YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A with Roshani Chokshi

roshani chokshi

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 […]


Literary Crush: Prince Brigan from Fire by Kristin Cashore

Fire (Graceling Realm, #2) by

Fire and Brigan by meabhdeloughry on DeviantArt Name: Prince Brigan of the Dells Age: 22 What does he look like? Tall, dark, and brooding. He has a stern face, gray eyes, and eyebrows described as “unfriendly.” Battle scarred and clean-shaven (except when he’s been out fighting monsters for too long).He’s not given a lot of physical description, […]


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

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by

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

MK Reed

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 […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Books for History Buffs

historical YA fiction

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is dedicated to pics for history buffs. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, here are ten titles you won’t want to miss. They’re all intricately researched, beautifully written, and quite memorable. Some are huge best-sellers and others aren’t as well-known, but you can’t go wrong with any of these books! […]


Indie Bookstore Spotlight: White Birch Books

DEATH-STRUCK YEAR

Over Spring Break, my family traveled to New Hampshire — mostly because two years ago I ordered my husband custom Peter Limmer boots, and time was running out for him to have his feet professionally measured by the bootmaker. Everywhere I travel with my family, I have a few must-dos: have an awesome breakfast, go on an […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A with Jessica Love

Jessica Love

Welcome to the March 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 IN REAL LIFE, a contemporary “best friends to more” romance by Jessica Love. We were lucky enough to get Jessica to speak to us about her […]