We believe that young adults love to read a variety of books, including classics and books for “younger readers,” in addition to the books marketed specifically to them.  In this blog, we evaluate books of all types and genres that we think young adults will read.  We hope to say something insightful about what makes the books interesting and that our comments will help you decide if they are worth reading.

We are young, aspiring editors and publishers with a dream to revolutionize the industry and provide the world with quality entertainment.  We understand the disappointment of borrowing a book from the library only to discover the summary on the dust jacket doesn’t match the actual story and the pain of waiting a month for your parents to drive you back so you can borrow something worth your time.  We understand the anger that results from paying money for a Twilight rip-off.  Here, we do not believe in sparkly vampires or second-rate Tolkien imitators with second-rate Dwarfs and Elves.  Here, we still believe that a book can spark the imagination and speak to the soul.  Here, we are Anne Shirley.  We are Gonzalo.  We are Gabriel Syme.  We are the eternal optimists and we believe the imagination can transform the world.  Allons-y!

About the Authors

Briana is an English major who loves classics and fantasy.  Her favorite book is The Lord of the Rings, and Tolkien has had a large influence on her reading, inspiring an interest in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English literature.  When she is not reading, she likes to dance and find ways to annoy Krysta.

Krysta has a special love for classics and fantasy.  She counts Charles Dickens, L. M. Montgomery, C. S. Lewis, and Dante among her favorite authors, but adores J. R. R. Tolkien above all others.  Her favorite punctuation mark is the semicolon.

A Note About Awards

Although we appreciate all the award nominations we have received, we have, after consideration, decided to go award-free as a blog.  Thank you so much to everyone who considered us worthy of being nominated!

64 thoughts on “About

  1. David says:

    I’ve become rather fond of the em dash recently–when used correctly, that is, and not as a substitute for commas–but the reliable semicolon is also one of my favorites; its utility is appreciated by such a verbose writer as I. The ellipsis can also be fun, but tends to be greatly overused, and often for purposes of emphasis which end up seeming corny due to the unnecessary addition; used gratuitously, it is akin to hammering home the point in situations where a bit of understatement is better advised. At least, that is my unremarkable opinion…

    Liked by 4 people

    • Krysta says:

      That was quite witty! It made my day! I think you’d enjoy Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves if you haven’t already read it.


  2. maechs says:

    I can totally relate to the “sparkly vampires” thing 🙂 Hysterical! Anyway, I found your blog through Goodreads – YA books, and wanted to drop by and say hello! I think your blog is fantastic! And I’m following it now 🙂

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  3. j.belk says:

    Hi Briana & Krysta! I am planning to post my tenth Feature with Followers on Sunday (Jan. 24th, 2016 PST) and I was wondering if you guys were interested and have the time to be my second featured follower of 2016! If so, please respond to this comment ASAP or email me at jbelkbooks[at]gmail.com. It will not take much time — I just plan on asking a few questions and obtaining some more insight on your guys’ overall blog.

    If you aren’t aware of this post, I would recommend checking it out here: https://jbelkbooks.wordpress.com/feature-with-followers/

    Thanks so much! (:
    -Jesalin @jbelkbooks


  4. Lia Levina says:

    I love how both of you are fans of Tolkien! I’ve only read The Hobbit, but LotR films definitely captured my heart. Someday, perhaps, I can read the trilogy.


  5. ferventlycurious says:

    Love your blog! I am hoping your reviews will push me towards the classic genre side of reading. I have tried but I struggle so much. 😦
    Either way, I will keep visiting.



  6. simizat says:

    I love your blog! I, too, love to read. Although I am yet to read LotR, I do really love the films and have grown up watching them. C.S. Lewis is one of my faves too 🙂
    Simi ~ simizat.wordpress.com
    P.S. My favourite punctuation mark is also the semi colon 😉


  7. Grab the Lapels says:

    I’m not sure when you originally wrote this page, but I was wondering if you’re both still students. I’m a professor at a small liberal arts Catholic college and am inspired by students with an extracurricular activity like this!


    • Krysta says:

      I’m afraid I wrote the About page about seven years ago when we first started. I think about updating it, but don’t know what to write! However, few people read it anymore so I thought I was safe till you found me out!


  8. Tomás MC says:

    I’m so glad to have stumbled on this gem, two Tolkien lovers! Come over to the Green Dragon, drinks are on me!

    Have followed this blog, can’t wait to see more. 😛


  9. mphtheatregirl says:

    I love both fantasies and classics.

    My first book I am writing is a fantasy itself- Tale of the Cattail Forest. This story focuses mainly on a rather unexpected friendship. In The Cattail Forest, Fairy Frogs and Toads aren’t supposed to close. But what happens when Sparkle, a drawer Fairy Frog, befriends Marge, a toad in need of a friend. A cycle of friendship begins when Sparkle and Marge decide to see if All the Fairy Frogs will befriend All the Toads, but Sarge, Marge’s older cousin tries to prevent and breakup both friendships.


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