[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 [...]

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 [...]

TBR Tuesday – A Recap of the Awards Reads

As some of you know, I took the last month or so from personal reading to complete the required reading for multiple mock awards discussions I signed up for. The last of those discussions wrapped up on Thursday so today I will be sharing with you all that I completed from those lists. If you [...]

Faithful- Alice Hoffman

  Alice Hoffman (2016) Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt. What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something [...]

The Leaving- Tara Altebrando

Tara Altebrando (2016) Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back--with no idea of where they've been. Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to. Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are . [...]

When Dimple Met Rishi- Sandhya Menon

Sandhya Menon (2017) Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband [...]

The War That Saved My Life- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2015) Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.   So begins a new [...]

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

   (John Green, 2017)   Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. [...]