Is it bad that I’m considering ditching my fairy tale class so I can fangirl over a show about fairytales.
I’m gonna make myself go to class, but gosh it’s so tempting.
THAT SNEAK PEEK!
I think the better question is, there’s a class about fairy tales?
We want to go.
I hope I can be clear about this, but my thoughts all day have been a bit muddled, so I apologize if I express myself poorly or come off as defensive or anything.
1. There are deeply problematic relationship dynamics glorified in Twilight.
2. Criticizing misogyny in art is good and important.
3. My concern is that popular work by women receives far more vitriolic criticism from the public (like, in terms of number of demeaning jokes made by Jay Leno*) than popular work created by men.
4. So I think we’re talking about two different kinds of criticism: The totally legitimate criticism we see in literary journals and feminist web sites about misogyny, and the demeaning and dismissive this-sucks-because-teen-girls-like-it-and-everyone-knows-that-teen-girls-are-not-fully-human criticism we see in popular culture.
5. Also, I would like to see equal attention given to the sexism in popular work by men, from Nicholas Sparks to for instance J. D. Salinger. Catcher in the Rye—although I like it very much—is profoundly and disturbingly misogynistic and yet seems to get a critical pass both online and off. This happens a lot, I think, with books by men, and I don’t want male writers (including me!) to get that pass.
6. I might be wrong about any/all of this. I’m wrong a lot, and always trying to learn.
*EDIT: Apparently Jay Leno has retired. You learn something new every day.
This has been a big week for us at FictionCrush, and it’s only Tuesday! Most of the excitement surrounds the release of Saving Yesterday by our own Jessica Keller. Although, I’ve had a pretty great week as well, what with getting an ARC of said book AND picking up Sophie Jordan’s Uninvited from the library (BookCrush post for that book next week)!
But enough about me, we’re here to talk about this:
by Jessica Keller
Her blood holds secrets she never knew existed.
Despite the fact that she acts as a parent to her alcoholic father, Gabby Creed feels pretty normal. But her life is turned upside-down on her seventeenth birthday when a bracelet appears on her wrist and sucks her back through time.
Turns out she’s not even a little bit normal. She’s a Shifter—a protector of humans and of history itself. And she’s not alone. The other Shifters believe Gabby is special, even more special than the mysterious Michael Pace. Oh, and the Shades—seriously creepy creatures who feed off of human despair—are determined to capture her.
It’s all a lot to absorb. So Gabby’s grateful to have Michael as her Trainer—or she would be if she could get her rebellious heart under control. Then again, if the rumors about her blood are true, saving yesterday will be the least of her worries.
On a scale of slightly crushable to totally swoonworthy, Saving Yesterday absolutely gets the latter. Time Travel. Sassy Heroine. Selfless Hero. Tons of Feels. Completely creepy villain. What’s not to love?
Gabby Creed is the kind of girl you want to be friends with—not only because she’s fiercely loyal, but also because she’s majorly snarky. She has the kind of wit I only wish I had. In fact, if I could hire her to narrate my life I would. (Hey, there’s an idea…) Case in point:
Michael Pace is pretty cute for a made-up person. He’s also tragic and flawed and selfless and amazing. I love that he’s attractive but not in the classical way. He seems like the kind of hottie you could actually meet, you know, in real life. But Michael’s best quality is his ability to laugh and smile despite all the pain in his past. I love a brooding hero as much as the next girl, but Michael’s humor makes him unique in the selfless, tortured hero sphere.
Turns out, this makes Gabby and Michael perfect for each other. Gabby needs someone who can appreciate her wit and be strong for her once in awhile. Michael needs someone to stick with him. They complement each other perfectly, and I ship them hard. I know some of you are going to be Team Porter, but Michael and Gabby are hands-down my OTP. So much so that I don’t even think Porter’s on the same playing field here.
I could go on and on about the world (so cool), the shades (seriously creepy), the secrets (what exactly is the deal with Gabby’s blood?), and the cover/design (beyond gorgeous). Instead, I just have one question.
HOW SOON CAN I GET BOOK TWO???