Category Archives: family

Our Own Private Universe

Robin Talley. Our Own Private Universe. Ontario: HarlequinTEEN, 2017. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Prince songs that are secretly your favorite song ever This book, you guys. This book is sexy like woah. Like, it goes into all the steamy, … Continue reading

Posted in family, LGBTQIA, music, romantic | 5 Comments

2016 year-end review

It’s that time again!  Peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes, last-minute shopping and family reunions, and lists of this year’s highlights. As a general reading trend this year, I’ve been reading a lot more LGBTQIA literature, and I think it’s an awesome … Continue reading

Posted in family, fantasy, favorites, folklore/fairy tales, humor, LGBTQIA, magical realism, romantic, selkies, year-end review | Leave a comment

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  New York: Arther A. Levine Books, 2016. Rating:  2 out of 5 illegal Time Turners Sooo…yeah.  There’s going to be a lot of nitpicking in this post.  Consider … Continue reading

Posted in family, fantasy | 2 Comments

Haunted dolls and other ghostly, spine-tingling nightmares

‘Tis the season for reading spooky stories, so in addition to Holly Black’s Doll Bones, I’ve also been reading some of Bruce Coville’s anthologies — namely, his Books of Ghosts, Nightmares, and Spine Tinglers. Holly Black.  Doll Bones.  New York: Margaret … Continue reading

Posted in family, fantasy, short stories, spooky | 1 Comment

Two from the bayou

I recently read alibrarymama’s review of Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, which she suggests pairing with Kathi Appelt’s The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp.  So that’s just what I did.  Both books take place in the Deep … Continue reading

Posted in family, fantasy, favorites, folklore/fairy tales, humor, mermaids | Leave a comment

Selkies, shape-shifters, and maybe mermaids.

Betsy Cornwell.  Tides.  Boston: Clarion, 2013. Noah and Lo Gallagher are spending the summer with their grandmother, Dolores, on the Isles of Shoals.  Noah is there for a marine biology internship, while Lo hopes to spend the time drawing and … Continue reading

Posted in comics, family, fantasy, favorites, folklore/fairy tales, graphic-novels, humor, LGBTQIA, mermaids, romantic, selkies | 2 Comments

A character study of the human fangirl

Edit 07/08/15:  A longer version of this review can now be found over at Sappho’s Torque. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. Ah, the fascinating world of fandom.  I first discovered Fanfiction.net in early high school, … Continue reading

Posted in family, fantasy, favorites, LGBTQIA | 6 Comments

Pure Dead Brilliantly Wicked Magic

Back in September, on one of my last days in Wisconsin, I wandered up the street to the Little Free Library and discovered a tattered copy of Pure Dead Magic, by Debi Gliori.  Since I’d recently donated an item, by local … Continue reading

Posted in family, fantasy, folklore/fairy tales, humor | Leave a comment

A… mission? splash? pod? school? tribe? shimmer?… of mermaids

Yeah, anyone know if there’s an “official” term for a group of mermaids?  There’s a glory (or blessing) of unicorns, a parliament of owls, a murder of crows…  I tried Google-ing it, but all I found were guesses and hearsay, and … Continue reading

Posted in family, fantasy, favorites, folklore/fairy tales, mermaids, music, romantic | 7 Comments

“Scary ghost stories and tales of the glories…”: New Year’s folk and fairy tales

I just wrote my first post over at IB! Here’s a preview: _____________________ … Note:  there will be SPOILERS. *  *  *  *  * “The Fire New Year” – A poor man and woman are celebrating the New Year, making do with what … Continue reading

Posted in family, folklore/fairy tales, picture books | 2 Comments