On My Bookshelf: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo

Title: The Spellbook of Katrina Van TasselAuthor: Alyssa PalomboGenre: Romance, Fantasy, Gothic, LegendsMy Rating: 3/5 In the years following the American Revolution, Katrina Van Tassel is the only daughter of a wealthy landowner in the town of Sleepy Hollow, an area plagued by the legend of the Headless Horseman. Katrina is of an age toContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo”

On My Bookshelf: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Title: The Hating GameAuthor: Sally ThorneGenre: RomanceMy Rating: 5/5 Lucy Hutton adores her job as assistant to the co-CEO of a publishing company. The only problem is that she works opposite the worst person in the world: Joshua Templeman. Everything is a competition between the two of them, including the newly announced job opening forContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne”

On My Bookshelf: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker

Title: The Denial of DeathAuthor: Ernest BeckerGenre: Psychology, PhilosophyMy Rating: 2/5 Becker posits that humans have a deep, innate fear of death and that all human action stems from attempts to mitigate this fear in various ways. I read this book ten years ago for a college class and thought I’d pick it up againContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker”

On My Bookshelf: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Title: AbhorsenAuthor: Garth NixGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultMy Rating: 5/5 Abhorsen is a continuation of the previous book, Lirael, and picks up where the last one left off. The Destroyer, an ancient and terrible evil, has been released and is intent on the destruction of the world. Lirael, sent away from her home in the mountains,Continue reading “On My Bookshelf: Abhorsen by Garth Nix”

On My Bookshelf: Lirael by Garth Nix

Title: LiraelAuthor: Garth NixGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultMy Rating: 4/5 Lirael is a daughter of the Clayr, a matriarchal society in the northern mountains. All the Clayr have the gift of Sight–except Lirael. Abandoned by her mother when she was a child, she feels alone and irreconcilably different from the rest of her kin. She findsContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Lirael by Garth Nix”

On My Bookshelf: Sabriel by Garth Nix

Title: SabrielAuthor: Garth NixGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultMy Rating: 5/5 Sabriel is eighteen and about to graduate from private school in the country of Ancelstierre. However, she is from the Old Kingdom across the Wall, where magic runs wild and necromancers can command the dead to rise. Her father is the Abhorsen, sworn to combat necromancersContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Sabriel by Garth Nix”

On My Bookshelf: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Call Down the HawkAuthor: Maggie StiefvaterGenre: Fantasy, Young AdultMy Rating: 5/5 Ronan Lynch can dream things into reality–both miracles and nightmares. After years of practice, he has control over his dreams, for the most part, but something new is happening to him: A mysterious person, nameless and faceless, has been haunting his dreams. AndContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater”

On My Bookshelf: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Title: The OverstoryAuthor: Richard PowersGenre: Literary, Magical Realism, Trees, EcologyMy Rating: 4/5 Broken down into four parts (Roots, Trunk, Crown, Seeds), this is a difficult book to describe. Roots is basically a collection of short stories about people whose lives have been impacted by trees. In the rest of the book, which has elements ofContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: The Overstory by Richard Powers”

On My Bookshelf: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Title: Half a KingAuthor: Joe AbercrombieGenre: Fantasy, Vikings, RevengeMy Rating: 3/5 Prince Yarvi, born with only one hand, is studying to be a royal adviser when his brother and father are murdered. Yarvi is forced to take the throne, but is promptly betrayed. Thought to be dead, Yarvi is captured and sold into slavery as anContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie”

On My Bookshelf: The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt

Title: The NightjarAuthor: Deborah HewittGenre: Fantasy, MythMy Rating: 2/5 Alice, who has been terrified of birds her whole life, discovers that she can see the nightjar on each person’s shoulder–the mythical bird that guards the soul. That makes Alice an aviarist, one of the rarest descendants of the fae. When Alice’s best friend is hitContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt”