Please give Bethany Hagen a warm welcome to the virtual offices!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Bethany Hagen] Sleepy, drinky, fangirly, karate-doing librarian.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Landry Park? Read more
May Contain Spoilers
Wow – I enjoyed Vengeance more than Fracture, and that’s saying a lot, because I REALLY REALLY liked Fracture! In this follow-up, the story is narrated by Decker, and boy, oh boy, is he having some issues! Suffering from the trauma of pulling his best friend out of Falcon Lake after she falls through the ice, he performed CPR on her while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. Delaney was under the water for 11 minutes, and while waiting for word on her prognosis, Decker wished desperately for her to live. In those agonizing hours he waited for her to wake up, he would have traded anybody’s life for hers. When bad things start happening to his friends, he starts to wonder if the lake really is cursed, and whether it is punishing him for taking Delaney away from it. Read more
This morning I have an interview and giveaway with Megan Miranda, as well as a review Vengeance that posts later today. Be sure to check it out!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Megan Miranda] Writes thrillers. Fears everything. Hi.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about Vengeance? Read more
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to finish what I started. There are so many series that I have started, enjoyed, but never revisited and read subsequent volumes. It’s rather depressing, really, how far behind I’ve fallen. I loved Matched, liked Crossed, and so I decided to wrap-up Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy. After a short wait on the hold list, my borrowed copy arrived at the library. How did I like the final volume of the series? Read on to see! Read more
Independent Study: The Testing, Book 2
This series reminds me of both The Hunger Games because the dystopian leaders pit the brightest and best young adults against each other with often fatal results, and Matched, because of the narrative style. The tone can be so dry and unemotional, so it took me a while to get caught up in the story. Once I had consumed a good chunk of the book, though, I had a hard time putting it down. Read more
I have a cover reveal and giveaway for Elana Johnson’s latest release ELEVATED, which hits stores next month. Read more
Contains many spoilers, so read at your own risk
This year, I am making a concerted effort to finish up series that I have started, and then allowed to wallow by the wayside. I loved Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, but due to time constraints, wasn’t able to read the follow up, Through the Ever Night. Then it was on sale for the Kindle (after I had already purchased the hardcover), and because I would be sitting on plane for a few hours, I snapped it up. Reading it made me remember why I enjoyed the first book so much. I love the characters, and enjoyed catching up with them. Aria, Perry, Roar, Cinder – I even developed a new appreciation for those that I disliked at first. Soren? Who would have possible thought I could learn to like Soren? He’s kind of the one that got this whole adventure started. While there were still times that I wanted someone to clock him, he grew as a character and turned into someone I just might be able to like. Maybe. Read more
May Contain Spoilers
I love the concept of this series. How awful would it be to live in a world where you had to pay for the very air you breathe? Oxygen is metered and taxed at exorbitant rates meant to keep the haves in power and the have nots gasping for breath. It’s hard to stage a rebellion if the ruling class can just cut off your air. Talk about taking the wind out of your sails! They will do anything to keep control of the domed city they rule, even destroy the few trees that managed to thrive in the polluted landscape outside. With no hope for change, the auxiliaries wheeze through one day after another, serving the wealthy and continuing to line their coffers with the taxes they pay to breathe. Read more