Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland . . . – Catherynne M. Valente

Twelve-year-old September is whisked away from her Nebraska home by the Green Wind and deposited in Fairyland.  She goes on a quest to save Fairyland from an evil ruler, meets curious characters, and goes home.  This book is getting rave … Continue reading

Posted in adventure, fantasy

Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier

A family with a time travelling gene eagerly anticipates Charlotte’s first time travel excursion.  Only a few people throughout the generations have inherited the gene and it was foretold that Charlotte would be the next so she has spent her … Continue reading

Posted in adventure, fantasy, highly recommend, mystery | Tagged

In Darkness – Nick Lake

I finished this book several days ago and it still lingers with me and will for some time. More than lingers, it haunts me.   In Darkness weaves together two time periods in Haiti’s tumultuous history and is told through two … Continue reading

Posted in highly recommend, historical fiction, realistic fiction | Tagged ,

The Dead of Winter – Chris Priestley

This Victorian ghost story is chock full of metaphors and similes.  Michael’s father sacrificed his life for his commander, Sir Stephen.  Feeling guilt, Sir Stephen became a benefactor to Michael and his mother.  Upon his mother’s death, Michael is instructed … Continue reading

Posted in mystery, suspense | Tagged

The Mighty Miss Malone – Christopher Paul Curtis

Mr. Curtis’s newest has award winner written all over it.  Set during the Depression, we become one of the Malone family, facing their heartaches, struggles, and joys.  The story opens in Gary, Indiana, where the family is intact, but very … Continue reading

Posted in highly recommend, historical fiction | Tagged ,

Tempest – Julie Cross

Tempest is a time traveling, conspiracy theory, whirlwind novel.  Jackson discovers his time traveling abilities somewhat by accident, but is only able to jump back a few hours or days at a time at first before having to “tag up” … Continue reading

Posted in adventure, mystery | Tagged

Legend – Marie Lu

Legend is receiving a great deal of publisher publicity and deservedly so.  The formula is the same as in so many young adult dystopian novels:  oppressive government creating a bleak existence for the masses and teens are the catalyst for … Continue reading

Posted in dystopian, highly recommend, science fiction