‘The Wives’ by Tarryn Fisher is a twisty psychological thriller

In this clever and very twisty psychological thriller, we learn about the life of Thursday, which is the day of the week she gets to see her husband. We learn that her husband has two other "wives." Thursday insists that she is the legal wife and explains that each wife gets to see Seth, the … Continue reading ‘The Wives’ by Tarryn Fisher is a twisty psychological thriller

Picture books filled with love: the love of a friend, a parent, or oneself

Books about love are perfect read-aloud books for children at any time of the year, but what better gift of love than to bring a child (or parent) a lovely picture book about the many kinds of love we share and need. There are books that celebrate a mother's love for her child and picture … Continue reading Picture books filled with love: the love of a friend, a parent, or oneself

‘Problem Child’ by Victoria Helen Stone is a thrilling, chilling continuation of the series about Jane Doe, sociopath, lawyer, and righter of wrongs

Both "Jane Doe" and the sequel, "Problem Child," by Victoria Helen Stone are chilling novels. Chilling but also thrilling and -- ironically -- touching. Because while the main character Jane admits she's a sociopath and doesn't have the emotions and feelings that "normal" people have, in both books she's out there doing good things and … Continue reading ‘Problem Child’ by Victoria Helen Stone is a thrilling, chilling continuation of the series about Jane Doe, sociopath, lawyer, and righter of wrongs

‘The Hand on the Wall’ is the last novel in the ‘Truly Devious’ trilogy by the truly devious Maureen Johnson

"The Hand on the Wall" is the last book in the trilogy of "Truly Devious" novels by Maureen Johnson. Once begun, this series of mysteries is addictive. The setting, a prep school in the mountains of Vermont, is perfect for a murder mystery, and in this brilliant trilogy, there are multiple murders taking place over … Continue reading ‘The Hand on the Wall’ is the last novel in the ‘Truly Devious’ trilogy by the truly devious Maureen Johnson

‘Aurora Rising’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is a thrilling and entertaining YA scifi adventure

In "Aurora Rising," authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff take readers into the future, the year 2380, and into an adventure that spans centuries. From the first chapter, readers know that Tyler, one of the main characters, is a worthy leader. He rescues Aurora from a ship that has lain rotting for two centuries and … Continue reading ‘Aurora Rising’ by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is a thrilling and entertaining YA scifi adventure

‘Stay’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde

How important are the decisions we make almost thoughtlessly on a day-to-day basis? Sometimes they can have life-altering implications, and in this carefully crafted story about flawed characters, Catherine Ryan Hyde shows that sometimes, heroism isn't made up of bold, brave actions but rather of listening and sharing small moments. The story is about fourteen-year-old … Continue reading ‘Stay’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde

‘The Athena Protocol’ by Shamim Sarif is pure thriller for YA readers

With "The Athena Protocol," author Shamim Sarif creates a female version of James Bond, except that instead of working for British Intelligence, Jessie Archer works for a non-govermental, private, female group bent on saving women and children around the world who are in need of help, but whom the governments of the world are ignoring. … Continue reading ‘The Athena Protocol’ by Shamim Sarif is pure thriller for YA readers

‘Starsight’ the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s new series is brilliant

"Starsight" is the sequel to "Skyward!" by Brandon Sanderson, an author who really understands not only about creating complex characters but also about writing a plot that boasts gripping nonstop action. At the start of this series, Spensa, the main character, is not a very likable person. She's a teenager who has grown up determined … Continue reading ‘Starsight’ the second book in Brandon Sanderson’s new series is brilliant

‘A Heart so Fierce and Broken’ by Brigid Kemmerer is everything YA fantasy should be

"A Heart So Fierce and Broken" is Brigid Kemmerer's second book, following "A Curse So Dark and Lonely," a tale of Beauty and the Beast reimagined with lots of violence and a heartstopping ending. It was the story of Rhen, the prince cursed to turn into a beast, and Harper, the tough young girl who … Continue reading ‘A Heart so Fierce and Broken’ by Brigid Kemmerer is everything YA fantasy should be

‘All the Days Past, All the Days to Come’ by Mildred D. Taylor is the culmination of her incredible body of children’s fiction about a family with integrity and grit and the history of racial discrimination in this country

"All the Days Past, All the Days to Come" is Mildred D. Taylor's tenth book about the Logan family of Mississippi and their struggle from the 1930s on trying to protect their land and their family from the bigotry, prejudice and violence that they endured living in the Deep South. Readers who know Taylor's body … Continue reading ‘All the Days Past, All the Days to Come’ by Mildred D. Taylor is the culmination of her incredible body of children’s fiction about a family with integrity and grit and the history of racial discrimination in this country

‘Freeing Finch’ by Ginny Rorby is a middle grade novel about love and what makes a family

In "Freeing Finch," author Ginny Rorby does what she excels at -- the creation of a main character who is in need of love, understanding, and a place where she feels safe. Part of Finch's problem is that she was born Morgan, the son of two loving parents. But since she was old enough to … Continue reading ‘Freeing Finch’ by Ginny Rorby is a middle grade novel about love and what makes a family