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It’s Like Santa…


You may remember my post, It’s That Time Of Month, about books and periods. If so, you can understand my delight in the commercial, The Camp Gyno, from Hello Flo. I found out about it through Jezebel’s post, Tiny Tampon Queen Stars in Best Menstrual Marketing Ever. In a nutshell, Hello Flo is a new […]

Review: Uses for Boys


Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt. St. Martin’s Griffin. 2013. The Plot: Slut. That’s the word thrown at Anna. Cutting as a knife. Creating a barrier between herself and the world. Except for the boys. Desmond, Joey, Todd, and the others. Yes, they take something, but they also give her something she needs. Warmth; […]

Spoil This


Spoilers are a funny thing. Well, maybe not spoilers so much as how people react to them and what they mean. In a nutshell, a “spoiler” is something about the plot of a book, movie, or TV show. The term implies, in a way, that this somehow “spoils” the reader/viewer experience. But does it? I […]

Plagiarism, Indie Authors, Libraries


Plagiarism stinks. No two ways about it. It happens. The question is, what to do when you see it? That was the issue presented to readers of some indie authors recently; they saw that one author had plagiarized others, and saw that the author had been mentioned on a blog post. So, what to do? […]

Guest Post by Beth Bauman


One of the things I really like New Adult is the conversations it inspires. While I’ve joked about how “sexytimes” figures into whether a book is Young Adult or New Adult, I’m dead serious about young adult books and female sexuality. Want to see me rant? Just drop the s-word when talking about teenage girls. […]

Review: Fuse


Fuse: Book 2 of the Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggott. Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group. 2013. Review copy from conference. Sequel to Pure. Part of my “vacation reads,” books for adults to read during their vacation — hey, it’s summer vacation! Also, this is a sequel to an Alex Award winner; […]

Flashback July 2008

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And now, a flashback to what I was reading in July 2008! My Favorite Books of 2007  Because 2008 was the year I was reading for the Printz, my blog content of actual reviews, especially of YA books, is fairly light. So instead look at the roundup of my favorite books from 2007! Gray Wolves; […]

SummerTeen tomorrow!

Just a reminder about SummerTeen tomorrow!   The line up is at the SLJ SummerTeen website. I will be moderating the Historical Fantasy panel. Deb Noyes, Plague in the Mirror (Candlewick) (My review) Robin LaFevers, Dark Triumph (HMH) (My review of Grave Mercy, the first book in this series, and Dark Triumph) Elizabeth Wein, The Winter […]

Review: Plague In The Mirror


Plague in the Mirror by Deborah Noyes. Candlewick Press. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publishers. The Plot: May is spending the summer in Florence with family friends. It’s not just a great chance to be in Florence, it’s also a way to be away from home, away from Vermont, away from her friends, and away […]

Candy Crush


Hello, my name is Liz, and I’m obsessed with Candy Crush. For those of you who aren’t playing . . . . Candy Crush Saga is a game you can play on your phone or computer. It’s one of those “match 3 objects” games, (in this case candies) with each board having a different set of challenges (get a […]