Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn

Grief is a difficult subject matter, even though we all experience it at one time or another. I wasn’t really expecting to see it being dealt with so prominently in Sharon Shinn’s Troubled Waters. Zoe Arderlay has lived in exile with her father for ten years. After he passes away, she is whisked away to... Continue Reading →

Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

What would you do if you had a book that told you the future? Not everyone's future, just yours, one day at a time in your own handwriting, from in a magical book that came from the local travelling library.  Sixteen year old Tamara Goodwin finds herself with such a book when she and her... Continue Reading →

Book Thief by Markus Zusak

    “The Book Thief” is a title you have probably heard of within the past few months. Markus Zusak’s 2005 novel won awards and critical acclaim when first published, and had a second wave of attention with the 2013 film adaptation last year. I did not know what to expect when I first opened... Continue Reading →

What I Was, by Meg Rosoff

This YA/adult crossover title follows the classic format of a great flashback: our narrator H is reflecting at the end of his life on his relationship with a fellow youth whom he met while attending a boarding school on the coast of England in the 1960’s. Finn, a boy repeatedly described by H as “almost... Continue Reading →

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair by Laura Schiltz

A Drowned Maiden’s Hair starts with Maud Flynn’s improbable adoption by the maiden Misses Hawthorne (Hyacinth, Judith and Victoria). She is told that she will be a ‘secret child’ but not given a reason; coddled with ice cream, books, and new clothes, Maud is not overly concerned. She also is enamored of Hyacinth Hawthorne, the... Continue Reading →

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