THE BEST SOUNDING BOOK I’ve found in my perusal of news this week is the Emery Lord young adult novel, The Start of Me and You, which is out now.
Emery Lord came upon the YA scene last year with Open Road Summer, her contemporary debut. But from what I’m hearing, it’s her follow-up novel that strikes a chord. The Start of Me and You follows a teenage girl whose boyfriend drowned in a tragic swimming accident. But Paige, our heroine, is tired of being that girl—the one everyone looks at with sympathy. So she embarks on a new school year with a plan that includes dating the boy she has crush on and eventually learning to swim again. Of course, if teenage years teach us anything, it’s that life doesn’t always go according to plan.
Lord crafts a poignant look at what it’s like to deal with love, loss, and teenage years. The Start of Me and You is a fresh fish in an ocean of contemporary YA (that’s a paraphrase from the reviewer. The book is a little cheesy and slightly predictable. But the heart of the story overshadows all of that.
The reviewer quotes a passage in the book that is absolutely fabulous and could be true for all books everywhere.
“In books, sometimes the foreshadowing is so obvious that you know what’s going to happen. But knowing what happens isn’t the same as knowing how it happens. Getting there is the best part.”
DONNA, YOU MAY KNOW THAT I love—nay—adore! Fairy Tales. And I’ll reveal right now that my favorite fairy tale ever is Beauty and the Beast. But I bring up fairy tales tonight, not to discuss the romance in them, although that’s a large part of what I’m about to talk about.
I bring them up because I love to COLOR! Yes! Color! When’s the last time you colored, Donna?
Now my coloring these days is done with colored marker pens rather than crayons, and I’m not coloring on that kind of terrible, dish-water beige newsprint paper that tears if you try to bear down too hard. No… tonight I’m talking about
Adult Coloring Books. If you’re a romance reader or a romance author or if you were EVER a child… you’ll have a fit over these wonderful, beautiful bound books that are available for not too much money.
My #1 source for coloring books is Dover Publications. There are such wonders there! I personally own The Great Fairy Tales Coloring Book, Famous Fairy Tales Coloring Book, and quite a few others.
On my to-be-bought list are The Nutcracker Ballet Coloring Book, The Beauty and the Beast Coloring Book (naturally), The Hans Christian Anderson Coloring Book and Gobles Fairy Tale Illustrations Coloring Book. Gobles is pretty expensive at $14.95 but many of the others are very reasonable.
Great Fairy Tales is around $3.99 and Hans Christian Anderson is $5.99. And Donna, these are not your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade coloring books. They are intricate and beautiful, with rich backgrounds and lovely heroes and heroines. They will make you fall in love with your favorite fairy tales and heroes all over again.
And if some of our listeners are, like you Donna, more interested in Historical Romance than in Fairy Tales, you can buy The Story of the Civil War Coloring book, Kings and Queens of England Coloring book. And… besides just
coloring books, there are Fashions of the Old South Paper Dolls, American Family of the Colonial Era Paper Dolls, and just for you,Donna, Jane Austen Paper Dolls.
All these books and more can be found on the website, http://store.doverpublications.com/
Also, on my blog at mallorykane.com, you can see the covers of some of the coloring books and paper doll books I’ve mentioned tonight.
That’s all for romance news tonight, Donna.