The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

On the shores of Scotland is a sea house where two tales unravel. Ruth, who is renovating the house, and hiding from her past and found another: mermaid bones buried beneath the floorboards. Ruth’s mother drowned when her daughter was very young, leaving her orphaned. In an attempt to find a piece of her family…

Don’t Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon

Don’t Breathe a Word is an equally exciting and terrifying tale for anyone who’s ever believed in a fairy world, or the dark shadow man who lurks behind doors and at the corners of our vision.

The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip

Periwinkle’s father disappeared in his little row boat out to sea, an event which also caused her mother to lose both heart and mind to the sea. Though only a maid at the local inn, Peri decides to try hexing the sea using what she remembers from the elderly witch who abandoned the cottage she…

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen

Josey Cirrini’s mother is a bitter, wealthy woman who judges her daughter incessantly, demanding to be chauffeured to social events, and in waiting on her, Josey missed having a life of her own. At thirty, Josey spends all of her free time alone, hiding in her secret closet filled with the forbidden sweets and travel…

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden Spells is a perfect beach-day book that will make you crave the smells and flavors of summertime, and reveals what it means to be part of a family, no matter how eccentric.

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

In North Carolina, in the backyard of the Waverly home, there is a magic apple tree that blooms in fall and throws apples at the men that the Waverly women marry. Waverly women are known for each having their own magic abilities as well. Claire Waverly makes delicious foods, including the old family recipe of…

Smoke and Mirrors: A jack-in-the-box, trolls, vampires, and twisted fairytales

Neil Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors is a book of short stories written over the course of several decades, and the stories, while all carrying some element of sci fi, also span various genres from horror, to romance, to corrupted manipulations of childhood fairy tales and figures. In only 100 words, Gaiman obliterates our childhood perceptions…

The Hobbit: The most eccentric being in all of Middle Earth

Hobbits are the kindest, most eccentric beings in all of Middle Earth, the land of fantastic creatures and a great evil ring. Most have heard of this story, or seen the film, but have you ever given the book a try? In case you hadn’t heard, the book is always better than the movie (except…