Claire’s #WWCW: Kiersten White

Do you know what day it is? Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today’s featured female author is Kiersten White.

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I have only read one of White’s books, And I Darken, but I was completely blown away. If it wasn’t for the age of the characters, I would not classify this book as YA. The amount of detail relating to everything from clothing to weapons to geography to government structures of the Ottoman Empire included in this story really showcases just how much research White put into writing this book. Her characters are believably flawed and she manages to make you want to root for them even when they’re at their worst. And, their worst can be pretty bad.

For those of you that don’t know, the basic premise of this book is “What if Vlad the Impaler was a girl?”. The answer to that question is one unapologetically vicious heroine who will fight tooth and nail and knives to make sure her person is her own, and that no one else controls the threads of her fate. White isn’t afraid to make Lada a gritty, brutal protagonist, and I can’t wait to see how her character further develops in the next book.

 

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Claire’s #WWCW: Amy Poehler | August 3, 2016

Hello and happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today I am celebrating one of my favorite women ever, Amy Poehler.

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My love for Amy Poehler is about on par with my love of Tina Fey. Like Tina, Amy is a powerhouse to be reckoned with. She acts, she writes, she directs, she produces.  Above all, she is funny.

A few weeks ago I finally got around to watching the final season of Parks and Rec, and OH MY it was such a perfect finale in every way. Parks and Rec manages to be continuously funny without ever being cruel or disparaging. I was always left feeling good after every episode. At the heart of the show is, of course, Amy Poehler. She imbues her character with a relentless optimism and vivacity that manages to make watching a show about government work concerning an Indiana town seem constantly fresh and engaging.

Poehler’s memoir Yes Please is as lively and funny as her sketches. One recommendation: listen to the audiobook. Poehler narrates it herself, and she brings along other famous guests. It is both down-to-earth and funnier than I can ever aspire to be. Five stars.

Claire’s #WWCW: Maria V Snyder | July 20, 2016

Happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today’s shout out goes to Maria V Snyder, author of the Study and Soulfinder trilogies.

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Though marketed as YA, I would classify the Study trilogy as adult fantasy. Maria V Snyder’s writing pushes the YA envelope by being a lot darker, grittier, and sexier than what is usually the norm for the genre. In addition to the intoxicating plot, Poison Study features a female protagonist with amazing character development. Nothing gets me happier while reading a book than a strong leading lady!

Claire’s #WWCW: Renée Ahdieh |July 13, 2016

Happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today’s post is going to be abysmally short because I lack Motivation. Sorry, Renée Ahdieh, I promise to write a longer post about your works soon!

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Ahdieh is the lovely author of the duology which includes The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger. There are a lot of things I like about Ahdieh’s books, including but not limited to: sharp-witted and sharper-tongued female characters, a lush desert landscape with a smidge of magic, a brooding Problematic Fave, danger, mystery, and love–oh my!

(Ahhh this is so short I will probably do a review of this duology soon to atone for how pathetically short this post is.)

If you’re looking for a sultry mysterious book this summer, I highly suggest The Wrath & the Dawn.

Claire’s #WWCW: Jane Austen | July 6, 2016

Happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today I’m honoring Jane Austen.

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When I think of literary “classics”, almost every book that comes to mind was written by a man. Those are largely the books that appear on course lists, the ones that are often touted as masterpieces of literature. In reality, many women have been groundbreaking writers of their time and deserve equal recognition as their male counterparts.

Jane Austen is just one of history’s female writers that was able to have a huge impact on the literary world and pop culture, even today. (My favorite adaptation of Austen’s work is the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film–WHEN HE HELPS HER INTO THE CARRIAGE I NEVER FAIL TO SWOON.) It is one of my long-term goals to read all of her novels. I hope to make progress on that goal this summer with Sense and Sensibility!

Claire’s #WWCW: Laini Taylor | June 29, 2016

Hello, and happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! Today I’m celebrating one of my all-time favorite authors, Laini Taylor.

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Laini Taylor is the author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, a series that makes my heart hurt in the best way possible if I think about it too long. In my opinion, Laini Taylor is the Queen of purple prose–so often when I read a book with flowery writing I end up looking at an oddly phrased metaphor and want to shout “WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!” at the author. Is it a pretty turn of a phrase? Sure. Does it mean anything beyond that? Usually, no. With Laini Taylor’s writing, not only is it poetic and lovely but everything is filled with emotion and meaning. Her books are absolutely addicting, and had me hooked from line one:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

It did not end well.

How can you read that and not be compelled to finish the book immediately?! Obviously, that’s exactly what I did. To read more about Daughter of Smoke & Bone, click here! I highly encourage you to read it, this is a story that stayed with me long after I turned the last page.

Lucky for us, she is coming out with a new book, Strange the Dreamer, this year!

 

Claire’s #WWCW: Jenny Han | June 22, 2016

Hello, and happy Woman Writer Crush Wednesday! This week marked the official start of the summer, and to celebrate today I’m featuring Jenny Han, author of The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

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Jenny Han’s books are perfect for a trip to the beach–engaging from the start, full of romance, and super easy to breeze right through. Her books manage to have a lighthearted feel, even when dealing with serious issues. It’s been years since I’ve read the Summer trilogy but from what I remember her characters had me swooning and longing for the beach.

If you’re looking for an easy read this summer, you should definitely check Jenny Han out!