What’s a Valkyrie to Do

You know, you just don’t see enough stories about Valkyrie’s today. Between the Blade and the Heart presents a world where Valkyries keep the supernatural peace and angels and demons walk among us. But despite the magic of this world, it’s a lot like our own. You might ignore an act of violence on crowded…

How to do Time Travel

Every year or two there’s a “type” of story that seem to suddenly get really popular – vampires, werewolves, dystopia. I don’t think I’ve ever seen time travel get quite that level of buzz, but it’s definitely a popular theme… sadly, the biggest issues with time travel books is that they’re rarely done really well.…

Words Matter

Words matter and words have a cost. The right words can bring about innovation, revolution. The wrong words can destroy a person’s world. In Gregory Scott Katsoulis‘ All Rights Reserved, words – and any form of expression – are spoken at very high stakes. Two seconds of screaming costs $1.98 A request to Desist costs…

September ARCs of Self-Discovery

I try to prioritize my reading in order of the release date, so I recently finished a few ARCs for some upcoming September releases. The books are in very different YA genres with wildly different characters, but they are all the same in that a core element of the story is the main character’s journey…

A New Take on the Old Stepmom

There have been so many retelling and not-so-new takes on fairy tales in the past few years that I wasn’t sure I could stand another. And there’s no more tried and true story than the stepmother who turns to evil and the beautiful stepdaughter struggling for love/survival… but an enthralling Buzz Books excerpt convinced me…

Does a Cowboy Viking trump a Viking Cowboy?

Did you ever think to yourself, wow, I love stories about Vikings. Or wow, I love stories about cowboys. I wish there were more stories about Vikings AND cowboys!!! No? Well, clearly you’re not as brilliant as Emmy Laybourne. Side note: As I mentioned this I was googling for images of Cowboy Vikings and did…

Unearthed, Undying, not Unsimilar

Before I get into the actual review, I have to mention that I got an ARC of this book at The BookCon (or was it the Book Expo? eh, probably BookCon) and it was madness. By far, this was the craziest drop I saw all week. People were basically diving for books ala Black Friday…