Featured Author Review: The Hookup by Kristen Ashley

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TITLE:The Hookup AUTHOR: Kristen Ashley GENRE:Contemporary Romance Kristen Ashley knows people. That much is clear in the effortless way she depicts relationships–all of them. But what she truly shines at, is the slow, sweet tumble to love and the many ways in which her characters find it. In The Hookup, Kristen relies on a familiar [….]

Featured Author Review: Complicated by Kristen Ashley

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Welcome, LitStackers, to our December Featured Author segment. We love compelling voices and character-driven stories that take us away from the tedium of our lives and this month’s featured author is an expert at doing just that. Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into [….]

Litstack Review: And There Was Evening And There Was Morning, by Mike Smith

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And There was Evening And There Was Morning, Essays on Illness, Loss, and Love, by Mike Smith (WTAW Press) “Mourning,” Hilary Mantel wrote, “is work. It is not simply being sad. It is naming your pain. It is witnessing the sorrow of others, drawing out the shape of loss.” Who among us, when grieving, is [….]

LitStack Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North & Erica Henderson

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Ryan North and Erica Henderson Marvel Everyone should read the ongoing Marvel Comics series “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, written by Ryan North with art by Erica Henderson. Squirrel Girl is the alter ego of Doreen Green, teenage computer science student with the powers of both squirrel and girl. She has the [….]

Jeanette Winterson Surprises with Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

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Jeanette Winterson is my favorite working author. If 100 of you pick up Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, The Passion, and The Stone Gods, I think a good handful of you will say the same. Two weeks after Christmas, I saw this book on the New Arrivals shelf at my local public library. The [….]

LitStack Review: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

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Bloodline Claudia Gray Release Date: May 3, 2016 Del Rey ISBN-10: 0345511360 Claudia Gray can tell a Star Wars story. I got this book from the library shortly before Carrie Fisher fell ill. I had been meaning to read it since its publication and had been looking forward to it since finishing Claudia Gray’s previous [….]

Featured Author Review and Giveaway: The Song of David by Amy Harmon

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The Song of David Amy Harmon ISBN-10: 1514185016 I won my first fight when I was eleven years old, and I’ve been throwing punches ever since. Fighting is the purest, truest, most elemental thing there is. Some people describe heaven as a sea of unending white. Where choirs sing and loved ones await. But for [….]

LitStack Review: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Blackbird Fly Erin Entrada Kelly Greenwillow Books ISBN 978-0-06-223861-0   In Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Apple Yengko is a typical American adolescent. Except that she is Filipino. And she is ranked number three on the mean boys’ Dog Log, a hypothetical list of the ten ugliest girls at Chapel Spring Middle School. Apple and [….]

Featured Author Review: ‘The Taken’ by Vicki Pettersson

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We’re so pleased to bring back our Featured Author segment with the immensely talented and stunningly beautiful Vicki Pettersson, author of the Signs of the Zodiac urban fantasy series and Celestial Blues trilogy, both set in modern day Las Vegas. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Vicki Pettersson is a Las Vegas native [….]

Banned Book Review: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

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“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed….and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history.” These words are our first introduction to [….]