A Shadow Bright and Burning, Jessica Cluess, Random, September 2016. On shelf now. Excellent alternative history set in a Victorian London where witches are considered evil and society wants to abolish magic. To save a friend, Henrietta Howel uses her powers to set herself on fire, and reveals herself to be a witch. She expects… Continue reading Victorian Sorcery
Welcome to a new feature, in which local authors tell us how they write, live and play! First of all, we have a day in the life of Denver-based Todd Fahnestock. Todd is the author of Bookies YA favorite, Fairmist and his latest book, The Wishing World, comes out from Tor’s Starscape Books on Tuesday 25th October. We’re delighted… Continue reading A Day in the Life of a Colorado Author: Todd Fahnestock
All The Ugly and Wonderful Things, Bryn Greenwood, Thomas Dunne Books, August, 2016 This is a book that I could not put down, other than to work or sleep. Greenwood draws her characters truthfully and deeply, so much so that I feel like I know the characters, their society and culture, from my work in… Continue reading Two August Titles Not to Miss!
The Call Peader O’Guilin David Fickling Books, $18.99 Ireland banned the Sidhe (magical creatures) to a dim and awful land many generations ago. But now the Sidhe have discovered a crack between the worlds – one that has allowed them to cut Ireland off from the rest of the world, and, worse yet, steal Ireland’s… Continue reading Call to Horror
Stone Field by Chrissy Lenzi, Roaring Press, out now A re-imagining of Wuthering Heights for older teenagers. A young girl finds a strange young man in her family’s fields. She is white and he is Cree, but they are both a little wild and share a love of the forest.As the Civil War gears up… Continue reading Quick Reviews for All Ages – Out Now and Coming Soon!
The Reader, Traci Chee (first in series Sea of Ink and Gold), Putnam, coming in September 2016 This is a better-than-average fantasy, set in a world where nobody can read and only one book exists. When the book falls into teenage Sefia’s hands, it comes with death and mystery and the kidnap of her Aunt… Continue reading The Danger of Reading
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, Scott Stambach, St Martin’s Press, Aug 16 Startlingly original and heartfelt. Stunted on the outside, brilliant on the inside, 17-year-old Ivan, who was born severely deformed, has only known the miserable and restricted life of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. He is the master of… Continue reading A Glimpse into the Invisible