Snapshot: Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola, Emily Carroll (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 132 pages Published August 4th 2015 by Candlewick Press Source: Library The reason I picked up Baba Yaga’s Assistant was due to Emily Carroll and my increasing love of her art. I expected to like the story but didn’t think I would love it as much. The premise is …

A brief look at history and memory in the works of Diana Wynne Jones

History and memory are inextricably connected with perspective and interpretation. All of Diana Wynne Jones’s books are concerned with perspective and interpretation, and as quite a few directly involve history and memory as well, let me without further ado introduce the following excellent books: Hexwood is one of my favourites, and …

Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer (A Lunar Chronicles Collection)

Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Publisher The Lunar Chronicles is received by a mix of feelings: some people love it, some people are indifferent, others dislike it intensely. I fall somewhere between the indifferent and love category. I quite enjoyed the novels on their …

Janet Recommends: Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan

Sooooo I should have written this post last month but life interfered. The real problem, though, was finding words enough for Wanting Mor by Rukhsana Khan. “If you can’t be beautiful you should at least be good. People will appreciate that.” That’s what Jameela’s mother, Mor, always told her. But being …

Snapshot Review: Audiobook of Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This is an audiobook review because I couldn’t resist. I do want to point out that Nafiza has already reviewed this book (and she did such a nice job too!). Audiobook narrators: Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, Andrews MacLeod, and Rebecca Soler (who also did Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, an excellent …

Review: Once Upon a Time in Japan by Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK)

Hardcover, 120 pages Published November 3rd 2015 by Tuttle Publishing Source: Publisher Once Upon a Time in Japan is a wonderful collection of Japanese folk and fairy tales translated from Japanese by Roger Pulvers and Juliet Winters Carpenter. The book is wonderfully constructed with good quality paper and beautiful endpages that …