You Read What? Book Review: The Winner’s Curse

The Winner's Curse. Marie Rutkoski. March 4th 2014. Farrar Straus Giroux. Macmillan.

Book: The Winner’s Curse. Author: Marie Rutkoski. Release Date: March 4th 2014.

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (Macmillan). Type: Series

The Winner's Curse. Marie Rutkoski. March 4th 2014. Farrar Straus Giroux. Macmillan.Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

—Mild Spoilers Ahead—

Man, I love this book. I can now understand why so many bloggers with different book tastes would buzz about it up to its release date and months afterwards.

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Book News Wrap Up: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Every week, I write up on the book news that has happened during the week for Women Write About Comics.

This week

  • The Huffington Post predicts the YA 2015 trends
  • A blogger asks “Where Are All The Disabled Characters?”
  • Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket) launches a new initiative
  • Finalists for the National Book Award’s Young People’s Literature are announced
  • We Need Diverse Books has created an award in Walter Dean Myers name

–A. A. Omer

Spotlight Read: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero.  Written by Gene Luen Yang. Drawn by Sonny Liew. July 15th 2014. First Second. Graphic Novel.In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of “American Born Chinese,” Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in “Shadow Hero,” a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

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Hale vs Harris, and the Breach of Online Ethics

A solid piece.

Memoirs of a Time Here-After

Over the last couple of days, fingers have been flying across keyboards all across the book industry in response to the October 18th article in the Guardian, titled Am I being catfished?’ An author confronts her number one online critic. If you have any ear turned towards author, book, or book blogger news, you’ve probably already been introduced to this story. Many prominent bloggers have thrown their weight into the ring, and what perhaps began as a largely “on the author’s side” argument, is now firmly in the realm of “what was she thinking?”

In case you aren’t aware of what happened, feel free to read the article above, or any of the others listed below. However, I will give a small play-by-play of the facts as well, for those that would like the gist. Just be mindful I’m not censoring for language.

  • On July 27th, 2013, a…

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“What If Someone Calls My Book Racist?”: Back To Basics Book Writing For Authors

I decided to go on a bit of a rant to discuss reviews that specifically call out a book for being racist, sexist, etc after seeing an author’s comments on Twitter re: the Hale situation. That author basically asked if she should just do nothing when someone accuses her book for being any of those things I mentioned. My answer? Check it out below:

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