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Laura

Shadows by Robin McKinley

Laura : 9 September, 2013 7:08 pm : Books, New

shadows I’ve really enjoyed Robin McKinley‘s books ever since I read The Blue Sword so I’m really looking forward to her latest novel, Shadows.

Shadows is a  compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds.

Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.

Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.

In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.

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6 Word Memoirs

Meghann : 30 August, 2013 1:29 pm : Books, contest

sixword Can you sum up your entire life in six words? Describe your personality in a short sentence? Here are a few of my attempts.

Creative countess and blog post scribe? (Okay maybe not a REAL countess, but who cares.)

I live for hot bacon mornings? (Too true. Too true.)

Madaline Kahn is my forever hero? (Who doesn’t love Madaline Kahn?)

Morning is my nemesis, so evil. (So evil, it is eviillll. I’m tormented because bacon is a breakfast food.)

Whovian, potter fan who loves books. (By the way did you hear about the new Doctor Who!?!?)

 

The challenge is on. Submit your six word memoir to our new teen contest for a chance to win a copy of I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith and some magnetic poetry. Maybe my mornings wouldn’t be so bad with a little poetry hanging on my fridge.

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Laura

Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Laura : 19 August, 2013 6:55 pm : Books, New

dream Have you read Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater? It’s all about Blue Sargent a clairvoyant in a family of uncanny women. Blue becomes entangled with some Raven Boys, wealthy boys attending a nearby exclusive school. What follows is a mystery, a haunting, a love story, and totally captivating.

Dream Thieves is the much anticipated (and not just by me!) sequel. Place a hold on it today. I promise to be quick when it’s my turn to read it :)

 

 

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Laura

Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Laura : 15 August, 2013 6:47 pm : Books, New

coldtown Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black is due out soon; place a hold on a copy today! Description from Goodreads: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. Continue reading

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Amanda

Dystopian Bliss

Amanda : 14 August, 2013 7:07 pm : Books

divergent It is typical of a high school reading assignment to involve some sort of dystopian novel like The Handmaid’s Tale, Nineteen Eighty-Four, or who could forget,  Animal Farm. These are great reads, but sometimes it is hard to relate to some of these adult characters that seem so far from this decade and far too boring for teens today. So, what do we replace these old school dystopian novels with? I suggest catching up with a new young adult series like Divergent or the Hunger Games.

Lately, I have been on a mission to read all of these awesome new teen dystopias after reading the Hunger Games trilogy. A trilogy that truly started a buzz in the teen reading world and major craze for producing teen dystopias into movies! Now that’s what I am talking about!

If you are looking for more dystopian reads beyond these, check out this awesome list of teen dystopias: Dystopia List and check out my short list of great reads that I already finished this summer:

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

Across the Universe Trilogy by Beth Revis

 

 

 

 

 

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Laura

Belle Epoque

Laura : 5 August, 2013 8:05 pm : Books, New

belle Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross. When Maude Pichon runs away from provincial Brittany to Paris, her romantic dreams vanish as quickly as her savings. Desperate for work, she answers an unusual ad. The Durandeau Agency provides its clients with a unique service—the beauty foil. Hire a plain friend and become instantly more attractive.

Monsieur Durandeau has made a fortune from wealthy socialites, and when the Countess Dubern needs a companion for her headstrong daughter, Isabelle, Maude is deemed the perfect foil.

But Isabelle has no idea her new “friend” is the hired help, and Maude’s very existence among the aristocracy hinges on her keeping the truth a secret. Yet the more she learns about Isabelle, the more her loyalty is tested. And the longer her deception continues, the more she has to lose.

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Bacon = Love

Meghann : 1 August, 2013 5:12 pm : Books, contest

Looking for that perfect birthday gift? Need to apologize to your girlfriend? Hoping to win over your teacher? Or maybe you just need a little pick me up. Nothing says love like the gift of bacon.

Go ahead. Picture a bunch of bacon sizzling on a griddle. The russet textures cooking to bacony perfection right before your eyes. Too much awesome for your imagination to handle? Then take a gander at this beautiful work of photography.

bacon

Can’t you just feel the love?

During the month of August we are giving away a generous bacon prize pack filled with a bacon wallet, bacon air freshener and more bacony goodness. It is our way of showing love and a great opportunity for you to re-gift these bacon prizes to the loved one of your choice. …Or you could keep them for yourself (I would if I could win). All you have to do is submit a few short words on how bacon changed your life. Our super intelligent computer will select a winner at random from all the entries.

Need some inspiration? Take a look at some books on bacon recipes. Just please, use a napkin. You’re drooling.

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Laura

Born of Illusion

Laura : 25 July, 2013 7:47 pm : Books

illusion Born of Illusion by Teri Brown. If you enjoyed The Diviners by Libba Bray or Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber, Anna Van Housen helps her medium mother Margeurite do stage shows and seances in 1920s New York. Possibly Houdini’s daughter, she can sense feelings and see the future. Frightening visions show her mother in peril. New downstairs neighbor Cole introduces her to a society that studies people with gifts like hers. Sorting truth from illusion yields her destiny.

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Laura

New DVDs

Laura : 10 July, 2013 1:55 pm : Books, DVD

Check out these new DVDs coming soon!

alphas Alphas: Season 2. Dr. Lee Rosen must re-assemble his now-defunct team, which had been discredited by the government, to face the growing threat of Alpha extremist Stanton Parish. With the help of tech genius Skylar and memory recorder Mitchell, Rosen and his team must work together to uncover Parish’s chilling plan. But with a mole in their midst, can they overcome the dangers that surround them and stop Parish before it’s too late?

gijoe GI Joe: Retaliation. The greatest American heroes are back, and they’ve been set up to take the fall for a terrible crime they didn’t commit. Now, Roadblock, Duke, and the other G.I. Joes must once again face their mortal enemy, COBRA, as well as dangerous new threats operating within the government. When all else fails, one option remains: Retaliation.

flashpoint Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. The Flash gets a chance to go back in time and right a violent, decades-past crime against his mother. However, the ripples of his good intentions prove disastrous, as a fractured, alternate reality now exists in place of the familiar one. Superman is nowhere to be found, and Batman is a grittier, more violent Dark Knight. Together, with Cyborg, they race to restore the continuity of Flash’s original timeline, while this new one is ravaged by war between the armies of Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

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Laura

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Laura : 5 July, 2013 12:49 pm : Books, Movie

cityofbonesThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on August 21. Based on the book by Cassandra Clare, it’s the story of how Clary Fray discovers a secret world of demons and those who hunt them.

From Goodreads: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Check out the official movie companion.

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