{book} a new(er) Flavia de Luce

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust A Flavia de Luce Novel, book 7 By Alan Bradley ARC via NetGalley w/ gratitude to Delacorte Press* Release Date January 6, 2015. “Hard on the heels of the return of her mother’s body from the frozen reaches of the Himalayas, Flavia, for her indiscretions, is banished from herContinue reading “{book} a new(er) Flavia de Luce”

{book} the dead in their vaulted arches

>>a spoiler-free review<< The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce Novel #6) by Alan Bradley ARC thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley release date: January 2014 “Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the EnglishContinue reading “{book} the dead in their vaulted arches”

{book} path of beasts

Sean expressed surprise that I was reviewing the final installment in a series, that is how infrequent I manage this. Path of Beasts (Book 3 of the Keepers Trilogy) by Lian Tanner Delacorte Press, 2012 hardcover 377 pages The city of Jewel is in peril once again, as it is held captive by the frightfulContinue reading “{book} path of beasts”

{book} the giant slayer

The Giant Slayer is not your usual juvenile fiction historical novel. Author Iain Lawrence chose the Polio-epidemic of 1940s-50s. Then he goes and adds another layer where there be with manticores, gnomes, unicorns, and a swamp witch who has a wretched disposition to go with her frog-like qualities. The spring of 1955 tests Laurie Valentine’s giftsContinue reading “{book} the giant slayer”

{book} I Am Half-Sick of Shadows

There are a lot of 11-year-old girl heroes with pluck and wit, but Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce stands out. While she is superlative in many ways, her vulnerabilities are of as much value to the plot, and none of it feels contrived; which is key, isn’t it? Even if Flavia survives the latest murder-mystery, sheContinue reading “{book} I Am Half-Sick of Shadows”

city of lies

City of Lies (Book 2: The Keepers Trilogy) by Lian Tanner w/ Illustrations (inside) by Sebastian Ciaffaglione Delacorte Press (Random House), 2011 Hardcover, 278 pages. Juvenile Fiction 12-year-old Goldie, impulsive and bold, relies on her skills as a liar and a thief to try to rescue her captured friends from the child-stealers running rampant inContinue reading “city of lies”