28 Jan
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SF Signal Mind Meld

Today I’m over at SF Signal as a part of the Mind Meld “You Know We’re All About That Backlist,” where I talk about how to dive into Octavia Butler’s books.  Be sure to swing by and discover some of the panelists’ favorite backlist titles! http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/01/mind-meld-all-about-that-backlist/

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26 Jan
“The Girl With All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey

“The Girl With All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is not your average zombie story.  It starts out from the perspective of Melanie, a little girl who is being raised in an institution.  She spends most of her life strapped down and restrained, and doesn’t realize how unusual this is because all the kids she goes to school with are in a similar position.  Melanie thinks she’s normal, but she’s not.  As the story slowly progresses, we learn that she is part zombie and that her school is part of a research organization that’s studying zombie/human hybrids to try to […]

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23 Jan
Write On Review-a-Thon: January Edition!

Write On Review-a-Thon: January Edition!

The Write-On Review-a-Thon is a monthly event hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen.  The goal is to catch up on writing reviews.  I love this event because it pushes me to play catch-up and get ahead on my review-writing. These are the books that I need to write reviews for: You Have to F**king Eat by Adam Mansbach The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey The Shadowy Horses by Susannah Kearsley The Angel by Tiffany Reisz DNF Review: The King’s Peace by Jo Walton Captive of Gor by John Norman And any other books that I finish […]

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21 Jan
“City of Illusions” by Ursula K. LeGuin

“City of Illusions” by Ursula K. LeGuin

  City of Illusions is the story of an alien who awakens on earth with amnesia.  He doesn’t know who he is or why he’s there, but a group of earthlings take him in, and he takes the name Falk.  From these people, Falk learns Earth’s history.  It was a technologically advanced society, but then the Shing invaded.  The Shing are kind of like parasites; they rule the world, but they don’t build anything or do anything for the benefit of society.  The Shing eradicate human settlements if they try to do anything big or cooperative, and so humans are […]

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19 Jan
Hidden Huntress Cover Reveal

Hidden Huntress Cover Reveal

Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible. Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation. Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to […]

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19 Jan
Review and Giveaway: “Joy Street” by Laura Foley

Review and Giveaway: “Joy Street” by Laura Foley

  The Land of Happy Sometimes all this grinning feels so strange, I just lie on the porch doing nothing energetic, just lolling on the sun-warmed wood, letting the dogs lick my face, while the din of loneliness fills other ears Joy Street by Laura Foley is a collection of poems that eloquently capture moments in life and love as the narrator meets and gets to know her partner Clara and finds happiness.  There’s an exuberance in Foley’s worldview as she revels in the feelings and experiences that are simple yet meaningful. Joy Street contains thirty three poems, each of […]

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14 Jan
“Wildalone” by Krassi Zourkova

“Wildalone” by Krassi Zourkova

In the legends of my country, no creature is more beautiful or more cruel than the samodiva: the young witch of the forest who dances under a full moon, lures men with promises of love, then takes their lives.  Folk superstitions claim that samodiva powers run in certain families, but I never believed this.  Or at least, I tried not to.  Because it would have meant that the madness of these creatures ran in my own blood. -from “Wildalone” by Krassi Zourkova As a first year Princeton student, Thea Slavin anticipates some adjustment to life in a new country and […]

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12 Jan
“Spell/Sword” by G. Derek Adams

“Spell/Sword” by G. Derek Adams

Jonas is good with a sword, but he has no common sense (or other talents, for that matter).  After getting arrested for a brawl outside of a tavern, he ends up being sentenced to help guard a woman named Rime on her travels.  Rime is secretly a wild mage, and wild mages aren’t supposed to be allowed to live.  Rime is on her way to chase a legendary witch who she thinks can help her contain her powers before she loses control and unleashes apocalyptic chaos upon the world. Spell/Sword reads a little bit like a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.  […]

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10 Jan
Recipe: Kale Berry Smoothie

Recipe: Kale Berry Smoothie

Mike got me a little bullet-style blender for Christmas, and I’ve been on a smoothie kick ever since.  Smoothies with bananas and blueberries and pineapples and strawberries and yogurt and mango and …KALE! Mike:  Did you just say you put kale in your smoothie? Me:  Yep.  Delicious and nutritious! Mike:  That is disgusting, never say that again. Me:  …but it’s really tasty! Mike:  Kale smoothies are a sin. Me:  Sinfully delicious, you mean! Mike:  The sin was to play at creation by creating a shake (something incredibly delicious) out of kale, a horrid choice of a vegetable.  By doing such […]

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09 Jan
New Acquisitions, 1/9/14

New Acquisitions, 1/9/14

New Acquisitions is a feature where I talk about recent books that I’ve purchased, borrowed, won, and/or received for review consideration. All book descriptions are taken from Goodreads. For Book Tours: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova Books set in or influenced by Eastern Europe fascinate me, as do books that embrace legend and myth but juxtapose them with the present day. In this darkly imaginative debut novel full of myth, magic, romance, and mystery, a Princeton freshman is drawn into a love triangle with two enigmatic brothers, and discovers terrifying secrets about her family and herself—a bewitching blend of Twilight, The […]

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