Melissa Marr, the acclaimed author behind the Wicked Lovely series, enchants adults in her novel Graveminder. The books follows Rebekkah Barrow, a woman whose childhood memories include a bizarre tradition her grandmother Maylene performed at every funeral. Her grandmother would take three sips from a silver flash and recite a chant. After her grandmother is murdered, Barrow learns the women of her family are graveminders who must keep the unquiet dead at rest lest they walk the town. Barrow teams up with a man named Byron Montgomery who is destined to be her “undertaker” in order to keep the dead from rising and causing a zombie apocalypse.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, June 25th, 2014||No Comments »|
Like Dan Brown’s hit thriller The Da Vinci Code, Clysta Kinstler’s The Moon Under Her Feet presents a unique view of Mary Magdalene and even Jesus himself. Blending the traditional Christian stories with history, mythology, and a bit of New Age spirituality, Kinstler’s Mary Magdelene, here called Mari Anath, is a priestess of the Goddess Isis-Asherah and is the protégé of the High Priestess and mother of Yeshua and his twin Judas, Almah Mari.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Monday, June 23rd, 2014||No Comments »|
Padma Venkatraman’s Young Adult novel A Time to Dance is a powerful and inspiring story told in verse about a young woman’s struggle to regain her passion for life through the ancient art of the bharatanatyam dance.
Veda is a classical dance prodigy who suffers a tragic accident and has to have a below-the-knee amputation, which shatters her dreams. Despite this setback, Veda stubbornly re-enrolls in dance classes and meets a young man named Govinda who teachers her to view dancing as way to honor the Hindu God Shiva and helps her forge a new identity for herself.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Monday, June 16th, 2014||1 Comment »|
Stephanie Thornton’s fascinating novel Daughter of the Gods brings to life one of the world’s most famous and capable rulers: Queen Hatshepsut, who was one of Egypt’s first female Pharaohs.
Readers are first introduced to the lively, intelligent, and strong-willed Hatshepsut as she struggles with feeling guilty that her archery games led to the death of her elder sister Neferubity in a gruesome accident. Thanks to that one twist of fate, she’s forced into a loveless marriage with her half-brother Thutmose and is expected to bear him a son and heir. However, the joke is on Hatshepsut when her half-brother’s second wife Aset gives birth to the heir instead and the Queen finds herself falling in love with her advisor, Senenmut. However, everything changes when Thutmose dies and Hatshepsut must assume the throne as regent to her two-year-old nephew.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Monday, June 9th, 2014||No Comments »|
Although Marion Zimmer Bradley is best known for her novel The Mists of Avalon, she has also written other works, such as The Fall of Atlantis. This novel is a wonderful piece of speculative fiction that revolves around two sisters named Domaris and Deoris who are the children of a priest and are in training to be Priestesses themselves. However, their lives are turned upside down when Domaris’s mentor finds a wounded Atlantean prince named Micon who has washed up on their shores.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Wednesday, May 28th, 2014||No Comments »|
In Katherine Addison’s dark fantasy The Goblin Emperor, Maia, a young Halfling who is the son of the reigning Emperor, lives his entire life in exile and scorns the intrigue that always comes with the courts. However, his entire life turns upside down when he is expected to assume the throne after his father and three legitimate sons (and heirs) are killed in a mysterious accident. Maia is a novice to the world of the court and is entirely ignorant of court politics. To make matters worse, he has no advisors or friends to help him as he learns the art of ruling, wades through the attempts to deflect the arranged marriages, plots to depose him, and hunt down those who killed his father.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Monday, May 19th, 2014||No Comments »|
In Lynn Cullen’s beguiling novel Mrs. Poe, readers go back in time to 1845 where Frances Osgood is trying desperately to break the social norms expected of women and make a living as a writer. However, the only types of stories editors want to see are the ones similar to what the mysterious Edgar Allan Poe writes. A chance meeting at a literary party brings Osgood and Poe together and they realize they have a deep connection. Poe urges Osgood to meet with his wife, as she’s supposedly a huge fan of her poetry.
Despite the fact that Poe’s married, as Osgood spends more and more time with him, her white-hot connection with the author pushes her further into dangerous territory. At the same time, Osgood realizes that Mrs. Poe, who is supposedly as “innocent as a child,” is far more manipulative and threatening as she appears. Now, it’s up to Osgood to try and walk away from the affair before it becomes too late.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, May 15th, 2014||No Comments »|