Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, 2009

I have terrible timing. After three consecutive posts about the research that went into my upcoming novel, this was supposed to be the grand finale, the big announcement that Ebb Tide has released!!!! But it hasn't. It's coming soon. I promise. In ten days, in fact. It's undergone final revisions and is currently out to my last … Continue reading Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, 2009

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, 2016

I am completely infatuated with this book. It is outstanding in beauty and nearly biblical in its perceptions. It is a story of magic, of beginnings and endings infinite in their proportions; it is the story of love. The Day of Sacrifice waits for no one. A child, the youngest within the Protectorate, must be … Continue reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill, 2016

The Candy Shop War, by Brandon Mull

This was a fantastic book. The kind I've come to expect from Mr. Mull. The only downside? I was craving Milk Duds all week. Nate isn’t thrilled about moving to a new neighborhood, but he quickly makes friends with Summer, Trevor, and Pidgeon, who will all be starting fifth grade with him, and is accepted … Continue reading The Candy Shop War, by Brandon Mull

Magian High, by Lia London, 2012

I have about a dozen posts from my self-hosted site (now closed down) that I'd like to save on this one. I'll be adding them on Fridays. If you were subscribed to that site, you can just ignore them. All three high schools in Kincaid Riley's town are being desegregated, which means the Mages will … Continue reading Magian High, by Lia London, 2012

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling, 2007, Book Review

It took me fall, winter, and spring, but I finished my third venture through the Harry Potter series. And you know what? I enjoyed it as much as the first time. I’m amazed at the imagination and intricacy of the books, and I’m doubly amazed at how much I forget in a few years’ time. In … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling, 2007, Book Review

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling, 2005

I stalled out on my Harry Potter reviews over the winter when my own novel was taking priority. This week it was so fun to set other stuff aside and read just for the sake of reading. And no place is more fun to escape to than Hogwarts. A LOT is going on in this … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J. K. Rowling, 2005

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by JK Rowling, 2003, Book Review

At 870 pages, this is a very long book. It takes a dedicated child reader to finish, but Rowling seems to draw those in abundance. Needless to say, the book covers a lot of ground. Within, the home of Sirius Black has become headquarters for those who believe Voldemort is back and are working to … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by JK Rowling, 2003, Book Review