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BWW Blog: Getting to Know BWW Book Reviewer, Bonnie Lynn Wagner

Hello, Broadway World!

My name is Bonnie Lynn Wagner, and I'm really excited to begin my journey at BWW with all of you. Together, we'll explore new places such as modern-day Paris, ancient Scandinavia, life on the moon, and so much more. One thing I adore about books is the way they can take you anywhere, the way you can become anyone. Readers live a thousand lives thanks to books, and I'm excited to explore these new worlds with you.

Today is extra-special to me because on February 9th, 2010, I created a book review blog entitled A Backwards Story, and today I celebrate seven years of blogging.

What are some of your favorite genres to read? I'd also love recommendations of some of your favorite titles. Let's explore new worlds together.

Fantasy will always be a favorite genre of mine (especially high fantasy), and I also love a good twist on a fairy tale/mythological/classical retelling. I also love hard-hitting contemporary novels that punch me in the gut, and sometimes, I've even been known to pick up a picture book or complex psychological thriller. My reading can definitely be all over the place, so hopefully I'll find something great for you to read and cherish!

If you're here at BWW reading this, it means we both love musicals AND books. Our two loves have brought us together. I've been a member of BWW since 2004 (Yes, it's true, Wicked was my gateway to Broadway--and to who I am today!), so while I grew my musical-loving teeth through Wicked, I have grown to love so many amazing and complex shows over the years thanks to these forums.

I am absolutely honored to help the site build a bridge to reviewing books and expanding its exploration into new ventures. I can't wait to go on this new journey with you!

From This Author - 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... (read more about this author)

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Yesterday, Playbill broke the news that the critically acclaimed graphic novel THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER by Jen Wang will be the next project for husband-wife team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who previously worked together on the music for Disney's Frozen, Coco, and Frozen 2. Robert is a two-time EGOT winner -- he is the youngest to win the award, to have won it in the shortest amount of time, and to have won it more than once. He broken out with his work co-writing Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.

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BWW Review: CRAZY CUPID LOVE by Amanda Heger (Grab it FREE for a Limited Time!)
February 14, 2020

In a world where Cupids have been exposed and are frequently hired to make love matches, Eliza Herman feels extremely unlucky. She has more magic than any other Cupid, but she's a huge klutz and can't wield it. She was born on the most auspicious of all days, Valentine's Day, but doesn't believe in True Love with a Capital L. And to top it all off, she's unlucky. Her father just had a heart attack and the family business is in trouble, so Eliza has to get a provisional license to become a Cupid...which means asking Jake Sanders to be her mentor. Jake Sanders, her childhood best friend, her first crush, and now, the guy she accidentally enchanted into infatuation...

BWW Review: COME TUMBLING DOWN by Seanan McGuire
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Seanan McGuire's award-winning series Wayward Children is one such series. Every book is a delight, something original to be cherished and held. Some are terrifying and bleak, while others are full of wonder and whimsy. Readers finish these books and wish there truly were other words to explore so they don't have to go back to the mundane.