Latest Entries
10 Things to Love About “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”
Books / Dystopian / Horror / Paranormal / Young Adult

10 Things to Love About “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown”

Holly Black is no stranger to the fantastical. As the acclaimed author of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series, her latest book The Coldest Girl in Coldtown has been billeted as one of the stand-out books of fall 2013. And, it does in fact rock. So much so that I have read it twice since its … Continue reading

An Old Betrayal, A New Beginning: Seventh Charles Finch Mystery Features Classic Stylings with a Twist + Giveaway
Adult Books / Books / Mystery

An Old Betrayal, A New Beginning: Seventh Charles Finch Mystery Features Classic Stylings with a Twist + Giveaway

As the winter chill hardens and the leaves turn, I find myself inexorably drawn to cozy mysteries. They always seem like the perfect reading matter for snuggling in bed with a steaming cup of cocoa as the wind whistles outside, rattling the windows just a hair eerily. Usually, I return to classics like the Sherlock … Continue reading

Book Humor / Books in Culture

Book Buyer’s Remorse: Why I Only Buy Books After I Read Them.

From the time I had two pennies to rub together, I spent them at the bookstore. Inevitably, the sheer magnetic force of so much amazing reading material would part me with what little disposable income I had on hand. Family and friends alike learned that “going to the bookstore” entailed multiple hours of feverish exploration … Continue reading

Eleanor and Park, Ready Player One: 1980s Pop Culture in Young Adult Fiction
Adult Books / Books / Contemporary / Dystopian / Dystopian / Science Fiction / Science Fiction / Young Adult

Eleanor and Park, Ready Player One: 1980s Pop Culture in Young Adult Fiction

From MTV to punk rock, Star Wars to Dirty Dancing, Pac-Man to the Rubik’s Cube, the 1980s has left an indelible mark on American culture that elicits strong nostalgia. Two rising stars in the young adult space, Rainbow Rowell and Ernest Cline, have integrated their respective passions for 1980s pop culture into their strong debut works … Continue reading

Has the Next J.K. Rowling Apparated onto the Scene? Samantha Shannon and The Bone Season
Adult Books / Books / Dystopian / Dystopian / Fantasy / Fantasy / Young Adult

Has the Next J.K. Rowling Apparated onto the Scene? Samantha Shannon and The Bone Season

I have been hearing about The Bone Season for months now. What began as murmurs about a talented young fantasy writer quickly snowballed into a full-fledged media firestorm, crowning Samantha Shannon as the next J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, and the list continues. Shannon has been linked to just about every major female writer … Continue reading

Follett Focuses Sights on Twentieth Century in Fall of Giants and Winter of the World
Adult Books / Books / Historical Fiction

Follett Focuses Sights on Twentieth Century in Fall of Giants and Winter of the World

Renowned as both a writer of thrillers and historical novels, Ken Follett burst onto the larger American literary scene in 2007 when Oprah selected The Pillars of the Earth (1989) as one of her book club titles for 2007. It was in 2007 that Follett published the long-awaited sequel to this work: World Without End. … Continue reading

Paranormal Fiction is Not Dead Yet: The Shambling Guide to New York City
Adult Books / Books / Fantasy / Supernatural

Paranormal Fiction is Not Dead Yet: The Shambling Guide to New York City

With the quantity of bad paranormal fiction books in the young adult, romance, urban fantasy, and general fiction spaces, I had begun to lose hope that anything original, substantial, or entertaining could still be eeked out of  the relentlessly picked over tropes, stereotypes, and plots of the genre. Mur Lafferty, however, challenged me to rethink … Continue reading