What We’ve Been Reading: November 2013

What We've Been Reading: November 2013

When The Daily Quirk Bloggers aren’t writing, they’re reading! We decided it would be fun to share our bibliophilia with you by listing what we have been reading each month and giving you our opinions on a three point scale: Recommend It, Maybe, or Skip It. Have fun checking out what pages we’ve been turning and feel free to share your own recent reads in the comments! Continue reading

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Book Review: Naked by Betsy Franco

Naked by Betsy Franco (Image Credit: Tom Franco)

Naked by Betsy Franco (Image Credit: Tom Franco)

Betsy Franco’s latest novel, Naked, explores the elements of love and life that ignite our creativity and passion. Similarly, her first novel, Metamorphoses, also explores the artist’s journey: rising up against the misery, rejection and despair. The same is also true of love because in both art and love, you must be naked, utterly exposed. Artists offer up their innermost emotions, ones they spend their lives eluding, and subject themselves to criticism. They risk everything—being accepted, understood, but even so, artists insist on being artists, just like lovers can’t help but be in love. Continue reading

Book Review: ‘A Thousand Perfect Things’ by Kay Kenyon

A Thousand Perfect Things (Image Credit: Kay Kenyon)

A Thousand Perfect Things (Image Credit: Kay Kenyon)

I have always been a huge fan of both historical fiction and fantasy, so when I picked up A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon and realized it combines my two favorite genres, I couldn’t wait to keep reading.

Astoria Harding is not considered a normal young lady by the standards of society in 1857 Londinium, Anglica. Instead of wishing for a husband, she spends her time learning about the natural sciences from her Grandpapa and longing to make a scientific discovery that would get her inducted to the Royal Society. When her family has to move to Bharata (a land full of magic and mysticism), Tori undertakes her Grandpapa’s legacy to find a magical giant, golden lotus that is rumored to exist there. Little does she know, Bharati forces as well as the Anglican government also want to find the lotus, and both sides will do whatever it takes to ensure they find it first. Continue reading

The Returned (Image Credit: Jason Mott)

Book Review: ‘The Returned’ by Jason Mott

The Returned (Image Credit: Jason Mott)

The Returned (Image Credit: Jason Mott)

Jason Mott provides a different way to look at the idea of life after death in his new novel The Returned, a paranormal story that questions just how we would react if our dead loved ones started returning from the grave.

In 1966, a tragic drowning accident at their son Jacob’s eighth birthday party left Harold and Lucille Hargrave childless. But time has allowed the couple to settle into old age peacefully, slowly mending the hole left from their child’s death. That is until Jacob appears on their doorstep decades later healthy, happy, and still only eight years old. Continue reading

What We’ve Been Reading: June 2013

What We've Been Reading June 2013

When The Daily Quirk Bloggers aren’t writing, they’re reading! We decided it would be fun to share our bibliophilia with you by listing what we have been reading each month and giving you our opinions on a three point scale: Recommend It, Maybe, or Skip It. Have fun checking out what pages we’ve been turning, and feel free to share your own recent reads in the comments! Continue reading

An Interview with ‘Parallel’ Author Lauren Miller

Author Lauren Miller (Image Credit: Lauren Miller)

Author Lauren Miller (Image Credit: Lauren Miller)

Lauren Miller’s debut novel, Parallel, is a stunningly complex novel about a young woman named Abby who wakes up one morning only to discover that she has somehow wound up in a parallel universe where, instead of living out in L.A. and having a role in a sure-to-be-blockbuster movie, she is studying journalism at Yale.  Each day she discovers more about her parallel self’s past and has to learn how to cope with the fact that each new decision her parallel makes could change her life forever.

Ms. Miller was kind enough to chat with us about her incredible book. Read on for the interview… Continue reading

Book Review: ‘Parallel’ by Lauren Miller

Parallel by Lauren Miller (Image Credit: Lauren Miller)

Parallel by Lauren Miller (Image Credit: Lauren Miller)

Parallel by Lauren Miller honestly left me speechless. That’s a pretty difficult thing to do, but as soon as I finished reading the final words, I couldn’t do anything but sit in silence and try to wrap my mind around how a book can be that complex and adorable and amazing all at the same time.

If you couldn’t tell, I am kind of in love with this book. And it’s not just because it’s about a girl named Abby who lives in the Midwestern United States and spends her whole life wanting to be a journalist (because, um, that’s totally my life). Parallel was stunningly complicated. It kind of has to be – it deals with parallel universes. Continue reading

What We’ve Been Reading: April 2013

What We've Been Reading April 2013

When The Daily Quirk Bloggers aren’t writing, they’re reading! We decided it would be fun to share our bibliophilia with you by listing what we have been reading each month and giving you our opinions on a three point scale: Recommend It, Maybe, or Skip It. Have fun checking out what pages we’ve been turning, and feel free to share your own recent reads in the comments!

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Book Review: ‘Sketchy’ by Olivia Samms

Sketchy (Image CreditL Olivia Samms)

Sketchy (Image CreditL Olivia Samms)

When I first cracked open Sketchy by Olivia Samms, I didn’t know what to expect, but within the first few pages, I was hooked.

Sketchy’s plot revolves around sharp and spunky Bea Washington. Bea, newly released from a drug rehab program, is preparing to start life at a new school. Unlike most high school seniors, however, Bea has a gift: she can see and draw what other people are thinking. This gift leads her down a dark path as someone begins to sexually assault and murder girls from her town, and Bea may be the only one who can find the rapist after accidentally seeing (and drawing) his only surviving victim’s thoughts. Continue reading

An Interview with ‘Heart Like Mine’ Author Amy Hatvany

Author Amy Hatvany (Image Credit: http://www.amyhatvany.com/)

Author Amy Hatvany (Image Credit: http://www.amyhatvany.com/)

Amy Hatvany’s latest novel, Heart Like Mine (available March 19th) is a beautifully written tale about the turmoil of losing a loved one and coping with all of the trials a family brings with it. Switching between the perspectives of Ava (a 13-year-old girl), Kelli (Ava’s mother), and Grace (Ava’s father’s fiancé), it is a story that manages to combine real life problems and joys with a suspense that makes you unable to put it down. I was lucky enough to get to talk to Ms. Hatvany about what went into creating this wonderful book. Read on for the interview…
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Book Review: ‘Heart Like Mine’ by Amy Hatvany

Heart Like Mine

Heart Like Mine (Image Credit: Amy Hatvany)

As someone who loves to read, I blow through books pretty quickly. I remember staying up for a full twenty four hours just to finish the last installment of the Harry Potter series. Lately though, it seems like none of the books I’ve picked up were ones I could stay glued to for hours. For that reason (and many more), Heart Like Mine was a refreshing change of pace – once I picked it up, I couldn’t make myself set it down until I’d finished reading it. Continue reading

An Interview with ‘If You Find Me’ Author Emily Murdoch

Author Emily Murdoch

Author Emily Murdoch (Image Credit: Emily Murdoch)

Emily Murdoch’s debut novel, If You Find Me, is a touching story of a young girl’s triumph over unimaginable circumstances. Told from the first person point of view of Carey, a teenage girl who has been forced by circumstance to live in a camper in the woods raising herself and her little sister, it is the kind of story that produces both the sad and happy cries, and leaves you feeling satisfied with the journey at the end. Ms. Murdoch was kind enough to talk to me a little bit about how If You Find Me came about, the book’s thoughtfully realistic relationship between Carey and her sister, and Carey’s strong and unique voice. Read on for the interview.

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