Review: Secrets of a Social Outcast, by Francene Carroll

Review: Secrets of a Social Outcast, by Francene Carroll

Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Another note: the following review will most likely contain copious ranting, sarcasm, exasperated GIFs, and other scathing diatribes against this book. You have been warned.

I just… am so, so incredibly disappointed right now. I had such high hopes for Secrets of a Social Outcast, but it did not work out for me. At all.…

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Moving to Montreal + Grad School + Signing With An Agent

Moving to Montreal + Grad School + Signing With An Agent

Heeeey all! 

It’s the reclusive Kim here. I know, I know. I’ve been horrible about updating lately, but this summer has been a lot of rushing around for me.

As some of you might know, I’m moving to Montreal (should be in Canada when this post goes live!). As you read this post, I’m probably on the road from Kansas City to Montreal. I’ll be starting my classes at McGill next week. I’m pursuing a…

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Book Blitz: IN THE REARVIEW by Maria Ann Green

Book Blitz: IN THE REARVIEW by @missmariaann #IReadYA

Check out Maria Ann Green’s In the Rearview promo event hosted by Itching for Books. Continue for an excerpt and enter the giveaway:



22877564 Release date: August 19th 2014
Publisher: Astraea Press
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Synopsis via Goodreads:

When Meagan’s secret is found out, and she realizes there is no way to outrun her habit of cutting, she tries to work through it, and her depression, before…

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HOW I GOT MY AGENT

HOW I GOT MY AGENT

This is a post I have been deeply looking forward to writing for a long, long time. I’m excited to announce: I was offered representation on August 18th, and signed with Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency yesterday!

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I always loved to read How I Got My Agent posts, but I did get a little disheartened when I would read the ones that happened over night or in just a month of querying (which is ama…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read But Don’t Own Yet

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want to Read But Don’t Own Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check out their lovely blog right here!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Books I Want to Read But Don’t Own Yet. The list of books that fall into this category grows every single day, so of COURSE I had to do the meme this week! (Alas, the list of books that falls into the category of those that are sitting on my shelf and that…

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Discussion: Do You Reread Books?

Discussion: Do You Reread Books?

Here’s a confession: I enjoy rereading books.

I enjoy it for a lot of reasons. I love immersing myself in my favourite stories over and over and over again. Sometimes I just want a quick and easy read, something that isn’t going to terribly tax my brain. It’s handy when there’s a film coming out and I want to brush up on the details just so I can nitpick at the cinema (“why is her shirt red in…

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Review + Giveaway: IN THE REARVIEW by Maria Ann Green

Review + Giveaway: IN THE REARVIEW by @missmariaann #IReadYA #BookGiveaway

REVIEW Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book to review by Maria Ann, and am so thankful!

I absolutely loved this book, it was so creative and interestingly written. There is journal entries and third person POV mixed in throughout the story. Usually, third person POV seems so stiff and hard to connect with the characters — but Maria Ann Green has a talent for third person POV. It had voice…

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Release Day: SHAMELESS! A Brilliant NA Debut

Release Day: SHAMELESS! A Brilliant NA Debut

 

Kim: HEY EVERYONE! So here’s the thing about NAs: I don’t generally like them. They are all so much of the same thing, over and over again. Innocent girl goes to college meets boy (either professor or bad boy — or both), stops being innocent, sexual awakening, nothing but romance contemporary YA with sex. That’s pretty much what a lot of it is. And that’s cool, if that’s what you like. To each…

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On Love, Ukeleles, and Strong Female Characters

On Love, Ukeleles, and Strong Female Characters

“We need strong female characters!”

Ever heard that one before?

I’m betting you have, especially lately with the feminism debate that’s been circling the internet. The recent release of the Divergent film – which I haven’t seen or read, but which does feature one of these “strong female characters” – has answered the call, along with some old favourites that are being brought back around to…

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COVER REVEAL: IN THE REARVIEW

COVER REVEAL: IN THE REARVIEW

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GUYS!!!! I need you to know this: I LOVE MARIA ANN GREEN! She’s the nicest person ever. I’ve also read this book and LOVE this book. It’s very interesting!

Title: In the Rearview
Author: Maria Ann Green
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release date: August 19th (ADD IT ON GOODREADS!!!)

When Meagan’s secret is found out, and she realizes there is no way to outrun her habit of cutting, she tries to work…

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QUERY CRITIQUE: BRIDGE OF TRUTH

QUERY CRITIQUE: BRIDGE OF TRUTH

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Query Critiques:

Before I really understood the purpose of a query letter or how to write one, I hated query letters. Most authors hate them. But after I started to research them, write them, learn what works and what doesn’t, I fell in love with query letters. I know, crazy, isn’t it? But there’s something really remarkable — to me — about being able to entice someone to read a 80K word book…

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Discussion: Do You Listen to Audiobooks?

Discussion: Do You Listen to Audiobooks?

It seems that lately, there’s been an ever-growing market in the literary world even besides eBooks and, of course, the traditional physical books. It’s happening with indie titles and bestsellers alike – they’re being converted to audiobooks. Everywhere I look, bloggers and bookworms are jumping onto the audiobook train and raving about the virtues of this new form of reading.

But I, for one, am…

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The Clown Picture: Flawed Characters, Awesome Story

The Clown Picture: Flawed Characters, Awesome Story

Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Mr. McCombs!

Let me just put this out there: clowns seriously freak me out. I’ve read and watched many, many stories with killer clowns – from Stephen King’s It to the Supernatural episode Everybody Loves A Clown – and when I picked up The Clown Picture, I was almost expecting something similar…

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Top Ten Tuesday: YA Picks for Newbies

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Picks for Newbies

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check out their lovely blog right here!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is: Top Ten Books I’d Give to Readers Who’ve Never Read X Genre. Since YA Asylum is, of course, a YA blog (how’d you guess?), I thought it only fitting to dedicate today to ranting about extolling the virtues of some of the ridiculously amazing YA books I’ve read. :D

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Bookish Fun: ThinkGeek Pillows!

Bookish Fun: ThinkGeek Pillows!

Something you should know about me: I really, really enjoy pillows. Also, blankets. And basically soft, fluffy things in general. ;) And when these soft, fluffy things are also book-themed, that’s just bonus points. (I mean, come on! Snuggly books! What more could anyone possibly want?)

Introducing: ThinkGeek literary pillows!

Let me just say right now, and clear up any confusion: these pillows…

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