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Book Thoughts: Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

December 30, 2017

Having grown up watching my brother’s VHS tapes of the original Star Wars films, George Lucas’s expansive and exciting world and stories have always been a part of my life. And, like many others, Princess Leia has always been my favorite—in part, because she’s a blaster-wielding princess, but also because she was a bit of an outsider. Someone who didn’t fit the stereotypical mold and who fought her…

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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!…

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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: 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…

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Book Thoughts: The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss

December 5, 2016

When a coworker first told me about Theodora Goss’s The Thorn and the Blossom, I thought it sounded interesting, especially the accordion-style format and dual narrative. But when they brought in their copy for me to borrow, the book got lost in the TBR pile shuffle. Finally, wanting to set the book free, I brought it home—and devoured it. I definitely recommend picking up a copy! Here’s what I…

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Book Thoughts: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

November 30, 2016

Full of action, exciting twists, and smooth writing, Empress of a Thousand Skies is a rousing debut by an author to watch. Everything from the descriptions to the alternating points of view work seamlessly together to create an evenly paced story with diverse characters who are as complex as they are endearing. Some twists I saw coming, but that didn’t make them any less satisfying. Now, when can I get…

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7/30/16 – 8/2/16: Montreal Getaway

August 8, 2016

Fun fact: I’ve never traveled outside of the United States. Well, unless you count the fact that I was born in South Korea, but no one counts that, right? Right. Anyway, this all changed this past weekend when I made a somewhat spontaneous decision to join the Boyfriend on his trip to Montreal. Don’t worry, I was invited, I didn’t just show up at the bus station yelling, “Surprise!”.…

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5/8/16: Book Haul and South Street Seaport

May 9, 2016

  This week was a pretty darn good one in my bookish world. I mean, look at all those beautiful books! I was lucky enough to snag copies of Caraval and Heartless from work and you bet your bookshelf I ran out to buy A Court of Mist and Fury as soon as I could. I also attended the launch party for Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani’s The Way Back To You, which…