Category Archives: romantic

2016 year-end review

It’s that time again!  Peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes, last-minute shopping and family reunions, and lists of this year’s highlights. As a general reading trend this year, I’ve been reading a lot more LGBTQIA literature, and I think it’s an awesome … Continue reading

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Seven Tears at High Tide

C. B. Lee. Seven Tears at High Tide. Duet Books, 2015. Rating:  4 out of 5 servings of fried fish I learned about this one through Gay YA’s list of Asian Characters in LGBTQIA+ YA. It’s a gorgeous story about … Continue reading

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Drown: a Twisted Take on the Classic Fairy Tale

Esther Dalseno.  Drown: a Twisted Take on the Classic Fairy Tale.  Berlin: 3 Little Birds Books, 2015. Rating:  2.5 out of 5 oranges This book gave me such mixed feelings. I first learned of it from Tess of Tesscatiful, and … Continue reading

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Selkies, shape-shifters, and maybe mermaids.

Betsy Cornwell.  Tides.  Boston: Clarion, 2013. Noah and Lo Gallagher are spending the summer with their grandmother, Dolores, on the Isles of Shoals.  Noah is there for a marine biology internship, while Lo hopes to spend the time drawing and … Continue reading

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Month of Shorts

May was Short Story Month, so over the past few weeks, in addition to sampling a few anthologies, I decided to tackle all of Seanan McGuire’s Toby stories/novellas.  Some highlights: “Through This House” — in between Late Eclipses and One Salt Sea, Toby enters the … Continue reading

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A… mission? splash? pod? school? tribe? shimmer?… of mermaids

Yeah, anyone know if there’s an “official” term for a group of mermaids?  There’s a glory (or blessing) of unicorns, a parliament of owls, a murder of crows…  I tried Google-ing it, but all I found were guesses and hearsay, and … Continue reading

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Annie on My Mind

This is one of those books I’d heard about for years.  I knew it was a groundbreaking work, but I never really thought about checking it out until last month.  I was looking for a different book in the YA … Continue reading

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Video chat: Is YA actually better at feminism than adult lit?

So, I’ve been spending more time these past few months over at IB, but I promise I haven’t forgotten La-La Land.  New Postcards are on the way, including reviews of the 80s classic Annie on my Mind, by Nancy Garden, and … Continue reading

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And how was YOUR summer job?

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Alice on Board. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012. 288 pgs. Kindle Edition.     . . . . . . . . Or:  Adventures on the Murphy’s Law Cruise Or:  Alice McKinley’s Guide to All the … Continue reading

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Double Feature: Selch, Roane, Selkies, oh and Mermaids!

Today’s Double features two mermaid books, and you know what that means – the return of the Tide Metaphor! First up, Seanan McGuire. One Salt Sea.  New York: DAW Books, 2011.  354 pgs. A few disclaimers:  I follow and occasionally … Continue reading

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