Author: Madalyn

Author Interview: Elizabeth Tammi, author of Outrun the Wind

Posted November 15, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Author Interview: Elizabeth Tammi, author of Outrun the Wind

Hi, everyone! Today I’m here with an interview with debut author Elizabeth Tammi, author of Outrun the Wind, which comes out on the 27th of this month (and which, by the way, I really enjoyed! sapphic ladies in ancient Greece? YES.). We chatted about retellings, finding time to write in college, the process of being a debut author, and more. Enjoy! about the book the interview For those of our readers who aren’t familiar with Outrun the Wind, could you briefly tell us what your book is about? Sure! So, in short, Outrun the Wind is a YA sapphic reimagining of the story of Atalanta from Greek mythology. There’s also an escaped oracle, a deadly footrace, and plenty of other mythological mayhem involved, […]

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Briggs Book Tag!

Posted November 12, 2018 by Madalyn / 18 Comments

Hi, everyone! I realized I haven’t done a tag on the blog in ages, and I have a backlog of tags I want to do sitting in my bookmarks bar. SO, today, I’m here to do the Briggs Book Tag! This tag caught my eye because of the unique format and the fact that it focuses on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, one of my favorite personality tests. This was created by Jaded Reader, and I originally saw it on my friend Rhiannon’s channel. If you’re not familiar, the Myers-Briggs is a hugely popular personality test. In this model, there are 16 personality types, and each personality type consists of four letters. As such, this tag is unique in that […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (40)

Posted November 10, 2018 by Madalyn / 16 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates Oh man, is it me, or did this week fly by? I didn’t have anything too exciting going on in my personal life, but uh, we had an election here in the US this week, and it was… interesting. I’m a huge political nerd, so I always follow elections closely, but they cause me a million times more anxiety after the shitshow that was November 8, 2016. I watched with some of my best friends (armed with lots of alcohol, chips, and salsa), which made the experience a lot more fun. Overall, it was a good […]

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ARC Review: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Posted November 8, 2018 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
ARC Review: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Content warnings: fatphobic thoughts; fatphobic comments; restriction of eating; unwanted sexual advances (kissing, touching); self-harm Oh, you guys. I have SUCH conflicting feelings about this one. On the one hand, fat rep, girls in STEM, summer internship, and a sweet romance! On the other… Mammoth didn’t necessarily execute all of those things well, imo. Let’s dig in! (Pun DEFINITELY intended.) In Mammoth, we follow our main character, Natalie, after she has landed her dream summer internship studying paleontology at the Central Texas Mammoth Site. Natalie runs a successful fashion/paleontology blog called Fossilista, where she documents her two greatest passions. However, behind the veneer she presents to her 60,000+ followers lies a girl full of insecurities. Honestly, let’s go ahead and […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Backlist TBR!

Posted November 6, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is the top ten backlist books on our TBR pile. I’ve done an awful job at reading my backlist books this year, so I thought I’d do this post to keep myself accountable! madalyn’s list Covers link to Goodreads. A Tyranny of Petticoats, edited by Jessica Spotswood // I read a review copy of part two of this series of YA historical fiction anthologies and loved it, so I have no idea why I still haven’t picked up part one! SOON. The Good People by Hannah Kent // Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites is one of my […]

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ARC Review: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Posted November 5, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
ARC Review: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Content warnings: racist comments (challenged); threats of violence that are racially motivated; stereotypes of Native peoples (challenged); slut-shaming (challenged); bullying (challenged);  mentions of genocide (challenged); mentions of religion In Hearts Unbroken, we follow our main character, Louise Wolfe, as she balances life, school, friendships, dating, and being a journalist on her school newspaper– all while enduring constant microaggressions due to her Native (Muscogee) identity. I’ve made an effort in 2018 to read more books by and about Native and First Nations people, and Hearts Unbroken is one I’d absolutely recommend. When Louise’s (soon-to-be-ex) boyfriend makes a disrespectful comment about another Native woman in front of her, she quickly realizes that being Native and living in a predominantly-white area adds an […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: October 2018 | Farewell, spooky season

Posted November 3, 2018 by Madalyn / 14 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month. It’s just me (Madalyn) on the rewind again this month! Bee is still on her maternity hiatus, but you can go send her some love on Twitter! new on the blog our most anticipated november release A fantasy book??? As my most anticipated release??? Who even am I anymore?? But really, I’ve heard nothing but incredible things about this book, and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other creators we loved in October! Ben […]

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Blog Tour: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta | Review

Posted November 1, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Blog Tour: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta | Review

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta! I’m so excited to share my thoughts on this gem of a fantasy book with you all. If you’re a regular visitor to the blog, you probably know by now that reviews of fantasy books from me are few and far between these days. As my reading tastes have changed over the past couple years, I’ve slowly gravitated away from fantasy, and it takes a special book to make me want to pick up the genre. The Brilliant Death was that kind of book. I fell in love with Amy Rose Capetta’s writing after reading Echo After Echo last year and […]

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Favorite Witchy Reads! | October Monthly Recommendations

Posted October 29, 2018 by Madalyn / 18 Comments

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created and hosted by Kayla Rayne @ Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters… and, as of recently, also co-hosted by April @ April Sarah and myself! I would love if you joined the Goodreads group and posted your recommendations for the topics every month (or just the months you feel like posting)! October’s topic is our favorite witchy reads. Books about witches are my favorite kinds of paranormal stories, and I’ve read some particularly awesome witchy books recently, so I’m very excited to share my picks for this month! Let’s dive in. madalyn’s recommendations (All covers link to Goodreads.) A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // If you know me at all, you *knew* this was gonna be on […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (38)

Posted October 27, 2018 by Madalyn / 9 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates Hi, everyone! Wow, it’s been a minute since I sat down to actually *talk* to y’all like this! Between Shattering Stigmas taking over the blog for two weeks to work and life getting hectic recently, I’ve missed chatting with everyone. It’s FINALLY starting to feel like fall in Atlanta, and I’m enjoying it so much! This weekend, I have a fun Halloweekend planned! I’m going to Halloween parties both Friday and Saturday night. Next week, my friends and I have plans to get together and marathon the Harry Potter movies, and I cannot wait. In more […]

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