‘The Vines’ by Shelley Nolden is a twisted tale of greed, family arrogance, and terrible cruelty

The Vines by Shelley Nolden In "The Vines," debut author Shelley Nolden has created a story that is part fantasy, part historical fiction, part family drama, and part horror. The tale is centered around the Gettler family, whose roots are German, and a girl named Cora. The youngest son in the Gettler family is Finnegan, … Continue reading ‘The Vines’ by Shelley Nolden is a twisted tale of greed, family arrogance, and terrible cruelty

‘The Bone Maker’ by Sarah Beth Durst is a fantasy for those past their prime who still dream of being heroes

The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst The heroes we see in movies and read about in books are usually striking young people in the prime of their lives. We don't see what happens to those heroes after time passes and they get wrinkled and older with aches and pains like the rest of us. … Continue reading ‘The Bone Maker’ by Sarah Beth Durst is a fantasy for those past their prime who still dream of being heroes

‘City Spies: Golden Gate’ by James Ponti is a perfect middle grade spy story

City Spies: Golden Gate by James Ponti "City Spies: Golden Gate" is the sequel to "City Spies," and both middle grade action books will be loved by those who enjoy reading novels that are quick-paced, filled with interesting characters, and boast satisfying endings. This series doesn't fail to entertain, and even readers who haven't read … Continue reading ‘City Spies: Golden Gate’ by James Ponti is a perfect middle grade spy story

‘Twenty’ by James Grippando is a thrilling story of fanaticism, marriage, and mystery

In "Twenty," the newest Jack Swyteck mystery by James Grippando, there are important questions that arise at the very start of this gripping mystery/thriller. Who was the shooter who killed students at the tony private school in Miami? Whoever it was was covered from head to toe: goggles, face mask, tactical vest, even booties covering … Continue reading ‘Twenty’ by James Grippando is a thrilling story of fanaticism, marriage, and mystery

Three important nonfiction picture books teach about wildlife and conservation

Nonfiction picture books for children are an essential way of emphasizing the importance of reading informational text to learn about the world around us. Most children are fascinated by animals and the environment they see every time they venture outdoors, whether it's a city environment, like the cougar encounters in "Cougar Crossing: How Hollywood's Celebrity … Continue reading Three important nonfiction picture books teach about wildlife and conservation

D: A Tale of Two Worlds

D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michael Faber Author Michael Faber's "D (A Tale of Two Worlds") is a fascinating, fantastical fever-dream of a novel. References and homages to other literary pieces, films, political figures and events, and philosophical observations abound. But every element of this marvelous work merges into an imaginatively constructed plot … Continue reading D: A Tale of Two Worlds