‘Where the Forest Meets the Stars’ Makes Us Believe in Miracles [REVIEW]

Mysterious forest

When the changeling appears mysteriously out of the woods, she changes two people’s lives forever. (Photo by Lee Render, Flickr)

Diamond Review BannerA scientist content to study birds in rural Illinois. A quiet loner who sells eggs on the roadside. A little girl who appears one night with a fantastic story to tell. Where did she come from? What will they do with her? And how will she change their lives? Find out in Glendy Vanderah’s exquisite debut novel, Where the Forest Meets the Stars.  Read more of this post

Fantasy and Reality Collide in ‘The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons’ [REVIEW]

The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons

A boy’s father dies in a freak accident. Or did he? When Ian learns the truth about his dad’s demise, he is forced to confront the unexpected truth in Dan Elish’s The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons. (Illustration by Sam Shearon)

Having tutored fifth grade students in the past, I am always on the lookout for stories which will captivate the imaginations of young readers. When Dan Elish’s The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons crossed my desk, I knew this would be a great title to add to my arsenal of middle grade fiction as soon as I started to read it.  Read more of this post

At the End of the World, Hope Resides in Nora Roberts’ ‘Year One’ [REVIEW]

Crow

In Nora Roberts’ apocalyptic novel Year One, crows watch over mankind as a deadly contagion spreads across the globe with devastating speed. (Photo courtesy Paul King, Flickr)

Queen of romantic suspense, Nora Roberts, begins a captivating new chapter in her career with the publication of Year One, the first installment of the Chronicles of The One series. Here she weaves together a dark and startling tapestry of chaos, fear, survival, and hope. This is a novel that feels all too real, which tears at our core values and resonates with our worst nightmares. After all, how many of us hold our breath every time we watch the news, expecting the last shoe to drop? But no one could ever foresee the world ending quite like this.  Read more of this post

Gregory Maguire’s ‘Hiddensee’ Is A Grown Up Fairytale [REVIEW]

Nutcracker

Discover the tale of the once and future Nutcracker in Gregory Maguire’s Hiddensee. (Photo by Garen Meguerian, Flickr)

Most all of us grew up with fairy tales. But let’s be honest, these days we’re used to the homogenized Disney versions rather than the darker folk tales penned by the Brothers Grimm or even E. T. A. Hoffmann. Now with Hiddensee, New York Times bestselling author Gregory Maguire takes us back to the ominous Black Forest of Bavaria and the salons of Munich to show us just how the world-famous Nutcracker originated.
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Marie Lu’s ‘The Rose Society’ Is A Modern Day Parable [REVIEW]

After losing everything, Adelina Amouteru seeks revenge in Marie Lu's THE ROSE SOCIETY.

After losing everything, Adelina Amouteru seeks revenge in Marie Lu’s THE ROSE SOCIETY.
(Photo by Boudewijn Berends, Flickr)

Marie Lu returns with The Rose Society, a breathtaking thriller that is both chilling and compulsively readable. It is guaranteed to leave young adult readers begging for more. Read more of this post