White-Gloved Vampires

I love YA vampire stories and in my opinion, the biggest hurdle authors with protagonist vampires have to jump is the vampire diet. What I’m going to be specifically looking at is how author’s ‘white-glove’ their vampire heroes. I couldn’t find an official definition for the term white-gloved, but what I mean by that is that the main character is innocent of guilt while participating … Read More

A Bit of Poetry

My brain was in a rhyming mood this morning and I wrote two poems instead of working on my stories with due dates. So I thought I’d share the two best ones with you guys! Without further ado here are the fruits of my morning.   Darkness Do you ever wonder what your mind might sing, or your ears might draw, if you couldn’t see? … Read More

Three Dark Crowns

Around a year ago (seems to be a reoccurring theme with me) a friend of mine said “Jen, awesome guru of YA novels, can you please give me some suggestions of what to read next?” – Paraphrasing. I responded with, “Oh gods yes, how much time do you have?” She had five minutes so instead of listing them all then and there I went home … Read More

Defining Failure and Success

Hi Again! The end of this year is fast approaching. In fact, we only have 55 days until the bells of midnight ring, the ball drops, and the new year is upon us. So I thought I’d take stock of my 2017. I started this blog over a year ago, and felt full of energy and determination. The beginning went kinda like this: First Day: … Read More

Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis and a Reflection on Blurring the Lines    Lines. Where to draw them and where to keep them grey? This question comes to mind with this book, because the lines are too clearly drawn. Though you can tell Lewis tried to blur them a little, instead she just moves them. People are either bad or good; there really is … Read More

A Court of Mist and Fury

A Review of A Court of Mist and Fury with a Reflection on Re-Reading Books   (Spoilers from A Court of Thorns and Roses)   So I’m one of those people who creates rules for themselves: can’t watch a tv show out of order, can’t start a movie in the middle, can’t have an appetizer after dinner, and so on and so forth. I also … Read More

Yellow Brick War

Review of Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige (Spoilers from Dorothy Must Die and The Wicked Will Rise)   This is the third book in the Dorothy Must Die series by Danielle Paige. Contrary to popular belief, there will be a fourth book as well. That book, the fourth book, will be the final in the series. I learned this when I met Paige at the … Read More

Burning Glass

Review of Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie   Sonya is an auraseer, which means she feels the emotions of the people around her. When tragedy strikes at home, Sonya is taken from her small village to the palace to be the sovereign Auraseer. She is given the small task of protecting the Emperor and entire kingdom from any and all threats. No pressure. Sonya was … Read More