Today on Tales of the Ravenous Reader I have the pleasure of interviewing local author Lily Anderson. I can’t believe that I have been reading her books for years and that she is probably one of the authors that lives closest to me and yet I have never interviewed her. I think she is wicked cool and she just wrote a book you might have heard of, UNDEAD GIRL GANG and it features a Latina Wiccan and some undead ladies that will leave you howling with laughter and cheering them on with it’s strong theme of female empowerment. Have you read it yet? Or even listened to it? If not then you really need to because you will not be disappointed.
I had the pleasure of reading UNDEAD GIRL GANG earlier this year but when the opportunity came to listen to it. I could not resist and I am so glad that I did for it was like experiencing a whole new book and I enjoyed it so much more.
My love for all things Wiccan and Feminism increased by the power of three with this novel. The storyline was relatable, the dialogue witty and sharp and the relationships between all the characters provided the right amount of “life” to keep me engaged. I especially enjoyed Mila’s inner monologue that would leave me in tears from laughter and I enjoyed how she was portrayed as a tough girl with a gooey center. She had heart and she cared about her best friend, enough to bring her back from the dead to find out what happened to her because she could not fathom her BFF taking her own life. Yet, with all things magical there can be a bit of problem and what story would we have without some issues? This is where the story gets quite interesting because not only does Mila bring back her friend but she also brings back to enemies and if you think this story isn’t twisted enough. You ain’t seen nothing yet.
It is through this temporary arrangement that these ladies from an unusual bond and that they are able to reach an understanding in sisterhood that you cannot help but admire. I found myself rooting more Mila and my Latina pride swelled up as she took charge and was able to exceed her expectations and become more than she ever thought she could be.
I recommend listening to the audio that is so fantastically narrated by Rebecca Solar. She brings a fresh sound to this story and makes you feel what these characters are going though so well. If you have the chance I say take it and listen to it.
|Cover designed by Corina Lupp and
photographed by Michael Frost
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Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books–well, maybe not comic books–but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all.
The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on–and they might not pick the same side.
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Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.
1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.
What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she’s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?
This summer’s going to be great.