A Monster Calls (5 stars)

A Monster Calls  is a work of literary fiction published in 2011 by Patrick Ness with (stunning) illustrations by Jim Kay. The story follows thirteen-year-old Conor who  is struggling with the reality of his mother's treatments and his grandmother's cold-hearted exterior. When the yew tree in his backyard suddenly pays him a visit in the … Continue reading A Monster Calls (5 stars)

Tips for Young Writers

Every writer has been a young writer at some point, although I suppose there are some who didn't find writing until later in life (the exception). It would be very hypocritical of me to say that the following tips are life-altering, book-deal providing sanctions from the heavens, cause they are not. I do not have … Continue reading Tips for Young Writers

Review: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity (3.25 Stars)

by Kristin Elizabeth Clark Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity is a YA contemporary work released in 2016 about Jess, a girl amidst gender transition, and her best friend Chunk as they take a road trip from San Jose to Chicago for Jess' father's wedding. This is the plot in its most basic … Continue reading Review: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity (3.25 Stars)

TWISTED Anthology: Day 2 of Blog Tour!

From dueling families to an insane asylum, these short stories are... twisted. During the autumn of 2016, the team behind the Chapter One Young Writers Conference mentored two talented young writers through the publishing process, giving them a head start on becoming the successful authors of tomorrow. Now, read the stories on which these up-and-coming … Continue reading TWISTED Anthology: Day 2 of Blog Tour!