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Afterlife with Archie: Volume One | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Genre: Dark Graphic Novel. Number of Pages: 160. Perspective: Third. Location: Riverdale.
The Archie universe takes a dark turn when the teenage witch, Sabrina, unleashes a zombie apocalypse in Riverdale. For a complete summary, you can go here. I am still getting used to graphic novels, but from what I gathered, this is the first volume, which includes the first five books in the Afterlife with Archie series. And as of early 2019, there are two total volumes comprised of ten total issues. The issues would be so short, it is definitely worth getting the novels if you want more bang for your buck. However, I know some people prefer to have all of the individual novels for a collection.
As I said, I’m just getting into the graphic novel world. I am in love with the new Sabrina series on Netflix, so I started reading the graphic novels [see my review of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina here]. I got into watching Riverdale because it is produced by the same person as Sabrina. Riverdale is bas…
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An Anonymous Girl | Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

“We all have reasons for our judgments, even if those reasons are so deeply buried we don’t recognize them ourselves.”
Genre: Psychological Thriller. Number of Pages: 375. Perspective: First Alternating. Location: New York City, NY.
Motivated by her need for money, Jessica weasels her way into a psychology professor’s study on ethics and morality. She doesn’t realize that she just threw herself into the psychiatrist’s ruthless and manipulative test for her husband. For a complete summary, you can go here. First of all, I am excited to announce that Judging More Than Just The Cover will be starting a podcast as an extension of our website. The first discussion will cover an in-depth look at this book (and include spoilers). Keep your eye out for that in the next few weeks. So I will keep this review as spoiler-free as possible, which is difficult for thrillers.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story. I pushed through the beginning to keep up with my peers reading the book for the podcast. [It wa…

Valentine's Day: What to Read

February is about love, romance, and tingly feelings. Here are my favorite feel-good books to read around Valentine's Day (Happily Ever After ending required).

I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story."
Genre: Young Adult/Romance. Number of Pages: 371. Perspective: Alternating First. Location: California. 
I’ll Give You The Sun follows a set of twins, Jude and Noah, through middle school and high school. The perspectives alternate between Noah’s, when the twins are still close at the ages of 13 and 14, and Jude’s, when they are 16 and no longer speaking. It pieces together a puzzle of tragedy, secrets, and longing for forgiveness. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Wow. I have been in a review rut lately. I’ve been waiting to write reviews for a while after finishing a book, but I had to write this review immediately after finishing reading. I honestly feel like I am in the middle of a book hangover. I wanted so badly …

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”

Genre: Contemporary. Number of Pages: 327. Perspective: First. Location: Glasgow, Scotland.
Eleanor is cringey and socially awkward with a depressing backstory. Her life is very structured and isolated, until she becomes obsessed with a rockstar. During her quest to change herself to be more appealing to the singer, she becomes unlikely friends with the IT guy from her work. For a complete summary, you can go here.

My main issue with this book was that it felt like it was set up to be a thriller. (Maybe that’s why they changed the cover to a more literary vibe). There was an element of surprise, but the build-up was too big and there were too many clues that made it feel like a bubble, rather than an explosion of a reveal. It also left me questioning a lot of events f…

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before | Jenny Han

"When someone's been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit."
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary. Number of Pages: 355. Perspective: First. Location: Charlottesville, VA.
Lara Jean writes love letters to all of her past crushes—five in total—including one to her older sister’s recent ex-boyfriend. She keeps them hidden in a hatbox, never intending to actually send them. Until one day someone sends them out without her knowing. For a complete summary, you can go here. I picked this one up because I’ve been seeing it everywhere and I wanted to read the book before watching the Netflix adaptation. I usually don’t read young adult romance, but this one was too popular to ignore (and, yay, for diverse main characters). 
When I first started this book, …

It’s a Writer Thing -- Writer’s Block Series: Part 1

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 
“It doesn’t matter how many words you wrote the day before … every day you start fresh again with the same blank page or that same blank screen.” —Lincoln Child
Hello, Wonderful Writers and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun holiday season. 
Are you ready for the new year? Have you solidified your goals? Done up your dream boards for everything 2019 will bring? Do you know what writing and revision projects you’re going to be working on? Yes? Hooray!
Or, are you feeling a little stuck? 
Yeah, that is a thing too. And it can be worse when everyone else around you is feeling empowered and ready to go for the new year. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. (And if you’re among the empowered right now, yay! But keep reading, because this post might come in handy in the future.)
I, too, have been focusing on my goals and areas of personal and professional growth for 2019. I’m also working on the first revision of my current WIP. For this revision, I have…