Interview with Novel19 Debut Author Rosaria Munda of Fireborne, available NOW!

Welcome friends to my sixth author interview as a part of my Novel19 Class! This year I wanted to do something to help boost new author voices and stories, and this is a project that I am really excited about! For more information about my Novel19 Class and the other five books that I’ve chosen, please check out my announcement post.

“I hope it’s found by people who like books that ask questions. For me, the books in my youth stayed with me far longer than the others were the ones that broke my heart while leaving me thinking. Ender’s Game, The Once and Future King, Watchmen. If readers have a fraction of the feelings for Fireborne that I did for those books, I’ll feel like I’ve done my job.”

Today I am so excited to have Rosaria Munda on the blog to talk about her debut fantasy novel, Fireborne, which released into the wild yesterday! Read on to learn how political science courses helped shape this story, how studying the Latin language broke us, with some really amazing fan art as well!

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Interview with Novel19 Debut Author Kelly Coon of Gravemaidens, available 10/29/19!

Welcome friends to my fifth author interview as a part of my Novel19 Class! This year I wanted to do something to help boost new author voices and stories, and this is a project that I am really excited about! For more information about my Novel19 Class and the other five books that I’ve chosen, please check out my announcement post.

“I wrote Gravemaidens for anyone who has ever wanted something so bad they chased it with all of their heart. Kammani wants to save her sister from death, so to do that, she has to be the best healer she can be, despite everything she comes up against. I wrote this story so that anyone who has been told they can’t pursue their talents, will realize that they can have the career they want, even if tradition says they shouldn’t.”

Today I am so excited to have Kelly Coon on the blog to talk about her debut YA fantasy Gravemaidens, which hits the shelves on October 29, 2019!

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Book Event for There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

I love epic fantasy; how it builds the world around you and you find yourself completely immersed. But I prefer the pacing of YA epic fantasy… so naturally when I heard about There Will Come a Darkness it landed itself onto my much desired list.

In case you haven’t heard of this book before, here’s a quick lists of some non-spoilery things you will find between its pages:

✨ creepy cults
✨ ruthless girls
✨ boys with a LOT of feelings
✨ siblings
✨ doomsday prophecies

And now that I’ve piqued your interest, let’s dive into the conversation Katy had with Kiersten White, shall we?

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Interview with Novel19 Debut Author Rosiee Thor of Tarnished are the Stars, available 10/15/19!

Welcome friends to my fourth author interview as a part of my Novel19 Class! This year I wanted to do something to help boost new author voices and stories, and this is a project that I am really excited about! For more information about my Novel19 Class and the other five books that I’ve chosen, please check out my announcement post.

“I wrote Tarnished for myself. I wrote it for the teen version of myself who didn’t know she could be aromantic, asexual, and also queer; I wrote it for the version of myself who existed while I was writing the book–so afraid of my own identity and of writing it wrong; and I also wrote it for the version of myself I hadn’t met yet, the version that exists now who is confident in her identity and proud to have written about it. Identity is a journey, not a destination, and this book made this leg of the journey possible. I hope it helps others on their own identity journeys and makes them feel like they belong.”

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The Babysitter’s Coven (The Babysitter’s Coven #1) by Kate Williams | ARC Review

A quick note before we dive in: as a reviewer, I strive to be critical yet respectful because I know how much work goes into writing a book. I prescribe to the belief that no two readers read the same book and make an effort to highlight positives about the book, be clear about the reasons why I didn’t enjoy it, and to the extent possible share who may enjoy it. I originally was going to rate this 2 stars, but after sorting through my feelings and writing my review I realized I personally cannot recommend this book. I think there have got to be better witchy reads out there without harmful stereotypes and creepy adult behavior for teens to read.

Believe me, no one is sadder than I am that this book didn’t work for me. The cover is absolutely eye-catching and “Adventures in Babysitting meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer” is a phrase I didn’t know I needed until I heard it. I wanted to love this book and it was one of my most anticipated Fall releases. But unfortunately, I was left wanting for character development and worldbuilding and found the narrative at times questionable and uncomfortable.

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