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YA Book Review: Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow

Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow I knew Erin Bow was a masterful writer after reading her last book, Plain Kate, so I was excited when I saw Sorrow’s Knot on NetGalley. Erin Bow is one of the most talented writers … Continue reading

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YA Memoir Review: Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler

Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler is a YA memoir about the author’s struggles as a teenager to find his place in his conservative religious family. This is an absolutely stunning book. Every page is so vivid and realistic, it’s almost … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Diviners by Libba Bray is about a group of teenagers with psychic powers that are emerging in response to an evil, supernatural presence in 1920s Manhattan. It’s part X-Men, part serial killer murder mystery, part Da Vinci Code, part … Continue reading

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MG Book Review: Libby of High Hopes by Elise Primavera

Libby of High Hopes by Elise Primavera This is a totally cute, sweet book about an almost-11-year-old girl named Libby who dreams of riding horses. But real life keeps getting in the way, from a big sister who gets all … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is YA historical fiction at its very best. The story takes place in World War II and is told from the viewpoint of a female spy who has been captured and tortured for information. … Continue reading

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YA Book Review: Scars by Cheryl Rainfield

Scars by Cheryl Rainfield is an incredibly powerful story about self-harm, rape, abuse, and homophobia written in a completely authentic and compelling (and non-overwhelming!) way. Never did I question the author’s “teen voice” or authority to tell this story. When … Continue reading

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MG Book Review: The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall A sweet, funny story about four rambunctious sisters on summer vacation. The perfect read for those last days of summer vacation when you’re … Continue reading

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Going Beyond Fan Fic – Making Your Favorite Characters Your Own

“Where do you get your ideas?” This is one of the questions that authors dread because it comes up so frequently, pretty much every time they take questions at signings or other events. I went to an event with Jane Yolen once … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I have noticed a trend in my recent reviews. If a book has serious themes in it, I often preface my review by saying “I thought I wouldn’t like this but…” or “I was scared to read it but..” But … Continue reading

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“No offense, but…”: The book review every writer is afraid they will get

All this talk on various blogs about whether or not writers should be posting negative book reviews has got me thinking about my own fears as a writer. It’s so scary putting your work out there. What if people hate … Continue reading

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