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

Rithmatists vs. Paper Gods: Art, Fantasy, and Paranormal YA
Books / Contemporary / Fantasy / Paranormal / Young Adult

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

The Start of Being Finished: Gail Carriger’s “Etiquette and Espionage”
Books / Paranormal / Young Adult

The Start of Being Finished: Gail Carriger’s “Etiquette and Espionage”

Carriger’s YA debut Etiquette and Espionage starts out with a bang–both figuratively and literally–as the heroine Saphronia Temminnick tumbles out of a dumbwaiter and catapults trifle all over her mother’s friend, Mrs. Barnaclegoose, at afternoon tea. This fiasco only heightens Mrs. Temminnick’s resolve to send her to finishing school, in the hopes that it will … Continue reading

Young Adult Supernatural Fiction in Review: Top Picks
Books / Paranormal / Young Adult

Young Adult Supernatural Fiction in Review: Top Picks

The supernatural, or paranormal, subgenre of fiction stems from Gothic tales which were popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. If you have read Jane Austin’s Northanger Abbey, you may remember the trouble Catherine Morland finds herself in due to her obsession with The Mysteries of Udolpho. Gothic fiction combines elements of horror, romance, and … Continue reading