REVIEW: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Best Book of 2015: BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis
On Atmosphere: Tone and Voice
Book Discussion: What’s Your Genre?
Review: Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantine
REVIEW: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

REVIEW: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

The best kind of horror feels like a nightmare. The world-gone-crazy, everyone-is-batshit, all-the-doors-are-locked-and-I-can’t-escape-the-serial-killer kinda nightmare. There’s only a few books that have ever made me feel despair so thick and viscus I felt it in my veins. Some Girls Are is one of those nightmare books. Our MC is Regina, who solely defines herself in terms of her friendship with Queen Bee Anna. After she’s assaulted by Anna’s boyfriend, Donnie, she turns to the wrong person for help, and the assault is twisted into Regina cheating with Donnie on Anna. In one moment, all of Regina’s popularity vanishes, and Anna pours out all of her malice on her. Everything bad that can happen to Regina, does happen. It’s rare when I… Read more »

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Best Book of 2015: BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis

Best Book of 2015: BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis

This. Book. Is. Amazing.  As Maren would say, I made friends with this novel. It’s so good, you’ll devour this book in one bite (yes, I just went there.) FIRST IMPRESSION Everything about this premise intrigued me. I absolutely love HANNIBAL so all things cannibal catch my attention. And as a devoted YA girl, how could I pass up the chance to read this one? I was in love from the first page. PLOT This is a story about self-discovery for Maren, the main character. She doesn’t really know what she is—or why she does what she does. Whenever someone shows her affection, she gobbles them up—bones and all. Ever since before she could remember. Her mom helps her cover it up… Read more »

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On Atmosphere: Tone and Voice

On Atmosphere: Tone and Voice

Well this one only took forever, mostly because I wanted  examples from other writers I don’t regularly mention, since my usual stand-byes are turning into their own drinking game (take a shot of whiskey for every time I mention Ramsey Campbell, and a shot of moonshine for each Silent Hill reference, and if you mix your lights and darks, that’s on you). But fate has shat on my good intentions and we’re rolling with it. The other difficulty was figuring out where the hell to begin since atmosphere mixes so many different elements and melds them into singular whole. I finally settled on tone and voice as the starting point, and I’ll explain why later (Timon, don’t forget to explain why later). In my last post,… Read more »

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The Amazing NA: More Than Comic

The Amazing NA: More Than Comic

More Than Comic (Chasing The Dream, #2) Release Date: February 23, 2015 I’m so excited to be able to share MORE THAN COMICS with you! Liz is the sweetest person in the whole world. She’s a great help to other authors, an amazing writer (omg did you read MORE THAN MUSIC?) and pretty much the reason I signed with my agent. So, yes, she’s that amazing. Now, go forth and buy the book! Or, you know, read the blurb and see the cover, and then be like OMG I NEED IT. Because you will need it, trust me. Blurb: They’re friends online – but can they be more in real life? Writer Tara McFadden has been friends with artist and drummer Hector Fernandez… Read more »

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MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE cover reveal!

MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE cover reveal!

Cover Reveal: MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid! We’re dreaming of summer—feet in the sand, soaking up the sun, taking a dip in the pool—but what we’re most excited about this summer is the release of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s third novel, MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE (on sale July 7, 2015). While we (impatiently!) wait for the book, today we’re giving you a first look at the gorgeous cover! Plenty more information below… ABOUT MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE: At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college, but on the heels of a disastrous breakup, she has finally returned to her hometown… Read more »

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Book Discussion: Favorite Trope?

Book Discussion: Favorite Trope?

Tropes happen in books all the time. Common ones tend to be love triangles, the good girl and the bad boy, the Chosen One, and Prophecy, and all of that good stuff. Sometimes, people can just go mental over tropes—either loving them or hating them. So my question: What’s Your Favorite Trope? Do you have a favorite one? Or do you hate them all? Do you just put up with them, and shrug your shoulder, or what? Personally, I’ve seen enough Chosen One tropes in fantasy. I could live without that for a while. Aside from that, I can pretty much put up with a well constructed trope. Sometimes I can love a love triangle (like in The Madman’s Daughter) and sometimes… Read more »

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Book Discussion: What’s Your Genre?

Book Discussion: What’s Your Genre?

We all love to read, right? Personally, I’ll read anything (mostly Young Adult), but there are a few genres that I prefer and will seek those types of books out more frequently. For me, Im a horror junkie or anything dark—dark contemporary or dark fantasy—and thrillers. Love me a good thriller. So, what’s your genre? Are you a fantasy fan? A contemporary lover? A romance devotee? What about marketplace—are you a Middle Grade person? A Young Adult reader? An Adult books only type of person? Are there any genres you just cannot read? I know a few people who never want to touch anything horror. Personally, I’m not a fan of purely romance novels. I like a romantic subplot, but if the only… Read more »

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Review: Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantine

Review: Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantine

GUYS, THIS COVER! I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS COVER!!! Rapid Fire Review! FIRST IMPRESSION: I love a good mystery, and the creepy atmosphere is set up right away in the first chapter of this book. PLOT There’s a solid mystery pace—there’s a great start to the book with a creepy event in a graveyard that sets of a chain of events that lead Leo to her mission: finding out what happened to her mother. I enjoyed the twists and turns, the romance was as important to the story as the mystery was—which if you like books like HOW WE FALL then you’ll like this. There are a couple good suspects, enough that you’ll keep wondering is it him or… Read more »

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Book Discussion: Netgalley Mistakes

Book Discussion: Netgalley Mistakes

When I first started seriously book blogging in 2012, I was so so so so excited about joining Netgalley and getting free books! It seemed so great. Publishers were just giving out ARCs to bloggers. How awesome is that? Well, turns out while it’s awesome, it also has some downsides.  Classic Newbie Netgalley Mistake  Requesting too many books, too quickly. When you first join, it’s so exciting—you request all sorts of books, even books you might not really want to read. I know I did. The down side of this: all future book requests are judged on your read/rated rates. You should have around an 80% read/reviewed rate to keep getting special treatment on Netgalley. It’s hard to recover after you’ve requested too many… Read more »

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Review: As Red As Blood (Snow White Trilogy #1)

Review: As Red As Blood (Snow White Trilogy #1)

First Impression I was a little confused at first with the what was going on in this story. It’s beautifully written and has an engaging start, but I was under the impression that this was a YA book and it’s not really. It jumps around POVs and only one of them is a teenager, the rest are either adults or twenty. Plot Lumikki, a normal-ish high school student, accidentally uncovers that a few of the other students at her school found 30,000 euros covered in blood. Against her better judgement, Elisa, the girl in the center of this problem, gets her involved. Twists and turns ensue throughout the novel that leads to a big drug trafficking ring in their quiet… Read more »

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