Amazing Couple: Shahrzad and Khalid

Shahrzad and Khalid

Couple: Shahrzad al-Khayzuran and Khalid Ibn al-Rashid from The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh Ages: 16 and 18   Who Are Shahrzad and Khalid? Khalid is the Caliph of Khorasan, a boy-king who came to power when he was fourteen years old, a monster who has been marrying a different girl […]


Blog Tour: Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Places No One Knows

The same week I listened to the audiobook of PLACES NO ONE KNOWS by Brenna Yovanoff, I was asked if I wanted to participate in the book’s blog tour. That’s what I call perfect timing. How could I say no, when I had enjoyed the book so much I wouldn’t get out of the car […]


Giveaway: Sea Spell (Waterfire Saga, Book 4) by Jennifer Donnelly

Giveaway of Sea Spell

My daughter, 11, loves to read fantasy books with heroic female heroines. She and a couple of her friends have been reading Jennifer Donnelly’s series since it started with DEEP BLUE, and now they’re desperate to find out what happens next in the story of Serafina, Astrid, and the other mermaid heroines. I love that […]


Fodors on the Go: Family Roadtrip to National Parks

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Hit the road this summer with Fodor’s Travel and Listening Library! We’re so excited to start our summer. My three kids only have three more weeks of school, and then we have an entire summer to finalize our August vacation plans to visit the National Parks. We can’t think of a better destination this year, […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A with Roshani Chokshi

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Welcome to the May edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we feature in partnership with Lucy at The Reading Date and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi, a lushly written fantasy inspired by Greek mythology and Indian folklore that we felt was reminiscent of THE NIGHT […]


Waiting On Wednesday: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer

I went to BEA in Chicago last week and was lucky enough to meet Laini Taylor at a NOVL brunch to launch her upcoming new fantasy novel STRANGE THE DREAMER. I loved Taylor’s previous trilogy DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE and am eagerly awaiting to read STRANGE THE DREAMER. Even though we only received a sample to read […]


Giveaway: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

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We’re thrilled to partner with Disney-Hyperion to give away a copy of best-selling author Rick Riordan’s newest series, THE TRIALS OF APOLLO. Book #1 in the series, THE HIDDEN ORACLE,  is being released with five retail-specific editions that all hit shelves on May 3rd. Each edition includes a unique insert that you can get exclusively from that […]


Children’s Book Week Celebrates Kids Comics

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Welcome to Children’s Book Week. Once again I’m thrilled to participate in this celebration of graphic novels, because my own three children are such big devotees of comics and graphic novels. The books in First Second’s catalog are of particular interest to my clan, so when I was asked to participate in this special comics-focused […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Discussion about Fifteen Lanes

Fifteen Lanes

Welcome to the April edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we feature in partnership with Lucy at The Reading Date and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read S.J. Laid law’s contemporary drama about two girls in Mumbai: one a privileged white daughter of a Canadian executive and another the daughter of a sex worker. […]


Review: Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

LOVE & GELATO by Jenna Evans Welch  Simon Pulse | 400 pages | Buy it on IndieBound ~Amazon A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and adventure. Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn t in the mood for […]