A Poem – Challenge Accepted! 

So Drew at TheTattooedBookGeek and Gretchen at ChicNerdReads have been posting some poetry.  I am super shy (surprise, right?) and though I have a book review to write for The Shadow Queen, I have been asked to share some of my poetry with the world. I put it off because it makes me feel super exposed...but then I figured, …

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YA and Why It’s Important

Thank you E.C. This post HAD to be shared!! Dear Reader; Just recently I had a rant about books and writing exercises which ultimately digressed into an angry rant about how I was annoyed that people are so snooty about YA books. I mean, rea… Source: YA and Why It's Important

The Evolution of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin (Review)

Title: The Evolution of Mara Dyer Author: Michelle Hodkin Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR, 2012 Genre: YA Paranormal This review can be found on my Blog, TeacherofYA's Tumblr, and my Goodreads page My Review: "So everyone thinks your 'protagonist' is crazy," he said, making air quotes with his fingers. Everyone does seem to. "Pretty much." A smile appeared on …

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Got A $25 Amazon Gift Card for Participating in the Goodreads Test!!

So a little while ago, I received an email from Goodreads asking to participate in a survey. If they liked my answers and decided to choose me for a test, then I would get an Amazon gift card for $25. I said, "Why not?" And I filled it out. Took forever, but I did it. …

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WWW Wednesday: What’s on Your TBR?

Got this idea from RantandRaveAboutBooks's blog... I love it! So let's see if I can do it justice... The three questions: What are you currently reading? Been working on this book since yesterday. I'm currently on page 343. With this book you kind of have to take frequent breaks and come up for air, mainly because …

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This is What I’m Trying to do…in My Own Way…

I love how Clean Teen Publishing breaks it down to help parents and teachers find appropriate YA. They take all things that could possibly be too mature, and they rate them on a visual scale. Their sister company, Crimson, does not this. Maybe I should come up with graphics for my rating system? (Though I …

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Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi (Review)

**This review can also be found @ TeacherofYA's Tumblr** Title: Shatter Me (Book One) Author: Tahereh Mafi Publisher: HarperCollins, 2012 Genre: YA Dystopia, YA Fantasy My Review: A-mazing!! Wow, what a wordsmith! Mafi writes this story like a stream of consciousness...we as the reader are truly inside Juliette's head, and we can see her revised thoughts …

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Die For Me – Amy Plum (Review)

**This review can also be found @ TeacherofYa's Tumblr and TeacherofYA's Blogspot** Title: Die For Me (Die For Me #1) Author: Amy Plum Publisher: HarperTeen, 2009 Genre: YA Paranormal Romance My Review: I was hesitant to read this series...was it another vampire story? A Twilight reimagined? A regurgitation or amalgam of the most popular books and flavors of …

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