Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Year, New Crew

First of all, I would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year! I can't believe it is already 2014, the year that marks the 4th blogging anniversary of Novel Thoughts! These past four years have gone by so quickly giving me so many grand opportunities and long-time friendships I never would've received outside of this amazing community. So I would like to start this year fresh and full of excitement for the year to come!

Some exciting things have been happening lately and I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to a new team here at Novel Thoughts! We've added a few more reviewers which will give us the chance to share more book reviews of all genres and age groups with you from young kids to old, literary fiction to hard sci-fi to middle grade to young adult. I would like you to meet the rest of the team and re-introduce you to our previous writers.

Jeremy West, Chief Editor and Adult Editor
Jeremy is the creator and moderator of Novel Thoughts. He is 22 years old living in a New York City with big dreams to be a graphic designer and photographer. He currently works as a bookseller and Scholastic intern as well as a freelance graphic designer for authors, publishers, and bloggers.

Jeffrey West, Entertainment Editor
Jeffrey is a self-proclaimed Doctor Who fanatic! He is currently a student and desires to work in the Film industry one day. He loves reading, listening to music, and watching movies. Some of his favorite authors are: J.K. Rowling, John Green, David Levithan, Neil Gaiman, Cassie Clare, Margie Stohl, Carrie Ryan, and Holly Black. He can also be found on his YouTube page, GingerBookNerd, where he hosts This Week In YA as well as posts video reviews.

Jennifer Dee, YA/MG EditorThere was a glorious time in Jennifer’s life when she was paid to read books. Sadly, she was eight then and no longer gets that deal from her mother. Now she gets paid to schlep books around first Borders, then Barnes and Noble and has been doing it for many years. She’s been around the book blogisphere for over 6 years and finally committed to reviewing for Novel Thoughts in January 2012 in order to inflict her opinions on others. Originally hailing from Texas, she’s recently moved to New York City to pursue publishing. She’s also the Middle Grade Editor at Feel free to watch her babble about books and bagels on Twitter at @JustlyJennifer.

When she’s not working with books (which is nearly never), she indulges in watching Sherlock while knitting, shopping at Target, drinking copious amounts of coffee, seeking out on the best Mexican food and loving anything and everything Percy Jackson.

Justina Ireland, Young Adult/Adult ReviewerJustina Ireland lives in a house made of books. At least that’s the excuse she gives when people trip over one. When she isn’t accidentally killing house guests with her TBR pile she writes books. Her first book, Vengeance Bound, is available now from Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers and her second, The Promise of Shadows, releases soon. When she isn’t reading she enjoys eating, sleeping, and watching Judge Judy on her DVR. You can usually find her on Twitter @tehawesomersace.

Sarah Weiss, Young Adult ReviewerSarah is a native Brooklynite who is now living in Milwaukee, WI. She loves reading, writing, and is an avid lover of coffee. She enjoys writing book reviews and blogging about her daily musings... while drinking coffee of course. When not doing one of these three things, which is rare, she is most likely singing and maybe even attempting to dance.

Charlee Vale, Adult/Young Adult Reviewer 
Charlee is a literary intern, bookseller, the Young Adult editor at Riffle, and team member at Red Creative Design. When she's not reading and reviewing, she can be found doing fun photoshoots, binging on netflix, and hanging out with NYC book friends. Also, she loves tea.

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