Tagged with Teen Fiction

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Wow. Laini Taylor has really raised the bar for writing series with her follow up to the original show stopper, Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It was sincerely one of the best sequels I’ve ever read. I was stunned with Daughter of Smoke and Bone, when Taylor blew the hinges off the dynamic world she’d set … Continue reading

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

I started reading The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton, while I was hunkered down during an epic storm. It was the perfect book for the occasion, because it completely transported me from the howling winds and darkening rain clouds of modern day New York, to 19th century London, where a secret truce kept  fairies and … Continue reading

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass was an all-encompassing tale of mystery, intrigue, fantasy, romance and action. It was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading, feeling at once comfortingly familiar (her characters and world building were just so darn likable), new, and enticing. I became acquainted with Maas’ fiery heroine, Celaena Sardothien with the fantastic … Continue reading

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