Posts Tagged: kim

A Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris: Event Recap

A Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris: Event Recap

You guys, you guys, you guys. What is life even anymore? I do not know. Last night I had the incredible, incredible privilege to moderate an author Q&A with Sarah J. Maas, Tiffany Schmidt, Susan Dennard, and Liz Norris at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA. So obviously I was super nervous but quickly found out there was no reason to be! I met with the ladies briefly before the event and we discussed our Q&A gameplan. I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and Susan at the YA Runs a 5K event here in Philly last July, and was completely overwhelmed when they both greeted me with hugs last night.       I was so thrilled to see a huge number of actual teens and younger people in the audience. When I attended an event earlier this year at CBW it seemed like the adults definitely outnumbered the… Read more »

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Heir of Fire: Review

Heir of Fire: Review

Send help. Once again, the inimitable Sarah J. Maas has destroyed me. Darker, more animalistic and complex, with a spate of awesome new characters, greater sense of magic, and ever expanding locations, this series has started to fully realize its potential as truly epic fantasy. At last, the world of Throne of Glass feels as though it’s living up to the promise of The Assassin’s Blade when it comes to the scale of the story. This volume has a very different feel from its predecessors. The majority of the novel takes place outside of Rifthold, has Celaena separated from Dorian and Chaol, and features plots and locations that make the story fresh, new, and unpredictable. In many ways I can’t help but admire Maas for having the guts to to be true to her story when it’s so different from what readers have come to expect from previous books. But… Read more »

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A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

A Little Something Different: Review + Giveaway

This book had me grinning like a fool within the first several pages (Buffy references?? Yes, please!) and kept the good feels coming all the way through. This is a very sweet story about two really good people who deserve to be together. It should be simple, right? They like each other, they have mutual interests and classes, and many friends/others are rooting for them. And yet it’s not simple at all. We are often our own worst enemy and this story proves that more than most. At its best this book is a funny, sweet and heartwarming examination of how our own perceived troubles and insecurities can get in the way of actual happiness. And what we can do about it. There are fourteen POV characters, none of whom are the couple in question. Each brings their own personalities and perspectives to the relationship. Not all are cheerleaders but… Read more »

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Of Metal and Wishes: Review

Of Metal and Wishes: Review

My goodness. This is a beautifully written, gruesome, creepy, and yet somehow intensely romantic read. Going into this I had no idea that it was a Phantom of the Opera retelling. I thought it was a paranormal read with an actual ghost featuring in there as a love interest. I do think it best to inform you this is not the case! Still, that is not to say there is no mystery to the Ghost of this story and the unfolding of that is one of the central joys of the book. I’ll leave you to it. :) I loved the characters in this story. Wen is such a courageous person, perhaps more so because, truly, she is timid and vulnerable. Full of self doubt and quick to take on the burden of self punishment, it is great to watch her transformation over the course of the story. The supporting… Read more »

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Deception’s Princess: Review

Deception’s Princess: Review

Okay, sure. That cover is just screaming Brave (on purpose I can’t help but think). I can tell you, though, that there really aren’t many similarities between the two. This is straight historical fiction with no more magic in it than a book set in the misty, mythic hills of Iron Age Ireland perhaps cannot help but imbue. Maeve is the youngest daughter of the High King of Ireland and a valued prize for any of the dozens of ambitious lesser kings. Though, clearly, she is not going to resign herself to such a fate without a fight. Maeve’s characterization was a delight to behold. Witty, courageous, and fierce, but with a tenderness and vulnerability as well. She’s talented and capable yet she makes mistakes. She’s fully drawn and one of the realest characters I’ve encountered this year. I loved her. The most enjoyable aspect of this book is watching… Read more »

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Child of a Hidden Sea: Review

Child of a Hidden Sea: Review

This is the story of a lost girl. Both literally and figuratively. Sophie is adrift in the course of her life, stuck in that sort of early 20s purgatory, and living in the shadow of her adopted family’s academic genius. On a mission to track down her birth mother Sophie gets more than she bargained for when accidentally stumbles upon on an assassination attempt with people from another world. When Sophie accidentally travels back with them she discovers there’s more to her history than she ever thought possible. I enjoyed the plot. The political machinations and the mysteries at the heart of the story are twisty-turny and thoroughly absorbing.   This is fun political fantasy. And even though this is actually an adult book it has such a spirited MG feel. It’s a high seas adventure! There are pirates! And magic! There are even moments of grotesque horror akin to the… Read more »

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Everything Leads to You: Tour Stop

Everything Leads to You: Tour Stop

  I am so happy to be hosting the tour stop at The Midnight Garden for this hazy, dreamy, lovely summer read. I’m not one for contemporary usually, but this book has such a fantastic almost fairy tale like feel in its telling. It makes sense when you think about it. Isn’t love itself a sort of magic? And there’s so much more underneath the surface.  Love lost and and love found. There is both tragedy and blessing. This book encapsulates it all. And, of course, I love, love, love seeing female/female relationships being explored in YA. Even better, this isn’t an “issue” book, and Emi’s sexuality is never approached as a thing. It just is. I really adored how normally and matter of fact her lesbian relationships are portrayed. For queer girls like me, it truly gladdens my heart to see it; especially in YA. I just love what Nina has… Read more »

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