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My Non-Spoiler Thoughts on ALLEGIANT

December 23, 2013

*While I do not mention any specific plot points, there is a small chance those who haven’t read the book yet may be able to guess what happens. I was able to figure out the ending from very vague tweets, and I’m sure others can pick up on hints, too. So, proceed with caution!* I meant to post this back in October when the book released, but it…

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Review: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell

December 20, 2013

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell has been on my radar ever since it was announced, but like most books, it got lost in the shuffle. Luckily, I had some down time and finally picked it up – and I loved every word of it. Rainbow Rowell is a master storyteller and an expert at creating characters that resonate long after readers have finished the book. Everything about her writing…

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Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

October 22, 2013

IndieBound | Barnes and Noble | Amazon *** Kendare Blake’s Antigoddessis an inventive, sleek, and wonderfully executed book that displays an ingenious take on Greek mythology. Told in alternating third person point of views, readers are first introduced to Athena as she and Hermes set out to figure out why the gods are dying and the cause behind their painful deaths. Athena, for example, is sprouting feathers inside her body. Their search…

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Concert Review: Vanessa Carlton live at the Highline Ballroom 10/15/13

October 21, 2013

On Tuesday, October 15, Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton graced the stage at the Highline Ballroom for an enchanting evening that left attendees wanting to relive the show over and over again. Carlton, most famous for her 2002 hit song “A Thousand Miles”, opened her set with “Carousel”, the lead single from her 2011 album Rabbits on the Run. Passionate fans replicated the hand claps during the…

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Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

September 4, 2013

  All Our Yesterdays is an utterly engrossing time travel story that will pull readers in with its twists, suspense, and tragedy. Cristin Terrill has written a shining example of how great YA literature can be and she is definitely an author to watch! While All Our Yesterdays is a time-travel sci-fi story, there is a beautiful level of reality to the story that will draw readers in and play…

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Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

August 8, 2013

When River West comes to the tiny seaside town of Echo and rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s house, Violet can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious boy. But when strange and dark things begin to happen, Violet begins questioning River’s secretive nature. Could River be the Devil Violet’s grandmother always warned her about? April Genevieve Tucholke’s Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea is an eerie and…

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Review: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

August 5, 2013

It’s not often that I read historical fiction, but when Starz announced their plans to adapt Philippa Gregory’s bestselling Cousins’ War series into a show, I became enthralled by the story’s premise. As a fan of strong women in history, I was immediately drawn to the fact that the series tells the stories of the women and their roles in the War of the Roses/Cousins’ War. But what…

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Concert Review: Ramin Karimloo 8/1/13 @ Subculture

August 5, 2013

Two hours before the show even started, eager fans were already lining up inside the venue, their excitement and enthusiasm palpable. The employees of Subculture, a new bare-bones venue nestled on Bleecker street in New York City, seemed excited, too. After all, tonight’s show would be the first of a weekend-long string of shows by Ramin Karimloo, and with so many dedicated fans flocking to the show, Subculture…

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Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

July 8, 2013

With The Selection, Kiera Cass presented an intriguing and romantic dystopian tale with a Bachelor-style format that surprised me by how well it worked. And now with The Elite, Ms. Cass delves deeper into her dystopian world and takes a much darker turn that results in another engrossing read. Kiera Cass is a wonderful writer. With spot-on descriptions, fluid dialogue, and even pacing, she has written a seamless…

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

July 2, 2013

I’ve had a copy of Throne of Glass since 2012 when I received a copy at BEA, where it was one of the most anticipated ARCs at the show. I was rather excited about it due to the Game of Thrones comparisons and the suggested romance. For some reason, though, I never got around to reading it despite hearing fantastic things about it. Well, a year later, I’ve…

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Music Monday: Water in a Whale by Jillette Johnson Review

July 1, 2013

Jillette Johnson‘s debut album, Water in a Whale, is an astounding display of artistry that combines thoughtful lyrics, refreshing melodies, and elegant piano backings to entrance listeners and keep them hooked for life. With songs that are reminiscent of Sara Bareilles one moment and Lana del Rey the next, Johnson keeps the album moving forward with a dynamic range of material that covers personal matters, yet appeals to…