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Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Everything in this book was a complete delight. Erin Morgenstern‘s writing was intensely visual and theatrical. The details were rich, overwhelmingly real yet represented something otherworldly and unattainable. I can’t say that I have ever read a book that made me feel … Continue reading

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In Defense of YA

By Meg Cook I know a lot of people have been chiming in, on blogs and in comment sections, on the topic of young adult literature in reaction to this Slate article written by Ruth Graham. In the article, Graham argues … Continue reading

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Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I tore through the pages of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. And for good reason. Cinder follows the titular character, a cyborg living in a futuristic Asia put to work by her legal guardian and ignored by most everyone else. But once … Continue reading

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Catching Fire Film Review

By Meg Cook Okay, so I know this is ridiculously late, but I wanted to post it anyway. For those of you who haven’t read/watched Catching Fire, SPOILER ALERT! Stop reading this review and go read Catching Fire immediately! I … Continue reading

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John Green, Gateway Author

By Meg Cook Don’t get me wrong. I am one of John Green’s biggest fans. The one thing that almost everyone I talk to, when I mention YA, asks me: Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? The answer, … Continue reading

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Putting the Fantastic in Realism

World building. It’s a term that is generally connected to epic fantasy, sci-fi and dystopian universes. When I say world building, I think about Tolkien slaving over Elvish dictionaries and George R.R. Martin constructing house sigils. Let’s just take a … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing Sexism: Wikipedia, Women, and The Tyranny of Categories

On Wednesday, my twitter feed lit up with links to this op-ed  in the New York Times in which author, Amanda Filipacchi discussed a troubling practice occurring on Wikipedia:  It appeared that, gradually, over time, the volunteer editors who create the site … Continue reading

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Turn On and Be Not Alone: Rock Stars, Writers, and Men Named David

At 17, I was a sad scribbler of overwrought rhyming poetry, a talentless back row chorus girl in the annual spring musical, a closet nerd who compulsively taped reruns of The X-Files off the Scifi Channel. I was pretty sure … Continue reading

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The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Disclaimer 1: Maureen gave me (and everyone who preordered this book) free stickers. I’m not saying this swayed my review, but I am saying that I’ve never openly disliked anything that left me with a pocketful of stickers[1]  Disclaimer 2: … Continue reading

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Review of Graceling by Kristen Cashore

 Having grown-up with the feisty girl-knight in Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series, I cannot get my fill of sword-wielding, arrow-shooting, karate-chopping girl heroines. Kristin Cashore’s young adult fantasy novel Graceling delivers, with a determined heroine whose fierceness is … Continue reading

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