Guest Post—Cinderella Necromancer by F.M. Boughan

I’m so pleased to be a part of the blog tour for CINDERELLA NECROMANCER, and to bring you a guest post from the author, F.M. Boughan! See below for information about the book and author, and of course, for the guest post!

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Guest Post—The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

I’m so excited to bring you a guest post from Irena Brignull, author of THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY and THE HAWKWEED LEGACY. See below for information about the books and Irena, as well as her guest post for this blog!

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Why I Loved…The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

For months, I was champing at the bit, hoping to get an ARC of Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight. The cover is beautiful, I love YA, the title reminded me of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the author is a hoot on Twitter. So, I wanted the precious. WARNING: If you have not read the book, this review contains information some may consider spoilers.

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Review—Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

As I was reading Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I said, “I wish I had her brain!”

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Splinters Book Cover Reveal

Thanks to F.J.R Titchenell, Matt Carter, and Twitter, I have the opportunity to be a part of the book cover reveal of Splinters, the first book in The Prospero Chronicles.

So, without further ado, here is the cover:
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Reading and Revolutions

Yesterday, I read this article called “The Gatsby Curve: How Inequality Became a Household Word.” I initially clicked on the link on Twitter because it mentioned The Great Gatsby, and since I’m a nerd, I’m a sucker for when people use literature to explain things in society (see original tweet below).
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Well, it’s not really “literature,” but…

I read the final book in Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. I should correct myself though and say that it is “young adult literature.” I suppose, though, my problem is that I’ve read so many series recently (Hunger Games, Matched, etc.) that I’ve sort of grown tired of the post-apocalyptic/dystopian genre.

However, I will say that I did enjoy reading the finale of Roth’s series. I was surprised at her choice of ending, and that was actually refreshing. You see, when one teaches literature, one is often stuck in a rut of “Oh, this is going to happen,” and one figures out the ending before it happens, and one also analyzes every character’s archetypal meaning…but I digress. I said that the ending was refreshing, but her choice of the dual narrative is also refreshing. The finale of the Matched series utilized the same perspective-changing method, but it was less effective, likely because Roth’s prose is much more balanced and, well, in some places, just beautiful.

At any rate, if I had to choose my favorite dystopian trilogies, Roth’s is right up there with The Hunger Games. Even THG had the issue of becoming over politicized at the end, and I feel that with the focus more on the characters’ perspectives, reactions, and interactions than the political/social subtext, Roth may have just succeeded where Collins fell short.

So. While I’m not commenting on literature in the traditional/canonical literary sense, at least I’m writing, right? Baby steps back to writing more…baby steps to being a real blogger…