Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey

I want you all to quickly remember the YA scene during the Twilight craze, when teenage vampire romances were all the rage. Think of all the thinly-plotted knockoffs that disgraced the YA shelf during that time. We remember the over-sexed, awkward, and cliché House of Night series, but then, we also remember the delicious soap-opera-esque … Continue reading Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, by Beth Fantaskey

Mirror, Mirror: A Twisted Tale, by Jen Calonita

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is…something of an obsession of mine. Even as a kid, I freaking loved the tale of kind and gentle Snow White, her friends the seven dwarfs, and, of course, the cruel and jealous Evil Queen. I’ve even cosplayed as Snow White twice. In fact, when comic conventions become … Continue reading Mirror, Mirror: A Twisted Tale, by Jen Calonita

The Promise of Stardust, by Priscille Sibley

I don’t normally pick up contemporary fiction, especially not these days when all I want is an escape. But then, a funny thing happened…I actually got tired of reading escapist fluff. Can you imagine? Yeah, neither could I. Maybe I finally could stomach a little bit of reality—even if that reality was about a devoted … Continue reading The Promise of Stardust, by Priscille Sibley

A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass

It’s probably clear by now that many fantasy books have shaped my reading tastes. Indeed, my bookshelf is still chock-full of fantastic works about fantastic worlds. But A Mango-Shaped Space, a piece of realistic fiction, is different—it’s special. A Mango-Shaped Space was the first book that I remember made me cry. And I don’t just … Continue reading A Mango-Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass