Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

Fashion Friday

30.06.17 | Permalink | Comment?

Nail your lipgloss, lipstick and lipliner application and lift your lip game.
L I P S advises on how to pick the best colours and brands for achieving a range of different looks, and also has really useful stuff like removing lipstick stains and fixing a broken lippy.

Syndetics book coverLips : how to wear lipstick, lip gloss and lift your lip game / by Natasha Devedlaka-Price ; photography by Mick Ackland and Casey Moore.
“Around two-thirds of women count lipstick among their essential luxuries, one in three saying they won’t go without. And with Kylie Jenner’s lip kits almost breaking the internet, it seems women of all ages are crazy about their lips! In Lips, make-up artist Natasha Devedlaka shows you how a little bit of lipstick can build your confidence, boost your mood, and completely change your look. Nothing makes a girl pop like a bright burst of color! And it takes just minutes to apply. Natasha starts with lip care – exfoliating and prepping – and the basics of applying lipstick. She teaches readers how to pick the best red for their skin tone, make lips look thinner or plumper, choose lipstick that lasts all day, and much more. Tutorials feature topics like how to wear matt lipstick, gloss, as well as trends like ombre, nude, contouring lips, and more. This is a fun, stylish book for anyone who loves lipstick.” (Syndetics summary)


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New books

28.06.17 | Permalink | Comment?

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsUnder Rose-tainted skies, Louise Gornall

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did. Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up. (Publisher summary)

First lines: I’m going to kill the damn blackbird sitting on my windowsill, chirping and squeaking at the top of its lungs. It hops back and forth, wings spread and flapping, but has zero intention of taking off.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe careful undressing of love, Corey Ann Haydu

The girls of Devonairre Street in Brooklyn, who have always been told that they are cursed to cause the deaths of anyone who falls in love with them, do not regard the curse as real until the sudden, violent death of a boy they all loved. (Publisher summary)

First lines: When the Minute of Silence hits, I have a glass vase in my hands and I almost drop it. We have been doing it for years, at 10:11 every Tuesday morning, but it takes me by surprise sometimes, still.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsAnd we’re off, Dana Schwartz

Seventeen-year-old Nora Holmes is an artist, a painter from the moment she could hold a brush. She inherited the skill from her grandfather, Robert, who’s always nurtured Nora’s talent and encouraged her to follow her passion. Still, Nora is shocked and elated when Robert offers her a gift: an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe to immerse herself in the craft and to study history’s most famous artists. The only catch? Nora has to create an original piece of artwork at every stop and send it back to her grandfather. It’s a no-brainer: Nora is in! Unfortunately, Nora’s mother, Alice, is less than thrilled about the trip. She worries about what the future holds for her young, idealistic daughter and her opinions haven’t gone unnoticed. (Publisher summary)

First lines: Stop it, Nora. You have more self control than this. My fingers twitch on the keyboard, but my eyes don’t move from the screen. It’s not even that Nick’s Facebook profile is that interesting. It’s just…he changed his profile picture.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRoyce Rolls, Margaret Stohl

After five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear– without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable– save the show. (Publisher summary)

First lines: On May 4, 2016, in the early hours of the morning on one of the better streets of the Huntington Palisades, Talullah Kyong-Grunsburg (thirteen-year-old daughter of Lifespan Network president and chronic insomniac Jeff Grunburg) saw the news on her tumblr feed @AllHailMemeOverlord.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsGenius: the game, Leopoldo Gout

Three underprivileged young prodigies from across the world with incredible skills in technology and engineering team up to become the heroes the world never knew they could be. As 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary, the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution… and get ready to run. (Publisher information)

First lines: Albert Einstein said, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” He’s right. The people I know, they always led with their creativity. And they don’t let age stop them, either.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFour weeks, five people, Jennifer Yu

Obsessive-compulsive teen Clarissa wants to get better, if only so her mother will stop asking her if she’s okay. Andrew wants to overcome his eating disorder so he can get back to his band and their dreams of becoming famous. Film aficionado Ben would rather live in the movies than in reality. Gorgeous and overly confident Mason thinks everyone is an idiot. And Stella just doesn’t want to be back for her second summer of wilderness therapy. As the five teens get to know one another and work to overcome the various disorders that have affected their lives, they find themselves forming bonds they never thought they would, discovering new truths about themselves and actually looking forward to the future. (Publisher summary)

First lines: A few word of advice for those attending Camp Ugunduzi for the first time: Contrary to what the brochure may have told your parents, siblings, grandparents, estranged uncles, teachers, psychiatrists, well-meaning friends, not-so-well meaning friends, and distant relations who “care about you” and therefore shipped you to the middle of upstate New York (read: out of their lives) for one month of summer while everyone else goes kayaking and eats hot dogs, you will probably not discover a way to change your life at this camp.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsUnplugged, Donna Freitas

In the App World, Skye is a sixteen-year-old virtual girl without any glamorous downloads or fancy effects. She joined the App World for the promise of a better, virtual life, but she’s looking forward to her seventeenth birthday, when she gets to unplug, see her mother and sister again, and decide which world she belongs in once and for all. Without warning, the border between worlds suddenly closes. Skye is trapped, and her only chance to unplug and see her family again is to find and help Rain Holt, the son of the most powerful leader in App World, who was also left behind when the border closed. But when Skye unplugs, she discovers that the reasons for the border closing are much bigger than anyone in the App World knows, and that she somehow has a part to play–a part that will turn friends into traitors and strangers into followers. And the only person she can trust–in either world–is herself. (Publisher summary).

First lines: I’ll never forget the day the news rang through the App World. It was early June and I was just a virtual girl looking forward to unplugging on her seventeenth birthday.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsGrace and the fever, Zan Romanoff

Still obsessed with the boy band Fever Dream long after her friends lose interest, Grace unexpectedly meets band member Jes and embarks on an unlikely romance that leads her to confront complex truths about herself and the realities of stardom. (Publisher summary)

First lines: Heyyy girl u up?
That chatbox window blinks from gray to blue, pulsing like a heartbeat. Grace taps her fingertips against the keyboard, listening to the tiny sounds they make, like raindrops hitting glass, plink plink plink.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsBreak me like a promise, Tiffany Schmidt

When new legislation threatens to destroy her family’s operations in the black-market organ trade, Maggie finds herself falling in love with Alex, a computer whiz who makes a shocking revelation. (Publisher summary)

First lines: A long, long time ago, back when I had hair as long and shiny as any of the fairy-tale princesses Mama was always shoving down my throat, I made a promise to run away with the boy I’d chosen to be my prince.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe end of fun, Sean McGinty

Seventeen-year-old Aaron is hooked on FUN, a new augmented reality experience that is as addictive as it is FUN. But when he sets off on a treasure hunt, left by his late grandfather, Aaron must navigate the real world and discover what it means to connect–after the game is over. (Publisher information.)

First lines: Dear To Whom It May Concern or Whatever. This is Aaron O’Faolain and I’ve got some Issues. The directions say I’m supposed to briefly discuss reasons for the Application for Termination of Fun.


Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

Fashion Friday

16.06.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

Digit@l Girls features a selection of social media’s best fashion bloggers. It tells you all about your faves (and will introduce you to 1542165 more). You could also get a few ideas on launching your own fashion blog, hmm?

Syndetics book coverDigit@l girls : fashion’s new tribe : risk takers, rule breakers, and disrupters / Marko MacPherson ; design by Shawn Dahl ; edited by Nicole Phelps ; text by Steff Yotka and Emily Siegel.
“Today’s leading online cultural influencers–the female bloggers, designers, entrepreneurs, and activists–who are shaping what’s hot and what’s not in fashion, beauty, and personal style. Through intimate interviews and stunning photography by Marko MacPherson, this book presents to readers the worlds of these stylish mavens and how they dress and style themselves. A marker of its time, Digit@l Girls features today’s top social-media stars, such as Leandra Medine (The Man Repeller website), Chiara Ferragni (The Blonde Salad website), Ascia Al Faraj (Kuwait fashion blogger and YouTube star), and Andreja Pejic (notable transgender model/actor).” (adapted from syndetics summary)


Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

Fashion Friday

09.06.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

The Way She Wears It is a style guide, but less cringey. It aims to help you nail down your personal style in a really helpful and approachable way. It also gives great advice – my fave being “slowly back away from the stretchy material.”

Syndetics book coverThe way she wears it : the ultimate insider’s guide to revealing your personal style / Dallas Shaw.
“The most highly sought-after fashion illustrator/luxury project designer working today uses her sketches, styling skills and visual expertise to help you develop your eye, define your aesthetic, banish the predictable, stock your wardrobe, and make heads turn in this highly visual and lavishly designed & illustrated personal fashion guide.
Organized around a range of challenges, this lookbook-meets workbook-is a must for every woman, whether you’re a fashion novice trying to figure out your signature style, a fashionista who wants to step up her game, or the most stylish presence in the room looking to stay ahead of the competition. Mixing breathtaking creative visuals–hundreds of photos and drawings, including 100 original pieces of art–and a little bit of girl talk, Dallas teaches every woman how to banish the predictable and develop and maintain their own unique look. She also busts fashion myths, serves up insider industry tricks and expert picks, and most important, inspires you to live beautifully.” (adapted from syndetics summary)


Books

NZ Book Awards finalists for 2017 have been announced!

07.06.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on NZ Book Awards finalists for 2017 have been announced!

And what an amazing selection of titles and authors have been chosen this year! Take a look at the list of finalists in the young adult category in our list below and add them to your reading list! You can read more about these finalists and those in the other categories on the NZ Book Awards website.

Syndetics book coverComing home to roost / Mary-Anne Scott.
“Elliot is on the run from a situation that’s just too big to handle. Sooner or later, though, it’s going to catch up with him. The question is, will he turn and face it head on – or will he let it run him over?” (Library catalogue)

 

 

Image from Fishpond.co.nz1916 : dig for victory / author, David Hair.
“They barely know each other, Māori and Pakeha, traumatized veterans and wide-eyed new recruits, thrown together from all corners of New Zealand, a country so young it barely conceives of itself as a nation. But they’ve arrived in a war like no other: the Great War, a maelstrom of fire, poison gas, artillery, and newly created weapons like aircraft and tanks. They’re armed only with their picks and shovels. They are the New Zealand Pioneer Battalion, they’re going to dig their way into history, yard by yard.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverLike nobody’s watching / L.J. Ritchie.
“Like Nobody’s Watching is a young adult novel that follows Oscar and his friends at their Wellington high school when they hack into the school’s new surveillance system to get evidence to stop bullies from harassing his friend’s little brother. But the power this brings them goes to their heads and they unknowingly go from being the hero to bullies themselves when they release footage that they shouldn’t have. Discusses the highly-debated topic of surveillance and its effect on conformity in a real-life context.” (Library catalogue)

Image from Fishpond.co.nzShooting stars : the private diary of Egan (Bush) Tucker and other stuff / compiled by his friend J.T. ; written by Brian Falkner.
“In 15 years, Egan Tucker has spoken to no one but his mother … Escaping from an abusive husband, Moana (Moma) took baby Ethan to live in the Coromandel bush. For 15 years, Moma taught Egan to survive, and instilled in him her code for a good life. A chance meeting with a DOC deer culler (JT) while out hunting, results in Ethan finding his first friend. And when Moma goes to get supplies one day and never returns, Ethan decides to head to Auckland to get help from his mother’s friend – and also to try and find JT. But Egan finds that survival amongst the streetkids of Auckland is nothing like living in the bush … and he is unprepared for the tragedy that awaits.” (Library catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe severed land / Maurice Gee.
“From the high reaches of a tree, Fliss watches the soldiers attempting yet again to break through the invisible wall. Amid the explosions, a drummer boy tries to escape. As he is about to be shot, Fliss reaches through the wall and pulls him to safety. But Fliss is dismayed to find she has saved an overfed rich boy. She is even more dismayed to learn that she must accompany him back through the wall on a special mission to rescue the Nightingale. The world they have to travel through is a perilous one, full of predatory thieves, slave masters, beggars, dippers, mudlarks, drain-sliders, spies and wall-men. It is a world where the ruling families are caught up in a lethal power struggle. Will Fliss and the despised drummer boy learn to trust each other? Who is the Nightingale? And will they all make it back alive?” (Library catalogue)


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New books

06.06.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on New books

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsWait for me, Caroline Leech

On her father’s farm in Scotland in 1945, Lorna Anderson’s life consists of endless chores, rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Laura is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him — from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany — the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate. (Publisher information).

First lines: Lorna Anderson was ankle deep in muck and milk. And she was late. Again. She really didn’t have time to clean up yet another of Nellie’s messes and still make it to school before the bell. Of course, this wasn’t the first time Lorna had somewhere important to be, yet here she was, broom in hand.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsSeeking Mansfield, Kate Watson

Sixteen-year-old Finley Price has perfected two things: how to direct a world-class production, and how to fly way, way under the radar. The only person who ever seems to notice Finley is her best friend and godparents’ son, Oliver Bertram. Since Finley moved in with her godparents after the death of her father, she and Oliver have grown close. If Finley could just take Oliver’s constant encouragement to heart and step out of the shadows, she’d finally chase her dream of joining the prestigious Mansfield Theater. But when teen movie stars Emma and Harlan Crawford move across the street from the Bertrams, they shake up Finley and Oliver’s stable friendship. As Emma and Oliver grow closer, Finley realizes that Harlan’s attention is shifting to her. She discovers she might have feelings for him too. Or, is she only interested in Harlan because Oliver is taken? Finley doesn’t want to be won, and she doesn’t want to see Oliver with anyone else. To claim Oliver’s heart – and keep her own – she’ll have to find the courage to do what she fears most: step into the spotlight. (Publisher information).

First lines: Finley Price was a fool. She stared at her computer screen with a dry mouth, absent-mindedly rubbing one of the small, circular scars branded into her right shoulder. The words “Mansfield Theatre Youth Application” mocked her in bold font, as if they knew she didn’t deserve the spot.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsContagion, Teri Terry

An epidemic is sweeping the country. There is no cure; and you cannot be permitted to infect others. The very few of the infected who survive are dangerous and will be taken into the custody of the army. Young runaway Callie survived the disease, but not the so-called treatment. Her brother Kai is still looking for her. And his new friend Shay may hold the key to uncovering what truly happened. (Publisher information)

First lines: Erooo…Erooo…Erooo…
Alarms reverberate through my skull, high-pitched and insistent. I scramble out of bed. Disbelief fights reality; how do you think the unthinkable? The fail-safes have failed. This is really happening.
Run.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThick as thieves, Megan Whalen Turner

Kamet, a secretary and slave to his Mede master, has the ambition and the means to become one of the most powerful people in the Empire. But with a whispered warning the future he envisioned is wrenched away, and he is forced onto a very different path. (Publisher information).

First lines: It was midday and the passageway quiet and cool. The stone walls kept out the heat while the openings near the high ceilings admitted some of the sun’s fierce light. Midday, and the houseboy was gone on an errand, probably stealing a nap somewhere, so I was alone at the door, to my master’s apartments, holding my head my hand and cursing myself for an idiot.


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From the stacks

03.06.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on From the stacks

I’ve talked about our stack collection before and I promised to make it a (semi) regular feature, so here’s more picks from our YA stack collection. This time I’m highlighting some novels about teenagers facing the complexities of their lives.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsTree by leaf, Cynthia Voight

Clothide is troubled; her father, a veteran of the First World War, has become a recluse. Her brother is away for the Summer and her beloved friend, the family servant, Lou, has been dismissed by her mother. On top of this, her family are talking about selling the peninsula where they live. Clothilde wishes and prays for life to be different; but she finds the cost of these wishes is almost beyond paying. It’s a beautiful novel, which looks at love, life and relationships to the land you call home.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDeliver us from Evie, M.E. Kerr

Everyone’s talking about Evie Burrman and nothing good. In a small, conservative town this has serious implications for her family. It’s narrated by Evie’s brother Parr, who’s torn between his love for his sister and his need for acceptance. Evie is a wonderful, interesting character in her own right, who stands firm in belief to be true to herself. This book was published in 1994, so some of the writing and attitudes may seem a bit dated, but it’s sensitive and tender – a LGBTQ classic for a reason.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe year they burned the books, Nancy Garden

Teenagers and adults clash over sex education in this novel, set in a small town. The staff at the school newspaper fight amongst themselves about how to deal with this; issues about freedom of speech, belief and freedom are all debated, and some of the characters have higher stakes in this than others. At its core it is a struggle between what the teen characters want to decide for themselves and what the adults want to decide for them – a topic that is still relevant today. Although that cover hasn’t aged nearly as well!

The pigman, Paul Zindel

There are some books that just stay with you, and The Pigman is one of them. Two teenagers entangle their lives with that of a lonely old man, all of them seeking a respite from loneliness. But external circumstances and their own frailty have tragic consequences. It was written in 1968, but still feels incredibly modern in its approach to characters and story.


Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

Fashion Friday

02.06.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

Get your luxe fix with this new doco DVD; sharing eeeeverything you never knew about Tiffany’s and the Little Blue Box. The perfect indulgence for your long weekend.

Crazy about Tiffany’s / a Matthew Miele film.
Tiffany & Co. has captured the aspirational dreams of the world with its legendary jewels, signature blue box, and timeless elegance and sophistication. From past to present, from the behind the scenes characters to those clients beholden to the charm of Tiffany & Co., this full authorized documentary seeks to capture how a simple jewelry store dating from 1837 has woven itself into the American culture and consciousness to become an unparalleled global phenomenon.


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Upcoming Books!

24.05.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Upcoming Books!

Some extra, new, copies of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas arrived today, which got us wondering how long to wait until the next one? (Answer: four-ish months only.) Which then got us thinking about what other interesting stuff might be arriving soon-ish. Here’s a selection!

Tower of Dawn, book 6 in the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas (September). The next smash hit in the smash hit series; September isn’t so far away. This book features Chaol and, not wanting to spoiler things too much, a journey to Antica…

All the Crooked Saints, Maggie Stiefvater (October). We’re curious about this one, being Maggie fans here at WCL. This new book from the author of the Raven cycle and the Wolves of Mercy Falls series promises “Saints, miracles, family, romance, death, redemption” (library supplier). Which is everything really, and quite mysterious.

Convergence, Marita Smith. The first book in a new series by a debut author who is also a gourmet mushroom grower! We like it already. Robyn Greene is a scientist working on a gene that will help humans communicate with animals. When she discovers a genetic mutation that gets a mysterious organisation, the MRI, interested, she must track down the humans with this gene before MRI does…

Thick as Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner, companion novel in the Queen’s Thief series. Megan Whalen Turner takes AGES to write her novels, so this one has been a long time coming and we’re suitably excited. This story follows Kamet, former slave of Nahuseresh, the evil Mede, and an Attolian soldier. The blurb is not telling us which Attolian soldier, but is suggesting we already know them…


Fashion Friday, Style Catalogue

Fashion Friday

19.05.17 | Permalink | Comments Off on Fashion Friday

This sweet wee book chronicles 100 iconic fashion moments in amazing illustrations – including Chanel’s LBD, Bowie’s Union Jack McQueen coat and Audrey Hepburn in Holly Golightly’s chic black Givenchy gown (feat. pastry and dark sunglasses). It also includes high street favourites like Rayban wayfarers, Chuck Taylors and bomber jackets. Totally cute and very whimsical; it’s the perfect coffee table book (or armchair indulgence.)

Syndetics book coverGroundbreaking fashion / Jane Rocca ; illustrations by Juliet Sulejmani.
“A celebration of fashion’s most adventurous, outrageous moments. The modern history of fashion has always had significant turning points that altered everything that came afterwards — from the first outing of Chanel’s little black dress and the scandal of the first mini-skirt to Alexander McQueen’s armadillo shoes and Jean Paul Gaultier’s cone bra for Madonna. This book honours and celebrates these groundbreaking fashion moments. Each of the 100 fashion turning points is illustrated and put into its historical context — how and why it was ahead of the curve. The emphasis is on the designer who created it, the celebrity or personality who wore it and why it was groundbreaking in terms of the social and cultural shift it created.”–provided by publisher’s website.


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