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Ten’s Gretchen McNeil: How to Make Serial Killers Fun

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Gretchen McNeil is not only an incredibly talented author, she’s also a professionally trained opera singer, a natural performer, and one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. The hit YA author is probably best known for her book Ten, which won numerous awards before being turned into a Lifetime original movie. Then, just to cement her place in our hearts as the reigning queen of YA horror, she came out with with the two book Don’t Get Mad series, with Get Even being released in 2014, and the follow-up Get Dirty in 2015. Now, she’s back with a new YA horror novel, #MurderTrending. But this one’s doing something new, which is showcasing McNeil’s natural affinity for comedy. While we all know that comedy and horror together can…

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Tara Isabella Burton’s Debut and Deadly Relationships

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This year, we’ve seen a lot of books that seem to just raise the bar on what we can expect from literature in terms of mesmerizing plots, spellbinding characters and twists no one ever saw coming. But debut novel Social Creature, with its eye-catching cover that stops you in your tracks may just have raised the bar above all the others. Equally hypnotic and provocative, the novel focuses on the friendship between two women: Louise living on her own, barely making rent with no real relationships with anyone, not even her own family; and Lavinia, living in an apartment on the Upper East Side, funded by her parents, and taking part in everything the high life in New York has to offer.…

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‘The Eves of Our Destruction’: Can Citizens be Ignorant and Free at the Same Time?

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As authors, we tend to specialize in writing fiction or nonfiction. A few writers are able to successfully write both entertaining fiction and erudite nonfiction but in a terrible irony, increasingly, our society seems to be so easily manipulated in blurring the distinction. In 1816 in a letter to John Adams, Jefferson wrote, “bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant.” I have been wondering lately if it is possible to be free and ignorant at the same time. This is very troubling to me because in the last few years and particularly this year, what counts for knowledge and facts has been so blurred, I don’t think we can know the difference.…

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Tall Poppies Review: Past and Present Become Chaos in Amy Impellizzeri’s ‘The Truth About Thea’

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At BookTrib, we are constantly searching for the best ways to connect readers with writers, opening their eyes and worlds to fresh ideas! This is how we came across a wonderful group known as the Tall Poppies, who are not only avid readers, but extremely talented writers as well! This week we gain some insight on Amy Impellizzeri’s novel The Truth About Thea.  The Truth About Thea by Amy Impellizzeri is a page-turner that’s innovative, current, and thoughtfully rendered. When entrepreneur Thea is diagnosed with a pathological addiction to creating fake social media identities for her clients, she begins a court-mandated program of treatment with therapist Will Cann. Ordinarily, this is when things would begin to get better. But there…

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Overnight Celebrities: Flipping Social Media Fame Into Bestsellers

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Social media has been the new route to fame and celebrity for nearly a decade.  Following the path led by the Kardashians, a bumper crop of internet famous celebrities have also parlayed their newfound popularity into something more.  If pink is the new black, then books are the new market for social media stars to conquer.  Our favorites from YouTube, Instagram, and other platforms have not only started writing books, they are turning these books into bestsellers.  Poignant reflections, riveting horror, laugh-out-loud funny, and tough coming-of-age stories abound in this list of fresh and exciting books by the social media famous that are soon-to-be all the rage online and in stores!   Mirror, Mirror: A Novel, Cara Delevingne From international supermodel-turned-actress, known for…

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Reese Witherspoon’s and Other Celebrity Book Clubs: Read Along with Your Favorite Stars

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Admit it. You get a little excited every time you see a celebrity caught by the paparazzi with a book in their hand. You have one of those moments where you realize that even though they are staggeringly beautiful and stunningly successful and talented, they are just like us after all because they read! In fact, some of them read so much that they have even created their own book clubs (Thank you, Oprah!). Here, we hitch our wagon to some stars and take a look at how they share their favorite books. The RW Book Club The “RW” in the RW Book Club stands for none other than Reese Witherspoon. The club is…

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YouTube Star Hannah Hart’s ‘Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded’

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With a Youtube show titled My Drunk Kitchen, where social media star Hannah Hart gets drunk and dubiously tries to cook (or bake) things, you would expect her memoir to be lighthearted, comedic, even self-deprecating view of her life – on the contrary, however; Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded is a poignant, introspective memoir. About to turn 30, Hart is able to look back on her life, and recount it with a maturity and understanding that is beautiful and incredibly human. Growing up in relative poverty, with a schizophrenic mother, and a homophobic, deeply religious father, Hart is brutally honest about what it was like for her and her sister growing up. From the rules that were in place when her…

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Melissa Falcon Field and the risks of social media

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Melissa Falcon Field alights on the literary fiction scene with her spell-binding debut novel, What Burns Away (Sourcebooks Landmark, January 2015). In a delicately woven tale of temptation and loyalty, new mom and protagonist Claire Spruce’s high school sweetheart resurfaces via social media at a vulnerable time in her life. Claire’s husband, a career-driven cardiac surgeon, is usually hospital-bound when she most needs his support as she faces the daily challenges of raising the couple’s young son and trying to settle into a life in frigid Wisconsin as a reluctant Eastern seacoast transplant. What Burns Away will hit close to home for today’s parents, challenging the reader’s understanding of a new mother’s complicated feelings about herself, her child, her partner,…

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How to seize digital opportunities without undermining real-world relationships

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As the self-proclaimed BookTrib Nerd and digital native, this book by Sarah Granger came across my desk and I was immediately intrigued. In a world of selfies, Instas, tweets and likes it’s hard not to get completely wrapped up in the hype of social interaction on the Internet. A daily activity becomes addiction and before you know it you’re checking Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, emails, and texts 374 times a day and neglecting “real life.” But it doesn’t have to be seen that way, in the excerpt below, from Sarah’s book The Digital Mystique, she bridges the gap between past and present interactions amongst humans and takes an empowering stance on how to seize digital opportunities without undermining real-world relationships. Why…

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