As a twenty-two-year-old young adult man who's been reading and loving YA literature since I was twelve, I receive my fair share of unwanted and unnecessary judgement from others, especially since I read romance. I appreciate getting laughed at and told it’s not “manly” to read the books I love almost as much as I love being asked why I was adopted or if I can see out of my “squinty eyes”. So when Ruth Graham, a writer for the online magazine Slate, wrote this article, claiming "Adults should feel embarrassed about reading literature written for children", I was more than a little upset.
Last week Mandi from Smexy Books blogged about how she can't stand emotional and physical cheating in romances. Specifically when the character doing the cheating is still with their significant other for the majority of the book. I know a lot of romance readers who can't stand cheating and I totally get it. Cheating is terrible in real life, so why should someone be ok with it in a story? And there are definitely situations in which a character should come clean about their cheating sooner than they do.
When the news broke that the film rights for Lauren Kate’s Fallen had been optioned, I pretty much had a full-on freak out. In my post-Twilight days, I fell in love with Kate’s engrossing series about fallen angels and star-crossed romance. And to see it come to life on the big screen? Well, color me excited.
And then the lead actors were announced and this pretty much sums up my reaction:
Casting is hard, I get it, but with so many YA adaptations getting it wrong, I was so, so happy and relieved that Addison Timlin and Jeremy Irvine met my expectations and more. While I haven’t seen any of Timlin’s previous work, she has an impressive resume and she looks how Luce looks in my mind. And Mr. Irvine is perfection. I’m swooning already. He’s exactly the kind of guy and actor I envisioned to portray Daniel.
UGH. WHY IS HE SO CHARMING?
We begin on the Ark, where the Chancellor informs the survivors that the ship is (still) dying, but he’s proud of the strength the 100 have shown. He then makes the remaining supplies available to everyone instead of rationing, but nobody’s looking too hopeful. Especially Abby, who seems a bit distracted and runs out of the room to check on a patient. And Kane? Well, he’s still feeling guilty and a bit restless.
On the ground, Raven, Bellamy and the others are setting up landmines to protect themselves from the Grounders. Bellamy’s not letting people leave the camp, which gets Raven riled up because they need to go save Finn, Clarke and Monty. Bellamy seems to have lost all hope and is getting rather desperate.
A Grounder named Tristan, who’s taking over Anya’s unit, introduces himself to Clarke, who’s tied up and not looking too good. Anya’s not too pleased about getting replaced, but she doesn’t have time to brood because she spots a signal fire in the distance. Knocked unconscious, Clarke’s fate is left in the hands of the Grounder who killed Finn.
One of the best things about RT Con is all the photos and videos that pop up after convention is over. It feels like we're doing it all over again — kind of. It actually just makes us want to fast-forward to next year, to be honest. Below are some videos posted on Lee Child's official YouTube account of Lee Child and Charlaine Harris' fantastic author chat from convention. If you watch these while sipping a hurricane it almost feels like you're back in NOLA. Enjoy!
What do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting.
Breathe by Kristen Ashley
Another Hump Day is upon us — which means another smutty excerpt for you! You know when you're craving something really specific? Like a paranormal, M/M BDSM story? That's how we're feeling today. So we've got a scene from Jane Kindred's King of Thieves, the second in her Demons of Elysium series, which reviewer Tori Benson calls "wickedly erotic." Enjoy!
It would be an abuse of the term to call Vasily a submissive. Belphagor’s “boy” was about as submissive as a cat in a bathtub. You could hold him down long enough to accomplish the needful, but you’d damned near drown yourself when the contained outrage burst without warning from every limb, and you could count yourself lucky if all he did was draw blood. And yet he insisted this relationship was what he wanted, to belong so thoroughly to Belphagor that his will was no longer his own.
June is LGBTQ pride month, and Cleis Press is discounting several of their LGBTQ erotica books to celebrate — each ebook is only $1.99 on Amazon for the entire month of June. Not only that, the publisher has launched the #OutWriters hashtag to facilitate a discussion between readers and writers on why LGBTQ representation is important in books. There's some really interesting dialogue going on via Twitter and we encourage you to check it out!
Hot Gay Erotica edited by Richard Labonté
With social media, sites like Goodreads and author blogs, writers have never been more accessible. But before all that, the only way readers and authors could connect was at author signings or via written letters. Today romance author Madeline Ash shares her thoughts on an Margret Atwood's theory on the double nature of writers and how writer accessibility has changed.
I’ve been going through some of my old university fiction readings, and rediscovered an interesting extract called Duplicity: the Jekyll hand, the hyde hand, and the slippery double, by Margaret Atwood. It discusses the theory of writers having double natures.
Basically, the theory is this: to be a writer is to have two identities cohabiting in the same body. One, the Person who exists when no writing is taking place (the one who brushes their teeth, does the grocery shopping, and clips their toenails) and ‘that other more shadowy and altogether more equivocal personage who shares the same body, and who, when no one is looking, takes it over and uses it to commit the actual writing’ — aka the Writer.
Ah, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.
The Purple Cloud by Matthew Phipps Shiel
What is the best ingredient in a realistic post-apocalyptic novel? A crazy narrator/protagonist. Our “hero by elimination” thinks randomly and acts erratically, insomuch as he makes you wonder if the author is also mad.
Plot: A guy reaches the North Pole and a toxic cloud kills all living creatures except him and a Turkish princess.
Rating: 78 out of 100
Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau