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Articles / April 19, 2020

Red, White & Royal Blue Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston is $2.99! This is a limited time deal and I know many of you loved this one. Aarya gave this one a C- because she found the political world building too much of a distraction. A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends… First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of…

Lightning Reviews: Graphic Novels & Wales
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Articles / April 19, 2020

Welcome to Lightning Reviews! If you’re new here, hello! This is where we run a trio of short, mini reviews of books when we can’t muster up more than a few hundred words. This time, we have two different graphic novels being reviewed by Carrie and a historical mystery series Sarah can’t stop talking about!   A Glass Town author: Isabel Greenberg Glass Town is an enchanting graphic novel that has, in professional terms, “weird but effective art.” That’s the kind of lofty professional assessment that gets me the big bucks, folks. Glass Town is about the imaginary worlds that the Bronte siblings created. While I was initially put off by the art, it grew on me, and the plot enchanted me from the first page. In real life and as described in Glass Town, young Charlotte and her surviving siblings, Branwell, Emily, and Anne, created an imaginary city called Glass Town. They were joined by Emily and Anne, and proceeded to create a paracosm (my new favorite word – it refers to very elaborate world-building) called the Glasstown Confederacy and the world of Angria. When Charlotte Bronte began teaching in Brussels, she became so consumed with thoughts of Glass…

Caption That Cover: Guess That Photoshop
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Articles / April 19, 2020

We have another caption contest for you all! But first, big thank you to Carole, who always keeps us stocked and supplied with Cover Snark and Caption Contest entries. Did you know she has an entire folder dedicated to covers that need snarking? It’s definitely a little uncanny valley. Maybe it’s because of the very bright concealer beneath the eyes. I’m also suspicious of her hand. Was there something in it that was removed? And where is the other hand? Or is the hand at chest level and hot pink glowy fire supposed to be symbolism for acid reflux? Here are the rules for captioning that cover: Comment below with your caption! Caption that cover however you wish! You can come up with a new title or tagline. We don’t think we need to say this, but maybe don’t touch the pink glowy stuff. Perhaps this cover is a reminder to breathe from your diaphragm. A winner will be randomly selected at the end of the contest! The best captioner will receive a $10 bookstore credit to a book retailer of their choosing. Standard disclaimers apply: We are not being compensated for this giveaway. Void where prohibited. Open to international residents where permitted by…