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General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 9 + April Wrap-Up

Hello and happy Independent Bookstore Day!! Since I work at my local indie I will definitely be stopping in to shower it in some love. Local stores just have that vibe that corporate ones don’t, and so I hope you guys go do the same for your stores!

Since it’s both Saturday and the last day of April I figured I would roll my wrap-up all in one. So without further ado, here goes nothing!

This week… I had a band banquet where we all dress nice and eat (okay) food. It’s fun and we’re raucous, but it was much more bittersweet this year. Most of my friends will be graduating and it was one of the lasts that we’ll do together. I can’t believe they’ll be leaving at the end of the summer!

I also had a final concert for the extra orchestra I’m in. We played Danzon No. 2 by Marquez, Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, and some other pieces. It was fun to play, Danzon No. 2 was especially my favorite to play. I’m not sure if I’ll try out for it next year due to possible fall conflicts, but hopefully I can keep it in my life somehow.

All my AP classes are wrapping things up! Next week starts all AP testing. Mine are Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday which will be a big long haul. Fortunately I’ll be all done with them this first week. I’m not sure if I would stay focused enough to study for week 2. After this I’ll only have one real test that I need to focus on.

Prom update: I got my prom dress!!! Yeah, I finally went shopping. It’s navy with a v-neck and cap sleeves. I really like it and was lucky enough to have tried it on first. I did try on a few others but this one took the cake. Now for shoes and jewelry. 🙂

I wrote and conducted my first author interview! I met Cori McCarthy back in March and we talked about doing one for a bit, and I finally got around to writing her. If you missed out on that don’t worry, click here to read it. Keep an eye out for another interview of a member of the Bookstagram community next Friday!

I’m currently reading Unrivaled by Alyson Noel. I finished Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevive Tucholke late, late last night after my first Twitter chat. I participated in the #3rdofMayYA chat with authors like Erin L. Schneider and Harriet Hapgood. It was crazy and went really fast, but I’m glad I took part in it!

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So what did I read this month? 

I didn’t have a tbr this month because I always feel a little constricted when I do so I read whatever I felt like.

  1. A Tyranny of Petticoats ed. by Jessica Spotswood
  2. The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
  3. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  4. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith
  5. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  6. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
  7. Love Charms and Other Catastrophes by Kimberly Karalius
  8. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevive Tucholke

I kind of fell behind a little on my reading. Yes, I did make my minimum of 8 books, but I didn’t read a classic (unless you count all the poetry I’ve had to read for AP Lit). I think maybe if I read two this coming month or three in June I’ll have cancelled out my behind-ness. As you can tell by the links I am also behind on my reviews. I promise I will catch up this month!

Next month I’ll also be part of the Love Charms and Other Catastrophes blog tour! My stop is May 13th where I’ll be posting a review along with a giveaway! I would love if you stopped by and paid a visit.

Monday you should expect a post of my anticipated reads along with a long, long list of books due for release Tuesday. Can you wait for I Read YA  week? I know I can’t!!

How was your week? What are you currently reading? How did your April tbr fair?

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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Q & A Fridays: Author Interview – Cori McCarthy

Woohoo happy Friday guys! Here it is – my first author interview! Thank you so much Cori for being an awesome human and agreeing to answering these questions for me. For those of you who don’t know Cori published a book this year titled You Were Here. I had the pleasure of reading this early through my job. She also published Breaking Sky which is now in paperback from SourceBooks.

Wondering who this Cori lady is? Here’s her official bio:

CM HeadshotCori McCarthy started writing when she was thirteen. She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Ohio University, focusing in memoir writing and poetry. After graduation she completed UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Appalachian Ohio. In 2011, she earned an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

In geographical history, Cori was born on Guam, grew up in New England and the Midwest, studied abroad in Ireland, and now lives in Michigan. She’s traveled everywhere from Scotland to St. Petersburg, Albania to Montenegro. Like her hero Walt Whitman, her favorite city on the planet is Washington, D.C., and her favorite off-planet city is Entra.

Cori is the author of several YA books. Kirkus called her debut novel, THE COLOR OF RAIN, “[an] elegantly written and emotionally cathartic page-turner.” Her second novel, BREAKING SKY, received starred reviews fromSchool Library Journal and the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and is currently in development to become a film by Sony Pictures. Kirkusreviewed it as “smart, exciting, confident–and quite possibly the next Big Thing.” Her third book, YOU WERE HERE, is a contemporary mixed media novel that earned a starred review from the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books and was hailed a VOYA Best Book.

Cori’s novel in verse, Name Me America, won the Middle Grade category for the 2014 Katherine Paterson Prize. Cori is also the co-founder of Rainbow Boxes, a charitable initiative aiming to bring LGBTQIA fiction to community libraries and GSAs across America. Tweet@RainbowBoxesYA or watch a three minute commercial for the initiative.

Cori is a contributing blogger at Through the Tollbooth and a freelance editor withYellow Bird Editor.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Cori at a signing near me and we had a wonderful time! To read more about that click here.

Now for the real interview:

Sophie: Hi, Cori! So glad to chat with you! Tell us something we can’t find in your author bio.

Cori McCarthy: I like to cook! Wait, that’s not terribly interesting. I play guitar and write really bad songs. The first really bad song I wrote was in college—it was about Hobbits. I started to play guitar because I kept dating guitarists who were not good boyfriends, so I dropped them and taught myself to play.

S: Your recent release You Were Here is dedicated to someone special. Could you say who and why?

CM: You Were Here is dedicated to my friend and classmate, Matt. Matt passed away suddenly two days before the last day of Eighth Grade. I was stunned and shocked and saddened at the time, but it wasn’t until years later that I started to really process his absence. You Were Here is about this very same latent grief that I struggled with, and dedicating this story to Matt was really cathartic…even twenty years later.

S: What inspired Jaycee, Natalie, Mik, Bishop, and Zach’s stories to be written?

CM: Oh, they’re all different parts of me! At one point, my friend and I jokingly referred to You Were Here as “A Tale of 5 Coris.” Here’s a brief rundown on how I am (or was) a little like each character:

Jaycee—I have a B.A. in Sarcasm, minor in Snark.

Natalie—I have often struggled with micromanaging my own life. I have also struggled

with depression, anxiety, and OCD throughout my life.

Mik—I wear all black. A lot.

Bishop—I draw and write poetry. Bishop’s poems were actually initially drawn by me, and then the great people at Sourcebooks had the illustrator, Sonia Liao, make them much more professional looking. I’ll attach a side-by- side image for you!

Zach—Oh, I have never been okay with growing up. For awhile in my younger life, I thought that alcohol might keep me young. It did not work. It actually aged me sneakily, and maybe every about-to- go-to-college grad should know that. Alcohol makes you feel older and act younger, but in all truth, it ages your mind in a very sad, irreversible way. For this reason, Zach was the hardest to write and definitely the saddest of the sad sacks in this misfit crew.

S: After reading the book the different media used to tell each characters’ story makes so much sense. How did you come up with that idea?

CM:It all started with Mik. I was working on Jaycee, Natalie, and Zach’s prose sections, and I sat down to capture Mik. I knew that he was a selective mute with a sort of dark beauty to him, but I didn’t know what his thoughts sounded like. I tried to write him out and failed. Mik didn’t have words inside of him. He had images. So I wrote a script for his sections. Dialogue and action; that’s it. The illustrator brought him to life, and I’m so very proud of Sonia’s work here. In truth, the multi-media was not something that I set out to. It came through the story,from the characters. I have been thinking about doing another story styled this way, but I don’t think it’ll ever be like this one.

S: Which character do you relate to the most?

CM: I related to all of them in different ways. I think more than the characters, I related to the situations. Like Jaycee and Natalie, I once experienced a huge rift in a friendship that I could neither comprehend nor easily fix. That was very hard to write.

S: Who was the hardest to write?

CM: Oops, I think I already answered this one above 

S: Okay steering away from You Were Here, your second novel Breaking Sky was optioned for film. Who would be your dream cast?

CM: Oh, I love this question. In an ideal world, Chase would be played by Hailee Steinfeld who I LOVED in Ender’s Game and True Grit. I would also love Asa Butterfield for Pippin. I have never been able to find an actor for Tristan, the love interest. But I’d love for Crackers (the psychiatrist) to be played by Kristin Bell, and for Brigadier General Kale to be played by David Boreanaz.

S: Of the two books can you say you like writing one more than the other?

CM: I liked writing Breaking Sky more because it has more jokes—more campy fun. You Were Here was cathartic to write, but it also sort of broke my heart over and over. I’d be sitting there writing, a sad, sad expression on my face, and my writing partner would look over and say, “Did you hurt your own feelings again?” And I’d say, “Yeah…”

S: How do you come up with such kick ass females?

CM: I always try to write the girls who inspired me. Chase in Breaking Sky was inspired by Starbuck in the Battlestar Galactica reboot. Jaycee was the “say anything never care about the consequences” girl that I wanted to be when I was younger. (I had too much inner cautious Natalie to really be a Jaycee.)

S: Alright we’ll wrap it up a bit here now. Do you have any upcoming appearances where people can meet you in the flesh?

CM: Oh, I do!

May 19 th Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, 7pm

(Link to that here) https://www.facebook.com/events/1161062693925432/

May 20 th B&N Rochester Hills, 7pm YA panel and young writers raffle

I’ll also be participating at the Barnes and Noble Teen Weekend of June 10 & 11

June 10 th B&N in Rochester Hills, 7pm

June 11 th at B&N in Grand Rapids, 12 pm

S: Any lingering comments you’d like to add?

CM: Just that it was GREAT to meet you a few weeks ago! I hope we see each other again soon!

Thanks, Cori! It was a pleasure to meet and chat with you! Thank you for taking the time to answer all my questions 🙂

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Remember Cori talking about how she put parts of You Were Here together? Well, because she’s so lovely she’s sharing some exclusive content on her drafting!

Bishop Heart Art

On the left is Cori’s own drawing of one of Bishop’s pieces in the novel. On the right is the illustrator’s own interpretation of Cori’s work.

Looking to get in touch with Cori? Find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Want a copy of You Were Here? Buy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore. Or did you want Breaking Sky? Her are links to it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or you could support your local bookstore.

I hope you enjoyed Cori’s interview as much as I did! I will be keeping you updated on her writing and what’s coming from her in the future. You should definitely go check out her two books now! I love, love, love You Were Here and she’s a wonderful author.

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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Yay or Nay Wednesdays: Finishing a Bad Book

Hey, happy hump day guys! I’m glad it’s Wednesday, but at the same time I’m surprised how quick this week is going.  It seems like they keep going faster and faster lately. One week until my AP Literature exam 😛 Here’s the third installment of Yay or Nay Wednesdays due to such rising popularity. I hope you like it!

The Case: You’re a good 100 pages into a book that you just don’t like. Do you continue to read it or put it down and stop wasting your time?

The Prosecution: 

  • As stated above – you don’t like it
  • you could be reading a different, better book
  • you won’t care not finishing because you don’t feel invested in it
  • you’ve wasted your time reading this now
  • reading this book makes your insides cringe – in the bad way
  • Have you heard of the 50 page rule?!

The Defense:

  • Hey it’s only 100 pages – there’s still more time for it to redeem itself
  • you have pride – you don’t have a long list of DNF books and you cannot let this one ruin your reading streak
  • you (may) really like this author, you have to give it a chance
  • It’s not the book, it’s you

The Verdict:

Okay, guys, there are a few times I have or should have just added a book to my DNF. Sometimes I start a book and it’s just not the right time for me to be reading it. It just isn’t meshing with my vibes, ya feel me? (I just got hippie on y’all, so sorry. I can’t promise it won’t happen again.) While it hurts my heart to not finish a book, the reading and reviewing schedule I keep just doesn’t go well with not reading a lot. Also, I don’t want to put myself through it if I don’t have to. Sometimes the book and I just don’t mesh and that’s okay.

What’s the last book you DNF? Do you stick it out when you don’t like a book?

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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Bookish News: Untold Story from Renee Ahdieh

Hi, guys! Happy Monday 🙂 Today’s Bookish News is about the new release of the third untold tale from Renee Ahdieh. If you can remember, she wrote The Wrath and the Dawn and the sequel The Rose and the Dagger is coming out this May. Since there is so much hype for this book (that I have yet to read) I figured you’d like to read some of the short story to satiate your taste.

I took part of this article from Penguin Teen’s News You Can Use. To read the full piece click the link here.

“Right here, today, in this post, you can read untold tale #3, The Mirror in the Maze! All week, fans have been tweeting to unlock this e-novella, and today we reached our goal of 1,001 tweets! Clearly, Renee Ahdieh’s fans are just as amazing as she is.

Without further ado, we present The Mirror and the Maze!

 

The Mirror and the Maze

The city burned bright from leagues away. Khalid could see it just as he and his men made the final turn toward home.

There, on the horizon . . . a colossal ember stretched high into the sky, pulsing and alive in its warmth, even from a distance. Its fires raged as the smoke collected above it. Billowed into a plume. A darkening shadow across an already black sky.

The cold grip of fear snaked around Khalid’s heart.

Followed by pure, unmitigated fury.

It could not be possible. Salim Ali el-Sharif would not dare attack Rey. Would not dare lay siege to the greatest city in all of Khorasan.

Would not dare put his years of threats into action.

The fear clutched tight in Khalid’s chest.

Everything and everyone he loved was in that city. His cousin. His uncle.

Shahrzad.”

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Please note the portion in the quotes is taken directly from Penguin Teen’s website. I am in no way claiming this as my own writing. I would love for you to go visit their amazing website! This is not the entire story as mentioned above so if you would like to read it all please click the link I’ve included above!

Have a wonderful Monday, guys!

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Hi, guys! Today’s review is going to be on A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. This was our April read for The Book Junkies. I couldn’t wait to read this, especially since I really enjoy Sherlock Holmes in general.

Here’s what the book is about:

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut 23272028prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.

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When this started popping up on Instagram I knew I had to put this on my TBR immediately. Sherlock Holmes is something I actually just recently have gotten into. I have always loved mystery books especially  The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

Charlotte is a witty character so much like her great-great-great grandfather. Her dry humor made me laugh out loud. Her strong character is someone so memorable that I have thought about her long after finishing the story. Her story is still such a mystery that I can’t wait for the next book. I need to know more!

Jamie. Oh Jamie, what a sweetheart. I love Jamie. He’s loyal to a fault and a good friend to Charlotte. He softens her edges and puts things into a new perspective for her that would be lost without him. I liked how the story was told in his point of view staying true to the form of the original tales. I think it would be unique if we got to hear from Charlotte herself as well throughout the story, but it helps her mystique that she has built up thanks to Cavallaro.

Re-tellings are, I imagine, hard to write. People have these preconceived notions about who the original characters are and who they should be and I imagine that it’s hard to write it so people get past those ideas. Despite these challenges, Cavallaro comes out with a winning piece that I was/am addicted to. I promise this won’t disappoint!

The mystery itself is enthralling. The story telling is excellent. I love hope it twists in on itself. I love trying to figure it out before the characters come to their conclusion, but I’m kind of crap at that lol 😛

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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General Update: My Bookish Life pt. 8

Hello guys! This week has been pretty good for me. I can’t believe next week is already the last week of April – this month as gone by so fast! In two weeks the AP tests are taking place then prom. This school year is coming to a close pretty quick!

Let’s see… I hit a reading slump the week before last. Testing week screwed me up on my reading but thankfully Rebel of the Sands pulled me out of this. I’ve read two books this week and am on my third. I read The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder thanks to the people at Simon and Schuster.

I had a lot of tests this week too. I didn’t do so hot, but it’s okay. It’ll all pan out in the end. Today I started Gilmore Girls and oh my god I can’t stop watching it. I am addicted. Lorelai is my spirit animal, but so is Rory. OMG I CAN’T EVEN. Rory’s going to her first day of school at Chilton right now.

Prom update: I think I’m just going to wear my sister’s old dress. I don’t feel like buying a new dress. Can I be honest? I don’t want to go that much. I just want the food really.

Okay I can’t think of anything else to talk about so I’m just going to go and stop babbling.

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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Q & A Friday: The Epic Reads Tag

Hi, guys! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week so far! I welcome Friday with open arms. I’ve gotten so much done this past week – more than I realized while actually in the week. So today I’m going to do the Epic Reads tag which I found on My Little Book Blog. It’s a such a cute blog so go give it some love!

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head,And whispered to her neighbor- -Winter is dead.” (1)

QUESTION 1

IF YOU COULD INVITE ONE AUTHOR AND ONE OF THEIR FICTIONAL CHARACTERS TO LUNCH, WHO WOULD YOU INVITE AND WHAT WOULD YOU SERVE THEM?

I would invite Harper Lee and Scout Finch. I love them both so much that my cat is named after Harper. Since they’re both Southern women I’d serve fried chicken, but not KFC. I can do better than KFC.

QUESTION 2

WHAT BOOK DO YOU WISH THE AUTHOR WOULD WRITE A PREQUEL FOR?

I think I’m going to go with Percy Jackson and the Olympians because I want to know a little more about Percy before he knew he was a demigod.

QUESTION 3

WHICH TWO CHARACTERS (NOT FROM THE SAME BOOK) WOULD MAKE A GOOD COUPLE?

Jinn from Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton and Jaycee from You Were Here by Cori McCarthy would be two characters I’d like to see together.

QUESTION 4

IF YOU RAN INTO YOUR FAVORITE AUTHOR ON THE SUBWAY AND ONLY COULD SAY ONE SENTENCE TO THEM, WHO IS IT AND WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Oh boy, I don’t know. There are so many authors that I would love to meet! If I met one of them (for example, Jennifer Niven, Jenny Han, David Arnold, Emily Henry, Rainbow Rowell, really the list goes on and on), I would say, “OHHIOHMYGOSHILOVEYOURBOOK(S)HOWAREYOU?!?!?” probably just like that.

QUESTION 5

WHAT BOOK MADE YOU A READER AND WHY?

So many books shaped me into a reader. One series I loved reading was The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

QUESTION 6

INCENDIO!
YOUR BOOKSHELF JUST CAUGHT FIRE. SHOW THE BOOK YOU’D SAVE.

I would be bawling if this happened. I’d save my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird or Shug.

QUESTION 7

WHICH DYSTOPIAN WORLD WOULD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE? WHY?

I’d live in the Divergent faction system. I think I’d test Erudite actually, but I would want to live in Candor or Amity.

QUESTION 8

WHAT IS YOUR MOST EPIC READ OF ALL TIME?

Okay, epic in what way? I’ve read some pretty epic reads in my lifetime.

Some of my favorites include…

Just to name a few!

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Who I’m tagging:

Beth | The Books Are Everywhere

Emma | The Book Crunch

Alexis | Inside the Pages

Alicia | #lovebooks

And anyone else who would like to do this tag!

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Have a wonderful Friday guys!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Yay or Nay Wednesdays: Read v. Re-Read

Hey there! My first (and last) Yay or Nay Wednesday was quite a hit so I decided to do another one this week. Today I want to talk about reading a new book or re-reading a favorite. This is a hotly debated topic that I know many of us book lovers undergo so now I present the case to you.

The Case: Should you read a brand new book or dive back into a book you know you’ll love?

For Reading (New):

  • you discover a new world to love
  • you meet new characters
  • you could find your next OTP
  • new book boyfriend(s!!!!)
  • that cover is tempting you so much – it’s just too glorious!
  • the hype is (not) real and you want to sniff it out for yourself

Against Reading (New):

  • you might hate the book and you don’t want another DNF on your hands
  • the hype might just be that
  • if you hate the book you’re wasting precious time you could be spending with your beloved (favorite book, obvi)
  • you spent hard earned cash on that (whether it’s physical or e-book)
  • now you have a book you don’t like taking up room on your already sagging shelves

The Verdict

While I love me my Percy Jackson and Scout Finch the temptation of a new world gets me every time. I have so many new books that I want to read that if I just re-read my old ones I would never make it through my entire TBR pile. I don’t always know what to read next – that’s what my TBR jar is for of course. Sometimes I feel a book just calling to me so then I read it. I try to read a lot of the hyped books that I see on Instagram, but I can’t always get to all of them. I also always check the Anticipated Reads list Epic Reads releases every month to keep an eye out for new books. My shelves are groaning from the weight of so many books as it is that I truly need to work my way through all of them.

What’s your opinion? Do you like to re-read book? What are some of your go-to books that instantly put you into a good mood?

Thanks for reading today! Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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Book Review: A Tyranny of Petticoats ed. by Jessica Spotswood

Hi, guys! This review will be of A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood. I’ve had the privilege to read Jessica’s new contemporary novel Wild Swans early thanks to SourceBooks, and since I liked that one I decided to give this one a go.

Here’s what it’s about:

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.

Criss-cross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.

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With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y. S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Tung Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein

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Now if that isn’t an impressive list of authors?! If you can’t spot one or two that you’ve read you definitely need to go check them out! I’ve read Marie Lu and Jessica Spotswood before and I plan on reading so many more of them.

Each story was very unique. All of the authors took their own creative liberties with each girl (or girls) and made them fantastic. One of my favorite stories was of Lily and her sister who ran a saloon in Alaska during the Yukon Gold Rush. The way that story ended was amazing!

Going into it I wasn’t sure what to expect – I haven’t read many anthologies. I liked how each author included a note on her story at the end. It helped put some things into context and clarified some details.

With each girl’s story I felt myself saying, “Yeah, right on!” All of them are very empowering. I don’t think I’ve felt more proud of so many female characters all at once. In the story Bonnie and Clyde I really enjoyed the entire narration. This was set in the Great Depression and was something I loved because of the situation the girl was in.

I like how the tales are in chronological order. You can see the progression of America and women’s rights within the nation at the same time. Some of the stories I wanted expanded! They left on a bit of cliffhanger and I’m curious to know what became of each girl.

I’m glad there’s going to be a follow up novel featuring all new authors! It’s titled The Radical Element and is set to release sometime in 2018 (as of now). Get. Hyped.

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

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Bookish News: …None Today, but Here’s Some Chat Instead!

I’m begging Monday to please stop right now and let me sleep in. I need extra sleep so bad. I couldn’t find any Bookish News for you today – I’m sorry! So instead I will be discussing different websites I use to cull my pieces from.

1.Epic Reads

This site is run by HarperCollins for their teen division. I love searching their site because of the range of things they have. There’s everything from quizes, to like-try-why, to Book Nerd Problem videos.

2. The Novl

Little, Brown runs this site for their teens. I like looking at the latest trending things they have and the featured books. It’s not the most updated that I have seen, but I do enjoy the graphics and other books they have on there.

3. Penguin Teen

If you couldn’t guess from the title, this is the website for Penguin Random House. I actually just found this and will definitely be using it more in the future. They have quizzes, events  posted, and an easily navigated website. They also have a segment called News You Can Use which I’m very grateful for!

4. RivetedLit

Simon Pulse revamped and renamed their teen site. It’s brand new and features a free e-book for a portion of time. There are awesome giveaways hosted on the site as well. I like it because of the aesthetic and the fact that you can contribute your own work! (You do have to submit an email and pitch your idea to them first though.)

These are the four main sites that I visit. Of course I learn a lot through Instagram and Twitter. I hope this helped you and has introduced you to some fun new websites to check out!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂