Fantasy · fiction

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

The Girl Wthegirlwhocouldflyho Could Fly is an absolutely charming book. It made me cheer and clap, smile with tears in my eyes and shush my family so I could please finish in peace.  This delightful book intended for children through 6th grade. Clearly, Scholastic is stating the age appropriateness of this book’s themes and not capping the readership at age 11. Victoria Forester’s first novel marches along classic story lines of good and evil, right and wrong, how to make friends and when to trust people. Add a dose of accepting people as they are and voila – you have this book. Those are lessons we just keep encountering regardless of our chronological age and as such the child in all of us will love this book.

Piper McCloud is born late to her Mother and Father and blessed with an innate sense of right and wrong that is truly enviable. She is also gifted with the ability to float which she cultivates into the ability to fly. Her parents seem to understand that the world will not accept her differences and so they try to keep her safe and secluded on their farm.  This doesn’t work – it never does – and after a while she is taken to a special school to be with kids like her.

I must admit, the special school bit almost kept me from reading this book. I am a little tired of the Hogwarts aspect of so many books that I have started turning my nose up when the jacket mentions such a place. Trust me – the institute they take Piper is no Hogwarts.

This book was published in 2008 but a second in the series The Boy Who Knew Everything  was published in late 2016. The only thing more important to me right now than getting my hands on a copy of the second book is talking to someone (anyone?!) about this book.

So, has anyone read it? Will you please? Or, have you ever had a book you needed to talk about and so you were begging people to hurry up and read it?

Fantasy · fiction · series

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

RedQueenVictoria Aveyard‘s Red Queen is the manifestation of my childhood query, “Why wouldn’t the X-Men rule the world?” In her terrific debut novel the premise is almost that simple – people with silver blood are born with inherent and supernatural gifts. Those born with red bl



ood have no gifts and as such are destined to a life serving the Silvers. The main character, Mare Barrows, is a Red who steals to support her family while she counts down the moments until her mandatory conscription into the army. A twist of fate exposes that she has supernatural abilities. But, she is a Red, how is this possible?!

Beyond the premise, the pace of the book is fast but not fervent and the characters are well formed and given good motivations for their actions. Still, I saw so many mixed or negative reviews on this book that it sat on my shelf for (embarrassingly) at least two years. I am so glad I cracked into it because I really enjoyed the story. There were one or two times that I wanted a wrinkle ironed out or a scene slowed down a bit but the book was fun a
nd interesting. I am already looking forward to see how the storyline progresses in subsequent books (my thanks to Ali at the terrific I Wuv Books for letting me know this is not a trilogy and a fourth book is set to come out in 2018).

Mare is a great character. I relished her dedication to her family and friends. However, she is also a seventeen-year old who does not always make the right choices and occasionally trusts the wrong person. I enjoyed that she was strong and spirited but, like so many of us in our teenage years, was not omnipotent or perfect. A naturally flawed heroine makes for a fantastic story – especially in the fantasy realm. Here is to hoping that she grows in wisdom in subsequent books without loosing that fierce spirit!

not a review

WWW Wednesday

I have been following many of the blogs that participate in WWW Wednesday and in a heavily caffeine-induced moment of organization I find myself with a nice WWW list.



WWW Wednesday is hosted every week by Taking On A World of Words and asks bloggers to answer three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you will read next?


What am I currently reading?

I have already started The Boys in the Boat and William Wenton and the Impossible Puzzle.  I accidentally (but perhaps subconsciously on purpose) requested the “adapted for young readers” version of Boys on the Boat from the library.  Between that and young William, the puzzle addict, I plan to spend my week pretending I am an 8-11 year old boy.

What did I just finish reading?



In the wee hours of this morning I finished Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I purchased this book so long ago that the trilogy is finished! This was a great first book and I cannot wait to read the rest of the adventure.




What do I think I will read next?

On my immediate to be read list are: Serafina and the Black Cloak, The Number Devil and The Girl Who Could Fly.  I recently visited The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and I am completely obsessed with the estate and anything Vanderbilt. So, when I heard that there was a book series set in basement of the magnificent Vanderbilt home I knew I would have to read it.

The Number Devil was recommended to me by a ten year old girl. She told me she loved math. I may have responded with something like, “Math is my childhood nemesis.” She recommended I read The Number Devil. We shall see if this mathematical adventure can overcome my disinterest / distrust of numbers.

The Girl Who Could Fly is billed as a, “…mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men…” I simply have to read it!

Do any of this books interest you? Have you read anything on my WWW list? My list is a little heavy on the children’s section selections this time so if you are looking for something different head over to Taking on a World of Words today. The comments are full of great blogs all answering these same questions!