What I’m reading: To Best The Boys by Mary Weber

This is not your grandmother’s kind of girl power.


To Best the Boys is one of those books that young girls, and young teen girls need today! It’s not some ridiculous novel that keeps shouting “girl power” at you. It’s the kind of story that SHOWS you girl power… and still shows human weakness and imperfection.

Mary mentioned on social media the other day that she struggled with this novel more than a little bit. I tend to think that is part of what makes this such a compelling read. That struggle is embedded in every word on the page, shining through the characters’ words and actions!

There’s also adventure, and danger, and MAGIC!

Don’t miss it!


Every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for an esteemed scholarship to the all-male Stemwick University.

Every year, the poorer residents look to see that their names are on the list. The wealthier look to see how likely their sons are to survive. And Rhen Tellur opens it to see if she can derive which substances the ink and parchment are created from, using her father’s microscope.

In the province of Caldon, where women are trained in wifely duties and men are encouraged into collegiate education, sixteen-year-old Rhen Tellur wants nothing more than to become a scientist. As the poor of her seaside town fall prey to a deadly disease, she and her father work desperately to find a cure. But when her Mum succumbs to it as well? Rhen decides to take the future into her own hands—through the annual all-male scholarship competition.

With her cousin, Seleni, by her side, the girls don disguises and enter Mr. Holm’s labyrinth, to best the boys and claim the scholarship prize. Except not everyone’s ready for a girl who doesn’t know her place. And not everyone survives the maze.



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“Siren’s Fury” – now I have to go back and read book 1

OK… if you had asked me a year ago (actually… more like two at this point) if this was considered Christian fiction, I probably would have said “Huh…that’s really a thing?”, but as I’m reading more and more in the genre, I’m discovering that Christian Speculative fiction has spread its influence far and wide.

And Siren’s Fury is a prime example of that!

It’s an intriguing read and one I think most teens wold enjoy.

Interesting also; to think that you can find God’s plan – in a fictional story, about a girl who “shouldn’t” exist, in a magical land at war.

And inspiring that Nym has found a way to be “good” and “help” with her elemental gift. With such power, it could easily have gone the other way. In fact, considering how much Nym detests her powers, it’s amazing that she sets off in search of a way to get them back… in order to save the day!

No, she’s not perfect – are any of us? Yes, the world around her is full of evil, despicable people – isn’t ours as well?

As far as the series goes, this kept the story going in a good way and has fans salivating for the next book!

Not necessarily a series I ever saw myself reading but I can’t say I’m sorry I picked it up! If you enjoy reading about magic and fantastical powers – have at it!

And it’s a clean read… especially by today’s standards. LOL!

Review © JCMorrows 2015

Here is a brief synopsis from Thomas Nelson

Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.

Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.

As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.


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