Posts By: Kate Bond

All that Glows: review

All that Glows: review

I’ll admit that I am partially to blame for what happened here. I read the premise, and I thought this would be a reverse Jane Eyre–or at the very least a reverse Twilight–with, you know, like a billion-year-old lady who falls in love with a teenage boy. I thought the power dynamics would be knocked on their tiny heads. I thought this bad-ass Fae warrior would have to make some tough choices about a humble soldier’s worthiness as a match for a prince. Basically I wanted She-Hector. And that’s all on me. Totally, no sarcasm, my fault. I know that the thing I wanted can’t really work in a young adult romance novel. I get it. Young women tend to be more mature than young men, so the popular fantasy is of an older dude (who doesn’t look creepily older). It really is super appealing. And your audience (teenage girls)… Read more »

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Dress the Part: Uninvited (plus giveaway!)

Dress the Part: Uninvited (plus giveaway!)

Dress the Part is a monthly feature in which I use my past life as a costume designer and personal stylist to help the ladies of YA express themselves visually. This month I’m gonna take a look at Davy from Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited, a book about a future world in which we have found a way to test for “the kill gene.” Poor Davy’s cozy upper middle class existence is ripped away from her when she tests positive for the gene, and she pretty quickly loses everything she cares about (her future at Juilliard, her boyfriend, her friendships, etc.). More importantly for our purposes here, she has to get a huge fucking neck tattoo. So Davy gets her neck ink, and a few chapters later she is described as wearing khaki shorts, a bright blue tank top, and tennis shoes. With the ladybug necklace her dad bought her for her… Read more »

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Cruel Beauty: review

Cruel Beauty: review

Retellings of classic myths and stories with well-known mythological figures as characters have been really popular lately. They can be resonant and deep, using the comfort of the familiar to comment on society and human nature, or they can be cheesy and superficial, with that “Here’s a quirky thing about me that history got wrong, wink wink fart!” attitude, and it can be hard sometimes to tell which of those you’re dealing with until you really get into the story. I am happy to report that this book is very much one of the former. Cruel Beauty is an exquisitely crafted retelling of the story of Cupid and Psyche. I am in awe of Rosamund Hodge and her ability to strip that classic story down to its most basic narrative skeleton and build on top of it a brand new, complex world with rich, original mythology and characters. There’s also… Read more »

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Dress the Part: Cress

Dress the Part: Cress

In Marissa Meyer’s Cress, sixteen-year-old Crescent Moon is a computer genius trapped in a satellite orbiting Earth. Her only companion is a computer program modeled on herself at ten years old. Her only visitor is the witch who imprisoned her seven years ago, and even the witch only stops by to deliver food and water and the latest computer hacking assignment from the Lunar Queen. Cress’s life basically sucks, and things are especially bleak for her, fashion-wise. She owns two dresses, and her favorite is three years old.  It has holes in it. She doesn’t have any shoes at all, so when she escapes her heavenly prison she has to make them herself–out of towels and her own braided hair. I know. Gross. So, so gross. BUT. Cress’s satellite lands in Africa, and she gets to see camels and desert and mountains and trees, and a million other things that… Read more »

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Avalon: review

Avalon: review

When I was 21, a mutual acquaintance introduced me to Buzz Aldrin at a cocktail party. We had been talking for under thirty seconds when he just turned around and walked away.  While I was in the middle of speaking.  I got to talk to the second human to walk on the moon, and I was so boring he couldn’t even be bothered to make up a polite excuse for turning his back on me mid-sentence.  It was the greatest moment of my life. Because I love space.  Space adventures are among my favorite things in the world.  And Avalon is a really, really fun addition to this genre.  I mean, it has laser guns and a cute boy.  What is there to complain about? Not much, but… well, a few things bothered me. For instance, two (male) members of the Avalon’s crew are virtually indistinguishable from each other, character-wise,… Read more »

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My Lunch with Marie Lu + Champion Giveaway

My Lunch with Marie Lu + Champion Giveaway

This past weekend I got to do something really cool.  Like, really, really, really cool.  I was invited by Penguin Teen, along with the lovely Gillian of Writer of Wrongs, to have lunch with Marie Lu before her signing at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.  The Legend Trilogy is one of my favorite YA series from the past few years, so I was really excited, but also kind of nervous and intimidated. We braved the freezing weather (55 degrees) and perilous driving conditions (some rain) to meet up in Redondo Beach and chat over catfish and shrimp.  I was, as I said, nervous, so I arrived over half an hour early (if I hadn’t spilled coffee on myself I’d have been even earlier) and sat in my car texting my sisters.  Gillian was there early, too, so we were standing together talking about how freakishly cold our hands were when Marie strolled… Read more »

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The Promise of Amazing: review

The Promise of Amazing: review

Look at that cover! Oh, how I want to join those two fresh-faced teenagers in their tiny little love bubble.  I want to giggle and be generally adorable with them.  I want him to call her “short stuff” and her to tease him about his awkward lankiness and the fact that he’s ugly in the same way as Paul Dano, and then I want to squee as they touch their frosty noses together. And the premise–girl working in her family’s Medieval Times-style banquet hall falls in love with a boy after saving his life in a ridiculous way–is a lot of fun.  I wanted so badly to love this book.  It really does (I’m so sorry please forgive me) promise to be amazing. That’s the problem with titles, isn’t it?  A few years ago, my husband wrote for a show called The Forgotten, and the day he got the job… Read more »

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