book review – Everless

I think back to the stories I wrote as a child, how Fox and Snake's innocent games slowly darkened and changed until Snake was curling around Fox's heart, stealing the life from her. I have to say, during the first half of Sara Holland's debut book I thought that it was just fine.  I was [...]

book review – Maybe a Fox

What happens after you die? [...] Maybe you turn into wind. Maybe you turn into stars. Maybe you go to another world. Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee's Maybe a Fox is a sweet, heartrending tale about family, grief, and wishes. It's been a while since I've read something written for a children/pre-teen audience, but I couldn't [...]

book review – Empress of a Thousand Skies

If all we are is what people think we are, then we’re all screwed. Rhoda Belleza's debut novel is wonderful. This sci-fi world is fantastical and alien in some ways but it's also so real and relevant. The book alternates POV between Rhee, the last surviving heir to a powerful dynasty, and Aly, a war [...]

short story: celestia pearl and the glass fairy

Celestia Pearl was made of rags and scraps. Her strings were frayed, her limbs were splintered. Her winter white hair was matted and knotted on top of her head, glistening like frost from old spilt glitter. Her grey-white dress was stained and threadbare and there were holes in her striped tights. From her perch on [...]

book review – Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine. Superheroes are getting a fresh YA makeover in the DC Icons series starting with Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer.  My review in short: asdfj;ljk;llheYYAAAAASS!! (I just finished it last night, so [...]

where are my words?

My laptop sits open on the foot of my bed, waiting, the cursor blinking in the white, blank space of Word. I sit cross-legged in front of it, and then I lay down on my stomach to stare at it. I roll over onto my back to contemplate the ceiling instead and after about fifteen [...]

Sneak Peak: Nina Nova and the Wayward Dreamers

This is a fun (I hope) ongoing storytelling thing I'm doing here and I wanted to give you a little sneak peak! So here you go, introducing Nina Nova and the Wayward Dreamers...   If Philip had to sum her up in a single sentence it would be this; Nina Nova was like a dream. Not [...]