Lives of the Saints by Leigh Bardugo

This slim volume is a tie in to the Grishaverse. It's what the characters would read to learn about the saints. It includes the traitorous Sankta Lizabeta, the heroic Sankt Juris, and even Sankta Alina and The Starless One. In the Starless One's story tells a small little tidbit of Yuri's history. I always thought…

A Wisdom of Wombats: More Collective Nouns and the Meanings Behind Them by Kathy Broderick and illustrated by David DePasquale

This book is not a story, but teaches collective nouns of animals. Apparently, a group of wombats is a Wisdom. A group of rattlesnakes a Rumba, and a Clash of rhinoceroses. Some of these make sense, like a Constellation of Sea Stars, while the Rumba of rattlesnakes has me scratching my head. I really liked…

My Contrary Mary by The Lady Janies

*I received this as an eARC from NetGalley The Lady Janies are back, this time with a Mary story. This one ties into their first novel My Lady Jane and is about Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland at the tender age of six days old. Spirited off to France at…

File M for Murder by Miranda James

Charlie and his loyal cat Diesel are enjoying the quite life in Athena when Charlie's daughter, Laura comes home. She's in town to teach theater for a semester at the college. The only problem is her ex-boyfriend, volatile playwright Conner Lawton, is in town as the Writer in Residence. When Conner turns up dead, and…

Brave Enough by Kati Gardner

Teen ballerina Caeson is hoping to go to New York to train as part of an elite ballet program. But that changes when an injury is revealed to be much more severe than she realized. Caeson has bone cancer and the tumor has shattered the bones in her leg. Davis is a survivor of childhood…