Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, [...]


The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #1)

Every girl who had taken the test has died. Now it's Kate's turn. It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear [...]

Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni (Angelology #2)

Ten years after the Times Square incident, Verlaine has become a lethal angelologist, a hunter, but is haunted by his lost love, Evangeline. A chance encounter before Evangeline is kidnapped leaves Verlaine with an exquisite clue to a mystery touching upon the Romanov Dynasty and the seeds of ancient civilization. While he pursues Evangeline’s captors, [...]

Everneath by Brodi Ashton (Everneath #1)

Over the past few years I’ve noticed a trend in young adult (YA) fiction in the Fantasy genre that seems to be going strong. Retellings of classical mythological figures, angels and demons, and explorations of death as the netherworld (instead of all that fire and brimstone) are increasing in popularity. I’ve blogged about Meg Cabot’s Abandon series [...]

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson (Strands of Bronze and Gold #1)

Tucked away in a backwater Mississippi town is Wyndriven Abbey, home of the mysterious, intoxicating Bernard de Cressac. Sophia Petheram enters her godfather’s world as an orphan and is captivated by his gusto for life. However, Sophia soon discovers an eerie commonality between de Cressac’s former wives and herself: they all have hair in strands [...]

The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abé (The Sweetest Dark #1)

If the spirit of Charlotte Brontë were to write a World War I novel about the English House System featuring a heroine who goes through puberty recognizing she’s “different” and that sort of different involves a world of dragons and sorcerers… you might end up with something like Shana Abé’s The Sweetest Dark. It’s been a LONG [...]

Overbite by Meg Cabot (Insatiable #2)

Morning folks!  Today we're beginning the day by discussing very dark things.  Vampires.  Subterranean passages.  The New Jersey Devil (yes, it's real!).  And the end (probably) of a very promising series by Meg Cabot. Ignoring the rants of GoodReads reviewers, I decided to give the sequel a try for myself. My copy of Overbite finally arrives [...]

Insatiable by Meg Cabot (Insatiable #1)

What can you say about Meg Cabot?  Girl's got talent.  How many authors successfully cross age groups, let alone different genres too?  For those of you who don't know Meg Cabot's work, here's a brief introduction. She's the bestselling author of multiple series for children, YA, and adults (1-800-WHERE-R-U, Avalon High, Queen of Babble, Allie [...]