Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: giveaway!

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken: giveaway!

Here’s a fun package that came my way recently–I love the cover, and the goodies tie in nicely to the travel theme. After Tonya’s glowing review for The Darkest Minds, I’m very excited to read Alexandra Bracken’s new book Passenger, which comes out right after the holidays! You know we rarely do promo-only posts, but I like the author very much on social media–seriously, she tweets thoughtful and fun things, and her adorable puppy looks like a baby Chewbacca–and I knew a lot of our readers would be excited about this book, too. (Alex, if you’re reading this, I think you need this shirt for this Friday.) We’re giving you an opportunity to win a copy of the book below, but first, here’s a little bit more about it: About the Book In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar… Read more »

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow: Review

Worlds of Ink and Shadow: Review

If you ever read and loved Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, you should probably read Lena Coakley’s forthcoming novel, Worlds of Ink and Shadow. I didn’t entirely love Worlds of Ink and Shadow – which posits that the Brontë siblings could all construct fantastical imaginary worlds and enter them at will –  but at what cost? ::cue ominous music:: What I did really love was being reminded of how much I love the Brontës, and the obvious affection that Coakley has for her subjects. I also haven’t read much of their juvenilia – I’m only familiar with it from Juliet Barker’s biography of the Brontës – but now feel renewed interest in their work and curiosity about material that I haven’t read, which is never a bad way to feel. In any case, the premise of the novel is a really interesting one – the Brontës can… Read more »

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Not If I See You First: Review

Not If I See You First: Review

This is the sort of book where it would have received a higher rating if this was my sort of book. It’s a quality book. It’s very well written and well paced, the characters are fully fleshed out, believable, and flawed, and there are lessons to be learned and hearts to be broken and mended. It’s just not really a Kim book, and I didn’t really know that going into it. I can like contemporaries when they’re romantic and mostly cutesy (with some gravity thrown in for balance). I am saying this so you know to take my rating with a grain of salt. I think usual fans of contemporaries will really like this one! In actuality, this is a lot different than I thought it would be. I thought this was going to be a book about broken hearts and second chances and slowly learning to come back together…. Read more »

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Top Ten Tuesday (15): Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday (15): Top Ten 2016 Debuts I Am Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten 2016 Debuts I am Looking Forward To” and we’re happy to be participating! I am particularly happy to be doing this one because I just got back from this year’s NCTE in Minneapolis (were any of you there?) and heard about a bunch of debuts I’m really excited about. (I even grabbed a few!)   Burning Glass – Kathryn Purdie: “Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.” She has to spy out assassins! I love it. Anything with young women who… Read more »

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Classic YA Discussion: Alanna, The First Adventure

Classic YA Discussion: Alanna, The First Adventure

Welcome to our discussion for Alanna: the First Adventure! Today we have a special guest joining us, the wonderful Aussie scifi/fantasy author Andrea K. Höst, author of the Touchstone trilogy and a Midnight Garden favorite, And All the Stars. Our backgrounds: Wendy has never read this before, but both Layla and Andrea have. This series seems beloved by most fantasy fans, so it seemed like a great selection for our classics series. *As always, please be aware there will be spoilers if you haven’t read this book yet. Wendy: Thanks for joining our chat today, Andrea! Andrea: Glad to be here!  And it’s a great excuse to refresh my memory: I read the Alanna series a long time ago – long enough that I’ve forgotten most of it (except some vague memories of not going swimming).  It’s a book on the younger end (main character goes from eleven to thirteen)…. Read more »

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The Library School Diaries

The Library School Diaries

  Hello friends! You might have noticed that I’ve been basically non-existent on Twitter and Instagram for the past couple of months–and I am so sorry! I really miss everyone, and getting to chat about books and have fun! But if I’ve been absent, at least it’s for good reason: I started library school at the very end of August. I am currently finishing up my first semester in The University of Pittsburgh’s online Master of Library and Information Science program. It’s been very, very stressful, but also fun in how challenging it is! I thought it’d be neat to give you some insight into what gets covered in library school and what I’ve been learning.     I’m in the school library program (I hope to be a high school librarian one day!), and as someone without a previous education background, this means I am also working toward my teaching certificate in… Read more »

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Life and Death: Review Discussion

Life and Death: Review Discussion

Well, I certainly never thought I’d be here: having a review discussion on a gender swapped version of Twilight. Yet here we are. This is the route Stephenie Meyer chose to go in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the original book. Her goal? To prove that the original book is not sexist. That it’s not the fact that Bella is girl that makes her so helpless in that narrative, but that she is a human among supernatural creatures. Did she succeed in her goal? Read on to find out what Layla and I thought! Kim:  I was a huge, huge fan of the series back in the day. (Here’s a fun Throwback Thursday for you of when I was reading Twilight for the very first time back in college). I was way into it. I was an active member of the forums on the Twilight Lexicon, and I was there… Read more »

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