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American Murder Song to Tour This October

imageTerrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, who most recently collaborated on Devil’s Carnival: Alleluiah! are touring again! This time, they’re taking their newest project,  American Murder Song, on the road. Zdunich and Hendelman are calling this the American Wake Tour, and tickets are available here.

The big question: what on earth is Amercian Murder Song? It’s different from Repo: The Genetic Opera and The Devil’s Carnival in that it is not a film. There seems to be an emphasis on live performance, but visuals are still in use. DG’s Debbie Farber got a glimpse of American Murder Song this May. Here are her observations: Continue reading American Murder Song to Tour This October

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Golden: a Review

Golden is the third book in the Heart of Dread series by  Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. imageThe series originally seemed to be about a future where the earth has been devastated and is covered with ice. There are garbage islands floating in the ocean and no food. In the second book we learn that the environment has less to do with global warming and more to do with magic. Magic, with sorcerers and dragons, secret grey tower rooms that hold the key to bringing back or rediscovering other worlds. It’s a different way of looking at current issues, but it removes the substance from these books and sugar coats what is actually happening with our environment. Continue reading Golden: a Review

Congratulations to Our Zeroes Giveaway Winner!

Zeroes signed copyCongratulations to Katie (who has been contacted by e-mail), the winner of our Zeroes giveaway! She has won an advanced reader’s copy of the book signed by Scott Westerfeld himself!

Thank you to everyone who participated! For those of you that didn’t win, I still highly recommend you check out this book–Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti was released last month and can be found bought from any major retailer. If you’re holding out for free books, never fear! We have plenty more giveaways coming your way. Keep an eye out for our October Updates post at the end of this month for the chance to enter another giveaway.

Book Review: The Drafter by Kim Harrison

Another awesome series by Kim Harrison! The Drafter is the first book in her new series, The Peri Reed Chronicles. I wasn’t too sure about this book at first because the idea behind the story is a little freaky. The main character, Peri, is a Drafter.  It’s a little hard to explain, but here goes: Peri can alter time if she’s threatened or on the verge of dying, which she is. Often. Peri works for Opti, a secret government agency that works to protect the innocent population from terrorists and nefarious political rulers. But are they really as beneficent as they appear?

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Zeroes not Heroes–Review and Giveaway

Scott Westerfeld has a brand new book coming out September 29th, and this time he’s teamed up with two other authors–Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. You may have heard of some of Scott Westerfeld’s other work such as Uglies and Afterworlds. Margo Lanagan is an Australian author who’s won critical acclaim for her novel Sea of Hearts, and (according to her Wikipedia page)she writes short stories and YA fiction. The final collaborator on this novel is Deborah Biancotti also from Australia who has written award winning YA short stories, including one collection that touches on super heroes.

We’ve got an extra advanced reader’s copy of the book, signed by Scott Westerfeld himself, that we would love to give to one lucky geekette! Read through to the bottom to find out how you can win.

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Six of Crows Review

Six of Crows coverIf you read Leigh Bardugo’s first series, The Grisha Trilogy, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about when I say I didn’t want to leave that universe, and when I was done with the series all I wanted to do was go back. Well, with Six of Crows, that’s exactly what happens, we get to go back to the Grisha Universe. It doesn’t have any of the same characters, but for the record, you will fall in love with these new characters. This time we’re in Kerch, a small country that has a very seedy side by the shoreline. There are casinos run by gangs, drugs, and evil madams running houses of pleasure.

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Book Review: The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by Katherine Howe

The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen is Katherine Howe’s latest book encompassing New York City’s romantic and tragic history. It follows the story of two teenagers maneuvering through tough relationships in their struggle to find themselves.

Wes is an awkward 19 year old boy from Madison, Wisconsin attending NYU’s summer film program. His one and only desire is to be able to transfer from his mid-western school to be able to attend Tisch and pursue his dream of making documentary films. At one point in the story Wes says, “I want to live New York City. Not live in it, but live it. I want to be alive. Right here, right now.”

 


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2015 Women World Cup Champions First to Ride Along the Canyon of Heroes

On July 5, in front of a crowd of over 53,000 and 26 million viewers at the FIFA 2015 World Cup, the United States Women’s soccer team trounced the Japanese women 5-2. After barely defeating England, Japan made an even poorer showing against the USA. In the first three minutes of this amazing game, Carli Lloyd scores on a corner kick from Megan Rapinoe and then within minutes she does it again. With a score of 2 – 0 and 14 minutes into the game Lauren Holiday scores allowing the USA women to go ahead by 3 goals. The real thrill came when Carli Lloyd scores again for a hat-trick, the first hat trick in women’s World Cup history.

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