REVIEW: Unlovely A Lovely Book
REVIEW: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
REVIEW: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Best Book of 2015: BONES & ALL by Camille DeAngelis
On Atmosphere: Tone and Voice
REVIEW: Unlovely A Lovely Book

REVIEW: Unlovely A Lovely Book

PLOT I like stories that have to do with dancing, even though I’m not a dancer. I’ve read a few lately: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma and Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskotwiz (both amazing) for example. But unlike them, this book is not about a dancer.  It’s about a boy who has a huge crush on a ballerina name Cassandra. There is the huge summer cap for ballerinas in the town that Harely (the MC) lives in, and she’s the one that caught his eye this time around. This is a twisty, dark, deep story so I don’t want to give too much away about the plot—so I’ll talk about the writing instead. This is the first book by Celeste Conway I’ve read,… Read more »

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REVIEW: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

REVIEW: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Books have blown my mind, broken my heart, stolen my breath, and whisked me off my feet. I’ve felt the whole range of feels when it comes to books and stories. Except for one. I’d never had that weirdass, dizzying sensation of ‘omigod, this is me.’ That’s fine, I’ve never cared about that one way or the other, but I’m weird. Then I read Grasshopper Jungle. Yes, there’s been some controversy surrounding Andrew Smith. If you want to discuss that further, there’s other sites out there that are a better place for that discussion. Today, we’re focusing on his book, and he has a new one out, The Alex Crow, that looks delightfully weird as well. Teens have it so good with… Read more »

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I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios

I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios

A Contemporary YA with Heart Wow, this book—it’s a book that you’ll pick up and find the time to read in one day. No matter how busy that day might be. FIRST IMPRESSION The writing strike me first—how great it is, how easy it flowed, how vivid the voice was. Contemporaries without a thriller edge or a murder mystery or some kind in it don’t usually draw me in as quickly as this book did. It’s a straight-up contemporary, and it’s interesting from the very start. PLOT The book centers around the life of Skylar Evans, a girl who is from a broke family—both financially and emotionally. Her dad did in a drunk driving accident when she was young, and… Read more »

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What Inspired the Dark Passages series? by Ilsa J Bick

What Inspired the Dark Passages series? by Ilsa J Bick

We are super excited to have one of our all time favorite authors, Ilsa J Bick, here today! She’s talking about what inspired this awesome series of hers, DARK PASSAGES… Guest Post by Ilsa J Bick Two things inspired this series.  The first was this story Kate Dickens once told about her dad: how he’d be writing but then jump up and rush to a mirror and talk to it, become the character he was trying to write.  (In that instance, it was Fagin, I believe.)  That’s where the inspiration for the actual mirror in both books comes from, and then, of course, following that mirror to a weird alternative London in the second book flowed naturally from that. In… Read more »

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Burned Bridge Protocol Book Tour

Burned Bridge Protocol Book Tour

We are thrilled to have Abigail on our blog today talking about her debut, The Burned Bridges Protocol! I’ve had the pleasure of reading this book and can tell you it is amazing. How long have you been writing? I started writing what would eventually become Cyrion in the second week of July, 2012. It was El Kiddo’s summer vacation, he was bored out of his mind, and driving me up the wall. There was nothing good on tv, we’ve watched every movie and read every book in the house. I even resorted to reading the backs of our cereal boxes. I *had* to write a story to amuse him. Cyrion was initially structured like a choose-your-own-adventure type book. My original first draft… Read more »

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Book Discussion: How Often Do you Buy books?

Book Discussion: How Often Do you Buy books?

I buy books pretty regularly. Considering the massive pile of TBR books I have, though, this probably isn’t a great game plan. I really like buying them, supporting authors, and having them in case I would ever like to re-read them. I would say I buy probably about five or so books a month. Either pre-order them, or otherwise.   So what about you? Are you a big book buyer? Or are you library goer? An ARC hoarder? What is it? Books are the best weapon in the world, after all.   

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REVIEW: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

REVIEW: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

  (Edit: This book is ya contemporary, but because of the way it’s written and it’s dark subject matter, I treat it like a horror novel.) 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… 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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