The Curie Society

Despite my professional adoration for comic books/graphic novels and all they do for my students, I am not actually a personal fan of the genre (using that word loosely). My brain is very visual and I seem to read in chunks. Pictures too close to my words tend to distract me. But I recognize that…

Pulp by Robin Talley

Robin Talley’s Pulp is about as unique a storyline as one can write in this day and age. This story within a story (that includes yet 2 other writings of a story) presents as a partial mystery and part call to action for LGBTQ teens. Abby, a DC teen in the modern day, is a…

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

4.0/5.0 “So not all games occur in a total dystopia and result in societal transformation? Huh.” – Katniss Everdeen, Hunger Games When the world runs out of plots, since there are only a finite number of ways people can interact, you can still have amazing stories….. change the setting or the time or the characters…

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

“Maybe Norbert would enjoy a play date.”  Hagrid, Harry Potter This is first book of the year I really felt compelled to finish and the first of those I have reviewed here to break the 4.0 barrier. The Bone Witch is a dark, high fantasy style novel with elements of Japanese/Geisha tradition woven in a magical,…

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

“Well, put that to bed, folks. At least Phoebe was listening to the opening lyrics” -LeVar Burton, host of Reading Rainbow Bookishly Ever After is a cute geek-girl (vice chick lit) novel, romantic and heart breaking at the same time. I was giddy with the delight over the main character, Phoebe, and her crazy personality,…

Roseblood by A.G. Howard

3.2/5″Our children will go to boarding school in Europe….. nothing strange, weird, anomalous, unsual ever happens there.” – the overwhelming majority of fictional parents of tweens/teens in paranormal/fantasy novels Roseblood is not so much a retelling of Phantom of the Opera but more an evolution of the story. A “What if” set in modern France….


“Seriously?  Again?  It is ALWAYS the talented, gifted, perfect sister… well, FTS.” Jan Brady, The Brady Bunch

Florence Nightingale, aka FloBird

Florence Nightingale by Catherine Reef ‪”Place doesn’t need woman’s touch, needs disinfectant or complete burn #CrimeanWarSurvivor #howdoyougetbloodoutofVictoriandress #ScutariSucks‬.” FloBird, on Twitter

My Best Friend’s Exorcism

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix “Well, at least it was ONLY your best friend…” -Bella Swan, Twilight  

Welcome Book Fans!

Your Expat Librarian (here in Abu Dhabi, UAE) will be providing wicked, sarcastic, and amusing reviews of books – unless I don’t. As the proud inventor of the “No Guilt Book Club” (where readers meet to discuss any book they have read – so No Guilt about not reading ‘this month’s’ selection), I make no promises.