Tagged with Teen Fiction

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Growing up like many of my fellow die hard readers, I came to have a bit of a ‘Matilda’ reputation with the elementary school librarians because I was one of the few 9 year olds with a penchant for biographies. I devoured these real life stories of men and women who’d composed symphonies, traveled the world, … Continue reading

On Female Characters…

“Female characters should be people. Flawed, glorious, interesting, enthralling people. Let them dye their hair and pierce their ears without going “wah wah wah I’m so bad at being a girl wait hey look suddenly I’ve gotten a makeover and I’m gorgeous.” Let them have female friends. Let them fuck up. Let them have bad days, and … Continue reading

Tea & Book Pairing: White Peony with Venom

Tea & Book Pairing: White Peony with Venom

At first glance, white tea appears soft and delicate, and one doesn’t expect any surprises from this subtle blend. However, once brewed the White Peony tea takes on another character entirely, as if its true strength is only emboldened when tested with hot water. It gives off a floral aroma, but a rich taste of … Continue reading

Dream and Awake by Agnes Thor

Dream and Awake by Agnes Thor

I spent all of last week reading beside a beautifully serene lake, watching thunderheads make their slow climb over the surrounding hillsides, and this image reminds me of the creative energy that I gathered there.

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Reading Leigh Bardugo’s writing is like sinking your teeth in to the most decadent macaron. Your palette is submerged in tantalizingly complex flavors and textures, your imagination is lit when your taste buds are left tingling. How is the shell at once crispy and feather light? What witchcraft is it that makes this palm-sized sweet, … Continue reading

The Too-Clever Fox by Anna and Elena Balbusso

The Too-Clever Fox by Anna and Elena Balbusso

Siege and Storm comes out today (!) by the marvelous and creative Leigh Bardugo, and while I’m waiting patiently to get my hands on a copy of the much talked-about sequel to Shadow and Bone, I’ve devoured the novella that Tor Books released today to celebrate, called The Too-Clever Fox (which you can read online for … Continue reading

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan

Maid of Secrets comes out today, and I’m thrilled to share my thoughts on this engaging, historical tale that captured my imagination and made me long for a sequel. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC a few months ago, and as a dyed-in-the-wool history nerd, always on the alert for original perspectives from … Continue reading