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#TBTBSanta 2017

December 11, 2017

Let’s be honest: last week was a monster that none of us knew how to slay. I’m just going to believe the end of the year craze was the cause and that things will even out soon, haha. But amidst the chaos and stress, I received a surprise package at work on Friday when I needed a pick-me-up the most. Lo and behold, it was my #TBTBSanta package!…

Writing

Saturday’s Tales: Overture

December 9, 2017

Once upon a time, there were dragons who blew fire from their mouths, and dashing princesses who saved themselves. Mermaids sang across glittering oceans, and faeries played truth or dare in the meadows. But time is fickle and time is cruel, and soon the dragons grew too old to remember fire, the princesses were locked away in towers, the mermaids lost their voices, and the faeries faded into the…

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What Is a Weekend?

December 8, 2017

One of my favorite places to get brunch in the city is Ichabod’s, which The Boyfriend introduced me to on our first date. It’s a tiny establishment nestled in Union Square, not too far from Strand Books, with dark, soft lighting, and a brunch menu with dishes like avocado toast and, my personal favorite, fried chicken with biscuits and gravy. We stopped by this past weekend with a friend from…

Books Review

Book Thoughts: Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

August 2, 2017

Sexy and authentic, Strong Signal is one hell of a story! Erickson and Hassell, both talented authors in their own rights, are a co-author force to be reckoned with. Their collaboration is seamless yet maintains a distinct voice and an even pace throughout thanks to smooth dialogue, vivid characters, and steamy sex scenes that never feel gratuitous. The chemistry between Garrett and Kai is palpable from their first…

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Book Thoughts: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

July 17, 2017

A little bit Charmed and a whole lot of originality, Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost is an absolute thrill of a novel with storytelling as magic as the world inside. It’s a unique story about family, identity, and what it means to have and accept power. Alex shines as an incredibly developed protagonist who is neither perfect nor overly flawed. She’s as real as can be with a strong…

Books Review

Book Thoughts: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

June 26, 2017

Complex and mesmerizing, The City of Brass is an intricate tale full of betrayal and devastating histories. Chakraborty’s smooth and concise writing excels most with the worldbuilding, which draws on Middle Eastern locations, beliefs, and folklore. The world is wonderfully intricate with political factions, wars, social castes, and magic that blend together to create a rich and believable setting that is rooted in reality with a proper dash…

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Book Thoughts: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

June 24, 2017

“The Little Mermaid” gets a bright and wicked twist in Julia Ember’s enthralling new novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss. With a dash of Norse mythology and a delightful take on mermaids, this story excels in more ways than one. The merworld is as harsh as the arctic environment the merfolk inhabit, and Ember’s writing brings it to life. Ersel is a charming heroine with a strong voice, even if…

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Book Thoughts: In a Perfect World by Trish Dollar

May 2, 2017

Trish Doller’s In a Perfect World is a beautifully told story about Caroline, who moves to Cairo the summer before Senior year after her mother accepts a job offer from her dream company. With a beautiful cover and an intriguing premise, I knew I would be in for a treat, but I did not expect to find such a moving story full of romance and important social themes.…

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Book Thoughts: Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

April 26, 2017

Intriguing and complex, Done Dirt Cheap is an addictive and colorful debut. Lemon writes with ease and her prose is absolutely stunning and raw. I didn’t expect the language to be as lyrical as it is and it made the dual third-person narrative structure flow seamlessly. That said, I did lose the narrative thread more than once and had to reread passages several times over to make sense…

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Book Thoughts: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

April 23, 2017

Complex and shatteringly beautiful, Strange the Dreamer is yet another fine piece of work by the incomparable Laini Taylor. It’s no secret that I will read anything and everything she writes, so I had been counting down the days until I had this book in my hands. Taylor’s signature writing is as strong as ever, complete with luscious descriptions that bring every detail to life and a cast…

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Book Thoughts: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

December 12, 2016

When I first heard about Stephanie Garber’s upcoming debut, Caraval, I heard it was similar to The Night Circus, which is one of my absolute favorite books. Now, I’ve come across quite a few books that didn’t live up to the same comparison, but Caraval seemed promising. Fortunately, and in full disclosure, I work for Macmillan, which houses Flatiron Books, the publisher of Caraval, so I was able to get an early…