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The Top 10 Most Anticipated YA Books of 2017

There are so many books being released in 2017! Which are you most excited for?
May 10, 2017

There were many great Young-Adult books released in 2016, but even more are being released in 2017! They range from LGBTQ+ contemporaries to sci-fi and fantasy. These books are released throughout the...

A Misfortunate Excursion

The atmosphere had shifted so quickly that it nearly knocked the wind from Alonzo’s lungs.  He was vividly aware of each breath he took, and the sounds around him suddenly seemed amplified immensely.  The waves and the cries of the gulls crashed through his mind with rugged insistence.
October 14, 2016

Foamy green sloshed across the deck, propelled by the boat’s precarious tilting against the waves.  Rain pelted down as if eager to aid in the vessel’s destruction.  The wooden planks creaked worryingly,...

Ransom Riggs Event in Decatur

Photo used with permission by Lorrie Angell; Ransom Riggs is happy to see a devoted fan/reader with all three books for his signature.
November 17, 2015

Ransom Riggs, the well-known author of the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series, included Atlanta, Georgia on his five city book release event to announce the most recent addition to his...

Ash on the Clockface

Ash and Flame; that’s all we are.  The ash to give us shape, and the fire to hold us together.
October 12, 2015

“This darkness is beautiful, in an odd way.  Is it not?” came a voice. “Father, it is not darkness; it is the very fabric of absence.  Not even darkness lies out there,” came another. “Hrmph. ...

A Spark to a Blind Eye

With a single spark, everything in a dark world can change, even the course of time itself.
May 8, 2015

Forever stalks the night across these barren fields of dust.  Its step falls with reigning control as warden of all that ever breathed, all that ever sought to strike out and grasp reality, to grasp the...

Only the Brave Die

So wanders yet another legend into the desert’s waiting hands.  So waits death to take his long escaped prey, finally come to die.  But when the final tally comes to collect an old man’s deeds, just what will it find hidden behind the mask of a wanderer?
December 9, 2014

Over the hills flows the lonely song of the wind on the dunes, whistling, breathing, crying across the sand.  Swirling its dead streamers high into the air, a lifeless partner in a wretched waltz.  Forever...

Jack of the Lantern

When the candles are lit on All Hallow’s Eve and sneering faces glow across the darkness, whose path do they light?  Whose darkness do they ignite?  Listen closely, and you’ll know the tale of Jack’s foolish deal with the Devil, and why his face lights our doorsteps the night when the spirits return.
October 31, 2014

Sticks and stones. Skulls and bones.  Of honor and bravery, no legends are told. Sneers and Cackles. Wails and shackles.  Of blood and madness, birth stories of old.             Across...

Uglies by Scott Westerfield Book Review

Hannah Sweet holding a copy of Uglies by Scott Westerfield.
January 23, 2014

Imagine someone living in a world where they are raised to believe they are ugly. And they continue to believe it until they turn 16—in which they then go through an operation to become ‘pretty’. Tally...

The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright

Reviewing the story of a lonely doll in search of friends, The Secret Life of The Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright uncovers the secrets of the author of The Lonely Doll hidden in the text of her biggest seller.
November 15, 2013

The life of Dare Wright did not quite fit the stereotype of adolescent euphoria developed for children’s story writers. In fact, it was far from. She did not have a perfect, fit-for-the-movies relationship...

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