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Coiled by H.L. Burke

Coiled by H.L. Burke

Laidra carries half of a curse. She and her sister were given a mirror curse at birth.  For one, kindness makes her hideous.  For the other, cruelty makes her beautiful.  Laidra knows the boundaries of her curse, and yet she presses them, because she has an extraordinary gift and wants to help people.  The two princesses are not the only mirror-cursed, seeking a cure.  In a neighboring kingdom two brothers suffer from a more terrifying fate. By himself, Calen is a kind and gentle soul.  However, when anyone lays their eyes upon him, he turns into a terrifying beast.  It […]

Posted November 29, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

Lady Amalia Cornaro did not ask to be a Falconer. When balefire is starting to consume the city, she acts instinctively.  Her choice is to become entangled into a role she knows she cannot have, or let her city burn.  There is no choice, and she snaps the restraining jess around Zaira’s wrist without hesitation.  New problems arise – Zaira doesn’t want to be a Falcon (a mage of the Empire) and she is not going to come quietly. There are more pressing things afoot than a disgruntled mage – noble children from the neighboring city of Ardence have been […]

Posted November 23, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

 Freddy wants nothing more in this life than to be invisible. This becomes horribly impossible when the eccentric Cuerva Lachance and moody Josiah move in next door.  Cuerva has a way of producing the impossible, and Josiah?  He manages to bring Freddy into the spotlight at every turn, especially at school where she’s already a freak.  If she could just shake him off… but no, she can’t, and his presence is especially useful with Freddy is beaten up at school and gets a concussion. Which is probably the most inopportune moment for Josiah to take Freddy on an extended trip […]

Posted November 15, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Trell by Dick Lehr

Trell by Dick Lehr

Romero Taylor is a wrongfully accused man. He knows this, his wife knows this, and his daughter Van Trell Taylor knows this.  Everyone knows this, but nobody is speaking up about it.  Why not?  Because the crime he is accused of is horrific:  a twelve-year-old girl was shot.  Furthermore, someone is keeping people quite. Van Trell is going to get down to the truth and get justice for her daddy. This book is trying to tell an important story, but it’s doing it wrong. This book is based on an actual case that author Dick Tell worked on when he was […]

Posted November 2, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

Landscape with Invisible Hand by M.T. Anderson

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Candlewick Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Adam’s life is pretty terrible. His mom is out of work.  His father’s left.  Their house is underwater (figuratively, not literally).  He has a terrible gastrointestinal disease.  Life since the vuuv invasion has been terrible. Then Adam falls in love, and Chloe comes up with an idea.  They’ll broadcast their love story 1950s style to the vuuv.  The vuuv are obsessed with the 50s and it’ll bring […]

Posted October 19, 2017 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Infinite Now by Mindy Tarquini

The Infinite Now by Mindy Tarquini

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Sparkpress in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I have a lot of really mixed feelings about The Infinite Now. On one hand, it was undeniably a really interesting book.  On the other hand, it reminded me of a mess of yarn tangled on the floor after my kitten is done playing with it.  There are a lot of ideas and characters and intertwining stories.  The author reveals very little.  Most characters are wrapped around secrets. […]

Posted October 17, 2017 in Reviews // 2 Comments //