Krystyna Poray Goddu thinks Maile Meloy’s The Apothecary “…with its intricately constructed plot, well-paced suspense, credibly rendered fantastical elements, thoughtfully drawn characters and authentically detailed settings, satisfies on all levels.”
“There’s no denying it: this is one profoundly sad story. But it’s also wise, darkly funny and brave, told in spare sentences, punctuated with fantastic images …. “ writes Jessica Bruder about Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.
And Chelsey Philpot takes on Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone noting that the author “…tackles themes of longing and self-actualization with a sympathetic understanding of her audience. Who as a teenager didn’t feel like a chimera, a mix of seemingly disparate parts forming an uncertain self?”