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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani with Afterword by Viviana Mazza

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani interlaces coming of age rituals, best friends and foreshadowing to set-up the fictional retelling of 2014's terrorist raid of a Nigerian village based on the stories of those women that survived.

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TAG! You’re it! This or That!

Hello you beautiful bookish fiends you! My dear Sleepy Sam Reads tagged me in a brilliant and twisty bookish version of This or That, which she originally saw on Rain’s blog and I'm glad she did because it has been a while since I've been tagged! So, thank you my dear! I will be adding one question at the end (shhh...) I can't stick to the college themed week that everyone else is celebrating but just remember, as we get this party started.....

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Review of The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart: Four out of Five Stars

What are the rules of the Fight Club? You do not talk about Fight Club. You DO NOT talk about Fight Club! If someone yells "stop!", goes limp, or taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. You might be asking why I'm bringing up Fight Club in a review of Sacrifice Box but lets be honest. Is there ever not a good time to bring up Fight Club? And did it ever go well to break the rules of Fight Club? Right. Plus, like Fight club, this box has a set of rules. Never come to the box alone. Never open it after Dark. Never take back your sacrifice. All seems straightforward, right? When is anything straight forward for twelve-year-olds I ask you. Taking a lot of the best parts of Stephen King, Stewart starts off Stand by Me and goes straight to It in Final Jeopardy, without the thirty-year time skip (well, not for Mack, Hadley, Lamb, Arkle, and Sept).

Weekly Update (There Will Be Bragging)… Future Forecasting (More Bragging)

I don't know about everyone else's week… just speaking for myself here. It truly has been a novel week! A record-breaking week! Publishers and authors have recognized reviews, discussed them on twitter, followed me (on twitter- no restraining orders needed and last I checked I was still Tiffany Jackson's bodyguard on call), and I'm really …

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Recognizing Excellence in Art & Literary Magazines (REALM) for NCTE: An Honor to Judge

Today's post isn't one that fits in any one category. It is different an meant to be so. I was asked to volunteer to do something very prestigious and want to take today's blog to both quickly thank the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) for allowing me this opportunity to participate and to recognize the young men and women across the country for the amazing work they have submitted.

WOW (not the good way unfortunately) Wednesday: Review of Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Spoiler and Trigger Warnings: Self-Cutting/harm, child abuse, alcoholism, incest (kind of- but we'll get to that in a minute) Let's just say if I was writing a report card for Rule, I would say it had an inquisitive mind. It is a shame really because character building starts off particularly strong. You have three very different sisters from extremely different backgrounds, classes and worlds (although at times their personalities seem to mush together).

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Review of Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey

Heartbreaker is the most character driven book I have read, possibly ever. Here’s the kicker. One of the most essential characters is the setting of the book: The Territory. Turning the setting, remnants of cult in the 1980s, down to one original member,  into an essential character of the book is no easy task but Dey does it without skipping a beat. She does it by using the Territory to fill the spaces between heartbeats with a chilling frost that doesn’t let go and keeps you guessing until the end.

Attention Deficit Disorder: A Plea to Publishers for Hard Copy ARCS

Yes, I’ve been doing this all of a month so let’s get that out of the way right now. Go ahead. Tell me I have no right and I’m out of my league. Its fine. Here’s the thing though. I’ve got a voice; a platform and I’m going to throw down like Thor. Read it, discuss it or step aside. This is one of the most important things I’ve learned over the past month about my ability to run a successful, productive and enjoyable book review blog.

Tuesday Top Five: Bloggers

This is my very first foray into the oh so popular TOP TEN (OK FIVE—Because I’m Still Meeting and Greeting) TUESDAY! I wanted to pay homage to those I’ve gotten to know since the Sunshine Blogger Award! Plus say a One Month Happy Birthday to Novel Lives!!!!