The Reversible Mask by Loretta Goldberg

The Reversible Mask starts is all about the Spanish Armada, which refers to both the Spanish Fleet that was supposed to meet up with a Dutch fleet and overthrow Elizabeth I, and has come to refer to the two battles that led to the Spanish defeat in 1588. Until I read Loretta Goldberg’s book, my association with the Spanish Armada was the vague  awareness knowledge that Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote, had something to do with it (he was a purchaser for the Spanish Royal Navy at the time they outfitted the Armada). 

Snowbound, YA Dark Fantasy by Maria Alexander

I'm here to blog about Snowbound, Maria Alexander's second installment in her Yule Trilogy series. Usually when I write about the second book in a series, I'm quick to say, "it can stand alone." But that is not the case here. You really have no idea what's happening unless you've first read Snowed, (Bram Stoker Winner for Superior Achievement in a YA novel and Anthony Award nominee).