OVERVIEW: Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to … Continue reading ARC Review, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, by Julie C. Dao, Philomel Books
Overview: Orphan Davy David lives by his wits in the dead-end town of Brownvale. When a stray dog called George turns Davy's world upside down, he sets in motion a chain of events that forces them to flee. A mischievous wind blows them to a boarded-up museum on the far side of town where they … Continue reading ARC Review, The Road To Ever After, by Moira Young, a Penguin Random House Book
Set in a near-future world where the British Empire was preserved, not by the cost of blood and theft but by effort of repatriation and promises kept, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world. Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the … Continue reading ARC REVIEW: That Inevitable Victorian Thing, by E.K. Johnston, Published by Dutton Books, NY
New York Times Bestseller The project that captured a nation's imagination. The instructions were simple, but the results were extraordinary. You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to a group art project. Your secret can be a regret, fear, betrayal, desire, confession, or childhood humiliation. Reveal anything -- as long as it is true and … Continue reading Post Secret, by Frank Warren, Regan Publishing
MY BOOK REVIEW: I was sent this book as part of a book subscription box, Once Upon a Young Adult Book Club. This is an interesting book club that sends you current YA novels, along with several numbered and wrapped gifts. As you read the novel, you come to pages where a sticky tells you … Continue reading Paintbrush, by Hannah Bucchin, Book Review, Blaze Publishing LLC
It is World War II, and Franny and her parents, Sina and Old Tom, enjoy a quiet life on a farm on Vancouver Island. Franny writes, Sina sculpts, and Old Tom tends to their many gardens--including the ancient, mysterious night garden. Their peaceful life is interrupted when their neighbor, Crying Alice, begs Sina to watch … Continue reading ARC REVIEW, Penguin Random House, THE NIGHT GARDEN, by Polly Horvath
Amazon bestselling author Janina Rossiter loves three things: design, France and her little family. She studied communication & illustration design at university, and has lived in Germany (her home country), England (where she met her husband), and now France (where she vows to stay). After graduating with a degree from university she worked as a … Continue reading The ABC Animal Picnic, by Janina Rossiter
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