When Authors Experiment with Time

I like it when authors get creative–whether it’s with format or time. When done well, it can really heighten tension to jump outside a linear story. And yet, sometimes it goes wrong. A while ago, I had a rather frustrating reading experience, and I’ve since read a couple of other books with non-linear timelines that…

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YA Review: EPIC FAIL by Claire LaZebnik

I always like to give a shout-out to authors when their marketing efforts get me to read their books. I read a blog post by Claire LaZebnik, and the blurb for her current young adult book–which my library didn’t yet have–led me to a previous one, which they did. Once I saw that EPIC FAIL…

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YA Review: STRANGE AND EVER AFTER by Susan Dennard

A few weeks ago I entered Susan Dennard’s giveaway for an ARC of the final book in her SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY series, STRANGE AND EVER AFTER. Imagine my glee when she notified me that I won! The book doesn’t come out until July, so I’m thrilled to be able to feature it here before…

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A Call for a Few Good Readers

Hello, lovely readers! I’ve never done this before on the blog, but I’m at the point in my writing journey where I don’t want to leave any stone unturned before I send out a manuscript. I’ve been through 2 1/2 rounds of critiques (I had one person read the first 90 pages before the first…

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YA Review: TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han

I’m saving up my middle grade reviews for when Shannon Messenger returns in a couple of weeks with MMGM, so today I have another young adult review. As soon as I read the description for TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han, I knew I had to read it! LARA JEAN keeps…

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YA Review: THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK by Jenny Lundquist

While today’s review is for a young adult novel, it’s an author I discovered through MMGM. Two years ago I won a copy of SEEING CINDERELLA by Jenny Lundquist, and it was my favorite middle grade read of 2012. I also enjoyed her second MG, PLASTIC POLLY, so I was excited to read THE PRINCESS…

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YA Series Recommendation: Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

I know I’m late to the party here, but I read Ally Carter’s Heist Society series before the Gallagher Girls. So when I went to her St. Louis event in February 2013 for the release of PERFECT SCOUNDRELS, I was a bit shocked by the huge turnout of teenage girls armed with hundreds of questions…

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YA Series Recommendation: HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins

You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you can tell from the first page that you’re going to not just like it but love it? That’s how I felt when I started reading HEX HALL by Rachel Hawkins. I was cracking up on page two and devoured the first book in an…

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YA Review: THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab

I reviewed the first book in this series, THE ARCHIVED, after meeting Victoria Schwab at an event last year. I loved the book and so picked up the sequel as soon as it became available. I think I might have loved this one even more! If you haven’t read THE ARCHIVED and intend to, the…

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YA Review: IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi

Eventually I’ll get back to middle grade, but there have been a string of YA books in series I’m already reading that have come out in the last few weeks, and I have another one today. I originally picked up SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi because of Twitter buzz. Although I didn’t fall in love…

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YA Review: CRESS by Marissa Meyer

Have you ever read a book where you’re anxious to get to the end and so want to read it as quickly as possible, but at the same time you want to linger? That’s how I felt about CRESS by Marissa Meyer. I think the temptation to linger was enhanced by the knowledge that there…

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