Monsters of Verity

                 This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab is a dark future dystopian urban fantasy described by the author as “Sin City PLUS Romeo and Juliet MINUS romance PLUS monsters.” Together they make up the Monsters of Verity duology. Kate Harker is the daughter of […]

A conversation with Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, and Fran Wilde.

Kevin Hearne, Chuck Wendig, and Fran Wilde stopped by the Free Library of Philadelphia on July 14, 2017. You can watch the entire program here or listen to it here. In conversation with Dena Heilik, Department Head of Philbrick Hall, the fiction department of the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Kevin Hearne […]

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2: Terror of the Southlands (2014) by Caroline Carlson

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #2: Terror of the Southlands

Hillary Westfield has achieved her dream of becoming a member of The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, and even has a pirate nickname, The Terror of the Southlands. So she is shocked when she receives a notice from the League warning her that she has been displaying un-piratical behavior. Ordered to undertake a dangerous […]

How Are Our Readers Discovering Books?

As a librarian with a passion for sharing books (and specially science fiction, fantasy, and other genres), I have enjoyed watching as the publishing of books and ebooks has changed the reading landscape in numerous ways. Yet the one thing that I think most of us don’t fully appreciate is the extent to which how our […]

Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.  Like such other classic works as The Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia, the Prydain novels are often one of the first fantasy series that young readers approach.  Easily accessible to a younger audience and rooted in concepts […]

A Golden of Age of Paranormal Teen Fiction – A Gender-Based Phenomenon?

Chances are that unless you happen to be living under a rock, you’re probably aware of the popularity of teen fiction. Even those who may not directly read teen fiction are helpless but to at least feel some of its impact on popular culture, and movies are a great example – ranging anywhere from the […]

The Crossover Conundrum in Teen/YA Science Fiction & Fantasy

More than ever before those of us who read science fiction and fantasy (and every other genre besides) are seeing the rise of teen books which strongly appeal to both teens and adults. Can anyone say Divergent? Are these ‘crossover’ titles the wave of the future, and should we expect or hope to see more […]

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