‘The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone’ by Audrey Burges: Love, loss, and magical realism makes this story shine bright

The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone by Audrey Burges encapsulates a story that stretches across generations and explores all the ways love and loss can affect us, with a mystery steeped in magical realism. Continue reading “‘The Minuscule Mansion of Myra Malone’ by Audrey Burges: Love, loss, and magical realism makes this story shine bright”

‘Gilded’ and ‘Cursed’ by Marissa Meyer: A triumphant return to fairytale retellings, with a hot Rumpelstiltskin and a fearsome foe

Our Gilded book review, along with its follow-up Cursed, considers Marissa Meyer’s duology where a girl with the gift of gab falls in love with a helpful poltergeist. Continue reading “‘Gilded’ and ‘Cursed’ by Marissa Meyer: A triumphant return to fairytale retellings, with a hot Rumpelstiltskin and a fearsome foe”

‘Soul of the Deep’ by Natasha Bowen: A vibrant conclusion to ‘Skin of the Sea’ that explores the ramifications of war and staying true to yourself

Our Soul of the Deep book review returns to Natasha Bowen’s vibrant world filled with West African mythology, concluding the duology that began with Skin of the Sea. Continue reading “‘Soul of the Deep’ by Natasha Bowen: A vibrant conclusion to ‘Skin of the Sea’ that explores the ramifications of war and staying true to yourself”

‘Even Though I Knew the End’ by C.L. Polk: A sapphic fantasy noir with a little something for everyone

This Even Though I Knew the End book review jumps into the dark and wonderful world of Helen Brandt, a magical private investigator who sold her soul to a demon in exchange for her brother’s life. Continue reading “‘Even Though I Knew the End’ by C.L. Polk: A sapphic fantasy noir with a little something for everyone”

‘Babel’ by R.F. Kuang: A successful thematic response to ‘The Secret History’

Babel was one of the most highly anticipated books of 2022, and now that we’ve sat with it for a moment, let’s explore whether beloved author R.F. Kuang succeeded in responding to the new-age classic The Secret History by Donna Tartt, and what exactly Babel adds to the conversation. Continue reading “‘Babel’ by R.F. Kuang: A successful thematic response to ‘The Secret History’”

Roseanne A. Brown discusses ‘Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting,’ her love of Percy Jackson, and what to expect in ‘Witchcraft and Mayhem’

Our interview with Roseanne A. Brown examines elements of Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting while also discussing how the author is an OG Percy Jackson fan, which of Serwa’s friends might be her favorite, what could possibly happen in Book 2. Continue reading “Roseanne A. Brown discusses ‘Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting,’ her love of Percy Jackson, and what to expect in ‘Witchcraft and Mayhem’”

‘Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting’ by Roseanne A. Brown: I’ve never been more terrified of fireflies

This Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting book review explores Roseanne A. Brown’s spin on Ghanaian mythology and the one girl whose world is turned upside down when her parents drop her off in a too-quaint town in Maryland while they go on a dangerous hunt. Continue reading “‘Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting’ by Roseanne A. Brown: I’ve never been more terrified of fireflies”

‘The Dawn of Yangchen’ by F.C. Yee: A masterclass in not underestimating your young adult audience

Our The Dawn of Yangchen book review explores how F.C. Yee deepens the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender by giving us a wonderfully realistic look at what being the “bridge between two worlds” would be like. Continue reading “‘The Dawn of Yangchen’ by F.C. Yee: A masterclass in not underestimating your young adult audience”

Tehlor Kay Mejia discusses ‘Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows’ and deepening her connection to Mexican folklore

Our interview with Tehlor Kay Mejia explores the third and final book in the Paola Santiago series, Sanctuary of Shadows, how writing this trilogy deepened her connection to her culture’s legends, and what awesome projects she has coming up next. Continue reading “Tehlor Kay Mejia discusses ‘Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows’ and deepening her connection to Mexican folklore”

‘Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows’ by Tehlor Kay Mejia: Pao faces her fears, and the trilogy comes to a legendary conclusion

Our Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows book review tackles the third and final book in Tehlor Kay Mejia’s Mexican folklore-inspired middle grade series from the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. Continue reading “‘Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows’ by Tehlor Kay Mejia: Pao faces her fears, and the trilogy comes to a legendary conclusion”