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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BWW Previews: THE RISE OF KYOSHI Will Continue AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER In Novel FormBWW Previews: THE RISE OF KYOSHI Will Continue AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER In Novel Form
Posted: Sep. 19, 2018


BWW Review: THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. CervantesBWW Review: THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. Cervantes
Posted: Sep. 26, 2018


BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN by Val EmmichBWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN by Val Emmich
Posted: Oct. 8, 2018


BWW Interview: Roger Kazanowski, author of the controversial thriller A CHANGE OF FAITHBWW Interview: Roger Kazanowski, author of the controversial thriller A CHANGE OF FAITH
Posted: Oct. 17, 2018


BWW Previews: George R.R. Martin releases Excerpt from FIRE AND BLOOD, a GAME OF THRONES PrequelBWW Previews: George R.R. Martin releases Excerpt from FIRE AND BLOOD, a GAME OF THRONES Prequel
Posted: Oct. 2, 2018


BWW Review: 12 Books About Comic Con, fanfic writers, & fan illustrators, no matter what fandom you're a part ofBWW Review: 12 Books About Comic Con, fanfic writers, & fan illustrators, no matter what fandom you're a part of
Posted: Oct. 4, 2018


BWW Previews: Movie Deal for New Release WHAT IF IT'S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam SilveraBWW Previews: Movie Deal for New Release WHAT IF IT'S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Posted: Oct. 10, 2018


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BWW Previews: GREAT AMERICAN READ Series Premiere TONIGHT On PBS!BWW Previews: GREAT AMERICAN READ Series Premiere TONIGHT On PBS!
Posted: May. 22, 2018


BWW Previews: Magnus Chase Is Back! Rick Riordan Reveals 9 From The Nine Worlds, Out This Fall!BWW Previews: Magnus Chase Is Back! Rick Riordan Reveals 9 From The Nine Worlds, Out This Fall!
Posted: Feb. 9, 2018


BWW Interview: New York Times Best-Selling Author Robert Beatty's new book WILLA OF THE WOOD is out today!BWW Interview: New York Times Best-Selling Author Robert Beatty's new book WILLA OF THE WOOD is out today!
Posted: Jul. 10, 2018


AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION  Announces 2018 Youth Media Award Winners! Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, & More!AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION Announces 2018 Youth Media Award Winners! Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, & More!
Posted: Feb. 12, 2018


BWW Previews: Actor KEEGAN ALLEN on tour near you to promote his new photo essay collection HOLLYWOOD BOOK TOUR!BWW Previews: Actor KEEGAN ALLEN on tour near you to promote his new photo essay collection HOLLYWOOD BOOK TOUR!
Posted: Mar. 23, 2018


BWW Previews: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ at Returns To PBS Tonight With 8-Part SeriesBWW Previews: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ at Returns To PBS Tonight With 8-Part Series
Posted: Sep. 11, 2018


BWW Previews: Netflix debuts trailer for THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, based on the best selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie BarrowsBWW Previews: Netflix debuts trailer for THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, based on the best selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
Posted: Jul. 11, 2018


BWW Interview: Roger Kazanowski, author of the controversial thriller A CHANGE OF FAITHBWW Interview: Roger Kazanowski, author of the controversial thriller A CHANGE OF FAITH
October 17, 2018

A CHANGE OF FAITHcompels readers to wonder, Why hasn't this happened yet? when a historical change in Catholicism allows women to enter seminaries and become priests. For the first time, women are brought to the forefront of the Catholic world and intertwine with characters stemming from both fictional and real events.

BWW Previews: Movie Deal for New Release WHAT IF IT'S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam SilveraBWW Previews: Movie Deal for New Release WHAT IF IT'S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
October 10, 2018

Yesterday marked the highly-buzzed about launch of WHAT IF IT'S US by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera. Now, it's about to be a major motion picture.

BWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN by Val EmmichBWW Review: DEAR EVAN HANSEN by Val Emmich
October 8, 2018

The novelization of the hit musical Dear Evan Hansen comes out tomorrow by Val Emmich from Poppy / Little, Brown and is a MUST for any fan of the show. It doesn't simply re-hash the moments of the musical. It doesn't just take Steven Levenson's book and the lyrics of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and put them in writing. It expands and evolves the world fans already know and love.

BWW Review: 12 Books About Comic Con, fanfic writers, & fan illustrators, no matter what fandom you're a part ofBWW Review: 12 Books About Comic Con, fanfic writers, & fan illustrators, no matter what fandom you're a part of
October 4, 2018

Happy Comic Con Week! Whether you're going to be home this weekend scrolling social media feeds and watching YouTube videos wishing you were at SDCC or sitting in an hours-long line waiting to get into a panel or meet a favorite actor and looking to kill time, here are some books (or ebooks for your phone!) that you can whip out and read. These will put you in the spirit for sure! Some of these books take place at various Comic Cons (including both NYCC and SDCC!), while others are about the fans and fanfiction writers and fan artists that make up the fabric of fandom!

BWW Previews: Netflix To Bring The World of Narnia to Life Through Various Series and Film ProjectsBWW Previews: Netflix To Bring The World of Narnia to Life Through Various Series and Film Projects
October 3, 2018

Netflix will develop a new series and film projectsbased on C.S. Lewis' beloved The Chronicles of Narnia series. Under the terms of a multi-year deal between Netflix and the C.S. Lewis Company,Netflix will develop classic stories from across the Narnia universe into series and films for its members worldwide. All series and films produced through the deal will be Netflix productions, withMark Gordon of Entertainment One (eOne) alongside Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers for series and as producers for features. In total the Narnia bookshave sold more than 100 million copies and been translated in more than 47 languages worldwide. The deal marks the first time that rights to the entire seven books of the Narnia universe have been held by the same company.

BWW Previews: George R.R. Martin releases Excerpt from FIRE AND BLOOD, a GAME OF THRONES PrequelBWW Previews: George R.R. Martin releases Excerpt from FIRE AND BLOOD, a GAME OF THRONES Prequel
October 2, 2018

While there's still no word of a release date for the seventh book in George R.R. Martin's best-sellingA Song of Ice and Fireseries, THE WINDS OF WINTER, Game of Thronesfans will rejoice to hear that there will be a new book set in the world releasing this November. It makes the wait toHBO's2019 airing of the show's final season feel a little less painful.

BWW Review: WAYWARD CHILDREN Series By Seanan McGuireBWW Review: WAYWARD CHILDREN Series By Seanan McGuire
September 28, 2018

TheWayward Childrenbooks don't necessarilyhaveto be read in order, since each features a different protagonist, but I highly recommend at least reading EVERY HEART A DOORWAY first because it sets the world and reality and introduces the characters of Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children. Think about Dorothy when she returns from Oz, Alice when she comes back from Wonderland, the Pevensie siblings, who returned to Narnia on multiple occasions. Think about kids who go to amazing worlds and have incredible adventures. What happens when they return home? What happens when nobody believes them? Are they crazy? What if our world is no longer enough, but they can't return where they belong?

BWW Review: THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. CervantesBWW Review: THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. Cervantes
September 26, 2018

THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. Cervantes came out last week and is another series starter in the line. I am obsessed with the fact that Disney and Riordan put together this imprint, hired diverse writers who grew up with the myths from their own cultures, and are now turning out these incredible novels. ARU SHAH had all of the questing and the way ordinary objects and places can transform into something entirely different that I loved so much in the Percy Jackson series. THE STORM RUNNER has all the snark and mysterious people who are more than they appear. Oh, and Brooks reminds me a lot of Annabeth, so PJ fans will really embrace her! Also, something that's completely spoilery that happens toward the end that throws me back all the way to THE LIGHTNING THIEF in the most endearing way!

BWW Previews: #MeToo Movement Prompts Author To Champion Self-Love For WomenBWW Previews: #MeToo Movement Prompts Author To Champion Self-Love For Women
September 25, 2018

Summer Brooks releases new and relatable book to teach women how to love themselves again and how to build one another up in sisterhood

BWW Previews: THE RISE OF KYOSHI Will Continue AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER In Novel FormBWW Previews: THE RISE OF KYOSHI Will Continue AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER In Novel Form
September 19, 2018

Nickelodeon recently announced a partnership with publisher Abrams Children's Books to bring the world of its hit TV seriesAvatar: The Last Airbenderto life with a series of Young Adult novels. TheATLABseries concluded in 2008, then spawned a companion series entitledThe Legend of Korraset 70 years later. The series has lived on in graphic novel form and yesterday, it was announced that Netflix will be creating a live action series with the show's creators,Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.

BWW Previews: Netflix Buys the rights to DUMPLIN', starring Jennifer Aniston; drops first song from Dolly Parton! Listen now!BWW Previews: Netflix Buys the rights to DUMPLIN', starring Jennifer Aniston; drops first song from Dolly Parton! Listen now!
September 14, 2018

Last year, filming began on DUMPLIN', based on the book by Julie Murphy. This week, it was announced that in addition to hitting theaters later this year in limited release, it will also premiere on Netflix. DUMPLIN' stars an overweight teen constantly overlooked by her former beauty pageant queen mother. Her mother now trains today's prospective beauty queens, but never considers her own daughter. Willowdean decides to enter the pageant in protest and shakes up her entire town. The film starsDanielle MacDonald (Patti Cake$) as Willowdean Dickson, aka Dumplin'. Her mother, former Beauty Queen Rosie Dickson, is played by Jennifer Aniston(Friends).The cast includes Dover Cameron (Livand Maddie, Disney's Descendants), Georgie Flores (Famous in Love),Harold Perrineau (Lost) Odeya Rush (Lady Bird). The movie will have a stellar soundtrack, with Dolly Parton co-collaborating with Sia and Miranda Lambert to update some of her own catalogue as well as creating six new songs alongside Linda Perry.The first re-worked Parton song, 'Here I Am,' releasedtoday ahead of the film to get the buzz started. Here is the first song from DUMPLIN', from Parton and Sia:

BWW Previews: New Addition To The Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Makers, Mysteries, and Magic, Exclusively On Audible
September 13, 2018

This morning, Audible, Pottermore, and Warner Bros. announced a new and exciting addition to the Wizarding World! Audible'sexclusiveFantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Makers, Mysteries, and Magicaudiobook will be released on November 16th, alongside the opening of the highly anticipated new big-screen adventure in cinemas. The audiobook, which will be performed by Eddie Redmayne(Newt Scamander), Jude Law(Albus Dumbledore), Zo Kravitz(Leta Lestrange), Ezra Miller(Credence), Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski), and more, pulls back the curtain on one of the most hotly anticipated blockbusters of the year.Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Makers, Mysteries, and Magicis available for preorder now exclusively at Audible atwww.audible.com/fantasticbeasts. Check out the below video of Dan Fogler introducing the book, then read on for the official press release!

BWW Previews: THE HATE U GIVE Movie Release Bumped Up 2 Weeks!BWW Previews: THE HATE U GIVE Movie Release Bumped Up 2 Weeks!
September 12, 2018

This week, Fox2000 announced that because THE HATE U GIVE has had such strong word of mouth, it will release two weeks early. It will premiere in limited release on October 5th, expandon October 12th, and go wide on its original release date of October 19th. Depending on where you live, you may be able to catch it up to two weeks early.

BWW Previews: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ at Returns To PBS Tonight With 8-Part SeriesBWW Previews: THE GREAT AMERICAN READ at Returns To PBS Tonight With 8-Part Series
September 11, 2018

Tonight marks the launch of the 8-part mini-series on PBS revolving aroundThe Great American Read. PBS launched its first episode this past spring and has been calling for readers to vote for their favorite book all summer long. Viewers can tune in tonight or stream the series online on PBS.org. Below is a press release from PBS.org with all the info you'll need, but first, here's a trailer for what you can expect to see tonight!

BWW Interview: Susan Dennard's TRUTHWITCH Picked Up by Jim Henson Studio for TV Development!BWW Interview: Susan Dennard's TRUTHWITCH Picked Up by Jim Henson Studio for TV Development!
September 10, 2018

It is a fantastic time for fantasy novels. More and more are being picked up by studios for development thanks to the smashing success ofLord of the Rings,Harry Potter, and, most recently,Game of Thrones. The latest series to be picked up is Susan Dennard'sWitchlands.The series begins with TRUTHWITCH, continues with WINDWITCH, and has a spin-off entitled SIGHTWITCH. The next book, entitled BLOODWITCH, comes out on February 12, 2019, with another two books still to be released.

Double Cover Reveal: Rick Riordan Presents Drops Covers for both ARU SHAH AND THE SONG OF DEATH by Roshani Chokshi and SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE by Carlos Hernández
September 5, 2018

If you are not yet familiar with Disney Hyperion's new Rick Riordan Presents line, here's a refresher. The first series in the line, Hindu-mythology flavored Aru Shah, debuted this past spring with Roshani Chokshi's ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME. The book was FANTASTIC and BroadwayWorldreviewed it here.

BWW Review: THE STEPSISTER SCHEME by Jim C. HinesBWW Review: THE STEPSISTER SCHEME by Jim C. Hines
September 3, 2018

Originally, fairy tales were dark and grim, not the light, bubbly Happily Ever After stories we all know and love in these modern times. Jim C. Hines pulled obscure versions of fairy tales you might not be familiar with when creating his four Princess novels.

Barnes & Noble Labor Day Book Haul Blowout Sale: Over 100 New and Best Selling Titles 50% Off!Barnes & Noble Labor Day Book Haul Blowout Sale: Over 100 New and Best Selling Titles 50% Off!
August 30, 2018

If you're looking for a great sale on recent releases, head out to Barnes and Noble this weekend. The sale is running now through Labor Day (Monday, September 3rd, 2018). Over 100 new titles and recent best sellers are ON SALE for 50% off. If you're not near a store, the sale is also online. Members save an extra 10% in store or receive free express shipping online. Below is a press release for the company with all the details, but I also stopped in the store this week and took pictures of the displays so that you can get a better look at the titles on sale.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan Smashes Box Office for Second Week in a Row and Gets a Sequel Greenlit!CRAZY RICH ASIANS by Kevin Kwan Smashes Box Office for Second Week in a Row and Gets a Sequel Greenlit!
August 27, 2018

Warner Brothers next expected Crazy Rich Asians to be as successful as it has. They predicted the movie would take in 20-25 million its first weekend. Instead, it took in 35 million. In its second week, it took 25 million, remaining in first place at the box for a second week straight and only dropping 6%, bringing in huge numbers for the studio. It is rare for a movie to have such a low drop in its second week; word-of-mouth has been golden and everyone is rushing to see the feel-good movie of the summer that has all their friends and co-workers buzzing.

BWW Review: THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika JohansenBWW Review: THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
August 24, 2018

What's different about THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING is that Kelsea Glynn has always known her destiny. She's not a hidden princess plucked from her ordinary existence as a peasant and thrust into royalty. Instead, she's studied and built the role up in her mind. She's made her mother into something she's not. When her mother dies, Kelsea must put all of her studies to use and repair the broken kingdom she's inherited before it's destroyed by war. There's so much more to being the Queen of the Tearling than Kelsea ever thought possible, both good and bad, and only her actions will decide if she lives or dies, and if her country will rise or fall.



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