ARC Review, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, by Julie C. Dao, Philomel Books

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

ARC Review, The Road To Ever After, by Moira Young, a Penguin Random House Book

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

ARC REVIEW: That Inevitable Victorian Thing, by E.K. Johnston, Published by Dutton Books, NY

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

ARC REVIEW, Penguin Random House, THE NIGHT GARDEN, by Polly Horvath

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