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An Unusual Heroine in "The Diabolical Miss Hyde"

The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr
Harper Voyage: February 10, 2015 (Steampunk)*

Beach vacation

The Diabolical Miss Hyde is the first in a steampunk series, and it’s a debut that I’m not at all certain about. 862 more words

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Review: Cleo

Author: Lucy Coats
Publisher: Orchard Books
Genre: Historical Fiction, Retelling

Summary from Goodreads:

Her precious mother is dead – and it isn’t an accident! The young Cleopatra – Pharaoh’s illegitimate daughter – must flee the royal palace at Alexandria or die too.

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Bloody Mad: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

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Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge

Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You all know I have a weakness for retellings, the darker, the better. This incarnation of Cinderella did not disappoint. 175 more words

Book #42: Scarlet

Marissa Meyer, Scarlet, (2013), 452p

Seriously guys, this was the best vacation read ever. I read this entire book on the beach, by the pool, lounging in Mexico, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision. 178 more words

Book Review: Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Hepperman

I loved poetry as a teenager, but it’s rare to find a collection that I feel confident recommending to Real Actual Teens today. Then I read this kick-ass, thought-provoking, feminist collection of poems inspired by fairy tale tropes, and I was blown away. 518 more words

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NEVER NEVER cover reveal and a welcome to the new site!

Hello and Welcome!

After a labor of love, I’ve finally got my new site up and running! Huzzah! Here you will find posts on books I’m reading and loving in middle grade and young adult, writing advice, illustrations, in-process sketches, graphic design discussions for authors and illustrators in publishing, and probably lengthy discussions about horror in TV, books, and film. 382 more words

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