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BWW Review: STAR-CROSSED by Barbara Dee BWW Review: STAR-CROSSED by Barbara Dee
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - June 19, 2017

I was also excited about the book because it revolved around the world of theatre, and that always gets my attention in a book. Mattie doesn't want to try out for a big role, even though her teacher thinks she should, and when the cast's Romeo quits--and there are no understudies--Mattie finds herse... (more...)
BWW Review: LOVE YOU MORE by Lisa Gardner BWW Review: LOVE YOU MORE by Lisa Gardner
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 30, 2017

How far would you go to protect what's most important in your life? That's the question at the heart of Lisa Gardner's LOVE YOU MORE. I've never read anything by Gardner before, but the novel's synopsis caught my attention right away:... (more...)
BWW Review: THE SCATTERING by Kimberly McCreight BWW Review: THE SCATTERING by Kimberly McCreight
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 26, 2017

If you thought THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight, which I reviewed earlier this week, was trippy and out-there, just wait until you get your hands on the brand-new sequel, THE SCATTERING. There are finally ANSWERS to a lot of questions we had at the beginning of the first book, so readers won't be ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight BWW Review: THE OUTLIERS by Kimberly McCreight
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 22, 2017

THE OUTLIERS does a good job throwing readers into the mystery alongside Wylie. There is some messed up stuff going on, and she's in WAY over her head. The book also starts to answer a few questions--while at the same time handing readers even MORE questions. Do we have true answers at the end of bo... (more...)
BWW Review: SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland BWW Review: SPILL ZONE by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 16, 2017

Scott Westerfeld is the New York Times Best Selling Author of several YA novels, including the popular Uglies series. All of his books are wildly different from one another, yet all have a slant of sci-fi and the unexplainable in them. His new release, SPILL ZONE, is unique in many ways.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa De La Cruz BWW Review: ALEX & ELIZA by Melissa De La Cruz
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 12, 2017

Anything about Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler is still super hot thanks to the success of the smash Broadway musical Hamilton. When word dropped that New York Times Best Selling Author Melissa de la Cruz was coming out with ALEX & ELIZA, a historical fiction novel that explored the du... (more...)
BWW Review: TRULY MADLY FAMOUSLY by Rebecca Serle BWW Review: TRULY MADLY FAMOUSLY by Rebecca Serle
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 09, 2017

Paige Townsen is living the dream. She's been plucked out of obscurity and thrust into Hollywood the moment she's cast as August in the upcoming blockbuster movie LOCKED. LOCKED is the hottest book trilogy out there, and fans are clamoring to see it on the big screen. Having the number one movie at ... (more...)
BWW Review: AIR AND ASH by Alex Lidell BWW Review: AIR AND ASH by Alex Lidell
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - May 03, 2017

The series centers around Princess Nile Greysik--but before you guy, 'Ugh, a princess book', rest assured, it's not like that AT ALL. Nile is as unprincesslike as a princess could possibly be. She's not even the heir to the throne and so, she is expendable. Royalty is expected to serve the crown, an... (more...)
BWW Review: FAMOUS IN LOVE by Rebecca Serle BWW Review: FAMOUS IN LOVE by Rebecca Serle
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - April 25, 2017

Did you know that FAMOUS IN LOVE by Rebecca Serle is now a TV Show on Freeform (Formally know as ABC Family)?  You can watch it every Tuesday at 9 p.m EST. You can binge-watch the entire season online now! I've been a fan of this duology for a long time (and would love for the show to get p... (more...)
BWW Review: Oprah Winfrey & Renee Elise Goldsberry to Star in HBO'S THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS By Rebecca Skloot BWW Review: Oprah Winfrey & Renee Elise Goldsberry to Star in HBO'S THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS By Rebecca Skloot
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - April 20, 2017

THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot is an amazing true story. It centers around Henrietta Lacks, a poor woman whom scientists experimented on in the 1950s at the Johns Hopkins Hospital 'colored' ward. She died when she was only 31 years old, however, through science, she has becom... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr BWW Review: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - April 18, 2017

By now, you've likely heard of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr. It was 2014's sleeper hit and sat on the ???????New York Times Best Sellers List for over a hundred week. It won the Pulitzer Prize, was a National Book Award Finalist, and won many other awards. The book was so popular for... (more...)
BWW Review: LOOK BOTH WAYS by Alison Cherry BWW Review: LOOK BOTH WAYS by Alison Cherry
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - April 14, 2017

I love books related to stage theatre and Hollywood alike, and get really excited when I find something new--especially when that something is Broadway-related. When I found out that Alison Cherry's brand-new novel LOOK BOTH WAYS took place in this world, I was completely in and couldn't wait to get... (more...)
BWW Review: AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang BWW Review: AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - April 07, 2017

AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang broke boundaries when it won the 2007 Printz Award and was a 2006 National Book Award finalist. No graphic novel had ever received either award before. The graphic novel has gone on to win many other awards and become a school reading staple.... (more...)
BWW Feature: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Returns in 2018 With A New Series, SLAYER, From Simon Pulse and Author Kiersten White BWW Feature: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Returns in 2018 With A New Series, SLAYER, From Simon Pulse and Author Kiersten White
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - March 30, 2017

This week, word got out that Buffy the Vampire Slayer will receive new life in Fall 2018 as a brand spanking new book series. Coming on the heels of the show's 20th Anniversary on March 10th, fans were whipped up into an even bigger frenzy and social media spontaneously combusted. ... (more...)
BWW Review: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell BWW Review: FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - March 28, 2017

FANGIRL took me longer to get into than ELEANOR & PARK, which I reviewed here at BWW last week. It has a slower start before it gets moving and makes readers become attached to the characters. It's also a longer book, so it took me longer than the day it did to read ELEANOR & PARK. But in some ways,... (more...)
BWW Review: ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell BWW Review: ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - March 24, 2017

What makes ELEANOR & PARK so extraordinary is, in fact, how ordinary it is. How everyday. Life is mundane. We make our way through each day, and there isn't always something to set it apart from all of our yesterdays and tomorrows.... (more...)
BWW Review: HUNTED by Meagan Spooner BWW Review: HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - March 17, 2017

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BWW Review: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas BWW Review: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - March 16, 2017

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas is one of my all-time favorite retellings of Beauty and the Beast. It's also an original, immersive fantasy!... (more...)
BWW Review: RENWOMEN: WHAT MODERN RENAISSANCE WOMEN HAVE TO TEACH US ABOUT LIVING RICH, FULFILLING LIVES by Dale Griffiths Stamos & W. Scott Griffiths BWW Review: RENWOMEN: WHAT MODERN RENAISSANCE WOMEN HAVE TO TEACH US ABOUT LIVING RICH, FULFILLING LIVES by Dale Griffiths Stamos & W. Scott Griffiths
by Maggie Yates - March 15, 2017

Stamos defines the modern RenWoman as a woman with the availability to master many crafts--“an adapt-or-perish breed.” With the ability to apply seemingly unrelated skills to new positions, RenWomen can thrive in a variety of situations. Creativity is a RenWoman's strength in what Stamos refers to a... (more...)
BWW Review: Top 10 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Retellings BWW Review: Top 10 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Retellings
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - March 14, 2017

Since we're celebrating A Week of Beauty and the Beast all week, of COURSE I want to tell you about my ten favorite retellings! Dive into these great novels while you count down to the new movie! Are you ready to see what I've come up with?... (more...)
BWW Review: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel BWW Review: STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - March 10, 2017

There is so much to say about STATION ELEVEN, and so little that can be shared without revealing spoilers. STATION ELEVEN is a book that unfurls slowly, one that introduces you to a multitude of characters and slips all of the puzzle pieces together later. It's interesting that Erin Morgenstern blur... (more...)
BWW Review: STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY: A CELEBRATION OF GIRLS BEING THEMSELVES by Kate T. Parker BWW Review: STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY: A CELEBRATION OF GIRLS BEING THEMSELVES by Kate T. Parker
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - March 08, 2017

STRONG IS THE NEW PRETTY: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker came out this week, and the timing is perfect with today being International Women's Day. The book is full of breath-taking photographs and empowering messages, from the silly joys of childhood to the the heartbreak ... (more...)
BWW Review: WAKING IN TIME by Angie Stanton BWW Review: WAKING IN TIME by Angie Stanton
by Scott Rawson - March 03, 2017

  The author does a fine job of painting landscape for us, weaving a tale of suspense and mystery. ... (more...)
BWW Review: DREADNOUGHT by April Daniels BWW Review: DREADNOUGHT by April Daniels
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - February 28, 2017

So many readers have asked for more books--especially in fantasy--where the main characters going on adventures are more diverse. Where that diversity isn't the entire story, but another layer of it. Where characters of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds can have adventures.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney BWW Review: THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - February 22, 2017

First there was GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. Then there was THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins. Now, the big thriller to pick up is THE GIRL BEFORE by debut author J.P. Delaney.... (more...)