Review: Prairie Ostrich

Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi Goose Lane 2014 Trade Paperback with Flaps 196 pages Historical Fiction

1974, Bittercreek, Alberta. Eight-year-old Egg Murakami is the youngest of three children born to Japanese-Canadian parents who have an ostrich farm in outside this small prairie town. Her older sister, seventeen-year-old Kathy, is a star basketball player and […]

Review: Bee Summers

Bee Summers by Melanie Dugan Upstart Press 2014 Paperback 191 pages Fiction; Historical Fiction

It is 1966 and Melissa Singer is only eleven years old when her mother leaves and never comes back. For Melissa, there was no warning, no clue that there was anything wrong. Her father, a bee keeper and general handyman, […]

2013/2014 Challenge Update

I am so much more self-disciplined with reading challenges than I used to be, and doing pretty well at the ones I’ve narrowed my focus on. Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d recap my challenge progress from 2013 and give my challenge goals for 2014. (click on the images for the main site […]

Review & Giveaway: Unravelled

Unravelled by MK Tod Tod Publishing 2013 E-Book 440 pages Historical Fiction

In October 1935, Edward Jamieson’s memories of war and a passionate love affair resurface when an invitation to a WWI memorial ceremony arrives. Though reluctant to visit the scenes of horror he has spent years trying to forget, Edward succumbs to the […]

Review: The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden

The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden by Philippa Dowding Dundurn 2014 E-ARC 200 pages Children’s/YA Speculative Fiction

This morning I wake up on the ceiling.

Gwendolyn Golden lives with her mum and her much younger siblings, twins Christopher and Christine – or as she calls them, “the Chrissies” – and her fat beagle, […]

Review: Lives of Magic

Lives of Magic by Lucy Leiderman Seven Wanderers Trilogy #1 Dundurn 2014 ARC (print) 383 pages YA Fantasy; Time Travel

Gwen is seventeen and just about to start her final year of school in Oregon, after moving to the state from San Francisco with her veterinarian parents who are trying to escape the extreme […]

Review: Countdown

Countdown by Michelle Rowen Harlequin Teen 2013 E-galley 336 pages YA Science Fiction; Dystopian Fiction; Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Kira Jordan has been living on the desolate streets for two years after her family is brutally murdered one night and she rejected the foster care system. She’s become an adept shop-lifter and pick-pocket, a petty […]

Review: Cinnamon Gardens

Cinnamon Gardens by Shyam Selvadurai Emblem Editions, McClelland & Stewart 1999 (1998) Trade Paperback 386 pages Historical Fiction

Sri Lanka in the 1920s was a British colony called Ceylon. Already divided along caste and ethnic lines, the British encouraged the divide, raising up some natives to rule, in small ways, over others. Annalukshmi Kandiah […]