New YA Fiction: Elle Boyle Reviews The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

“Fat moths the size of palms wreathed my hair like pearls and moonstones. And then, as I had done since before language burgeoned in the velvet clefts of the mind - I danced.” (230, Chokshi) Ripe with vivid descriptive language and an enthralling story with roots in Hindu myth, The Star-Touched Queen is unlike any fantasy novel I’ve read before. Mayavati is a brilliant, but ostracized Princess of the kingdom of Bharata. Maya is not welcomed in by the harem wives or their children because of her horoscope. The highly superstitious society is terrified of her because the horoscope reads of a marriage paired with death. Despite this, she is adored by one of her younger sisters, Gauri, whom she

An Interview With Holly Goddard Jones, author of The Salt Line

I am so excited about this book! It has already vaulted up to become one of my favorite thrillers ever and I think it is going to be HUGE. But you have to be careful how you describe The Salt Line: if you mention it is set in a dystopian future crawling with killer ticks, some people are undoubtedly going to recoil as they picture engorged pincer-wielding monsters hellbent on inflicting maximum carnage. I’ll admit I worried when I started the book that it might be the literary equivalent of the campy 1997 flick Starship Troopers. But rest easy, y’all! While a (normal-sized) tick makes an occasional cameo here and there, The Salt Line is not at all the way I envisioned it…although I will say

Kimmery's Guide to Toronto

O Canada! The True North strong and free! It is July, and the temperature at home is hellish and accompanied by near-lethal humidity. I’m about as productive and motivated as a wrung-out wool sock. I’m as fresh as one, too. I need to get out of town, even though we only have a couple days to spare. Canada, with its pristine lakes and its chipper people, could not sound more enticing. Plus there’s always the chance I might run into Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister, whom I admire for his looks. And his very strong sock game. Ha! Just kidding! That would be shallow. GETTING HERE: We arrive after a surprisingly short but monstrously expensive flight. My immediate impression is that Toronto is

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