A Conversation with Katharine McGee and Kendare Blake!

Krysti over at YA and Wine and I feel so incredibly appreciative to have been able to sit down with Katharine McGee and Kendare Blake last week. We are still absolutely giddy that we had the opportunity to have such a fun and fascinating conversation with these two incredible authors! They are both such intelligent and talented women, and getting to listen to them talk about books, writing life, etc. was a treat. We’re thrilled to get to share some of the highlights with you guys! (Make sure you read all the way through because there may or may not be a surprise at the end of this post!!)


When asked to describe their books in five words, Katharine described The Thousandth Floor series with: Glittering, High School, Multi- POV, Futuristic, Drama.

Kendare described the Three Dark Crowns series with: Triplet Queens With Power Murder.

Though Kendare doesn’t believe in endings (she says there is just a point where the author stops telling the story), she did know the last line before she ever started writing Three Dark Crowns, which is “I’m a poisoner.” In the context of the story that is just SUCH an incredible closing line. It gives us chills just thinking about it!

There is such a dynamic and captivating cast of characters in The Thousandth Floor. The
character that was most challenging for Katharine to write was Rylin, because of how passive she needed to be in book one. Katharine really enjoyed writing Watt & Nadia and gets a lot of feedback from readers about how Watt’s chapters are their favorites to read, because they get two POVs in one. We couldn’t agree more!

For Kendare, Mirabella was the most challenging of the three sisters to write, but she is
becoming easier to relate to as she undergoes her character ARC of self discovery and is really figuring out who she is. Arisinoe is the character Kendare most relates to, because “she is a smart ass and eats a lot.”

Katharine worked in publishing as an editor from 2010-2014 before landing her book deal for The Thousandth Floor. She worked on books like Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, and The Vampire Diaries.

Although, Three Dark Crowns isn’t Kendare’s first set of novels, the story behind the development of it is quite unique. Let’s just say it involves the rituals Queen bees have when it comes to relocating her hive, and about five Seattle dogs.

Kendare is a pantser, while Katharine is a plotter. When describing her approach to writing, Kendare said, “the story is the boss, the story takes control.” It was so neat to talk to two authors with such opposite approaches to their writing process, both of which clearly produced phenomenal results and New York Time Best Sellers!

When Katharine set out to write her novel, she wanted to write a book about the future that wasn’t post-apocalyptic. She wanted to write a book where the future was actually better than our current world. She recommends that readers interested in learning about more positive potential futures check out Kim Stanley Robinson’s take on the new utopias.

Here is a YouTube
video where he discusses the topic.

If Katharine could cast any character from any other novel to appear in The Thousandth Floor, she would choose either Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter, Lestat from The Vampire Lestat, or Lorek Byrnison from His Dark Materials.

Kendare was also a fan of Lorek Byrnison (clearly Sarah and I NEED to read His Dark
Materials). She would also want to cast Falcor from The Neverending Story, and if she could incorporate an element from another novel into her own, she would choose the pet cemetery from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.

The Thousandth Floor has some pretty incredible world building, with some mind-blowing tech. If Katharine could have any element of the tech in her real life, she would choose the Hyperloop Train, because she loves to travel. On this under-water train you can travel to Europe in just a couple of hours! She would also love to have self-driving cars, and if she could share a glass of wine with any character from her novels, she would share a glass of rosé with Calliope.

Kendare would like the food and high teas from The Thousandth Floor.

We also talked television shows, and what everyone’s favorite shows are to watch. Katharine’s favorites are Game of Thrones, The Crown, and The Magicians. Kendare’s favorites were Game of Thrones, Outlander, House of Cards, and The Walking Dead.

Our interview did not take place in the library as we planned, because they were closing by the time the event was over, so we had to do a last minute change in venue. These authors were incredibly good sports about it, and Kendare even told us about one of her more unique experiences during an interview. When she recorded an episode of First Draft (my favorite podcast ever from Sarah Enni), they were in a venue where people were doing Wookiee karaoke in the background. We did not know that Wookiee karaoke was a thing, but we are determined to check it out now!

Thanks so much for reading, you guys! And HUGE thanks to Katharine and Kendare for taking time out on their busy tour schedule to hang with us! Best night ever!


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* One signed copy of One Dark Throne

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Have you read The Three Dark Crowns Series or The Thousandth Floor Series? Who are some of your favorite characters from each series? 



All the Wind in the World Review & Giveaway

If you’re looking for a mysterious YA novel set in the Wild Wild West than this is the read for you. The writing is beautiful, the desert setting is unique, and the plot is thrilling. All the Wind in the World is definitely unlike anything you’ve read before.

A big Thank You to Fantastic Flying Book Club for picking me to participate in the All the Wind in the World Blog Tour! I’ve really enjoyed working with them and can’t wait to see what other tours they’ll be hosting in the coming months! If you haven’t checked out their blog yet, you are missing out!

About All the Wind in the World

b2e2d791-af7b-415e-8eca-96fcc4b7d347-2996-00000324271383d3Title: All the Wind in the World

Author: Samantha Mabry

Pub. Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher:  Algonquin Young Readers

Pages: 288

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

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Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their heads down, their muscles tensed, and above all, their love secret.

When a horrible accident forces Sarah Jac and James to start over on a new, possibly cursed ranch called the Real Marvelous, the delicate balance they’ve found begins to give way. And James and Sarah Jac will have to pay a frighteningly high price for their love.


3 Stars

I really enjoyed the setting of this book. I found the desert landscapes of New Mexico and Texas refreshing for a YA Contemporary. Mabry did a wonderful job of putting her life experience of living in Texas into the writing of this books scenery and its changes. There were parts that almost seemed more dystopian in nature than contemporary but I didn’t mind that. I found the concept very interesting as well with the mystery around everything. I think the setting and certain aspects of the plot are what carried me through this book.

Sarah Jac is not the most likable character and I did struggle with that throughout the book. At times her selfishness causes great distress for those around her and I don’t feel like much of that was resolved in the end. I think it is good to have unlikable MC’s once in a while but I think Sarah Jac was just a bit too much for me. I think I would’ve enjoyed her character more if there were multiple POV’s to break up the negativity that seems to surround her.

I really enjoyed James’s character. I felt like he was the most genuine of the two and he really carried the story. You can really feel the strain on him in having to constantly monitor Sarah Jac to make sure she’s not causing trouble, and I think he’s getting tired of running. There is a moment in the story that kind of turned me off of liking  him for reasons I feel were unnecessary to the plot and I was a bit disappointed by that.

The relationship between Sarah Jac and James was really confusing to me. I think I would’ve enjoyed the story more if they were not meant to be lovers in any capacity, or if they weren’t cousin’s and their relationship was more open and defined. It isn’t really clear on why they can’t be open about their relationship when it seems to be a non-issue for other characters.

I enjoyed the side characters more than the MC’s in this story because they were all unique in their own ways. They each brought something to the story that really helped contribute to the setting and the plot. My favorite moments were when they were sitting around the campfire talking with each other after a long days work out in the fields. In those moments I could really get lost in the story. Each character also brought with them a bit of mystery and I do like the tales they told about the ranch owner’s and the strange things that seem to happen when something goes wrong.

About the Author


samantha was born four days before the death of john lennon. she grew up in dallas, playing bass guitar along to vinyl records in her bedroom after school, writing fan letters to rock stars, doodling song lyrics into notebooks, and reading big, big books.

in college at southern methodist university, she majored in english literature, minored in spanish, and studied latin and classics. after that, she went on to receive a master’s degree in english from boston college.

these days, she teaches at a community college and spends as much time as possible in the west texas desert.

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Have you read Samantha’s other novel A Fierce and Subtle Poison?  What other YA books have you read set in a western setting?

September Wrap-UP

Wow! September was a crazy month for me! I finished my second class of the term, read/listened to 9 books, participated in three blog tours, hit my Goodreads goal for the year, turned 30, and had family in town for two weeks of it! Can I just tell you I could use a full day of sleeping at this point and can’t believe I’m still coherent and functioning (well, mostly).



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How was your September? Did you read all the books you wanted to? How close are you to hitting your Goodreads goals? 

Review: The Fire Queen

Talk about upping the game! In the second installment of The Hundredth Queen, The Fire Queen, takes the tournament to the next level. The Fire Queen takes us to new territory where we get to meet new people and really get the feel for how each of the Bhuta’s powers work. Emily R. King knows how to host a tournament in this dangerous game.

About The Fire Queen

the fire queen.jpgIn the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?

My Review

5 Stars

This book tests Kalinda’s abilities as a Burner while taking her through the hardest tests she’s been in yet. Emily builds a tournament reminiscent of The Hunger Games where each obstacle gets more dangerous, and tests the limits of all competitors by introducing motivators you don’t see coming.

Kalinda’s in new territory and unsure of who to trust and the only person she trusts, Deven, is imprisoned in a refugee camp unable to help her. Although her Rajah is gone Kalinda is still plagued by the nightmares of what she left behind in Vanhi. Emily did a wonderful job of showing just how vulnerable Kalinda is in this new territory and the internal struggle she has in learning how to trust again after what she went through in Vanhi. Kalinda is put through some of the most difficult tests with the odds stacked against her but it only makes her stronger. Kalinda is one of my favorite female MC’s in the YA world because she doesn’t waiver from her beliefs and truly wants the best for her people, even if it means making alliances with the those she’d never expected.

Who wants another love interest? Ashwin, the new Rajah, resembles his father Tarek but does he carry the same cold callous intentions that his father, the Tyrant, did? Or, does he have more genuine intentions for ruling his empire? Kalinda is forced to face her fears whenever she looks at Ashwin but knows that she must overcome them in order to save her people.

We are introduced to new characters in this second installment and it only adds to the amazing group of people Emily has brought into our lives through her books. Each character is so dynamic and brings something different to the table. They all strive for a better world, where Bhuta’s aren’t persecuted for who they are. I think Emily did a fantastic job of showing the individuality of each character and how they contribute to Kalinda’s goal of making the world a more accepting and better place for everyone.

Have you read The Hundredth Queen yet? If so, what did you think? Have you read The Fire Queen?

Review: Warcross

Warcross is the first book I’ve read from the infamous Marie Lu. I don’t know why it took me so long to read one of her books but I can tell you now that I plan to change that! The fast paced gaming world of Warcross  did not disappoint. If you’re a gamer and want to know what it’d be like to actually live the game, then this is the book for you!

About Warcross

Warcross.jpgFor the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


My Review

5 Stars

I had so much fun reading this book. Marie Lu does a fabulous job of putting you in the game! She really showed you what it would be like to live in a world where gaming literally is life. She created a world built from technology and made it so realistic. I felt like I was walking around seeing all the credentials and levels of those around me. It was a lot of fun.

Emika was such a great character. She’s independent, intelligent, and not afraid to take the risks necessary to survive. She’s offered a job she can’t pass up and in turn realizes that things aren’t quite like they seem. She’s forced to make decisions that test her beliefs and cause her to question the reality of what’s taken place in the “game” she’s been paid to play.

Hideo is super mysterious. You aren’t really sure what his motives are which makes him a very dynamic character. His genius level intelligence helped him to create the game of a lifetime but secrets from his past make you question what his true intentions for hiring Emika are.

Marie Lu is brilliant in the world building of the championship itself. You really feel like you are playing the virtual game and that really took this book to another level for me. You’ll definitely be in for a wild ride where you don’t know who to trust and what’s going to happen next! Are you ready to play the game of Warcross?


What other games about virtual reality or gaming have you read about? Have you read any of Marie Lu’s other books? Which ones were your favorite?

Hunting Prince Dracula Review & Giveway

Reading this book and writing this review is the best birthday present a girl could have! I was already excited to be part of this Blog Tour hosted by the wonderful crew over at Fantastic Flying Book Club , but to get to post my review on my birthday was like icing on the cake!

I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper and knew that I would love Hunting Prince Dracula just as much and I wasn’t wrong! I love Kerri’s take on some of the worlds most infamous villains like Jack the Ripper and Vlad Dracul.

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Title: Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2)

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Pub. Date: September 19, 2017

Publisher:  Little, Brown, & Co.

Pages: 448

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

HPD Review

5 Stars

First off, I love the events in history that Kerri’s chosen to write her books around. I loved the setting of Hunting Prince Dracula and how it is a historical take on Vlad the Impaler. I recently read Now I Rise by the wonderful Kiersten White so this book was even more fun to read for me since all of that was so fresh!

Kerri did a wonderful job of building the academy of Forensics within the walls of Bran Castle in Romania. I enjoyed her use of folklore and superstitions throughout the book because it really amplified the mystery.

I love Audrey Rose. I love how independent, intelligent, and no nonsense she is. She doesn’t let anyone push her around and is not afraid to tell you off if  need be. I think that is the best part of her personality in the time in which these books take place. She doesn’t let societal expectations define who she is and I think that is important in YA novels. Young readers need to know that they can have their own minds and can be successful at anything they put their minds to.

Thomas Creswell. Oh Thomas. He is so adorable. I love how loyal he is to Audrey Rose and isn’t afraid to admit that he is wrong. He apologizes for the times he has offended Audrey Rose and only wants what is best for her. He is mischievous and I find that made for a great balance to the seriousness of some parts of this book. He really will go to the depths of Hades with Audrey Rose.

Kerri also did a fabulous job with the other characters in this book. She also isn’t afraid to depict all the gory details of what goes on in a setting filled with forensics, dead bodies, and mysterious goings on. Some people may struggle with how descriptive she is in some of the details but I think it makes the story really come to life. It is a realistic depiction of what it is like in the scenarios throughout the book. I think that is the top reason why I love these books so much! I’m a sucker for all the gory details!

I can’t wait to see where Audrey Rose and Thomas’s journey takes them next…although I have an idea of what case they may be chasing next! Do you?

HPD Author


Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

Favorite non-writing things:

I believe curry, avocados, vinyl records, handwritten letters, and my 1950s Smith-Corona typewriter are the best things on the planet. EVER. (Aside from my food blog, www.sndwchsetc.com, that is.) 😀 My favorite quote of all time is: “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club” by Jack London. kerrimaniscalco.com


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September 20th

September 21st

Book Crushin – Review
Novel Ink– Favorite Quotes

September 22nd

YA and Wine – Review
Goldilox and Three Weres – Creative Post

September 23rd

That Artsy Reader Girl – Favorite Quotes

September 24th

The Clever Reader – Review
Books Boys, and Blogs – Creative Post

September 25th

Wishful Endings – Review
YA Under My Skin – Review

September 26th

Book Princess Reviews – This or That Interview
Life Within Pages – Review

Have you read Stalking Jack the Ripper yet? What other Dracula related stories have you read? 

Speak Easy, Speak Love Creative Post & Giveaway

Happy Book Birthday!! This book is so much fun! The banter, the setting, the characters, everything! If you don’t enjoy this retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing than you’re totally missing out! Speak Easy, Speak Love by the lovely McKelle George is such an adventure from start to finish. I was given the opportunity to do a creative post for this blog tour and when talking about my options with my close friend Maddie, she knew I’d have to cast this play! It was perfect. So without further ado…



Title: Speak Easy, Speak Love

Author: McKelle George

Pub. Date: September 19, 2017

Publisher:  Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Pages: 368

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.

Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.

My Casting Choices



Lily James             …      Beatrice






Ansel Egort                     …      Benedick





Zoey Deutch                  …      Hero





Miles Teller                 …      Prince





Amandla Stenberg        …   Maggie





Steven R. McQueen       …   John





McKelle George is a reader, editor, perpetual doodler, and associate librarian at the best library in the world. She mentors with Salt Lake Teen Writes and plays judge for the Poetry Out Loud teen competitions (but has no poetic talent herself). Her debut young adult novel Speak Easy, Speak Love comes out from Greenwillow/HarperCollins in 2017, and she currently lives in Salt Lake City with an enormous white german shepherd and way, way too many books.


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September 13th

September 14th

Novel Ink– Review & Favorite Quotes
Vicarious Bookworm– Review & Favorite Quotes

September 15th

My Thoughts Literally– Guest Post
Becca’s Lost in Lit– Review & Favorite Quotes

September 16th

September 17th

Never Too Many to Read– Review & Character Quiz

September 18th

Books and Photographs– Review & Favorite Quotes

September 19th

The Clever Reader– Creative Post
YA & Wine– Q&A

What are some books that you’d like to cast? 

Waiting on Wednesday: Wild Beauty

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore sounds so intriguing, and that cover!! Stunning!! I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book and cannot wait to read it when it comes out in a few weeks! YA Fantasy is my favorite genre to read so I know this one is going to be the read for me! Only three weeks now!!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Be sure to check out their blog and share the upcoming books your excited about with us each Wednesday!

Wild Beauty By Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty.jpgLove grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


The Details

Title: Wild Beauty

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Release Date: October 3, 2017

Publication: Feiwel & Friends

About Anna-Marie McLemore

From her  website

McLemore¡Bienvenidos! I’m Anna-Marie. I’m a Mexican-American author represented by the fabulous Taylor Martindale Kean of Full Circle Literary. My debut novel, THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a 2016 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist, and my latest, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book and longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature, are out now from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. My third novel, WILD BEAUTY, a fairy tale of queer Latina girls and enchanted, murderous gardens, will be released on October 3, 2017 from Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan.BLANCA & ROJA, a magical realism reimagining of Snow-White & Rose-Red meets Swan Lake, is forthcoming in 2018.

My historical short stories are forthcoming in the anthologiesALL OUT (Harlequin Teen, 2018), THE RADICAL ELEMENT: TWELVE STORIES OF DAREDEVILS, DEBUTANTES, & OTHER DAUNTLESS GIRLS(Candlewick Press, Spring 2018), and TOIL & TROUBLE(Harlequin Teen, Fall 2018). My shorter work has previously been featured in The Portland Review, CRATE Literary Magazine’s “cratelit,” Camera Obscura’s Bridge the Gap Gallery, and by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West. I was a 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction (you can find my reading here). I live in Northern California with a boy from the other side of the Rockies.


Top Ten Tuesday: My Ten Favorite Bookclub Reads

We celebrated the one year anniversary of our Bookclub back in May and it was so much fun! Krysti and I have brought together an amazing group of book lovers like ourselves and I couldn’t be happier! So this week I wanted to pick my top ten favorites from when YA and Wine started, and share them with you all!

 Caraval by Stephanie Garber


The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

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Denton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken


A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro


What are some of your top favorite reads? Are you in a Bookclub, if so what books have been some of your favorites?


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