Book Review

The Crowns of Croswald

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night Published 2017 Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy I received a free copy of this book from Stories Untold Press in exchange for an honest review. Sixteen-year-old Ivy Lovely lives a life of drudgery as a scaldrony (scullery) maid. She has never been far from the very unspecial Castle Plum where… Read More The Crowns of Croswald

Book Review

Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s

Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s by Jodi Taylor Published 2013 Genre: Historical Fantasy Setting: England, the near-future St. Mary’s is a listed estate in the rural countryside of Rushford, England. It functions as the headquarters for a select group of historians, scientists, technicians, and security personnel whose job is to… Read More Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s

Book Review

The Taster

The Taster by V.S. Alexander Published 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction Setting: World War II Germany ‘I shuddered. My life might end here. Not even the bombings in Berlin had forced me to face my mortality in such a brutal way. The thought that I might die for Hitler stunned me.’ Magda Ritter is a young… Read More The Taster

Book Review

A Man Called Ove

  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Published 2012. Genre: Upmarket. Setting: Though the book doesn’t give specifics, the reader assumes it takes place in contemporary Sweden. “And you should never befriend something if there’s a possibility it may take a fancy to eating you in your sleep.” Ove is a man who desires… Read More A Man Called Ove

Literature

The Last Arrow

My introduction to the legendary Robin Hood was the 1970’s era Disney film. Oh how I loved that fox. Looking back, he was a quintessential Robin Hood. Honorable, yet a rogue. Jovial, yet aggrieved by injustice. It was the perfect combination of traits to make a little girl want to search the woods for a… Read More The Last Arrow

Life, Writing

Summer Mom

Kid: Mom, I’m hungry. Me: Oh. What time is it? 3? I’m sorry. Just grab a snack, and we’ll have an early dinner. Kid: What’s for dinner? Me: Oh. I don’t know. Chipotle sound good? This pretty much sums up every day of this summer. Just change the name of the fast food establishment. Don’t… Read More Summer Mom