Some people might like this book, but I didn't. Flat writing and flatter characters means a DNF in my book. I do love the cover, though.
The Deep and Snowy Wood by Elwyn Tate is a beautifully illustrated picture book made especially it seems for a setting where the fire is blazing and the kids are gathered round.
Readers of The Martian will want to love this book. I did. Unfortunately, I came away disappointed. Unsophisticated writing and juvenile humor made Artemis a slog which I finally had to give up on.
The third installment in Dave Duncan's Venetian fantasy/mystery series finds Nostradamus and his apprentice, Alfeo, attempting to solve a string of murders that may result in the death of the woman Alfeo loves if they fail. Duncan delivers another gripping tale!
As the continuation of Jules Verne's classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, it's depressing to consider how great of a novel Nemo Rising could have been. Unfortunately, my only recommendation here is to give it a pass on your reading list.
Krampus is as much a story about the traditions of Christmas and Yule as it is a tale of discovery, as the titular character struggles to find his place in a world that has moved on without him.
Boneshaker is full of goodness: zombies, airships, polarized goggles, gas masks, steampunk weapons, a particularly mad and devious scientist/inventor, and a strong female lead who doesn't know when to quit. Great read!
Letters from Father Christmas is a fun, almost nostalgic-like glimpse into the lives of the Tolkiens. It’s the sort of book one can share with the children each and every year much like Mr. Tolkien did with his own children.
Vasya is on her own, which is just fine with her. But she's rushing into an unknown danger she isn't ready to face. The Girl in the Tower is another fantastic read from a true up and coming author. It’s rare a series this good comes along, so don’t miss it.