blo Teens Read and Write: June 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Trailer

We love the new Harry Potter movie trailer and had to share!

Wish the movies were out sooner than November and then next summer. Seriously, they could have just made one movie if they cut out 90% of them traipsing through the woods FOREVER! 

We love all things Harry Potter but what was up with a bazillion pages of them wandering and whining through the forest!

Oh, well, November can't come soon enough! In the meantime there's Eclipse and Airbender for us tomorrow, so look for the reviews soon!

Angel Star Jewelry

Books inspire jewelry? You bet! 

Check out this line of jewelry inspired by Jennifer Murgia's Angel Star. Pretty stuff! The whole collection can be seen HERE!

Eclipse Opens!

It's HERE!!!!

We haven't seen it yet but hopefully tomorrow! How about you?

Do you think it's going to be better than New Moon? I do. Especially if Jacob keeps his shirt off for all (or at least most) of the film!

Remember to ENTER OUR CONTEST for the fan book, Bella Should Have Dumped Edward and take the fun Twilight Saga Quiz.

Enjoy some videos until you see the real thing!

Waiting on Wednesday – 06/30/10

A Novel of the Dark Elite
Chloe Neill
January 2011/Bloomsbury

Lily Parker is new to St. Sophia’s School for Girls, but she’s already learned that magic can be your best friend…or your worst enemy.

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers.

Then Lily’s invited to a private meeting with Sebastian. He’s hot, powerful, and offering to help her harness the magic flowing in her veins in a way no one else can. He’s also a Reaper. Lily can’t hide her suspicions. But she’ll soon find out that the line between good and evil isn’t always clear…

Alexandra Adornetto
August 2010/Feiwel and Friends

Nothing much happens in the sleepy town of Venus Cove. But everything changes when three angels are sent from heaven to protect the town against the gathering forces of darkness: Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, a teenage girl who is the least experienced of the trio.

They work hard to conceal their true identity and, most of all, their wings. But the mission is threatened when the youngest angel, Bethany, is sent to high school and falls in love with the handsome school captain, Xavier Woods. Will she defy the laws of Heaven by loving him? 

Things come to a head when the angels realize they are not the only supernatural power in Venus Cove. There′s a new kid in town and he′s charming, seductive and deadly. Worst of all, he′s after Beth.

Celia Rees

July 2010/Bloomsbury

Young and beautiful Violetta may be of royal blood, but her kingdom is in shambles when she arrives in London on a mysterious mission. Her journey has been long and her adventures many, but it is not until she meets the playwright William Shakespeare that she gets to tell the entire story from beginning to end. 

Violetta and her comic companion, Feste, have come in search of an ancient holy relic that the evil Malvolio has stolen from their kingdom. But where will their remarkable quest—and their most unusual story—lead? A tale full of political intrigue, danger, and romance.

This wholly original story is spun from Shakespeare's
Twelfth Night, and includes both folly and suspense that would make the Bard proud.

by Inara Scott
pub: Aug 2010/Hyperion

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that's not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia's mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just...happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt.  So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, belieiving this way she can supress her powers and keep them hidden. 

But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia's days of living under the radar may be over. Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats' kids and child geniuses--not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies.  So why are they treating Dancia like she's special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome. And then there's her mysterious new friend Jack, who can't stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what.  

But Dancia isn't convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her "gift" than they're letting on. Maybe they can help her understand how to use it...But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy

For those lucky folks across the pond, Dark Goddess - the sequel to Devil's Kiss - by Sarwat Chadda is released tomorrow in the UK. Enjoy! It's not out in the US until Jan 2011.

THE DARK GODDESS will take Billi to Russia to rescue Vasalisa, a young girl Billi’s promised to protect. To save her, Billi must defeat the werewolves that serve the witch Baba Yaga – and the Dark Goddess herself. 

Baba Yaga is sickened by the destruction and corruption humanity has spread across the natural world. She recognises mankind has become a plague upon the Earth, and her duty is clear: to cleanse the planet and rid it of the pestilence of Man. Billi is sent to stop her, but does she have the right? 

Betrayed and alone, Billi faces a final mighty battle in the abandoned ruins of Chernobyl.

Best cover? Halo - it ROCKS - with Dark Goddess a close second

Show us what you're waiting for - Link it here!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Paranormalcy Pub Date Moved Up!

Good News! The publication date for the highly anticipated teen fiction, Paranormalcy by Kiersten White has been moved up from Oct to Aug. 31st! It looks like a good one!
Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal. 

Normal is so overrated.

Teaser Tuesday - 6/29/10

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Here's what you do...
  • Grab your current read
  • flip to a random page
  • select a few sentences from anywhere on the page
  • try not to include any SPOILERS!
  • make sure you tell the name of book and the author so we can add the book to our TBR pile!
Alyssa's Reading...

The Reckoning 
by Kelley Armstrong (page 11)

There was no where to run. I considered screaming. I've always hated that in movies - heroines who scream for help when cornered - but right now, caught between a broken-bottle-wielding poltergeist and a two-story fall, I could survive the humiliation of being rescued. 

Problem was, no one would get here in time. 

Gregory's reading...

by Patrick Carman (page 5)

I'll find anyone you want, sometimes the most dangerous people on earth. Because here's the thing about the digital age: everyone leaves a trail. 

Some of them shouldn't be followed.

Jake's reading...

by Jason Henderson (page 37)

She flipped over, scuttling along the wall, her head whipping around, and he watched her white eyes sweep directly toward him. She opened her mouth - fangs again, like the one in the woods - and hissed angrily. Then before he had a chance to blink, she leapt for him.

What's your teaser?

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Eclipse Opens and We Have Contests!

Eclipse opens this week and we have a fun-tabulous way to celebrate!

Have you heard of Michelle Pan? She's the teen with the uber popular website  and even has published a book with a catchy title...

The Twilight Saga has ended but many controversial issues remain unresolved and open to debate. Now the devoted Twihards at argue passionately about what really happened and what should have happened.

We are thrilled to have three signed copies of Bella Should Have Dumped Edward available. Just fill out the FORM and answer the questions based on the questions discussed in the book including:

  • If you could be any Twilight character, who would you be?
  • Who is the best character in the Twilight saga?
  • Which Twilight saga book is the best?
  • Which movie was a more accurate representation of the book: Twilight or New Moon?
  • Which Twilight saga movie character is most accurately cast?
  • Is there a significance to imprinting, or is it just plain creepy?
  • Which event in the Twilight saga was the most surprising?
  • Should Bella have been transformed into a vampire? 

We'll reveal the top responses later in the week. Can't wait for your answers! 

- Be A Follower
- Fill Out the FORM (You get one point for every Twilight Saga question that you answer 
- Leave a Comment 
- Ends July 14th

Thanks to Michelle Pan and Karma (Ulysses Press) for donating the books for the contest!

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

In Our Mailbox - 6/27/10


Thanks to The Story Siren for hosting IMM.

A great week for books!
by Jason Henderson

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he's descended from the worlds's most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives a Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. 

Turns out Glenarvon isn't the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomnace. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he's a visiting professor.

When two of Alex's friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it's up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back - alive. Assisted by Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots of lots of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemakers' plans and fulfilling his family destiny. 

For fifteen-year-old twins Rich and Jade, their lives have just been turned upside down. When their mother is tragically killed in a car crash, their long-lost father John Chance appears to collect them at the funeral. He's a bachelor who lives on his own, and it's clear that Rich and Jade aren't welcome. 

But when Chance suddenly disappears, Rich and Jade uncover the truth: He's a spy. And now, whoever kidnapped their father is after them, too. 

The Prince of Mist
by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

It's wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where the live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. but from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son who died by drowning. 

With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince ofr MIst - a diabolical characer who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends frind themselves caufht up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone gareden - an adventure that will change their lives forever. 

The Reckoning 
by Kelley Armstrong

Only two weeks ago, life was all too predictable. But that was before I saw my first ghost. Now, along with my supernatural friends Tori, Derek, and Simon, I’m on the run from the Edison Group, which genetically altered us as part of their sinister experiment. We’re hiding in a safe house that might not be as safe as it seems. We’ll be gone soon anyway, back to rescue those we’d left behind and to take out the Edison Group . . . or so we hope.

It's time to enter the last story of the house.

There were things that seemed odd when the Kings first moved into their new house--but things got really strange when they realized the rooms upstairs were portals to other worlds. Even though the rooms were dangerous, it still seemed fun until people starting coming into the house and Mom was kidnapped. They've been desperately searching for her, but they risk their lives every time they enter a world.

Xander has traveled back to visit Uncle Jesse as a boy, but that turns out to be the last place Xander wants to be. Jesse tells him David died. But Xander's not about to let that happen--even if it already did. It doesn't matter how many worlds he has to go to or what it takes, he is going to find a way to change the future.

I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…

Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She’s used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people’s lives—especially Joy’s—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a frightening whisper from Jessica's own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car and running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.

What treasures were in your mailbox?

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