The Child – Fiona Barton

32337905The Child by Fiona Barton

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: June 27th, 2017
Publisher: Berkley Books
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Adult, Mystery, Family Drama


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As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn house by house into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women and torn between what she can and cannot tell.   Continue reading

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The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

25489134The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: January 10th, 2017
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Pretty slow
Genres & Themes: Adult, Fantasy, Russian Culture and Folklore, Religion, Family


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After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales. Continue reading

The Scarlet Rose, Vol. 1: I Knew I’d Meet You

Image result for the scarlet rose i knew i'd meet youThe Scarlet Rose, Vol. 1 by Patricia Lyfoung

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publisher: Charmz
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Action, Adventure, Mystery, Humor


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Maud is quite happy living her simple life with her father and learning the exciting art of sword fighting. But when her father is murdered, Maud is whisked away from the life she knows by her rich and lordly grandfather. He wants to give her a home – on his terms – and help Maud become a real lady. All Maud wants to do is keep on fighting, so that she can have her revenge on her father’s killer.

High adventure and historical fiction come together in a swashbuckling thriller! Swords, vengeance, and a dashing highwayman known as the Fox comprise the key components to The Scarlet Rose, as Maud learns everything she thought she knew about her life wasn’t true, and how to grow and grieve after losing her father. The Scarlet Rose blends exciting, thrilling action with grounded, emotional characterization. Continue reading

Hollow Fields, Vol. 1

Hollow Fields (color) Vol. 1Hollow Fields, Vol. 1 by Madeleine Rosca

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: November 28th, 2017
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Manga, Humor, School, Steampunk


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A full-color revisit to the critically acclaimed steampunk hit!

Little Lucy Snow was supposed to attend a prestigious boarding school; however, a macabre twist of fate finds her enrolled instead at Miss Weaver’s Academy for the Scientifically Gifted and Ethically Unfettered, also known as Hollow Fields. Located on the outskirts of Nullsville and run by the insidious Engineers, the grim boarding school dedicates itself to raising the next generation of mad scientists and evil geniuses!

Classes include Live Taxidermy, Cross-Species Body Part Transplantation, and Killer Robot Construction. For her own survival, Lucy must master her lessons quickly. At the end of each week, the student with the lowest grades is sent to the old windmill for detention…and so far, no child has ever returned. Continue reading

Slumbering Beauty, Vol. 1

36693398Slumbering Beauty Vol.1 by Yumi Unita

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: November 2017
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Tween, Manga, Humor, High School, Friendship


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High school student Yaneko loves to sleep, so much that she can barely wake up of her own accord. That is, until she is roused from her slumber by a sleep spirit known as Nerim. Yaneko must accompany the benevolent spirit on his daily work route, as he grants the gift of comfortable sleep to people (and animals!) of all ages. But just what is his true purpose and why has he chosen Yaneko to be his assistant? This could very well be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!   Continue reading

Sisters – Raina Telgemeier

17801394Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Graphix
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel, Siblings, Humor, Memoir


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Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all. Continue reading

Smile – Raina Telgemeier

Image result for smile raina telgemeierSmile by Raina Telgemeier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Distributor
First Published: February 1st, 2010
Publisher: Graphix
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Tween, Graphic Novel, Memoir, School Life, Friendship, Growing Up


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Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. And on top of all that, there’s still more to deal with: a major earthquake, boy confusion, and friends who turn out to be not so friendly. Continue reading