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Let’s Review: The Shadow Fall Series

By Emma
Teen Advisory Group Secretary

I started The Shadow Falls Series about a year ago, and just recently finished the last book in the series. Instead of posting 5 separate posts, I’ve decided just to combine them all into one big review. The series had its ups and downs, but overall I really enjoyed it! The only things I wished were different were faster plot lines and less predictable characters.

Born at Midnight
In the first novel in the Shadow Falls series, we are introduced to our main character Kylie who thinks of herself as a ‘normal’ teenager. She is sent to a summer camp by her mom, and while she’s there she meets other teens that are surpernaturals, and finds out that she herself might actually be one too. The first novel is definitely worth the read! The plotlines are really good, despite the frequent teenage drama. The one thing that turned me away from this book is all the grammar and spelling mistakes! I was so surprised that there were so many of them, but if you can get past that part, it is a really good novel!

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Awake at Dawn
I’m not going to give a description of this book so I can make sure that I don’t spoil anything from the previous book. My favorite thing about Awake at Dawn was its plot. Compared to all of the other books in this series, I found this one to be the least predictable. However, I didn’t like everything about this book. My least favorite thing was that every single one of the characters all came across as a whiny teenager, which is logical for the actual teens, but even the adult characters came off that way too, which was really annoying. Overall, I think I like this novel better than the first due to the great plotline!

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Taken at Dusk
I liked this novel better than the first one, but the second book is still my favorite. The plot was pretty good, but there was just so much going on that I found it hard to keep up with everything at times. My main issue was with the romantic plotlines. Hunter tried very hard to make them good, but they came off as emotionally charged and annoying. Overall, this novel was good, but could’ve been better if the plotlines were more thought out.

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Whispers at Moonrise
This book was very dramatic, but not in the bad cheesy kind of way. The plotlines are well thought out and the ending is amazing! It makes the reader leave wanting more, and to find out how this series will end. Overall, this novel is a step above the previous novels, and was by far my favorite.

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Chosen at Nightfall
This novel took me a long time to get through, not necessarily because it was bad, but because it felt like Hunter wrote this book for the sole purpose to end the series so it wouldn’t go on forever (which it still kind of did but that’s a story for another time). This novel ended somewhat cheesy, and things still felt a little up in the air, but all in all I did enjoy it! It was a good ending to a good series!

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Until next time,

Emma

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Reel Talk: Fallen Movie

by Emma
Teen Advisory Group

If you’re a fan of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, you may remember hearing the news (a very very long time ago) that the first book was going to become a movie. Fallen follows Luce Price, who is sent to a boarding school called the Sword & Cross. On the first day of classes she is mesmerized by Daniel Grigori, one of her fellow classmates who is eerily familiar. As they grow closer, she soon finds out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart.

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Fallen stars Harrison Gilbertson, Jeremy Irivine, and Addison Timlin alongside Joely Richardson. Other notable cast members include Daisy Head, Malachi Kirby, Lola Kirke, Hermione Corfield and Sianoa Smit-McPhee.

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A few stills have been released, and we even have a trailer, but news on a set release date is sparse. Originally, the movie was set to be released in late 2015, but after this didn’t happen Lauren Kate confirmed that it would be released in late 2017. With so much delay is the release date, readers are left hoping that eventually they will finally get to see the movie they’ve been waiting for for years!

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While there is not set domestic release date yet, the studio is encouraging fans to retweet the trailer so they can see what kind of demand there is. So if you want to see Fallen in theaters soon retweet the trailer!! Click here to watch it on youtube! fallen-760x549.png

Fallen is coming, but not soon enough! I’ll post a follow up post once the movie (hopefully) comes out!

Until next time,
❥Emma

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 12 Days Away!

On Saturday, March 4 over 80 authors will be in Irving for a free day-long event. This event is called the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF). While you can find most of this information at nttbf.org and on the NTTBF Twitter feed (@NTTBFest), I might have some more experienced information and tips that can help your day run a lot more smoothly.

So on Valentine’s Day, the NTTBF released its program, which means it’s time to start deciding which sessions you want to go to.

As someone who has been going to the NTTBF since it first started, here is some of my advice:

1) Plan which sessions you want to go to ahead of time and write down all the information.

2) Plan a back up session for each hour because you never know which ones will get full before you get there and you won’t be allowed in.

3) Don’t be upset if the session you wanted to go to is full. Last year, a friend and I couldn’t get into the big “To the Silver Screen” one, so we popped into a very small one about graphic novels. The guy who invented Poptropica was there, and he drew a guy who fell asleep in the first row. He gave the drawing to him, and we all had a good laugh. (Also, some of the authors were kind enough to sign my books beforehand too, but don’t expect that to happen to you.) It was the best session we attended all day!

4) Food isn’t allowed during the sessions, so pick an hour to go eat. There is a great outdoor area on the second floor (I believe), which is shaded and wasn’t all that crowded last year. Also, it was fun to look at the HUGE line of school buses literally stretching into the distance. The food lines are long, expensive, and basic (banana for $3! Stuff like that), so I recommend bringing your own. And bring a lot of good food, because books are heavier then you think, especially when you are carrying them around all day. I guess you could leave for lunch, but good luck finding a parking spot again.

5) Buy every one out of three books there. (In other words, for every two books you bring, buy one there.) The books are sold new by Half Price Books, so it’s not like you are paying $20 a book. Buying books there keeps admission and signings free, which I always appreciate. I tend to buy books for my younger siblings for future birthday presents, mostly because not only am I in a family that reads a lot, but they tend not to cost as much and because lines for those particular authors are pretty short. Also, here is the list of books being sold there.

6) If you are bringing several books, or if you know that one author’s line is going to be long, don’t go to the 3:00 session and instead get in line. There is one big line that goes into where the authors are signing, which is then divided into smaller lines for each author. Last year, the line was so long that it went outside and around the building. And remember, this IS Texas, so outside isn’t always… pleasant. Even in March. Point being, get in line early so you don’t end up in the outside part. Also, if you are outside, don’t plan on having time to get all of your books signed. Pick your favorites, note which authors have shorter lines, and go.

7) Some authors (like Marie Lu and Veronica Ross) require you have a special ticket in order to have a book signed by them, which are handed out during the day. Don’t count on being able to get these tickets, though. They run out fairly quickly, even if you run to get in line from the floor above.

8) This is basically an all day event. If you can go with your friends, great! If you can carpool, even better! But you WILL be both tired and hungry by the end of the day, so going out to eat is a perfect way to wind down and to gloat with your friends.

 

These are just a few tips I picked up in my travels, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I can only help, after all.

–Anne

 

 

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Let’s Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


It’s been awhile since I finished A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s still on my mind. It’s been months (!) and I’m still thinking about it. A lot of authors (especially in the young adult genre) make the romance aspect of their story so predictable. Not Sarah J. Maas though! She threw plot twist after plot twist in this story that my head is still reeling after all of it.

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Even though this book is categorized as “young adult”, I would consider it more as a new adult series. There are some sexy times that aren’t censored like most young adult novels. Beware.

One thing I love about this series is the character development. You start off thinking you understand each and every character in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Then you read A Court of Mist and Fury and then you realize that all the things you found holy were a lie because the author decided to throw in some important backstory. Like most people after a major event, the characters change, hence the character development. Each story gives a little more insight into who each character is. A wise ogre once told me, “[People] are like onions. [People] have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.” It’s exactly like that. Every book is like peeling another layer of each character.

If you like finding new OTPs (One True Pairing), then you’d really like this series. There are many couples that I can help but (silently) squeal whenever I think about them because I love them so much. There were some times where I squealed out loud in public when I thought about my OTPs and I’ve gotten some strange looks. It’s okay though. It’s totally worth it.

I find that whenever I read young adult/new adult romance novels, I don’t like the female character because she acts like a damsel in distress all the time. Like, honey, that boy won’t help you unless you help yourself first. Then, in other times, the female is unnaturally emotionally strong. I mean that girl won’t even blink an eye if a puppy was kicked. What will it take to get you to feel sad? Thankfully, that’s not the case with Feyre (the main female protagonist). She’s strong, but she’s also human. She’s feels emotion, dang it, but she doesn’t act weak.

Overall, I liked the story because it was fast-paced and intense. It was like I was on a roller coaster the whole time. There were times where I had to set down the book to wrap my mind around what happened.

If you like fantasy romance novels that are filled with action, heart break, and hot guys, you’ll definitely enjoy A Court of Mist and Fury. My only suggestion is to start with the first book, obviously.

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The North Texas Teen Book Festival is Only 6 Months Away!

Yeah yeah, I know, that’s a long time. The author list doesn’t even come out until November or December, so why are you bringing it up now?

Wait. Okay, let me backtrack. You don’t know what I’m talking about, do you?

The North Texas Teen Book Festival is a yearly event in Irving, Texas. A bunch of authors show up (like, 50+ of ’em) and they get put in groups for decisions based around their books. And we get to watch! Admission is free, AND they do book signings afterwards (also free).

Some reasonable famous authors have showed up in the past. So. Great.

I have a crazy amount of books signed because of this. Wanna see?

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The book where you can’t see the spines I got signed elsewhere. So yeah, it’s a pretty decent portion of my  collection.

Now, the reason I’m bringing this up so early is because they have some volunteer options to help get things ready starting this November. You can get some book swag and volunteer hours and meet other book lovers.

You can find the details at http://www.northtexasteenbookfestival.com/bffs/

In the coming months I’ll be sure to update you on the NTTBF, but until then, hope to see you in Irving!

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Reel Talk: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Movie

Can September come any faster?! This has been the main thought coursing through my head after seeing the amazing trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
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I’m a huge fan of the book, and I’ve been excitedly waiting for news on this movie ever since they started casting in 2014. I was a bit nervous as the release date for the movie shifted from July 31, 2015 to March 4, 2016 then to December 25, 2016 then finally to the official release date of September 31, 2016, but now I’m filled with nothing but excitement for the release.

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Set to star Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, and Ella Purnell, and directed by Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s is sure to be a hit!

Now for those of you who haven’t read the book yet (which is something you should fix before you see the movie!) I’ll fill you in on what’s happening.
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When Jake’s (Butterfield) beloved grandfather leaves him clues to a mystery that spans different times and worlds, he discovers Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a refuge for children with some pretty incredible abilities. As Jake learns more about the residents and their powers the mystery and danger deepen.

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Now that’s all I’m going to say about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I would highly recommend reading the book before you go to see the movie in September! I’ll plan on posting a review of the movie after I watch it.

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With two more books in the series this could be the beginning of a new franchise, now that The Hunger Games series is over and The Divergent series is coming to a close in 2017. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more about this movie and getting a new trailer or some new stills in the future. What do you think of the movie trailer? Are you as excited as I am?

Read more about the movie and see the trailer here

Check out the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs from the library here

See the series on Goodreads here

Until next time,
❥Emma

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Let’s Review: The Weight of Feathers

 

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Isn’t that such an interesting cover? Too bad the story inside wasn’t as great. Because I’m trying to blog all of the books I read for the Hub Challenge (in the spirit of The Weight of Feathers, número tres es completa/numéro trois est terminée. Thanks, Google Translate.), I’m posting about a book I didn’t particularly care for. But…

I’m old, so if you get that reference, good on you! Check the book out for yourself. It’s a 2016 finalist for the Morris Award for debut authors. Click below to see my full review (copied from my Goodreads because I’m lazy like that).

♥ Heather, Youth Services Librarian

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Let’s Review: The Vault of Dreamers

❥Storyline: The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there. (Goodreads) Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Girl Online

❥Storyline: Girl Online follows a 15-year-old blogger who travels on a surprise trip to New York City with her family. While there she meets a boy who changes her life. She can’t stop thinking about him, and for the few weeks that she’s there they’re inseparable. Everything’s going fine, but what she doesn’t expect is for this boy to have a secret and for this secret to threaten not only her blogging life, but her personal life too. Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Black Ice

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❥Storyline: Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? (Goodreads) Continue reading

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