Cinder meets The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue meets Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. A mixed-race young woman trained to kill zombies tries to keep herself and her friends alive while navigating the treacherous landscape of post-Reconstruction America.
I began collecting deliciously long and delightful titles of children's books that I just knew I had to love based soley on that one distinguishing characteristic. Here are a few that I recommend primarily for readers who are between the ages of 8 and 12 and love to read about girls doing and learning and having adventures.
This book, while set in a charming Irish village, with a charming plot about a mobile library van, was difficult to love - at first.
Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter ISBN: 9780061928123 (Hardcover | Published June 12, 2012 | Harper) I'm in an informal book club with a group of lovely women my friend Jaime (a landscape architect) brought together. We came together to celebrate Jaime's birthday, and in a very natural way throughout the course of the evening, we decided … Continue reading Book Review: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The Broke and the Bookish, a brilliant book blog, hosts a weekly top ten list meme.I like this meme because I like lists. I like this meme because it reminds me of the Top 5 lists from High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby as a book, starring John Cusak as a movie). And I like this meme because it … Continue reading Top Ten Books I Want for the Holidays
Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly meme hosted byBreaking the Spine.My posts about adult literary fiction are here:State of Wonder by Ann PatchettCaleb's Crossing by Geraldine BrooksThe Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey My posts about my guilty pleasure reading (romantic, often paranormal, novels) can be found here:Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here by … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society, Book 2)by Ally Carter9781423147954, $16.99, Disney-Hyperion (HarperCollins)Teenage girl thief. That should really be 'nough said, right?Kat (Katarina Bishop) comes from a family of thieves. One of THE family of thieves (of which there are about 7 in the world). In book 1, Heist Society, Kat tries to give up her thieving … Continue reading Book Review: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly meme hosted byBreaking the Spine. My posts about adult literary fiction are here: State of Wonder by Ann PatchettCaleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks My posts about my guilty pleasure reading (romantic, often paranormal, novels) can be found here:Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here by Christine WarrenTempest's Legacy by Nicole PeelerSaint's Astray … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
Miss Timmins' School for Girlsby Nayana Currimbhoy9780061997747, $14.99, HarperCollinsI don't know what made me pick this book up. I don't remember if I saw it advertised somewhere online, or if someone recommended it on Goodreads, or if I just saw it on the new books shelf, but for whatever reason I checked it out of … Continue reading Book Review: Miss Timmins’ School for Girls by Nayana Currimbhoy
House of Dollsby Francesca Lia Block, illustrated by Barbara McClintock9780061130946, HarperCollings, $15.99Known for being poetic and surreal while featuring elements from the real world, Francesca Lia Block's latest, House of Dolls, is lovingly illustrated and difficult to sell. Its charming trim size and brightly-colored cover make it appeal to a picture book audience, but the … Continue reading Book Review: House of Dolls by Francesca Lia Block, illustrated by Barbara McClintock