“The sudden perking sound of a tractor starting woke Jenny. The first thing she saw was an airy curtain lifting lightly on an August morning breeze.”
So begins one of the most lyrical, gentle middle grade books I’ve ever read.
My favorite thing in the whole world (as you probably know) is sinking in to a truly good story and living there for a while. And I must say, I got that and more with Jenny Wren by Dawn L. Watkins from JourneyForth Publishing.
Oh my. This book, y’all.
I’ve mentioned before what a huge Cinderella story freak I am, but have I made it clear that I’m also a huge Alice fan?
I mean, I feel like you should know that, what with all my Jabberwocky mentions, the salivating over doing the Dinner and a Movie for Alice: Through the Looking Glass and all the tea parties I insist you throw.
Maybe you’ve not been paying attention, though. So let me just tell you, I heart all things Wonderland.
And Alice Takes Back Wonderland by David D. Hammons is no exception, my friends. In fact, it’s topping my list of Alice re-writes right now.
You know I’m a sucker for the apocalypse.
I’m also a sucker for new spins on the apocalypse, and The Colony by Kathleen Groger?
It is definitely that.
Okay, so I know you probably hate it when I do this to you, but I have to tell you about this book. (By ‘this’, I mean sing a book’s praises a couple of months before it actually gets released. It’s not actually out till April 4. But you can pre-order this baby for the magic Amazon delivery that happens on go day and be wonderfully surprised by the book mysteriously showing up on your Kindle or in your mailbox. Because books showing up out of the blue is The Best. Thing. Ever.)
Having said that, listen.
You know me. You know I’m not a big fan of straight romance novels. I want my stories to have some meat. But I have to admit I’m kinda a sucker for all things Cinderella. We won’t talk about the various different versions of the story I have on DVD or some book format. It’s freaking embarrassing, okay?
Having said That, Geekerella has become one of my very favorites.