Aphrodite’s Closet by Suzy Turner
May 9th, 2017 by

Note: I don’t do this very often, but Suzy is a wonderful and kind person as well as a very good author. :) Agatha Trout didn’t even know she had a Great Aunt Petunia, so imagine her surprise when she finds Petunia left her a corner shop in her will. But it’s not just any […]

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 […]