Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reading on a Theme: A YA Summer Romance

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means that summer is officially here. (Does it feel like summer where you live? We have had such a rainy spring that I'm still wearing sweatshirts most days.) There's just something about summer that calls for a little romance, and, since I love a seasonally appropriate read more than most, that's what I've got for you today. Don't these covers just scream summer? Pick any one of these books and settle in for a romance-filled summer.

On the Farm: 
Ever since her mother passed away, Rose Darrow has done everything she can to keep her family's farm running, sacrificing her own plans to do so. Bodhi Lowell is the Darrow's hired help for the summer, and he has his own rough past. At first, Rose is resentful of his intrusion, but soon the two can't deny their attraction. I am a sucker for a good setting, and A Walk in the Sun has it in spades. Michelle Zink paints the Darrow farm with a soft rosy glow and transported me to another world. The pacing in this novel is fairly sleepy, but, to me, that set the tone perfectly for both the setting and the romance. I read it in two sittings. A Walk in the Sun is out May 3, 2016. Review copy from Edelweiss.

On the Road:
If you've fallen in love with Emery Lord's newest book, When We Collided, might I suggest you give her debut novel a go. Not only is Open Road Summer wonderful, but it's also a perfect summer read.  Reagan's spending the summer on tour with her best friend Dee, otherwise known as teen country star Lilah Montgomery. It's suppose to be a girl's only summer, then a PR disaster forces the tour to bring on Matt Finch, formerly of the Finch Four, to open for Lilah. I absolutely adored Emery Lord's debut novel when I read it in 2014. This book excels at both romance and friendship. Matt Finch is pretty dreamy, and Reagan and Dee have a real friendship that's deep but not idealized. 

On the Page:
Summer Days and Summer Nights is the perfect seasonal read. With stories by Leigh Bardugo, Cassandara Clare, Jennifer E. Smith and many more, there's something for everyone in this collection. The tales explore all types of summer love from first loves to lost loves and breakups to makeups. There's also a good mix of straight and LBGTQ relationships. I especially enjoyed the wide range of settings and genres in this collection with both contemporary and futuristic settings and stories that fit squarely in the horror and paranormal genre. Stephanie Perkins and Libba Bray's tales were among my favorites. Summer Days and Summer Nights is out May 17, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley.

On the Island:
On the eve of her annual summer trip to visit her mother in Hawaii, Sloane McIntyre learns her best friend and her boyfriend have betrayed her. One broken hand and broken heart later, Sloane arrives in Hawaii determined to escape the mess she left behind. Finn McAllister proves the perfect distraction until Sloane realizes her distraction has grown into something much truer. The Hawaiian setting, the warm, summery cover, and the promise of surfing in Summer of Sloane were too enticing for me to pass up. I also really liked that Sloane was a competitive swimmer. This is Erin L. Schneider's debut novel, and I'll be interested to see what she does next. Summer of Sloane is out May 3, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley.

On the Charts:
Wilamena Carlisle's mother was an astrologist, and, after her death, Wil became obsessed with the zodiac. This summer her planets will align, making it the perfect time for her to find love. If she doesn't seize this moment, she's going to have to wait another seventeen years. Soon Wil is entangled in a love triangle with one boy who perfectly matches her astrological tables and one who does not at all. Darcy Wood's debut is a cute summer read, especially if you are at all interested in astrology. I enjoyed Wil's quirky character traits and understood her desire to honor her mother's legacy, even if it did get a little out of hand. Summer of Supernovas is out May 10, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley.

All books reviewed by JoLee.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Book Bargain: Jackaby and Beastly Bones by William Ritter

I love William Ritter's Jackaby series with a fervor that I reserve for just a few books. Jackaby made my list of favorite debuts in 2014. I read Beastly Bones in 2015 and loved it even more than the first in the series! It easily secured a spot on my favorites of the year list. I just about fainted from excitement when I got an early copy of the upcoming Ghostly Echoes. All that love, my friends, is why I had to shout to the world this fabulous ebook deal. 

Jackaby by William Ritter

Published: September 2014 by Algonquin Young Readers

Genres: History Fantasy / Paranormal

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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

Jackaby is featured on Intellectual Recreation in Reading on a Theme: Serial Killers and the Supernatural.

Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Published: September 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers

Genres: History Fantasy / Paranormal

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“I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

Beastly Bones is featured on Intellectual Recreation in Reading on a Theme: Historical Detective Duos

Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter

To be Published: August 23rd, 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers

Genres: History Fantasy / Paranormal

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Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Reading on a Theme: Literary Women of the Early 20th Century

This post has been a long time in the making, but I truly, truly enjoyed every one of these books. Historical fiction can be such a fun way to learn about real people. In this bunch, we have a group of early twentieth century women who challenged conventions, married famous authors, and wrote great works of literature.

Isak Dinesin:
Circling the Sun is the story of Beryl Markham. Coming of age in Africa after the First World War, Beryl chafes against the constraints of womanhood. Desperate to live an independent life, she becomes the colony's first female horse trainer and enters into a passionate love triangle with Denys Finch-Hatton and Karen Blixen, who published Out of Africa as Isak Dinesin. Beryl would publish a book about her time in Africa, as well, West with the Night. Paula McLain transports her readers to another time and place with her lush language and engaging storytelling. I love reading about women who shirk convention, and Beryl is absolutely fascinating.

Hadley Hemingway:
The Paris Wife is the story of Ernest Hemingway's marriage to his first wife Hadley Richardson, as told from Hadley's perspective. The couple participated in the burgeoning Parisian artistic climate of the post-war period. I very much enjoyed reading about both the outrageous and the mundane aspects of the pair's life in Paris, such as hobnobbing with other famous artists while living in squalor. Hadley is a very rich and captivating narrator. In her hands Ernest is an artist with a vigorous and energetic spirit who, although not without his demons and flaws, is clearly a fascinating person. The connection between the two main characters felt honest to me. A fantastic read.

Zelda Fitzgerald:
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is a fictional account of the life of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Zelda Sayre was a seventeen-year-old Southern belle when she met Scott in 1918. Known as the quintessential Jazz Age couple, these two did nothing halfway. Therese Anne Fowler molds their legend into living, breathing individuals. I found Zelda to be a very sympathetic character in Fowler's hands. I think many women can relate to the conflict between Zelda's desire to make something of herself and the expectations placed upon her by family and society. Fowler also does a nice job conveying the Fitzgerald's codependency. The Fitzgerald's really were a mess.

Virginia Woolf:
Vanessa and Her Sister is the story of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, and the Bloomsbury Group. The novel begins in 1905 at a time when the Stephen household (Vanessa, Virginia and their brother Thoby and Adrian) is at the center of a group of young and unproved avant-garde writers, artists, and philosophers. Told through letters and journal entries, the novel follows Vanessa, especially, as she falls in love, marries, and deals with her sister's jealousy. I really loved this book. It's one of those books that I've been telling all my real-life friends about. I really enjoyed the letter format and how it gave a very personal quality to the story. Priya Parmar's book had a really nice, quiet feel to it and felt very period appropriate. I would love to read a sequel.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh:
The Aviator's Wife is the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh. Anne was an aviator and navigator herself and did much traveling with Charles in the early years of their marriage. Later in life she turned her attention to writing, receiving national acclaim for Gift from the Sea. In the novel, Anne has a strong voice and is a sympathetic character. However, I found myself wishing that Charles could be a more fully formed character. Charles is drawn so unsympathetically that it was hard for me to understand why Anne fell for him in the first place. I really liked learning about the Lindberghs through Melanie Benjamin's historical fiction account. 

All reviews by JoLee.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reading on a Theme: Inspired by the Brontës

It was Charlotte Brontë's 200th birthday on April 21st, 2016. I'm definitely a Brontë fan, and I thought a gathering of Brontë-inspired books would be a fun way to celebrate. We've got contemporary retellings here, historical retellings, fantasy, and women's fiction. There's a Brontë-inspired book for everyone.

Cathy Earnshaw in the American West:
In a small Missouri town on the eve of the Civil War, wild and passionate Catrina finds a naked, fevered man wandering through her father's sorghum crop. The family takes him in, and, because he cannot remember his name, they name him Stonefield after the place where he was found. (Clever right? Heathcliff becomes Stonefield.) I felt that this adaption of Wuthering Heights was missing something, and I think that something might have to do with the setting. The moor is character in its own right in Emily Brontë's classic, and it adds a creepy and otherwordly quality that I missed in Christy Lenzi's debut. Stone Field was out March 29th, 2016. Copy from my local library.

The Young Brontës:
Living in relative isolation on the Yorkshire moors, the Brontë siblings, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne, keep themselves entertained by writing stories about fictional lands. However, their fictional worlds are much more real to them than anyone suspects because the Brontë siblings routinely crossover to their worlds and direct and experience the stories from within. Influenced by the stories the Brontës wrote in their youths, Lena Coakley's book is a fun mix of history and fantasy. And, as I really enjoy historical fantasy, books that insert fantastical elements into the real world, the Brontës, and Haworth, for me, this book was a real treat. The spooky plot was spine-tingling too. Worlds of Ink and Shadow is out January 5th, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley

Journey to Haworth:
Lucy Alling sells rare books and her methods are dubious. Her dishonesty ruins her relationship with her boyfriend, James, but forges a connection between Lucy and James's grandmother, Helen. Helen hires Lucy for a trip to England where she hopes to make amends for a past wrong. The journey is filled with soul searching, and much of Lucy's self-discovery takes place on the moors of Haworth where she visits the Brontës Parsonage. The Brontë Plot is definitely a book for people who love British literature, especially the Brontës's books. I love how  Katherine Reay's writing makes the reader feel like a tourist. The Brontë Plot was out in November 2015. Review copy from NetGalley.

Jane Eyre, Murderess:
Jane Steele begins her story by telling her readers about how, upon reading Jane Eyre, she was struck by the similarities between her life and Jane's, expecting one distinct and rather glaring difference: whereas Jane Eyre overcame her tormentors with forbearance and virtue, Jane Steele murdered them. I love how self-conscious this book is in its nod to Charlotte Brontë's classic and yet how it also mirrors and parallels Jane Eyre in subtle and delectable ways. I love Jane's voice and the period feel. Once Jane became Mr. Thornfield's governess I was reminded of another classic, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins, because of all the ties to India and lost jewels. Smart and sassy, Lyndsay Faye's book is a fun romp. Jane Steele was out March 22nd, 2016. Review copy from NetGalley.

Jane Eyre in a Contemporary Setting:
Jane, upon her parents' sudden death, finds herself without much money thanks to her very self-absorbed siblings. Forced to drop out of school to earn her living, she is hired to be the nanny for rock star Nico Rathburn's daughter almost exclusively on her practical personality and lack of interest in celebrity. April Lindner's Jane follows Jane Eyre to a tee, thus there are very few surprises, but the beauty of the story is in its contemporaneity. Lindner's Jane has the same personality as Charlotte Brontë's. Lindner's recasting of Rochester as a rock star is allows Nico to be eccentric, passionate, creative, scandalous, volatile, and extremely wealthy. 

All books reviewed by JoLee.

P.S. You also might enjoy "Reading on a Theme: Inspired by the Classics": here and here.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Series Salute: The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Those of you who have been around the blog for awhile know that Paige and I are huge Maggie Stiefvater fans and huge Raven Boys fans. (Read this Most Read Authors post if you need to be more thoroughly convinced.)

The Raven King was definitely one of our most anticipated books of the year, and, as its publication approached, I oscillated between feelings of excitement and complete dread. Excitement because I just had to know what was going to happen to these beloved characters. And dread because then the series would be over.

Last week I was flying from California back to the east coast. This was the day after The Raven King came out, and I had been seeing people post it all over Instagram. Suddenly, all the dread disappeared. I wanted to read it so badly. In the airport, just before I got onto the plane, I made the split second decision to download it then and there. It was the right decision. By the time I got home I was almost halfway through the book. I then finished the next day in the wee hours of the night (thank you jet lag).

About the Books


To put it simply, The Raven Cycle is about a group of private school boys searching for the tomb of a Welsh king in the wilds of Virginia. In the first book, Blue Sargent, the only non-psychic in a household of psychics, gets adopted by the group and becomes involved in the search for the king. 

That's the simply version, in reality the books are about friendship, family, magic, love, curses, dreams, fate, and mystery. All the characters' stories interweave and their love for and dependence on one another gets stronger and stronger.

Why I Love Them 

1. The tight-knit gang of boys.
This has got to be number one. From the very first book I was utterly captivated by way that Maggie was able to so perfectly convey the friendship between these boys--Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and, in the last book, Henry.

2. Blue Sargent and the boys.
I can't help but love Blue, and I love the bond that she develops with all the boys. Of course, I adore Blue and Gansey together; even though they can never kiss thanks to a pesky prophecy, there is so much heat between the two. But I also love how Blue plays a special role for all the boys. I especially love the scenes with Blue and Noah.

3. Ronan and Adam.
With Ronan and Adam Maggie has crafted a characters that are tough and vulnerable all at once. As much as I love Gansey, and I really love Gansey, these two are at the heart of this series. Plus, they have some really cool (creepy) (crazy) magical abilities. 
4. The residents of 300 Fox Way.
That house of psychics, Maura, Orla, Calla, Persephone, makes me so happy. Happy because there are some adults in the story, and they are even semi-responsible (yeah!), and they play a big role in action.

5. The setting.
This is a huge one for me. Huge. As in it should probably be higher up on the list. The town of Henrietta, Virginia is as much of a character as the characters themselves. I love how the books follow the seasons (The Raven Boys - Spring, The Dream Thieves - Summer, Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Fall, The Raven King - still Fall). In The Dream Thieves I could feel the hot, steamy, stickiness of summer. In Blue Lily, Lily Blue I could feel the crisp fall air and the see the riot of fall colors. I kept thinking about how amazing it would be to do a Raven Boys road trip. I don't live that far from Virginia. Maybe I could make that happen.

6. The revolving villains.
I actually really love how the villains keep changing in The Raven Cycle. I think it keeps the books focused on the Raven boys and Gansey's search for Glendower, rather than shifting it to a struggle between the good guys and the bad guy. And, I like that some of the bad guys are a little less bad and a little more complicated.

7. The magic.
The Raven's Cycle has some crazy magic. In Cabeswater the trees speak Latin. Dreams become reality, and people can make deals with trees. Sleepers wake after thousands of years. A kiss can kill your true love. Prophecies come true. 

8.  The gorgeous writing.
This one has to be last because none of the above works without glorious writing, and Maggie's writing is lovely and lyrical and full of emotion.

Most Read Authors: Maggie Stiefvater posted here.
You can also find a review of Blue Lily, Lily Blue and Sinner there.
Review of The Dream Thieves here.
Shiver featured here.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Reading on a Theme: When Wishes Come True + A Giveaway

Reading Down with the Shine (which I loved so much) got me thinking about other books with Young Adult and Middle Grade books that feature wishes come true. And I thought "When Wishes Come True" would make a fun Reading on a Theme. In each of these book we have characters who aren't expecting their wishes to come true. The results--swapped bodies, reanimated dead best friends, life size My Little Ponies--are pretty hilarious.

To go along with this Reading on a Theme we are running a giveaway for a copy of Down with the Shine. Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win.   

Moonshine Wishes:
When Lennie takes her uncles' moonshine to the biggest party of the year, she's just hoping for a way to get in with her classmates and forget for a night about her dead best friend. What she doesn't know is that her uncles aren't in the moonshine business, they are in the wish-granted business, and soon all of Lennie's classmates' wishes, even the most outlandish, have come true. I had so much fun reading Down with the Shine.
The dark and gritty atmosphere of Kate Karyus Quinn's new book reminded me (in the best way) of  Holly Black's Curse Workers Trilogy. I really enjoyed its dark humor, and I'd love a sequel. Down with the Shine was out April 26, 2016. Review copy from Edelweiss.

Birthday Wishes:
Lavender and Scarlet don't have much in common. Scarlet is a pretty and popular star soccer player, but her home life is difficult. Lavender is picked on at school, klutzy, and sarcastic. The one thing the two share is a birthday. And on their thirteenth birthday they each make a wish to be someone else. The next morning they wake up to find they've switched bodies. Seeing the two navigate another life is both hilarious and poignant. To make things work Lavender and Scarlet have to get along. In the process they build a friendship. They learn that many people are dealing with so many things that are not obvious from the surface. I love this middle-grade gem from Natalie Standiford

Genie Wishes:
Viola has been floundering ever since her long-time best friend and boyfriend broke her heart. One days she has a fervent wish to belong again and a jinn is sent from Caliban, the land of the jinni, to grant three wishes. However, Viola's reluctance to wish forces her and the jinn to spend more and more time together resulting in a relationship that's much deeper than master and servant.
As You Wish is a fun take on genies. My little nerd heart also loved all the Shakespearean names. Jackson Pearce excels at writing books that are light and fun but also confront real feelings. The characters are charming and the little bit of magic adds extra sparkle.

More Birthday Wishes:
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard is clever and at times laugh out loud funny. Kayla has a really rotten 16th birthday, so when blowing out her candles she thinks, "I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin' do." And then they start to at the rate of one wish a day for the next 15 days. The premise is pretty funny. Kayla wished for some pretty ridiculous things--like a life-size My Little Pony and a year's supply of bubblegum. Let's just say there is a reason none of her wishes have ever come true. I loved the side characters. Ann, especially, is pure brilliance, a seriously funny character. Of course, as Kayla deals with all these wishes she becomes a better person. 

Wishing Day Wishes:
On Natasha's wishing day, she climbs to the top of a hill and allows herself to be embraced by the ancient willow tree. There she makes three wishes: an impossible wish, a wish she can make come true, and the deepest desire of her heart. What will happen if her wishes actually come true? Lauren Myracle's Wishing Day strikes the perfect balance; it has a strong supernatural vibe but also feels like a story about an average thirteen year old girl. I enjoyed the characters and especially loved Natasha's aunts and the bird lady. Ms. Myracle really captured the emotions of the characters and that's what made the story. Wishing Day is out May 3rd, 2016. Review copy from Edelweiss.

Down with the Shine, Switched at Birthday, As You Wish, and You Wish reviewed by JoLee.
Wishing Day reviewed by Paige.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Blog Tour: Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn + a Giveaway

I'm thrilled to be part of the Down with the Shine blog tour! This book was so much fun. In fact, I loved it so much, that I was inspired to create a whole Reading on a Theme post around this book. Come back tomorrow to see it (and for another chance to win the book.) In the meantime, check out my review, hop over to the other blog tour hosts, and don't forget to enter the giveaway. We have three copies to giveaway!

Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Publisher/ Year: HarperTeen - April 2016

Genre: YA Urban fantasy

Source: Review copy from the publisher

Make a wish… 

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.  
At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…

It's been awhile since I had as much fun reading a book as I did reading this one. And let me assure you, that was a very welcome occurrence. 

First of all, Down with the Shine has a dark humor to it that I just loved. What made everything funnier was how all the bizarre and crazy wishes were juxtaposed with the normal and mundane. And, a wish that seems like it's all in good fun when there's no way that it can come true, can become truly terrifying when it actually does happen. The scenes at Michaela's never-ending party were particularly fraught with this hilarious brand of terror. 

As the plot progresses, the reader learns that wish-granting is not the only form of magic in this alternate reality. But the other magic-welders that we do meet are connected to Lennie's father, a criminal who seems more and more sinister as the book progresses. The dark and gritty, the seamy underground and criminal aspects of the magical world in Down with the Shine reminded me of Holly Black's Curse Workers Trilogy, and I love The Curse Workers Trilogy so, so much. Discovering in Down with the Shine a book that has a similar tone and atmosphere as this beloved series, was so unexpected and marvelously thrilling.

And, while we're talking about the darker aspects, there's the whole murder of Dylan, Lennie's best friend to consider. Lennie wishes her alive again. Not a simple wish. Dylan was one of the creepier, but also sadder, aspects of the story, but the book really benefited from the emotional depth brought about by her death.

A shining ray in all this black humor, is Smith, but, as you've probably gathered, nothing is simple in Down with the Shine. Smith is Dylan's twin brother and he blames Lennie for Dylan's death. However, even at the beginning, the reader can tell that Smith's feelings toward Lennie are complicated and there's a great deal of like hidden underneath all that blame. Smith's wish backfires in a way that is both very humorous and quite endearing. And I just liked him, and I liked Smith and Lennie together. A lot.

Long story short, I gulped Kate Karyus Quinn's book down. And I'd love a sequel. 


Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and a menthol Chapstick addict.
After growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, Kate left her hometown for Southern California and film school, where she earned an MFA in Film and Television Production from Chapman University.
After finishing her degree, she moved with her husband to Knoxville, Tennessee. However, she recently made the move back home, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would... build character.

She is also the author of Another Little Piece and (Don't You) Forget About Me.

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