Review: The Glass Sentence, by S. E. Grove (2014)

Wow, what a gorgeously creative book. It also managed to hit such an unlikely array of my book kinks it’s like S. E. Grove pulled them out of a hat and made a book just for me. Let’s see, we have here some steampunk, maps, time travel (sort of), Boston … Continue reading

Review: The Islands of Chaldea, by Diana Wynne Jones and Ursula Jones (2014)

This is Diana Wynne Jones’ last book, finished by her sister Ursula after Diana’s death. It was a light, pleasant, fairly generic fantasy: four islands, different from each other and always at war; children with mysterious destinies; magical beasts in the form of pets; a main character who has to … Continue reading

Review: The Diary of B. B. Bright, Possible Princess, by Alice Randall and Caroline Randall Williams (2012)

The pitch: Girl-power middle grade fantasy about a black girl! That was enough to get me to read it, honestly; it’s so rare. BeeBee is the orphaned daughter of the king and queen of Raven World. To keep her safe, she lives on a magical island with only three Godmommies … Continue reading

Review: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman (July 2012)

The pitch: In Goredd, dragons and humans have kept an uneasy peace for forty years. Dragons fold into human shapes to serve as ambassadors and professors, but they are far from trusted. When young musician Seraphina takes a position at court, she is drawn into  the investigation of a murder and … Continue reading

Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier

The pitch: Peter Nimble, blind Dickensian orphan, is forced into thieving, eventually learning to be the best thief there is. One day he steals a mysterious box from a very odd stranger, catapulting him into a journey to reclaim a faraway kingdom for its rightful ruler. It’s trying for a … Continue reading

Review: The Lost Conspiracy, by Frances Hardinge

The pitch: On the fictional colonial island of Gullstruck, some people are born with their senses unstuck from their body — the Lost. They’re vital to the isolated island towns for communication, so when a Lost is born for the first time in a village of the maligned native Lace … Continue reading

Cybils mega-post

The Cybils winners have been announced! Go check out the list! Now that the winners are official, I get to post my reviews. (I should make explicit that these are my thoughts, not necessarily those of my committee.) It was rather a violent, f-bomb-ridden set of YA Fantasy & Sci-Fi finalists … Continue reading

Review: The Shattering, Karen Healey (Sept. 2011)

I wrote this review when I read the book back in the spring, but as I talk about some spoilers below, I wanted to wait until it comes out. Which is tomorrow! I think Karen Healey is one of the best current YA authors, period — up there with Melina … Continue reading