American contemporary, Canadian, Cross over, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Speculative Fiction/Sci-Fi, YA

YA Trends: Victorian Vicissitude & Steampunk Sass

As a subgenre, steampunk is not new, but it has remained a fairly niche market in YA. However, there are a number of steampunk-ish novels featuring feisty females coming down the road, which makes me think that this speculative genre is poised to take over mainstream YA in a big way. The Mary Quinn mysteries… Continue reading YA Trends: Victorian Vicissitude & Steampunk Sass

Canadian, Events

B is for Bits and Bites

So much news to convey! It's been a busy weekend, and it's only half over. Here is the round up thus far: First up, congrats to Canadian author Rachelle Delaney, who has a fantastic article this weekend in the Globe and Mail. I had the pleasure of speaking to Rachelle about the Hunger Games Trilogy… Continue reading B is for Bits and Bites

Canadian, Historical Fiction, Uncategorized, YA

Eat Your Heart Out, Sherlock Holmes: A Spy in the House

When this book first came in, I admit I swooned a little over it's description: A secret girls' school that trains spies set in Victorian London?  Genius!  I was not disappointed; A Spy in the House is the love child of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy and Ally Carter's Gallagher series and then some. The Victorian era is… Continue reading Eat Your Heart Out, Sherlock Holmes: A Spy in the House