Have you read Saundra Mitchell’s The Vespertine?* If so, and if you liked it, then you’re probably already looking forward to The Springsweet.
It’s quite different, but I strongly suspect that you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t, at any rate. I loved it. Possibly even more than The Vespertine.
For those of you who haven’t** read The Vespertine, I have good news: if you like romantic historicals, you should give The Springsweet a go anyway. It’s a companion novel, but ...
I wrote last week’s column while wearing my crankypants. I make no apologies. I was having difficulty filling my craving for a good love story, and in my book, that’s more than enough excuse for any amount of testiness. But this week, all is right with the world again, thanks to three different readers who recommended the solution: Cath Crowley’s lovely, romantic Graffiti Moon.
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But, Leila, you ...
How was your Valentine’s Day? From a literary standpoint, I mean.
Mine was a bust.
Last year, February brought me Anna and the French Kiss (swoon!) and The Big Crunch (bittersweet swoon!). So this year, I went looking for more contemporary romance.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on the fantastic new book 'The Girls of No Return.'
First, I picked up Heather Hepler’s Love? Maybe, a book about cynical Piper, a girl who Finds Love Where She Least ...
The girls of Alice Marshall School are all there for a reason. Some, like the I-bankers, can be easily slotted into a category: they’ve all been sent into the wilderness of central Idaho by their well-to-do, exasperated—and very hands-off—parents to deal with their incessant partying and various addictions. They have no intention of working through their issues, and are likely to jump right back into their old patterns when they leave.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on Jon Skovron ...
“The gods of the old religion become the demons of the new religion.” — Margaret Murray
“Gods can turn into evil demons when new gods oust them.” — Sigmund Freud
The moment I read those epigraphs in Jon Skovron’s Misfit, I knew I was in for a treat.
Read Bookshelves of Doom on 'The Shattering.'
Jael Thompson and her ex-priest father move a lot. She’s lived in more crappy apartments than she has toes, and it feels like ...
Karen Healey is two for two.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on the awesome 'Anna Dressed in Blood.'
Her first book, Guardian of the Dead, was a critical darling—it appeared on a slew of award shortlists and won a 2010 Aurealis—as well as being somewhat popular despite that* and being a totally original** spin on the urban paranormal genre. It’s got a fantastic sense of place—if you don’t already want to visit New Zealand, you will after reading ...
Are you a fan of Buffy and Supernatural? Lucky you*! I’ve found your next read: Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood.
Seriously, guys: DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on Paige Harbison's 'New Girl.'
If you aren’t immediately swooning over the title and the cover art—and really, I’m not sure if they’re humanly possible to resist—then open the book and feast your eyes on the text—it’s printed in dark red ink! Double. Swoon.
Back in November, I wrote about Marianna Baer’s Frost, a fabulous* modern Gothic made even more fabulous by its subtle parallels to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca. Later this month, YA aficionados will have the opportunity to revisit Rebecca again, this time in the form of Paige Harbison’s New Girl.
Read the last Bookshelves of Doom on great books about death in teen lit.
Unlike Frost, New Girl is, without question, a contemporary retelling of Rebecca: Maxim becomes Max, Rebecca becomes ...