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.
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.
In The Iron Wyrm Affair, Lilith Saintcrow introduces her audience to an alternate Victorian England where sorcery walks side by side with logical deduction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Considering 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.
I was actually a little scared to start this book. The whole world seemed to have gone to crap in Ghost Story with all my favorite characters suffering, and Harry as an indentured servant for a mad faerie queen. First of all, I was worried it was going to be hideously depressing. How was he going to be able to deal with all the people who thought he was dead? How would they react when they found out what he’d become?
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.