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  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: October 2013

    03.10.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: October 2013

    It’s business as usual for the most popular YA titles this month. If there’s something you really want to read, place a reserve! (Also have a look to see if we’ve got the ebook.) If there’s something you really want to read and we don’t have it, let us know about it and we’ll see if we can order it in.

    1. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [no change]
    2. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
    3. The Fall of Five, Pittacus Lore [up 1]
    4. Black Friday, Robert Muchamore [no change]
    5. 1D: One Direction: Forever Young [up 1]
    6. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [up 2]
    7. Light, Michael Grant [down 4]
    8. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [down 1]
    9. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [up 1]
    10. Divergent,Veronica Roth [down 2]
    10. Champion, Marie Lu [new, on order]


  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: September 2013

    03.09.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: September 2013

    These are the top 10(ish) most requested items in the young adult collection so far this month. Allegiant, the final (but who knows?) in the Divergent trilogy has toppled John Green off his perch. Great scott. Also noteworthy, Into the River was the overall winner of the New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards this year. Nice to see a New Zealand book in the list!

    YA movie trivia: both Hazel and Augustus from the Fault in our Stars movie (2014) also star in Divergent (also 2014).

    1. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [up 1]
    2. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [down 1]
    3. Light, Michael Grant [no change]
    4. The Fall of Five, Pittacus Lore [up 2]
    4. Black Friday, Robert Muchamore [up 2]
    6. 1D: One Direction: Forever Young [down 2]
    7. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [up 2]
    8. Divergent,Veronica Roth [up 1]
    8. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [no change]
    10. Into the River, Ted Dawe (New Zealand author) [new]
    10. Insurgent, Veronica Roth [back]


  • Books, Grimm, New

    New Next Month(ish)

    28.08.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Next Month(ish)

    These are all due to arrive some time in September (or early October if the boat is super-slow). Some suspenseful stories (with a bit of fantasy), and one about discovering your niche.

    Shadows, Robin McKinley – “Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But – more importantly – what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago. Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too – and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know… until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.” (goodreads.com)

    All the Truth That’s in Me, Julie Berry – “Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember – even if he doesn’t know it – her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.” (goodreads.com)

    This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila Sales – “Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.” (goodreads.com)

    The Messengers, Edward Hogan – “When fifteen-year-old Frances is sent down to the coast to Helmstown, to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin, she meets and befriends Peter Kennedy, a somewhat tramp-like character who lives in a beach hut along the seafront. As soon as they meet, Peter recognizes that Frances is a messenger, just like him. As messengers, they experience black-outs, and when they come round, they have the ability to draw, in minute detail, the scene of an accident. Although Frances can’t change the past, she realises that she can change the future, at least for a chosen few.” (goodreads.com)


  • Books, Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: August 2013

    09.08.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: August 2013

    Black Friday, the new book in the spin-off CHERUB series, makes it into the list of the ten most reserved YA titles this month. There are lots of things we’re looking forward to arriving over the next few months (Allegiant, The Fall of Five, Black Friday, plus many others). It’s all good.

    1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
    2. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [up 5]
    2. Light, Michael Grant [no change]
    4. 1D: One Direction: Forever Young [down 1]
    5. The Fall of Five, Pittacus Lore [up 5]
    6. Black Friday, Robert Muchamore [new]
    7. Looking for Alaska, John Green [down 2]
    8. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [down 1]
    9. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [down 5]
    9. Divergent,Veronica Roth [back]


  • Happenings, Wellington

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, August 10-11

    08.08.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, August 10-11

    There’s no shortage of shindigs to get you out of the house and into the streets of Wellington this weekend. Here’s a quick run-down of what we’ve circled with our highlighter.

    The New Zealand International Film Festival continues and included is the world premiere of Fantail. Rachel and Rebecca made some picks in last week’s Trailer Tuesday. Also in film this weekend is the fundraising screening of documentary Maidentrip about kiwi-born Laura Dekker’s solo adventure around the world aboard yacht Guppy. Proceeds to Wellington Ocean Sports.

    One of Wellington’s best and formerly hidden treasure troves of Zines and art, Matchbox Studios has a grand opening at its new street front location.

    The next round of New Zealand’s Got Talent auditions stop into the St James.

    Museum of Wellington City & Sea continue with their L!VE Music sessions on Sunday.

    Wellington’s gonna get a pop-up chocolate factory on Queens Wharf this weekend – YUM! If you need more convincing their website has a puppy picture.

    Newtown’s National Hockey Stadium will host matches between Capital & Southern.

    The always thought-provoking World Press Photos exhibition is in town and hanging out on Willis Street.

    If you haven’t had a chance to yet Young & Hungry is in its last weekend at Bats. It’s well worth the outing.

    In new music for the playlist this week Indie band Typhoon, from Portland Oregon, have released a sneak peak of their new album White Lighter. They’re a bit of a well kept secret and it’s not really a sneak-peak it’s a peak in entirety. If you’re a fan of indie bands like the Fleet Foxes, Beirut, Boy & Bear, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Band of Horses etc we reckon you’ll dig these guys.

    Have a good one!


  • Grimm, Most Wanted

    Most Wanted: July 2013

    03.07.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Most Wanted: July 2013

    Two new titles are in this month’s top 10 most wanted YA list – Allegiant, the last in the Divergent trilogy, and The Fall of Five, the fourth book in the Lorien Legacies. Series rule okay, but John Green is still awesome.

    1. The Fault in Our Stars, John Green [no change]
    2. Light, Michael Grant [no change]
    3. 1D: One Direction: Forever Young [up 1]
    4. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins [up 2]
    5. Looking for Alaska, John Green [no change]
    5. Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare [down 2]
    7. Allegiant, Veronica Roth [new]
    7. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins [down 1]
    9. The Elite, Kiera Cass [down 1]
    10. The Fall of Five, Pittacus Lore [new]
    10. Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins [down 1]


  • Books, New, Rebecca

    New Books

    17.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Books

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsFat Angie, e. E. Charlton-Trujillo (263 pages) – Angie is broken — by her can’t-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn’t kept the pain (or the shouts of “crazy mad cow!”) away. Having failed to kill herself — in front of a gym full of kids — she’s back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn’t exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. But can the daring new girl really change anything?

    First lines: “This was the beginning. Angie bit the end of her thumbnail awaiting the result. She had – unwittingly – found a rival.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsRevenge of the girl with the great personality, Elizabeth Eulberg (261 pages) – Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup). Lexi’s sick of it. She’s sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them, of being ignored by her longtime crush, of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom and she’s sick of having all her family’s money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection. The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren’t going to know what hit them. Because Lexi’s going to play the beauty game – and she’s in it to win it.

    First line: “Applying butt glue to my sister’s backside is, without question, not the first way I’d choose to spend a weekend.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsInheritance, Lisa Forrest (376 pages) – Tallulah has always know she was different. She can communicate without speaking, a secret she shares only with her childhood nanny, Irena, who warns Tallulah that gifts like hers are not always welcome. When Tallulah begins training at the prestigious Cirque d’Avenir school, it soon becomes clear the troupe is not all that it seems. As Tallulah is drawn deeper into a world of dark, ancient powers and centuries-old greed, she must call on the skills Irena taught her – and on the protection of the mysterious cuff Irena gave her for safekeeping.

    First line: “Tallulah Thomson could feel an insistent press on her shoulder but she was too exhausted to move; the muggy warmth that hovered on the edge of her consciousness promised no relief from the battle she’d been caught up in.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsDiva, Jillian Larkin, (280 pages) – This is the third in the Flappers series which finds the girls spending the last glorious days of summer sunbathing with socialites at Forrest Hamilton’s swanky villa. But Gloria Carmody is hiding an oh-so-scandalous secret while Clara Knowles is left heartbroken and depressed after Marcus leaves her for another girl. Lorraine Dyer thinks it will be a loveless marriage however and decides to save Marcus from it.

    First lines: “All his life, Jerome had dreamed of crowds screaming his name. But this wasn’t what he’d had in mind.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsNobody’s secret, Michaela MacColl (240 pages) – It’s 1846, and for fifteen-year-old Emily Dickenson, every day follows the same pattern: chores, chores, and more chores. A flirtation with mysterious, handsome young man therefore is a welcome distraction. Even if he playfully won’t tell her his name. That is, until he turns up dead in her family’s pond. Stricken with guilt, Emily sets out to discover who this enigmatic stranger was before he’s condemned to be buried in an anonymous grave. Her investigation takes her deep into town secrets, blossoming romance, and deadly danger.

    First lines: “Emily lay perfectly still, hidden in the tall grass, her eyes closed tight. A chain of wildflowers lay wilted around her neck. But no matter how quiet she was, the bee would not land on her nose.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe lost girl, Sangu Mandanna (390 pages) – Fifteen-year-old Eva is the ultimate insurance policy: she’s an echo, created by the “Weavers” to be an exact replica of her original, an Indian girl named Amarra. Eva’s entire life has been dedicated to studying Amarra’s life; should Amarra die, Eva will replace her, with only Amarra’s family the wiser. Shortly after Eva and Amarra turn 16, Eva is ripped from everything and everyone she holds dear to move from England to India, where echoes are illegal (meaning her death if she is found out), to fulfill her purpose.

    First lines: “I remember being in town with Mina Ma. I must have been about ten. She wanted to buy a lottery ticket and I stood outside the newsagent’s and looked in the window of the toyshop next door.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe originals, Cat Patrick (293 pages) – Lizzie is a clone, one of three 16-year-old “sisters,” raised under the strict supervision of their scientist mother. Everyone outside the house thinks Lizzie, Ella, and Betsey are the same person, Elizabeth Best, since their mother has the girls living in shifts but the girls are growing increasingly resistant to this arrangement, especially after Lizzie and Ella fall for two different boys at school. While the cloning isn’t really explored, it serves as a tool to explore themes of identity, sisterhood, and family.

    First lines: “My part is first half. I go to student government, chemistry, trigonometry, psychology, and history at school, then do the rest of the day at home.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThis is what happy looks like, Jennifer E. Smith (404 pages) – Perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet online when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig, Wilbur. The two 17-year-olds strike up an e-mail relationship from opposite sides of the country and don’t even know each other’s first names. What’s more, Ellie doesn’t know Graham is a famous actor, and Graham doesn’t know about the big secret in Ellie’s family tree. When the relationship goes from online to in-person, they find out whether their relationship can be the real thing.

    First lines: “Hey, we’re running pretty behind here. Any chance you could walk Wilbur for me tonight?”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsMind Games, Kiersten White (241 pages) – from the same author who brought you the Paranormalcy trilogy comes a new novel about two sisters, bound by impossible choices but who are determined to protect each other no matter the cost. Seventeen-year-old Fia and her sister, Annie, are trapped in a school that uses young female psychics and mind readers as tools for corporate espionage – and if Fia doesn’t play by the rules of their deadly game, Annie will be killed.

    First lines: “My dress is black and itchy and I hate it. I want to peel it off and I want to kick Aunt Ellen for making me wear it.”

    book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe Lucy variations, Sara Zarr (304 pages) – Sixteen-year-old San Franciscan Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. Her chance at a career has passed, and she decides to help her ten-year-old piano prodigy brother, Gus, map out his own future, even as she explores why she enjoyed piano in the first place.

    First lines: “Try harder, Lucy. Lucy stared down at Madame Temnikova’s face. Which seemed incredibly gray. Try. Harder. Lucy.”


  • Happenings, Music, Wellington, Writing

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 13-14 June

    13.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 13-14 June

    This weeks weekend is all about the stars, every pun intended. It’s official Matariki celebrations have started and as a continuation from last weekend there are a host of events about the town to keep us all entertained.

    Like any good New Year shindig Matariki’s all about reflecting on the year that has past and ushering in, hopefully, an even better one. While looking back and forward can mean a whole lot of different things to all of us the spirit of the season is to come together, share and celebrate. So with that in mind here’s a run down of Matariki inspired events to get us out and about with our municipal kinfolk.

    As usual our shiny waterfront centrepiece Te Papa has a plethora of things on. They’re putting on a concert series with some great artists appearing Friday night including; Whirimako Black, Mihirangi and J & his geeks for all you NZ’s Got Talent fans. A clebration of the last year in New Zealand film making will happen on Sunday under the moniker of Matariki Film Festival: Whanau Shorts 2013. A Matariki craft village will also pop up on Saturday in the foyer to showcase a wide range of crafts for all you bohemian folk. This year there is an emphasis on navigation and it could be a great time for all you young adventurers to scrub up on South Pacific exploration.

    Just outside Te Papa there will also be waka tours on Saturday.

    One of our other swell museums, the Museum of Wellington: City & Sea is currently running an exhibition celebrating the creativity of us all here at Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui (the head of Maui’s fish).

    If you’d prefer something a bit more literary and find yourself over the age of 15 Patricia Grace’s Tu has been adapted by Hone Kouka and is running at Circa Theatre.

    Want to hang with stars in another way? Author Mal Peet will be popping into the Central Library on Sunday to run a special one off creative writing course for young writers.

    In sport the local roller derby girls meet again in TSB for a bout between Smash Malice & Brutal Pageant.

    If you’ve tuned in to find something for your playlist this week why not try Portugal. The Man. Off of their new album Evil Friends here’s ‘Atomic Man’. Happy weekend!


  • Events, Happenings, Movies, Music, Sport, Wellington

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 8-9 June

    06.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 8-9 June

    What up! Another weekend looms and here’s some sweet stuff to do with it.

    No doubt you’ve heard about The Great Gatsby (a lot) by now, it feels like they’ve been building hype for eternity. It’s finally here and it looks pretty suave! (Rated M)

    But did you know it was a book first? Sure was, it’s an American Classic by one great F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also, it’s not The GG’s first dance across the silver screen.

    Matariki 2013 celebrations start up in Poneke with the arrival of waka Te Matau a Maui. There’s a calender load of events to keep you busy over the next few weeks of the Maori new year celebration.

    Sporty peepz!  The Championship Tournament of the Woman’s Basketball League is at Te Rauparaha Arena over at neighb’s Porirua. Maori ball game Ki o Rahi will have a Matariki special in Waitangi Park from 6pm Friday night (brought to you by body R2R).

    The other big thing this weekend is our (Wellington’s) Jazz Festival. Before you scoff take note, Jazz is the original bad boy of music. You can thank it for paving the way to all our modern jams and the term “hipster”. Appreciate. There is a caps worthy TONNE of events going down for it. One pretty special looking one is the pop up jams planned for the city streets Friday and Saturday – keep your eyes peeled.

    Shakespeare fans beware this Globe On Screen viewing at Lighthouse Cinema (a nice follow up to the recent Sheila Winn festivities).

    Feeling exhausted yet?

    Here’s a diddy for the weekend playlist. Lorde’s most recent ‘Tennis Court’. Peace!
    Tennis Court by LordeMusic


  • Happenings, Music, Wellington

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 18-19 May

    16.05.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 18-19 May

    Greetings!

    Here’s our weekly run down of what’s on about this splendid city during the weekend.

    The mind blowing moving image exhibition “Moving On Asia” has only a fortnight left at Wellington’s City Gallery.

    Our freshest up and coming young comedians perform at Bats theatre in “Class Comedians“.

    After some free film? The New Zealand Film Archive is currently hosting Samin Son TV – a self titled exhibition of Son’s time in the Korean Army. It sounds pretty interesting and is… the big ol’ price of NOTHING.

    The Documentary Edge Film Festival continues.

    In music news it’s still New Zealand Music Month. Lorde released the music video for Royals (below) this week – she’s going to be a superstar. The Naked And Famous snuck this single, ‘A Source Of Light’, into the webosphere off of their upcoming remixes and b-sides follow up to Passive Me, Aggressive You.

    Big international drops for the weekend playlist include The National’s ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ (itunes streaming), Daft Punk’s  ‘Random Access Memories’ (itunes streaming) and Vampire Weekend’s  ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’.

    Canada’s most famous (and only) astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield returned to earth this week but not before gifting planet earth another of his amazing videos. Music + science = awesome!

    Happy weekending!


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