Fantasy, Fiction, New Adult, Young Adult

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

This review is SPOILER FREE! What feels like many years ago, I kept seeing this book cover that looked super cool. It was green and had a girl who looked like a total badass on the cover. Little did I know that it was the third in a new series that had, until then, been… Continue reading Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Book Club, Classics, Fiction, Historical

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

A few weeks ago my coworker Charlie asked me to run his book club, 1,000 Books Before You Die Book Club, named after the book of the same title, and with selections therein. It's an expansive list covering all time periods and genres and it's been fun to see what books they've picked over the… Continue reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

I'm a sucker for a royal romance. And given my current requirement that all fiction I read must feature Scotland in some way shape or form (and oddly enough, be an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which is probably just a coincidence...), I picked up my long forgotten ARC of The Royal Runaway one night… Continue reading The Royal Runaway by Lindsay Emory

Fiction, Historical

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

I'm reading fiction again! Oh my gosh, it's a shocker! First time in 2 years!!! Well, other than Dear Mrs. Bird, but that doesn't entirely count... Synopsis From Advanced Reader Copy:Already being compared to Outlander, Camelot, and The Mists of Avalon, this spellbinding debut introduces Languoreth - a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland and the… Continue reading The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

As You Wish by Cary Elwes

When I was looking for a fun new book to read, one of my coworkers recommended As You Wish. As is my habit this year, I immediately went searching for an audiobook and discovered that Cary, and the entire still living cast of The Princess Bride, with one exception, read the audiobook!  Synopsis From actor Cary Elwes,… Continue reading As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Biography, Non-Fiction

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

I've always had a certain fascination with Britain's royal family, ever since Princess Diana died. When The Crown started airing, I was watching from the beginning, and, like most, discovered what a volatile character Princess Margaret was. So, as per usual when it comes to books, when our publisher rep for Macmillan told me there… Continue reading Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Killer Unicorns duology by Diana Peterfreund

Unicorns are a pretty hot topic these days so I figured it was time to honor someone who led the charge for unicorns before the train even left the station. Rampant Synopsis Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns… Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one attacks… Continue reading Killer Unicorns duology by Diana Peterfreund

Book Club, Fantasy, Fiction

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Back in January 2013 I was trying to find a new favorite book (which never works, you can’t force it) and I had been eyeing A Discovery of Witches for a while and decided to take a chance on it. I read the first 30 pages, got really annoyed and put it away, only to… Continue reading All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Biography, History, Non-Fiction

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

I found this book on my very first visit to the Strand in New York City right after I finished student teaching. I’ve always loved multi-story books about historical women. Additionally, while reading this book at the Greyhound station in New York City while waiting for my bus back to Philadelphia, I stumbled upon my… Continue reading Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling

Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon

I love a good fairy tale adaptation and when I first heard the true story of the Little Mermaid, I became a bit obsessed with all accurate adaptations. Synopsis Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning, as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea,… Continue reading Mermaid by Carolyn Turgeon