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

Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0
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Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0

Should you really buy that book enshrined on the top titles of 2013 table at mega bookstores’r’us? Is it more of a checker-outer book? Or, can it safely be avoided altogether? Here are some sound bite opinions on a few more noteworthy titles of 2013 that I read, but did not review in a full … Continue reading

Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up
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Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up

The hour of year-end reviews is upon us. In this post, I will be briefly covering each of the 2013 titles that I did not review in full length earlier in the year. Most of these titles are from established authors and were heavily hyped. A number fell short, but there are definitely books worth … Continue reading

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

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

Love Triangles in Young Adult Fiction: A Brief and Sordid History
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Love Triangles in Young Adult Fiction: A Brief and Sordid History

The fact that love triangles have become an almost ever-present cliche in today’s young adult fiction is difficult to deny, particularly when examining a list of recent commercial hits. The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. The Iron Fey books by Julie Kagawa. The … Continue reading