Awesome Indies: Melophobia by James Morris

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Melophobia by James Morris
Published by Kindle Press on September 22nd 2015
Pages: 265
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Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.
The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.
Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.
Can love survive in a world without music?
Publisher’s Weekly called it “a convincing alternative history novel and…an accomplished coming-of-age love story that asks big questions about freedom and expressiveness in the face of oppression.”

This one sounds like a great dystopian. The description reminds me a little of Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut. Check out this interview and decide for yourself!

How long did this book take you to write?

From idea to finish, a little over a year, give or take a few tweaks. I spend a lot of time outlining first to make sure the story works, so that when it’s finally time to write, I’m bursting at the seams to go. The actual writing portion is strangely the quickest part; so much before that is looking out the window mulling over an idea or story problem!

What was the hardest part of writing this book? 

The hardest part of writing this book, or any book, is whether I’ve created a world or story where people will care. It’s the self-doubt. Ideas can either sound really exciting when you say them out loud, or they can sound remarkably dumb. Like “a shark terrorizes a small coastal town.” I might find that horribly stupid, unless, of course, it’s “Jaws.” Or “an alien is left behind and is befriended by a boy.” Yawn, right, unless it’s “E.T.” So, I wasn’t sure if people would care about a world in which music is illegal, you know? But you have to have faith that if something excites you that a reader might find it interesting, as well.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why? 

I loved writing the ending. Writing this reminding me of the cadence of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” song. If you’re familiar with it, it starts slow, but as you listen it starts building up steam, and then by the end: wham, Robert Plant is wailing and singing and you’re singing along in the car, just rocking out. That’s how I felt by the time I had to write the ending: like an explosion, breathless.

What is your favorite book?

Wow, there are just too many to choose from! Depends on my mood though… for war reporting, it’s Michael Herr’s Dispatches; for a solid tear-jerking love story, The Fault In Our Stars; for a story that kept me reading while ignoring everything else, it’s The Secret History.

Is any part of the book based on someone you know or events in your own life?

I think all authors steal portions of themselves when they write – we have to in order to make something fictional seem authentic. I will say the part where Anders goes to a mosh pit happened to me, (and I’m much skinnier than the character of Anders.) It was a frightening experience because it seemed to instantaneously form around me – I had no intention of being part of it, and I got knocked around a bit before I got out of there.

What writers influenced you the most?

I read far and wide, from poetry to biographies, from young adult to techno-thrillers, and various nonfiction. There is always something new I pick up. But the two writers who’ve had the strongest influence are probably Ray Bradbury, in that his prose has “life.” You can feel when you read his work that there’s a person behind it, excited to share his story; it’s very palpable to me. The other is Stephen King simply because he can weave stories like no one else.

What book are you reading now?

I finally got around to picking up The Goldfinch and am nearing the end. Not my favorite book of Donna Tartt’s, but who I am to argue with a Pulitzer Prize winner?

How much research do you do?

I do as much research to lend an air of authenticity. I know some people go crazy with their research. To me it all depends on what the research is, and what it’s for. And a fair amount does spark new ideas. But I’ve found that if I’m spending too much time in research-mode that means I’m procrastinating, and I’ve got to ask myself why.

When you read, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I’m still an old-fashioned book-in-my-hand type of reader. I like feeling the weight of a book, seeing the pages I’ve read and how much I have left to go. Plus, I buy most of my books used, and sometimes you can find some neat doodles along the pages, or messages, from previous readers.

How do you relax?

I used to be someone who always was on the go, a “I’ll be happy when X happens.” And you know what? I’d get X, and it didn’t really make me happy. So, I’m trying to pivot into enjoying the day more, no matter what. And that means slowing down, reading a good book, paddleboarding when the weather is good, or swimming at the rec center. It’s helped a lot to try to achieve less, and enjoy more.


How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Jim Morris

Website: http://jamesmorriswriter.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamesmorriswriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMorrisWriter
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/James-Morris/e/B00XRTJ138/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1459208887&sr=8-1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14005518.James_Morris
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jmorriswriter/

ARC Review: Everland

ARC Review: EverlandEverland by Wendy Spinale
Series: Everland #1
Published by Scholastic Press on May 10th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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4 Stars

Forget the story of Peter Pan you know. Because in Everland, the only way to grow up is to survive.
London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German Army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a mysterious boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

Everland blows every trope that common retellings exhibit out of the water. This book manages to straddle the line of using the source material as inspiration and using the source material as a reference. It’s obvious to me that this book is an homage to Peter Pan but it’s also its own story. You can see the source material in the story, but it’s under the surface. Enough about it has changed that Everland is fascinating in its own right.

Before reading the book, I didn’t realize how perfectly the front cover matches the theme of the novel either. I don’t usually study covers. It wasn’t until I took this picture for my Instagram that I noticed the ‘fairy’ on the cover is a girl with steampunk wings. I’m a sucker for steampunk so that clinched my desire to read it. I was not disappointed.

Based in our world, Wendy Spinale creates a Post Apocalyptic alternative history where Germany has won World War 2 by using biological weapons in addition to their bombs. Children literally never grow up in this gritty urban wasteland. There is a German occupation of London, but it barely matters with the population cowed by a ravaging disease.

I loved how this book effortlessly merges a dystopian science fiction novel with a classic fairy tale. It’s done with a grace and subtlety that reminded me a lot of how Marissa Meyer blended science fiction and steampunk in her Lunar chronicles. The two series are completely different but the intentions are the same and so is the skill required.

I enjoyed this book immensely and I can’t wait for the next one!

4 Stars

ARC Review: RISE by Jennifer Anne Davis

ARC Review: RISE by Jennifer Anne Davis

ARC Review: RISE by Jennifer Anne DavisRise by Jennifer Anne Davis
Series: Order of the Krigers #1
Published by Month9Books on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 300
Format: ebook
Source: Free for Review
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4.5 Stars

The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons. For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in the dungeon. Now, only one remains.
Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. One day, she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance. Feeling an odd compulsion she can’t resist, Kaia looks into his eyes.
Fans of GRACELING and THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS will enjoy RISE, book one in the RISE OF THE KRIGERS series from international bestselling author Jennifer Anne Davis.

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I’ve been in love with Jennifer Anne Davis since I read Cage of Deceit last year. She writes fun and approachable fantasy with a voice that reminds me of Mercedes Lackey or Anne McCaffrey. To me her books are instant classics. If Jennifer Anne Davis wrote it, I want to read it.

One thing that I really loved about this book is that the villain, Morlet is very ambiguous. I love a good moral quandary. Yes, he’s evil and is currently doing evil things and hurting people. But does he have a secret motivation? Is there a good reason for all the awful things that he has done? Most importantly, is it possible that he could be redeemed? If redemption is possible, is he deserving of it? Do you have to deserve redemption in order to receive it? Even if redemption were possible, would Morlet want to be redeemed? *Rubs hands together* DELICIOUS MORAL AMBIGUITY!

Kaia is another of Davis’s trademark kickass heroines. She is headstrong and determined which I love. She also showed some interesting insecurities and vulnerability which made her much more real to me. Not everyone is sure about their actions one hundred percent of the time. She’s strong but she has a difficult journey ahead of her. I’m interested to see if she is strong enough to make the hard choices that may be required of her.

If I had one nitpicky issue with this book, it’s the romantic aspect. I get grumpy about a love triangle, especially if it doesn’t match my ship. It’s a small thing but I did find it bothersome. While I love ambiguity in my villains, I would much rather have dedicated and faithful relationships than waffling. Kaia is going to have to make a decision sometime. While I dislike the romance now, I think I’m really going to like finding out how she extricates herself from an awkward situation.

It’s by Jennifer Anne Davis. Read it.

Jennifer Anne Davis

Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the

University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart.

Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in

imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

 

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4.5 Stars

Awesome Indies: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman

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Awesome Indies: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira GlassmanA Harvest of Ripe Figs (The Mangoverse Book 3) by Shira Glassman
on January 21st, 2015
Pages: 230
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Esther of the Singing Hands is Perach's Sweetheart, a young and beautiful musician with a Girl Next Door image. When her violin is stolen after a concert in the capital city, she doesn't expect the queen herself to show up, intent upon solving the mystery.
But Queen Shulamit--lesbian, intellectual, and mother of the six month old crown princess--loves to play detective. With the help of her legendary bodyguard Rivka and her dragon, and with the support of her partner Aviva the Chef, Shulamit turns her mind toward the solution--which she quickly begins to suspect involves the use of illegal magic that could threaten the safety of her citizens.

Happy to have Shira Glassman on the blog for this interview. She has a long standing diverse series to tell you about today!

What inspires you?

Romantic love between women, with many dimensions—emotional connection, physical intimacy, mutual support. Platonic love between women—friendship, admiration, gratitude, sharing of interests.

The possibility of cis m/f romance that isn’t bogged down in patriarchy. Faith-positive queer spaces.

Jewish stories that show the rewards of Jewishness instead of just the sorrows. Tropical plants—the coconut palms and mango trees of my childhood. Big, sprawling, hard to define families of choice—sisters of the heart and the siblings of your partner and common-law stepfathers who your mom never got around to legally marrying.

How long did this book take you to write?

About six months. I wrote most of it outside, on my tiny laptop, usually with a tree for a back and often in view of retention ponds or other bodies of water. Sometimes I would drive around looking for a good spot, and sometimes I walked to specific places near my apartment. This meant writing early in the morning on weekends, because I started the book in the summertime and in Florida once it hits maybe 11:30 it’s already too hot to write outside and too bright to see the screen.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

For me, I found that setting up a mystery where the answer would seem believable but not anticipated was very difficult for me. It’s one thing to foreshadow surprises for the audience, but quite another to deliberately mislead while still laying the groundwork for the inevitable solution. I realized after I wrote the book that real life crime solving doesn’t really flow the same way as a Christie mystery, which is partially why it was so much harder to write—it’s just not realistic. Most crimes in real life are investigated by finding leads and then following up on them, so I tried that in the book that came after (The Olive Conspiracy, July 2016 Prizm Books) and think that was easier for me.

What were you like in school?

The Alyson Hannigan band nerd from American Pie, although I assure you I’ve never done anything like that with a flute. Honestly, the way I depict Queen Shulamit at the beginning of her reign back in The Second Mango –dazzled by girls in a somewhat innocent yet physical way– was basically me as a teenager, except for the male crushes that I didn’t want to burden her with. I volunteered at the science museum and that was where I first figured out I liked girls: another volunteer had the most stunning green eyes. People familiar with my writing will not be surprised to find out she was somewhat melancholy and had pale skin, black hair, and a thick frame. But I also had a crush on one of the male volunteer coordinators. Bi life!

What book are you reading now?

I just finished Tess Bowery’s She Whom I Love, which was a lot of fun. It’s a poly triad about bi ladies who love each other and didn’t realize they were being courted by the same man. Once they find out, they teach him a lesson and keep him around anyway. It’s Regency romance where all three romantic leads are working people. I really like the way she made the connection between the two women a great balance of emotional connection and sensuality.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

The Olive Conspiracy has not been edited by the publisher yet, but it comes out on July 20. Queen Shulamit finds out that her old straight-girl crush from when she was a teenager might be behind a plot to destroy her country’s economy.

If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it?

I’m the kind of person who likes to be able to crack open a book and read it and be done with it rather than have to read four or five books just to get ONE satisfying ending. That’s always in the back of my mind when I write my own series—they’re really four separate standalone novels, and seven short stories, intentionally written so that you can read just one if something about the plot draws you in.

Basically, I write queer Jewish fantasy fluff. My series, nicknamed the Mangoverse after the original book The Second Mango, is set in a fictionalized magical version of my South Florida childhood home (more specifically: Ft. Lauderdale, where I grew up, and Homestead, which was like this charmed fairyland for me as a kid because of my obsession with tropical fruit.) The main character is its queen, Shulamit, and she and her family-of- choice – female partner, female bodyguard, and surrogate father figure wizard – have all kinds of adventures both epic (let’s save a foreign prince’s boyfriend!) and intimate (the baby princess is teething.)

Was this book inspired by something in particular?

My music boss and good friend was the victim of a viola theft about ten years ago. That instrument was never recovered, but she found true love as a result of the upsetting events and that’s what planted the first seeds of A Harvest of Ripe Figs in my brain. I also have a deep and abiding love for Agatha Christie mysteries, and had always wanted to try my hand at that type of story—with a roomful of suspects, a detached detective not personally invested in the results, and the whole thing solved by cleverness.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?

Trailer for A Harvest of Ripe Figs, including me playing violin, and a cameo from my cat

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Besides reading f/f and trans historical, contemporary romance, and speculative fiction? I knit—although I haven’t as often, recently—I bead, I like to take walks/hike, I LOVE food but I prefer eating to cooking… and I get involved in activist causes when I feel like I can make a difference. Often it’s with local stuff like canvassing for the mayoral campaign, although I did speak in a house subcommittee last year against Florida’s version of one of those toxic “bathroom bills.” (We were unsuccessful in killing the bill in committee but Florida is so dysfunctional that the bill wound up dying by default because the legislature packed up and went home early. AT LEAST.)

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://shiraglassman.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ShiraGlassman
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/shiraglassman
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Shira-Glassman/e/B00J3ECZV6/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ShiraGlassman
Book Links: (* American, UK, etc.) http://www.amazon.com/Shira-Glassman/e/B00J3ECZV6/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7234426.Shira_Glassman

Review: Start Where You Are

Review: Start Where You AreStart Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel
Published by TarcherPerigee on August 11th 2015
Genres: nonfiction
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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5 Stars

Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation. It helps readers navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life with a simple reminder: that by taking the time to know ourselves and what those dreams are, we can appreciate the world around us and achieve our dreams.
Featuring vibrant hand-lettering and images that have attracted a large following for her stationery and textile line in boutiques across the country, Meera Lee Patel's uplifting book presents supportive prompts and exercises along with inspirational quotes to encourage reflection through writing, drawing, chart-making, and more.
Featuring inspiring quotes from writers, artists, and other visionaries paired with open-ended questions and prompts, with plenty of room for writing and reflecting, this appealing full-color book will make a perfect gift and keepsake as well as being a powerful tool for positive change.

This is such a cool book. Planning for the future, making lists and goal setting all help make me feel a little more in control. However I also have a terrible fear of ruining things. I have stacks and buckets of stickers in my house that I sit and avoid using because if I use them, they will be ruined (or used). I’m always afraid that I will use a sticker and it will be gone an I will never be able to use it again. I had the same issue with this beautiful journal. It was pounded into my head as a child that YOU DO NOT WRITE IN BOOKS. I’ve carried this book around and looked at every page but I just haven’t been able to bring myself to write in it yet. I’ve been paralyzed with fear that my writing in it would destroy it, despite the fact that that is exactly what this journal is for.

Journaling paralysis. It’s a thing.

Don’t mind me though. If you don’t suffer from this crippling condition, then this journal is for you. The pages alternate. First there’s a beautiful water color illustration and a positive quote. Then on the facing page is a writing prompt that somehow embodies the quote on the opposite page. The prompts help with planning and goal setting. Plus to do lists! I’m a planner fiend! The more planners the better.

If you checked out the cover above, this is just a snippet of the beautiful paintings on the inside. I just like to flip through it. If you ever find yourself needing a little assistance on where to start, this is a fantastic workbook to get you going.

5 Stars

ARC Review: Devil and the Bluebird

ARC Review: Devil and the BluebirdDevil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black
Published by Amulet Books on May 17th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Magical Realism
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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4.5 Stars

“Devil-at-the-crossroads” folklore finds its way to YA via this moody, magical tale
Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.
Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself to finding family in unexpected places.
In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a heart-wrenching depiction of loss and hope.

I have a really hard time with books in the magical realism genre. I usually want more explanation about why mystical stuff is happening or I can’t reconcile the magic elements in the real world. Normally, I want magic in books to be overt and in your face. The more complicated and complex the magic system, the more I love a book. Devil and the Bluebird was the first Magical Realism book that I’ve ever loved.

There’s something about the mythology of meeting a devil at the crossroads in order to sell your soul that I find really fascinating. I thought that the magic in this novel was so subtle and beautiful. I really loved how it was woven into Blue’s life, her history with her mother and her love of music. If you make a deal with a devil, be prepared if they don’t follow the rules.  Devil and the Bluebird is both a coming of age story and the story of a journey. Blue is traveling the country to find her sister but also to find herself. Along the way she learns that family can be the people who you grow up with, but it’s also the people that you choose for yourself.

The magic and the themes in this book were perfect. What made this book an instant favorite of mine was how Blue handled her lost voice. She wasn’t able to talk, so she needed alternative ways to communicate with people. Sometimes it’s what you don’t say that is even more important. Plus, everything that Blue writes in the book is written in her handwriting. It was such a unique and personal touch. I loved it.

Devil and the Bluebird by @cosdrift sounds like a literary take on The Devil Went Down to Georgia or even Supernatural. Meet you at the crossroads! #twitter. . About the Book Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass. Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself up to finding family in unexpected places. . . . . . #book #books #reading #bookstagram #instabooks #bookworm #bibliophile #bookish #booknerdigans #booknerd #booklove #bookphotography #bookgram #booktography #bookaddict #igreads #ireadya #yalovin #yareads #yalit #yabooks #yafiction #bookblog #bookblogger #totalbooknerd #becauseofreading #vscobooks #bookstagramfeature

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4.5 Stars

SST: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

SST: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

SST: Outrun the Moon by Stacey LeeOutrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 24th 2016
Genres: Historical
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source: Free for Review
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4 Stars

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.
On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can't sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the 'bossy' cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

I got a chance to read Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee last year after Texas Library Association. The book immediately sucked me in and ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan. I love how she makes history come alive through the viewpoint of interesting and unique characters. Outrun the Moon is the newest example of this talent.

To be honest, I was really surprised by how much I loved this book. When I read the synopsis, I thought it looked interesting, but maybe not my cup of tea. From the description, I thought the entire book would be about the Great Earthquake of San Francisco. In reality, that was the backdrop of the novel, but the earthquake was a minor event. The earthquake happened, but that wasn’t what this book was about.

Outrun the Moon was about ambition and family, not just the family you are born with but the family you create. It’s about tolerance and understanding. Stacey Lee effortlessly weaves an interesting and touching story throughout the backdrop of tragedy. Her characters are deep and real. Even if you aren’t a history buff, this book is definitely worth your time.

4 Stars

#ArmchairBEA Beyond the books

Beyond the traditional form of the novel, what are your favorite alternative forms (graphic novels, audiobooks, webcomics, etc)? Do you have any favorite works within these alternate forms?

This question is so hard for me! I read and love graphic novels, audio books and webcomics as well as manga! I read everything I can get my hands on. I want to rant about my favorites. Really the only thing that’s keeping me from it is trouble formatting this blog post! Here’s my best try.

Graphic Novels

Fables, The killing joke, locke and key, y the last man, buffy season 8, the gunslinger born

Webcomics

Gunnerkrigg Court
Skin Deep
Cucumber Quest
Looking for Group
The Last Halloween
Camp Weedonwantcha

Audio Books

I love audio books that have great narration or production value. My favorites are The Help, Armada, Ready Player One and World War Z. Of them, my absolute favorite is World War Z. It’s the perfect book for audio because its put together like an oral history. Every story is told by a different person and it really draws you into the book.

Our secondary topic, beyond the blog could focus on the ways you engage in talking about books outside of your blog. Do you participate in book clubs, take classes, meticulously maintain your goodreads profile? Let the world know!

Check out my instagram! I’ve been working really hard to take better pictures and post consistently. I think I’m becoming a better photographer and learning about what makes a picture good. It’s something I’ve never felt like I was good at before so I’m enjoying improving myself!

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#ArmchairBEA 2016 Aesthetic Concerns

Armchair BEA
How often do you judge a book by its cover? How often are you surprised by what you find? Do you strategize and make sure every book in your series has the same cover design (as far as you are able to) and type? How important is it for the visual art on the outside of the book to match or coordinate with the literature art on the inside?
Cover design isn’t that important to me. When I’m looking at the cover after I know the story, I rarely think about whether it matches or not. I’ve only bought one or two books in my lifetime just because of the cover. I’m not one to be enticed by a beautiful cover. That being said, if a book that I’m interested in has a beautiful cover, that’s such a plus! One of my favorite covers ever, is this one.
Six of Crows Cover

However, there’s one huge problem with Six of Crows. Even thought the cover is stunning.

It’s bigger than Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising. IT DOESN’T MATCH!

While I can take and leave cover art, books in a series ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO MATCH. I think it’s a crime when a publisher changes the cover art before the entire series is released.  Nothing upsets me more than when the book covers and series don’t match. I have two books in my collection that just don’t match the rest of their series and they are my saddest books.

How do you feel about covers? Are you a cover buyer? Do series have to match?

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