All the Featured Saints by Maggie Steifvater

Certain authors have a way of describing both characters and setting that synergistically rouses both a shine of style and a patina of point-of-view that is entirely unique but patently important to the telling of a particular story. Maggie Steifvater is one such author, and All the Crooked Saints is one of those stories. What…

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"A Curse So Dark and Lonely" book cover

It’s been a busy week, in part because I became a micro-influencer! Technically, that just means that I have more than 2,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and higher-than-average engagement rates. Really, though, it means that YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME! Thanks for your support! Amongst that, plus my husband turning 52 but me thinking…

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Say you’re scrolling down your Twitter feed, and you come across someone spouting something particularly opinionated, rude, or derogatory. Just a quick scan of their post reveals that it’s about something you heartily disagree with, and/or is expressed in such a prejudicial way that you immediately scroll past it. You think, “Why should I engage…

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It’s been a tough few months, I tell you. Life has been very interesting, in some ways very good, and some quite bad. I’m finally getting over my insomnia, something I’ve struggled with for years (see this post about what it’s really like to live with it). I’m enjoying my job as a full-time book…

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Life continues to be interesting. At times like these, I’m so grateful for the listening ears of family and friends, for my life, my kids, my health, the fact that I’m sleeping much better than I have in years, even the fact that I can’t keep a pair of sunglasses to save my life. It…

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I am such a begrudging fan of Marie Lu’s Young Elites. This book was so wonderful in so many ways, but the ending was SUCH a disappointment for me. Nevertheless, I’m in the minority, judging by the 4.1/5 average rating from 554 reviewers on Amazon, and the 3.92/5 average rating from almost 100,000 reviewers on Goodreads.…

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"5 sci-fi or fantasy books that non-sci-fi or fantasy fans will enjoy," over the covers of those books.

Since I founded a blog that focuses on science fiction/fantasy books, you might think I’m biased towards them. From that, you might conclude that I don’t understand non-science fiction/fantasy fans (let’s call them NSFFFs). You might even think that I couldn’t–or even shouldn’t–recommend books to them. I have, however, been a member of multiple NSFFF…

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A woman's face, with part of it blurred, staring. Over her lips is the word "Whisper"

Have you ever heard a book described as “crisp?” For some reason, that’s the adjective that first comes to mind when I think of Whisper by Lynette Noni. It’s suspenseful and a little bit scary, not fast-paced enough to be called “brisk,” but nail-biting and tense, with a narrative style that moves you quickly through the…

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