King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

The monster is me and I am the monster.   Summary What Ravka's king – Nikolai Lantsov – has endured during the civil war and the repercussions of those events are a highly guarded secret, but it may not stay a secret for much longer. Because the monster doesn't want to lay dormant anymore. It... Continue Reading →

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Bloodleaf – Crystal Smith

If they view witchcraft as a weapon, I must learn to wield it against them […] before they can use it against me.   Summary Princess Aurelia has been surrounded by death from the day she was born. It made her own people distrust her. Hate her, even. Now, she is forced to escape her... Continue Reading →

The Queen’s Poisoner – Jeff Wheeler

Too many people are frightened. They want youth to last. They complain bitterly if sickness comes. But the world is always in tumult, and fortunes rise and fall and fail. It is the ambitious who accomplish things. It takes courage to be ambitious, for never was anything great achieved without risk.   Summary Duke of... Continue Reading →

Pretty Waiter Girls

"Remember one thing before you go fighting monsters - you must take care lest you become one yourself." Summary It's year 1899, a string of brutal murders terrifies the citizens of San Francisco. Meanwhile, a young girl goes missing and Helena Brandywine takes it upon herself to find and bring her safely home. Writing The... Continue Reading →

Children of Blood and Bone

“You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn't keeping us alive. it was thinking we'd never fight back”  Summary Eleven years ago Zelie saw her mother's lifeless body hanging from a tree. It was the night when the magic disappeared from Orisha. It was the... Continue Reading →

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