img_1385I’m Heather, a wife and mom of two extremely energetic boys. I live in a pretty little beach town in Northwest Florida.

I have always been a reader. Growing up, I read a lot of Judy Blume, Shel Silverstein and Beverly Cleary and then moved on to my mom’s adult fiction. In high school, classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby were required reading and I ate them up. But, by the time I began college, my days of reading for pleasure began to dwindle. Sadly, reading every day became reading every once in a while.

A couple of years after I had my first son I decided to leave my job and come home to raise my family. At home with my three year old, I used any downtime I had to read. But it wasn’t until 2007, and a series of books about angsty vampires (three guesses anyone?), that I fell in love with Young Adult Lit all over again.

I still love my vampire and ghost stories but I have discovered since I started blogging that I really enjoy contemporary and fantasy fiction: both YA and adult works. The bulk of my reading today is in these genres, though I also enjoy science fiction, historical fiction and fantasy,urban fantasy, steampunk, mystery/ suspense and even some horror alongside paranormal and paranormal romance.

I’m Marlene, a 20-something college graduate who aspires to become an elementary school teacher. I’ve always had a love affair with books but have only recently rediscovered my interest in YA fiction. Right now, I’m making strides to read the best YA titles out there, so I’ll be needing lots and lots of recommendations. Middle grade and children’s book recommendations are also welcome.

When I don’t have my head stuck in between the pages of a book or in search of my next read, you’ll catch me cheering on the Houston Rockets or the Houston Texans from my living room couch. I’m the type of girl who proudly wears jerseys and t-shirts to support her favorite teams, but who says I can’t be sporty and feminine too? I love makeup! I create new eye makeup looks daily; at times, they are bold and colorful and at others, tamed and neutral; they never turn out the same. I use makeup as a form of expression – just as writing book reviews allows me to express my reading experiences – whether they be positive or negative.

In the end, no matter the experience, every work of fiction teaches me as a reader; with every page I turn, I learn what works for me and what doesn’t. You’ll just have to wait to find out! I’m honored and excited to be a co-blogger on the Flyleaf Review!