[Review] Winterwood – Shea Ernshaw

(Shea Ernshaw, 2019) Be careful of the dark, dark wood… Especially the woods surrounding the town of Fir Haven. Some say these woods are magical. Haunted, even. Rumored to be a witch, only Nora Walker knows the truth. She and the Walker women before her have always shared a special connection with the woods. And [...]

[Review] Serpent & Dove – Shelby Mahurin

(Shelby Mahurin, 2019) Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his [...]

[Review] With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

(Elizabeth Acevedo, 2019) With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she [...]

[Book Club Review] Scythe – Neal Shusterman

(Neal Shusterman, 2016) Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. [...]

[Review] Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds

(Justin A. Reynolds, 2019) Jack Ellison King. King of Almost. He almost made valedictorian. He almost made varsity. He almost got the girl . . .  When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting [...]

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak + Buddy Read with Joe from Stories of Storeys

(Markus Zusak, 2005) It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and [...]

[Review] Love and Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

(Jenna Evans Welch, 2016) “I made the wrong choice.” Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen [...]

[Review] Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young

(Adrienne Young, 2018) Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced [...]