Tag Archives : young adult

Brenda Drake: Assassin of Truths (Excerpt)


Happy Monday to all! We’re doing something a little different this afternoon. I’m sure you’re used to the My Favorite Things column we publish every Monday morning, but we got to thinking: why not invite authors to share excerpts from their latest releases? We reached out to Entangled Teen, and they were  more than happy to hook us up with…

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Sound Off! Maze Runner: The Death Cure


Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, stop running and discuss Maze Runner: The Death Cure, which premiered in the United States on Friday, January 26, 2018. Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily a review. After all, while…

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Better Late Than Never: Reading A Wrinkle in Time in 2018


A Wrinkle in Time (1962) Written by: Madeleine L’Engle Genre: Science Fantasy/Young Adult Pages: 228 (Paperback) Publisher: Macmillan Why I Chose This: I missed out on this classic while growing up, so my 2018 Resolution Project was to read the book before the movie is released in March. Success! The premise: It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her…

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Chain Reaction: Stories Outside the (In)famous Superhero Canons


If 2000 was the year X-Men launched a wave of superhero films, then 2018 is set to be the year of the superhero blockbuster. Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Ant-Man 2, Deadpool 2, The Incredibles 2, and even Venom will hit theaters, in addition to an animated Spider-Man movie starring Miles Morales. That’s a lot.…

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Flight of Fantasy: A Review of Pegasus


Pegasus (2010) Written By: Robin McKinley Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Pages: 416 (Hardcover) Series: Pegasus Book 1 Publisher: Putnam Why I Chose It: Robin McKinley has been one of my all time favorite authors since I read The Blue Sword back when I was a kid. I haven’t absolutely loved everything she’s ever written (Deerskin, I’m looking at you). But…

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A New View of an Old Favorite: A Review of Tortall: A Spy’s Guide


Tortall: A Spy’s Guide (2017) Written By: Tamora Pierce Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Pages: 320 pages (Hardcover) Series: Tortall Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Why I Chose It: Anything by Tamora Pierce is an instabuy for me. I even dragged my husband and child to the bookstore at dinner time because two-day shipping wasn’t quick enough. The Premise:…

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An Extraordinary Hero: A Review of In Other Lands


In Other Lands (2017) Written by: Sarah Rees Brennan Genre: YA Fantasy Pages: 441 (Hardcover) Publisher: Small Beer Press Why I Chose It: It’s Sarah Rees Brennan and I’m a fan of her writing, though not of all of her books. My understanding from her blog is that this was a book she wrote and posted on the internet as…

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Cover Chic: Breaking with Stereotypes


When someone mentions fantasy book covers, inevitably a stereotypical image pops up. One of knights standing near dragons, perhaps a chain-mail bra-clad woman with him. Or at least, that’s what used to be the norm. As today’s standards of what’s “cool” and socially acceptable continue to shift, so do the covers of speculative fiction books. Fantasy, science fiction, and horror…

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