I love Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade and Rift series, so I was really excited to hear she was working on a new book called The Inventor’s Secret. When I found out it was a steampunk novel – excitement gone. I think the genre is based on an interesting concept, but I seldom see it done well.…

If Libraries Were Forbidden

Imagine a world where the most amazing library imaginable to you is forbidden, the horror! Books are very important to me (and probably to you). They are an escape, a new world, a good friend. So imagine a world where books are dangerous… In Django Wexler’s The Forbidden Library, Alice loses her father in a…

YA Sci Fi / Fantasy Round-up

So I’ve read a lot of YA sci fi or fantasy books lately – as has most of the world – and I had the best of intentions about writing a great blog post for each one. That clearly didn’t happen, so I’ve decided the best approach is to write a short and sweet YA…

Is Book 2 Ever More than Filler?

Book two of a YA trilogy is usually so much fluff. Empty filler to let the characters grow up before the big bang that ends the trilogy. I was recently surprised by two very good book twos… One: To be honest, as with many books, I read Gennifer Albin’s Crewel (first in this series) because…

Not Falling for Falling Kingdoms

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes is yet another ARC I received this year at NewYorkComiCon. It is apparently the second of the Falling Kingdoms novels, due out in December 2013. It feels a lot like a combination of one of the Grimm fairy tales and Robin Hood with a touch of epic fantasy world building thrown…