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Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

January 6, 2015
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente Tor Books Read/Finished: 12/31/2014—1/1/2015 Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless is a sprawling and visceral tale that expertly weaves Russian mythology and history together in a seamless manner. Valente’s writing is, quite simply, captivating and lush, and she evokes a perfectly grim and almost suffocating atmosphere. Marya Morevna’s transformation from a wild-eyed girl to the bride of Koschei the Deathless is fascinating to watch, if…

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Day 5: The First Monday and Other Thoughts About 2015

January 6, 2015
Happy New Year

We’re now five days into 2015 and here I am, back at work, finishing up a simple lunch—though, the Pringles to-go cup was a nice touch—and trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s not longer 2014. Seriously, where did the time go? Did last year even get a chance to happen, to learn to breathe and walk and live? Looking back, 2014 was rather eventful, even if it feels like…


Cover Gallery: YA Fifteeners

October 28, 2014

Anything Could Happen by Will Walton (5/26/15): What I love most about this cover is how simple it is. The dark and faded blue palette works really well with the burst of light from the flare and the lights in the background. I also love how contemplative and hopeful the model seems and the way he’s been posed. He’s also cute, so, you know, yay. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (6/9/15): This…


Waiting on Wednesday: Forest of Whispers by Jennifer Murgia

August 20, 2014

FOREST OF WHISPERS by Jennifer Murgia September 9, 2014 | Spencer Hill Press I first fell in love with Jennifer Murgia with her debut, Angel Star. And now she’s coming back in full force with Forest of Whispers, a historical tale featuring witches. I’ve always loved witch stories and Jennifer has a unique knack of putting a fresh spin on familiar subjects, so I’m excited to see what she has in…

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Review: Some Unquiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

July 18, 2014
Some Quiet Place

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton Publisher: Flux Release Date: 7/8/2013 Read/Finished: 7/12/2014 I first heard of Kelsey Sutton’s Some Quiet Place last year in the months leading up to BEA. I was fortunate enough to meet Kelsey and have her sign a copy of the book at the convention, but it was only recently that I finally read it. I had picked it up last summer, but…

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Throwback Thursday: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

July 17, 2014
Throwback Thursday

Sea by Heidi R. Kling Putnam Juvenile | June 10, 2010 Original Review Sea is one of those rare books that struck more than one chord with me. With gorgeous writing, an expertly woven plot, and endearing characters that teach each other and the reader important life lessons, it’s not hard to fall in love with this book. It’s clear that Heidi poured a lot of love and thoughtfulness into…


Waiting on Wednesday: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

July 16, 2014
A Wicked Thing

A WICKED THING by Rhiannon Thomas February 24, 2015 | Harper Teen Like many of you, I love fairy tales, especially when they’re given the YA retelling treatment. So when I stumbled across Rhiannon Thomas’s A Wicked Thing on GoodReads, I went into full booknerd mode. A Sleeping Beauty retelling that focuses on what happens after Aurora wakes up? Count. Me. In. Too bad I have to wait until February of next year. *sobs*…


Run To You Read-Along: Join the Fun

July 15, 2014
Run To You

Earlier this year, Clara Kensie’s YA serialization, Run To You, kicked-off with the first three installments – and I immediately fell in love. “Smart” and “utterly engrossing” are just some of the words I used to describe the series, and I am so excited for it to continue this month with the next three installments. To help introduce new readers to the series and to get existing fans even…

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side Blog Tour: Review/Giveaway — The Night Is Found by Kat Kruger

July 14, 2014
The Night Is Found

Kat Kruger’s The Night Is Found is a triumphant finale to her Magdeburg Trilogy. Kruger has reinvented the werewolf genre with her dark and beautiful take, and while she was already a force to be reckoned with, she has shown incredible growth as a writer over the course of the series. Connor, Madison, Amara, and Arden return in full force to bring the packs together and their struggles are both…


COUNT THE CAST: Make It Count by Megan Erickson

June 1, 2014

Megan Erickson’s upcoming new adult novel, Make It Count, is one of those books you fall in love with even before you’ve even read it. Today, I’m excited to share three character cards for the book, including one for the uber-hot Max Payton, who I can’t wait to meet when the book releases this week! Take a look: Max Payton The Boyfriend “Is that your way of saying…


Upcoming YA Releases I’d Trade a Unicorn For…

April 24, 2014

Unicorns are pretty magical and I hold them in high regard. But there are quite a few upcoming releases that I’d happily trade a unicorn for – and trust me, you would, too. Head on over to my Tumblr page to see which books I’m most excited about and be sure to let me know which ones you desperately want to read! TUMBLR, HERE WE COME!…