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Jun 23
{ARC Review} Local Girls by @CarolineZancan @riverheadbooks

{ARC Review} Local Girls by @CarolineZancan @riverheadbooks

Local Girls is a standalone adult fiction novel that I think has great crossover appeal to the new adult age group. Local Girls is told mostly in the past tense and centers around a group of 3, used-to-be 4, friends. They live outside of Orlando, which was fun for me as I am getting to be pretty familiar with the area. They are 19 for most of the events in the story, but the narrative voice is older, looking back on that summer. Because of this age gap between the characters and their older selves, I think Local Girls had a really unique perspective- one that readers in their late teens, twenties and beyond will all appreciate. Caroline Zancan was very methodical in her writing. It was descriptive and precise. It read almost like a memoir to me. Within the first few pages, you could actually feel the all encompassing heat that is Florida in the Summer. (then again, maybe that is because I am currently living that very heat… Read more »

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Jul 04
{#Review} The Blonde by Anna Godbersen @brightyoungluxe @WeinsteinBooks

{#Review} The Blonde by Anna Godbersen @brightyoungluxe @WeinsteinBooks

The Blonde is Anna Godbersen’s first adult novel. And boy oh boy did she start off with a bang! (ha ha) The Blonde is the fictionalized historical telling of Marilyn Monroe. Going off the premise…what is Marilyn Monroe was a spy. Does that sound cool? Well it really was. There is tons of classic Marilyn woven into these pages. Lot’s of sexy, flirty Marilyn, and under it all- a very lonely woman. The story starts with a flashback to her childhood and from then on it flashes forward to the height of her fame. The chapters are each labeled with the location, month and year. It was a nice progression for the story. Sometimes there were multiple chapters per month and sometimes only a few. This part of the summary actually says it all about the blonde: “Part biography, part spy thriller, and part love story, THE BLONDE is a whip-smart re-imagining of the relationship between Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy that draws on historical events to create a… Read more »

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Dec 07

Awesome Contest/Opportunity for Aspiring Authors!

Hey guys, I just found out about this super sweet contest and I COULD NOT wait to share it with all of you. I know, I know- “Michelle you have a final tomorrow morning at 8 am. Shouldn’t you be studying?!” Yes, I should but I had to let you know about this opportunity. Check it out and good luck! I would love it if a Book Briefs winner won 🙂——————————————————————-Essay Contest for Aspiring Writers of YA/middle grade fiction.  ______________________________ Win a literary agent or acclaimed author’s feedback on your unpublished manuscript for young adult or middle grade readers.  This rare opportunity is being offered to the six winners of an essay contest recently announced by the literacy charity Book Wish Foundation.  See http://bookwish.org/contest for full details. You could win a manuscript critique from: Laura Langlie, literary agent for Meg Cabot Nancy Gallt, literary agent for Jeanne DuPrau Brenda Bowen, literary agent and editor of Karen Hesse’s Newbery Medal winner Out of the Dust Ann M. Martin, winner of the Newbery Honor for A… Read more »

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