Blog Tour: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

  “You know what I liked about your aunt?” Kiran said. “She always seemed like she knew exactly what she was going to do next. She made you feel like that it was possible, to know the right choice.” (p. 11) At the opening of Kristin Cashore’s Jane, Unlimited, Jane is …

Steph Recommends: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and Specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see – and eradicate – these supernatural foes. Many different psychic investigation agencies have cropped up …

Snapshot: Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola, Emily Carroll (Illustrations)

Hardcover, 132 pages Published August 4th 2015 by Candlewick Press Source: Library The reason I picked up Baba Yaga’s Assistant was due to Emily Carroll and my increasing love of her art. I expected to like the story but didn’t think I would love it as much. The premise is …

Yash and Janet’s Fanmix for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

The Book Wars’ first ever fanmix! Woo! The songs can be found here, and our rationale for why these songs remind us of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black is as follows. Isle of the Dead by Sergei Rachmaninov This Russian composer was (possibly) alive during Gavriel’s pre-vampire days! …

Blog Tour: Guest Post and Giveaway by Kat Beyer, Author of The Demon Catchers of Milan and The Halcyon Birds

Kat Beyer has an M.A. in medieval history and has loved all things Italian for as long as she can remember. Her first novel was The Demon Catchers of Milan. She lives with her daughter in Madison, Wisconsin. Visit her online at http://www.katspaw.com/blog/. Published November 11th, 2014 by Egmont. Available …

Scary Stories For Children: A Genre Studies Course Rationale

The upcoming 2015 Children’s Literature Association Conference is one that has caught my attention – “The High Stakes and Dark Sides of Children’s Literature,” an open-ended call for panels on horror, death, violence, trauma, and anything else dealing with the darker, more subversive elements that thread through so much of …