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Natasha’s Flight

Natasha's flight jpegWhen you read a first-time author’s work, you are entering uncharted territory, taking a leap of faith that the author is a storyteller. So it is with Natasha’s Flight, a story about a Belarusian internet bride who embarks on her own leap of faith.

This story begins in the first-class cabin of a jetliner departing Russia and headed for New York and Natasha’s new life with her future American husband, who is a smidge too old and bland for her. However, Natasha meets and sits next to an American who works—of all places—in the U.S. embassy processing visas, and who she observes, unlike her internet husband, has a flat stomach. The author allows the two passengers to haltingly reveal their suspicions and impressions of the other, permitting the reader to settle back and enjoy this tale. Curiosity, doubts, and, maybe something else, is kindled on this flight.

The reader is in good hands while Natasha reconciles her life-altering decision with the internal turbulence that the flight causes.

* This blog is slowly shifting from tween reads to YA reads. This book is recommended/appropriate for YA readers.


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YALLWEST 2015: A Photo Essay

It’s a little late, but here’s more ink and praise for YALLWEST 2015 courtesy of Publishers Weekly.


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I Want to Like The Wrenchies, but

I tried, really tried to like Farel Dalrymple’s gorgeously and intricately drawn futuristic apocalyptic tale The Wrenchies, but couldn’t. I could lose myself in the artwork (amazing), but could not get past the unimaginative, unnecessary profanity and complex storyline. I kept waiting for something to happen, found myself skimming the pages, and, then, just giving up.

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Yallwest’s Day 1 Author Lineup

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You won’t want to miss Yallwest, a 2-day book and YA festival that will include panel discussions, story mobs, food trucks, live music, and more. See you there!

Day 1, Saturday, April 11 at Santa Monica High School kicks off with an impressive lineup of YA authors:

LEIGH BARDUGO (Shadow And Bone)

COE BOOTH (Kinda Like Brothers)


LIBBA BRAY (Diviners)

RACHEL COHN (Nick & Nora’s Infinite Playlist)

ANDREA CREMER (The Inventor’s Secret)




SUSAN EE (Angelfall)

DAN EHRENHAFT (The Last Dog On Earth)

KAMI GARCIA (Beautiful Creatures)

SHANNON HALE (Princess Academy)

E. LOCKHART (We Were Liars)

RICHELLE MEAD (Vampire Academy)

LISI HARRISON (Pretenders)




MARIE LU (Legend)

http://www.yallwest.com/ or https://tweendidjareads.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/beef2-bwposter.pdf for more info.

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April 3, 2015 · 3:22 pm

Yallwest — April 11-12 at Santa Monica Public Library and Santa Monica High School

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Guess who, what jumped the gun on the L.A. Times Book Fest?? Pseudonymous Bosch, Ransom Riggs, and more than 30 other New York Times Bestsellers YA authors will take center stage at Yallwest, a 2-day book festival that will include panel discussions, story mobs, food trucks, live music, and more. Looking forward to volunteering and mingling at this event. See you there!

http://www.yallwest.com/ for more info.

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