A Bright Young Thing by Brianne Moore

Set in 1930s England, A Bright Young Thing follows socialite Astra Davies as she navigates her way through the fallout of her parents’ deaths— and the resulting financial ruin she finds herself in. With a nemesis, societal pressures, freshly unburied family secrets, and quickly dwindling funds, Astra faces many problems but not a lot of time to… Continue reading A Bright Young Thing by Brianne Moore

All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

A fresh new novel by author Angela Slatter, All the Murmuring Bones takes readers on a witchy and curious ride. Slatter intertwines Gothic Fantasy, folklore, and bildungsroman to build an intriguing world around our protagonist, Miren O’Malley. Plot development is entertaining and wildly imaginative, and we follow 18-year-old Miren persist through a series of interrelated hardships, horrors, and… Continue reading All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

The Four Winds is heavy. To say that this novel will move you is vastly underselling the depth of Elsa Martinelli’s story, as author Kristin Hannah sweeps you through 15 years in Elsa’s life. We’re with Elsa through a closeted life of emotional isolation, to the quiet loneliness of marriage, to the raw, gritty lengths to… Continue reading The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn is the type of novel that lends itself nicely to a rom-com movie adaptation. The heroine, Meg, seems to pretty much always be in her feelings, and her self-deprecating monologuing is both hilarious and poignant. Adding delightful characterization and setting the ambiance are Clayborn’s bright and bouncy portrayals of Meg’s visual relationship… Continue reading Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Fans of gothic fiction will find lots to adore in Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s eerily romantic tome, Mexican Gothic. In this story, we follow socialite Noemi as she fights to uncover the reason behind her cousin Catalina’s mysterious illness and if her cousin’s husband is to blame. Mexican Gothic starts at a deceptively leisurely pace. In the… Continue reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

The House in the Cerulean Sea starts off as the story of unassuming stickler-for-rules Linus Baker. Despite Linus’ reserved attitude and what seems like a paralyzing aversion to conflict (an aversion to making waves, you might say), you immediately sense there’s something more. Readers can look forward to watching his unexpected transformation hiding just around the corner. Despite… Continue reading The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

So who else besides me read the book after the movie? Howl’s Moving Castle (the Studio Ghibli movie) is a glorious fever-dream delight. And if you enjoyed that, you must read the YA novel that inspired (at least the first 15 minutes of) the movie. In the book, Sophie shines as an even stronger heroine than she was depicted… Continue reading Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones