A Thanks To Our Readers (and my co-bloggers!)
SHUTTER: The Review That Should Not Be
Literary Love: Kate DiCamillo
BookBlogWriMo Day 22: Shelfie Time!
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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A Thanks To Our Readers (and my co-bloggers!)

A Thanks To Our Readers (and my co-bloggers!)

  This is Kim — founder of YA Asylum, some of you might remember me. Some of you might not. I have not been around much this year. But I plan to change all of that in 2015. I actually have scheduled posts and everything! In 2014, I focused more on my writing than my blogging. This wasn’t a bad thing. It ended up being very good for me, actually. I connected with a lot of other writers, went to a few great conferences, combined my freelance editing efforts with a friend to make Wild Things Editing, and I landed my agent, Carrie Pestritto, this year. But YA Asylum kinda got pushed down on my priority list. One of my new year… Read more »

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SHUTTER: The Review That Should Not Be

SHUTTER: The Review That Should Not Be

Part of the reason I risked coming off as yet-another-takes-himself-too-seriously clickbaiting troll when I started reviewing here was so when I praised something, you as the reader can bank on it being good, you know I don’t give out awards for participation. So when I say Courtney Alameda is an astounding talent who builds worlds so real and wonderful I want a one-way ticket there, and that she does it with a richness that Lovecraft would’ve envied and a writing style that borders on Campbellian, you know I mean exactly what I say. Oh, that’s Ramsey Campbell, the greatest living horror writer and the cutest old man ever. I don’t think I’ve explained why I do these comparisons, I’m not trying to… Read more »

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Literary Love: Kate DiCamillo

Literary Love: Kate DiCamillo

*emerges from the dust* Well, I’m back once more! Alas, I did disappear over the last couple of days of November, meaning I didn’t get a chance to complete BookBlogWriMo… school happened, unfortunately, so I was drowning in that for a bit. But I am alive, (mostly) unscathed, and back with a brand-new series for you all! Literary Love is the brainchild of myself, Taylor Lynn @ Paper Daydreams, Alyssa @ Insanity Inc., Christina @ Fairy Skeletons, and AnQi @ Paige Eight Hundred Ninety. In a nutshell, it’s basically an excuse for us to fangirl over our favourite authors, characters, tropes, and other literary things every other month, and we’ve been so excited to share it with you guys. :D For the first Lit… Read more »

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Review: The Awesome by Eva Darrows

Review: The Awesome by Eva Darrows

For those of you unaware, Eva Darrows is the pen name of Hillary Monahan. Who, you may remember, is one of two survivors of my reviews. Mary: The Summoning had a number of problems, but overall I was deeply impressed with Monahan. Not only does she have loads and loads of talent, but she was actually capitalizing on that talent. She kept me reading, she used the elements of fiction wonderfully, and left me satisfied as a reader. So when Hillary offered me a chance to read to The Awesome, I was a little scared. What if I was wrong about all the talent I saw in Larry: The Suiting? What if it was a fluke? Me and my stupid worries. I love… Read more »

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BookBlogWriMo Day 24: Reading Cave Fantasies

BookBlogWriMo Day 24: Reading Cave Fantasies

Another great prompt for day 24 of BookBlogWriMo! Reading Cave Fantasies – You know those awesome reading nooks on BuzzFeed and Pinterest? Describe what yours would look like. Okay, so I kind of have a thing for interior design, so I’ve been daydreaming about my someday reading cave for pretty much as long as I knew what books were. My ideal reading cave is closed in, somewhere cloistered, maybe in the back corner of a house. There are bookshelves lining three of the four walls, along with a Beauty and the Beast-style ladder in order to reach the topmost ones (because seriously, what bookworm hasn’t dreamt of sliding across the floor on that ladder?). The fourth wall is made of a dark… Read more »

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BookBlogWriMo Day 23: Book Boyfriend Criteria

The prompt for day 23 of BookBlogWriMo is basically an exercise in eye candy. :D Book Boyfriend Criteria – What do you look for in a book boyfriend? Build your dream man. Book boyfriend examples and pictures of hot guys encouraged. *rubs hands together* Well, well, well. Don’t mind if I do. ;) Okay, so I have two ideal book boyfriends in mind, and they’re basically polar opposites of each other because that’s how I roll. :D Actually, these two book boyfriends can pretty much be lumped into two different genre categories based on their personality traits, since they do tend to veer towards one or the other. So without further ado: The tall, dark, and handsome guy I talked a… Read more »

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BookBlogWriMo Day 22: Shelfie Time!

BookBlogWriMo Day 22: Shelfie Time!

The prompt for day 21 of BookBlogWriMo is as follows: #ShowMeYourShelves – Take a picture of your bookshelves, whether they’re physical or Kindle folders. It’s always fun seeing how people organise their books! Ok, after having broken out the phone camera, here’s what I got! Before I begin, may I apologise – some of these photos are kind of skewed and/or blurry, since I had to stand at awkward angles to take them. (Tall bookshelves, man. The struggle is real. Also, I’m really not a natural photographer in the first place, so there’s that too.) Right then, starting from the very bottom shelf: This used to house my favourite books and the ones I reread most often, but since then… Read more »

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BookBlogWriMo Day 21: My First Review

BookBlogWriMo Day 21: My First Review

The prompt for BookBlogWriMo today is another trip into the past, this time looking at our first reviews: #FlashbackFriday – Your First Reviews – Link up to your some of your first reviews. Feel free to get reflective. I don’t actually do many reviews at the Asylum – a grand total of six in the eight months that I’ve been here! – so this is going to be a short post, haha ;) But my very first review on YA Asylum was of a book that totally blew me away: Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli. I’ve mentioned it quite a bit in previous BookBlogWriMo posts, but just in case you need another reminder: yes, Stargirl is awesome. Yes, you need to buy it, like, right now. No, you will never look… Read more »

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BookBlogWriMo Day 20: Best Books of 2014

BookBlogWriMo Day 20: Best Books of 2014

*pokes head around corner* I’m baaaaaack! Okay, I’ll admit it: this time the absence was my fault, not WordPress’. I had such a busy weekend – I didn’t find time to post at all. D: But BookBlogWriMo is almost over (yikes! Only a week left!), so I’m going to power through the rest of the posts and hopefully end on time! Lots of double posting happening in the coming days – if you’re not tired of me yet, you definitely will be soon. ;) The prompt for BookBlogWriMo Day 20: #TBT – Best Books of 2014 – Do a top 10, top 20, or hell, top 100 list of books you’ve enjoyed this year. Okay, so I decided to narrow this list… Read more »

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