Sunday, May 5, 2019

Spin By Lamar Giles


Rating: unrated | 10 hours 50 minutes | Scholastic | YA Thriller | Release Date: 01/30/2019

Last weekend Virginia Beach hosted Something In The Water Festival and they honestly should have just started throwing these books out at the audience. Spin is a love story to the underground music scene and the tradition of Tidewater musicians.

DJ ParSec started from the bottom with nothing but her best friend Kya's tech skills,  mismatch DJ equipment and a passion for music. After blowing up online and gathering a rabid fanbase DJ ParSec was on her way up--- until she is found dead-- now it is up to Kya and ParSec's estranged social media manager, Fuse, to find justice.

Giles knows how to write a solid thriller, he keeps the stakes high and has his characters face danger at nearly every turn, especially from DJ ParSec's most devoted fans whose intense network is keeping tabs on Kya and Fuse.   Along the way Kya and Fuse, who have never seen eye to eye, begin to bond through their shared grief. It was great reading a story about complicated female friendship.

Giles does not hold back when it comes to violence and peril his characters face, but I've always found it interesting that the language remains fairly tame.

Spin really taps into the world of social media fandom with a dash of action, and suspense that will keep you guessing until the end.





Check out the audio review on Audiofile

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor


Rating: ★★★★ | 18 hours 20 minutes| Fantasy | Hachette Audio | Release Date: 3/18/2017

We’ve been talking about Laini Taylor on this blog since Daughter of Smoke and Bone was featured in this Wall Street Journal article about new books reaching the Harry Potter generation. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series blew me away and Taylor is back at it again in Strange The Dreamer.

In this book, we meet Lazlo Strange, an orphaned librarian who finds himself the center of a story beyond his wildest dreams. Taylor is one of the best storytellers in YA right now and this book reflects that. The worlds and magic systems she creates are so detailed and creative.

At over 500 pages and 18 hours on audio, there were times where you could feel the page count. In the acknowledgments, Taylor says this was originally one book that got made into two and I think with a little less backstory it probably would have worked as one book but there seems to be no room for standalones in YA

At its heart, Strange The Dreamer is as a unique and original tale of trauma and survival.







....I’m not really a fan of YA duologies. They always feel like one story that has been stretched and padded to become two books instead of a story that needed to be told with two books.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


Rating: ★★★ |  358 pages | Henry Holt and Co, | Fantasy | Release Date: 06/05/2012 

Wow, reading this book was a blast from the past. Shadow and Bone was first published in 2012, which was our first full year of blogging. The then-unknown Bardugo was part of a group of debut YA/MG authors called the Apocalypsies that included several other YA fantasy powerhouses like Zoraida Córdova, Sara J. Maas, Brigid Kremmer and Marissa Meyer.

On to the book!

Shadow and Bone takse place in the Russian-inspired land of Ravka that has been divided by a dark shadowy wasteland known as The Fold. Wars have broken out at the borders leaving devastation in its wake.

Childhood friends Mal and Alina are soldiers in Ravka's First Army, which is nothing compared to Ravaka' Second Army---made up of Grisha,  individuals who have mastered the small science (magic) and can wield elements in mind-bending ways. When Alina discovers she maybe one of the most powerful Grisha of all time, she is thrown into the opulent Grisha world and at the arms of the Grisha's charming leader The Darkling.

Kat reviewed this book in 2013 and I think I liked it better than she did. I think the book is setting up for an interesting series. I will say it was kind of jarring how quickly we sort of glossed over Alina's origin story and her time at the Os Alta which is like a Grisha magical school. I also felt the order of the Grisha was so confusing. I kept having to flip back and forth to the information page to understand everyone's category.

I like the relationship between Mal and Alina and I think for fans this is the biggest draw. There was plenty of nightmare fuel and even a few twists that felt sort of predictable. People are enamored by this series (though I'm guessing it's mostly the Darkling)  and I'm curious to see how Bardoguo evolves as a writer in her second book

Slight spoiler, but I feel like the early 2010s were full of YA Bad Boys destined to be Draco In Leather Pants.




I'm reading this series because Kat wants me to read Six of Crows, but I want to go in with the context. Also, I've been wanting to binge a series and when the Netflix show comes out I can be on Twitter going all  "Well, but actually"

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Loves and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan


Rating: unrated | 336 pages | Scholastic Press | Contemporary | Release Date: 1/29/2019

Rukhsana Ali lives two very different lives. With her friends and brother, she is a happily out and dating her girlfriend Arianna. But when she is among her traditional Muslim Bangladeshi community--which includes her marriage-minded mother--her sexual identity is a closely held secret. When Rukhsana is caught kissing her girlfriend, she finds herself fighting for her happiness and possibly her freedom.

Sabina Khan's debut is a layered story that takes a close look at how family and identity can sometimes be at odds, but how there can also be a happy medium if you fight for it. Even though Rukhsana doesn't understand all her family's beliefs, she still has a lot of love for her culture and traditions that she does not want to lose because she is in love with a girl.

But I will say,  I felt like this book had some severe tone shifts.  The book starts off like any other YA contemporary about a teen struggling to balance two lives. In the beginning, it's pretty light and then there is a lot of tension in the build-up as Rukhsana lives in constant fear of being caught with her girlfriend.  After she is outed she travels with her parents to Bangladesh where things get very serious and harrowing, the book takes on an urgent tone. All the fears and anxiety that Rukhsana' had early on in the book come to life. She is given a dramatic ultimatum that leaves her looking for an escape.

All this pain and betrayal sort of comes to a head and vanishes when (slight spoiler) a character is Fridged, a trope where a character's death is used to further or push forward the protagonist's story. It's not just any Fridge---this is a Bury Your Gays Fridge that segues the book almost immediately back into a lighter tone.  Like the death of this character instantly causes Ruhksana's parents to accept her and the book takes on this humorous tone as her parents learn to navigate LGBTQIA spaces. It's startling really. I feel like Khan wanted this book to have a positive ending which I appreciated--but it sort of jumped out of nowhere.

I mean there is a point where they lock Ruhksana in a room, take her passport and drug her but then it's like ---LOL, Mom is trying to set me up with a Muslim girl again. Also, her family spends a ton of money at one point and it's like...shouldn't that be an issue?

With (all) that said I did enjoy Khan's debut and I'm really curious to see what she does next.

Check out the audiobook review here! 



SIDENOTE
So, like I have on more thing to say related to tone. I think this book is hard to make a cover for. I mean I really like the cover and the color choices for this book- but it has a fierce, modern, resistance-y-The Hate U Give inspired cover that doesn't quite hit the dark tones in this book. Like I know illustrated covers are all the rage but I don't know if it works for everything.

Monday, April 1, 2019

We Are Here To Stay by Susan Kuklin


Rating: Unrated  | 4 hrs and 12 mins |  Penguin Randomhouse | Non-Fiction 
We Are Here To Stay is a no-frills collection of interviews that gives voice to young immigrants affected by the precarious renewal of Deferred Action against Childhood Arrivals  (DACA). It's not an easy read but it's certainly an important one. We meet immigrants from Mexico, Samoa, Korea, and Ghana. We Are Here To Stay sheds light on the various reasons families come and stay in America, while also displaying the diversity of the immigrant experience. I think the one thing that stood out is despite all the hardships, many of the individuals in this book still believe that America is the best place for them.

Check out the audio review here!


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Our ApollyCon 2019 Recap


This year Kat and I made it to our first big romance reader event!  ApollyCon is only  2 hours north of us and has been on my radar for years. What started as a signing for Jennifer Armentrout fans has turned into a 3-day fan convention. The big reason I wanted to go this year was to meet Elle Kennedy. Kennedy has become very well known for her New Adult Briar U series but I'm a big fan of her romantic suspense Killer Instincts series and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to meet her.
The signing floor

We arrived on Friday evening to register at the event hotel, The Hyatt Regency Crystal City, a very chic hotel with a restaurant and coffee bar.  We didn't stay in the event hotel and after getting our badges we grabbed dinner at Shake Shack.

Jess
I went to sleep early so I could get up and get a ticket for Elle Kennedy's signing. I got in the ticketing line a little before it opened and met some readers who were also first-time attendees. I was able to get tickets for all of the authors I wanted including Christina Lauren--which I did not think would happen.

I met Elle Kennedy during the second half of the signing, she was very excited to talk about her Midnight Series and I wish I'd had the chance to tell her how much I appreciated her writing characters in their 30's.  I just feel like since I've been reading romance,  romantic suspense has never
had a big moment.

The event was very well planned and I think the organizer's decision to split the rooms was a great idea. It allowed readers to take their time browsing the signing floor and kept lines short--so much so that pretty much all of the ticketed authors opened up. Novelly Yours Candles was also there and The Bookworm Box was selling mystery bags!

Afterparty!
After the signing, we attended the decades themed after party and some people really brought it with their costumes.

Jess' Haul
Some big moments that stood out for me were how approachable the authors were across the spectrum, whether they were  NYT bestsellers, independent or traditionally published. I mean Christina Lauren were literally just standing there interacting with fans. Their publicist Kristin was very nice, they had sold out of Christina Lauren in the bookstore and she tipped us off when more came in. I also had a chance to meet Kirsten Callihan, Kennedy Ryan, Suzanne Young, Chanel Cleeton and Brigid Kremmer. My opening for most of them was "So I heard your interview on this podcast . . ."

I also met romance narrators--Lia Langola, Bailey Carr and Emma Wilder--whose work I can't wait to check out! Also on the audio front, I chatted with Andi Arndt at the Lyric Audiobook table.

Jennifer Armentrout and her team put a lot into this event and her fans really appreciate it. At the end of the after party Armentrout  (and cover model Drew Leighty) took pictures with and hugged everyone in line. The way she thanked and interacts with her fans is very personal.

My only critique is that I do feel like a lot of the event planning, announcements and cancellations happen on Facebook and Instagram which can leave some readers out of the loop. I also heard there were some upsets regarding the Sara J. Maas signing.

I'm totally up for ApollyCon 2020 and plan to spend the year reading up on all the authors I learned about at the event. The weekend went pretty fast and we grabbed quick meals (read: Door Dash is your friend) between signings at fast-casual chains we don't have in RVA like Nando's Peri Peri and &Pizza




Kat
First of all: The people behind ApollyCon are so well coordinated they probably could have saved Fyre Fest. I feel like so much happened in such a short time, but I'll hit the highlights.

I took a much more laid back approach than Jess. I didn't go to the signings when the doors opened and didn't get up early for tickets. The only ticketed author I wanted to see was Sarina Bowen but nothing of hers I wanted was for sale in the official bookstore. When Bowen's line opened up to everyone a few hours into the signing; I went to see if I could just get a bookmark signed and she told me I could purchase the copy of Steadfast she had on display! She was so nice about it and we even chatted about having the same clear credit card that always gets lost. I can't remember anything book-ish we talked about but it was a pleasure meeting her and narrator Tanya Eby.

I came to ApollyCon with a bag of books from my shelf but I managed to somehow come home with more books than I brought with me? Here is a list of what I purchased:

- Signed by Marni Mann. Her story in the Mixtape anthology left me wanting more so I picked this up. Her husband seemed super supportive and was at her table acting as a great publicist.
Kat's Haul
- Josh and Hazel's Guide To Not Dating by Christina Lauren. I didn't think I'd meet them because they are so high profile but an hour before the signing ended they had literally no line so I rushed out and got this.
- Dusk Til Dawn by Andie J. Christopher. I loved her interview on Wicked Wallflowers and I am so excited for her new book. Plus, she brought her dog along.
- The Corner of Forever and Always by Lia Riley. I chatted with Riley about being an Avon Addict and about a coffee shop in her book. She was so nice and took this book off the display and gave it to me.

I also chatted with Chanel Cleeton, Amanda Bouchet, Miranda Keneally, Sophie Jordan, Andrew Shaffer and Sonali Dev. Everyone was friendly and I felt bad that I couldn't buy physical copies of everyone's books but my digital TBR and library request list has grown.

I thought the decade's themed afterparty was so fun, the costume game was on point. At the afterparty, I spotted Tif Marcelo (after seeing her ApollyCon posts on Twitter) and said hi since she is coming to visit my local indie in May. She was so personable and open.

My other favorite part of this event (and all events) is being around so many readers and specifically these readers who all speak the same language of romance novels. It's always fun to overhear people having IRL conversations about the things I only see on the Bookish Internet.

I hope I can go next year and if so, I want to take time to talk to authors who I am not familiar with.
If you are thinking about going to Apollycon 2020 tickets go on sale May 9th at 8PM and be ready because they go fast!

SIDENOTE
Two authors at the event were reading Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston...can't wait to see the splash this book makes.






Monday, March 25, 2019

AudioFile Magazine’s Picks of the Best New Young Adult Audiobooks for Spring Listening

Spring is finally here and whether you are hitting the road for Spring break or hunkering down for  Spring cleaning you will want to check out AudioFile Magazine's Picks of the Best New Young Adult Audiobooks for Spring to keep you company chosen by Aureila C. Scott !

Finding one’s own true way is full of challenge and reward. Here are our picks of five great new audiobooks about making your own rules and being yourself no matter what. Some edgy, some sweet, some joyful, some weepers. All awesome. [The linked] titles below to reveal AudioFile’s full review and a soundclip. Here’s to having an audiobook in your ear

- Aurelia C. Scott, AudioFile Magazine blogger.




by Jaye Robin Brown | Read by Amanda Dolen


Tantor Media | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner

Amanda Dolen totally channels high school senior Jo Dolan, a devout Christian who moves in with her dad and step-mom in an evangelical small town.  What could go wrong?  Well, Jo is gay and when she finds love, her new girlfriend can’t understand why Jo won’t go public.  Dolen captures Jo’s vulnerability, humor, and determination perfectly.



by In This Together Media, Foreward by Amy Klobuchar | Read by Amy Klobuchar [Fore.], Vikas Adam, Jonathan Davis, Ari Fliakos, Sullivan Jones, January LaVoy, Soneela Nankani, Adenrele Ojo, Nancy Wu, Gabra Zackman

Listening Library | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner

Forty-eight stirring short essays about speaking truth to power and standing up for oneself are terrifically read by some of the best narrators around.  They bring vibrancy and understanding to a huge range of remarkable stories, from former NFL player Wade Davis’s bullying of gay classmates in an effort to hide his own sexuality to Holocaust survivor Fanny Starr remembering what it was like to lose her friends and family one by one in Auschwitz.

  

by Courtney Summers | Read by Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, and a Full Cast

Macmillan Audio | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner, Audie Award Winner

Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner, and supporting actors keep listeners glued to this podcast-like in-the-moment account of a teen on the trail of a killer.  The daughter of a drug addict, Sadie has been left to care for her younger sister.  When her sister is murdered, Sadie sets out to discover the truth in a tense and unforgettable tale about love and revenge.



by Arwen Elys Dayton | Read by Michael Crouch, Karissa Vacker, Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer, Ari Fliakos, Rebecca Lowman

Listening Library | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner

A fine cast of narrators drop us into the middle of a twilight zone tomorrow where you can do so many things to change yourself genetically and surgically.  What would you do for yourself or your kids?  How far would you go?  The interconnected stories in this right-now book are addicting.



by April Genevieve Tucholke | Read by Saskia Maarleveld

Recorded Books | Unabridged | Earphones Award Winner

Saskia Maarleveld beautifully expresses the disparate personalities of the three unusual young women in this enveloping fantasy.  They sell death, you see.  Kind death to those who are ill.  With witchy backgrounds, they have the power to end your life just the way you want.  But what’s really for sale?  And what exactly are they earning?

For more audiobook reviews, features and interviews check out AudioFile Magazine!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Kat's Crooked Kingdom Review (in Gifs)






I finished Crooked Kingdom so it's time for a GIF review! 



Monday, March 18, 2019

2019 YA Books for Black Mirror Fans


One of my favorite shows on Netflix is the science fiction anthology series Black Mirror. It's like The Twilight Zone for the Millennial / Gen Z generation and I've noticed quite a few 2019 YA titles are giving me serious Black Mirror vibes.

"Black Museum" 

The Obsoletes by Simeon Mills
Black Museum and many other episodes of Black Mirror examine what it means to be human and what is considered deserving of humanity. In this debut YA novel, a pair of teenage brothers hide that they are robots from the humans in their small Michigan town for fear of being disassembled.

"Be Right Back"


No One Here is Lonely by Sarah Everett
This is the book that inspired this list. The Black Mirror episode Be Right Back follows a woman who uses a service to recreate a digital and then lifelike version of her dead boyfriend. In this sophomore book from author Sarah Everett, a teen girl falls in love with a digital version of her dead crush.



"Shut Up and Dance"

Swipe Right For Murder by Derek Milman
While I love the more science-fiction Black Mirror episodes, the show is really about how technology affects our lives. In Shut Up and Dance, a teenage boy's bad choices online send him on a blackmail fueled wild goose chase. In Swipe Right For Murder a 17-year-old in New York swipes right on the wrong person and finds himself labeled a cyber-terrorist and on the run from the government.


"Nosedive"

Rated by Melissa Grey
In Nosedive we enter a world where ratings on an app mean everything and watch a woman slowly lose everything as she tries to get more points. In this new book from Girl At Midnight author, the Rating system is everything to the students of the prestigious Maplethorpe Academy.


Bonus Picks!






When Zan moves away from her best friend she starts to suspect something isn't quite right with her best friend's suddenly sunny, vapid social media posts. This sort of sounds like a Marina Joyce situation.


Okay, so I'm not sure this is technically YA but Veronica Roth has a lot of YA appeal. This new release from Roth is a collection of novella-length stories set in the future.

Do you have a favorite episode of Black Mirror ? Let me know of some books you would rec to Black Mirror fans in the comments below !

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Black Enough edited by Ibi Zoboi



I feel like there should be a category on this blog called "Books I Wish Existed When I Was A Teen" because this book would be first on this list.

Black Enough is a wonderful anthology that tells the varied experiences and stories of Black teens; from the suburbs to the hood to the country and even the inner sanctum of heavy metal rehearsals. It's just a masterful blend of experiences. These are not struggles stories, they are funny, poignant and some of them are emotional but they never "gut" you. One of my favorites was Jay Coles' Wild Horses, Wild Hearts which I felt was like "response" to Brokeback Mountain.

I think the book is best read straight through. I'm not a big contemporary reader, so I was glad to see there were two magical realism stories. The titular story, Black Enough, I think really sets the tone for the anthology and the last story is meant to be more reflective. I got snippets of black authors I've been meaning to read and right now Jay Cole is moving up on my TBR list.

I'm all in for these YA anthologies!

Audiobook Review

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Spin Launch Party


A few weekends ago Kat and I had the opportunity to go the launch party for  Lamar Giles's new novel Spin. Giles writes mystery/thriller YA fiction featuring black teens. He is an Edgar Award Finalist, fellow Virginian and most will know him as one of the We Need Diverse Book co-founders. I hadn't even known about the event and I was excited to go because I'd just finished Black Enough and I had questions -- Although now I am seriously wondering how long it will take to get each author in the anthology to sign the book. I also picked up a copy of Fresh Ink because YA Anthologies are a thing I want more of and Giles edited the collection.


The event was hosted by Chop Suey books and held at Hai Y'all, a local Japanese style restaurant. There was a live DJ,  tasty appetizers and an open, positive and upbeat atmosphere. Giles was very personable we talked about fantasy novels and that time he met Stephen King.

Kat and I sat for a while and chatted with the co-founder of Black Men Read, a non-profit that gets young black men reading and talking about books. This group is very impressive and looks to be doing amazing things.

Spin is a mystery/thriller about a Kya, a teen sleuth who teams up with her sworn enemy to solve the mysterious death of the famous DJ,  ParSec, who she used to call her best friend. #ParSecNation




Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Five Modern Memoirs for Black History Month

February is Black History Month! To close out the month here are five of Books and Sensibility's favorite memoirs about African-Americans who are making history today.


I Can't Date Jesus by Michael Arceneaux


Pop culture writer Michael Arceneaux often writes about the intersections of being Black and gay in America. In this debut essay collection, he offers something new to the pop culture essayist genre and I’m sure there will be many more books from him in the future.


We're Going To Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union


The memoir is set up as a  collection of the life stories the Hollywood actress tells after too many glasses of wine. Union's narration is full of charm and authenticity as she dishes about all the celebrity stuff you want; her career, marriages and sex life but also focuses on broad issues like colorism in Hollywood, police brutality and her rape at gunpoint as a teenager.


Hunger by Roxane Gay


Novelist and essayist Roxane Gay details her life story through the lens of her body, which at 6’3 and over 500 pounds is considered super-obese or as Gay calls it an “unruly body”. Gay intersperses essays of her personal experiences with essays about The Biggest Loser, Ina Garten, and the obesity epidemic.

Around The Way Girl by Taraji P Henson



 Around The Way Girl is an inspiring and insightful look into the making of some of Henson’s most memorable moments. Beginning with Henson’s childhood in Southeast DC during the crack epidemic, Henson shows the kind of hustle and hard work it took for her to get her Hollywood dream.




Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! by Marley Dias



This is a fun instructive book by the girl who lead the #1000BlackGirlBooks hashtag. Marley created a movement and in her book, she encourages teens to start their own movements. A must-read for teen book bloggers and budding social activist.





Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Disasters by M.K. England


Rating: ★★★ | 8 hrs. 33 min. | Science-Fiction | Harper Audio | Release Date: 12/18/2018

Nasir “Nax” Hall dream of becoming a pilot and moving to one of Earth’s space colonies is quickly dashed when he washes out of flight school on the first day and is sent packing with three other failed students. But instead of going back to Earth, this unlikely group of strangers find themselves in the middle of a conspiracy and on a high flying journey around the galaxy to save the universe.

I don’t always think you should give a book extra points just for diversity but I’m honestly not sure a book like this would have existed pre-WNDB. It’s a space adventure story with teens of color across the LGBTQ spectrum that is not a struggle narrative. I think this book is perfect for those looking for that representation. England creates a set of characters who we meet are at their lowest points and shows them growing into more than their "failed student"label. On a character level, this book is really interesting.

However, on a plot level The Disasters didn’t work for me. The front cover blurb is from Mackenzi Lee so I was ready for that same fun epic adventure feeling of Gentlemen’s Guide but it never came. I couldn’t buy into in the storyline and I kept blanking out while listening to this and I think a lot has to do with the stakes. The stakes in this story are literally the entire universe and it felt too broad for me to really invest. I  also think the story would have benefited from having POVs from characters besides Nax to open the world up a little more.

The audiobook narrator, James Fouhey, is one of my favorite narrators but this was not my favorite performance of his. I don’t think he quite captured the rhythm of the dialogue and banter England was creating. Also...there is a British character and the accent work is not great.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou



I don’t always read nonfiction, but when I do it’s for the hot tea.

On the surface, Bad Blood is the sensational story of  Elizabeth Holmes, a young ambitious college-dropout turned  CEO who used her access to wealth, power, privilege and influence to cause the downfall of Theranos, a billion dollar company.

As someone who has worked in a lot of offices and seen tons of office politics gone awry, there is something fascinating about hearing someone else’s workplace gossip, drama and scandals; all while knowing those in power are eventually held accountable. I mean it’s maddening some of the things the employees of Theranos had to live with in silence.

Elizabeth Holmes’ rise and fall from grace wasn’t that surprising to me. She had access to a world of wealth and privilege and while I appreciate Carreyrou not outright saying it--- and this probably isn’t fair to say ---it's not surprising that a conventionally attractive young woman who is undoubtedly smart and ambitious could easily pull in influencers. 

I’m not convinced Elizabeth Holmes set out to be a scammer. I think she got herself in too deep and tried to hide from the truth. She surrounded herself with people who refused to believe that she was over-promising because that would mean they sunk millions of dollars into false promises. I mean she was rubbing elbows with former secretary of states, Ex-CIA agents, tech millionaires and people who would later become aides in the Trump Administration.

It’s interesting that Carreyrou was put on the story by a mid-sized pathology blogger-- because pathology blogging is a thing. John Carreyrou makes a point to presents himself in the story as an enterprising investigative reporter who participates in clandestine meetings, goes toe-to-toe with lawyers and his editor to bring the truth to the surface.

Will Damron narrates the audiobook and I’ve been sort of so-so on some of the YA he has done, but his voice works for non-fiction, he has a very instructive quality and he went all in on the few moments that required a slightly cinematic touch.

I think her story of blind ambition, wealth and ego goes hand-in-hand with Billy McFarland from Fyre Festival, her face even appears in Fyre Fraud. Like seriously she and McFarland should do a TED Talk or appear on Celebrity Big Brother together or something . . .  when they get out of prison. Holmes hasn’t been convicted yet, but…come on.







Just as I finished this book ABC News released their podcast about Elizabeth Holes called The Dropout, I mean the podcast is okay, but they just scratch the surface of the story. It is interesting to hear the tapes from her deposition and you get to hear Elizabeth’s trademark voice. Carreyrou is in the podcast and I kind of feel like he should have been the entry point into the podcast since he broke the story.

Also, there is an HBO documentary which has an interesting visual style that I think will be interesting.

Based on how much Holmes reputation meant to her I bet she is fuming about all this.

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