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Title: Make Me Bad
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: March 7th, 2019
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Synopsis:

I was issued a warning: stay away from Ben Rosenberg.

 

As Clifton Cove’s resident “king”, he thinks he’s entitled to anyone and anything.

 

The trouble is, I’ve spent my whole life following the rules and playing it safe. I know what it feels like to be the good girl. I’m the police chief’s daughter and a librarian—for adorable children, no less. My wardrobe consists of colorful sundresses and baggy jeans. I might as well have a Post-it stuck to my forehead that reads: Yup, she’s a virgin.

 

An all-nighter with a fictional hunk is about as exciting as my life gets, until one day, fate decides to take pity on me and shove me straight into the path of Mr. Off-Limits himself.

 

Oof.

 

Just as I suspected, every inch of him promises to be my demise. Up close, he’s tall, menacing, dangerously handsome—the type of man who’s never spent a single moment worrying about the opinions of others. A well-behaved girl would do as she’s told and avoid him at all costs, but I’m overdue for a little rebellion.

 

No more Friday nights sprawled out on the couch in my comfiest pajamas. No more wishing I had the courage to misbehave.

 

Everyone thinks Ben is going to ruin me.

They think he’ll chew me up and spit me out.

 

Well, Ben…go ahead.

Tempt me. Taunt me.

Make me bad.

 

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Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West
Published by Harper Teen on February 5, 2019
Pages: 384
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Source: Publisher
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Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

There’s just something about Kasie West’s writing-style that makes an otherwise silly plot and shallow romance into something sophisticated and poignant. Her stories are addictive, entertaining, and just plain fun–in the truest sense of the word.

The majority of the action unfolds on a zombie-romance movie set and in the on-set trailer of 17 year-old Lacey Barnes (FUN, right!?). Lacey is an ambitious and talented teen on the verge of stardom now that she is acting opposite one of young-Hollywood’s most eligible heart-throbs. But her fame and climb up the acting ladder have come at a price–her grades. Long story short, Lacey ends up with one super cute tutor who has to compete for her attention (and affections) with her annoyingly charming and confident co-star. The story doesn’t really feature a love triangle (sorry if that disappoints some of you), but there is some great tension created by the competition between the two male MCs.

Although the fantastic covers and cute plots and settings of Kasie West’s stories may lead you to think that the characters will be superficial–they’re not. Each character is well-thought out and they add depth to the story. My only criticism of West’s latest is the slow pace and novel length. For 384 pages, the book could have used up more of that type-set on scenes between Lacey and her tutor.

Overall, I enjoyed the mystery aspect to the story (think–who’s trying to sabotage my acting career?!), and I enjoyed the chemistry between the two MCs. Fate, Fame, and the First Kiss is a fun and entertaining novel and I definitely recommend giving it a read.

Okay, I’ve already cast current actors as the main characters of this novel for you:

Selena Gomez, who just happens to be starring in a 2019 film callled The Dead Don’t Die!!!! I kid you not! Click on the photo to redirect to the IMDB page.

 

Click on the photo to be redirected to a great, candid interview with NC in W Magazine!

Okay folks, I am FREAKING OUT right now. I think I am the world’s best matchmaker; I just saw THIS while googling pics to use in this post of Selena Gomez:

The caption of this photo online reads: ” Noah Centineo describes his dream date with Selena Gomez.” !!!!!! Click on the pic for deets on this photo!!!

Woooowwww. My matching making skills are on point.

Just for Fun:

The film story within the story of this book totally reminded me of the films Warm Bodies and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I think it’s time I re-watched them!

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Slayer by Kiersten White
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Pulse on January 8, 2019
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
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Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

By now everyone knows that a re-imagining/series sequel of the CW hit television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Joss Whedon) is in the works. As if that weren’t exciting enough, Kiersten White’s new series set in the Buffy universe is hitting the shelves on January 8th!

Buffy’s back (sort of), bitchezzzz! via GIPHY

From what I’ve read on Goodreads, Slayer (Slayer #1) closely follows the Buffy comics and picks up shortly after the ending of the last comic in the series. I, however, never read or got into the comics and simply watched Buffy in real-time when it originally aired. Even though I was not familiar with the continuation of Buffy’s story arc outside of the show, I was still able to enjoy the book. That being said, I do not think it matters one way or the other if you have read the comics or if you have seen the show. You’ll still have a blazing good time getting to know these new characters and devouring this action-packed novel.

In short, the book is awesome. I found all of the characters engaging and reminiscent of the dynamic between the Vampire Diaries and Riverdale characters. The dialogue is witty, the characters are complex and completely relatable, the plot is thick (in a good way!), and the world building is on point. The diversity of the characters was refreshing and my little librarian heart was giddy every time I read a scene set in the library, that discussed research, or that described old books. Seriously, after reading Slayer, I felt driven to start a new research and kick-butt training routine.

You’ll want to pull out your old DVD of the 1992 Buffy film and give it a rewatch to set the mood before reading Slayer.

Image courtesy of Amazon

This book was straight-up FUN and inspiring. Through the trials and tribulations of Athena (Nina) and her twin sister Artemis, Kiersten White delivers a pretty profound message: The world, our worlds, are not binary; there’s always a third choice. (It’ll all make sense once you read the book. Aren’t you excited?!)

And just for fun….

After reading Slayer and immersing yourself back into the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you are probs gonna wanna get all kinds of BUFF so you can obliterate your own siblings demons. Here’s a workout video to help you get ready to SLAY:

30-Minute BodyCombat-Inspired Workout With Boxing, Kung Fu, and Muay Thai - YouTube

Mix in the workouts below for advanced Slayer training:

 

 

Graphics courtesy of Pinterest

It’s time to train and SLAY!

Nia Sioux | SLAY | Official Music Video - YouTube

Now go and pre-order yourself a finished copy of Slayer by Kiersten White after ENTERING TO WIN the ARC at the end of this post!

And just for MORE fun…

I *almost* slayed my television and Netflix account when I read that the FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC show Crazy Head was cancelled after one season. If you haven’t checked out Crazy Head yet and you are a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you MUST check this show out. It was streaming on Netflix a while back, but you may be able to find it on other platforms. Watch the short trailer below!

TRAILER: Crazyhead | Wednesdays 9pm | E4 - YouTube

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We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott
Published by Entangled Teen on February 5, 2019
Pages: 352
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Remember how many lies we told, Molly? It’s enough to make my head spin. You were wild when I met you, and I was mad for you. But then something happened. And now you’re gone.

But don’t worry. I’ll find you. I just need to sift through the story of us to get to where you might be. I’ve got places to look, and a list of names.

The police have a list of names, too. See now? There’s another lie. There is only one person they’re really looking at, Molly.

And that’s yours truly.

Have you ever seen the COMPLETELY ABSORBING AND BRILLIANT film starring Guy Pearce called Memento (2000)? (If not, you should get right on that because you’re a couple of decades behind.) Victoria Scott brings the same kind of mind-boggling magic to her upcoming novel from Entangled Teen.

Memento film (2000). Image from IMDB.

From what I gather via social media buzz in the book world, We Told Six Lies is hands-down one of the most anticipated upcoming releases in young adult fiction for spring 2019. After reading WTSL last week, I can say that all the buzz and anticipation is well deserved.

This novel is perhaps Victoria Scott’s darkest and most daring. Electric emotions and dangerous obsession make for a novel that is impossible to put down. It’s a fast-paced blend of mystery, suspense, and psychological thriller with the intensity and lust of first-love as the driving force behind the male and female MC’s actions.

Although the author’s ability to tackle different forms of storytelling is impressive, I was most impressed by Scott’s prose in this latest novel. The writing is lyrical and poetic; I felt like I was reading a piece of art.

WTSL is going to be a special treat for lovers of plot-driven novels that take your breath away. Seriously, folks. I was turning pages so fast I got a paper cut. Is WTSL on your 2019 #TBTList? I highly recommend pre-ordering this one; it’s sure to fly off the shelves!

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About Victoria Scott

Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of nine novels including FIRE & FLOOD, THE COLLECTOR, and the upcoming WE TOLD SIX LIES (January 2019). Victoria’s books have been YALSA-nominated, have appeared on the prestigious Spirit of Texas Reading Program, and have been included on Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year list. She’s been featured in USA Today, Girls’ Life Magazine, and Glitter Magazine, and her stories have been translated and sold in fourteen countries across the world.

Victoria is also the owner and founder of Scribbler, the only subscription box for writers, which has been featured as a best box for creatives by BuzzFeed. Victoria holds a master’s degree in business management, and plans to expand Scribbler into an all-inclusive resource for novelists.

Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
Published by Delacorte Press on September 25, 2018
Pages: 304
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Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable.

But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

This past October, in conjunction with Frankenreads.org, I hosted a month of programming centered around Mary Shelley and her Frankenstein at my library. The publisher was kind enough to send us a book club kit of TDDoEF, so we featured the novel as our October Young Adult Fiction for Adults book club pick. Overall, feelings from our book club attendees were lukewarm about Kiersten White’s spin on Mary Shelley’s dark fictional world and characters. The book was much darker than everyone anticipated. Although the book was indeed sombre and intense, I think any Mary Shelley fan who is familiar with the arc of her life and the thematic elements her Frankenstein tackles will find White’s spin on the tale appropriately sinister.

 

It is not necessary to have read the original Frankenstein novel to understand TDDoEF, but the book will be 100% better if you have read Mary Shelley’s novel or if you are at least familiar with its thematic elements and characters. As usual, White’s writing is attention-grabbing and her characters are interesting. The pacing could have been a tick or two faster, but I enjoyed the way White breathed life into this important yet peripheral character from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Have you read Frankenstein or TDDoEF yet? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Make sure to ENTER TO WIN the ARC copy below!

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Published by Delecorte Press on June 5, 2018
Pages: 327
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Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend—changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers... and at life.

And so begins the Neverworld Wake.

I know it’s shallow and totally frowned upon to make decisions this way, but I *almost* took a pass on this book because I didn’t like the cover. The synopsis, however, was just vague enough and intriguing enough to pull me in.

“Uhhh, come on, dude. Maybe you should be taking that sharp curve on these wet and windy roads a liiiiiittle bit slower.”

This book had some I Know What You Did Last Summer vibes, but it is much more sophisticated and way less cheesy. I am not going to spend much time talking about the characters because they were basically just accessories to the plot. The character who is already dead when we start the story has the most depth and was the most likeable. And, for almost the entire novel, I was unsure if the narrator was reliable. The storyworld seemed to be constantly immersed in fog and/or rain which gave the book a nice and creepy vibe. This novel kept me guessing the whole way through, and I felt like I was reading/watching one of those shockingly good IFC indie films.

A group of estranged friends reunite, party hard, and end up stuck together until a dark mystery between them and the death of one of their closest friends is solved. As secrets about each character in the story are brought to light, the unsettling realization that none of the friends every really knew each other forces the reader to examine their own friendships and romantic relationships.

Overall, this is an ominously-good, fast read. I liked the writing and the originality of the story, even if I was left just short of satisfied by the end of the novel. (Why? I can’t quite put my finger on it.)

Have you read Neverworld Wake? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Just for Fun:

I am including this music video of the song I Know What You Did Last Summer because it has absolutely nothing to do with the book, but it totally evokes the same kind of atmosphere I imagined in parts of Neverworld Wake. Oh, and it’s a catchy song.

Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello - I Know What You Did Last Summer (Official Video) - YouTube

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Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood
Published by Pegasus Books on January 2, 2018
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement it depicts, with the emotional resonance of Tracy Chevalier and Jennifer Robson.

Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris’s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women’s lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, but she’s attracted to Paul’s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.

As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Women’s Social and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in the church. They can’t deny their attraction, but they know they don’t belong in each other’s worlds. Lilia would rather destroy property and serve time in prison than see her spirit destroyed and imprisoned by marriage to a clergyman, while Paul wants nothing more than to settle down and keep Lilia out of harm’s way. Paul and Lilia must reach their breaking points before they can decide whether their love is worth fighting for.

I love historical fiction novels that focus on women’s history, especially the women’s suffrage movement. If you can believe it, I have met people who had no idea that women were ever prohibited from voting–or how hard women fought to gain that right. Clarissa Harwood’s novel, Impossible Saints, is a passionate portrayal of the internal and external conflicts and ideological forces that women wrestled with in their day-to-day lives during the suffrage movement.

Check out the rich archival holdings on the suffrage movement in the UK’s National Archives.

 

This historical novel is a thought-provoking slow-burn romance. The reader is steeped in the ruminations and internal-struggles of the female and male protagonists. It’s the best kind of character-driven novel and follows the Downton Abbey-esque friendship and courtship of the MCs through the suffrage movement in England. Imagine the gripping tension that is created when a clergyman falls for a militant suffragist! While readers may be entertained by the idea that both characters are on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum, it’s the middle-ground negotiated between the two protagonists in the novel that makes the story so compelling.

Lilia, the female protagonist, is tough as nails and dedicated to her cause. Her transformation from defiant school mistress to suffragette is vividly depicted; I loved how the author went into the nitty-gritty details of what suffragettes went through (in pickets, at work, in jail) on behalf of gaining equality for all women. Overall, she is a strong and likeable character, but will make the reader feel anxious on multiple occasions.

Paul, the male protagonist, is utterly romantic and chivalrous, but he is every bit as strong headed as Lilia. For me, his character was the easiest to like and relate to. Spending time with Lilia and learning about the suffrage movement causes Paul to question everything he has stood for and dedicated his life to.

Impossible Saints is a smart and meticulously researched novel with a rich story of love, redemption, and resilience at its core. If you are curious about the social and political climate of the women’s suffrage movement in England, I highly recommend this novel as a great place to start.

 

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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VII Tell All by Candace Fleming, Deborah Hopkinson, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, Lisa Ann Sandell, M.T. Anderson, Stephanie Hemphill
Published by Penguin Random House Books, Random House Children's Books, Schwartz & Wade Books on May 1, 2018
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Fatal Throne, a book about Henry VIII and his six wives, coordinated by Candace Fleming. Fleming and six other authors will each contribute a story from different points of view: M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Donnelly, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, Linda Sue Park, and Lisa Ann Sandell.

 

 

 

 

 

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, I used to like this punk band named Anne Boleyn.

You should definitely do a Spotify search of “Anne Boleyn” to see all of the musical treasures in honor of her.

 

This book gets five stars because I had a hard time putting it down.

Riveting, like it says on the back cover, is an apt description of the novel. I was completely absorbed by each queen’s story, and I kept reflecting on the book every time I had to step away from it. The authors skillfully capture the psychological nuances of the queen’s and provide vivid and emotionally engaging portraits of their personalities. Whether you are a Tudor history-buff or a Tudor novice, I think you will be enthralled by these intimate snapshots of some of the most famous royal women in history.

Again, this books gets five stars because it was hard to put down, and it was skillfully crafted.

The book gets four stars, however, for the world-building and the added POV chapters of Henry VIII.

Okay–I know this book is concerned with bringing to life historical actors, not world building. As the readers, we are left with knowledge of the queens’ inner thoughts before and after being ensnared by Henry. I love this. But if you have never read a book about Tudor history and/or 16th Century England, then you will have a difficult time picturing the royal court and the conditions that the queens lived in during this time period. More historical context in general would have been nice. I think the first chapter, Queen Katharine of Aragon’s chapter, was the most adequate for this aspect.

Check out this letter by Anne Boleyn, written while she was in The Tower:

See the transcript here.

If you are a huge Tudor history fan, like myself (I swear it has nothing to do with the fact that I’m named Regina Elizabeth, after Queen Elizabeth I…HA.) for the love of history, check out this fantastic website and podcast. Here’s a glimpse of some of the bad ass Tudor-themed merch you can shop on their site:

A freaking Tudor-themed SUBSCRIPTION BOX, people!!!

And would you look at that! This site has even created a playlist for you to shop to!

Additionally, I was a little disappointed and, quite frankly, surprised to find that there were Henry VIII chapters featured after each queen. I saw the author panel for this book at TLA, in Dallas, TX, and it was pushed as a feminist piece of fiction. Like it was finally giving voice to the doomed queens and taking the spotlight off of Henry. While the Henry chapters help the reader get a strong sense of the pressures he was under to produce a male heir, and a sense of his entitled and childish behavior, it did not add a great deal to the story.

In short, I think Henry should have been left out. Logistically, I see how it helped transition between each queen’s story. But it would have been a thousand times better if these transition chapters were written from the perspectives of the queen’s mothers, sisters, or brothers, etcetera. I think we’ve all had enough of Henry.

And Just for FUN:

Check out this website for the court records/transcripts of Anne Boleyn, fellow history lovers. Here is a great list (not completely exhaustive) of Tudor history in Television and film.

I am going to share with you some of my favorite Etsy shops: Treasures for a Queen and RabbitwoodandReason. You are seriously going to love/hate me for this.

Have you read Fatal Throne yet? If not, is it on your TBR List? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Enter to win my ARC of Fatal Throne below!

 

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Talk to the Paw by Melinda Metz
Published by Kensington, Kensington Publishing on January 30, 2018
Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
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Inspired by the true story of a Portland, Oregon, cat who stole from his neighbors--and stole America's heart . . .

SHE'S PUTTING HER LOVE LIFE ON PAWS
Jamie Snyder is thirty-four and single but NOT ready to mingle. After suffering through The Year of the Non-Commital Man, The Year of the Self-Absorbed Man, and The Year of the Forgot-to-Mention-I'm-Married Man, Jamie's ready to celebrate The Year of Me--and MacGyver, of course. MacGyver is an adorable tabby with a not-so-adorable habit of sneaking out at night and stealing things from the neighbors. That's right, MacGyver is a cat burglar. He's still the only male Jamie trusts--and the only companion she needs . . .

BUT HER CAT HAS OTHER IDEAS
MacGyver knows his human is lonely. He can smell it. It's the same smell he's noticed on their neighbor David, a handsome young baker who's tired of his friends trying to fix him up. But now MacGyver's on the case. First, he steals something from David and stashes it at Jamie's. Then, he steals something from Jamie and leaves it with David. Before long, the two are swapping stolen goods, trading dating horror stories, and trying not to fall in love. But they're not fooling MacGyver. When humans generate this much heat, the cat is out of the bag . . .

I read this book when it first came out, but I am just now getting around to reviewing it on the blog.

 

First, here’s a little history about the author. Melinda Metz is a librarian and the co-author of the original Roswell High book series that was eventually adapted for television as the CW’s Roswell T.V. show. The Roswell books and television series have a cult following and fans have been campaigning for a Roswell revival and/or a Roswell film for more than a decade. Some Roswell fans are up-in-arms about the recent news that the CW will be airing a re-imagining of the original series in 2019 called Roswell, New Mexico. As a super-fan of the Roswell universe, I have mixed feelings about the new show, but I am happy that the Roswell world is getting a second chance in the entertainment industry. If you have not read Melinda’s Roswell High series, I highly recommend that you do!

 

I love Melinda Metz’s writing and Talk to the Paw is, paws down, one of my favorite books ever! It’s poignant, quirky, romantic as hell, and laugh-out-loud funny. I clawed my way through the book in one sitting. Written in third-person, the reader has the pleasure of hearing everyone’s thoughts and, trust me, it’s highly entertaining.

We featured Melinda’s book at my #catloversbookclub this past summer! Lorenzo and Talk to the Paw

I have to say though, my favorite place to be was in Mac Gyver’s–the cat’s– head. He’s one saucy and clever cat. I’m pretty sure Mac is a character after Shakespeare’s own dead-heart. His misguided machinations and match-maker antics create the most purrrrrfect comedy of errors in the picturesque town populated with a cast full of colorful characters. Talk to the Paw needs to be a Hallmark movie STAT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a peek at the second book in the Talk to the Paw series!

The Secret Life of Mac (Talk to the Paw #2) by Melinda Metz

I am super excited for the next book! Make sure to follow @MelindaMetz on Twitter for more sneak peeks and updates.

Just for Fun…..

Here’s is the You Tube video of the real-life cat story that Melinda Metz based her novel on:

 

Thief Cat - Klepto Kitty - YouTube

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Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Series: Bring Me Their Hearts #1
Published by Entangled Teen on June 5, 2018
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased by Reviewer, the Publisher
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Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family, Zera longs for freedom from the woods they hide in. With her heart in a jar under Nightsinger’s control, she serves the witch unquestioningly.

Until Nightsinger asks Zera for a Prince’s heart in exchange for her own, with one addendum; if she’s discovered infiltrating the court, Nightsinger will destroy her heart rather than see her tortured by the witch-hating nobles.

Crown Prince Lucien d’Malvane hates the royal court as much as it loves him – every tutor too afraid to correct him and every girl jockeying for a place at his darkly handsome side. No one can challenge him – until the arrival of Lady Zera. She’s inelegant, smart-mouthed, carefree, and out for his blood. The Prince’s honor has him quickly aiming for her throat.

So begins a game of cat and mouse between a girl with nothing to lose and a boy who has it all.

Winner takes the loser’s heart.

Literally.

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing author Sara Wolf at her Katy Budget Books Bring Me Their Hearts release party. If you live in the Houston area, go and buy yourself a signed copy of BMTH! You can also order a signed copy to be shipped to you from their website.

 

First, I want to say that I was completely dazzled by author Sara Wolf (her nom de plume). She was clever, funny, down-to-earth, and a great conversationalist. Basically, she was as enchanting and entertaining as her Entangled TEEN debut. Here’s what I can tell you about SW in a nutshell–in her tween and teen years, she was the geeky, video-game-playing, Pokemon-fan-fiction-writing, sarcastic girl of everyone’s dreams–in at least a twenty-mile radius. She would NEVER enjoy running a book blog, and her alternate career would be as a pastry chef.

 

Now that we have established how awesome SW is, I will let you in on some of the writerly secrets she divulged at her signing! This may come as a surprise to you, but SW is a Pantster! She doesn’t use outlines or storyboards when she’s crafting a story. Rather, she just sits down and starts pouring what’s in her head on to her computer screen, and lets the story shape itself. SW had always wanted to write a fantasy trilogy, but she felt completely inadequate while working on BMTH. I, for one, am glad she persisted. As a successful self-published author, SW said she enjoyed the freedom that came with having complete creative control. That being said, she immensely enjoyed working with the team at Entangled TEEN.

Milady really connected with Zara in BMTH.

SW wanted to let all the aspiring authors out there know that she used careertracker.com, mass emailed YA lit agents, made a lot of cold-calls, and endured 738 rejections before the fruits of her creative labor were recognized and given a chance. (This admonition made me love her even more.)

Now, on to my review of the book.

Obviously, I LOVED it. I do not typically read (or like for that matter)fantasy books. But BMTH achieved the perfect balance of world building, character development, action, feminism, bromance, and romance. The dark and witty dialogue is probably my favorite aspect of the novel, but the chemistry between Zara, the female MC, and Prince Lucien, the male MC, is charged with that oh-so-good-tension that make books like Twilight and Pride and Prejudice so popular. (#TwilightForever #DontHate!) (SW, I love you. If you read this, please don’t hate me for dropping those names.)

BMTH is fast-paced and surprisingly poignant. The reader is exposed to the dark and tragic past of Zara in addition to her dark and gruesome thoughts. Honestly, the book was darker than I anticipated, but it was nicely balanced out with moments of laugh-out-loud humour and sharp banter. In short, this book was on point or on fleck or whatever kids are saying in substitution of the phrase bad-ass now-a-days. Seriously, though–buy yourself a copy of this book, give it to a friend, keep it for yourself, request it from your library, and ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED COPY BELOW!

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