Janea Schimmel

Janea Schimmel
Janea is an avid fantasy reader who after college inexplicably found herself working in a library. She was the only one surprised by this strange turn of events. When not surrounded by books, she enjoys working on her own fantastical fiction (thereby restoring order to her universe by having a book nearby), as well as making music (clarinet, vocals, renaissance recorder), cooking, and honing various skills made obsolete by the industrial revolution.

Teens Top Ten Books of 2011

Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), part of the American Library Association, puts out a Teens Top Ten Books list. These books are provided to participating teen reading groups in libraries across the country by publishers. The teens …

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Snow in Summer by Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen’s latest novel, Snow in Summer, is a wonderful addition to her series of reinvented fairy tales. Like her earlier Briar Rose, this is a dark retelling of a Grimm fairy tale—in this case, Snow White instead of Sleeping Beauty. …

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Changeless (Parasol Protectorate #2) by Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger’s Changeless is the second book in Parasol Protectorate, a steampunk mystery series following the adventures of Alexia Terrabotti Maccoon, a soulless woman who has the rare ability to nullify the supernatural powers of creatures like werewolves and vampires. Soulless, Carriger’s debut, finishes with …

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus is Erin Morgenstern’s debut novel. Published simultaneously in the US and the UK in September 2011, this book is a standalone novel. Morgenstern has also been the very lucky recipient of something almost unheard of for a debut author in the …

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