A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

I got so excited when I read the synopsis of A Blade So Black that I almost flipped my table. McKinney’s debut novel, released this September, is a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland. Instead of falling through a rabbit hole during a tea party in England, this Alice enters a nightmare realm called Wonderland whenever she sleeps. Alice has to quickly learn how to … Continue reading A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

I cannot rave enough about Brandon Sanderson’s Reckoners series. It has become a new personal favorite and is easily the best thing I’ve recently read. As brilliant as Sanderson’s writing is, the audiobook narrated by MacLeod Andrews takes it to the next level, so much so that I have hunted down all of his other narrations. (Seriously, if you’ve never listened to an audiobook before, … Continue reading The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

Celebrating National Poetry Month with Teens

Teens experience so much tumult in their lives. With the internet in their back pockets, they get updates on atrocities happening across the globe almost as soon as they happen. Poetry gives them a safe space to express their emotions and provides an opportunity to connect with others who have gone through similar experiences. And yet poetry continues to have a bad reputation among most … Continue reading Celebrating National Poetry Month with Teens

Camp NaNoWriMo: or Why I Abandoned My Word Count

Camp NaNoWriMo has officially started! Camp NanNo is the counterpart to National Novel Writing Month in November, when writers buckle down and write 50,000 words in one month. (Yes, we’re sane. Mostly.) NaNoWriMo has birthed works such as Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It has also birthed thousands-upon-thousands of half-finished manuscripts, a couple of mine included. During Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July, writers get … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo: or Why I Abandoned My Word Count

The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

Don’t be fooled–this is not the story of Owen Thorskard, dragon slayer of Trondheim. This is the story of Siobhan McQuaid, the first bard in over half a century. She is a loyal companion and fearless friend who revolutionizes a nation by being cunning, faithful, and brave. The Story of Owen is set in modern-day rural Canada. With dragons. That feed on carbon emissions. It’s … Continue reading The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston