Waiting on Wednesday: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 29th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
There are various reviews roaming the internet about this book.  I don’t think any had an issue with representation though, so I decided to give this book a try.  The first chapter was amazing!  Then it took a step back and did character introductions and a bit of world building, but then we were thrown right into the competition.  Non-stop action, revelations, and exploring genderfluid as an accepted form of identification.  While this story may not be new territory (think Hunger Games and Throne of Glass), I enjoyed the author’s writing style and the characters presented.

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Series Sunday: Green Rider series by Kristen Britain

For this installment of Series Sunday, Green Rider by the fabulous Kristen Britain takes center stage.  This is the ONLY author that I’ve followed and continue to enjoy the series even with a 3-5 year gap between volumes.  Yes, you read that correctly!  The fans wait up to 5 years between stories, and it’s due largely to the incredible complexity that is woven into the each book.  Also, there is usually no major cliffhanger, just lots of little threads that span the whole series.

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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 7

Back in January, I had the opportunity to meet 2 authors that had quickly made their way to the top of my TBR based on the synopsis and premise of their books/series.  So, even though I hadn’t read more than a chapter or two of either of their books, I drove a little over 2 hours one way on a work night to meet Susan Dennard and Elise Kova.  And I took a friend who had even less knowledge of these two than I did.

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Fangirl Friday: AUTHOR SIGNATURES PT. 7

For this edition of my author signature collection highlights, I have chosen to share some personalizations with inscriptions!  Each author wrote some kind of saying that matched the title or spirit of the book.

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I sent my copy of Speak with a co-worker to ALA Midwinter last year to collect Laurie Halse Anderson’s signature.  Speak is one of the few non-sf/f books in my library to receive this treatment, and it’s because this book spoke to me on a personal level.

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Fangirl Friday: Author Signatures Pt. 1

It has come to my attention that people might want to see & learn about my author signature collection.  In the last three years or so, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of my favorite authors, and I’ve been actively contacting others to see if they would be willing to sign bookplates sent via SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope).  Some of them already have their own system already in place, but almost half do not.  So, I was able to work with those authors to make my own bookplates.

I have already shared a few of these in past posts; however, I haven’t been very diligent.  Not sure how many parts there’ll be as I have a rather large collection now, but I think each post will only feature 2-4 authors, pictures of the collected signatures, and the story behind each.  So, look out for these posts on Fridays!  Here’s part 1 🙂

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