warm mug of tea. I loved everything about it.
Squad feels like a summer teen horror flick in graphic novel format. Love it!
Empire of the Vampire is an atmospheric masterwork. Every single character in this book could stand alone and their pieces in the puzzle compliment the story beautifully. It's dark, twisted, funny, heartbreaking, and hopeful all at once. I haven't loved a book this much in a long time and I only see it getting better as the series builds and I can't wait for more. A new favorite.
A cute little middle grade graphic novel with just the right touch of spooky.
This is such a unique book that will appeal to readers of fantasy, sci-fi and horror. Star Eater looks at issues of gender and class, while taking readers along for a gruesome and twisty ride. I couldn't put it down.
Adorable. More books with selkies, please! I love the mythology.
Everyone should read this. Environmentalists, college students... everyone.
Warm, fuzzy, and ridiculous all at he same time. I love it!
I don't read poetry often, but reading Dearly was an experience. I loved it and "Blackberries" left me remembering my grandfather's garden.
A charming retelling of Welsh mythology in the veign of Lloyd Alexander. A gripping stand-alone fantasy about love, loss, and strength in the face ofhardship with plenty of zombies.
This book is equal parts witchcraft and a good, much-needed sit-down with a friend. I will be keeping this within reach for any time I need a reminder to believe in myself and get out of my own way.
Sadie is a thriller for fans of gritty true crime, told in part by Sadie herself, and in part as a podcast looking into the story of her and her sister. It's reminiscent of an episode of 20/20 and stays with you after the last page. I feel like I'm waiting for the "where are they now" episode that sometimes happens a few years down the line.
This book defied all my expectations and gave me chills. Nothing I say could do it justice without giving it all away. It's so much more than a story about three children lost in the woods and readers will get something different out of it at every age.
Stephen King's N. meets Friday Night Lights in this queer horror debut. This book is fast-paced and bizarre. I finished it in under 24-hours, then stared into space for a good five minutes after I shut the book. It blends the possible and the pulpy to great effect.
This middle grade graphic novel is a cute little spin on the classic red riding hood tale. At it's heart, this is a book about helping others and finding the good in everyone. The folksy illustrations are very well done and pair perfectly with the tone of the story.
The Nolans may just be my new favorite fictional couple. The artwork is gorgeous and Ashley is the kind of underdog you just have to love. I'm already looking forward to a sequel!
A cute, gentle graphic novel about memory, care, and belonging that pairs beautifully with a cup of tea.
A perfect book for when you have to stay at home. Aster's family moves up to the remote mountains away from her city friends, but learns to explore the world around her with the help of her trusty pup. It's perfectly magical and bright when you need something to cheer you up.
This book beautifully captures a childhood daydream and the way words can take you away. It's a fascinating look at the inner lives of some of the most famous British novelists.
The Splendid and the Vile is a meticulously researched and highly engaging narrative account of Winston Churchill's first year as Prime Minister at the start of WWII. However, it is also a story of love, courage, and coming of age in the midst of chaos. Churchill's story is interwoven with his daughter-in-law's failing marriage and love affair, his daughter hopping from military dances to underground jazz clubs, his secretary's struggle to become a pilot, and so much more. Larson puts history back into a more personal perspective.
I found it very eerie, yet oddly comforting, to be reading about air raids, blackouts, and bomb shelters in the midst of another global crisis with COVID-19. It was a reminder that we are living through historic times and that things can be rebuilt after upheaval.
So many warm and fuzzy feelings! It's a story about family, being yourself, second chances, and a touch of magic. I loved it!
This book is beautiful, intimate, breathtaking and heart breaking. It reads like a novel and yet gives a better sense of what was happening to Jewish families during the Holocaust than any history book I've read. I feel so invested in the Neumann family and their friends, as if I know them personally. More than anything, my takeaway from this book is the love and hope that was so clearly poured into it.
I love everything about this. Quiet and haunting village folklore at it's best.
Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi- Read this book. Sit with it. Be uncomfortable, be upset, and listen. This novella should be required reading.