Eye of Zoltar – book review

The Eye of Zoltar Last Dragonslayer #3 by Jasper Fforde Fantasy * * * * Stars (Great!) In order to safeguard her dragon friends from the Mighty Shandar, Jennifer Strange must undertake an information-seeking expedition (not a quest!) into the perilous Cambrian Empire to uncover the last resting place of the Eye of Zoltar – a powerful pink jewel that may or may not exist.  She and her companions encounter most of the dangers the … Read more

Brief History of Montmaray – book review

A Brief History of Montmaray The Montmaray Journals, book #1 by Michelle Cooper Historical Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Sophie is one of the last of the FitzOsbornes – a little known family of royals living in a dilapidated castle on the tiny island of Montmaray somewhere off the coast of Spain.  She begins chronicling her life on the island after receiving a journal for her 16th birthday.  It’s 1936, Hitler and his … Read more

FitzOsbornes in Exile – book review

The FitzOsbornes in Exile Sequel to A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper Historical Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) In Sophia FitzOsborne’s last journal entry in A Brief History of Montmaray, she described the traumatic exodus she and her family made as the Germans bombed their island kingdom of Montmaray.  Forced to take refuge in Great Britain with their Aunt Charlotte, the FitzOsbornes are having some difficulty adjusting to High Society.  Also, … Read more

I Kill the Mockingbird – book review

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Lucy, Elena, and Michael are best friends who will be starting high school in the fall.  They lost their 8th grade English teacher, Fat Bob, to a sudden heart attack earlier in the school year and to commemorate his memory and celebrate Lucy’s favorite book (which is also on their summer reading list) the three become literary terrorists and begin … Read more

Reached – book review

  Reached Matched #3 by Ally Condie Dystopian Romance Science Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) The revolution is finally taking place.  The Rising has released a water-borne plague which has brought the Society to its knees.  The Rising has the only cure, and is distributing it as quickly and as widely as possible.  Its leaders plan to take over where the Society has left off once the populace is cured.  But their plans … Read more

Pen Pal – book review

Pen Pal by Francesca Forrest Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Emlee (Em) lives in a tiny community known as “Mermaid’s Hands” in a sort of houseboat in the mudflats just outside of Sandy Neck. One day she decides to write a letter – a message in a bottle – which she gives over to the Seafather (the ocean) and which eventually finds its way into the hands of one Kayamanira Matarayi who … Read more

Midwinterblood – book review

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick Fantasy Interwoven stories Printz award winner * * * Stars (Pretty good) This collection of interwoven stories spans years and multiple lifetimes of two inseparable souls – Eric and Merle (spellings differ).  When they are first parted Eirikr vows to return, “‘You cannot kill me.  Do you not know my name?  I am Eirikr.  The One King!  Forever Strong, and though you kill my body today, I will live again!  I … Read more

Dorothy Must Die – book review

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige Fantasy Dark * * * * Stars (Great!) Amy has been poor and picked on for most of her life and she’d like nothing better than to get out of her small town, but she really didn’t expect her trailer park home to get swept up by a tornado and to be carried off to the Land of Oz.  And she certainly didn’t anticipate that her arrival would cause … Read more

Six Months Later- book review

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards Mystery Suspense Thriller * * * Stars (Pretty good) Chloe’s future was uncertain when she fell asleep in study hall one fateful afternoon in May. Her GPA wasn’t the best, and she hadn’t made any efforts to apply to college.  She knew there were uncomfortable conversations with her parents in her future. But, when she wakes up – 6 months later – her life is completely different.  She’s … Read more

Falconer – book review

The Falconer by Elizabeth May Fantasy Supernatural * * * * Stars (Great!) Lady Aileana Kameron witnessed first-hand the murder of her mother by the Baobhan Sith (a powerful fae).  It transformed her from a respectable young lady who cared only for the finer things in life, to a vengeful fae-hunter.  Taken under the wing of another faery, Kiaran Mackay – also keen on killing his own kind – Aileana learns about her prey, hones … Read more