Book Review: Everything You Know

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Hi friends! So, first things first – I have apparently contracted the deathly illness to end them all, so if I’m a tad loopy here or something doesn’t look right, I’m so, so sorry – and when my head isn’t about to explode and I can breathe again, I will repair everything! Second things second – read on to find out about the very fun YA fantasy book I have for you today!

Everything You Know CoverTitle:  Everything You Know

Author:  Mary Beth Bass

Genre:  Young Adult Fantasy (Romance)

Publication Date:  October 18, 2013

Publisher:  Boroughs Publishing Group

Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services, Inc.


handsome guy on the street~ Synopsis ~


Emma Mathews never believed she was like everyone else, but neither did she think herself crazy. Meeting Joe Castlellaw, Henry Dearborn High’s newest student, was like waking on a cold rock in a strange place, the world bathed in liquid moonlight. Everything is different now…and fraught. Visions of a dark forest, a screaming woman and blood have begun to haunt Emma’s dreams, and not only at night. But Joe’s lonely beauty makes her float on air, and she would follow him anywhere–out of high school and through the great tree, to a world of poetry and political savagery, of magic and murder, to a life that is entirely theirs and yet unlike anything they have ever known.

Review: I thought EVERYTHING YOU KNOW was a great twist on classic fantasy novels. I very much enjoyed the grounding in the contemporary world prior to the fantasy elements being added, and Bass does a great job of being suspenseful as she incorporates those elements so the reader isn’t quite sure what’s happening. A sense of unpredictability is always a good thing. Despite all the adventure and excitement, the character development was strong and believable, and I appreciated that despite the slight sense of insta-love, it was justified by being rooted in tradition and custom, and Emma, the MC, still made it a point not to let herself get too swept away or allow Joe to make her make choices she wasn’t comfortable with. There were times where it felt as though some of the action was stilted and a few passages read more as a laundry list of actions than as a narrative, but for the most part the writing was smooth and the plot was strong enough to make up for a few rough spots. If you enjoy fantasy, mythology, adventure, portal stories, and/or romance, EVERYTHING YOU KNOW is the read for you!

Purchase Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iTunes | All Romance

~ About the Author ~

Mary Beth BassMore than a little obsessed with Keats and Moby Dick and fueled by loud music and cold grey days, Mary Beth Bass is the author of young adult fantasy and romantic women’s fiction. Her debut paranormal-women’s fiction hybrid, Follow Me received the Book Buyers Best Award for Time Travel, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.

An occasional travel writer, Mary Beth has written about Paris, Bordeaux, and Yorkshire, where she hiked the moors to the legendary setting for Wuthering Heights and stood breathless in the parsonage room where Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Bronte talked out their stories with each other.

And if I seem a little strange, well that’s because I am.

Also loves octopuses.


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