Book Review: Thieves’ Quarry by D. B. Jackson

Thieves’ Quarry is the second novel in the Thieftaker Chronicles by D.B. Jackson. You can find my review of the first, Thieftaker, here.

Thieves' QuarryThieves’ Quarry by D.B. Jackson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thieves’ Quarry is second in a series by D.B. Jackson featuring Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker in pre-Revolutionary Boston. Ethan is also a conjuror, which is helpful for his job, but the God-fearing public would just as soon hang him for a witch.

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Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingLately, I’ve read some fantastic non-fiction books and this one is near and dear to my heart. The following is my review from Goodreads.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For many years I’ve known I was an introvert. But it wasn’t until I read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain that I truly began to understand what that meant. It satisfied my need to understand myself and others – introverts and extroverts – and backed it up by the science. Yet, the tone of the book is conversational, as if you are sitting in a comfortable nook with the author explaining it all in easy-to-understand language.

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8 Reasons to Read Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock Series

If you devour dark urban fantasy like a vampire slurps down a blood meal, you’ll love Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series.


Jane is a vampire hunter for hire with the coolest motto I’ve ever heard: “Have stakes, will travel.” Jane is one of the more unusual characters in urban fantasy right now and each book in the series is multilayered and exciting. Don’t believe me? Check out this list.

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On Reading Gatsby Again, With My Daughter

I was excited F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was a novel my daughter’s English class was reading this semester. Last year, when her class read my all-time favorite, To Kill a Mockingbird, she and I had wonderful discussions.

I wanted to repeat the experience.

Now, it’s been many years since I read Gatsby. I decided this time I’d read along at the same pace as the class and get the benefit of their discussions in talking with my daughter later.

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Post-Apocalyptic Dark Fantasy

Every once in a while I have to try something new. This time, it was Faith Hunter‘s Rogue Mage trilogy: Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host. I was blown away by this series – and have found another author I love!

The wordbuilding is cool, something I haven’t run into before and the main character, Thorn St. Croix, is a tiny kick-ass whirlwind without being an over-the-top indestructible machine. Believe me, she has some very, very bad days.

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