Event Recap: NoVa Teen Book Festival

NoVa Teen Book Festival takes place in a high school—an odd but fitting location for an event centered on young adult fiction. This was my first year attending, and I enjoyed the community feel and intimate set up as I cozied up to long-time favorite authors like Libba Bray and new infatuations like Heidi Heilig.

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Twin Representation in YA Fiction

Twins in fiction, especially the young adult works I read, tend to fall within a few tired tropes. As an identical twin myself, I judge works pretty harshly on how they portray their twin characters. In this post, I will examine a few of these tropes and how I would prefer to see twins represented. Continue reading “Twin Representation in YA Fiction”

Fairy Tale Retellings: Sleeping Beauty

Welcome to my fourth round-up of fairy tale retellings! This week I am focusing on versions of the Sleeping Beauty story, in which a young woman pricks her fingers and falls into a long and magical sleep.

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Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

As a twin, a ballroom dancer, and a lover of folklore, The Night Tiger drew me in on all fronts. What part of 1930s Malaysia with dance hall girls, superstition, and weretigers doesn’t sound exciting? I fell in love with Yangsze Choo’s writing with her debut work The Ghost Bride (featured in my 2018 Diverse Books post). Her second book, released just yesterday, is no less entrancing.

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Book Review: The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Yesterday, the exciting sequel to The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, which I reviewed last year, was published! In the sequel, The Kingdom of Copper, Nahri has completely left the human world behind, now in a loveless marriage with a crown prince of the djinn. Meanwhile, an exiled prince and a resurrected warrior plot to return to the capital of their homeland.

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Diverse Reads of 2018

I started this tradition with one of my first blog posts, highlighting my favorite diverse books that I read in the past year, inspired by the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. In 2018, I set the ambitious goal of having 33% of all the books I read represent diverse perspectives. At a grand total of 63 books, 31 of which I categorize as diverse which is 49%, I well surpassed my goal!

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Fairy Tale Retellings: Beauty and the Beast

Up next on my series of fairy tale retelling round ups, we have new takes on a tale as old as time, that of the Beauty and the Beast. In each story, a young woman goes to live with a powerful but beastly man, and comes in time to see the humanity beneath his rough exterior. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Beauty and the Beast”

Fairy Tale Retellings: Rapunzel

Welcome to my second post in a series of classic fairy tale retellings! This week I am focusing on Rapunzel, known for her tremendous tresses and being trapped in a tower by an evil witch. Each of these stories adds a twist to the tale but the original seed is still there. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Rapunzel”

Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Nothing gets me in the mood for spooky season like curling up with a good old-fashioned vampire romance novel. Holly Black, queen of urban fantasy, branches off from her usual faerie tales to deliver this delicious paragon of the genre. Continue reading “Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”

Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella

Since this is one of my favorite genres, I’ve decided to start up a series of posts rounding up novels that retell classic fairy tales. This week, we will focus on rags-to-riches Cinderella tales, where women overcome poverty, evil stepmothers, and chores to find their true destiny. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Cinderella”