By: Larissa | July 20, 2015 | (50) Comments


Discussion Review by Melanie and Larissa *this review is spoiler-free*  Growing up, I believed in miracles. I guess I don’t anymore. Larissa: The author’s ability to immerse me in this story was incredible. I could definitely feel the claustrophobic nature of both the cult and prison setting. For me it elevated the novel in a way that can only be described as harrowing. Melanie: Yes!! I absolutely adored Oakes’ writing. I read it in one sitting because it’s one of those books that suck […]

By: Melanie | June 2, 2015 | (28) Comments

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly tour

Thank you to the lovely The Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this blog tour! Click here for the full tour schedule. Today we have the ever so lovely Stephanie Oakes, author of upcoming release, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly on the blog! While this book will be her first novel, it has already received so much love and hype. It’s a psychological thriller with with some fairytale retelling incorporated into it – this has been one of my most highly anticipated novels […]

By: Celine | May 2, 2015 | (41) Comments


I have read Hodge’s debut novel, Cruel Beauty, twice, one time disliking it and one time loving it. They were very different reading experiences, but one thing remained the same: Rosamund Hodge knows how to build a complex and intricate world, and she can write. She continues this trend with her latest, Crimson Bound. I fell in love with Crimson Bound from the very first sentence. Hodge’s writing is distant and atmospheric, wild and lush. There is a certain quality to it that completely immerses […]

By: Larissa | April 27, 2015 | (40) Comments

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Writing a Bad Girl/Good Boy Romance by Rosamund Hodge Everybody loves a bad boy. We’ve all heard this, and while it might not be true that absolutely everyone loves bad boys, they are certainly very popular. From Mr. Rochester on down to Loki, men who spit at the rules and do what they want have thrilled and fascinated audiences. And so has the trope of the good girl/bad boy romance–because what’s more exciting than the tension of the boy who’s almost entirely […]

By: Larissa | March 28, 2015 | (56) Comments


I have rather mixed feelings on this one. There are parts of this story which I enjoyed, and others not so much. Initially it was the premise that drew me into this one. A fairytale retelling of the Princess and The Pea? Crime family politics, in the business of black market organ transplants? It seemed like the perfect mixture, my two favorite sub-genres in YA (fairytale retellings and crime novels) coming together.  However, the execution of the aforementioned left a little bit […]

By: Celine | January 31, 2015 | (37) Comments


We all know our fairy tales, and we all know how they end: the heroine ends up with the prince, her one true love, and they live happily ever after. Have you ever thought about that? At the start of the story, the heroine and the prince have never met, and by the end they’re living together. Sometimes they spend time together throughout the story, sometimes, say, a princess is woken up by the kiss of a handsome stranger and is then […]

By: Celine | October 25, 2014 | (29) Comments

YA Midnight Reads

An Interview with Sarah Fine Guys! I am so excited to be able to welcome author Sarah Fine onto the blog today. You may have heard of her latest book, Of Metal and Wishes, which is a Phantom of the Opera retelling set in a slaughterhouse. That just screams awesome, doesn’t it? Your latest book, Of Metal and Wishes, is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. What made you want to retell this story? What do you like about it? I actually didn’t set […]

By: Larissa | June 23, 2014 | (26) Comments


Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy. Alias Hook  was after the events of the tale of Peter Pan, which many know and love. Lisa Jensen manages to carefully construct what […]

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