Court of Swans by Melanie Dickerson is a reimagining of the Wild Swans tale and the first book in a new series of fairytale retellings set in medieval England. It was my choice for a young adult book for the April installment of the Read Something New in 2021 Book Challenge. Back cover copy: Delia… Continue reading Book review: Court of Swans by Melanie Dickerson
YA books have come a long way in the last 10 or so years. Yes, you’ll find some cheesy or cookie-cutter stories that don’t seem connected with today’s world (those still surface in every genre). But the young adult book market has become really competitive – which means higher expectations from publishers and better books… Continue reading Three great YA books for giving (or reading yourself)
I've been a reader all my life, and always have a stack of books waiting to be my next literary get-away -- plus plenty on my haven't-bought-yet list. I'll admit it makes me a little crazy and a little sad when I hear people say they don't like to read. Don't they know how much… Continue reading What’s On Your Reading Pile?
The Healer's Apprentice, by Melanie Dickerson Rose is a woodcutter’s daughter in 14th century Germany. Social classes have distinct divisions and expectations, but Rose has been pulled from the lowly life she experienced as a child. She’s been appointed as the apprentice to the town healer, Frau Geruscha, which means she lives on the castle… Continue reading Book Review: The Healer’s Apprentice