Book Review: Only Ashes Remain By Rebecca Schaeffer
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Only Ashes Remain
Hardcover | Kindle
Market of Monsters, Book #2
Written by Rebecca Schaeffer
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Release date: September 3, 2019

Only Ashes Remain is Rebecca Schaeffer‘s sequel to last year’s breakout debut Not Even Bones and, let me just get this out of the way right now, it most certainly does not suffer from the dreaded “sophomore slump” that tends to afflict many creators in the entertainment industry.

Our “unnatural” heroine Nita returns, but under the protection of INHUP (International Non-Human Police), an agency that not only protects humans from the dangerous non-humans living amongst us in this alternate reality, but also protects non-dangerous non-humans such as Nita from both dangerous non-humans as well as the very paranoid and sometimes more dangerous humans who tend to think of everyone unlike themselves as being a threat.

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Book Review: Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story
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A Greenglass House Story, Book #3
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Kate Milford
Publisher: Clarion House | HMH Books
Release Date: October 2, 2018

Lucy Bluecrowne is really unhappy. She only feels at home on the sea with her father, brother, stepmother and crew aboard The Left-Handed Fate. She knows her father only wants his family together, and after almost losing Lucy, feels that a ship is no place for a girl to grow up. Lucy knows better. The sea is in her bones and the ship talks to her. She tries to make the best of a bad situation for the sake of her brother, Liao, who can make fire magical. When two evil men attempt to steal her gifted sibling, it’s up to Lucy to save the day. But how can an ordinary girl pit herself against such supernatural evil?

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Book Review: Not Even Bones By Rebecca Schaeffer
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Not Even Bones
Hardcover | Kindle
By Rebecca Schaeffer
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Release date: September 4, 2018

There’s a risk inherent in reading the first published novel by an otherwise new author. There’s additional risk when that first published novel is announced as part of a planned trilogy before the author has even had the opportunity to toe the waters of publishing success. I admit I initially felt this way about reading Rebecca Schaeffer‘s Not Even Bones. But the official synopsis won me over and made me overlook my trepidations and dive in.

I am so glad I did!

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Book Spotlight: The Gift Of Dark Hollow (Longburrow #2)
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The Gift Of Dark Hollow
Longburrow Book #2
Hardcover | Kindle
Sequel to Podkin One-Ear: Longburrow Book 1
By Kieran Larwood
Illustrated by David Wyatt
Publisher: Clarion House | HMH Books
Release Date: August 7, 2018

Podkin, Pook, and Paz survived the battle against the Gorm, and are now seemingly safe in Dark Hollow, a hidden warren. Curiosity, boredom, and a feeling of uselessness get the better of Podkin, and he stumbles upon another magical gift, one that can help them defeat the Gorm instead of hiding from them. Such is the opening premise of The Gift Of Dark Hollow, the second book in the Longburrow series by Kieran Larwood.

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Book Review: Brightly Burning By Alexa Donne
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Brightly Burning
Hardcover | Kindle
By Alexa Donne
Publisher: HMH Books For Young Readers
Release date: May 1, 2018

In Brightly Burning, debut author Alexa Donne takes the classic Jane Eyre tale and sets it in space aboard a starship in a dystopian future during an Earth ice age.

Orphaned at 7, then discarded by her uncaring aunt, Stella Ainsley lives on the starship Stalwart, where she works in engineering as well as helps educate the children. The Stalwart community is an impoverished one, subjected to water and food rationing and frequent power outages. Since Stella has no real passion for engineering, she decides to apply for governess jobs on other starships in the hopes of making a better life for herself. After several letdowns, the nearly 18-year-old Stella is hired to be both a governess and auxiliary engineer on the Rochester, one of the richer, private ships in the fleet. While she enjoys the comforts provided in her new home, there’s something strange about the Rochester and its 19-year-old captain Hugo Fairfax, a man who exhibits inconsistent behavior and is hard for the young girl to figure out. She hears laughter in the corridor at night and has witnessed several events that appear to be sabotage, yet no one else on board will corroborate her findings. To make matters worse, Hugo holds a secret that could alter Stella’s once-hopeful future, as well as threaten the survival of the entire fleet.

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