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Aug 14 2015
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Book Review: The Mockingbirds

Book Review: The Mockingbirds

TRIGGER WARNING: The following review centers around a rape victim and discusses attitudes towards rape and victim blaming.

With the current climate towards sexual assault on college campuses, it is imperative that we include these events in today’s media, advocating for the victims of rape and sexual assault. We’ve made some progress in the area, but it still isn’t enough. For example, Cracked ran an article about interviewing a college rapist, who admitted to raping a girl, and was afraid to speak out because he knew that the victim would still shoulder the blame, even though he was admitting to it. In fact, this is a direct quote from the article:

“When we first talked to him, Tim actually suggested we …

Aug 06 2015
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Book Review: Of Dreams and Rust

Book Review: Of Dreams and Rust

Of Metal and Wishes was a shock to my system.  On one hand, I was so excited about a Phantom of the Opera retelling with a steampunk/Asian twist. Whoa, that is a LOT of artistic leeway. But on the other hand, I kept telling my brain to reign it in a bit. This is me when it comes to books with awesome descriptions:

So I was going into the book in blissful awareness that I might get burned once again.

Of Metal and Wishes did hurt my heart. But it was SUCH A GOOD HURT. I loved the first novel. I loved the world building, and the description, and that the author based her story on a strong cultural foundation found in …

Jul 21 2015
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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic:Books That Celebrate Diversity

One constant that you can depend upon is the overpopulation of straight white characters in any media – books, TV, radio. Sad to say, cis white dominates the market.

Social media has rallied and set up quite a few wonderful awareness tags and discussions to invite more diversity into the field. YA writers and readers have responded very positively to the movement, and even though we have a lot of growing to do still, I have seen an influx of diversity into the market. Today, Kara and I highlight the top ten books that celebrate …

Jul 20 2015
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Book Review: A History of Glitter and Blood

Book Review: A History of Glitter and Blood

This book is going to be one of the hardest books to review, ever. I am very well aware that Moskowitz’s style is extremely macabre, to say the least. Teeth was one of the most horrifying books I have ever read. However, that isn’t saying that her work should be ignored or skipped over due to content.

Don’t run from this one!

There is always something a little different and very unique about her stories and her narration. Her novels always remind me of the creepy, yet highly insightful, cartoons of the 80s.

A History of Glitter and Blood is difficult to review for the one fact that I didn’t enjoy it, but I respected the implications and the deeper message behind the story. …

Jul 03 2015
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Epic Recs Review: I Am the Messenger

Epic Recs Review: I Am the Messenger

This was a great Epic Recs pick by Pixie. I read and loved The Book Thief, and I have wanted to pick up more books by this author.

I was fully expecting to love this one. I read 90% of it all in one sitting, and I can’t deny that the book is engaging. Sadly, there was a lot of good things about the novel, but it was all overshadowed by a huge problem, a cancer with today’s books: rape culture.

On a positive note, I was a huge fan of how the author portrayed Ed: a cowardly, everyday guy who was living his life, denying the undercurrent of unhappiness in his existence. His best relationship was with his dog, The Doorman …

May 15 2015
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Book Review: Black Iris

Book Review: Black Iris

Today, Jessie from Ageless Pages Reviews is joining us for a group review of Black Iris. Jessie is a wonderful blogger, and her insight was refreshing for an otherwise hard to review novel.

Lyn: I have to admit, this is my first New Adult novel, and I have been very excited to read this author’s writing.  Everyone gushes over her style, and I can see why it is a big hit.  Is this anyone else’s first NA novel?

Jessie: This was my first official NA read! I pretty much have refused to recognize NA as a label or a genre or anything. Buuuuut… it’s Leah Raeder. She has built a strong fanbase and I do love pretty prose…

Kara: Definitely …