After being disgusted by a review yesterday that celebrated a YA book synopsis “teas[ing] a dark eroticism so often lacking in YA,” I decided to put together a list of books (and authors) that need more attention for their cleanliness and/or positive values. So here we are. (A handful of these are actually found in the adult section, but I’d be comfortable handing them to a teenager and I read them as a teenager myself. Others are technically middle-grade but are of a quality that they can be enjoyed by people of all ages.) Continue reading “Recommended Reads”
An assassin trainee fleeing his profession.
A princess risking her reputation.
A talking ship with a mad captain. Continue reading “Book Review: Ships, Secrets, and Survivors by Helena George and Sarah Rodecker”
It’s time for another pair of tags! This time, thanks are due to Felicity at The Wondrous World Around Us!
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them. Thanks again, Felicity!
- List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their posts.
- Ask the nominees 11 new questions.
1. What was the most interesting quirk that you ever gave to a character you created? Continue reading “The Liebster Award #8 and Sunshine Blogger Award #5”
I was tagged for this… three months ago, and it managed to fall through the cracks and never get done. Because I’m an excellent blogger… But we’re here now! So let’s get into the tag. :)
- Put the award logo/image on your blog. (see above ^)
- Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Thank you, Miranda, for tagging me!)
- Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (This was created by Okoto Enigmas)
- Answer the five questions you were asked.
- Nominate ten – twenty people.
- Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs/linking to their most recent posts.
- Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice with one weird or funny question.
- Share a link to your best post(s).
“What was there in life, if not an endless wrestling against an unconquerable foe?”
Freedom doesn’t bring the peace the nation of Maraiah hoped for.
Giants, soldiers, and nomads fill the promised homeland—and they’ll do anything to hold onto power.
Thrown into an unfamiliar landscape and constant danger, Maraiah struggles to maintain her identity.
It’s a time of faith. Aia raises up Stewards to stand between His people and death. He works great miracles through them, reshaping the very ground of the promised land.
It’s a time of disappointment. Home looks nothing like Maraiah had dreamed. Generations drag on, and still violence, confusion, and doubt abound.
Will a Steward ever truly establish peace?
These seven short stories take place between Child of the Kaites and The Steward’s Apprentice, providing snapshots of key figures whose struggles with pride, trust, courage, and identity shape Maraiah’s future. Continue reading “Book Review: Steward Stories by Beth Wangler”