Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye

Oh, you are a cute book. Witches and wonder and everything I could have asked for in a story was here for my delight. SYNOPSIS Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, waiter, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and... Continue Reading →

The House in the Cerulean Sea

The book that scooped me up and gave me back the gift of reading. SYNOPSIS Linus Baker is a by-the-book case worker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He's tasked with determining whether six dangerous magical children are likely to bring about the end of the world. Arthur Parnassus is the master of... Continue Reading →

My Favorite Books of 2020

My goal was to read 120 books this year and I managed to read 166. Actually, I'm hoping to make that 167 by finishing D-Day Girls today. I had two reading slumps where I laid in bed for hours at a time watching Netflix instead of sleeping but, honestly, thanks to my fellow bloggers I... Continue Reading →

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Quite simply the most gorgeously written middle grade book I have enjoyed in....forever. I felt drenched in description and fell deeply in love with Alice and Oliver. SYNOPSIS Inspired by her childhood love of books like A Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi crafts a spellbinding new world where color is currency, adventure... Continue Reading →

Gloom Town by Ronald L. Smith

Middle grade is often accused of being predictable but there was nothing forceable about the mystery and adventure of this story. I genuinely hope that there is a sequel so I can spend more time with these characters. SYNOPSIS When twelve-year-old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside... Continue Reading →

Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

No book in 2020 has captured my attention and my imagination like this work of historical fiction. Jess Kidd's story took me back through time and challenged my reality in a book I simply could not put down. SYNOPSIS Bridie Devine, female detective extraordinaire, is confronted with the most baffling puzzle yet: the kidnapping of... Continue Reading →

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