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Laura

Most Anticipated New Books

Laura : 23 September, 2013 3:20 pm : Books, New

Here’s a list from Goodreads of the most anticipated books coming out this fall. I’m definitely anticipating Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter!

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 Dream Thieves is the sequel to the awesome Raven Boys. Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after.

Through the Zombie Glass. Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all

 

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@shley

Talk Like A Pirate Day, Arrr!

@shley : 18 September, 2013 5:03 pm : Books, Fun stuff

http://pirates.hegewisch.net/jacks/cpt_england.gifAvast! Today be Talk Like A Pirate Day! Celebrate t’ holiday in swash-buckling style by spying the original Talk Like A Pirate Day website, where ye can be learning some pirate lingo to prepare ye for parlay with other bilge rats who be celebrating. Ye should take a gander at me list of Pirate-themed books, where ye might find a beauty of a story. Grab ye some (non-alcoholic) grog and a book, show ye pirate pride, and don’t be a land lubber this September 19!

Pirate Curse ~ by Kai Meyer: In a place similar to the 1706 Caribbean, two fourteen-year-old “polliwogs”–humans who can walk on water–rely on a mysterious figure known as the Ghost Trader and a band of pirates to help them escape from the evil that is chasing them.

Pirates!: the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, female pirate ~ by Celia Ress: In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family’s Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.

The Pirate Captain’s Daughter ~ by Eve Bunting: Upon her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Catherine puts her courage and strength to the test by disguising herself as a boy to join her father, a pirate captain, on a ship whose crew includes men who are trying to steal a treasure from him.

To Catch A Pirate ~ by Jade Parker: When Annalisa Townsend seeks revenge on the pirates who stole her father’s treasure a year before, one scallywag, James Sterling, who stole a kiss on their first meeting, threatens to now also steal her heart.

Star-Crossed ~ by Linda Collison: Having been discovered as a stowaway as she tries to reach Barbados in 1760 to claim her father’s estate, teenaged English orphan Patricia Kelley struggles to survive by learning to be a ship’s doctor and by disguising herself as a man when necessary. Includes glossary of nautical terms.

The Outcasts ~ by John Flanagan: Skandian outcasts Hal, Stig, and others do battle at sea against the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race across icy waters where not everyone thinks of the competition as playing.

Everlasting ~ by Angie Frazier: In 1855, seventeen-year-old Camille sets out from San Francisco, California, on her last sea voyage before entering a loveless marriage, but when her father’s ship is destroyed, she and a friend embark on a cross-Australian quest to find her long-lost mother who holds a map to a magical stone.

In the belly of the bloodhound : being an account of a particularly peculiar adventure in the life of Jacky Faber ~ by L.A. Meyer: Jacky Faber and her classmates at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston are kidnapped while on a school outing and transported in the hold of a slave ship bound for the slave markets of North Africa

Steel ~ by Carrie Vaughn: When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she’s magically transported to an early-eighteenth-century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.

Demons of the Ocean ~ by Justin Somper: When twins Connor and Grace’s ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate’s ship, and he is determined to find her.

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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. more »

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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.

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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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