The Abyss Surrounds Us

If there's anything that can be said for me, is that I love my fiction to have a hearty dosage of pirates. And queer girls. And queer pirate girls. The Abyss Surrounds Us is that, and more. So much more.For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training … Continue reading The Abyss Surrounds Us

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House of Furies

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Ghosts ★★★★★

Graphic novels have always had a special place in my heart, and Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier has taken my heart in its adorable fist and crushed it to smithereens. Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for … Continue reading Ghosts ★★★★★

Truthwitch ★★★★★

Can someone love a book more than I loved Truthwitch by Susan Dennard? Can anyone love anything more than I loved that book? Probably not. I loved Truthwitch (and Susan Dennard. I nearly cried when I saw her in the hallway at BookCon Chigaco) so much. In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate … Continue reading Truthwitch ★★★★★

Mice of the Round Table ★★★★★

I have been waiting to get my hands on a copy of this book ever since I heard about it from the author herself. I'm so happy that it's finally out and that I can review it. Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of the day when he will become a Knight of Camelot like his … Continue reading Mice of the Round Table ★★★★★

Glass Sword ★★★★★

If I could sum up my entire experience of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard in a single gif, it would be this one: If you've spent any amount of time on this site, or listening to our Podcasts, you know how much of a fan Jess and I are of Victoria Aveyard. We fell in love with … Continue reading Glass Sword ★★★★★

The Dragon Waking ★★★★☆

An endearing tale of a girl who meets her best friend in the Nevada desert, who just so happens to be a dragon. The Dragon Waking by Grayson Towler is a heartwarming tale of friendship, adventure and a splash of magic. For thirteen-year-old Rose Gallagher, having a friend who is really a dragon and can perform … Continue reading The Dragon Waking ★★★★☆

Last Seen Leaving ★★★★☆

After reading the initial back copy, I was a little hesitant to request Last Seen Leaving, but I'm so glad that I did. Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own? Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling … Continue reading Last Seen Leaving ★★★★☆

Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★☆

A thrilling mystery with a terribly wrapped up ending. But most of the book was amazing and a great approach to popular period of history. Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she … Continue reading Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★☆

The Shadow Hour ★★★★☆

Sequels are hard; sequels in trilogies are even harder. So many of them suffer through Sagging Middle Syndrome that some people aren't even able to finish them. I read and reviewed The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey last year, and I fell head over heels and finished it in one go. It's sequel, The Shadow Hour, … Continue reading The Shadow Hour ★★★★☆

House of Furies ★★★★★

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Labyrinth Lost ★★★★★

Córdova immerses us in fantasy, language, and LGBQT in a way I haven't seen done successfully in today's YA literature. Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person … Continue reading Labyrinth Lost ★★★★★

The Lie Tree ★★★★☆

I'm always enamored by girls in stories that seem innocent and invisible but use that to their advantage to carve their own path -- which is exactly what Faith Sunderly does in The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. It's impossible to put down this historical mystery, set just after the advent of Darwin's On The … Continue reading The Lie Tree ★★★★☆

Episode #32: An Interview with Chelsea Sedoti

It's interview central around here this month! Joining us this week is Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett and the recently released As You Wish. We had a wonderful discussion about anxiety and writing and how we all handle the pressure.

As You Wish
What if you could ask for anything- and get it? 

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

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Chelsea Sedoti
I’ve lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for most of my life. It’s a weird place. I’m not a fan of casinos, but I love the Mojave Desert. I also love the woods and hills and dying steel mill towns of eastern Ohio, which is where my family is from. I wish I could split my time between both places.

I have a nerdy-cool husband and a goofy dog and evil cat. I read a lot of books. I think Mad Men is the best show ever made. I rock climb, even though I’m afraid of heights. I would eat red velvet cupcakes from the Cupcakery every day if I could. One of my favorite things in the world is exploring abandoned places.  

I love writing because it lets me have adventures. I love writing because it is an adventure.

That’s what you should know about me: I think everything should feel like an adventure.

With a little effort, it can.

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Episode #31: An Interview with MarcyKate Connolly

This super special (totes late but you'll love it) episode we were joined by none other than MarcyKate Connolly, author of Shadow Weaver, Monstrous, Ravenous, and more! If you're unfamiliar with her work we highly recommend Shadow Weaver. You can, of course, listen to us gush over it in Episode #25 (which we also recommend). Join us as we talk about middle grade literature, writing, Shadow Weaver, and play a little game of Burn, Re-write, Re-Read.

The Darkest Corners ★★★★☆

Looking for a nice, well-paced, slow build? You need to pick up a copy of The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas. There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of … Continue reading The Darkest Corners ★★★★☆

Beyond the Red ★★★★★

When it comes to the broad sibling genre of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, I've always been more in the favor of Fantasy. But Beyond The Red by Ava Jae showed me a whole new world within the Sci-Fi realm, and I have fallen in love. Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson … Continue reading Beyond the Red ★★★★★

Episode #30: Double Feature

This week we saw a double feature of Love, Simon and A Wrinkle in Time. Do you like to read the book first? Have you ever watched the movie and then read the book? Well that's what we did for this episode.

Episode #29: Children of Blood and Bone

This week's adventure is in Orïsha! A magical world... without magic? Jess and Maggie have plenty of thoughts on Tomi Adeyemi's debut fantasy!

House of Furies ★★★★★

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his … Continue reading House of Furies ★★★★★

Episode #28: Granted

A dueling opinionated podcast! This week Jess and Maggie talk about Granted by John David Anderson (author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day and Posted). Who will you agree with?

Dividing Eden ★★★★☆

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure. But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no … Continue reading Dividing Eden ★★★★☆

Follow Me Back ★★★☆☆½

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her… Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help … Continue reading Follow Me Back ★★★☆☆½

Episode #27: The Death Cure

This week we're talking about The Death Cure! The final installment in the Maze Runner series. The fact that we are talking about it is your warning for spoilers! 

Reign of the Fallen ★★★☆☆

There are two things you, dear booknerds, should have gathered about me if you listen to our late-night podcast: one, I'm a lover of all things fantasy and two, queer books are my absolute faves. But Reign of the Fallen fell short of my expectations despite being an awesome queer necromancer fantasy. Odessa is one of … Continue reading Reign of the Fallen ★★★☆☆

Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★☆☆

I finally finished Court of Wings and Ruin. I feel like it took me forever to get through and that's where it lost a few stars for me. Fair warning, this review will contain spoilers. A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare. Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information … Continue reading Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★☆☆

Fade to Us Excerpt

I had been chasing the Thomas twins around their house for a half hour, begging them to put on their clothes, when the garage door whined up. Their mother was home.

Fade to Us Blog Tour

Julia Day's Fade to Us is a story about found families, the bond of sisterhood, and the agony and awe of first love. Brooke's summer is going to be EPIC— having fun with her friends and a job that lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always … Continue reading Fade to Us Blog Tour

Episode #26: YA Movies Are in Decline?

Since the latest (and final) Maze Runner movie, The Death Cure, only grossed $23.5 million in its opening weekend, apparently that means that YA movies are a declining fad. Jess and Maggie have some thoughts on that, thoughts that include almost twenty five YA titles that were options for movies just this year, as well as books they would love to see get some screen adaptations. Preferably TV shows for Jess so she can spend the day watching an accurate 19 hour production.

Maggie’s February TBR

I keep making the mistake of requesting more and more ARCs even though I haven't finished the ones on my list... But with The Belles coming out in a few days and Reign of the Fallen out already, I can hopefully breeze through my February ARCs so I can get to the ones I'm most excited … Continue reading Maggie’s February TBR

Jessica’s February TBR

A few titles are back on my TBR after the holidays and with the semester starting. I'm trying to read more middle grade this semester since I feel like I haven't touched a lot of it. And I have three ARCs on the list. If anyone has any good, recent, sci-fi bookrecs, please leave them … Continue reading Jessica’s February TBR

The Gallery of Unfinished Girls ★★★☆☆

A little slow and a little weird, but definitely worth the read. Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn't been able to paint anything worthwhile since her award-winning piece Food Poisoning #1 last year. Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is lying comatose … Continue reading The Gallery of Unfinished Girls ★★★☆☆

Episode #25: ShadowWeaver

This week we're talking about Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly. We advise you to actually NOT listen to this podcast and go buy a copy NOW. DO IT NOW! Okay, fine, listen to the podcast. 

Little Monsters ★★★★☆

I don't know if this is obvious, I love thrillers. Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister. Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with … Continue reading Little Monsters ★★★★☆

Episode #24: Booked All 2018

It's officially 2018! That means you need more books to read, right? Right. Duh. Well good news, night owls! Jess and Maggie have plenty of bookrecs for you.

Bad Girl Gone ★☆☆☆☆

Based on the premise, I thought I'd really enjoy Bad Girl Gone. Well--I knew I'd have an issue with the "she's blatantly dead why can't she tell" part of it, but the rest of it I fully expected to enjoy. Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea … Continue reading Bad Girl Gone ★☆☆☆☆

5 Star Quotes: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Shimmer and Burn ★★★★☆

Don't you just love when you pick a book for the cover and the writing is just as beautiful? To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology. Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel … Continue reading Shimmer and Burn ★★★★☆

Between the Blade and the Heart EXCERPT

When the fate of the world is at stake Loyalties will be tested Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking. As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. … Continue reading Between the Blade and the Heart EXCERPT

No Episode This Week

Sorry BookNerds! Jessi and Maggie are away at their MFA residency this week and there's no podcast this week while they work hard at their projects and classes! Check back next week for a new Booked All Night episode!

Truly Devious ★★★★★

Maureen Johnson has broken my heart in the past (I'm looking at you, Shades of London) and Truly Devious was no different. Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full … Continue reading Truly Devious ★★★★★

Maggie’s January TBR

First TBR of the new year! The one with the most hope attached to it! Reign of the Fallen Publishes January 23rd, 2018 Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous … Continue reading Maggie’s January TBR

Conspiracy of Stars ★★★★☆

I only recently came into Sci-fi and I'm glad I did, because it introduced me to Olivia A. Cole's A Conspiracy of Stars and my emotions are still in tatters. Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study … Continue reading Conspiracy of Stars ★★★★☆

Shadow Weaver ★★★★★

MarcyKate Connolly's Shadow Weaver is a-maz-ing. A beautifully written spooky middle grade experience.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Jess and Maggie at Booked All Night.

Between the Blade and the Heart ★★☆☆☆

I was really excited for this one. I'd read Amanda Hocking's Freeks and enjoyed it, but Between the Blade and the Heart just sort of... didn't work for me. Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests … Continue reading Between the Blade and the Heart ★★☆☆☆

Episode #23: Booked All Christmas

IIIIIIIIIIT'S CHRISTMAS TIIIIIIME! Only a few days left before some weird old guy breaks into your house to leave you stuff... To celebrate, Jess and Maggie have a whole bunch of books that came out this year that should definitely be on your TBR.

5 Star Quotes: Windwitch

Before She Ignites ★★☆☆☆½

It sounded like it would be a great read. Fantasy. Anxiety. Dragons. But Before She Ignites fell short for me and I ended up putting it down about 75% of the way through. Before Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the … Continue reading Before She Ignites ★★☆☆☆½

Episode #22: Maggie’s Lonely Little Podcast

This week Maggie takes you on a little solo journey while Jessica catches up on school work and newly married life. Maggie talks a little about her current reads and her upcoming final semester for her MFA program. She's only a little nervous... only a little!

5 Star Quotes: The Hate U Give

Winter Break!

I have finally turned in my last packet of the semester. It might be crap but it's done. Now on to my plans for winter break. Sleep! Put at least an extra 10,000 words into my work in progress. Read a bunch of books to front load next semester. Plan out the end of my … Continue reading Winter Break!

This Darkness Mine ★☆☆☆☆

I requested it because it was weird, and I like weird, but I don't know... I just wasn't feeling this. Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is … Continue reading This Darkness Mine ★☆☆☆☆

Episode #21: Everless

http://bookedallnight.podbean.com/e/episode-21-everless/ Listen to this episode and other episodes of the podcast on Podbean. This week's episode contains major spoilers for Sara Holland's Everless! Jessi and Maggie talk about what they liked, what they didn't like, and how the middle felt a little bit like a fat cat in the snow. Follow Sara Holland on Twitter and … Continue reading Episode #21: Everless

5 Star Quotes: Warcross

Everless ★★★☆☆½

Time is a prison. One girl holds the key. This is a thrilling, high-stakes new fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Red Queen, Three Dark Crowns, and Six of Crows. In the kingdom of Sempera, time is extracted from the blood, converted into coins, and used as currency or consumed to add to one’s lifespan. The rich aristocracy … Continue reading Everless ★★★☆☆½

Jessica’s December TBR

Children of Blood and Bone Author: Tomi Adeyemi Series: Legacy of Orïsha Publication Date: March 6, 2018 Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji … Continue reading Jessica’s December TBR

December TBR

Tess of the Road In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he … Continue reading December TBR

Episode #20: National Not Writing Month

This week we talk about the atrocious new policy regarding GoodReads giveaways, our participation (or lack there of) in NaNoWriMo, and share our thoughts on the cover for Victoria Aveyard's next book, War Storm.

Everless ★★★☆☆½

Time is a prison. One girl holds the key. This is a thrilling, high-stakes new fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Red Queen, Three Dark Crowns, and Six of Crows. In the kingdom of Sempera, time is extracted from the blood, converted into coins, and used as currency or consumed to add to one’s lifespan. The rich aristocracy … Continue reading Everless ★★★☆☆½

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas Season BookNerds! The best way to support us this holiday season doesn't cost you any money. Simply follow us and our little project and make sure to share you favorite posts and podcasts! Follow Magdalyn Ann Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram Follow Jessica M Tuckerman Blog . Twitter . Facebook . … Continue reading Happy Holidays!

Episode #19: Jessi’s Lonely Little Podcast

Hi there booknerds! I'm on my own this week while Maggie and I catch up with school and the podcast. I hope you enjoy my lonely little podcast and look forward to one of Maggie's!

Q&A with Lily Anderson

About the book: Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn't going to do this summer. She isn't going to stay home in Sacramento, where she'd have to sit through her stepmother's sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest. She isn't going to mock trial camp at UCLA. And she certainly … Continue reading Q&A with Lily Anderson

No Episode This Week

Sorry BookNerds! Our lives got real busy, real fast. This week Jess and Maggie are on vacation, living it up with the books--er--boys in their lives. Check back next week when we hopefully resume with our crazy-ass book talk.

Episode #18: Choose Your Own Scare

This week, Jess and Maggie are joined by the spooktacularly talented Mr. Robert Cook, who narrated our terrifyingly short adventures with time travel!

No Episode This Week!

Just a reminder that Jessica is getting married tomorrow! And since Maggie is also in the wedding, there will be no episode this week. We'll be back next week with all sort of bookish fun though! Make sure to enter your favorite titles for a Night Owl! We will (hopefully) be adding winning titles into … Continue reading No Episode This Week!

Episode #17: Book Snacks

http://bookedallnight.podbean.com/e/episode-17-book-snacks/ Listen to this episode and other episodes of the podcast on Podbean. What do you munch on while you're reading? Jess and Maggie have a whole list of great munchies and how to make them! Enter your favorite YA titles for a Night Owl! We're taking nominees from now until October 31, 2017. Voting … Continue reading Episode #17: Book Snacks

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm ★★★★★

LOVED THIS! Phoebe and Her Unicorn is one of my favorite middle grade comic series. Phoebe and Marigold decide to investigate a powerful storm that is wreaking havoc with the electricity in their town. The adults think it’s just winter weather, but Phoebe and Marigold soon discover that all is not what it seems to be, … Continue reading Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm ★★★★★

Get Your Nominations In Now

It's time to start voting in your favorite books of the year for the coveted Night Owl. We will be taking nominees in a variety of categories for the duration of October. Polls will close on Halloween while we tabulate the entries and voting will re-open in December for final voting. Tune into the Booked … Continue reading Get Your Nominations In Now

Episode #16: Fall Cozy BookRecs

http://bookedallnight.podbean.com/e/episode-16-fall-cozy-bookrecs/ Listen to this episode and other episodes of the podcast on Podbean. This week's episode is all about books for you curl up with as the weather gets a little chilly outside. So grab your pumpkin spice lattes, booknerds, it's time for some bookrecs! Enter your favorite YA titles for a Night Owl! We're … Continue reading Episode #16: Fall Cozy BookRecs

Jessica’s October TBR

Strange the Dreamer The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half … Continue reading Jessica’s October TBR

Maggie’s October TBR

I got approved for two new ARCs recently, Between the Blade and Heart and Tess of the Road. I've been meaning to get through The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding and Six of Crows too, so no better time than now! Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman. In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, … Continue reading Maggie’s October TBR

Episode #15: A Court of Pain and Feels

Tonight we're talking about A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Ruin, and A Court of Wings and Ruin (now that Maggie has finally finished it). We're recapping our favorite scenes, our biggest problems, and our most treasured characters.

Episode #14: Book Review Etiquette

http://bookedallnight.podbean.com/e/episode-14-book-review-etiquette/ Listen to this episode and other episodes of the podcast on Podbean. Jess and Maggie have a little talk about those newbie book blogs and reminisce about their newbie days. Follow Magdalyn Ann Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram Follow Jessica M Tuckerman Blog . Twitter . Facebook . Instagram  .  

Starfish ★★★★☆

It's always rare for me to pick up a contemporary book and love it. The last one that did that was They Both Die at the End earlier this month and that one made me sob. Starfish was emotional for different reasons. Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With … Continue reading Starfish ★★★★☆

5 Star Quotes: They Both Die at the End

Episode #13: Books at the Door

Jess and Maggie talk about the pros and cons of subscription boxes and which ones they've gotten the best books from.

Waiting on Wednesday #12

Shadowhouse Fall Publication Date: September 12th, 2017 The extraordinary sequel to the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper is daring, dazzling, defiant. Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #12

They Both Die at the End ★★★★★

Holy mother of feels, y’all. I was warned this one had a lot of heart-smashing, toe-curling feels to dish out, and even thought I knew what was going to happen (because, regardless of how hard you hope, the title tells you everything you need to know about the ending) I still cried like a baby. On … Continue reading They Both Die at the End ★★★★★

5 Star Quotes: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

   

Maggie’s August TBR

Zero Repeat Forever – ★★★★☆

Pre-order Zero Repeat Forever here! When the apocalypse comes and the invading Nahx destroy civilization, Raven struggles to survive with her friends in a world that’s slowly burning. A dark and lonely sci-fi story, Zero Repeat Forever was enthralling—but also a little disappointing. He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t … Continue reading Zero Repeat Forever – ★★★★☆

The Podcast Starts This Week!

Starting this Thursday at 11pm, Booked All Night will be posting podcasts talking about YA (specifically the reading and writing there of). We will be talking about YA books at large, specific titles, our own work, and we'll be doing it all with a healthy dose of adult language. We will be adding the podcast … Continue reading The Podcast Starts This Week!

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Want Publication Date: June 13th, 2017 Buy it here! From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city. Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday #5

Blood Rose Rebellion ★★☆☆☆

It's no lie that I'm a lover of all things fantasy; give me a book about magic and I'll instantly add it to my TBR pile. But sometimes, among the diamonds, I'll just find shiny bits of broken glass. And Blood Rose Rebellion certainly falls into the "glass" territory. The thrilling first book in a YA … Continue reading Blood Rose Rebellion ★★☆☆☆

BookCon 2017

Maggie and I went to BookCon this weekend. It was a lot of fun and, as always, a lot of strife. ARCs were really hard to come by this year. I didn't see any that weren't attached to a LONG autograph line-and on the note of autograph lines-can we talk about how PRH seemed grossly … Continue reading BookCon 2017

WoW: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

That's mah teachah!! I'm not going to lie, I'm mainly excited for The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora because Pablo Cartaya was my mentor last fall at Sierra Nevada College and he was the #Best. Pablo is ridiculously talented and I'm 100% psyched for everything he does. And since, technically, Epic Fail is already out, I'm just … Continue reading WoW: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Magdalyn’s May TBR

Affiliate Links Strange the Dreamer A Court of Mist and Fury The Seafarer's Kiss Star-Crossed Apartment 1986 A Court of Wings and Ruin Passenger

Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★☆

A thrilling mystery with a terribly wrapped up ending. But most of the book was amazing and a great approach to popular period of history. Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she … Continue reading Stalking Jack the Ripper ★★★★☆

The Magician’s Workshop ★★☆☆☆

The Magician's Workshop started with an interesting concept: magic that can make illusions from one's own imagination, a girl who wants to make beautiful things but can only make monsters, and a boy who wants to have fun but is an outcast in his own town. But it turned sour pretty quickly. I wanted to like The Magician's … Continue reading The Magician’s Workshop ★★☆☆☆

Scythe ★★☆☆☆

Neal Shusterman's Scythe is a tale of humans conquering death, and taking the matter of population control into the hands of the scythes, a group of men and women entrusted with the power of permanent death. I've always been a fan of Shusterman's work--I loved his Unwind series and Everlost--but Scythe was lacking something I desperately needed in a … Continue reading Scythe ★★☆☆☆

Carve the Mark ★☆☆☆☆

I was so excited to get Carve the Mark, especially since I loved Divergent and I am an enormous Star Wars fan. But Carve the Mark left so much to be desired that I put it on my #DNF list when I was a quarter of the way through the book. On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in … Continue reading Carve the Mark ★☆☆☆☆

Maresi ★★★☆☆

Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff is a tale of girls looking out for each other in a world where they're abused, mistreated and often thought of as less than human. There are plenty of diverse characters, bright young women, and strong role models. Unfortunately, what this book had in great female characters, it lacked in action … Continue reading Maresi ★★★☆☆

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett ★★★★☆

Bitter, bored, and sarcastic-Lizzie Lovett is a girl after my own heart. Want to go back to high school and talk to You: Senior Year Edition? Great. Because she's in this book. A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her … Continue reading The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett ★★★★☆

Freeks ★★★★☆

Magic abilities, a traveling performance troupe and a monstrous secret that could kill everyone sounds like the perfect recipe for a great story. That's exactly what Amanda Hocking's Freeks delivers! Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act… Mara has always longed for a … Continue reading Freeks ★★★★☆

Dragon Round ★★☆☆☆

A swashbuckling adventure! Dragons! Ships! High fantasy! Sounds like the perfect recipe for a perfect book. Dragon Round by Stephen S. Power seemed like it'd be entering my Top Books of 2016 list. It even has a gorgeous cover to boot! Look at how pretty it is. Unfortunately, the cover and the summary hyped me up … Continue reading Dragon Round ★★☆☆☆

The Dragon Waking ★★★★☆

An endearing tale of a girl who meets her best friend in the Nevada desert, who just so happens to be a dragon. The Dragon Waking by Grayson Towler is a heartwarming tale of friendship, adventure and a splash of magic. For thirteen-year-old Rose Gallagher, having a friend who is really a dragon and can perform … Continue reading The Dragon Waking ★★★★☆

Truthwitch ★★★★★

Can someone love a book more than I loved Truthwitch by Susan Dennard? Can anyone love anything more than I loved that book? Probably not. I loved Truthwitch (and Susan Dennard. I nearly cried when I saw her in the hallway at BookCon Chigaco) so much. In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate … Continue reading Truthwitch ★★★★★

The Abyss Surrounds Us ★★★★★

If there's anything that can be said for me, is that I love my fiction to have a hearty dosage of pirates. And queer girls. And queer pirate girls. The Abyss Surrounds Us is that, and more. So much more. For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner … Continue reading The Abyss Surrounds Us ★★★★★

The Shadow Hour ★★★★☆

Sequels are hard; sequels in trilogies are even harder. So many of them suffer through Sagging Middle Syndrome that some people aren't even able to finish them. I read and reviewed The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey last year, and I fell head over heels and finished it in one go. It's sequel, The Shadow Hour, … Continue reading The Shadow Hour ★★★★☆