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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…

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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: 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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5th Anniversary Giveaway

February 18, 2015

On Friday, February 6, my blog turned five. Can you believe it’s been five years already? I sure can’t. I still remember stumbling across The Story Siren and thinking, “I want to do this!” So, I did, with the support of my friends and family, and now, five years later, I’m still here. And it sure has been a wild ride. So, to celebrate, I’m giving away a…

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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…