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Field Trip!

This morning, I went back to my elementary school and talked to one of my favorite teachers’ classes. Another favorite set it up and getting to see Mrs. Ennis and Mrs. Pappas made this the best day ever (even before getting to talk about books and blogging and BEA for an hour)!
 I know that we hear all these stories about how no one reads anymore, but it was a class full of actively literate people. As you know, I love talking about books and the authors I love. And I could tell they felt the same way–they told me their favorite books and authors, and showed me what they were reading now and they were all SO EXCITED about all of it. 
And guys, I am SO BEHIND on my reading. I have to read Rick Riordan and the Charlie Bone series and like 50,000 others that I’ve scrawled on a piece of paper. I don’t know when I’ll get to it (I’m going to stay on top of review books in 2017, I swear!) but I’ll get to everything eventually. (Shut up, YES I WILL.)
Book people are the best people and I’m really happy to report that the next generation of book people are doing just fine. 

I Hope You Forgive Me

This week Liza Wiemer is launching a new initiative, I HOPE YOU FORGIVE ME. IHYFM is a revolutionary website that asks teens and adults to anonymously share moments from their teen years they wish they could ask forgiveness for but have never had the courage to. Until now.
During your teen years…

Who hasn’t done something stupid? Thoughtless? Rude? Cruel? Mean?

Who hasn’t made mistakes? Done things they regret? 

Who hasn’t been afraid to ask forgiveness, but instead chose silence?

Who hasn’t wished they had said, “I’m sorry,” but now it’s too late? 

It’s not.

I HOPE YOU FORGIVE ME is the opportunity to share your burden. To admit what you’ve done. Anonymously. So that teens can learn from your experience. 

Let’s make a difference. Together.
All stories shared are anonymous – no telling details save for details you provide are shared publicly. The goal is the bring people together and help today’s teens realize they are not alone by reading the experiences of others.
For more information or to share your own story, visit http://ihopeyouforgiveme.com/

Happy Halloween!

As you know, this is my favorite day. And since we’re all entitled to one good scare, here are some of my favorite scary movies. 

70s:

1) Halloween

2) Jaws

3) Alien

4) The Omen

5) Carrie

80s: 

1) Nightmare on Elm Street

2) Child’s Play

3) Poltergeist

4) Halloween III: The Season of the Witch

5) Friday the 13th

90s:

1) Candyman

2) The Blair Witch Project

3) Scream

4) The Silence of the Lambs

5) I Know What You Did Last Summer

Recent ones:

1) The Purge

2) The Strangers

3) The Conjuring

4) Sinister

5) Hush (Netflix one)

Sequels:

1) The Conjuring 2

2) Scream 2

3) Friday the 13th 4

4) Child’s Play 2

5) Nightmare on Elm Street 3

Remakes:

1) Texas Chainsaw Massacre

2) Friday the 13th

3) The Amityville Horror

4) Dawn of the Dead

5) The Evil Dead

YA Books Still Eligible For Cybils Nomination

So, as you know, I’m a first round Cybils judge. I’m briefly emerging from my reading to point out that, while we’ve had about 50 books nominated and eligible so far, there are still a lot of great ones you can pick.

1) All the Feels by Danika Stone

2) Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson

3) Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

4) Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

5) The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely

6) Wrecked by Maria Padian

7) My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul

8) Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

9) Thicker than Water by Kelly Fiore

10) When the Moon Was Ours by Annmarie McLemore

11) Wanderlost by Jen Malone

12) You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

13) A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody

14) The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

15) Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

Click here for more information and a link to nominate.

Finn’s Choice

Finished Finn’s Choice by Darby Karchut. I received a copy for review. This originally ran last month. 

It breaks my heart that this is the last Finn Finnegan book. This series has been such an absolute delight and, while this book was everything I could’ve possibly wanted, I am not ready to say goodbye to Finn or Gideon. 

It helps that there’s a little crossover between both of Darby’s other series…but it doesn’t help that much because I will probably never read a new Finn story again and frankly, that’s unacceptable. 

If you are looking for a fantastic MG series that features one of the best father/son relationships ever plus Irish folklore plus strong characters, read these four books. You’ll thank me later.

Highly recommended. 

Watching Edie

Finished Watching Edie by Camilla Way. I received a copy for review. 

This is told from Edie’s perspective now and from her friend Heather’s perspective in the past. Some unknown event has shattered their friendship (we don’t know what or whose fault it is). Edie’s got a new baby (and a pretty big case of post-partum depression) and Heather magically appears to help. And honestly, she’s creepy. Like Single White Female creepy. 

This whole book is creepy. And intense. And when we finally learn what happened and why…WOW. The revelation calls everything else in the book into question. In that respect, it’s not unlike Gone Girl, though that’s really the only similarity there. 

This is a completely unexpected novel. Recommended. 

Copper Veins blog tour

Book information, synopsis and Goodreads link and Pre-order links:

 Title: Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3)

Author: Jennifer Allis Provost

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

 But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

 After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man—make that elf—for her?

 Was marrying him a mistake?

 
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23550747-copper-veins?from_search=true&search_version=service
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Copper-Veins-Legacy-Jennifer-Provost-ebook/dp/B00RKQDAG8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467399778&sr=8-1&keywords=Copper+Veins#nav-subnav
Barnes & Noble Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/copper-veins-jennifer-allis-provost/1120963884?ean=9781633920101

 
Author Bio and social media links:
Author Bio:


Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

Author Social Media Links:

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2975887.Jennifer_Allis_Provost
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/copperraven/
WEBSITE: http://authorjenniferallisprovost.com/
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/parthalan

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Deadpool

Why I chose Deadpool: Because everyone loves it

Seen before? No

Would I recommend it? Yes! To anyone who’s not easily or moderately easily offended. 

You guys, I loved this movie. It’s crazy violent, wickedly funny and just over the top in the best way. I think this is my new favorite superhero movie. 

Ryan Reynolds is perfect in this. It’s super meta but that basically just makes this the superhero version of Scream. 

I love everything about this movie.