I picked up this book because I’ve always had an interest in the world’s oceans and this subject seemed fascinating with its combination of true crime and the high seas. Wow! I was introduced to a world I didn’t know existed. Each chapter brings to light a surprising multitude of lawbreaking, and details the efforts of those who risk their lives fighting some horrendous crimes and injustices. Read about cruise lines behaving badly, illegal... (read more)Recommended by Steph C.
The Bedlam Stacks is a strange and enchanting slow-build tale that moves at the pace of its damaged protagonist. Merrick Tremayne was once a formidable adventurer and smuggler for the East India Company before an accident left him a shadow of his former self. When his old boss appears one day with an assignment that will end Merrick’s financial troubles and once again give him purpose, Merrick takes the job. There were times when I... (read more)Recommended by Steph C.
The Witch of Willow Hall is a well-written, old-fashioned ghostly suspense tale made all the more enjoyable by a slow-build romance that doesn’t overtake the plot but only deepens it. A strong, smart protagonist with believable flaws, buried secrets, sisterly rivalry, lies and tragedy, all set in the misty countryside of colonial New England, had me devouring pages long after my bedtime.Recommended by Steph C.
This book is beautiful, kind, and sweet. The sentiment is inspiring and the drawings full of simple perfection invite the eye to linger on each page. This is the perfect book for a lazy day and a blanket, or a quick escape to lighten your mood and lift your spirit.Recommended by Steph C.
Set in a fictional Korea, The Plotters tells the story of Reseng, a young assassin whose familiar, brutal world is slowly disintegrating in the shadow of a looming power struggle. When Reseng finds himself on the receiving end of an unorthodox assassination attempt, he plunges down the rabbit hole and finds far more than he was prepared for, including a soul-shattering change of heart. Reseng is clever, confident, and fatalistic; his... (read more)Recommended by Steph C.
Take a journey through a mythical Japan inhabited by creatures from folklore and legend. Yumeko, half-human, half-kitsune is entrusted with a mission that will save the land, or just as easily get her killed. Tatsumi, the bearer of a cursed blade, is a deadly shinobi on a mission of his own. When their paths cross, these two become uneasy allies, each guarding their secrets from the other. Joined along the way by an irreverent ronin and a noble... (read more)Recommended by Steph C.
An Anthology of Intriguing Animals by DK steps away from the publisher’s usual format of a glossy cover and pages filled with photographs and spots of text in favor of a beautiful gold-embossed cover and gilded pages. Inside, over 100 animals are highlighted by a single striking photograph accompanied by a realistic drawing. The text is short, factual, and clear, imparting interesting tidbits about each animal. This is a beautiful,... (read more)Recommended by Steph C.