The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant: Book Review & Giveaway

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The Jaguar's Children

John Vaillant is a bestselling and award-winning non-fiction author who I’m pleased to say has finally turned his sights toward fiction. His interests include stories that explore collisions between human ambition and the natural world, and that is definitely part of the story he brings us in The Jaguar’s Children. The subtitles for his non-fiction […]

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The Witch of Napoli by Michael Schmicker: Was Hers a Gift or a Fraud?

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The Witch of Napoli

Take an investigative journalist and non-fiction author like Michael Schmicker, with a history of reporting on unusual phenomenon, turn his imagination loose and what you get is an engrossing historical novel like The Witch of Napoli. What happens when someone with faith in gifts she doesn’t understand comes up against skeptical scientific minds at the […]

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Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

First of all, happy birthday to Miss Rosa Parks and thank you for taking a stand or, rather, keeping your seat. If you ever doubted the power of one person to make a difference then all you have to do is look at Rosa Parks and the courage it took for her to stay in […]

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When by Victoria Laurie: What If You Knew When Everyone Would Die?


I hadn’t read a YA novel in a while when I saw When by bestselling author Victoria Laurie, so I chose it much more blindly than I normally choose a novel. I naively thought it might be a fun departure from the dark novels I’d been reading last Fall. Well the joke was on me […]

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Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall: Why Is Miramont Castle Haunted?

Miramont's Ghost

When I chose Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall, I was just in the mood for a good ghost story. I had no idea it was based on a real place in Manitou Springs, Colorado that is said to be quite haunted. How cool is that? All of you who love creepy historical ghost stories are […]

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The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward: Book Review & Giveaway

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The Same Sky

I was drawn to the beautiful cover art on The Same Sky by Amanda Eyre Ward but I knew I had to read it when I read the publisher’s brief description. This may be the timeliest novel I’ve read in a long time. It’s a story told by two families on opposite sides of a […]

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