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Into the Heartless Wood

Into the Heartless Wood by Joanna Ruth Meyer

Monstrosity becomes something that you choose to be, not something that you are innately. And it’s not something that correlates to one’s physical appearance—even human beings can be monsters if they have an evil intention or actions. That said, it’s not as simple as Owen changing his perspective. In addition, Meyer uses Mary Shelley’s trick from Frankenstein by allowing Seren to tell part of the story through her own POV. By giving Seren a voice and an internal monologue, Meyer ensures that the audience will develop sympathy for the tree siren at the same time that Owen begins to sympathize with her. Read more →

Interview with Monica Rodden

Interview with Monica Rodden, Author of Monsters Among Us

I reviewed Monsters Among Us by debut author, Monica Rodden. Today, this debut author is on YA Book Shelf to participate in an in-depth interview about her novel. We discuss everything from the marketing of her debut novel and what drew her to writing thrillers to the theme of sexual assault, her favourite Christmas bread recipe, publishing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and more. As I mentioned in the review, Monsters Among Us is a tough book to read, but it handles dark themes in a sensitive way, so if you love my interview with the author, I hope you pick up the novel as well. Read more →

Monsters Among Us by Monica Rodden

Monsters Among Us by Monica Rodden

The dedication to this novel hit me right in the feels. I don’t want to say anything more so it can have the same effect on anyone who does decide to pick it up, but just know that it’s the kind of dedication that will sing for survivors of sexual assault and those who know someone who was sexually assaulted. And with good reason. Read more →

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10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3) by Sandhya Menon

Whether you’ve read the rest of the Dimpleverse yet or not, you seriously have to pick up 10 Things I Hate About Pinky! There are great Easter eggs for fans of the rom com upon which the title was taken, and the story is super sweet and full of chemistry—just as one would expect from this series. Of course, if like me, you love Sandhya Menon’s writing, especially When Dimple Met Rishi and There’s Something About Sweetie, then you simply must read this book. Read more →