Category: Fiction

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of … Read More The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Treasure of the Blue Whale

Treasure of the Blue Whale by Steven Mayfield In this whimsical, often funny, Depression-era tale, young Connor O’Halloran decides to share a treasure he’s discovered on an isolated stretch of Northern California beach. Almost overnight, his sleepy seaside village is comically transformed into a bastion of consumerism, home to a commode with a jeweled seat cover, a pair of genuinely fake rare documents, a … Read More Treasure of the Blue Whale

The Bear and the Nightingale

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed … Read More The Bear and the Nightingale

The Girl With Ghost Eyes

The Girl With Ghost Eyes by M.H. Borosan It’s the end of the nineteenth century in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and ghost hunters from the Maoshan traditions of Daoism keep malevolent spiritual forces at bay. Li-lin, the daughter of a renowned Daoshi exorcist, is a young widow burdened with yin eyes—the unique ability to see the spirit world. Her spiritual visions and the death of … Read More The Girl With Ghost Eyes

Kingdom of Ash

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her … Read More Kingdom of Ash

Walk on Earth a Stranger

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more. She also has a secret. Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught … Read More Walk on Earth a Stranger

Warwick’s Event With Erin Morgenstern

In November, I attended a Warwick’s event at the San Diego Public Library with Erin Morgenstern. She was on tour to promote her new book, The Starless Sea. She is the author of the popular book, The Night Circus. My friend, fellow writer, bookworm, and neighbor, Kristin Luna, attended the event with me. This was my first trip to the downtown library so I … Read More Warwick’s Event With Erin Morgenstern

Rules of Civility

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar with her boardinghouse roommate stretching three dollars as far as it will go when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a tempered smile, happens to sit at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel … Read More Rules of Civility

Debut Novel Pick for November: Blood Heir

Blood Heir by Amelie Wen Zhao In the Cyrilian Empire, Affinites are reviled. Their varied gifts to control the world around them are unnatural—dangerous. And Anastacya Mikhailov, the crown princess, has a terrifying secret. Her deadly Affinity to blood is her curse and the reason she has lived her life hidden behind palace walls. When Ana’s father, the emperor, is murdered, her world is shattered. … Read More Debut Novel Pick for November: Blood Heir

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of … Read More Stalking Jack the Ripper

9 Books to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to round up some of the spooky (and not-so-spooky) books I’ve read and reviewed. Books are ranked from least to most creepy! Bonus: many of these books and series have become films and tv shows since they were published! The Gates by John Connolly Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying … Read More 9 Books to Get You in the Mood for Halloween

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Event With Renee Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir

Mysterious Galaxy is an independent bookstore in San Diego that specializes in carrying fantasy, science fiction, young adult, horror, and mystery novels. Tucked away in a shopping center, this bookstore is a small, but mighty bastion in the San Diego book scene. Though I’ve lived in San Diego for almost eleven years, I only recently visited Mysterious Galaxy. Of course once I walked through … Read More Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Event With Renee Ahdieh and Sabaa Tahir