Monthly Archives: May 2012

Book Trailers

Just 2 days left to enter the May Summer Blog Giveaway!

Movie trailers have been around for ages.  But book trailers are still making themselves known.  Don’t know what a book trailer is?  A book trailer is just like a movie trailer…it is a short video to promote a book.  And just like movie trailers, they can be awesome for helping you to decide whether you want to read a book or not.

So here are some fantastic book trailers for upcoming and newly released YA novels!

Shadow and Bone – Leigh Bardugo

Until I Die – Amy Plum

Arise – Tara Hudson

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Teen Book Review!

Today, we’ve got another awesome book review, direct from a WCL teen!  And, don’t forget, there’s only one week left to enter the May Summer Blog Giveaway!

The Immortal Rules
Julie Kagawa

Review by: Cassandra

The Immortal Rules is about a scavenger Allison, who all her life has scavenged for food and supplies to live. Until one day her life get turned upside down when a raid went wrong and she woke up a bloodthirsty monster. The Immortal Rules is about Allison’s adventures as a vampire, how she views new self and her struggle to contain her hunger for blood.

What i liked about this book was how Julie took the idea of are upending doom and the stereotypical vampire and created a new genre of books that mashes together two types of genres that i love!

Book Review: Entwined by Heather Dixon

About the Book – From Goodreads:

Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it’s taken away. All of it.

The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation.

Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest.

But there is a cost.
The Keeper likes to keep things.

Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.

~*~*~*~

Entwined is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses fairytale.  After their mother dies, Azalea and her eleven sisters find themselves stuck in strict mourning; no open curtains, no colourful clothes, no visits from suitors, and absolutely worst all, no dancing.  They are miserable, so when a seemingly perfect escape presents itself in the form of a magic forest where there is dancing every evening, Azalea allows her sisters and herself to enjoy the nightly ritual.  But when things start to turn ugly, and Azalea learns that the mysteriously dark and handsome Keeper is hiding a devastating secret, she knows it is up to her to save her family, and her home.

This is a great read for the summer.  Each of the twelve sisters has her own unique personality and voice in this story, and the scenes with all the sisters were a lot of fun to read.  There are glamorous dances, cute boys, and some dark and creepy scenes in Entwined as well, though the story never strays too far from scenes of lighthearted fun. 

My favourite thing about the book?  Azalea’s kingdom used to be magic, but isn’t anymore…well, mostly.  There are a few leftover pieces of magic in the house, like a rather bitter tea set, with rather bite-y sugar tongs.  And when Azalea’s sweet-minded sister Clover has had enough of the tea set?  Awesome.

My least favourite thing about the book? It would have been interesting to see a darker take on this tale, as I know the story can be quite creepy.  I think there was potential for the ending to be quite a bit more gruesome than it was, but the author decided to take the story in a lighter direction instead.

So, if you are looking for a good summer read, like stories with romance, dancing, and princesses, or just enjoy fairy-tale retellings, you might want to give this book a go.

Looking for similar titles?  Try these!

Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine

Princess of the Midnight Ball – Jessica Day George

Spindle’s End – Robin McKinley

Teen Book Reviews!

Today, we’ve got a couple of book reviews from WCL teens!  Interested in submitting your own book review?  Check out the “Review a Book” Page to find out how!

And, don’t forget to enter the May Summer Blog Giveaway!

Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler

Review by: Maria K.

I think this book is really good because it is really relatable.  I really liked this guy and he was a jerk and everyone said he was but I didn’t care.  In the book Min’s first date with Ed, Ed was late that’s exactly what happened to me but I just left after awhile. He appologized and wanted to hangout again. Reading the book helped me get him over him. I recomed it for girls who realize that the guy they are dating or in “love” with is a jerk to help them get over them.

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

Review by Hannah V.

Hunger Games two surviveing romantic teens.  Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have been entered or chosen for district 12 to face their own death of fears and possibly to have a chance at winning The Hunger Games.  What is the Hunger Games?  The Hunger Games is held in an areana and they get to fight to death I don’t know why they found that amusing but they did.  Katniss and Peeta had to kinda ally together.  When the Hunger Games began Katniess and Peeta are separated they have to fight on their own.  Death, pain, and romantic love.  You should read the Hunger Games or at least watch the movies and both movie and book I would give five stars out of five.  Peeta and Katniss might have a chance winning…

May Summer Blog Giveaway!

Yep…it’s here!  Welcome to the first Summer Blog Giveaway post for 2012!  If you want a chance to win a $15 Chapters Gift Card, simply follow the rules below!

The rules are:

  1. You must be between the ages of 12 and 19.
  2. You must have a valid Wellington County Library card, or if you are under 16, you or your parent or guardian must have a valid WCL card.
  3. You must leave a comment on this post answering the following question: What’s the biggest thing you’ve got planned for this summer?

Post your comment, and check back here at the beginning of June to see who the winner is!

**This Contest is now Closed**

The Movies of Summer 2012

Summer is fast approaching, and one of the best things about summer vacation can be relaxing in a nice air-conditioned movie theatre and catching the best of the summer blockbusters.

So what’s out for teens this summer?

Current TV has created a list of “22 Movies for Teens Summer 2012”, which lists some of the upcoming summer films with teen-appeal.  The list includes: Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, G.I. Joe Retaliation starring Bruce Willis and The Rock, The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, and Sparkle starring Jordan Sparks.

My personal favourite?  That would have to be Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.

 You can check out the entire list here:  http://current.com/10l7skc

So what are your thoughts?  Is this is a good list?  Is something missing?  What are you most looking forward to seeing this summer?

Summer Blog Giveaways – Coming Soon!

It’s May!  Which means that the Summer Blog Giveaways will soon be underway.  Want to win a $15 Chapters Gift Card?  You’ve got 4 chances this summer!  How?  It’s easy.

Once a month, we’ll post a question here on the blog.  (Don’t worry, the Title Post will be “[insert month here] Summer Blog Giveaway”, so it’ll be easy to find)  All you have to do is follow the rules below and answer the question to be entered into the draw.

The rules are:

  1. You must be between the ages of 12 and 19.
  2. You must have a valid Wellington County Library card, or if you are under 16, you or your parent or guardian must have a valid WCL card.
  3. You must leave a comment on the Summer Blog Giveaway post, and answer the question given.

It’s that simple!  Regardless of when the giveaway post goes up, you’ll have until the end of the month to enter the draw.  The winner will be selected at random.

Keep checking back here for the first giveaway post of the summer!