Kill The Boy Band » Book Review

Kill The Boy Band » Book Review

I’ve never been one to lose my head over hormones.  But there was this one time that I went to a big, parking lot bash at my university, and a boy band was playing that night.  I went to the event with a girl I knew from my dorm and she dragged us straight to the barrier in front of the stage. This went against every introverted, corner-loving instinct I had.  But something weird happened, being pressed up against that barrier…… Read more »

Summer Days and Summer Nights » Anthology Review

Summer Days and Summer Nights » Anthology Review

Ah! Summer Days and Summer Nights! I’ve been waiting for this anthology ever since it was announced as the companion of My True Love Gave To Me. (See my review of the first anthology HERE) Now, having read Summer Days and Summer Nights, I can’t say it lived up to all of my expectations.  It’s like the authors didn’t get the memo that the cover would be bright yellow and happy.  Many of the entries were quite dark, and while this… Read more »

How To Be a Beta Reader » Part Two

How To Be a Beta Reader » Part Two

Yesterday, in my post, How To Be a Beta Reader » Part One, I talked about my experience beta reading for indie author, Celine Jeanjean. Today’s companion post will go into detail about how you can become a Beta Reader as well! So, the first thing that comes to mind is this — you need to decide what kind of beta reader you want to be… casual, serious, or paid. How To Become a Casual Beta Reader It’s very easy… Read more »

How To Be a Beta Reader » Part One

How To Be a Beta Reader » Part One

Have you ever wondered how to become a beta reader?  I did too. I’d been casually editing fiction and academic writing since high school and professionally editing and tutoring writing since college. All through that time, though, I wanted to be someone’s official Beta Reader for a serious work of fiction. How I Became a Beta Reader And then, in 2015, I received an email from an indie author, Celine Jeanjean, asking if I’d be so kind as to read… Read more »

Construction On My ‘Followed Blogs’ Page & Shout Outs!

Construction On My ‘Followed Blogs’ Page & Shout Outs!

I’ve been putting off something for a while, and that was an overhaul of my Followed Blogs page.  It was just messy and REALLY out-of-date, and it’s supposed to be a special thank-you to those blogs that I follow and who follow me.  So I knew I had to clean it up! But, I wasn’t sure how to do it… not until I found CANVA. Am I late to the party?  I had no idea this website existed! Working on canva.com is… Read more »

Comment Challenge » Commenting On Blogs

Comment Challenge » Commenting On Blogs

Hosted by A Kernel of Nonsense and Flylēf Hands down, the most rewarding aspect of blogging, in my eyes, is receiving comments after you’ve spent countless minutes — even hours — putting together a post.  Especially for someone like me, who’s fought in her life to be heard over other, louder voices, it gives the warmest, fuzziest feeling. But also wonderful — leaving comments! It’s fantastic to know that you’re helping to make someone’s day by reaching out and leaving a response… Read more »

The Unexpected Everything » Book Review

The Unexpected Everything » Book Review

I feel like the biggest GRINCH who ever wrote book reviews.  Because I did NOT like this book! THIS book! With the ice cream truck and PUPPIES on the cover! What is WRONG with me?! Let me try to explain myself. If I met our main character, Andie, on the street, I would not shake her hand.  In fact, I might even try to push her into a lake.  This character, our protagonist, was a distinct individual, but a really… Read more »

The Truth Commission » Book Review

The Truth Commission » Book Review

I had to pick up The Truth Commission after it got very high ratings from two of my most respected reviewers — Tatiana and Emily May. I don’t always agree with these (really well known) internet critics, but when they simultaneously love a book, I sit up and take notice. I’m very glad I did in this case, because The Truth Commission was a wonderful read. Like many people have pointed out already, Juby’s book is very similar to old-school E. Lockhart (The Disreputable… Read more »

Discussion of A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas

Discussion of A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas

C O N T A I N S    S P O I L E R S !!! All books by Sarah J. Maas are up for discussion! Welcome to my new discussion feature! The past month, I’ve been realizing that sometimes a review just isn’t enough… I want to share my thoughts with people using actual, you know, textual examples… AKA ‘SPOILERS.’ It is, of course, rude to give away too much in book reviews, although it is a… Read more »

Discussion of the Captive Prince Series, by C. S. Pacat

Discussion of the Captive Prince Series, by C. S. Pacat

C O N T A I N S     S P O I L E R S!!! Something occurred to me when I was writing my review of C. S. Pacat’s Captive Prince a few weeks ago.  And that is, there is so much I want to talk about with people! However, I can’t in good conscience recommend this book to the people in my day-to-day life, all so I can chat them up about it. The Captive Prince series, especially book one, is extreme… Read more »