August 6, 2017

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller: An ARC Book Review

Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Glbt
Release Date: August 29th 2017
Source: Miss Print ARC Adoption
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

I Needed to Win. 
They Needed to Die.
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class—and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand—the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears—Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.



This book is a masterpiece that was cleverly written on a plot that we have seen in a few different ways.  You got a character who describes herself as " Thief and a killer, trained by childhood of fear and violence" who sets out in a competition to take a prized position.  I loved that we jumped into the story with little knowledge of how our character got to where she is.  Sometimes I feel the first book of a series gets bogged down with filling us in with backstory that it takes sooo long to get to the actual story. Since this is the first book we get more books to fill in the backstory as the main character continues on her path beyond achieving what she wants to in the competition. 

Some may hold issue with the love interest in this story as it is two females but I did not feel it was overly weird or that it distracted from the action filled story.  In fact, I'm not sure it could of played out well or at all if it been a male/female relationship.  

My favorite quote came right at the end of the story when the, now, crowned opal tells the queen just what she thinks of her. " I used to love you. I adored you. I would've died for you. I thought you were lady sent to save us, to pull us from the chaos magic and greed brought down upon us, but your just like us. Your not any different from them, maneuvering people to keep your power".  What a powerful thought and accurate description of how the political leaders actually think and work. Makes you wonder if the magic was ever truly banished?  Makes me intrigued for book two.

The book ends on rousing cliff hanger with our love interest being stolen away and the new opal taking on the task of her the previous opal.   "They'd taken my country and my life, and I would take their heads". Gives me tingles.








A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, neuroscience lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in September 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.







Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free from Miss Print ARC Adoption to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

**Book info obtained through Goodreads. 
***Book Cover Obtained through Goodreads. 
****Author photo obtained through author website.

August 5, 2017

Nemesis by Anna Banks: A Book Review

Title: Nemesis (Nemesis #1)
Author: Anna Banks
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Release Date: October 4th 2016
Edition: ARC
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora's gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?


This is the first Anna Banks book that I have read. I have her other books sitting on my shelf begging me to read them. After my introduction to her writing, I'm ready to dive in to the rest of her books.

Nemesis starts off with Sepora leaving her home due to her father and him using her. We are actually taken right in to the action as we hear about the present and some back story all in one. I was immediately engulfed in this amazing world that the author had created. And not only were there one amazing kingdom that she wrote about, but five! All with different backgrounds and histories. The time that it must have taken to fully form these must have taken some time because he details were amazing.

I really enjoyed Tarek and Sepora's characters and thought they were perfect for each other from the start. Neither one had to grow on me. I especially enjoyed Sethos and his logics and his take on things. 

I can understand why Sepora wanted to hide her forging ability but at the same time I never understood why she didn't find a way to the Lyceum when no one was looking and forged a pile of spectorum and left it outside for the Healers to use for their cure. That way no one would know it was her and they would still have a cure. But I guess everything worked out for the best in the end. 

I can't wait to read what happens next.








Anna Banks grew up in a small town called Niceville (yes, really). She now lives in Crestview, Florida, with her husband and their daughter. She is the author of the novel Of Poseidon.








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August 4, 2017

The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night: A Book Review

Title: The Crowns of Croswald
Author: D.E. Night
Publisher: Stories Untold
Genre: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: July 21st 2017
Source: Publisher for Review
Purchase: Amazon | iBooks | Kobo

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.



If you're a fan of Harry Potter, magic, boarding schools and royalty, then you will love this book!

While reading this book I felt like I was magically transported back to Hogwarts at times. There are many parallels to Harry Potter throughout, but as we further progress through the story you start leaving Hogwarts behind and start venturing more and more into Croswald.

I really enjoyed every aspect of this wonderful story. It did take me a bit to get into it after the long prologue, but once it got me hooked I couldn't put this book down. The characters were quite enjoyable and quite believable as well.

There was one little problem I had with this book, however. Parts of this book seemed as if they were rushed through. The school year went by in a rush as did the final action scene. I don't know if the author was trying to get the whole story in one book or if this will be a series? The ending makes you think there will be more. I, for one, hope that there is more to this wonderful book.







 D.E. Night lives, dreams, and writes in South Florida amid her menagerie––two dogs and two cats––with  her  husband. “The  Crowns  of  Croswald”  is  her  first  book.  She  draws  inspiration from  silver-screen  storytellers,  magical  imaginings,  and  her  younger  brothers.  A  day spent  in Croswald, or another whimsical world, is her favorite kind of day.

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August 3, 2017

Lock & Mori by Heather Petty: A Book Review

Title: Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori #1)
Author: Heather W. Petty
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Retelling
Release Date: November 1st 2015
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students—one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James “Mori” Moriarty—meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.

Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more…

FACT: Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park. The police have no leads.

FACT: Miss James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.

FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.

FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock’s one rule—they must share every clue with each other—Mori is keeping secrets.

OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can’t trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.


I'm a huge Sherlock fan. So it went without saying that I needed to read this book. Although, now that I have read it, I have mixed feelings about it. 

I thought it was a clever take on the classic Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty relationship. Having them play the opposite sex, with a love/hate type feeling coming from Mori towards Sherlock. Does she like him? Does she not like him? I can tell you that Mori had a lot of personal demons in this book that she was unwilling to let go of from the start. A lot of hatred building up inside her as well.

The story was alright. The reader gets a lot of back story and flashbacks that seems to blend too much with the current story or drone on and on. One point we were in the present and then a memory comes up and 2 pages later we are back to the present. Another point the past blended with the present and you didn't know where you were. This, I was not a fan of whatsoever. The story also was pretty predictable from the first murder on. I pretty much saw where all this was going right away, which I like to be guessing for a while instead of being hit with it right away.

All in all I have to give this 3 stars simply for creativity. However, I will not be revisiting the rest of the series.







YA author of the LOCK & MORI series (available from S&S BFYR). Awkward Witch of the Forest. High Cat Lady of Reno. Kdrama addiction specialist.




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August 2, 2017

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine: A Book Review

Title: Prince of Shadows
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: NAL
Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Retelling
Release Date: February 4th 2014
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

… And will rewrite all their fates, forever.




So I really have to say that I loved this book. It was a great retelling of the classic Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. So be fair warned before you read this. If you aren't a fan of Romeo and Juliet or at least open to the possibility, then this book probably isn't for you. 

I have had a love for Romeo and Juliet since we were forced to read it in school. The teacher made us sit through the movie as well. (Which let's say is probably the only time I didn't skip his class lol). So when I saw this, I knew I had to read it. This also opened me up to this great author even more than I already was.

This tale we get to take a look at Romeo's cousin, Benvolio and see what kind of life he lives. We are taken through and getting a feel for how close he is with his cousin and his best friend, Mercutio. We get to see him as the allusive Prince of Shadows, who doesn't rob from the rich and give to the poor, but takes from the unjust and punishes them in other ways, by humiliating them for being "robbed" from the Prince of Shadows. However, things take a turn when Ben meets the beautiful and well forgotten cousin to Juliet. 

So we still have the ultimate family feud, heartache, love and even curses. What's not to love about this?







Rachel Caine is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of more than 40 novels, including the Great Library series, Prince of Shadows, the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series.

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July 1, 2017

The Bakersville Dozen Blog Tour #characterinterview #blogtour

Title: The Bakersville Dozen
Author: Kristina McBride
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble | TBD

YOU HAVE FOUR DAYS TO LOCATE FIVE TREASURED TROPHIES. BREAK THE RULES AND YOU ALL DIE. HAPPY HUNTING!

Back in September, the town of Bakersville, Ohio made national news when a video went viral featuring thirteen of the high school’s elite in compromising positions. Now it’s May, and every month since the “Bakersville Dozen” made their infamous appearance on the national stage, one girl has gone missing. Officials are no closer to identifying the criminal.

Bailey, “Like a Virgin” Holzman is getting really fed up with the scrutiny. She just wants to enjoy the rest of her senior year, and have an epic summer before heading off to college. So when she discovers a note in her locker on the last day of school inviting her on a scavenger hunt, she thinks it’s just a sweet surprise from her boyfriend trying to cheer her up.

But following the clue leads her, instead, to the first official casualty. And another sinister envelope. The killer is close, and it could be anyone. Even the people Bailey’s always trusted most—her best friend, her perfect boyfriend, or the boy-next door she’s always pined for.

With the clock ticking, she faces a terrifying choice: play the game by the killer’s rules—follow the clues, tell no one, and no cops—for a chance to save the rest of the missing girls, or risk becoming the next grisly victim.

The latest heart-pounding thriller from Kristina McBride blends elements of Gone Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Stephen King into a story that will leave you guessing until the final pages.



"A fast-paced thriller with plot twists, intrigue, and revelations practically on every page. . . . Clever, taut storytelling." —Kirkus Reviews on A Million Times Goodnight


"This is a wild ride.” —School Library Journal on A Million Times Goodnight

"A Million Times Goodnight explores the power we all have to alter our own future." —Gwendolyn Heasley, author of Don't Call Me Baby and Where I Belong

"Tense! The constant push and pull of frienship, pain, love, and jealousy is beautifully drawn. A definite must read." —Jay Asher, New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us on The Tension of Opposites


We decided to interview Bailey on this or that. Let's see what Bailey has to say:


  • Going on vacation, would you go to the beach or the mountains? Beach!
  • Flips flops or tennis shoes? Flip Flops.
  • Ice Tea or Ice Coffee? Ice Cream
  • Read the book or watch the movie? Watch the movie.
  • Go out or stay in? Stay in, but somewhere outside, like the back yard or woods.
  • Going out, would you rather be with a group of friends or just one friend?
    Groups always offer more opportunity for laughter. And I like to laugh. 


Kristina McBride has published three novels for young adults - THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES, ONE MOMENT, and A MILLION TIMES GOODNIGHT. Her fourth novel, THE BAKERSVILLE DOZEN, will be released July 2017.

Kristina is a former high school English teacher and yearbook advisor, as well as an adjunct professor at Antioch University Midwest and Wright State University. Kristina has a thing for music, trees, purses, and chocolate. You might be surprised to learn that Kristina was almost kidnapped when she was a child. She also bookstalks people on a regular basis. Kristina lives in Ohio with her husband and two young children.


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June 4, 2017

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves: A Book Review

Title: Blood Rose Rebllion (Blood Rose Rebellion #1)
Author: Rosalyn Eves
Publisher: Knopf Books
Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Young Adult
Release Date: March 28th 2017
Source: Blogging for Books
Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.


I really enjoyed this book and the world building. At first it took a bit to grab my attention and pull me in, but once it did, I was hooked and couldn't put this down. I really enjoyed the story behind this, about the people who thought they were in control and had all the power and how they controlled everyone who wasn't Luminate, there was something a bit comical to it just knowing that somehow they would get what they deserved in the end, at least hopefully.

The characters were memorable. Even the ones you just hated and despised, to the ones that had less than a page description in the story. Anna was pretty amazing, but I don't think that I can relate to her in the sense that she would do anything to "fit in" with the society that she thinks is right. I do relate to her stubbornness and her determination to do what she thinks is right, how she follows the beat of her own drum so to speak. I really liked Gabor and Matyas and even Noemi. Their characters added great backbone to this wonderful story and seemed to give Anna strength throughout.

The only trouble I had with this is where the story leaves you at the end, asking so many questions. I had to look to see if there was going to be a book 2 so those answers would hopefully be answered. Luckily it looks like there will be, so hopefully I will stop feeling confused and have a better understanding to where everything is left.






Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle. Her first book, BLOOD ROSE REBELLION, comes out Spring 2017 from Knopf.

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Disclaimer: *I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

**Book info obtained through Goodreads. ***Book Cover Obtained through Goodreads. ****Author photo obtained through author website.

May 27, 2017

Blog Tour: Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin #BlogTour #BookReview #Giveaway


Hello! And welcome to my stop on the exclusive blog tour, REFUGE FOR MASTERMINDS by the amazing Kathleen Baldwin! You know, I absolutely loved the first two books in this series so I'm glad I got to read this. Stop on over, scroll down and read to see what I had to say about the book. And, while you're here, why not enter the giveaway, it's International!



Title: Refuge for Masterminds (Stranje House #3)
Author: Kathleen Baldwin
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Source: Blog Tour; Jean Booknerd
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | TBD

Lady Jane Moore has a secret. A secret that must be kept buried. For if anyone discovered the truth, her life at Stranje House would crumble. And with Napoleon Bonaparte’s invasion of England underway, everyone at Stranje House is already in danger. Mortal danger.

Jane knows it. She may not be like Tess, who has the advantage of prophetic dreams. Nor is she like Sera, who notices every detail no matter how miniscule and draws conclusions based on the smallest thread of evidence. She doesn’t possess Maya’s ability to soothe the tempers around her with a few well-spoken words. Neither is she a brilliant scientist like Georgie. According to Miss Stranje, Lady Jane Moore is a mastermind.

Nonsense!

Jane doesn’t consider herself a mastermind. Quite the contrary, she believes herself to be an ordinary young lady. It’s just that she has a rather excessive bent toward the practical. She tends to grasp the facts of a situation quickly, and by so doing, she’s able to devise and implement a sensible course of action. But that’s all there is to it. Well, there is the fact that she also organizes the players in her plans with quiet efficiency. So much so, that occasionally Lady Jane’s friends tease her for being a bit managing.

Do they expect her to sit back and do nothing when trouble is brewing? Not likely. Not when the people she cares about are at risk. Call it being a mastermind if you must, it is a trait that comes in rather handy in a world full of spies, sabotage, and double-dealing. Especially now that Lady Jane and Sera have rooted out the truth: There is a traitor at Stranje House.

Someone is sneaking information to Lady Daneska and Ghost, Napoleon’s spies. Jane is determined to find out who it is before the bonds of friendship at Stranje House are ripped apart by suspicions. Her desperate hunt for the traitor ensnares Robert Fulton’s nephew, Alexander Sinclair, a brash American inventor, in an ambush that puts his life in danger. Sinclair may well be the most maddening man in all of Christendom, a wicked-tongued rascal with boorish manners, but for some reason, Lady Jane cannot bear the thought of the golden-haired genius being harmed.

Is Jane enough of a mastermind to save Alexander, her friends at Stranje House, and possibly England itself?



"A Completely Original―and totally engrossing―world, full of smart girls, handsome boys, and sinister mysteries...Sign me up." ―Meg Cabot, New York Times Best Selling Author of The Princess Diaries



Where do I start? Well to be perfectly honest, I really didn't think that I would enjoy reading from Jane's perspective, as she seemed perfectly stuck up and pushy. But as I started to read and see her story unfold and read about her secrets, I had a better understanding of her and I absolutely loved her story.

Lady Jane has a few secrets. Secrets about her past with her parents, her brothers and a certain Lord. Miss Stranje decides to take the girls to London for a coming out party and Jane is persistent on not going due to her many secrets that she doesn't trust anyone with. But in the end, these secrets come out, as all secrets do.

We also see more of a romance coming out between Jane and Alexander, as well with Sera and Maya too. There is still much action in this, and Ghost and Lady Daneska are still at it, trying to take over London with Napoleon. This time, however, Jane is the target as well as Alexander.

For me, this left it wide open for maybe a fourth book? Which I'm crossing my fingers for as I would love to see what unfolds between Maya and Lord Kinsworth and Sera and Mr Chadwick. So for now, I'm holding out hope that the wonderful Mrs Kathleen Baldwin is writing that fourth book as I'm typing this up.






In truth, I am nothing like the other girls at Stranje House. They all have extraordinary talents and skills. Tess is a warrior who has the advantage of prophetic dreams. Sera takes notice of every detail, no matter how minuscule, and draws conclusions based on the smallest thread of evidence. Georgie is a brilliant scientist, and Maya’s voice is magical, she can soothe tempers with a few, well- spoken words.
I have none of those skills.
As my brothers so delicately phrased it, I am an overly opinionated female who refuses to mind her own business. Of course, they would say that, wouldn’t they? After our parents died, the two rascals spent all their time in the brothels and gaming rooms of London. They abandoned me, leaving me to manage the servants and our failing estate. By implementing new farming methods, I was able to make the estate profitable, and by investing the extra capital, I tripled our income. My brothers wanted the money to support their habits. I tried to stop them, restricting their access, and scolding them for their excesses. That’s why they packed me up and hauled me off to Stranje House, to keep me out of their way. They may be scoundrels, but they are correct, I am stubborn and rarely obedient. I have absolutely no idea why Miss Stranje allows me to stay. She says it is because I am a mastermind.
Stuff and nonsense!
I’m no mastermind. A mastermind is a strategic genius. I’m nothing of the kind. Oh, I admit I am a bit managing, and I have a rather strong bent toward the practical, but only because I easily grasp the facts of a situation, much the way one does when playing chess. It’s a simple thing, really, anticipating an opponent’s next few moves, and it’s only natural to devise and implement a sensible course of action. After all, it’s my duty to protect and care for the people I love. That’s all there is to it.
Nothing extraordinary.
Well, I suppose I do have a knack for organizing the players in my plans, and I like to think I do so with quiet efficiency. Occasionally, my friends tell me I’m not as subtle about organizing them as I imagine myself to be. They sometimes tease me about that. Tess, in particular, likes to needle me by saying I would’ve made a splendid governess. Although, when it comes to teasing, none of them holds a candle to Alexander Sinclair.
What would they have me do? Sit back and twiddle my thumbs when trouble is brewing? Not ruddy likely. Not when people I care about are in danger. I was born an earl’s daughter. It’s only natural that when difficulties arise, if no one steps up into the driver’s seat, I do what must be done and take the reins in hand.


(Refuge for Masterminds  by Kathleen Baldwin.  Tor Teen. pgs. 15-16)




Award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin loves adventure in books and in real life. She taught rock climbing in the Rockies, survival camped in the desert, was stalked by a mountain lion, lost an argument with a rattlesnake, enjoyed way too many classes in college, fell in love at least a dozen times, and married her very own hero. They’ve raised four free-spirited adventurous children.

Awarded 2016 Spirit of Texas, A School for Unusual Girls , is her first historical romance for Young Adults. It is a Junior Library Guild selection. Publisher’s Lunch listed it in their 2015 Young Adult BookBuzz. Kansas State NEA Reading Circle gave it a starred review in their 2016 “Best of the Best” for High Schools. Scholastic licensed it for book fairs, and New York Times Book Review called it “enticing from the first sentence.”

Kathleen is also an avid reader and adores the wit and humor of Oscar Wilde, P.G. Wodehouse, and Jane Austen. Her eclectic reading interests range from Frank Herbert to Meg Cabot, and on to the delightfully imaginative tales of Diana Wynne Jones.






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