Lana and her father return a village to help her aunt clean up after a storm. Lana discovers a sea horse like creature injured in the storm and takes care of it. From her aunt she learns of a fantastical underwater world where aquicorns and merpeople live. Her aunt used to be friendly with them until Lana's mother was killed in a storm. Lana learns that the people of the underwater world are suffering because the oceans are being polluted and the coral is dying. She has to convince her aunt and the people of the village to change their ways and protect the ocean before it is too late.
The Lumberjanes are out to get their orienteering badge in this forest adventure. Of course things go off course when they discover a mysterious compass that makes them disappear one by one. And of course there are robot butlers.
Set in the post-Great War Long Island/New York world of the rich. The narrator, Nick Carraway, sympathetically records the pathos of Gatsby's romantic dream which founders on the reality of corruption, the insulated selfishness of Tom and Daisy, and the cutting edge of violence. -Fantastic Fiction
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The sign is a last resort. It sits on a farmhouse porch in 1931, but could be found anywhere in an era of breadlines, bank runs and broken dreams. It could have been written by any mother facing impossible choices.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family's dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when it leads to his big break, the consequences are more devastating than he ever imagined.
Unicorn Crossing is the fifth volume of Phoebe and Her Unicorn. It is full of imaginative adventures and a wonderful vocabulary. It includes a glossary and advises the readers at the beginning to use the glossary when they come across words they don't know. It also references the page number it begins on. I highly recommend this series of graphic novels!
This sequel to The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag picks up with Aster finally getting to follow his dream of going to school for witches. He encounters difficulty, however, when he faces some discrimination from the teachers there. Charlie, his best friend who is not a witch, is back in school and befriends a strange new girl who keeps to herself and has many secrets.
I didn't like this one as much as I liked The Witch Boy but I did enjoy it and I think it is worth the time to read, especially if you enjoyed The Witch Boy.
Lily left a red journal at The Strand Bookstore with a list of challenges for the right boy to come along. The right boy was Dash. He accepted Lily's challenge and they established a relationship based on the writings and tasks they assigned each other, each wanting to meet and then again liking the anonymity the notebook offers them.
Multi-award-winning cartoonist Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes) finds powerful truths in fantasy worlds. Her stunning solo debut collection celebrates the ascent of a rising star in comics.
Diana got hurt—a lot—and she's decided to deal with this fact by purchasing a life-sized robot boyfriend. Mary and La-La host a podcast about a movie no one's ever seen. Kelly has dragged her friend Beth out of her comfort zone—and into a day at the fantasy market that neither of them will forget.
Thirteen-year-old twins Felix and Lee live in the same house, but they are kept separate by the Agreement between the shades Death and Memory. In the west side of Poplar House, where Lee lives with his mother and Memory, there is laughter and fresh baked pie. In the east side, where Felix lives with his father and Death, there is nothing but sadness and cold. Lee is tasked with storing memories in jars tied with colored ribbons. Felix must brew tonics for the sick and dying and collect the life candles that have been snuffed out by Death.
This final book in the trilogy may have been my favorite. Petunia is no shrinking violet and I liked the added Red Riding Hood twist. It would be nice to know a little more about the other 9 sisters, but at least we get a glimpse in this one.
This second book was a fun continuation of life after dancing. It had a prince, a princess and a fairy godmother - only she wasn't so nice. Love wins in the end, but the journey was fun to follow.
This was a nice pair of short stories with Christmas settings. Both stories were about a couple who made a mistake in high school and now. 6-10 years down the road, want a second chance. Both need a lot of persuading and a lot of forgiveness, but result in happy couples willing to take that new chance at a forever relationship.
I like this story a lot. It was light and fun. Also it seemed to be realistic in how a person must try to rectify family expectations and personal desires. I guess this normal coming of age would be even more stressful for teens of Indian heritage who want to try to stay true to both.
This was another nice romance involving the group of people who live and work around the fountain of romance. This one was fun because the mystery involved Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Not sure I like thinking about them being "bad" guys, but it was a fun Christmas story.
This story answered a couple of questions that I had from hints in past stories. It is nice to continue learning about the cast of characters who inhabit Happily Inc. Another fun romance that will continue in future books.
Susan Mallery, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool’s Gold romances, proves there’s nowhere better than Happily Inc to rekindle first love.