Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Spaceships/UFOs

Technically the topic this week is UFOs, but really whether something is a UFO or not is relative, right? I mean, to the aliens in the UFO, it's actually just a spaceship. Or it could be humans flying around in a ship, or something that's not even a ship, but if someone happens to see it and doesn't know what it is, voila! It becomes a UFO. Yes? This was all just a really long way of saying I'm...
 

Discussion: Why Do Some Books Make Us More Emotional Than Others?

Ok, so, there are some books that have emotional situations in them, and my brain understands that the things happening are emotional, that the character is feeling things, that it would be horrible to ever be in that situation for real... yet, for some reason, I just don't really feel emotional.But then there are other books that I just feel in my gut, my chest, my whole body. I myself get tense...
 

Author Chat + Giveaway: Supernatural Creatures, Telekinesis, & The Immortal Coil Series // An Interview with J. Armand + Win a Signed Paperback!

J. Armand's Immortal Coil series is one of my favorites, what with its action-packed plots, fantastic, lovable characters, and multitude of supernatural creatures, so I'm really excited to have an interview with him on the blog today! And not only did he answer all my questions, he was kind enough to offer a signed paperback of the first book, so hopefully you'll enjoy learning about his books...
 

Discussion: High School in Real Life vs. High School in Books

If you read my reviews, you've probably noticed that I don't read many YA books set in high schools. And the reason I am so hesitant to read them anymore is because I can't stand all the typical high school tropes. And it's not just books that do this, it's movies and shows too. I've joked before about how I must've had a different high school experience than most authors, but it has reached the...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring New York City

When I was a kid, I always wanted to go to New York. I don't know if I'd ever actually want to live there, but I finally got to go there when I was 16 or so, for two days on a family vacation, and yes, I loved it just as much as I thought I would. Unfortunately that's the only time I've ever been. Anyway, New York, it turns out, is an awesome topic for book covers! And, because I'm a...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Elephants

A lot of the covers I found this week aren't my usual type of covers, and I'm pretty sure quite a few of them aren't sci-fi/fantasy, but elephants is just an awesome topic! So I wanted to join in anyway. You know, I always say I have a story for everything, but it turns out I do not have any stories about elephants. I mean, I've read some interesting/funny/awesome things involving elephants in...
 

Discussion: Realism in Books – Basic Necessities

Food. Water. Shelter. Bathrooms. There are a few basic things that we humans need in order to survive, and a few other things that might not be entirely necessary but that we'd definitely notice if they weren't available. Generally in contemporary books, these things are common and available and not an issue. But what about books set in the past? Dystopian books? Post-apocalyptic books? Books in...
 

Tag Post: NSFW Book Tag

I stumbled upon this book tag on YouTube and it seemed fun, plus I have been slowly losing my filter in regards to all things book-related, so I figured why not? But in case you don't know, NSFW stands for "Not Safe For Work." And, as the title suggests, I will be talking about some inappropriate things! (What fun would it be if I didn't?) So if the topic of sexy times and/or cannibalism in books...
 

Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Cards

You know what's great about the topic playing cards? They're all red and black, my favorite colors! However, I didn't end up sticking to just playing cards. I couldn't quite tell what some of the cards on covers were and just using playing card covers was limiting, so tarot cards, baseball cards---really any palm-sized cards---I also deemed appropriate. Speaking of cards though, it has been a...
 

Discussion: Disabilities Being Magically Cured in Books

We already have so little diversity in books, and we have even less diversity of the disability kind. Then, on top of that, the portrayal of disability is often riddled with problems---a big one being disabilities---whether physical or mental---being magically cured or turning out to be something paranormal. I feel like some people may not fully understand why this is so harmful though, so I...