Sunday, October 23, 2016

Author Spotlight: Nicola Yoon

One of my favorite things about Nicola Yoon is that her books are not only beautiful on the inside, they are absolutely stunning on the outside. Look at these covers! They just scream "pick me! pick me!" and I listened to them. I've never been more excited than the moment I received an ARC of Everything, Everything.  I read it the same day and I still consider it one of my favorite books of all time. And when The Sun is Also a Star showed up a couple of months ago, I just couldn't wait to share it with the world. Nicola is such a master at writing diverse and interesting characters. Her stories are vibrant and atmospheric. She makes you care so much about her characters that you will find yourself wishing you could meet them. She has every quality that you're looking for in a new favorite author. While Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star have a lot in common, they also stand on their own. I did find TSiAaS to be slightly more dramatic but I don't mean that in a bad way. I loved that it deals with a difficult subject (deportation) while staying relatable. It opens up a discussion on serious topics and I really appreciate a book that keeps me thinking way after I'm done with it. 

So, the million dollar question: which one should you read? I think you have to read Everything, Everything. And once you're done with that, pick up The Sun is Also a Star when it comes out November 1st because you need them both in your life. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

October-November Wishlist

Sometimes you have books that you cannot wait to get your hands on, either because you love the author so much that you know anything they write will be an instant favorite or because you have a really good feeling about a book. The following are books that are either out now or will come out in November. My bookshelf is ready. 

Out Now: 

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta 

There's only one name that comes to mind whenever someone asks me to name my all-time favorite author. I have a lot of authors that I love but Melina Marchetta's fantastic books always stand out to me. I believe there's nothing she can't write and make amazing so Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is destined to be a favorite. 

Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King 

A.S. King had me at Please Ignore Vera Dietz. I fell in love with her writing style and her wonderful characters, novel after novel after novel. The first line of the synopsis for her latest is "Actually Sarah is several human beings" and, my friend, how can this be bad? It can't be. No one does Magical Realism like King so I can't think of a better use of my time. 

Out November 15:

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

One of my favorite TV hosts wrote a book! And it sounds amazing. It includes eighteen essays that describe his life in South Africa and his upbringing considering his birth was considered a crime at the time (since his dad is white and his mother is black). My daily routine consists of watching The Daily Show while I'm getting ready in the morning so I cannot wait for this book to show up on my doorstep. 

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick 

If you don't think Anna Kendrick is the most hilarious human being on the planet then...get out! (kidding, don't leave). Honestly, I have been looking forward to this book since the second she announced it. I love autobiographical essays by funny women so this is right up my alley and, I'm not even ashamed to say this, but Ms. Kendrick is one of my female crushes so I need to know more about this fantastic little somebody. 

Monday, October 3, 2016

Review: Never Missing, Never Found by Amanda Panitch

A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.
Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.
 Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.
Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?

Never Missing, Never Found is a hell of a ride. Twisted, dark, and just as crazy as the best soap opera, it continues Amanda Panitch's tradition of writing page turners. 

You'll either love or hate the story and the main character. After being kidnapped, Scarlett comes back home and has to adjust to her old life. Unable to do so, this sets a crazy turn of events. And by crazy I mean completely-out-of-your-mind turns that you'll never see coming. Panitch turns everything around and upside-down just when you think you know what's going on. Even though I loved the premise and the climax blindsided me, the ending wasn't strong enough. I'm not sure what I would change but I do know that the rest of the book deserved a stronger conclusion. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I read it very quickly. Amanda Panitch keeps pushing the envelope and I love that about her. I can't wait to read what she writes next. 

If you're looking for a psychological thriller, give this one a try! And while you're at it, pick up Damage Done because...why not?  

Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

323 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Gallery Books

The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.  
In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. 
Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends - an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she's experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor's secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably - but only because it's over.

Okay, I'm not going to to lie to you. I've been on fence about Amy Schumer all along. One day I really like her and then the next day I watch an interview and think hmmm maybe not. But I had to buy this book the second it came out. Why? Because, whether I agree with her or not, I can count on Amy to make me think AND laugh until I cry. 

The synopsis promises that this book is like "the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends" and that's the most accurate way to describe The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. One second Amy is telling you all about a sexual encounter and then you start a new chapter and she goes down an emotional route to discuss her father, mother, or her experience with rape. It really does feel like you're having a glass of wine with a friend. The conversation is never serious for too long, yet you cover an array of topics that wouldn't go together otherwise. I expected this book to be crude, maybe even too over-the-top, but it wasn't. It was sincere, just the right amount of funny, and I learned one very important thing: Amy Schumer is a lot more than just a polarizing comedian. She's a badass. And I am all in now: I'm a fan.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Blog Tour: Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty {Guest Post + Giveaway!}


In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.
You know their names. Now discover their beginnings.

Someone has been murdered in London’s Regent’s Park, and sixteen-year-old Lock has challenged his classmate Mori to solve the crime before he does. His only rule: they must share every clue with each other.

Mori reluctantly agrees, but what begins as fun and games quickly becomes sinister. As she gets closer to solving the case—and more and more drawn to Lock—she discovers that the murder is connected to her own past. Now she’s keeping secrets from Lock, her family, and her best friend, secrets with dire consequences.

To save herself and loved ones, Mori is prepared to take matters into her own hands. Will Lock be standing by her side when it’s all over? That’s one mystery Mori cannot solve.

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The fabulous Heather W. Petty shares with us her favorite scenes in the book and her inspiration behind them!

To be honest, most of the scenes I write into a book don’t have any kind of direct inspiration, other than their place within the storyline. But one of my favorite scenes in LOCK & MORI was definitely inspired by real life. 

Favorite Scene: Lock and Mori on the boating lake in Regent’s Park

I worked at a summer camp for a few years during college in the Sequoia National Forest of California. The camp was built on top of an old logging camp on a beautiful lake. I’m not a super outdoorsy girl, but I managed to hold my own through the dirt and BEARS and giant-flying-bugs-that-will-not-die and also BEARS. Still, on our days off, instead of challenging survival missions or going on spelunking expeditions, I preferred to read. Books. 

This mostly meant I spent my days off alone, but in my second season at the camp I met a friend who also preferred reading to thirty-mile, off-road bike rides. I used to love to sit on the end of the boat dock to read surrounded by the sounds of the lake and the water birds. My friend decided that we should take it one step further and go out on the lake to read. 

I’ll spare you the hilarious stories of two people who are really bad at rowing learning to navigate a rowboat. But, while we had great reading intentions, one day my friend needed to talk through something, and we found that the boat was a really great way to hide away from everything and everyone at camp and talk about all of those deep questioning things we didn’t want anyone else to hear. We also laughed about ridiculous things and told stupid jokes and nearly capsized a boat trying to retrieve a lost oar. (We were super bad at rowing.)

So, obviously when I saw a sign about boat rentals in Regent’s Park, I definitely pulled from my own rowboat adventures to write my scene of Lock and Mori out on a boat. I also stared at this picture a lot for inspiration. These two could totally be Lock and Mori reading a book together out on the lake. 


Heather Petty has been obsessed with mysteries since she was twelve, which is when she decided that stories about murders in London drawing rooms and English seaside villages were far superior to all other stories. She is the author of the Lock & Mori series. She lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, daughter, and four hopelessly devious cats. You can visit her online at

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Blog Tour: As I Descended by Robin Talley


Maria Lyon and Lily Boiten are their school’s ultimate power couple—even if no one knows it but them.

Only one thing stands between them and their perfect future: campus superstar Delilah Dufrey.

Golden child Delilah is a legend at the exclusive Acheron Academy, and the presumptive winner of the distinguished Cawdor Kingsley Prize. She runs the school, and if she chose, she could blow up Maria and Lily’s whole world with a pointed look, or a carefully placed word.

But what Delilah doesn’t know is that Lily and Maria are willing to do anything—absolutely anything—to make their dreams come true. And the first step is unseating Delilah for the Kingsley Prize. The full scholarship, awarded to Maria, will lock in her attendance at Stanford―and four more years in a shared dorm room with Lily.

Maria and Lily will stop at nothing to ensure their victory—including harnessing the dark power long rumored to be present on the former plantation that houses their school.

But when feuds turn to fatalities, and madness begins to blur the distinction between what’s real and what is imagined, the girls must decide where they draw the line.

From acclaimed author Robin Talley comes a Shakespeare-inspired story of revenge and redemption, where fair is foul, and foul is fair.


I live in Washington, D.C., with my wife, our baby daughter, an antisocial cat and a goofy hound dog. Whenever the baby's sleeping, I'm probably busy writing young adult fiction about queer characters, reading books, and having in-depth conversations with friends and family about things like whether Jasmine's character motivation was sufficiently established in 

My website is at, and I'm on Twitter and Tumblr.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Don't Fold the Page Recommends: Non-Fiction

Sometimes I need a break from my beloved Fiction-everything and there's nothing like a good non-fiction title to get me motivated. Here are just a few titles that I've read recently:

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran 

What it is: A memoir intertwined with essays about everything from fashion to abortion. 
Why you should read it: Say whatever you want about Caitlin Moran but she's fearless. She will tell you her opinion, regardless of how controversial it might be, and do it with wit and intelligence. Even though I don't agree with everything she had to say in this book, I loved that it made me think about so many different issues. 

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Girl Up by Laura Bates

What it is: An Illustrated guide containing everything about being a young woman. 
Why you should read it: This is a fantastic guide that feels like your best friend is giving you advice. Laura Bates is HILARIOUS and she touches some delicate subjects without sugar coating anything. This is the book that I wish I could've had when I was a teenager and, even though I read it in my late twenties, I still got a lot out of it. 

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Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein

What it is: A study about girls and sex, which includes interviews with a number of young women.
Why you should read it: Even though this book is bright pink and it's called Girls & Sex, this would make an excellent gift to any young man. I say this because many of the stories are centered around sexism and the difficulties women face today. While women can get a lot out of it, imagine if a guy reads this before he starts dating. I think it would make all the difference. 

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Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed 

What it is: A collection of inspirational quotes. 
Why you should read it: I don't know about you but I love quotes. I love to be able to find inspiration or to draw wisdom from a sentence or two. I usually end up finding the best ones out of the blue but this book contains so many gorgeous ones. 

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