Friday, October 9, 2015

Guest Post: Take on Minerva Zimmerman

Today Minerva Zimmerman, author of the newly released TAKE ON ME is here to talk about her day job. Now, I've read a few posts about writers' day jobs, but right now Minerva is winning. Take it away!

Take On Me is the first book in a new series called The Shattered Ones. Book 2, Cruel Summer, is out in December, and Book 3, Running Down a Dream, in February.

My day job is that of a mild-mannered (well, slightly snarky) museum collections specialist. I work with stuff. Objects. Physical things. I have come back from vacation to taxidermy ducks in my inbox. I keep petitioning to have my official title changed to “Mistress of Miscellaneous” but so far they aren’t going for it. I work in a museum weird enough and big enough that I once lost a moose head and then found three I didn’t know I had.

I’ve been a writer for longer than I’ve been in museums, and I’ve primarily done my research for fiction online and in books. See, you’d think that the things I find at the museum would find their way into my stories, but it’s actually the reverse.

Which… shouldn’t be possible. Right?

Then came the day that I said to a coworker, “Hey, that looks like a bottle of dried human plasma.” Followed shortly by, “Hey it IS a bottle of dried human plasma. I found the display tag.” Which led to all sorts of awkward questions about why I knew what a bottle of dried human plasma looks like, ESPECIALLY one that has no discernible outward marking like the one we’d found in the museum. “Uh, I’m writing a book. About vampires.” Which it turns out is probably not the best way to answer that question if you didn’t plan on answering a whole lot of follow up questions about what you do with your spare time.

The bottle of dried human plasma in the museum had been beachcombed locally and then sent off for professional analysis many decades before my tenure. Which, I suppose makes it even weirder that I identified it by sight. I’d found out about it from an online article around the time I started writing Take On Me and thought it’d be a pretty funny thing for a vampire to have in his cupboard for emergencies, so I’d done a lot of research and collected several pictures showing bottles of dried human plasma. I knew there was a possibility I’d eventually find an empty bottle, since they were commonly used in World War Two. I always assumed it would be an ebay find or in the back of a weird antiques store. I really didn’t think one would show up at work, and it would still have some dried plasma in it.

It was only a few months ago that a small wooden case with brass fittings showed up in my inbox. After my mis-step with the plasma I knew better than to ask if it was what I thought it was, and waited until I had spirited it up to my office to look at the paperwork telling me it WAS in fact a Civil War-era surgeon’s kit with ivory-handled everything. It still smells like the vinegar that was used to disinfect the surgical equipment. I get to smell history at work. HOW COOL IS THAT?! OK, sometimes it is decidedly stinky, but so phenomenally cool. Of course, a Civil War-era surgeon’s kit doesn’t show up in The Shattered Ones series until Running Down A Dream, so consider this an extra sneak peek into the series and how it continues to bleed over into other aspects of my life.

About the Author
Minerva Zimmerman is a statistically chaotic neutral writer of tragically funny fiction. She lives in rural Oregon and works as a museum professional. She occasionally blogs at and spends too much time on Twitter @grumpymartian.

About Fireside

Fireside Fiction Company was founded in 2012 as a quarterly multigenre short fiction magazine with a focus on great storytelling and fair pay for writers. We've grown into a monthly publication that includes flash fiction, short stories, and serials by Chuck Wendig and Lilith Saintcrow. We've published many new writers, as well as established ones like Mary Robinette Kowal, Ken Liu, Elizabeth Bear, and Tobias Buckell.

We expanded into books this year, starting with Andrea Phillips' Revision and continuing with The Shattered Ones series. And there's a lot more in the pipeline.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Annual October Read

Last year, I took part in Meghan's annual re-read of A NIGHT IN THE LONESOME OCTOBER by Roger Zelazny. I loved everything about the story, the characters, the references to so many favorites, from elder gods to vampire counts to serial killers. Most of all, we have the very best animal characters I've ever read.

We're now into the best month of the year, leading up to the most wonderful holiday in our calendar. I'll be reading Zelazny's wonderful tale one chapter at a time (there are 31).

Are you in?
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: In Midnight's Silence

Back in April I reviewed T. Frohock's Miserere, a fantastic portal fantasy combining magic, religion, betrayals and redemption. The author was here on Monday with a guest post on horror films, and I recently finished Frohock's latest, the excellent IN MIDNIGHT'S SILENCE, part 1 of Los Nefilim.

The novella follows Diago, the offspring of an angel and a daimon. He lives in Barcelona with his lover Miquel, trying to make a living as a musician and teacher, and staying out of the battles between angels and daimons. Soon, he discovers a son he never knew existed, Miquel is in danger, and he will have to risk everything to save both.

This is not an "angels are purely good" tale. While they do not crave the disorder that their counterparts feed on, they are not above sacrificing a child to ensure the greater good. Definitely "ends justify the means" characters here. I enjoyed this aspect not necessarily for the events in this particular novella, but in what is being set up for the next one.

There is magic in the music here, another facet I enjoyed. While we don't go into great detail on the magic system, it was explained enough and shown enough that it made sense. It is also set just before the second world war, a time ripe for conflict.

The characters totally sealed the deal. Diago, just learning how to love again, thrown by the existence of a son, Raphael, he's never met, determined not to abandoned his child like Diago's father abandoned him. Diago was enchanted and raped by Raphael's mother, a fact that Diago has not completely come to terms with by the end of the story, but rather is a work in progress. Miquel, understandably surprised and hurt by the existence of a child conceived while they were a couple, is a source of support. I really loved their relationship. It was not perfect, and you could tell that they had put a lot of work into trusting each other. Raphael, Diago's son, is 6 years old and desperate to be loved and have a home. He is scared, but not completely helpless. The scenes between him, Diago and Miquel are tender and leave you with hope. It's a dangerous world they live in, though.

While it does not end on a cliffhanger, there is absolutely more to the story. Fantastic characters, an interesting world, lots of danger, I will be ready for the next Los Nefilim novella.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Guest Post: Dive into Horror with T. Frohock

David Annandale tagged me recently for my four favorite horror films, and I lost the tweet. Then Kathy said I could write about anything, so I'm going to kill two birds with one stone and go with my four favorite horror films.

Here they are:

Freaks (1932) -- This is a classic. If you've never seen Freaks, you have to watch it just once. In Freaks, the circus performers, who have physical deformities, are honorable and good, but the two people who are physically beautiful are rotten down to the cores of their souls. The original version of Freaks was considered to be too shocking to be released and has since been lost. The version you can buy now is still very edgy for the time period and has some genuine moments of horror. 

The Ring (2002) -- Japanese horror at its finest. I saw the 1998 remake, and it was chilling. This is a cursed videotape with a ghost that comes for you. I loved it. The movie made me jump and squeal, and I'm pretty jaded about horror flicks.

Timecrimes (2007) -- This is a time loop story and the less you know going in, the better. Hector (Karra Elejalde) goes to investigate a young woman, who is disrobing in the woods near his house, but before he reaches her, he is attacked by a knife-wielding man, whose face is hidden by bandages. He runs away, and finds himself at a mysterious compound where a scientist gives him a place to hide and sends him back in time one hour.

This whole thing could get tiresome quick, except that Elejalde does a superb job of making Hector just a little bit more unhinged and evil in each subsequent scene.

Black Swan (2010) -- this is psychological horror at its finest. How far should an artist go in order to express her art? Natalie Portman gives a gripping portrayal of a ballerina, who has become unhinged by her competitive nature. This is probably one of my favorite movies of all time. You will never watch ballet the same way again.

What are your four favorite horror films?

T. Frohock

BIO: T. Frohock has turned a love of dark fantasy and horror into tales of deliciously creepy fiction. Her other publications include everything from novelettes to short stories. She is also the author of the novel, Miserere: An Autumn Tale. Her newest series, Los Nefilim, is coming from Harper Voyager Impulse and debuts in June 2015 with the novella, In Midnight's Silence.

T. lives in North Carolina where she has long been accused of telling stories, which is a southern colloquialism for lying.

In Midnight’s Silence (Los Nefilim: Part I)

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The fate of mankind has nothing to do with mankind …

Born of an angel and a daimon, Diago Alvarez is a singular being in a country torn by a looming civil war and the spiritual struggle between the forces of angels and daimons. With allegiance to no one but his partner Miquel, he is content to simply live in Barcelona, caring only for the man he loves and the music he makes.  Yet, neither side is satisfied to let him lead this domesticated life and, knowing they can’t get to him directly, they do the one thing he’s always feared.

They go after Miquel.

Now, in order to save his lover’s life, he is forced by an angel to perform a gruesome task: feed a child to the daimon Moloch in exchange for a coin that will limit the extent of the world’s next war.  The mission is fraught with danger, the time he has to accomplish it is limited…and the child he is to sacrifice is the son Diago never knew existed.

A lyrical tale in a world of music and magic, T. Frohock’s IN MIDNIGHT’S SILENCE shows the lengths a man will go to save the people he loves, and the sides he’ll choose when the sidelines are no longer an option.
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Recent Reads

How is that 52 Book Challenge going? Having luck with your summer reads? Perhaps you need a few new books for your shelf? Here are a few I enjoyed.

GOTHAM ACADEMY Volume 1 by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl (Illustrations)

This one was a hit at our house. Perfect fit for me and the kids. I had to steal it back from girlchild so that I could finish it. Set in the Batman universe with a teen POV, we follow Olive, a student at Gotham Academy. Something bad happened to her last summer, something she can't really remember. While checking out a ghostly presence at school, she discovers answers for her own personal problems (and tons more questions too, of course). Diverse cast, the illustrations are fantastic, and there was just the right amount of tension and danger.

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TRADE ME by Courtney Milan

Contemporary romance that did not rely on an alpha-hole billionaire, big misunderstanding, or any of the other common tropes that generally make me yearn for a alien or monster to pop out and try to eat the happy couple. Yes, there is a billionaire, but he's not a bad boy. He's actually very nice. He has his issues, of course, and comes from a place of lofty privilege, but he is not an asshole. Tina Chen, our heroine, is smart, struggling to get through school so that she can take care of her family, wracked by guilt and also exasperated by her mother. Very sweet romance that I had no trouble believing. A must for romance fans.

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I read this one just in time for book 2 (CLOCKWORK CROWN). Excellent world, characters and action. Much of the story takes place on an airship, which made me happy. Octavia is a very powerful healer on her way to help a remote village. Ever since her village was destroyed in an attack in the seemingly never-ending war between her country and the Wasters, she's never really belonged anywhere. Soon she is contending with assassination attempts, an attraction to a helpful Steward with his own mysteries, and a realization that her powers are greater than she knew. Many questions on whom to trust, this is definitely a set the stage book. Can't wait to read the next.

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ACCEPTANCE (Southern Reach #3) by Jeff VanderMeer

I have to recommend the entire Southern Reach trilogy (ANNIHILATION, CONTROL, and ACCEPTANCE). I found it creepy, engrossing, many times unsure whether to believe our narrators or not, and in the end, definitely accepting that we would never get a concrete, absolute ending (nor would one have worked). An exploration of themes of what it means to be human, to be a part of nature while also trying to control it, what happens when we fail, and what would we choose in our own Area X. Yep, this is a purposefully vague review. It's a series that just has to be experienced. I am so glad I was along for the ride.

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SLICE OF LIFE: A Multimedia Fairy Tale by Ellie Ann (Author), Lance Schaubert (Author), Gary Morgan (Illustrator), Biaka Zaidarhzauva (Illustrator), Emma Lang(Illustrator), Theo Love (Illustrator), Hezekiah Jones (Illustrator)

This short tale is different in that it incorporates prose, pictures, poetry, illustration, audio scenes, and music to give us this slice of a very dark fairytale. We start with Princess Aura awakening to a very bad scene. She is in chains, unable to use her powers, and the evil Queen is attempting to destroy the lifeforce of earth. Aura will need to make impossible bargains, trust an ex-lover and more to save the day. This fairy tale hearkens back to the very Grimm-est of tales. Gory, bloody, and not terribly happy most of the time. I really enjoyed this peek into Aura's adventures. It made me want more.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summertime! Checking in on the 52 Book Challenge

Happy unofficial start of summer to you! Now is the perfect time of year to look outside at the bright, sunny skies and warm breezes and... close the blinds, lay in bed and read a good book! God, AC is a great invention.

Summer is an amazing time. Tons of new books come out in the hopes of catching people vacationing or heading to the beach. There's more daylight to read by and when it gets too hot staying inside is the best course of action. This is a great season to spend some quality time with your To Be Read pile.

As you know, the 52 Book Challenge states you should read about a book a month to be on pace. This is the 22nd week of the year so tell us what your number is!

I just hit 22. I got a little lazy there for awhile but I am back with a vengeance and I read three books last week alone. My Kindle and I are really getting close. I've slammed through Revision by Andrea Phillips, Three Slices by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S Dawson and Chuck Wendig, as well as Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal.

My nightly re-reads have been derailed for the past few months but I intend to get back on that horse with a summer re-read of HP Lovecraft stories.

So tell me, how many books have you read so far? Are you on pace to complete the 52 Book Challenge? Read anything good lately?

Happy summer reading!  

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

More Books for the Summer Bookshelf

Here's a few more books I'm adding to the kid's shelves for the summer.

THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste

The blurb: "A spine-tingling tale rooted in Caribbean folklore that will have readers holding their breath as they fly through its pages.

Corinne La Mer isn't afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. They're just tricksters parents make up to frighten their children. Then one night Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden forest. Those shining yellow eyes that followed her to the edge of the trees, they couldn't belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

When Corinne spots a beautiful stranger speaking to the town witch at the market the next day, she knows something unexpected is about to happen. And when this same beauty, called Severine, turns up at Corinne's house, cooking dinner for Corinne's father, Corinne is sure that danger is in the air. She soon finds out that bewitching her father, Pierre, is only the first step in Severine's plan to claim the entire island for the jumbies. Corinne must call on her courage and her friends and learn to use ancient magic she didn't know she possessed to stop Severine and save her island home.

With its able and gutsy heroine, lyrical narration, and inventive twist on the classic Haitian folktale "The Magic Orange Tree," The Jumbies will be a favorite of fans of Breadcrumbs, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon."

This looks like the right amount of creepy and action for my young readers.

EL DEAFO by Cece Bell

The blurb: "Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece's class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends. 

Then Cece makes a startling discovery. With the Phonic Ear she can hear her teacher not just in the classroom, but anywhere her teacher is in school--in the the teacher's the bathroom! This is power. Maybe even superpower! Cece is on her way to becoming El Deafo, Listener for All. But the funny thing about being a superhero is that it's just another way of feeling different... and lonely. Can Cece channel her powers into finding the thing she wants most, a true friend?

This funny perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up hearing impaired is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way."

This award winning graphic novel is a must for the bookshelves. 

THE CASE OF THE TIME-CAPSULE BANDIT (Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective #1) by Octavia Spencer

The blurb: "Meet Randi Rhodes, the world's first ninja detective! Mystery abounds in this delightful new middle grade series from Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer.

Deer Creek is a small town whose only hope for survival is the success of their Founder's Day Festival. But the festival's main attraction, a time capsule that many people believe hold the town's treasure, has gone missing.

Randi Rhodes and her best friend, D.C., are Bruce Lee-inspired ninjas and local detectives determined to solve the case. Even if it means investigating in a haunted cabin and facing mean old Angus McCarthy, prime suspect.

They have three days to find the treasure; the future of their whole town is at stake! Will these kids be able to save the day?"

Had us at "Ninja Detective."

FLURRY OF THE SNOMBIES (Notebook of Doom #7) by Troy Cummings

The blurb: "It's summertime in Stermont! And it's...SNOWING?!

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

In this seventh book, it's summertime in Stermont! Alexander, Rip, and Nikki are at summer camp up in the Gloamy Mountains. And it is REALLY hot! But suddenly, it starts snowing - and with the snow comes the snombies! Snombies are snow monsters that can build armies of themselves! Will the S.S.M.P. be able to stop their coolest monster yet?"

One of the kids' favorite series. Zany monsters and a trio of monster hunters.

LITTLE MISS EVIL by Bryce Leung & Kristy Shen

The blurb: "When you live in a volcano, ride to school in a helicopter, and regularly see your dad on the news with the caption “EVIL GENIUS” underneath his picture, it takes a lot to rattle you.

Until you get a message that says: We have your father. Deliver the NOVA in 24 hours or we will kill him.

What’s a NOVA you ask? It’s a nuclear bomb capable of turning the city into a radioactive mushroom cloud, and ever since Fiona’s dad built it, it’s caused nothing but grief. But telling him to stop building weapons is like telling Michelangelo to stop painting.

And that’s why thirteen-year-old Fiona has a flamethrower strapped to her arm. After all, who’d mess with a girl who can throw fireballs?

Apparently, these guys. Big mistake."

One of those books where girlchild saw the cover and had to have it.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Call of @EldritchSwift

There is nothing I love more than a good Lovecraft parody. Eldritch and spooky and fun? I can't help but adore it. There was the awesome Beauty by HP Lovecraft Facebook account, the wildly popular Dread Singles (@hottestsingles) Twitter account and the Night Vale-esque Nihilist Arby's (@nihilist_arbys) account. There's a new account in town and it's OUTSTANDING. May I have the pleasure of introducing you to @EldritchSwift, a Twitter account that crosses Taylor Swift lyrics with perfect Lovecraftian bon mots of terror and horror.

@EldritchSwift follows the current trend of making outlandish parody accounts focused on Taylor Swift. The most notable one is @SwiftOnSecurity which imagines her as a tech professional. 

@EldritchSwift is the brain spawn of YA author Riley Redgate. In just a short time, it's already amassed a following in the thousands and it's perfect in every single way. I especially love the use of "eldritch" since that is one of my favorite words and my usual online handle.

Each tweet begins as a Taylor Swift lyric or quote and quickly twists, shifts and mutates into a delightful chunk of crawling, shuddering darkness. Each tweet feels effortless and packs a nice supernatural punch. Somehow adding Lovecraftian mythos and themes to Taylor Swift just feels RIGHT, you know? It's currently my favorite account on Twitter and I can not stop retweeting it and marveling at just how beautifully made each horrific message is.

There are only 37 tweets and each one is a masterpiece. You NEED to be following this account. Tell her I sent you. See below for some of my favorites. From one eldritch creature to another, I love you @EldritchSwift.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Facing the Music About Getting Older

Me in a few months
I’m not going to lie, I’m just a touch terrified of turning 30. I was completely fine moving through my 20s, but everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked I turned 29. It felt like I’m careening towards the edge of a cliff without any brakes, like I'm on a deadline I forgot about. I’m examining my life and I find the last 29ish years wanting. I haven’t done anything at all. Plus, all the stuff that’s quirky and adorably weird about me feels like it will instantly become pathetic the second I turn 30. I am not in a good place and I have nearly four more months to dwell on it.

Why am I talking about my absurd age fears? Well, I heard something exceptionally troubling on radio this morning and it drove me into a full blown panic. You see, there are a few things I really, really, whole heartedly, completely and utterly love. Books are one, of course. The other is music. I am a huge music fan and I have over 100 GBs of music on my computer. I’m the obnoxious person who actually buys vinyl records. I have a default playlist of over 600 songs. I was just introduced to Pandora by a friend on Twitter and I’ve already created a dozen playlists. You think my book obsession is bad? MAN, wait until you see my music collection.

With that being said, the alt rock station I listen to when I drive to and from work spoke about an alarming study that claims that most people past the age of 33 just stop seeking out new music. I actually shrieked “WHAT?” out loud as I listened. It’s the most horrifying thing I’ve heard all year. You don’t even understand, books and music are basically my life. Being told I will lose interest in something I love so much is like being told I’ll lose a limb.

As is my wont, I ran screaming to Twitter to have a good break down over it and freak out a little. Since I have the best friends in the world, I was gently talked off my ledge. Our own Megan S was especially kind and pointed out the faulty metrics of the study. It was gone by a streaming music company and not, say, a university or peer reviewed journal. It could all be bullshit. Or it could be true and we’re all DOOMED.

There’s an excellent article on the AV Club about the study with over 900 comments proclaiming it to be completely useless and full of lies. It’s comforting but also slightly worrying, because many do admit to having increasingly unfamiliarity with some of the new acts out there right now.

There’s a saying about technology that I feel applies here. It’s from the always on point and wonderful Douglas Adams. “I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies: 1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. 2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. 3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” It rings true. Think of the usual stereotypes of parents being bewildered using new tech and their children who act like it’s as natural as breathing. I’m a total Twitter addict but my father can’t even pronounce the name of the site correctly. Trying to explain Pinterest to my mother was like trying to explain to a fish how to climb mountains.

I’m not going to lie, I continue to be terrified. I can’t imagine losing interest in new music or new technology. This world is a strange place, do we really lose our wonder of it as we age?
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Urban Sci Fi Fantasy: REVISION

Many times while reading REVISION by Andrea Phillips, I was reminded of the Arthur C. Clarke quote "Magic's just science we don't understand yet."

The blurb: "Mira is a trust fund baby playing at making it on her own as a Brooklyn barista. When Benji, her tech startup boyfriend, dumps her out of the blue, she decides a little revenge vandalism is in order. Mira updates his entry on Verity, Benji’s Wikipedia-style news aggregator, to say the two have become engaged. Hours later, he shows up at her place with an engagement ring. Chalk it up to coincidence, right?

Soon after, Benji’s long-vanished co-founder Chandra shows up asking for Mira’s help. She claims Verity can nudge unlikely events into really happening — even change someone’s mind. And Chandra insists that Verity — and Mira’s newly minted fiance — can’t be trusted."

Quick and dirty review: I had fun reading it. Quick, easy to get into. Given the technical aspect of the power at hand, it falls into the sci fi realm. However, this also had the feel of an urban fantasy, so I'm calling it Urban Sci Fi Fantasy. This isn't romance heavy at all, even with the fiance bit. The main character has a lot of growing to do, and she did irritate me at times, but by the end I was rooting for her.

A little more info: When I first started reading the book, I thought that Mira was trying to make it on her own, but as I got to know her better, it became apparent that she's just been playing at being a grown up. I get wanting to have a low stress job and not fitting into your parents' expectations. Mira, though, felt like she hadn't moved past rebellious teen. She said she didn't want her trust fund, but she also called up the family lawyer if she couldn't make rent.

Then she discovers that her boyfriend's Wikipedia-like site can actually alter reality. At first it just seems crazy. There's no way that typing  a sentence on a website can make a guy go from dumping you to proposing, right? Then she uses it to save a friend, but it doesn't take long to see darker implications. She also meets a mysterious person who warns her about Verity, tries to get Mira to help, but is so distrusting that she herself isn't trustworthy.

It's a jumbled mess for our lead, who along the way starts realizing that she has been wasting her potential and has not been a remarkably good friend.

The tech was interesting but not overwhelmingly heavy or complex. It all seems quite magical. I'm good with magical.

Mira isn't the typical kick-ass heroine. It takes her awhile to figure things out. Once she does though, and has a very important meeting, things clicked into place in rapid succession.

I'll be on the lookout for more from Phillips.

Find pre-order links for REVISION at

[received a review copy]

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