Friday, May 6, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday: Favorite book genres

This week's prompt is "What are your favorite genres of books?"

Is "All of them" a good answer? I guess I don't really love true romance books that are all heaving bosoms, etc. But I do love a good book with romantic elements. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, YA, sci-fi/fantasy and mysteries. Just as I was typing that, I realized there is one genre that kind of encompasses all of that: steampunk.

I haven't read much steampunk lit, but what I have read has been awesome. If you want to see what it's like (or you just want to read a hilarious series with a strong female lead) check out Gail Garriger's Parasol Protectorate series or her YA Finishing School series. Both are super witty and great, have intriguing mysteries, a little bit of romance and some unique paranormal elements.

What are your favorite genres? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Q&A: Litsy Co-Founder Todd Lawson

Litsy Profile Screen, Litsy Litfluence Screen and Litsy Review Example

Recently I started using this app called Litsy, and it is now the main app I use on my phone. It's like Instagram, Twitter and Goodreads had a baby - you can track the books you're reading and have read, rate and review them, share pictures and write posts up to 300 characters. You earn "Litfluence" points based on how other users interact with your posts. Basically, it's essential if you're a book lover.

The awesome folks at Litsy were kind enough to answer a few questions I sent them to learn more about the app. Check out the Q&A with co-founder Todd Lawson below!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Feature & Follow Friday: 3 Favorite Heroines

Feature & Follow Friday Hosted by AlisonCanRead & Parajunkee

The prompt this time around is your three favorite heroines, what books they're in, and why you love them. I'm going to avoid picking a few of the more obvious answers (like Hermione from Harry Potter, because in what world would she not make everyone's list for this?) and go with a few of my favorite less-known ladies.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling by Tony Cliff

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Delilah Dirk & the King's Shilling by Tony Cliff, pub. March 2016, 272 pg.
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been on a huge graphic novel kick lately, and the Delilah Dirk series by Tony Cliff is one of my favorite finds. The series follows the eponymous Delilah (a lady adventurer of great renown) and her friend Selim (a Turkish man who makes the world's best cup of tea) as they trek through Europe during the Peninsular War.

In Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling, Delilah and Selim run afoul of a traitor who tries to frame Delilah as a spy. To avoid any spoilers, I'll leave it at that, but as you can imagine, much adventure ensues!

There are a lot of things I love about this series.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Remedy by Suzanne Young

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The Remedy by Suzanne Young, pub. April 2015, 416 pg.
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Most recent dystopian novels occur in a future so distant it is almost unrecognizable. That’s not the case with Suzanne Young’s latest novel, The Remedy. This novel is a prequel to The Program and The Treatment and is set in a world that could be just months in our own future.

For those who like a bit of a love story, this book will not disappoint. In fact, this book has something for everyone. From mystery to romance and everything in between, The Remedy is one of the best new dystopian novels you will read this year.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Lodger by Louisa Treger

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The Lodger by Louisa Treger, pub. Oct. 2014, 272 pg.
It takes a lot of courage to base a novel on a true story. While creating a work of fiction gives an author a degree of creative license, the writer also holds a certain degree of responsibility to tell the story of a person or event without deviating too much from the facts.

Louisa Treger has proven herself more than a match for these challenges in her debut novel, The Lodger. In her novel, Ms. Treger explores the story of Dorothy Richardson, author of the autobiographical 13-book series Pilgrimage and contemporary of authors including Virginia Woolf.

As a young woman in London at the turn of the century, Dorothy’s life is full of hardships modern readers can instantly relate to. After Dorothy’s mother commits suicide, she visits her friend Jane, the wife of H.G. Wells (fondly known as Bertie), in the country. Over time, Dorothy and Bertie are consumed by a mutual attraction. Their tempestuous relationship inspires Dorothy to begin writing and raises questions within her about her sexuality.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

Cover art for Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly, pub. May 2014, 340 pg.
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jennifer Donnelly has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time. I was beyond excited when I was presented with the opportunity to review her upcoming YA novel, Deep Blue. Not only is it a magical and action-packed story brimming with Donnelly’s characteristic wit and voice, it is also about mermaids. Really, you can’t lose.

Deep Blue is the story of Serafina, the principessa of Miromara. On the day of her Dokimi (the ceremony where she proves her lineage, demonstrates her ability to rule and exchanges betrothal vows with her future husband), she dreams of a prophecy is made predicting a nightmarish future unless Sera can find five others who can help save the merfolk.

I personally haven’t encountered many mermaid books, so this was a really interesting concept to me.


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