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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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 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


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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The Book Blogger Test Tag

The Book Blogger Test Tag


Note: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but unfortunately WordPress hates me so it’s slightly delayed. Sorry about that!

I was tagged by the lovely Ashley over at Words We Heart for the Book Blogger Test tag – thank you so much! :) Questions and answers are below (plus, Kim might be joining me for this later on as well! Yay!).

What are your top three book pet hates?

1. Too many typos in…

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US Book Haul!


Helloooo, everyone! Remember me? (That other person who writes for YA Asylum sometimes?) Alas, I’ve been pretty silent here over the past couple of weeks – for which I apologise. Seriously, you wouldn’t believe how hard it is to get Wifi for less than 30 bucks a night in Los Angeles! But the good news is, I’m back in action, having arrived back home a couple of days ago… and on top of that, I…

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NA Debut Cover Reveal: SHAMELESS!

NA Debut Cover Reveal: SHAMELESS! (AMAZING cover and book btw!!)


IFB is hosting the cover reveal for Nina Lemay’s NA Contemporary Romance. See it below and continue for the giveaway:


Release date: August 18th 2014
Synopsis via Goodreads: ~New Adult Contemporary Romance — recommended for mature readers~
Girls like me don’t get happy endings.
I know what I am. At worst a cliché, at best a cautionary tale. I put an international border between me and my…

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