Necole’s Book Corner

Review: Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson

Allegedly By: Tiffany Jackson Synopsis: Mary killed a baby when she was nine-years-old. Allegedly. She was put into juvie and now, in a group home, Mary is faced with a decision that could change the trajectory of her whole life. Does she tell the truth and and risk someone else’s freedom for her own? Or has she been living the truth all this time and has been fooling everybody? First Line: Some children are just born bad, plain and simple. Favorite Quotes: “What does it mean when you love and… Read More

The Blackest Book in YA

I’ve followed Angie Thomas on Twitter for a while now. I first heard about her after she shook up the publishing industry when 13 houses basically duked it out (legit, everybody) to get their hands on her debut novel, The Hate U Give (T.H.U.G). If you haven’t made the connection yet it’s just like Tupac’s iconic stomach tattoo, T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. Eventually, Balzer + Bray won the war and acquired the book, and since then there’s been a buzz around this novel that just isn’t going away! The movie adaptation is already… Read More

2 Marketing Lessons to Learn from UO’s Recent Fail

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you and every other American has been trying to get their hands on the Nintendo NES Classic. If you’re completely unfamiliar with what I am referencing, it is basically a mini version of the Nintendo gaming system that you or your children most likely obsessed over in the 90’s. When Nintendo released the mini version of the console it sold out within minutes. Reliable gaming places all over the world such as, GameStop and even retail places like Target, Wal-Mart and Toys R… Read More

Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun is Also a Star By: Nicola Yoon Synopsis: Natasha is a girl of facts. Fact: She’s an illegal immigrant and today she is getting deported. Fact #2: There is a small chance she can stop it. Fact #3: She will not fall in love with the cute guy she meets. Fact #4: Fate does not exist. Daniel is a guy of dreams. Poetry is his outlet for his strict upbringing. When he misses his interview for Yale, and runs into a beautiful girl, he considers it fate. Taking… Read More

Nosotros somos bandidos: 2 ways Pablo Esocbar helped breathe life into my characters

Like most people I got sucked into Narcos. For the ones who haven’t fallen down the rabbit hole of the Medellín cartel in Colombia, consider yourselves lucky. Narcos isn’t a show you can just stop watching. It gets under your skin. You carry it around with you. It sticks to you. Narcos is told from two different sides. The “good” side and the “bad” side. But as the episodes go on, you find yourself getting the two muddled. The show opens with DEA agent Steve Murphy. He is a new… Read More

Write 15,000 words in just 30 days

If you haven’t heard by now, I’m hosting a #15Kin30Days writing challenge in honor of National Novel Writing Month. Writing an entire novel in just 30 days is a huge feat to tackle, and for people like me, who need bite-size goals, this challenge is perfect! If you haven’t signed up, please do so now on the home page. I’ll immediately send you the introductory email that includes the 12-page eBook with the challenge rules and printable calendar to keep a word count throughout the month. If you’re ready to crush… Read More

Game of Fear by Gledé Browne Kabongo

Game of Fear by Gledé Browne Kabongo  Synopsis: A desperate act, an explosive secret, and a diabolical enemy—all part of a treacherous game, with no limits. Overachieving good girl Abbie Cooper has her future all planned out. As senior year at her elite private school kicks off, she has one simple goal: get into the Ivy League. But at St. Matthews Academy, nothing is ever simple. The pressure is overwhelming, the secrets are dirty, and the games are wicked. Abbie has a dirty secret—one that could destroy her chances of… Read More

The Perfect Find by Tia Williams

 The Perfect Find by Tia Williams Synopsis: Jenna Jones can’t even. After public humiliation, breaking up with her very-long-time-boyfriend-slash-fiance, she leaves her prestigious career at a popular magazine and hits the rockiest of bottoms. 40-plus and alone, she decides to get herself together. She begged her arch-nemesis for another job and, armed with new confidence, makes out with a complete stranger one night. That complete stranger turns out to be her new boss’s son. When the two are put together to deliver on a project, Jenna falls hard for baby-faced Eric Combs. He’s literally… Read More

Black Twitter + #YAWITHSOUL

Last night, Justina Ireland, a YA author, tweeted this: [perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] Starting to think that YA is super white just because no black girl would put up with these trifling ass boys. — Justina Ireland (@justinaireland) May 10, 2016 [/perfectpullquote] She remixed popular young adult novels with things black people would have said if we’d been present. *sips tea* She donned the soulful tweets #YAwithSoul and from there, hilarity ensued. Here are some of the greats from last night and this morning: [perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=””… Read More

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

A Fierce and Subtle Poison By Samatha Mabry Synopsis:  For all intents and purposes, Lucas is a spoiled, rich, white kid living in Puerto Rico. He’s been living there since he was young because his father is a millionaire who builds lavish hotels. Ever since he was little, Lucas has been hearing different stories about the house on the end of the street. When bodies start showing up, he’s alarmed. But when he the girl he makes out with washes up on shore two days later – all eyes are… Read More