All Things Urban Fantasy Book Review Round-Up II: Electric Boogaloo

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From demonic circuses to water elemental murder mysteries, alien exchange students to World War I-era necromancy, my urban fantasy book reviews from January to June.
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Forever a FANGIRL

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I don’t have a twin sister, my father isn’t manic-depressive, and my mother didn’t leave me when I was eight, but the main character in Rainbow Rowell’s FANGIRL was so familiar that after reading late into the night, I reached for my Kindle as soon as I woke up in the morning to finish reliving my first year of college through Cath Avery. Continue reading

Celebromancy and the Price of Fame: Michael Underwood Writes Again

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Michael Underwood stops by to share the origin story of Celebromancy, why having a bisexual main character was so important to him, and what’s next for Ree. Continue reading

YA REWIND: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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On this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about weaving multimedia into an analog narrative, some of the ups and downs of dating your grandfather’s ex-girlfriend, and sit down on the Casting Couch to make suggestions for the film adaptation coming our way in 2015. Continue reading

Just Write

I’ve been in revision mode since the beginning of the year, which is why my podcast is sporadic and my blogging has been pretty lax. Despite the number of hours in the day, when I’m really trying to tune my focus, taking time for anything else feels like cheating, or wasting precious moments that should be spent correcting typos and eliminating the word ‘just’ from my manuscript. Continue reading

YA REWIND: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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Today on YA Rewind, author Gail Carriger joins me for a chat about her new young adult novel, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Book One). We talk about her literary influences, what appealed to her about a teenage protagonist, and why Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality floats above the moors. Continue reading

Hollywood Jane Recommends: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

lbdposterConsidering how big a fan I am of the original source material (as well as the A&E mini, the Keira Knightly film, and the zombified version), I’m surprised it took me as long as it did to sit down to watch the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, “an online adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.” Maybe it’s because I’m such a big fan; I wasn’t sure I needed to see yet another version of the story.

No great surprise, like thousands of others across the internet I found myself sucked into the story of the Bennet sisters, Lizzie, Jane, and Lydia. (Where are Kitty and Mary, you might ask? They turn up in some clever ways.) Clever is probably the word I’d use the most in describing LBD; the web series updates some of the more old-fashioned ideas of the book in ways that both amuse and make perfect sense. … Continue reading

Book Review: Cold Days by Jim Butcher

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colddaysSPOILER WARNING!

I only started reading The Dresden Files at the end of 2011, after friends spent the car ride home from Comic-Con talking about Ghost Story, which had just been released. I’d seen the short-lived SciFi series, and been reliably informed that the show was almost nothing like its source material. Which was fine – except that I liked the show. Still, there was a big push in my geek group to have everyone read the series, and so a couple of months later I started what would be a two month binge of the other wizard named Harry.

Eventually I got to Changes. Then Ghost Story. Wham doesn’t really begin to describe it.

As I powered through the books, I was kind of surprised no one had told me to read them sooner as I am a complete sucker for humorous urban fantasy. … Continue reading

YA REWIND: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander

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Today on YA Rewind, after an unexpected hiatus, I’ve gone back to the works of Lloyd Alexander for what may be one of my favorite books of all time: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen. I talk about how magic helps the moral go down, discuss the changes planned for this podcast in the new year, and finish with Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve. Continue reading