Interview with Jessica Spotswood, author of ‘Born Wicked’

Jessica Spotswood is the author of the recently released young adult fantasy "Born Wicked." She was in town as part of Penguin's Breathless Reads tour and appeared at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville with fellow authors Beth Revis, Andrea Cremer and Marie Lu. Jessica is thrilled that she is now a published author. She wrote three … Continue reading Interview with Jessica Spotswood, author of ‘Born Wicked’

‘Talker 25’ by Joshua McCune: Dragons vs. Military in this YA novel

Rating: 5 stars "Talker 25" by Joshua McCune takes the reader to a world where dragons live. They arrived on Earth fifteen years ago and no one, even the dragons, know why or from where they came. There were some "misunderstandings" when they first arrived, and many humans were killed. Now the dragons are all … Continue reading ‘Talker 25’ by Joshua McCune: Dragons vs. Military in this YA novel

‘A Dark Inheritance: Book One in Unicorne Files’ by Chris D’Lacey

Rating: 4 stars Chris D'Lacey, author of the popular "Last Dragon Chronicles," continues writing about supernatural beasts with "Unicorne Files: A Dark Inheritance." The unicorn is the supernatural creature in this book, but there are many more supernatural elements, including ghosts, time shifting, and universe shifting. Michael Malone seems to be a normal kid living … Continue reading ‘A Dark Inheritance: Book One in Unicorne Files’ by Chris D’Lacey

‘Sanctus’ by Simon Toyne is an amazing debut thriller

Rating: 5 stars "Sanctus" by Simon Toyne is a cleverly constructed and extremely suspenseful novel. It's filled with plenty of very sinister and scary villains -- particularly one monstrous monk -- and admirable heroes -- particularly one fetching and formidable female journalist. Artfully included is some Dan Brown-ish archaic legendary trivia plus enough twists, turns, … Continue reading ‘Sanctus’ by Simon Toyne is an amazing debut thriller

‘The Sweet Spot’ by Stephanie Evanovich: Steamy story with plenty of sass

Rating: 4 stars Stephanie Evanovich brings back two characters from her first book, "Big Girl Panties," in her second story "The Sweet Spot." It's the story of famous, flirty and fabulously wealthy baseball player Chase Walker and Amanda Cole, a restaurateur and voluptuous beauty. "Big Girl Panties" readers have wondered about Chase and Amanda, whose … Continue reading ‘The Sweet Spot’ by Stephanie Evanovich: Steamy story with plenty of sass