The English Wife, Plus 99c Sales
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Articles / June 6, 2019

The English Wife The English Wife by Lauren Willig is $2.99! This is historical fiction with a mystery element, and I love this cover. Some readers found the plot a bit hard to follow. However, others love the dialogue and layers to story. Have you read this one? From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even murder. Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed…

Movie Review: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
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Articles / June 6, 2019

Godzilla: King of Monsters by Michael Dougherty, Zach Shields, and Max Borenstein Warner Bros. F+ Not a Book Godzilla: King of the Monsters is arguably one of the best bad movies I’ve ever seen. It’s terrible. It makes zero sense. It’s also completely aware of the fact that it’s terrible and makes zero sense, has fun with that awareness, and therefore transcends objectively awful into glorious F+ territory. This movie is a messy, ridiculous delight. This movie understands that we’re here for epic CGI battles between giant monsters and that we don’t need to understand how or why these monsters exist. We’re going in with the assumption that Godzilla is real and he’s going to need to fight somebody. This film is pure Kaiju pr0n, and it knows it. So here’s where I normally add some plot summary. The thing is, this movie really has no plot. At least not a coherent one. The plot is this: Godzilla fights other giant monsters. This is a follow up of 2014’s Godzilla and also Kong: Skull Island but you don’t need to watch either of those movies to understand this one because there’s nothing to understand. Okay, there was a little more plot than…

The Rec League: Villains Redeemed
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Articles / June 6, 2019

Surprisingly, I was not the originator of this Rec League, even though it is definitely my jam! Thanks to Meryl for sending this one in: I’m looking for some recommendations for books in which the hero is the villain in a previous book in a series (not a jerk, but really a redeemed villain). I remember coming across one or two in my reading but I can’t remember what either of them are. Amanda: Elyse, Would Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) work for this one? Elyse: Yup! A | BN | K | AB Amanda: I think Moonglow by Kristen Callihan is SLIGHTLY there, though the hero isn’t fully a villain. In the first book, he tried to steal the heroine away from the hero. It’s a point of contention in the second book as his heroine is that woman’s sister. Sarah: Devil in Winter ( A | BN | K | G | AB ) – Sebastian, the hero, is the villain in the first book, I believe. I think it’s the first, and into the second somewhat. There’s also an older historical that is nagging at my…

354. Six Books Amanda’s Excited About, and Other Stories from BEA 2019
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Articles / June 6, 2019

Amanda was at Book Expo America 2019, and she has books to recommend, titles to squee about, and a definite predilection for candles and reading cover blurbs, too. We talk about her impressions of this year’s BEA, who it’s for, and how it’s changed over her time working in various parts of publishing. We also talk about how much Amanda likes reading blurbs on the covers of new books. We talk about so many upcoming releases that aren’t available yet, so we’re very sorry in advance. Key terms to listen for: “claustrophobic thriller” and “snakes are having a moment.” Plus we talk about what Amanda’s reading right now. CW/TW: Amanda tells some stories about wrangling snakes in her childhood – so if you’re not on board with snake discussion, heads up at 39 minutes in, when Amanda mentions snake stories, you might want to skip ahead about a minute total. So, what about you? Would you want to attend BEA? Do you like meetings? Do you read blurbs from other writers on the covers of books? I’m curious! Listen to the podcast → Read the transcript → Here are the books we discuss in this podcast: We also mentioned: Taza…