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

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

Rithmatists vs. Paper Gods: Art, Fantasy, and Paranormal YA
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Rithmatists vs. Paper Gods: Art, Fantasy, and Paranormal YA

Two of the biggest YA titles of this summer landed on the literary scene in a splash of ink and chalk dust. Both authors, in a sense, are newcomers to the young adult space. While Brandon Sanderson is a household name among readers of adult fantasy books, with his epic MistbornĀ series and his connection to … Continue reading

Tamora Pierce Works Her Magic with Fantastical “Beat Cop” Beka Cooper Series
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Tamora Pierce Works Her Magic with Fantastical “Beat Cop” Beka Cooper Series

It’s no secret that Tamora Pierce is one of my favorite authors. With the relatively recent release of the third and final book of her Beka Cooper trilogy, I set about to read all three books in quick succession. An ancestress of George Cooper, king of thieves and romantic interest from Pierce’s well-loved Alanna series, … Continue reading

YA Sunday: Who I Kissed and Poison Study
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YA Sunday: Who I Kissed and Poison Study

We turn this Sunday to young adult literature. The birth of this literary genre dovetails with the history of childhood and adolescence. Believe it or not, childhood may not have always been considered a distinct stage of life. Over time, however, our present day idea of childhood solidified under the pressures of industrialization, social reform, … Continue reading