The Shrike & the Shadows

The Shrike & the Shadows

Hello, Dear Readers, and happy Mabon! Mabon, or the Autumnal Equinox, is celebrated by people around the world.  It's a time to celebrate the equal state of day and night, and to pay our respects to the impending dark while also thanking the waning light.  The Blog Maven over at The Parliament House blog has [...]

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Teeth in the Mist

Teeth in the Mist

4.25 Stars Dawn Kurtagich Published June 2019 *Review by Alexa* Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil's Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations... Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can [...]

The Kingdom

The Kingdom

3.25 Stars Jess Rothenburg Published May 2019 *Review by Alexa* Welcome to the Kingdom... where 'Happily Ever After' isn't just a promise, but a rule. Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species--formerly extinct--roam free. [...]

The Merciful Crow

The Merciful Crow

3.75 Stars Margaret Owen Published July 2019 *Review by Alexa* A future chieftain. Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime. A fugitive prince. When [...]

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls

2.75 Stars Rory Power Published July 2019 *Review by Alexa* It's been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty's life out from under her. It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their [...]

House of Salt and Sorrows

House of Salt and Sorrows

5 Stars Erin A. Craig Published August 2019 *Review by Alexa*   Thanks to Disney and our own ever-pervasive pop culture, the word fairytale conjures childlike worlds full of knights in shining armor, damsels in distress, talking animals, and long nosed witches.  In these worlds, everything is black and white with good and evil playing [...]