Winter Lost by Patricia Briggs: Multilayered And Entertaining

In the supernatural realms, there are creatures who belong to winter. I am not one of them. But like the coyote I can become at will, I am adaptable. My name is Mercy Thompson Hauptman, and my mate, Adam, is the werewolf who leads the Columbia Basin Pack, the pack charged with keeping the people […]

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Of Jade and Dragons by Amber Chen: Thrilling and Complex

Eighteen-year-old Aihui Ying dreams of becoming a world-class engineer like her father, but after his sudden murder, her life falls apart. Left with only a journal of her father’s engineering secrets and a jade pendant snatched from the assassin, a heartbroken Ying follows the trail to the capital and the prestigious Engineers Guild—a place that

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Running Close to the Wind by Alexandra Rowland: Brilliantly Funny

Avra Helvaçi, former field agent of the Araşti Ministry of Intelligence, has accidentally stolen the single most expensive secret in the world—and the only place to flee with a secret that big is the open sea. To find a buyer with deep enough pockets, Avra must ask for help from his on-again, off-again ex, the

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Aftermarket Afterlife (InCryptid 13) by Seanan McGuire: Complex and Emotional

Mary Dunlavy didn’t intend to become a professional babysitter.  Of course, she didn’t intend to die, either, or to become a crossroads ghost. As a babysitting ghost, she’s been caring for the Price family for four generations, and she’s planning to keep doing the job for the better part of forever. With her first charge

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Tidal Creatures by Seanan McGuire: Brilliantly Layered

All across the world, people look up at the moon and dream of gods. Gods of knowledge and wisdom, gods of tides and longevity. Over time, some of these moon gods incarnated into the human world alongside the other manifest natural concepts. Their job is to cross the sky above the Impossible City—the heart of

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Monsters We Have Made by Lindsey Starck: Captivating and Insightful

A poignant and evocative novel that explores the bounds of familial love, the high stakes of parenthood, and the tenuous divide between fiction and reality.   Thirteen years ago, Sylvia Gray’s young daughter, Faye, attacked her babysitter in order to impress the Kingman, a monster she and her best friend had encountered on the Internet.

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In the Midst of Omens by Nicole Bailey: Visceral and Emotional

A king determined to be remembered for all time… A jealous goddess who desires his throne. King Gilgamesh rules the world’s preeminent city, the jewel of creation, Uruk. But that is not enough. His desire for legacy consumes him and drives his ceaseless ambition—until the gods step in. Their solution? Enkidu—a man with no past.

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The Mystery of Dunvegan Castle by T. L. Huchu: Fun Mystery

She came for magic. She stayed to solve a murder . . . Ropa Moyo is no stranger to magic or mysteries. But she’s still stuck in an irksomely unpaid internship. So she’s thrilled to attend a magical convention at Dunvegan Castle, on the Isle of Skye, where she’ll rub elbows with eminent magicians. For

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A House Like an Accordian by Audrey Burges: Insightful and Beautiful

A woman searches for her missing father in order to reconcile the many strange and fantastical secrets of her past before she loses herself completely in this deeply profound and magical novel by Audrey Burges. Keryth Miller is disappearing. Between the growing distance from her husband, the demands of two teenage daughters, and an all-encompassing

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“Back to Black”: Emotional Gut Punch

I love music and there is no one who isn’t at least somewhat familiar with Amy Winehouse and what happened to her so I was incredibly curious about this movie. There was a lot I was unfamiliar with but after watching the film, I felt like I was hit with an emotional gut punch as

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