Archive Monthly Archives: July 2019

Fate vs. Free Will with Breeana Shields

In a world where bones have magical powers and are able to tell secrets of the past, present, and future, things can get a little complicated. This is especially true for Saskia whose mother is a Bone Charmer. It’s her responsibility to tell seventeen year olds, including Saskia, what their futures hold.  

When Saskia is assigned to be a Bone Charmer herself and is paired with a partner she hates, she is infuriated that her mother chose this particular path when there were other options. As they argue over her future they cause a fracture in one of the bones.

Now the bones, and Saskia’s future, are split. She will have to live two different timelines simultaneously until she can make things right again. But which path will she choose?

“I was trying to explore the ideas of fate and free will and what roles those play. What do we get to choose and what is meant to be?” Breeana Shields said about her third novel, The Bone Charmer. “I hoped readers would think deeply about those things.”

Interview with author Breeana Shields of Poison's Kiss and The Bone Charmer. Originally published in Issue 13 of Curiositales Magazine in July 2019

Interview with author Breeana Shields of Poison's Kiss and The Bone Charmer. Originally published in Issue 13 of Curiositales Magazine in July 2019

Read our full interview with Breeana Shields of  The Bone Charmer in the July 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Kelsey Bjork.

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Society’s Invisible Kids with MG Hennessey

When kids in foster care turn 18 years old, 20 percent of them instantly become homeless—they’ve aged out of the system. It makes sense, then, that one out of every four kids who age out neither graduate from high school, nor get their GED. These startling statistics reveal how our society lets down a lot of children. Author M.G. Hennessey took her firsthand knowledge of the foster care system and used it as the inspiration for her latest middle grade novel, The Echo Park Castaways. The book, which will be released this month, provides readers with a window into experiences that may be far removed from their own. 

“I actually work with foster kids, so the subject is near and dear to me,” Hennessey explained. “You don’t see that many accurate representations of what they go through every day. My initial idea for this was Stand By Me meets The Boxcar Children. My kids love those books and it’s a little sad that there’s no modern version of that, even though the foster care system has exploded over the last decade—especially here in Los Angeles.”

Interview with author MG Hennessey of The Echo Park Castaways and The Other Boy. Originally published in Issue 13 of Curiositales Magazine in July 2019.

Interview with author MG Hennessey of The Echo Park Castaways and The Other Boy. Originally published in Issue 13 of Curiositales Magazine in July 2019.

Read our full interview with MG Hennessey of  The Echo Park Castaways in the July 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. By Juliet White.

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The New Adult Phenomenon

Harry Potter has defeated Voldemort, Katniss Everdeen has overthrown the government, Simon Spier has graduated from high school. Now what?

There is a definite gap in the market when it comes to books for post-adolescents who crave something more than the average coming of age story found in your usual young adult novel. Many readers between the ages of 18 and 29 find it difficult to obtain reading material that reflects the struggles in their brand new adult lives. 

They have passed the stage of puberty and high school and now have been thrust into the adult world. This change in the lives of newly appointed adults is a shock to most and they cannot relate to the trivial challenges of teens in books anymore. 

The ‘new adult’ genre has been talked about a lot recently, but little to nothing is known about this genre as it is overlooked by many publishers and booksellers. A lot of these books have been categorised incorrectly as many see the ‘new adult’ genre as a hoax or a money-making scheme. I asked a few of my fellow bookstagrammers and book bloggers if they had ever heard of the genre called ‘new adult’ before:

The New Adult Genre Phenomenon. A look at the NA genre. Originally published in Issue 13 of Curiositales Magazine in July 2019.

The New Adult Genre Phenomenon. A look at the NA genre. Originally published in Issue 13 of Curiositales Magazine in July 2019.



Read more in the July 2019 issue of Curiositales. By Mieke Göttsche .

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Fiction Food July 2019

Recipes inspired by Breeana Shield's The Bone Witch.

[…] long skewers threaded with tender chunks of meat and crisp vegetables […].

[…] bowls of sugared berries, and braided loaves of butter-glazed bread.”

Recipes inspired by MG Hennessey's The Echo Park Castaways.

“But so far the kid hadn’t said a word, not even to ask for salt, even though it was tough to get through Mrs. K’s “meat loaf surprise” without it. […]. […] and she’d shower me with kisses and then we’d have chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.”

Get the recipes in the July 2019 issue of Curiositales magazine. Created by Elle Jauffret, @fictionfoodchef.

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Around the World July 2019

The Collectors Treasury, South Africa

The Collectors Treasury is a bookstore in South Africa. It is known to be the biggest second-hand bookstore in the Southern hemisphere; but rest assured, the  Klass brothers  who have been running the store for over 40 years will be able to guide you through the 8 story emporium and locate any book you desire.

It's a must visit for bookworms and non-bookworms alike!

written by Nasirah Kathrada 

Read more about this book store in the July 2019 issue of Curiositales.

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Share Your Shelf with Breeana Shields

    Each month we ask our featured authors to share their favorite bookish items. Here's a few of Breeana's:

  • Idea journalI love having a pretty place to jot down new ideas or bits of inspiration. My favorites are these journals from Paperblanks. They look like vintage books!
  • Cozy Sweater- I run cold, so I’m always wrapped in a big oversized sweater while I write. The warmer, the better.
  • Pencil cup- The pencil cup on my desk is a replica of Hemingway’s typewriter. Useful spot for all my #2 Ticonderoga pencils and inspiration all in one.

  • Read her whole list and check out the interview in the June 2019 issue of Curiositales.

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Share Your Shelf with MG Hennessey

Each month we ask our featured authors to share their favorite bookish items. Here's a few from MG Hennessey:

My go-to coffee mug- This was my Mothers’ Day present a few years ago, and it’s my all-time favorite mug. Because aside from the actual coffee IN the mug, there’s nothing more inspiring than skimming some of the best lines ever written.

My trusty HRC hat- Whenever I get stuck on a plot point, I’ve found that getting up and going for a walk usually helps sort things out. And since I live in sunny LA, a hat is always a must! This “Love Conquers Hate” hat from the Human Rights Coalition comes in 4 colors, has a great message, and buying it benefits an amazing organization

Book letters- I have these in “M” and “G” and they’re the coolest bookends ever. They’re my go-to gift for friends who are readers and/or writers (really, they’re great for anyone!)

Read her whole list and check out the interview in the June 2019 issue of Curiositales.

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Meet @kimannereads

Tell us about yourself and why you bookstagram:

My name is Kimberly Anne and I was a total Twihard! No LOL. Let me start over. Hi, I’m Kimberly Anne and I just graduated from university with a Bachelor’s in public relations and minor in marketing. Since being back home from school, I’ve reconnected with my love of reading. I used to read constantly when I was little, up until high school. I jumped back into reading with CoBaB by Tomi Adeyemi and was so anxious that it was over that I served Youtube to find reactions or reviews of the book. That’s how I stumbled unto booktube, which lead me to bookstagram (and the rest is history, as they say). I love bookstagraming! It’s another fantastic way for me to connect with the book community and also discover new and interesting books I otherwise wouldn’t hear about.

Read the whole feature on Kimberly Anne from @kimannereads in the July 2019 issue of Curiositales!

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Meet @thebibliotheque

Tell us about yourself and why you bookstagram:

When I first opened my bookstagram account, not in a million years I would have expected to get where I am today. Many will assume I am talking about my following, and to a certain extent I sort of am. But to me, bookstagram is much more than just having people liking my photos and following me. Bookstagram allows me to escape the real world and get lost in one of my passions. Books. Literature. The love of the written word. I am extremely grateful for every person that is willing to connect with me over a book or a fandom, and I will enjoy and juice every single moment I get as long as I can.

Read the whole feature on Elena from @thebibliotheque in the July 2019 issue of Curiositales!

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Meet @alexa.reads

Tell us about yourself and why you bookstagram:

My name is Alexa and I’m a 22-year-old bookstagrammer from Connecticut. I bookstagram because I love being able to connect with other readers and discover new-to-me books and authors! I’ve loved to read every since I can remember, but growing up, I never really had anyone to discuss books with. So when I came across the bookstagram community and saw the way that other readers were connecting over their shared love of reading, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. By starting my bookstagram, I completely rediscovered my love for reading and I’ve been here ever since!

Read the whole feature on Alexa from @alexa.reads in the July 2019 issue of Curiositales!

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