The Historical Fiction Chronicles: February 2016 Releases

In case you’re wondering how to get your historical fiction fix during the month of February, look no further.  (Well, you could check some other resources…and come back and offers some suggestions. I’m always hunting for something to new read and would love some recs.)

Anyway, here are some to look forward to. From my to-read/read list to yours (listed in order of release).

Salt to the Sea

The Queen of the Night









Feb. 2nd – Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys; The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

Feb. 9th – Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

I can personally recommend Salt to the Sea, which has easily made it’s way to my list of favorites.  With it, Sepetys brings the literary world a heart-breaking Continue reading


#24in48 Readathon

Readathons are a great excuse to take time out to catch up on your reading, and, in some cases, an excellent opportunity to support charitable causes. Last year, I loved participating in the 2015 National Readathon Day, and look forward to joining this year’s challenge on May 21st. I’m also anticipating my first Dewey’s 24-hour Readthon on April 23rd.

Apparently, this year will mark another first for me: my first year participating in 24 in 28 Readathon. Yay! Continue reading

Novella Review: Best Left in the Shadows by Mark Gelineau and Joe King

Best Left in the Shadows

Best Left in the Shadows by Mark Gelineau and Joe King
Published: November 15, 2015 by Gelineau & King
Series: An Echo of the Ascended
Other work(s): A Reaper of Stone (An Echo of the Ascended, #1), Rend the Dark (An Echo of the Ascended, #2)
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 80
Rating: 4.5/5, PG-13

A Highside girl. Beaten. Murdered. Her body found on a Lowside dock. A magistrate comes looking for answers. For justice.
Alys trades and sells secrets among the gangs and factions of Lowside. She is a daughter of the underworld. Bold. Cunning. Free. When an old lover asks for help, she agrees. For a price.
Together, they travel into the dark heart of the underworld in search of a killer.

With Best Left in the Shadows, we revisit the realm of the Ascended (namely,  Aedaron), where fantastical creatures are the norm.  Only this time, our journey focuses on Alys–a sharp-tongued, cutthroat and information broker with plenty of Continue reading