L.L. McKinney is a writer, a poet, and an active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. She’s also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan. A Blade So Black is her debut novel.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author L.L. McKinney. She introduces us to her debut novel, A Blade So Black! Get excited to hear about this young adult urban contemporary retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a twist of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Don't forget to check out her lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
You is an American television psychological thriller series based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes. Youpremiered on Lifetime on September 9, 2018. At the end of July, ahead of the series premiere, Lifetime announced that You had been renewed for a second season.
After watching the first two episodes, I had to weigh in on this. I read the books (You and Hidden Bodies) and enjoyed them both. In my opinion, Lifetime nailed it. They nailed the plot (thus far) and lots of the characters. If the first two episodes is a true indication of what's in store, I can't wait for more! I know there will be some changes, but one of the best things about a book to TV adaptations is that they have more time to dig into the details of the book to a level that a 2-hour movie never could.
The tone of the show is dark, a gritty, and slightly funny in that sarcastic way that I love. The tone was a good representation of the book's tone. I really liked the casting as well. Starting with the most interesting and crazy character, Joe... Joe is Gossip Girl! Okay, not really, but Penn Badgley is most known for playing Dan on the long-running series Gossip Girl on the CW. His character was sort of creepy on Gossip Girl when you think about what he actually did for most of the show's run, and he's super creepy as Joe in You. I guess he's just got a naturally creepy look? You is a story of obsession and murder in a manipulative and low-key way, so you've got to have someone that can hold up that kind of character. He's not your obvious "crazy" guy.
When I read the books a few years ago, I was stunned by what Joe was able to get away with and how Beck was so clueless. I feel that same sentiment while I'm watching the show. The book made lots of women want to deactivate their Facebook. This show will have you double checking that your blinds/curtains are closed and that you actually locked your phone!
Even if you haven't read the books, you'll enjoy this show. At first look, it's a solid adaptation, yet it stands on its own. Give it a try. Are you watching You on Lifetime? If you've read the books, how do you think it stacks up so far?
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author, Brent Jones. He introduces to us to his serial, The Afton Morrison Series. He shares some exclusive info during his interview, so you don't want to miss it! Also check out Brent's lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
Tonight on BOOK CHAT, I have a really useful 10 minute podcast mini-episode for you. This will be very handy if you're an end of summer reading slump. Listen to hear 5 quick tips to get you out of your reading slump.
If you don't have 10 minutes to listen to how I utilize the tips, check out the quick run down of the 5 tips below.
5. Join a Book Club. If you're already in one, read the book and go to the next meeting!
4. Get a recommendation or two from a friend with similar reading tastes. Read what they recommend.
3. Reread a favorite title or series.
2. Change up how you're reading. Incorporate e-readers, physical books, and audiobooks for change of pace.
1. Set aside a block of 4-6 hours to read a book. Turn off all distractions and go for it.
If you have your own tip(s) to get out of a reading slump, please share below!
Welcome to the next discussion of the read-along. I hope you're reading (or re-reading in some cases) along with us! Listen to the latest read-along podcast episode as Casey, Nicola, and I share our thoughts on Vision in Silver, the third book in The Others series.
Find out if we all loved the book or not! Even hear our individual ratings at the end of the episode.
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Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author, Kellye Garrett. She introduces to us to her series, Detective by Day, and shares how she came to write mysteries. Don't miss the lightning round at the end of the interview!
Kellye previously spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder.
Additional bio lengths available on her website.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author, August Cruz. He introduces to his book Stalker as well as shares how he decided to write it from the stalker's point of view.
Publisher: Atria Books/Simon & Schuster Audio
Release Date: June 12, 2018
Format: Hardcover/MP3 Download
Pages: Hardcover: 352 | Audio Length: 13 hrs 6 mins
Narrator: Corey Brill, Rebekkah Ross
Source: Booksparks/Audiobook Publisher
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: Lucy Albright is far from her Long Island upbringing when she arrives on the campus of her small California college, and happy to be hundreds of miles from her mother, whom she’s never forgiven for an act of betrayal in her early teen years. Quickly grasping at her fresh start, Lucy embraces college life and all it has to offer—new friends, wild parties, stimulating classes. And then she meets Stephen DeMarco. Charming. Attractive. Complicated. Devastating.
Confident and cocksure, Stephen sees something in Lucy that no one else has, and she’s quickly seduced by this vision of herself, and the sense of possibility that his attention brings her. Meanwhile, Stephen is determined to forget an incident buried in his past that, if exposed, could ruin him, and his single-minded drive for success extends to winning, and keeping, Lucy’s heart.
Alternating between Lucy’s and Stephen’s voices, Tell Me Lies follows their connection through college and post-college life in New York City. Deep down, Lucy knows she has to acknowledge the truth about Stephen. But before she can free herself from this addicting entanglement, she must confront and heal her relationship with her mother—or risk losing herself in a delusion about what it truly means to love.
*This audiobook was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is not a love story. This book is not romantic. This is a story about dangerous and obsessive love with a strong statement about mental health. From lack of empathy to low self-esteem and eating disorders, there is a lot of internal conflicts that feed into this unhealthy relationship from both sides. I'm sure the ongoing drug use didn't help things. Consider this story more a cautionary tale of young and dumb love.
The characters are so realistic that when bad things happened, it promoted an audible reaction from me. Lucy and Stephan have the type of relationship that I wouldn't wish on anyone. Very dysfunctional. If you've ever dated even a mild sociopath, then you will be jarred by some of the things that Stephen does and that Lucy accepts.
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