Bathing the Lion is the very first physical advanced copy I ever requested. I was so excited for it! It sounded so...unusual? I mean, check this out: In Jonathan Carroll's surreal masterpiece, Bathing the Lion, five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these ...
Thank goodness for Leigh Bardugo. I love to read (obviously), and I enjoy all kinds of genres, but from the moment I read the first few pages of the Grisha series, I knew I was embarking on an entirely new sort of adventure. Ruin and Rising finishes Alina’s story powerfully. Like the rest of the Grisha novels, the writing is filled with strong ...
I just got asked, yesterday, which three books I think everyone should read, and while I ended up putting two kind of heavy adult novels on there, guess what else ended up on the list? GRISHA. I just can’t get over how much I love these books. Why? Heroine I actually admire: check Amazing worldbuilding: check (omgosh, this setting!) Evocative writing: check ...
Dear hormones: Remember when we were frustrated with that one other series we were reading, because we thought that evil bad guy was really kind of sexy, and then all the chemistry dried up and the character wasn’t nearly so interesting anymore? Yeah, I found you the answer to that. (Ohhh my gooooosh!) Ahem. Shadow and Bone is completely unlike any book I’ve ever read, ever. ...
  I’ve been trying to write this review of Infinite, now, for three days, and I just can’t seem to get started. For me, that’s a sign of MAJOR book hangover–I’m just still so stuck in the world of the book that I can’t even process how I felt about it. Can I just post **LOVE!** and call it good? Ha. You guys ...
If you’re looking for something that’s a change from the constant wave of dystopian blather in YA literature, The Peculiars is it. It’s an adventurous story with a likeable heroine, set in a quirky historical time period. Steampunk fantasy? Sure, why not? McQuerry is a natural writer, and I delighted in every last page, here. Her characters are colorful and ...
I heart these books. I never would have discovered Jodi Meadows if it hadn’t been for the blogging community on Twitter, and thank goodness for it! I really can’t say enough lovely things about Jodi’s writing. After starting a series of books I didn’t finish, recently, what a joy it was to pick up Asunder and be swept away by its ...
I’m not sure I ever would have picked up the Everneath books if it hadn’t been for Brodi Ashton, herself. I went to a book signing for Cynthia Hand back in 2011, not realizing that Brodi was with her. I’d never heard of Brodi Ashton before, but after hearing her talk and answer questions, I was totally sold–not just ...
One of the things I love the very most about being a book blogger is how much it stretches me. Before I started blogging, I was pretty predictable in my reading choices–(classics, historical fiction). Now, I try a lot harder to be aware of what’s out there and to maintain greater variety in what I read, so I can ...
PEOPLE. I’ve been thinking about what to write for this review of Champion for hours, now, and I am seriously sitting at my laptop, eyes bugged out huge, because, OMGOSH. I think so much just happened that it broke my brain.   Holy crap. This book is absolutely my most favorite of all the series-enders I’ve read in the past year. Looking ...