Tagged with literature

On the Power of a Good Book…

“All my life I’ve wanted to be the kid who gets to cross over into the magical kingdom. I devoured those books by C.S. Lewis and William Dunthorn, Ellen Wentworth, Susan Cooper, and Alan Garner. When I could get them from the library, I read them out of order as I found them, and then … Continue reading

The Illustrations of Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Illustrations of Anna and Elena Balbusso

I am absolutely, head-over-heels in love with these illustrators, twin sisters Anna and Elena Balbusso who live and work in Italy. Their painterly style is so enchanting, I can’t get enough of their haunting images. The sisters have been developing their portfolio since they were fifteen years old. They’ve even illustrated well known authors’ works, … Continue reading

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I’ll admit I’m not usually that in to contemporary stories. I typically gravitate towards historical, or otherworldly fictions, perhaps because the distant setting provides another element of escape to a supernatural story. In fact, when I picked up The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, I thought it was a historical novel, hah. I was … Continue reading

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Ironskin by Tina Connolly

Ironskin by Tina Connolly crept under my skin and sent a chill to my bones. It had all the ingredients of a traditional, spine tingling gothic novel, but with sensational new twists that made it something fresh and unexpected. The story opens right after a Great War has been fought against the fey, a haunting … Continue reading

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Wow. This book. was. wonderful. Epic, really. I  found a used (and signed!) copy of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, while I was trading in a bunch of dusty tomes at Half Price Books. In the back of my mind, I remembered that there was a lot of buzz when it was released in … Continue reading

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey was a beautifully crafted tale that melds fantasy and historical fiction, a combination I’d love to read more often. I was certainly intrigued with the description of this book: “Jane Austen + Magic” but my attention was held by the heroine and her singular presence. Jane Ellsworth, … Continue reading

On Favorite Books…

“We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose … Continue reading

Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

The world of Dreamdark: Blackbringer by Laini Taylor was such a vibrant telling of faerie lore that I wished I’d stumbled across it when I was younger, and truly believed that if I looked hard enough I would catch traces of their world tucked away within our own. It’s not to say that I didn’t … Continue reading