Book Club, Fantasy, Fiction

All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life 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… Continue reading All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness

Biography, History, Nonfiction

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Real Stories from History Without the Fairy-Tale Endings 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… Continue reading Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Contemporary, Fiction

The Ex-Debutante by Linda Francis Lee

This was one of the first "adult" fiction books I read after graduating high school and deciding I needed to branch out from the young adult section. And while I’m a northern at heart, when presented with the opportunity to read about southern debutantes, I usually do so in order to mock them later. But… Continue reading The Ex-Debutante by Linda Francis Lee

Fiction, Thriller

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Millennium #1 I began reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo after the movie was announced (though before watching it) after one of my friends recommended it. Based on my knowledge of the friend who offered the recommendation, it was nothing as I expected. Synopsis It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young… Continue reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

The Montmaray Journals by Michelle Cooper

A Brief History of Montmaray, The FitzOsbornes in Exile, The FitzOsbornes at War My sister told me I absolutely had to read these books, and while being told to read something is not usually a good incentive, this time I am so happy that she introduced me to these books. These are three of my… Continue reading The Montmaray Journals by Michelle Cooper

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone #1 / Grishaverse #1 I just realized I'm reviewing the Leigh Bardugo books I've read in the opposite order in which I read them! It you have any interest in reading any of the books in her Grisha-verse, I recommend starting with this one and reading them in the order they were… Continue reading Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina #1 There aren't many books that I can say I jumped on when they were first released in hardcover, but I'm very proud to own a first edition of Seraphina. It is one of my favorite books (I know, I say that a lot), but this one I love specifically to recommend to people. Seraphina,… Continue reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Book Club, Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Royal We #1 Yesterday a book came into the bookstore that I could not believe my coworkers did not show me immediately - a new biography of Prince Harry! I freaked out so much my boss just gave it to me... I should probably tone down my royalist tendencies. But it reminded me of another… Continue reading The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Contemporary, Fiction, New Adult

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Royally #1 I've always been an American Royalist, since I was a young girl and first learned about two real live princes actually existing in England and not just in Disney movies, I've been one of those people who follows there every move. My mother's own love of Princess Diana certainly didn't hurt my love… Continue reading Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Fiction, Mythology, Young Adult

Freya by Matthew Laurence

Freya #1 I don't remember exactly how I wound up with the advance reading copy (ARC) of Freya, but it definitely had my name written all over it - from my obsession with Norse mythology, to a badass woman on the cover, I was definitely going to inhale this book. Synopsis Freya is myth. She is… Continue reading Freya by Matthew Laurence