Stefani Sloma

Ten Children’s Books You Don’t Have to Be a Child to Appreciate

Ten Children’s Books You Don’t Have to Be a Child to Appreciate

There’s been this whole debate recently that adults shouldn’t read young adult literature ever, which makes one assume that children’s literature is the lowest of the low for adults. I, for one, am a believer that you should read whatever the heck you want to read: children’s books, classics, new adult, sci-fi, etc. If you’re […]

 Stefani Sloma

Book Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Book Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

This weekend, I’ll be attending the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, GA. I’ll be covering the festival for WatchPlayRead, and I have the amazing opportunity to interview a few authors while there. Adi Alsaid is one of them, so I thought I’d review his debut novel, Let’s Get Lost, for you here!   LET’S GET LOST AUTHOR: Adi Alsaid […]

 Stefani Sloma

Book Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Book Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

This weekend, I’ll be attending the Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, GA. I’ll be covering the festival for WatchPlayRead, and I have the amazing opportunity to interview a few authors while there. Jennifer E. Smith is one of them, so I thought I’d review one of her books, The Geography of You and Me, for you […]

 Stefani Sloma

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

When I read a contemporary novel, I expect certain things: cute romance, loyal friends, sweet dialogue and a character that has a fair amount of growth throughout the novel. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any of these things with this book. TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE AUTHOR: Jenny Han PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for […]

 Alan Smithee

Outlander: Ron Moore’s New Show

Outlander: Ron Moore’s New Show

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnaqypyJDHs This past week at SDCC, we caught a glimpse of sooooo much new geek to go crazy over! While I’ve never read more than a chapter or two from the Outlander book series by Diana Gabaldon, I’m fairly certain that when it comes to Starz on August 9th folks will go crazy for it […]

 Sarah Eitelberg

Book Review: Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels

Book Review: Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels

Everyone wants that magic advice that will unlock the door into mastering an art; be it painting, sculpting, or even writing comics. A simple phrase that clicks your brain into understanding an ancient secret that pros have been using for years or a detailed map of all the steps needed to become the next Stan […]

 Stefani Sloma

Revisited: John Dies at the End by David Wong

Revisited: John Dies at the End by David Wong

We here at WatchPlayRead have been talking about starting a feature in which we revisit books that we have read and loved. Honestly, the first book that came to mind for me was John Dies at the End by David Wong. It’s not a classic, nor is it really what some would call “literary genius,” […]

 Stefani Sloma

Book Review: The Museum of Intangible Things

Book Review: The Museum of Intangible Things

Fair warning: This is not your typical YA road trip novel. I don’t want you to expect it to be something it’s not. I’m glad that I knew that The Museum of Intangible Things dealt A LOT with mental illness before I started, because it wasn’t what I expected from the cover and blurb, and […]

 Stefani Sloma

Successful Kickstarter Campaign Means the Return of Reading Rainbow

Successful Kickstarter Campaign Means the Return of Reading Rainbow

Did you guys know that one in four kids in the US will grow up illiterate? I didn’t, but LeVar Burton sure does. The well-known host of Reading Rainbow has not given up on these children and the show’s mission to promote reading and literacy in kids everywhere. In 2012, Reading Rainbow launched its iPad […]

 Hayley Knighten

Olde School – A new age of hard knocks

Olde School – A new age of hard knocks

Fairy tales merge with the modern era in Selah Janel’s dark fantasy adventure Olde School. “Caught in a tug of war between past and future, that’s what I am.” Paddlelump “Padd” Stonemonger is a business man first and a troll second. He runs a successful troll bridge that leads to a beautiful clearing and a […]

 Hayley Knighten

Book Review: The Truth About Alice

Book Review: The Truth About Alice

Jennifer Mathieu packs a punch. Her debut novel opens with rumors of Alice Franklin, the girl they say slept with two guys at a party. The girl who caused Brandon Fitzsimmons to die in a car accident. She used to be cool. She used to be well-liked, so what happened? Setting us straight are four […]

 Hayley Knighten

Moretz to Star in The Fifth Wave, Dark Places and If I Stay

Moretz to Star in The Fifth Wave, Dark Places and If I Stay

Chloë Grace Moretz has signed on to play Cassie in the movie adaptation of Rick Yancy’s young-adult, science-fiction novel “The 5th Wave” Later this year, Moretz will also star in “If I Stay” and “Dark Places: A Novel“. All three of these films are based on books. But these aren’t just books. These are really […]

 Hayley Knighten

Top Five Young Adult Fiction Clichés

Top Five Young Adult Fiction Clichés

Seven years, four books, and five awful movies ago Twilight was released and since then the young adult genre has exploded with new paranormal romance titles. Say what you will about Twilight, but that one book has since altered the entire genre, doing for YA novels what Halloween did for horror movies. Now the following […]

 Carleigh

The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

Welcome to the city of Cincinnati. It is 40 years after the T4-Angel virus wiped out 25% of the human population, and the Inderlanders have come out of the woodwork. Vampires, Weres, and Witches are just the tip of the iceberg. Humans have moved to the city, grouping together in fear, leaving the suburbs, known […]

 Kyle J. Steenblik

JK Rowling second-guesses pairing Hermione and Ron, fans explode.

JK Rowling second-guesses pairing Hermione and Ron, fans explode.

Now it seems there are three camps of Harry Potter fans, pro Ron, anti-Ron, and those that couldn’t really care less about a two fictitious character’s relationship. I have my own opinions on the matter; if you have any attachment to these characters, it’s nearly impossible to have some form of opinion. My opinions here […]