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Thanks for stopping by my blog! It’s brand new, so there’s not a lot here just yet.

My name is Olivia. I’m looking forward to sharing about my life, my work in writing and haunting, and my recovery. This blog is my stepping stone to a healthy, productive life! I’ll keep records and stories as I can, in part to let others who have gone or are going through similar know that they are not alone, but mostly so that I can see how far I have come–one day at a time.

Thank you for visiting. Leave a comment to say hello! You are who I am here to talk to, after all!

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Policies for Today in YA History

***Due to personal work taking precedence over this blog, Today in YA History has been suspended until further notice. In the meantime, I’m gathering author birthdays to hopefully return with a fun YA History calendar in the future! Thanks!***

The History of the Young Adult genre

The #YAhistory hashtag started on June 3rd, 2011 with “June 1908 – L.M. Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ published by L. C. Page & Co.”

Since starting this blog, I’ve decided to bring an extra level to “TIYAH” by including a post for each day where there’s a YA History to announce. That way, I can talk about the author, book, publisher, or agent a little more, and link to relevant resources!

Please enjoy the “YA History” tag on this site to view any past “Today in…” posts. For those on Twitter, you can follow along with the #YAhistory hashtag, follow me, or search for past posts!

What is posted in “Today in YA History”?

The most important part of TIYAH is to promote the celebration of milestones in the YA genre. I’m an equal opportunity reporter though, and keep a record of the less than shining moments so we can learn from them.

Typically included:

* Birthdays and days of passing of Young Adult authors * Publishing dates of important, interesting, unique, acclaimed, or controversial YA novels * Important dates in the publishing industry for the YA genre (first releases from new YA imprints, dates editors purchased books, etc) * Release dates of movies made from YA novels * Days in YA history where the world was made more aware of the genre through media attention *When an agent signed an up-and-coming YA author, or when a prominent agent or agency opened their doors for YA submissions

Policies for Reviews & Promotions


I promise to be completely honest in my reviews. If you have followed the above guidelines and approach me with a pitch, AND I accept the pitch to review the novel, then chances are I’m going to like it and the reviews here will be mostly positive. I know what I like to read; I won’t accept books that won’t fit that mold, right?

If you send the book with enough time, I will review the book within one month prior to or after its release date, with the goal of being as close to release as possible. I cannot guarantee a specific review date.

To send a request for a review, email oliviahennis at the gmail dot com! (Remove “the”)

As all books and all reviewers are different, please note that I might not be the perfect reader and reviewer for you. It’s unfortunate, yes, but I’d rather see your book go to the right person! Take some time to carefully review these policies. I really love bringing readers and new books together, and would love to do the same for your books!


I live in the US, in New Jersey. I accept ARCs, galley copies, and finished copies for review. (traditionally/indie published books). I do not have an ereader. Feel free to contact me if you have a book you think I’d be particularly interested in!


The goal here at my blog is to promote Young Adult and New Adult books. Pitch your book to me! I just might like it and review it here!

I’m particularly fond of:

* Real-life fiction pulled from today’s headlines (missing teens, abusive relationships, cyber-bullying, books that turn perceived notions of today’s teens on their head, etc)
* or Historical/future fiction (especially dealing with wars)
* Set in the modern era
* Teenage protagonists
* College-age and twenty-something MCs who are not worried about getting married and having children, but more about how they’re going to pay for this month’s rent and dealing with being “in between” being a teen and a ‘real adult’
* The more gritty and realistic the better.
* Male and female protags, any POV.

As long as the character voices are true, and the females are strong, I may be interested.

As for regular old Fiction, I’m super picky. Only:

* Historical fiction set between 1600-1950 (no paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi subgenre)
* Globe-hopping adventure * sexy and smart villains * lost treasure * mobsters * sword play * Revolutionary France * detectives * soiled doves * gin joints * Prohibition * absinthe houses * opium dens * secret wills * con jobs * elaborate robberies * murder * double lives

These are some of the things I look for in my historical adult fiction. Have one? Let’s hear about it!


Thank you very much! I look forward to helping you get the word out there to new readers!

<3 Olivia