Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now, she writes YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding Star […]
Lady Helen trilogy was released by Viking from 2016 onward with an installment every year. You will find reviews for books one and two on this website. It is very difficult to review the third installment in a trilogy without giving things away so I have decided to review the series as a whole.
Goodman’s research is expansive and easily seen in the details that bring Lady Helen’s world to life. The clothing, the culture, the rites and rituals of high society all feels so close to life. Goodman’s worldbuilding and fantasy, too, are carefully thought out with no holes for logic to escape. What I particularly liked about this series is how immersive it is. The feminism in it is true to its time and articulated brilliantly at times. The chemistry between Helen and Carlston is *fans self*.
The plot twists are numerous and the story keeps you wondering. I did guess who the eventual person…villain was in book one though so I did feel that the protagonists not even questioning him was a bit odd. I mean, it was obvious. No one is that perfect. But that just may be.
If you are in the mood for something historical with a female protagonist who is smart and deadly, with smoldering romance, you should give this series a try. You might lose hours if not days sunk into the glory of the world Goodman has created.
I…don’t really know how to talk about this book. Okay, let me try again. The Travelling Cat Chronicles is precisely the chronicles of a cat who travels with his companion (or owner, whatever you prefer) ostensibly to find a new home for the cat but the journey is, in actuality, a farewell in the most final sense of […]
I am an avid no, I used to be an avid Murakami fan. I have read fifteen of the books he has written and own all of them. I was in my early twenties the first time I read a book by him and I didn’t get the subtleties in his prose or the quiet drama […]
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The Extraordinary Gardener by Sam Boughton Hardcover, 32 pages Published September 25th 2018 by Tate Source: Publisher This picturebook follows Joe who discovers seed and the amazing secrets and possibilities contained within each one. He grows one and then another and then more, sharing the results of his gardening with the people in the apartment building […]
This autumn, Christopher Healy, author of the Hero’s Guide books—which made me chuckle uncontrollably in public—released the first novel in an all-new rollicking Middle Grade series: A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot. It’s 1883—the Age of Invention! In the back of an unassuming New York City pickle shop, twelve-year-old Molly Pepper […]
Hardcover, 468 pages Published September 25th 2018 by Europa Editions Source: Editor Disclaimer: It is 2:15 a.m. and I am only partially responsible for the following. The majority of the responsibility goes to the night. So, this is the back copy of A Winter’s Promise: Where once there was unity, vastly different worlds now exist. Over […]
Paperback, 240 pages Published May 3rd 2018 by Orion Children’s Books Source: Publisher She looked at the soft sky. Only a few minutes before, it had been simple, clear, and beautiful, but now she felt all summer leaning its weight against the house, breathing a hot and wolfish breath at her. Margaret Mahy’s books formed a […]
Hardcover, 96 pages Published September 4th 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher First Generation collects (as the cover so helpfully states) a group of 36 people who weren’t born in America but chose to make it their home. In one page spreads, the volume explores how these individuals have contributed to America economy […]
Crafty Llama by Mike Kerr, Renata Liwska (Illustrations) Hardcover, 32 pages Expected publication: October 2nd 2018 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books Source: Publisher Extremely adorable. A gentle book that celebrates craft and friendship. Kids who like animals are bound to love this book about making things, having friends, and being warm. Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience […]