Finishing February on a Red Note: The Ascendant, Red Rising, and Romancing the Duke
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Finishing February on a Red Note: The Ascendant, Red Rising, and Romancing the Duke

In a new feat of subliminal book cover messaging, it seems as if books with red covers provoke added interest in the month of February. Looking back at the books I read this month, I was surprised to find a not insignificant quantity of red-covered titles up for review: Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, Hilary … Continue reading

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