Bonnie Lynn Wagner

Bonnie Lynn Wagner Bonnie Lynn Wagner has been a reader for as long as she can remember. Friends frequently come to her for book recommendations, and eventually, she decided to start reviewing books in order to share her love of them with everyone! While her favorite genre is fantasy, she reads and reviews many others, from contemporary novels to juvenile picture books.

When she isn't reviewing books, you can find her on Twitter @abackwardsstory talking about musicals, nail polish, and Disney, among other things!

She continues to review at http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com if you'd like even more book recommendations!



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LAST 30 DAYS

BWW Interview: Holly Schindler, author of SPARKBWW Interview: Holly Schindler, author of SPARK
Posted: Sep. 6, 2017


BWW Review: OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery LordBWW Review: OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord
Posted: Aug. 28, 2017


V.E. Schwab and Tor Books Sign $1 Million SFF DealV.E. Schwab and Tor Books Sign $1 Million SFF Deal
Posted: Aug. 29, 2017


BWW Review: NOT IN THE SCRIPT by Amy FinneganBWW Review: NOT IN THE SCRIPT by Amy Finnegan
Posted: Aug. 31, 2017


BWW Review: GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS  by Melissa BashardoustBWW Review: GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust
Posted: Sep. 7, 2017


BWW Review: UPROOTED by Naomi NovikBWW Review: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
Posted: Sep. 15, 2017


BWW Picture Book Review: THE MERMAID by Jan BrettBWW Picture Book Review: THE MERMAID by Jan Brett
Posted: Sep. 11, 2017


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Review: THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. DelaneyBWW Review: THE GIRL BEFORE by J.P. Delaney
Posted: Feb. 22, 2017


BWW Feature: Maggie Stiefvater's THE RAVEN CYCLE QUARTET to Become a TV SeriesBWW Feature: Maggie Stiefvater's THE RAVEN CYCLE QUARTET to Become a TV Series
Posted: Apr. 11, 2017


BWW Review: FAMOUS IN LOVE by Rebecca SerleBWW Review: FAMOUS IN LOVE by Rebecca Serle
Posted: Apr. 25, 2017


BWW Feature: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Returns in 2018 With A New Series, SLAYER, From Simon Pulse and Author Kiersten WhiteBWW Feature: BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER Returns in 2018 With A New Series, SLAYER, From Simon Pulse and Author Kiersten White
Posted: Mar. 30, 2017


BWW Review: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony DoerrBWW Review: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
Posted: Apr. 18, 2017


BWW Interview: Melissa De La Cruz, Author of ALEX AND ELIZABWW Interview: Melissa De La Cruz, Author of ALEX AND ELIZA
Posted: Apr. 28, 2017


BWW Review: TRULY MADLY FAMOUSLY by Rebecca SerleBWW Review: TRULY MADLY FAMOUSLY by Rebecca Serle
Posted: May. 9, 2017


BWW Interviews #1 New York Times Best Selling Author Leigh BardugoBWW Interviews #1 New York Times Best Selling Author Leigh Bardugo
September 25, 2017

Today, BroadwayWorld sits down with Leigh Bardugo to talk about her books, her process when creating THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS, and, of course, her favorite musicals.

BWW Review: WARCROSS by Marie LuBWW Review: WARCROSS by Marie Lu
September 21, 2017

WARCROSS by Marie Lu was the first book to give me a book hangover in 2017. I read an advance copy at the tail end of March, only a fourth of the way into the year, and I was seriously up until after 1 a.m. two worknights in a row devouring this book. IT WAS THAT GOOD. I couldn't put it down!!! I read until my eyes drooped, then woke up in the morning, read some more, crammed some more reading into my lunch break, and stayed up again the next night until I'd finishe

BWW Review: Why THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL Series Works So WellBWW Review: Why THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL Series Works So Well
September 19, 2017

Even though The School for Good and Evil is now officially over, I am SO EXCITED that a movie is in the works. Even better? THERE IS A SEQUEL TRILOGY. And it launches TODAY with QUESTS FOR GLORY.

BWW Review: UPROOTED by Naomi NovikBWW Review: UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
September 15, 2017

Some books have the instant feel of a classic. UPROOTED by Naomi Novik is one of them. In many ways--some small, some large--this novel reminded me of beloved fantasy staples such as HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones and The Immortals Quartet AKA the Daine books by Tamora Pierce. It's not a direct retelling of any one tale, but it's been influenced by several pieces of lore and gives nods to many others. To me, it mostly closely resembles a Beauty and the Beast tale, and yet, it's not any sort of retelling. It's also reminiscent of medieval lore where dragons drag girls off as village sacrifices, and yet, that's not quite right either. UPROOTED is wholly original, but will suit the tastes of fairy tale lovers everywhere.

BWW Picture Book Review: THE MERMAID by Jan BrettBWW Picture Book Review: THE MERMAID by Jan Brett
September 11, 2017

THE MERMAID by Jan Brett is a fun retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears set in Okinawa, Japan!

BWW Review: GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS  by Melissa BashardoustBWW Review: GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS by Melissa Bashardoust
September 7, 2017

GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS, Melissa Bashardoust's debut novel, came out this past week, and it is wonderful. It's very different from many tales out there in that readers are treated to both the stepmother's POV and the stepdaughter's POV--albeit when both are teenagers. So one tale is told in flashbacks and the other as it is taking place. The story is reminiscent of Snow White, and it has been comped as 'Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber

BWW Interview: Holly Schindler, author of SPARKBWW Interview: Holly Schindler, author of SPARK
September 6, 2017

The first thing that drew me to SPARK was the theatre influence. What are some of your favorite stage plays and/or musicals? You don't have to live in the heart of New York City to love the theater, do you? I'm a lifelong resident of Springfield, Missouri, which has a fairly long history of producing actorsBrad Pitt, John Goodman, Kathleen Turner, Tess Harper have all lived here. There's definitely something in the air! Springfield's also home to several vintage theatersI grew up going to productions inside them. I referenced a few in SPARK (The Fantasticks), as well as a few Shakespeare works (especially Romeo and Juliet). But I also wanted to show my readers what was in my mind's eye as I created the Avery theater. My local color video takes you on a tour:

BWW Previews: Cover and Summary Reveal: CITY OF BASTARDS by Andrew ShvartsBWW Previews: Cover and Summary Reveal: CITY OF BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts
September 1, 2017

Earlier this summer, BroadwayWorld reviewed ROYAL BASTARDS, the debut novel from Andrew Shvarts. It was amazing and completely kick-ass. It ended well, but readers were definitely left hoping there would be a sequel. Yet the publisher, Disney Hyperion, remained mum on if this stand-alone book would turn into a series or not. Now, there is affirmative new: YES, there will be a sequel. Fans are treated not only to this amazing news, but also to a title reveal, cover reveal, AND summary reveal today! Are you ready to take a look at....CITY OF BASTARDS!?

BWW Review: NOT IN THE SCRIPT by Amy FinneganBWW Review: NOT IN THE SCRIPT by Amy Finnegan
August 31, 2017

If Emma Watson was to star in a Freeform (Formerly ABC Family) TV series after growing up making movies, I would very much expect her life to be similar to what Emma Taylor goes through in NOT IN THE SCRIPT by Amy Finnegan.

V.E. Schwab and Tor Books Sign $1 Million SFF DealV.E. Schwab and Tor Books Sign $1 Million SFF Deal
August 29, 2017

New York Times Best Selling Author V.E. Schwab just signed a deal with publisher Tor Books to release four more books through 2024. The deal, worth a million dollars, will see the release of three new books related to Schwab's best selling A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy that will be entitled the Threads of Power trilogy. Schwab will also release a stand-alone novel with the publisher about a female assassin living in a futuristic New York City.

BWW Review: OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery LordBWW Review: OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord
August 28, 2017

You might want to grab a poncho, bookworms. I'm about to drool all over you today. I loved OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord. Loved, loved, loved. And you know I don't say that lightly! Contemporary novels--and especially contemporary YA--are not my favorite thing to read. I can't tell you what it was about OPEN ROAD SUMMER, but I absolutely adored it. In March, I was going through a really bad reading slump, and this book plus Kasie West's THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US pulled me out of the slump (When no fantasy could!). If you haven't read it, you should. No, really, I don't care what genre you read. You should! This reminds me of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins, a book I never thought I'd love, but I'm constantly re-reading various parts and I just love it and the characters so much. OPEN ROAD SUMMER has that same emotion for me, albeit in very different ways.

BWW Review: THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie RutkoskiBWW Review: THE SHADOW SOCIETY by Marie Rutkoski
August 24, 2017

Good news, bookworms! In a YA world littered with series and cliffhangers, THE SHADOW SOCIETY is that rare species in the wild known as a stand-alone novel.Marie Rutkoski ties things up in such a way that readers will be satisfied, yet there are traces of possibilities in the event she decides to re-open this world in the future. Either way, readers will be satisfied with the overall outcome by the time the last page is turned.

Reviewing THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston, now in development for a series on THE CW!Reviewing THE VALIANT by Lesley Livingston, now in development for a series on THE CW!
August 18, 2017

Yesterday, it was announced that The CW is developing Lesley Livingston's 2017 YA release THE VALIANT for TV........Towhet your appetite, here's my review of THE VALIANT.

BWW Previews: TNT to Adapt THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin for TelevisionBWW Previews: TNT to Adapt THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin for Television
August 17, 2017

This is the greatest time for fantasy fans. The genre is hotter than ever, and Hollywood is racing to scoop up best-selling sci-fi/fantasy series, hoping to share some of the success HBO experienced withGame of Thrones. In just the past month, BroadwayWorld has covered announcements on adaptations for Octavia Butler's DAWN andNnedi Okorafor's WHO FEARS DEATH.Now, TNT wants in on the action and has just announced that it is adapting N.K. Jemisin'sThe Broken EarthTrilogyfor TV.

BWW Review: THE CIRCLE By Dave Eggers: Which Is Better, The Book Or The Movie?BWW Review: THE CIRCLE By Dave Eggers: Which Is Better, The Book Or The Movie?
August 16, 2017

They say the book is always better than the movie. In the case ofThe Circle, based on the book by Dave Eggers, I would venture to say that I enjoyed the Lionsgate moviemore, which is rare for me. In full disclosure, I watched the movie first, then read the book directly after, so both were fresh in my mind during the comparison.

BWW Review: CITY MOUSE by Stacey LenderBWW Review: CITY MOUSE by Stacey Lender
August 14, 2017

CITY MOUSE by Stacey Lender is a story so many people who live and work in NYC will relate to. New York is EXPENSIVE. You get very little, yet pay so much. Eventually, everyone whose livlihood is in NYC must decide: stay or commute? The decision becomes even harder once you have a family; those one-bedroom apartments can feel overflowingfast.

Cover Reveal: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John GreenCover Reveal: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green
August 11, 2017

The cover has been revealed for this fall's highly-anticipated TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, the first book from New York Times Best Selling Author John Green in over five years.

Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King, and Victoria Mahoney to adapt Octavia Butler's DAWN for TelevisionAva DuVernay, Charles D. King, and Victoria Mahoney to adapt Octavia Butler's DAWN for Television
August 10, 2017

Yesterday, it was announced that Hugo and Nebula Award Winner Octavia E. Butler'sXenogenesis /Lilith's Broodseries, which begins with DAWN, will be adapted into a TV series by Ava DuVernay(Selma, 13th, the upcoming 2018 releaseA Wrinkle in Time) and Victoria Mahoney (Queen Sugar, Yelling to the Sky) in their most recentcollaboration.

BWW Review: COMPASS SOUTH by Hope LarsonBWW Review: COMPASS SOUTH by Hope Larson
August 8, 2017

In high school, my favorite books were all by Tamora Pierce, beginning with her adventures about Alanna, the daring girl who switched places with her twin brother, disguised herself as a boy, and went off to learn how to be a knight while he went to the convent to study magic. Ever since, I've had a soft spot for books where the girl disguises herself as a boy and goes on to do great things. This past year at BEA, I was talking with the publicist at First Second Books, Macmillan's graphic novel arm. She told me about a really cool graphic novel series, Four Points by Hope Larson. I was sold when she mentioned pirate ships, twins, and a girl disguised as a boy!

BWW Review: STORMDANCER by Jay KristoffBWW Review: STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff
August 7, 2017

Looking for a fantasy series as deadly and somber at times asGame of Thrones? Look no further becauseThe Lotus Wars Trilogyby Jay Kristof will leave you just as emotionally wrecked as a book from George R. R. Martin does!



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