Book Club, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror

The Vorrh by Brian Catling

Today my husband and I are celebrating the 7th anniversary of our first date so I figured I would review one of his favorite books, that I also read for our book club, The Modern Readers.  Synopsis Outside the colonial town of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, a vast - perhaps endless - forest. Sentient and… Continue reading The Vorrh by Brian Catling

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Over the past few years I have read my fair share of novels set during World War II including my absolute favorite Montmaray Journals, the splendid Salt to the Sea, and the “pull-on-your-heartstrings” Letters to the Lost. So when Sarah told me that if I read Code Name Verity it would break my heart like… Continue reading Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Fantasy, Fiction, Novella, Retelling

Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

I completely fell for the cover of this book and I'm a sucker for dark fantasy adaptations. This book (and series) fit the bill quite well. Synopsis Once upon a time... in a kingdom far, far away, a handsome prince sets out to find a lost castle, only to discover a city slumbering under a… Continue reading Beauty by Sarah Pinborough

Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Back in my early D&D playing days (which admittedly was only 2 1/2 years ago), one of my friends named her character Lyra. In the most recent campaign, one of my other friends is playing an armored bear. Needless to say, I had to read the book that inspired both of these fearsome characters, The… Continue reading The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Fiction, Historical

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

I broke my own self-imposed rule - I watched The Last Kingdom on Netflix before I read The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell. I had picked up the first book in the series after my sister gave my husband the most recent in the Saxon Chronicles for Christmas one year, not only because I was intrigued, but because the… Continue reading The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell