Category Archives: romantic

“Our survival honors ancestors more than any tradition”

#sorrynotsorry!  I can’t refrain from posting one more mer-story this month, because it’s so good.  At least it’s not selkies this time! ^_^; Rivers Solomon, et al.  The Deep.  New York: Saga Press, 2019. Rating:  5 out of 5 combs … Continue reading

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“It is the tide that pulls the seconds through my blood. It is the tide that threads the minutes through my bones.”

Part Three of my Selkie Series *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  * Franny Billingsley.  The Folk Keeper.  New York: Atheneum, 1999. Rating:  4.95 out of 5 amber beads tossed into the sea for smooth sailing. Recommended if … Continue reading

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“The spirits of this world, they don’t stay dead for long.”

Kheryn Callender.  Hurricane Child.  New York: Scholastic, 2018. Rating:  3.75 out of 5 running girls who burst into a cloud of moths. As summer dies down, I’m going to give you a preview of Halloween Month, with a book about a … Continue reading

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And how’s YOUR summer job? (mermaid edition)

Ah, the summer job.  A classic coming-of-age experience for many teens —  a chance to learn responsibility, gain new skills, and earn some extra clams.  My first job back in high school was, of course, shelving books at my hometown … Continue reading

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An ode to the Meet Cute: a short story month post

May is Short Story Month, so a few weeks ago, I checked my library catalog for recent(ish) Juv/YA short story collections and discovered these two:                          One is a … Continue reading

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“Spring has come again already” – Lithuanian poetry through the ages

My Lithuanian Year continues as I delve into more of the Baltic nation’s literary history.  For National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to research five of Lithuania’s best-known poets, from the nineteenth century to the present.  From the age of the … Continue reading

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Love, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book Rating:  4.95 out of 5 magical worlds where everything is made of Oreos. Movie Rating:  4.5 out of 5 kisses on the Ferris Wheel So, yeah, Simon the book is sweet and adorable and heartwarming, and the movie, though it has … Continue reading

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Sovereign

April Daniels. Sovereign. New York: Diversion Books, 2017 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 epic space battles involving the Hubble Space Telescope You know what’s really fun? Reading superhero stories while listening to my Chillectronic station on Pandora. The eerie, techno, … Continue reading

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Comics follow-up: summer of superheroes (and Nordic kid adventurers)

Back in late April/early May, partly with the help of Free Comic Book Day, I dipped into several new (or at least recent) franchises, discovering some awesome titles such as America, Ms. Marvel, and the Hildafolk comics by Luke Pearson. … Continue reading

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Classic Juv/YA Fantasy: The Princess Bride

William Goldman. The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007. Rating: 4.85 out of 5 chocolate-covered resurrection pills Rating #2: This book is so good I read it twice in a row, … Continue reading

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