Book Cover Battle: “The Girl At Midnight” by Melissa Grey – US Cover VS. UK Cover

27 Apr

Girl at Midnight US UK Cover

Tomorrow (April 28) is the debut of author Melissa Grey’s young adult novel The Girl At Midnight, and while we’re still writing up our complete review, we can tell all fans of magic, fantasy and young adult books that you need this one in your life.

To celebrate its release, we thought we’d kick off our very first book cover battle, where we pit two book covers against one another. To the death.

Which cover do you prefer, the US version (left) or the UK version (right)?

Keep on reading for a synopsis of The Girl at Midnight and vote on which version you prefer below!

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“The Little Prince” English Language Trailer Will Make You Feel All the Things

21 Apr

The international English language trailer for Paramount Picture’s adaptation of the French novella The Little Prince has arrived. And it. Looks. Gorgeous.

What are these feelings we’re feeling!?!

While the frame narrative is told in stunning CGI, the adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s story is presented in whimsical stop-motion animation.

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YOLO: Cassie-la Buries Herself in “Denton Little’s Deathdate” by Lance Rubin

13 Apr

Denton Little's DeathdateDenton Little’s Deathdate by Lance Rubin (Galley)
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Genre: Fiction, young adult, dark humor, think if Final Destination were a rom-com
Rating: 3.89 out of 5 stars

Summary: In the not-so-distant future, scientists can determine the day you will die. For Denton Little, who will die at the tender age of 16, that day is tomorrow. Denton has his deathday all planned out, but nothing goes according to plan when he gets pulled into a love triangle, meets a strange man from his past, discovers buried secrets and avoids his impending death at all costs. Will he survive to see prom night or will fate and his deathdate prevail?

The honest, quirky and over the top protagonist in Denton Little’s Deathdate (not Denton’s Little Deathdate) is for obvious reasons, Denton Little, a 16-year-old who has only one day left to live and who (despite his best efforts) can’t seem to get his last days on earth right.

How does Denton know his days are numbered? The book is set in a semi-futuristic world where citizens know what day they’re going to die (from the age of 5 and up) thanks to AstroThanatoGenetics (ATG), a science-fiction-esque study pioneered by a Nobel-Prize winning monster/genius — depending on your viewpoint.

By studying a baby’s hair and blood and the DNA of their parents, scientists and statisticians are able to somehow determine one’s deathdate (don’t think about it too much), which is mandatory for all citizens in the US, UK and Germany.

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True Story: Jon Snow Knows Nothing About Dinner Parties

7 Apr

Ever wanted to invite Jon Snow from “Game of Thrones” over for a dinner party?

Well don’t.

Seth Meyers learned this the hard way when he asked the bastard on the wall over for dinner (they met at Crossfit) with some friends — then things got super awkward, because Jon Snow knows nothing about dinner parties.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s March 2015 Book Haul

5 Apr

New Book Releases

March 2015 Book Haul New

1. The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente
2. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
3. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan
4. Less Than Hero by S.G. Browne [READ FULL REVIEW]

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s March 2015 Reading List

3 Apr

March 2015 Reading List

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Victoria Schwab’s brand new series about four Londons, a cross-dressing wannabe pirate thief and a magician with a multi-sided coat is everything I wanted but never knew I needed in my fantasy series. [READ FULL REVIEW]

The Walking Dead Vol. 23: Whispers into Screams by Robert Kirkman
Unlike that lackluster television adaptation, Robert Kirkman’s zombie comic is still going strong — despite a sudden time jump, but thanks to a terrifyingly creepy (and gross) new group of survivors.

Less Than Hero by S.G. Browne
In the latest novel from S.G. Browne, a group of professional guinea pigs (those who test drugs for pharmaceutical companies) gain otherworldly super powers in this story that is part satire and part cautionary tale. [READ FULL REVIEW]

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Ryan Reynolds Announces “Deadpool Movie Will Be Rated R By Knocking Mario Lopez Unconscious

2 Apr

In case you did not yet know, there’s a Deadpool movie coming out starring Ryan Reynolds, which thankfully has nothing to do with his Deadpool character from that horrible Wolverine prequel that shall not be named.

Backstory aside, Reynolds frightened a lot of people yesterday (April Fool’s Day) by mentioning that the film in question would receive a PG-13 rating. A decision which would have the Merc with the Mouth heavily censored.

Bonus: at least he would still have a mouth.

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