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.
The supposedly dead parents of a fictional orphan don’t always have to be revealed as key players in a supernatural conspiracy.
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.
Today on YA Rewind, I’m revisiting a certain sandstone Abbey in Mossflower Wood, home to anthropomorphic mice, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, moles, otters, and more. I’ll pay tribute to Brian Jacques as I once again explore his world of riddles, feasts, villainous vermin, and heroic exploits, and discuss the pros and cons of length in novels for young adults.
Today on YA Rewind, I talk about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and the tremendous impact the boy wizard has had on my life. After, I spend some time on the Casting Couch discussing the first movie adaptation, its problems and successes, and why I would actually approve of a reboot in ten years.
The story of The Practical Orphan’s Guide began about nine years ago, when I was a freshwoman at the all-female Mills College in Oakland, California. I was taking a class called ‘Advanced Fiction for Children and Young Adults,’ and was supposed to be working on a story about a group of kids who were the result of a mad scientist’s experiment meeting up in their teens and discovering their special powers. (It was very X-Men.) Whenever I got stuck on that, which was often, I worked on what was then known as Practical Kate, a spoof of sorts on all the fantasy literature about young orphans who have magical adventures. In its very first iteration it was in the third person, but once I switched to first person PoV, the book really took off.
Today on YA Rewind I revisit T.A. Barron’s YA fantasy The Lost Years of Merlin, which has been repackaged as ‘The Lost Years: Merlin, Book 1,’ and is scheduled to hit movie theatres in 2013 – though there’s no word on whether or not there’s even a finished script. I toss out a few casting suggestions for the Casting Couch, and of course, no episode would be complete without 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.
In this episode of YA Rewind I talk about middle grade fiction and books for young readers including a favorite from when I was a kid: The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop. Then I explore the differences between the rules of magic for kids and the rules of magic for adults, and later I share a performance from 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.