Thursday, October 20, 2016


By Carrie Jones
249 pages

Young Adult Sci Fi

I borrowed this one from the library after the author came and spoke at my school.
Basic premise: a high school cheerleader witnesses an alien abduction. Then she heads home to find her mom missing and the bad guys waiting for her.
It was fun, a light, quick read.

Monday, October 10, 2016


By AJ Hartley
334 pages

What a weirdly swooping narrative. I felt that some plot elements took me by surprise, and others were expected. The characters were realistic and engaging. It was a good book!

Ang is a steeplejack - someone who fixed chimneys and towers. In short succession she discovers a theft and a murder, is assaulted, deals with family drama, and begins to look into these happenings.

The setting (inspired by South Africa?) is a mix of city and rural. Racial tensions are high. It is horse and carriage technology. The world itself is beautiful and compelling.

It doesn't require a sequel, but I would read one!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Three Dark Crowns

By Kendare Blake
398 pages
September 2016 Owlcrate

Oh my gosh. Can I have the next book now? Please?

Okay, so, three protagonists, all teenage girls. All Queens. When they come of age, they will have to determine who has the strongest gift and will rule.

It's an interesting world - the gifts in the world are poisoner, naturalist, elemental, war, and sight. The protagonists each have one of the first three.

The characters are fascinating and I found myself rooting for all of them.