A Small Holiday Gift
November 30th, 2016 by

It’s no secret that 2016 has been a rough year for us all: in so very many ways the world got a bit worse. There are lines from a poem (What They Did Yesterday Afternoon) by the extremely wonderful poet Warshan Shire which describes this year perfectly: later that night i held an atlas in […]

Review: Characters with a Difference
January 15th, 2014 by

I’ve always loved characters who break the mold of what a main character normally is. For instance: Christopher, the central character in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is written beautifully. The rules and limits of his world as someone with severe Asperger Syndrome are very apparent, but the book isn’t about […]

Review: At Least You’re In Tuscany
December 16th, 2013 by

Let me tell you a story about my mother. We’ve always had a very fragile relationship due to my headstrong attitude as a teen coupled with her conversion as a born-again Christian when I was fourteen. Turbulent teenage years do not mix well with someone who thinks that you are a bad person who is […]

Review: Frost Hollow Hall
December 11th, 2013 by

I recently read this via Netgalley and I very much enjoyed it. How could I resist a YA Victorian ghost story? Tilly, the young heroine of the story, is strong-willed and resourceful, determined to solve the mystery of Frost Hollow Hall. Haunted by the vision of the heir of the Hall, who saved her from […]

Review: Emilie and the Hollow World
December 9th, 2013 by

I loved this book and found it both utterly charming and a fast, entertaining read. Steampunk elements were handled well, with just enough explanation for the reader to have an overall view of the tech without being bored by a nuts-and-bolts explanation of how things work. It features the classic steampunk character: the plucky girl […]

Fragment: The Mirror Maze
May 10th, 2013 by

“Far away, in the meadow, shadows flickered in the Mirror’s Maze, as if parts of someone’s life, yet unborn, were trapped there, waiting to be lived.” – Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes The Mirror Maze was the most dreamlike part of the Carnival. It lived one level underneath the main midway area in […]