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  • Books, New, Simon

    New Books

    08.10.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Books

    The Crown of Embers, by Rae Carson (410 pages) – This is the sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Elisa has led her people to victory, but now she must harness the power of the Godstone. This can only be done by following the clues found in ancient scripture, hidden catacombs and similary dangerous places. A nice thick fantasy book for this apparently eternal winter, I reckon.

    First line: ‘My entourage of guards struggles to keep pace as I fly down the corridors of my palace. Servants in starched frocks and shined shoes line the way, bowing like dominoes as I pass.

    Small Damages, by Beth Kephart (293 pages) – Kenzie is eighteen and pregnant to her boyfriend, the ambitious Kevin who is headed for Yale. Kenzie is sent to Spain to stay so that she’s closer to her baby’s adoptive parents. She has to cope with the culture shock, a stubborn old cook, and the young and mysterious Esteban with his Hyberian charm and gentle way with horses.

    First line: ‘The streets of Seville are the size of sidewalks, and there are alleys leaking off from the streets.

    Something Strange and Deadly, by Susan Dennard (388 pages) – Victoria-era Philadelphia has a zombie problem, and Eleanor Fitt’s brother has gone missing in New York. He was able to send a cryptic letter via zombie, and for Eleanor to find him she will need the help of the Spirit-Hunters, who defend the city from the weird. This is the first book in a planned trilogy.

    First line: ‘“Dead!” a woman screamed. “It’s the Dead!” My heart shot into my throat, and shocked cries rippled through the station.

    Pushing the Limits, by Katie McGarry (403 pages) – Echo and Noah are both teens whose lives are marred by tragedy and secrets, and both are struggling to regain some semblance of normalcy. They are drawn together, and fall in love. If you like  a “suspenseful plot, dramatic conflicts, and tragic characters” you will like this, a review says.

    First line: ‘“My father is a control freak, I hate my stepmother, my brother is dead and my mother has … well … issues. How do you think I’m doing?”

    Enshadowed : A Nevermore Book, by Kelly Creagh (429 pages) – Book two in a series about a dreamworld inhabited by Edgar Allan Poe’s stories that have come to life. Varen is trapped there, and Isobel is the only person who can save him. Will she save him before he becomes her greatest and most lethal enemy? I don’t knoooooow

    First line: ‘“Edgar?” Speaking softly, Dr. Moran leaned over his patient. His eyes traced the wan and pallid countenance of the famous poet, Edgar Poe.

    Unspoken : The Lynburn Legacy, by Sarah Rees Brennan (373 pages) – This blurb is incredibly complex and difficult, so just read this summary written by Grimm back in July. It is the first in a series, but according to Goodreads there are a couple of short stories in ebook form that are prequels to this book. Get them from her site, maybe.

    First line: ‘Every town in England has a story. One day I am going to find out Sorry-in-the-Vale’s.

    Dead Embers : A Valkyrie Novel, by T. G. Ayer (380 pages) – This is book 2 in a series. (Here’s book 1!) Bryn is a Valkyrie (the Norse angels of death who carry heroes to Valhalla (imagine one of the sets from LoTR but with vikings)). She is in training still! Loki (Norse god of mischief) has somehow stuck her boyfriend in Hel (Hel is the Norse underworld! Boo) and Ragnorok (the Norse apocalypse!) is on its way. So yeah, not much to look forward to.

    First line: ‘Cold burrowed into my knees, digging icy claws deep into bone. Despite the pain, I didn’t move.’

    Between You and Me, by Marisa Calin (243 pages) – Phyre is sixteen and wants to be an actress. She falls in love with the student teacher  of drama class, Mia, which leaves her best friend (who loves Phyre) feeling blue. This book is written as a screenplay, with the best friend never described further than just  the role of “you” in the script. Phyre is “me”, if that makes sense?

    First line: ‘FADE IN

    ‘MY BEDROOM. SEPTEMBER. EVENING.

    ‘Close-up. Heart-shaped pink sunglasses.’


  • Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

    Windows of WOW

    05.10.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Windows of WOW

    Greetings and welcome! As you’ll know, our beloved Chic Librarian is up, up and away on her own adventure, so I’ll be keeping  y’all up to date and in good company while she’s gone.

    And WOW, what a week to start! Wellington is fully glammed up for the World of Wearable Art shows, and I wanted to share my personal picks of the store window-dressing comp that’s on at the mo. You’ll have to forgive the quality of some of these photos; window glare is a foul opponent.

    So here you have it, the premier Style Edit:

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    This one is a personal fave, crafted on behalf of her employer by the ever-swanky Amber Sweet, whose fab blog you can follow here. You can check her design in person on Manners St!

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    I also love this; pretty sure I recall seeing it last year but I can’t resist the gorgeous flowers and the touch of whimsy – also, colourful heels are always a winner for me.

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    This beauty was spotted on Cuba, in a window that regularly sports gorgeous styles and outfit ideas. So only makes sense that their WOW entry, well, wows. Real water! Amaze! And yes, those are tiny goldfish swimming around in the paddling pool.

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    I wish I could show you the front of this one, because it is GLORIOUS. But the window-glare gods said no. So I hope you enjoy this side-view sneak peak, and you can check it for yourself in Cuba Mall.

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    WOWza. Also worth a peak in person; you can find it on Willis Street.

    And, if the recycled fashion extravaganza has spiked your interest in DIY fashion, you should check out our catalogue! We have loads of books that will help! I suggest DIY Fashion by Selena Francis Bryden; it only contains ideas that require no prior skill or a sewing machine. Sweet! We’ve also ordered DIY Fashionista by Geneva Vanderzeil; it isn’t on the shelf yet but you can reserve it here.

    Or, you could always make a hula hoop handbag, just like Karl Lagerfeld…

    Until next week!


  • Books, New, Simon

    New Books

    05.10.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Books

    Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, by Kat Rosenfield (279 pages) – Becca is keen to leave the small town where she grew up. Her boyfriend dumps her, and the body of a girl Becca’s age is found the next day, and Becca is suddenly too unsure and too shaken to gather the will to leave. “Horrifying,” “emotionally arresting,” and a “raw debut.”

    First line: ‘They found her just after dawn on June 24th, crumpled awkwardly by the side of the road with a rust-coloured blossom drying in the dirt beneath her.

    Hidden : A Firelight Novel, by Sophie Jordan (264 pages) – Siteen-year-old Jacinda can turn into a dragon, and now she  must surrender her giant lizardy self to her enemies in order to destroy them. From within! This is the third book in the series, aaaand it’s also the last one.

    First (amazing) line: ‘The air traps hot inside my lungs as I hover outside the van, peering within, studying the shadowed depths, so reminiscent of another van not so long ago.

    Smart Girls Get What They Want, by Sarah Strohmeyer (348 pages) – Three pals – Gigi, Bea, and Neerja – are very smart overachievers, and are all certain that once they leave school for Harvard or Princeton or whatever their lives will be just awesome. They probably will! But in the meantime they decide that they’re missing out on the full highschool experience, so make a pact to face their fears and do something about it.

    First line: ‘Before Bea, Neerja, and I got everything we wanted from high school – the adoration, the fun, the fame, and the super-hot boys – all we did was study.

    The Diviners, by Libba Bray(578 pages) – It is 1926, and New York is pretty swell. It’s the tops! Evie is excited to move there, but she has to live with her occult-obsessed uncle, who she fears will discover her secret occult powers. However, something evil and dark has awoken, and the bodies begin to pile up.

    First lines: ‘In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every lamp blazes. There’s a party going  on – the last of the summer.

    Carnival of Souls, by Melissa Marr (306 pages) – Mallory is a witch! As is the rest of her family, who all some time ago fled the City of Daimons where they lived. Now in the human world, Mallory must always be on the watch for any daimons out to get her. At the City’s heart is the Carnival of Souls, where once every generation the chance to join the ruling elite is up for grabs in deadly competitions. Soon Mallory must face the Carnival. I think! I’m not doing a good job of summarising this one.

    First lines: ‘The man – witch – who’d summoned Selah was nothing like what she’d expected. In truth, he looked no different than many daimons she’d met: implacable expression and a musculature that would serve him well in one of Marchosias’ fighting competitions.

    Drift Race, by David Jubermann (342 pages) – Leon grew up in Japan, but moves back to NZ with his mother. He becomes involved in the world of drift racing, which he thought he’d left behind. In no time at all he ‘spirals into an exciting world of adrenaline, fast cars and high-speed chases,’ and becomes a top competitor. BUT! Death and danger await around the corner (maybe literally?) – will he be okay?

    First line: ‘They were tired – all of them, near the end of their endurance.’

    Geek Charming, by Robin Palmer (338 pages) – This is the book that was the inspiration for ‘the Disney Channel original movie Geek Charming.’ If I had to guess (without reading the blurb) it is about a geek who is in fact a prince! Or a geek who gets a make-over and a girl falls for him! Maybe she kisses a geek and he turns into a prince. Or all of that? Who knows

    First line: ‘One day as I was watching Oprah, waiting for her to get to her “Favourite Things for Spring” segment (she has the cutest taste in accessories), I heard this self-help guru guy say that the word for crisis in Chinese is actually two words: danger and opportunity.

    Betrayal, by Gregg Olsen (273 pages) – This is the second Empty Coffin Novel (Envy was the first). Twins Hayley and Taylor are murder solving slueths in a Washington town that is sometimes called ‘Empty Coffin’ after some old piece of creepy folklore probably. The twins have some supernatural abilities that allow them to receive clues from the dead, often via Scrabble tiles. (Here’s my usual Scrabble message: ‘QZKKCYTP’ or something.)

    First line: ‘Olivia Grant wasn’t exactly sure what she’d expected America to be like, but Port Gamble, Washington, most certainly wasn’t it.


  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: October 2012

    04.10.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: October 2012

    Here are the top 10 requested and borrowed young adult items at Wellington City Libraries! You can also keep an eye on interesting upcoming releases here.

    1. Guardian Angel, Robert Muchamore [no change]
    2. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [no change]
    3. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [no change]
    4. The Rise of Nine, Pitacus Lore [no change]
    5. Reached, Ally Condy (on order) [up 2]
    6. 1D: One Direction: Forever Young [up 4]
    7. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [down 2]
    8. Finale, Becca Fitzpatrick (on order) [down 1]
    9. City of Lost Souls, Cassandra Clare [down 3]
    10. Days of Blood and Starlight, Laini Taylor (on order) [new]


  • Books, Grimm, New

    Looking Forward To:

    03.10.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Looking Forward To:

    Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare. The third (and we think final, although Cassandra Clare has pulled a fast one on us before) in the Infernal Devices trilogy, to be published in March next year. Who is the clockwork princess? Is “Tessa” too obvious an answer – it’s her on the cover we think. They’re not giving much away. The Infernal Devices Facebook Page may be the place to go for news.

    One Shot Kill, Robert Muchamore. This is the sixth book in the Henderson’s Boys series (January 2013). “Spring, 1943. The war is turning against Germany, but Hitler isn’t giving up. In a secret bunker deep in occupied France, scientists are hard at work on Hitler’s latest deadly weapon: code name FZG-76. Back in England Henderson’s boys will need to undergo advanced sniper training if they have any chance of infiltrating the bunker. Parachuting into occupied France, they track down a secret dossier filled with invaluable material and uncover the meaning of the enigmatic code.” (goodreads.com)

    Beautiful Redemption, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. This is the final book in the Beautiful Creatures series (October/November). “Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves. Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect. Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate” (amazon.com)


  • Internet, Library Serf, Writing

    More successful teen authors

    02.10.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on More successful teen authors

    It’s well known that it’s very hard to get your book published. Some writers slave away for years before their first success, while some fortunate and talented people get published as teens. A little while ago we did an investigation into the teen publishing phenomenon, the result being this Top 10 list.

    The trend is still continuing, thanks to the success of Alexandra Adornetto (Halo), Kody Keplinger (The DUFF) and others, as are spotlighted in this YALSA article.

    The article has also got some suggestions for websites for aspiring writers, so it’s well worth a read if you love writing.

    Which reminds us, it’s just one month from Nanowrimo (“thirty days and nights of literary abandon”), where you get to attempt to write a novel in 30 days (while still keeping on top of NCEA).



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