Saturday, November 27, 2010

Crazy Families

Family driving you crazy? Read one of these thoughtful and hilarious books about different family situations and the "craziness" that ensues.

Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Daviit Bell
Thirteen-year-old Genevieve's summer at a frontier family history camp in Laramie, Wyoming, with her parents and brother is filled with surprises, which she reports to friends back home on the cell phone she sneaked in, and which they turn into a blog.

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company.

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.

Funny Little Monkey by Andrew Auseon
Arty, an abnormally short fourteen-year-old boy, enlists the help of a group of students, known at school as the "pathetic losers," to take revenge against his abusive, tall fraternal twin brother.

Picture Perfect
When her mother leaves her family suddenly to take a new job, fourteen-year-old Phoebe tries to deal with her own confused feelings and, in the process, learns some things about love and the complicated ties that bind families together.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
In a polygamous cult in the desert, Kyra, not yet fourteen, sees being chosen to be the seventh wife of her uncle as just punishment for having read books and kissed a boy, in violation of Prophet Childs' teachings, and is torn between facing her fate and running away from all that she knows and loves.

The Blind Faith Hotel by Pamela Todd
When her parents separate and she and her siblings move with their mother from the northwest coast to a midwest prairie farmhouse, fourteen-year-old Zoe, miserably unhappy to be away from the ocean and her father, begins to develop a deep attachment to her new surroundings, when, after a shoplifting episode, she is assigned to work at a nature preserve.

Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling
Fifteen-year-old Abby Savage hopes that her five rules for falling in love will keep her from making the same mistakes as her mother and two older sisters--all unwed mothers who have slept with the same man, among others--while she also tries to help her best friend Cody admit that he is gay, and decide how she really feels about Cody's older brother, Jackson.

Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
Fifteen-year-old Scarlett, who is beginning to get over her break-up with Eric, stays busy as assistant to her theatrical-agent friend who is not only promoting Scarlett's brother Spencer, but also a new client whose bad-boy brother has transferred to Scarlett's school.

Friday, November 26, 2010

One Book, Two Opinions: Hush, Hush

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (available here)
Description: High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor, and her own instincts.

Leslie's take:
Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick is a twisted, romantic story of a young girl, Nora Grey, who develops an attraction to the new student to her school, Patch. But as she becomes increasingly aware of him, the more stranger and life-altering events begin to happen in her life. Nora is faced with conflicting feelings of fear and desire when she is around Patch, and she can’t seem to follow her own advice, which is to stay as far away from him as possible. The longer she spends time with him, the stranger his actions become, and more increasingly are the dangerous events occurring around her. First, someone runs in front of her car as she is driving, next someone breaks into her house, and finally Nora has the intense sensation of being followed, stalked, and preyed upon.

Nora believes it is Patch who’s causing these events, but even with this belief she can’t seem to stay away from him, even when she knows her actions could result in her death…

Hush, Hush is an intriguing novel of desperate actions of attraction. Becca Fitzpatrick creates a dangerous world of love and desire, where people, whether magical creatures or mere humans, do anything for the one they love. It captures the intense feelings of first loves, and teenage hormones that cannot be stopped, even when the person knows their actions will have deep consequences.

The novel revolves around the concept of contorted desire, where one mixes the feelings of fear and lust into a game of cat and mouse. This concept of “I love you so much, I’ll kill you if you leave me,” or “I love you so much, if you leave me I’ll die,” is ‘acceptable’ in this novel only because of the fantastical nature of the characters. If this book had been written without any fantasy elements, and merely revolved around normal, human teenagers, the stalking, abusive, cruel nature of the male characters would not be tolerated. Instead, this novel glorifies the abusive nature of the men in the book, and creates a sexual desire to have a man who “loves you so much he would do anything to keep you.”

The most disturbing scene in this novel was by far the moment in the deserted parking garage where Nora turns around to find Patch lurking in the dark, waiting for her. Not only is he verbally abusive towards her in his brooding, cruel way, he also chases her around until she, stupidly might I add, gets onto the back of his motorcycle and allows him to take her home to her empty house in the middle-of-nowhere. I would like to point out to you, the audience reading this review, that if this ever happened to you- do not get into a car or onto a motorcycle with a male doing this. You scream “Fire!” and run as fast as you can to an exit, all the while dialing 9-1-1 on your cell phone. This is not acceptable behavior, nor will it ever be, might I add.

Besides the red-flag, abusive nature of the males in this story, I did enjoy the majority of it. It was well written and kept me entertained to the point that sometimes I yelled at the book. The dialogue was well written, and the characters interesting, if not sometimes homicidal. My only concern is, as a Women’s Studies major, the messages that this book is sending out in romanticizing rape, abuse, and stalking. None of those qualities in any person is “sexy”, and I would just like to point out my disgust in Nora’s decisions, which could quite likely have gotten her murdered.

Megan's thoughts:

I had a lot of preconceived notions about this book before I ever read it. It had come up a lot in "bad boy" book discussions and was featured as an example of YA literature that promotes negative behavior. I tried to read this book with a blank slate, but it's tough when you've already heard a lot about it. Overall, I had a very similar experience to Leslie.

I both loved and hated this book. I have to say, I actually enjoyed reading it. While I was actively reading, I was engaged in the story, never bored, and really enjoying myself. But as soon I was finished it I became slightly horrified.

First the good: There's just enough mystery and suspense to keep you going and guessing. Though the "twist" was a surprise, it wasn't totally out of nowhere and I thought there were just the right amount of clues and hints. The writing style was decent enough - there were even a few funny bits here and there. I'm totally in love with the fallen angel concept and I like that, at least in this book, there didn't seem to be some great war that Patch was fighting - he just wanted to either be human or go back to heaven. I thought Becca Fitzpatrick did a great job of revealing Patch's past and personality as we went along. It was engaging and fun to read - the whole book was.

Now for the bad: How is it possible to be both the smart-savvy girl and the dumb girl who opens the basement door in a horror movie? Nora thought all the right things. She thought that Patch was a total creep/stalker. She thought she should have nothing to do with him that she should even enlist in the help of adults to help her stay safe. Smart girl, right? Um, sadly, no, not even kind of. I was on the fence about her wavering feelings right up until Patch chased her around a deserted parking garage at night and then she got on his motorcycle and had him take her home - out in the middle of nowhere, where no one else was around. I literally yelled at her and threw the book across the room.
There is nothing romantic about being stalked. There's nothing sexy about a guy/girl who makes you uncomfortable and scares the crap out of you. Nothing. Giving him a six-pack doesn't make up for the fact that Patch was a total creep He is most definitely the villain in this story and not the romantic hero. Sadly, that's not the story that Becca Fitzpatrick wrote. Patch does go through a character arch and "changes his mind" about murdering Nora, but Patch didn't have even close enough of a transformation to make him worthy of any one's love, especially not his victim, Nora.

I'm always a fan of any book that leaves an impression, and this definitely does. I've spent a lot of time talking to other readers about this book. I think it's well worth the time it takes to read and talk about!

Check it out here, and then leave a comment below telling us what you think! Or write your own review and we'll publish it on the blog.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Book to Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Movie Review

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
Release Date: November 19, 2010
Rated: PG-13

Description: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.

Review (Spoiler free): HP7 was awesome! It was exactly the right amount of dark and creepy with plenty of jump-in-your-seat moments.

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are in more danger than ever. The ministry has been infiltrated and everyone is on the look out for them. The trio set off on a dark and dangerous adventure across Britain to find the rest of Voldemort's Horcruxes. Along the way they discover the existence of three powerful magical objects - the Deathly Hallows. They begin to suspect the that Voldemort is also after them

The danger is very real this time and the trio is no longer under the protection of Hogwarts and Dumbledore. They must rely on their own powers and intellect to guide them (with a little help from Dumbledore) in their journey. The movie was dark, action packed, and full of drama. The tension is high and there are plenty of intense moments between the three friends.

Harry Potter fans will not be disappointed. In my opinion, this is one of the best Potter films. As a film, it was entertaining and satisfying as a book-to-movie, it stayed true to the spirit of the final Potter book. Both HP movie fans and book fans will be satisfied. This movie does end in the middle of the book #7 plot, but for those who haven't read the book, they won't feel like it's too much of a cliff-hanger.

Bottom line: if you like HP at all, this movie is well worth the price of admission.

Review by Megan
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Take the LAL Writing Challenge!

Have a favorite author?  A book that changed you? 
Want to win a $500 Target gift card?

Enter the Letters About Literature (LAL) contest. LAL is a contest where teens submit an essay about an author who's fiction, nonfiction, or poetry either changed their view of the world, or of themselves. The author whose writing inspired them can either be currently alive and writing, or from the past. The essays submitted are not book reviews, but a reflection of how the author inspired and changed the Teen's perspective.

The competition is broken down into three different competition levels.
Level 1: Grades 4-6
Level 2: Grades 7-8
Level 3: Grades 9-12

Winners at a state level will recieve cash from Kansas Center for the Book along with a $50 gift card from Target. National winners will recieve a $500 Target gift card.

Please visit the website for more information on how to enter and to view past essays.

This Year's Deadline: December 10, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Book Review: Weetzie Bat

Title: Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Check it out here!

Description: The name itself should give you a pretty good idea of this novel's exceptional strangeness. Weetzie Bat follows the adventures of Weetzie and her friends Dirk, Duck, My Secret Agent Lover Man, and Slinkster Dog as they navigate the disorienting surrealness of L.A. (the land of skating hamburgers and flying toupees and Jah-Love blonde Indians), star in their own movies, and rely on each other to create a new type of family.

Review: Twenty years after its original publication in 1989, Weetzie Bat won the Phoenix Award in 2009 (awarded to novels that never received a major award at the time of their first release) and to this I say hooray! I can't think of a more exciting and creative book for the honor.  The book reads almost as if you're in a dream, so crazy are some of the situations Weetzie and co. find themselves in.  Visits from genies, beautiful voodoo women, and witch babies give it an almost supernatural feel.  But grounded in the otherworldy are some pretty serious issues, like homosexuality, AIDS, drugs, and divorce. You get the feeling that perhaps Weetzie and her friends have invented their own world to cope with what's happening around them. 

Block's writing has a subtle empathy to it.  Although these characters' lives are completely bizarro, she finds ways to connect their stories to ours in a confusing, exhilarating, and provocative way. 

Bottom Line: The free-wheeling scenarios might be a little out there for some readers, but the emotions are there, and they'll be what you remember and feel longer after the last page. 

Review by Sam
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Friday, November 19, 2010

Book Review: Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Check it out here!
Description: Evie's always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours. But Evie's about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

Review: Your typical YA paranormal love story? Nope, not here. This book was campy, dark, and had a great mystery plot!

 Evie is your typical sixteen-year old girl - she loves pink, tv dramas, pop culture, and her best friend (who just happens to be a mermaid). Except, oh, yeah, she can see through paranormals' disguises and she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. Evie is hysterical as a narrator and so easy to like and root for.  She's very real, she acts her age instead of years older, she actually runs away from danger instead of headlong into it, which is a refreshing break from some of the author paranormal books out there. She's sincere and very funny. I loved her.

Evie finds herself at the center of a dark plot to destroy all paranormals. She has to face down her stalker ex-boyfriend, stand up to the only family she's ever had, and figure out who she really is all while racing against the clock to save her own life. Despite the dark nature, this book is funny and light hearted, never taking itself very seriously. It's a great take on the paranormal world and will definitely satisfy any paranormal lover out there.

Review by Megan
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

HP Party Tonight in the Teen Zone!

The countdown has begun! Less than 24 hours until HP7 (Part 1) hits the theaters! Are you hitting a midnight showing tonight? Want to start the party early? Even if you aren't, we've got the perfect way for you to spend your night HP style.

Join us at Hogwarts!
Tonight only, starting at 7 p.m.
the LPL Teen Zone
will be magically transformed.
get sorted into your house, shop at honeyduckes, make a wand at olivanders, and test your hp trivia knowledge.
prizes awarded for best costume, so dress to impress (HP style!)

Book Review: Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Available from LPL here!
Description: Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki - a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form. Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away - if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy. Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide.

Review: This is your typical Romeo and Juliet story. It follows much the same story line as the other YA Paranormal Romances out there, just insert dragons for vampires/werewolves/fairies. Sadly, it's very predictable, right down to the "twist" at the end. There's little that's fresh or unique about the storyline, however, it's still worth picking up if you enjoy Paranormal Romance. What it lacks in original storyline, it more than makes up for in its fun and engaging narrative. The story is well-written and the main characters are likable and fun.

What I found most appealing about this book wasn't the romance between Jacinda and Will, it was Jacinda's relationship with her non-draki mother and sister. At the heart of Firelight, is Jacinda's struggle with her own identity and acceptance into a family that is very different from her. I found myself really frustrated with both Jacinda's mom and her sister. They claim to want what's best for Jacinda, however, what they really want it what's easiest for them. Jacinda struggles throughout the book with her conflicting desire to be a good daughter and sister and still be true to who she is. I think that's a struggle a lot of people can relate to.

Firelight is a great pick for fans of Twilight, Hush Hush, and Shiver. It stays true to the Paranormal Romance genre but stands out a little with it's superior writing style and deeper internal struggles.

Review by Megan.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Video Game Design Contest

Design your own video game (using free online design systems) to find out.

You could win a laptop for yourself and $2000 for your school!

  Open to 5th-7th graders.
Entries due January 5, 2011.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Look What's New in the Teen Zone!

Check out the huge stack of books that we got today!

in this stack:

Thirst No. 3 by Chrisopher Pike
You by Charles Benoit
The Smoky Corridor by Chris Grabenstein
Ice Claw by David Gilman
The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Starlighter by Bryan Davis
What Momma Left Me by Renee Watson
Black Hole Sun by David Macinnis Gill
Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sneak Peak at HP #7

Have you read all of the Harry Potter Books (twice) already? Are you tapping your foot impatiently waiting for November 19th when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part I) hits theaters? Well, check out the sneak peak below and make sure to join us on November 18th @ 7 pm to celebrate the movie's release.

Join us!

Harry Potter Party
Thursday, November 18
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
in the Auditorium

Prepare for movie #7 at our party:

Find out your Hogwarts house.

Shop at Honeydukes.

Show off your HP knowledge.

Make your own wand.

Dress to impress (Harry-Potter-style)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Holly Black and Neil Gaiman

The Lawrence Public Library Teen Zone is wishing YA authors, Holly Black and Neil Gaiman a very happy birthday today!

Help them celebrate by checking out one of their great books!!

May we recomend:

White Cat by Holly Black
Description: Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a fa├žade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his fa├žade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Description: Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family

Book Review: The Replacement

Review: The Replacement
        The Replacement, by Brenna Yovenoff, is an old-fashioned, eerie tale of what lives in the depths of the night. She brings to life the age-old tale of children being stolen from their cribs by creatures unknown to human kind. Brenna adds a twist to her tale with the use of her protagonist, Mackie, who is a "replacement"- one of the ghoulish children who was left in the place of a stolen human child. Mackie is forced back into the world he originally inhabited when the baby girl of a local family goes missing, and the creature left in her wake dies. He is forced to acknowledge the fact that he is not human, and is sucked into the murky depths of these ghouls. Once there, Mackie is forced to confront his "kinds" past, and manoeuvre his way around this new world. He makes deals, steals, lies, and sacrifices himself for the safety and preservation of his town.

Brenna Yovenoff creates a fantastical world of ghouls, goblins, and creatures that lurk in the night. Yet she creates them in a world quite recognizable to our own. The second most haunting aspect of this story besides the grotesque creatures who enter stealthily into the homes of families and steal their children away, is the fact that the towns people ignore what happens to their children. The turn a blind eye and pretend that the "thing" left in the place of their baby is indeed theirs. And when the creature dies, they bury it in the cemetery with their child's name on the tombstone.

This novel is a perfect for the Halloween season, or for Teens who enjoy a little mischief and adventure. Brenna Yovenoff's writing style keeps the readers hooked on the thoughts and actions of Mackie. The dialogue between her characters flips between comedic responses to brooding accusations. Overall, this is a fantastic book for anyone who enjoys reading about or who believes that there are creatures that go "bump in the night".

Reviewed By: Leslie

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Book Review: Graceling

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
What's it about?
In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

Why I picked it Up?
I've heard really great things about this book and the second book in this series, Fire, is a YALSA Top-10 winner for 2010 which made this a must-read.

Why I kept reading it?
This book has everything I love. There's action, adventure, a little romance, a king, a court, and a really tough female lead. It was well written, interesting and totally unlike anything else I've read recently. Even though this is a fantasy novel, it's based so realistic in its telling that I often forgot I was reading fantasy. My favorite thing though was Katsa, the main character. She's tough, smart, and just wants to do the right thing. Once she claimed her freedom from her horrible uncle, she kept a strong hold on it, even refusing to marry the man she loved because she feared giving up that part of herself. It was a refreshing departure from a world saturated with female characters sacrificing themselves for their romantic partners (I love that stuff too, Graceling was just a nice change of pace).

This book is definitely on my "must read" list.

Review by: Megan

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Our Hunger Games Dream Cast

We're already way too excited about The Hunger Games movie set for release in 2011.  No official cast list has circulated yet, so we've come up with our own top picks for Katniss, Gale, Peeta, and other characters from the book.


Who: Kaya Scodelario
Previous Roles:  Effy Stonem in British TV series Skins

This English actress has already received the script for The Hunger Games and is a fan favorite for Katniss' role.  We think she'd be able to pull off Katniss' look and intensity.


Who: Lucas Till
Previous Roles: Travis Brody in Hannah Montana: The Movie

Lucas is another fan favorite from online polls, and we can see why.  He's boyish, stocky, and cute without being movie-star beautiful. Will he be able to handle the intense scenes in the Game though? 

(Other Peeta potentials: Alex Pettyfer and Hunter Parrish)


Who: Adam Gregory
Previous Roles: Dom in 17 Again and Drew in Hannah Montana: The Movie

This guy looks just like what we imagined Gale would be...he's got the pale eyes, dark hair, and fine features.  Put a bow and arrow in his hands and you've got Gale Hawthorne.



Who: Robert Downey Jr.
Previous Roles: Tony Stark in Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes

Who: Hugh Laurie
Previous Roles: Dr. Gregory House in House

We love Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Laurie for their bad
boy attitudes.  Playing the drunken, arrogant Haymitch shouldn't be that difficult for either of them. A slight edge goes to Robert Downey Jr...he seems to fit the character a little better physically.

Who: James Marsden
Previous Roles: Prince Edward in Enchanted, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Cyclops in X-Men

Marsden as Katniss's sensitive, talented, and good-looking stylist? Check, check, and double check.


Who: Kristin Chenoweth
Previous Roles: April Rhodes in Glee, Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies, Glinda in Wicked

For such a little lady, Kristin Chenoweth commands a huge presence.  Her personality (and voice!) would make her an amazing Effie Trinket.


Who: Abigail Breslin
Previous Roles: Olive in Little Miss Sunshine, Bo in Signs

Abigail has such a sweet demeanor that would be perfect for Prim.  She's a great actress and would the be just the right age for Katniss' little sister.

President Snow
Who: Peter Gallagher
Previous Roles: The O.C. and American Beauty

He might not be nearly old enough to play President Snow, but he does have the creep factor going for him.  There's something very sinister about the roles he picks, which would translate really well for the Hunger Games evil mastermind.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Now Available: Alan Wake and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West

New this week in the Teen Zone:

Alan Wake (available for Xbox 360)

When the wife of best-selling writer Alan Wake disappears on their vacation, his search turns up pages from a thriller he doesn't even remember writing. A dark presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, pushing Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save the woman he loves.

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (available for Xbox 360 and PS3)

Play as Monkey, a strong brutish loner who must work with a tech-savvy partner Trip, as they traverse a rough post-apocalyptic landscape and survive a perilous journey home.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Playlist: Artemis Fowl

Book Title:  Artemis Fowl
Author:  Eoin Colfer

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Beethoven's 5th by Ludwig van Beethoven
I Like the Way You Lie by Eminem featuring Rihanna
Don't Stop Believing by Journey
Ridin' Solo by Jason Derulo w/ Usher

Created by: Chris Blevins

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Book Review: Artemis Fowl

Title: Artemis Fowl

Author: Eoin Colfer

What's it about?
A lonesome rich kid with no dad discovers a world of goblins, and faries, and sprites.

Why I picked it up?
The cover looked interesting.

Why I finished it?
Every page was filled with excitement.


Reviewed by: Chris Blevins

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Launching Soon: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Coming Soon:
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Description: A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis will be released January, 11, 2011 but you can read the first chapter online now! Check it out here.

Want a chance to win a copy before it's released? Check out the official Across the Universe fanpage on Facebook for your shot.

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