Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard

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Reviewing sequels is always a mixed bag … especially because I realized that even though I made a marry date or dump post (remember those?) about the characters in this series last year, I never got around to reviewing it. But I had a few feels and wanted to see what other readers thought, so onward! I’ll try to keep the spoilers for the first book at a minimum, but there are some spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.

To give some basic premise the book takes place in a world with two types of people silver bloods (who all have some kind of magical super power) and red bloods (who don’t). You can guess who is in charge. When red-blooded Mare Barrow develops a power usually reserved for the Silvers chaos ensues. She’s the object of intrigue of two princes, Maven and Cale, along with her childhood best friend. She’s the object of intrigue of two armies. She’s trying to figure out how to use her powers and her fame (from the first book) to overthrow her oppressors, but as the back of the book says Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Continue reading

We Need Diverse Books Chat @ New School

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Happy Thursday, friends! I’ve written about diverse books a few times on the blog and more and more have been setting goals to read diversely. It’s wonderful to be in New York where so many people want to have these discussions in the book/writing/publishing world. Last week, there was a panel on We Need Diverse Books at The New School. It featured New School MFA alum Sona Charaipotra, Una LaMarche and Daniel José Older. They talked about research methods, negative representations, craft issues when writing cross culturally, and more.

A friend and I wrote a blog post about the event for school which you can read here if you’re interested. I’ve read (and loved) Sona’s book Tiny Pretty Things, and am really excited to dive into the books from the other panelists which I bought at the event.

Would love any of your diverse book suggestions in the comments!

Book Madness

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Do you guys know about Out of Print clothing? It’s the place that always has cute book covers on t-shirts and tote bags and sweatshirts. Well it also does a fun alternative to March Madness called Book Madness. You get to pit books against each other and this year the bracket is easier than ever to use. Instead of classics, the books are all contemporary. Unsurprisingly I have Hunger Games going up against Harry Potter in the final face off … but there are also lots of non-YA books to choose from.

Today’s the last day to play, so hurry up and fill in your brackets!

Thesis Craziness

I have so many blog posts I want to write, friends, but my stress zone is level 10 (out of 10) today. I’ve got thesis and work deadlines and a friend coming to visit (yay!) and it’s the Teen Author Festival (yay!). But even things that are making me feel yay! right now are taking up my time and the blog’s just going to have to be the thing that takes the hit. Reading has also taken a big hit recently which I’m not happy about at all.

I hope everyone has the most lovely weekend full of good weather and/or good books! Hope to be a better blogger soon when some of this craziness is over!

Top 10 Books on my Spring TBR

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Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m reading less than ever (I’m looking at you thesis) and there are more books than ever that I have, have, have to read. It’s not a great combination, but here are ten I really hope to knock out this season. Maybe being able to read outside in the park will inspire more writing breaks? What are you looking forward to reading in the spring months? Continue reading