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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?
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - August 16, 2017

They say the book is always better than the movie. In the case of The Circle, based on the book by Dave Eggers, I would venture to say that I enjoyed the Lionsgate movie more, which is rare for me. In full disclosure, I watched the movie first, then read the book directly after, so both were fresh i... (more...)
BWW Review: CITY MOUSE at Stacey Lender BWW Review: CITY MOUSE at Stacey Lender
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - 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-... (more...)
BWW Review: COMPASS SOUTH by Hope Larson BWW Review: COMPASS SOUTH by Hope Larson
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - August 08, 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... (more...)
BWW Review: STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff BWW Review: STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - August 07, 2017

Looking for a fantasy series as deadly and somber at times as Game of Thrones? Look no further because The Lotus Wars Trilogy by Jay Kristof will leave you just as emotionally wrecked as a book from George R. R. Martin does!... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley BWW Review: THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - August 03, 2017

THE WATCHMAKER OF FILIGREE STREET by Natasha Pulley is very different from a lot of other books out. It contains magical realism. It uses alternative history to weave Victorian England in the late 1800s with political upheaval occurring in Japan during the same period. It has really cool clockwork g... (more...)
BWW Review: LUCKY IN LOVE by Kasie West BWW Review: LUCKY IN LOVE by Kasie West
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - July 25, 2017

Have you ever wanted to win the lottery...while falling in love and trying to get into your dream college? Maddie finds herself a winner in Kasie West's new release LUCKY IN LOVE! See how she deals with her sudden change in fortune!... (more...)
BWW Review: THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein BWW Review: THE PUNCH ESCROW by Tal M. Klein
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - July 24, 2017

Sci-Fi is always an area that's touch and go for me. Oftentimes, it stretches my mind to the point where I feel dumb because I'm not good enough at math/science to understand the concepts making up the book's core. Thankfully, in Tal. M. Klein's debut novel THE PUNCH ESCROW, the science is broken do... (more...)
BWW Review: THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE by Sarvenaz Tash BWW Review: THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE by Sarvenaz Tash
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - July 20, 2017

Today marks the start of San Diego Comic-Con, one of the most buzzed-about fan events held each year. I decided to join in this year in my own special way: By reviewing a book that takes place during Comic-Con!... (more...)
BWW Review: HELLO, SUNSHINE by Laura Dave BWW Review: HELLO, SUNSHINE by Laura Dave
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - July 10, 2017

Ripped from the headlines, HELLO, SUNSHINE by Laura Dave is a fast, breezy summer read that explores familial relationships and the strength within oneself to bounce back after life throws you a curveball. Dave's previous novel, EIGHT HUNDRED GRAPES, was called the 'Best Book of Summer 2015' by publ... (more...)
BWW Review: ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts BWW Review: ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - July 07, 2017

This book is so bad-ass. I said that when I was only 80 pages in and everything was going wrong and I was describing the book to a co-worker. I still say that now after finishing!... (more...)
Re-Reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS as an adult: Does the love last??? Re-Reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS as an adult: Does the love last???
by Bonnie Lynn Wagner - June 30, 2017

Growing up, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials was one of my all-time favorite series, surpassed only by The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I read both series again and again. The books shattered and broke me, but also filled my heart and took me away on dangerous, captivating adventures.... (more...)
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...)