Kim’s Five (Underly Famous) Favorite Books
Guest Post: Why I Wrote It by Maria Ann Green
Bookish Woes: Moving
Guest Post: Top Ten Books Every Geek Girl Should Read
Book Talk: The Bibliophile’s Christmas List
My All Time Favorite Book

My All Time Favorite Book

Number 1: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold by C. S. Lewis I don’t know how to write this. I don’t know where to start or what to say. This post is utter gibberish. When I finished reading Till We Have Faces the first time, I did not understand it at all and I still wept my eyes out. I wept them out again while writing this. This is his ignored masterpiece. It’s easy to read, but almost impossible to understand. It takes place in ancient Greece, but deals with the hardest problems of faith in Christianity. I forgot multiple times this was a book written by Lewis while I read it. I forgot multiple times a man wrote the female main character,… Read more »

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Review: Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

Review: Please Remain Calm by Courtney Summers

This book. THIS BOOK. It killed me, just like This Is Not A Test killed me. I called in sick the day I started reading TINAT so I wouldn’t have to go to work. I read it in one sitting. Just like Please Remain Calm. I read it in one sitting. Started it at 6:00, done with it by 8:00. It’s an amazing book. Quick, and brilliant. So many times, I stopped and stared like noooooo that did not just happen. Rhys is the main character in this book, whereas Sloane was the main character in the last. He was interesting, and endearing. His devotion to Sloane made me love him, even more than in the last book. This book is perfect. Just when you… Read more »

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Kim’s Five (Underly Famous) Favorite Books

Kim’s Five (Underly Famous) Favorite Books

Today I’m going to talk about my favorite books — not just of 2014, but of all time — in hopes of inspiring some of you to give our favorites a shot. (If you haven’t already!) I’m going to skip over the well knows—like Harry Potter—and talk about our five favorite underly famous books. The ones that aren’t as well known. Kim’s Five Favorites: This isn’t a comprehensive list, and it’s always constantly changing. Tomorrow I could read a book that should be on this list. But for now, here are my five favorite underly famous books (in no particular order): In The Rearview by Maria Ann Green Amazon — Goodreads — B&N SYNOPSIS: When Meagan’s secret is found out, and she realizes there is no way to… Read more »

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Guest Post: Why I Wrote It by Maria Ann Green

Guest Post: Why I Wrote It by Maria Ann Green

Maria Ann Green, author of In the Rearview, is here today to talk more about her debut novel, writing, and the contemporary genre! Take it away, Maria. Guest Post Why I wrote it: I had the idea for In the Rearview as far back as when I was in middle schools. I knew people going through the same issues that take place in the book. Depression, self-harm, and issues like these are surprisingly common in adolescence. And they’re issues that should be talked about, not swept under the rug, never ignored. I wanted to tell the story, one so many people suffer through, in a way that shed some light on the pain while also giving hope to those who can relate.  I… Read more »

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My Top Five Fav Books

My Top Five Fav Books

Yeeeeeeeah, I’m not ready for anything serious yet. Between the books I’m reading, applying for school, finishing up the last round of revisions on my WIP, along with normal life things, I’m serious’ed out. I do have my next piece on atmosphere coming up, along with some possible reviews, but thankfully Kim asked for a post on my top five books. So here’s 6 books and a series for my Top 4. Honorable Mention: The Nancy Drew Series by Carolyn Keene “And I am, too,” said Bess, and add laughingly, “It will make it easier, too, for us to watch you solve your next mystery, whatever that will be.” And that is something which all of us, who are also Nancy’s chums,… Read more »

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Book Talk: Do You Read the Reviews Before the Book?

Book Talk: Do You Read the Reviews Before the Book?

So, I don’t read many book reviews. I certainly don’t loathe them, but they’re not really my favourite things to read – mostly I just skim, take in the major points the blogger’s trying to get across, and then carry on my merry way. Sometimes I feel guilty about it, because I know how much work bloggers put into their reviews, but honestly, I’ve never really thought about it that much. Until recently, that is. See, I’ve never quite considered why I’m so opposed to reading book reviews. It’s not that I find them boring – I assume if you write a blog that I come back and read time and time again, you have a great voice (ahem, Timon, lookin’ at… Read more »

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Bookish Woes: Moving

Bookish Woes: Moving

Probably all of us have been here, right? The day all book lovers dread: moving. Worse, moving all your beloved books. Recently, I made the move from the Midwest in the USA to Montreal for grad school. The hardest part for me was deciding which books could come, and which couldn’t. I couldn’t bring all of mine — there was not enough room in the car or my tiny apartment — but I wanted to. Thousands of questions plagued me every night: What if I want to re-read that one book that I haven’t touched in two years? What if I just bring my TBR books? Then I’ll have to read all of those instead of re-reading or anything like that, right? Great idea!… Read more »

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Indie Spotlight: The Lebrus Stone by Miriam Khan

Indie Spotlight: The Lebrus Stone by Miriam Khan

Indie Spotlight Starting in 2015, here at YA Asylum, we’re going to try and do a series of Indie Spotlights for authors who self-published or published with smaller presses. If you are interested in spotlighting your novel, please get in contact with us. Excerpt I lay back and tried not to over think things to calm the storm in my head, but a knock on my door moments later interrupted it. “Come in!” I called out, sitting up to retrieve my book. Syd entered, carrying in what looked like a sandwich and a glass of her homemade lemonade. I could have done with a hot soup. But I blew a sigh of relief it wasn’t one of the Lockes. “Isobel said… Read more »

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Guest Post: Top Ten Books Every Geek Girl Should Read

Guest Post: Top Ten Books Every Geek Girl Should Read

I’m so happy to have my friend, Vanessa K. Eccles, on the blog today! She’s a YA author — her debut will be out this year! — and an executive editor at Belle Reve Literary Journal. She’ll be talking about top ten books every geek girl should read. I know a lot of us can relate to that. Now, onward to the guest post! ———————————————— 10 Books Every Geek Girl Should Read So you fancy yourself a geek girl? Because it’s chic and cool, and there’s something charmingly handsome about Harry Potter, right? But being a geek isn’t just about reading the next best selling/box office hit. It’s not about wearing wide-rimmed glasses or carrying your Kindle around as a fashion… Read more »

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Book Talk: The Bibliophile’s Christmas List

Book Talk: The Bibliophile’s Christmas List

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And we all know what that means: Starbucks is rolling out the Christmas drinks! Literally the only things on TV are Christmas specials and terrible holiday movies! Those really annoying people who refuse to stop wearing reindeer antlers and referencing Christmas carols in their blog posts are at the peak of their power! And you know what else that means? Gift-buying season is here. If you’re reading this blog, you probably either know a bibliophile or you are one yourself. So, in the case of the former, if you still haven’t gotten them a Christmas present (seriously, what are you doing? It’s in three days, my friend!), never fear: Amazon has two-day shipping and… Read more »

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