Sunday, November 17, 2013

Trivia Event Answers [Trivia]

1. Who wrote Catching Fire?
SUZANNE COLLINS
2. How many people live in District 12’s Victors Village?
3
3. Who represents District 12 in the 75th Annual Hunger Games?
KATNISS & PEETA
4. What is Gale’s mother’s name?
HAZELLE
5. What is the name of District 12’s Mayor’s daughter?
MADGE
6. What district do the tributes from District 12 stop in first?
11
7. Who gets engaged?
KATNISS & PEETA
8. Bonnie & Twill are from what district?
5
9. What does Katniss smell on President Snow’s breath?
BLOOD (ALSO ACCEPTED ROSES)
10. What name does Katniss write on her training dummy?
SENECA CRANE
11. Who do Distict 12’s tributes ally themselves with?
MAGS & FINNICK (ALSO ACCEPTED JOHANNA)
12. Who is Finnick’s love?
ANNIE
13 What nicknames does Johanna give Beetee and Wiress?
NUTS & VOLTS
14. What animal cries like Prim?
JABBERJAY
15. Who sacrifices themselves to the fog to save someone else?
JOHANNA
16. True or False: Katniss is captured by the Capitol.
FALSE
17. What everyday item does the arena resemble?
CLOCK
18. What is Peeta’s favorite color?
ORANGE
19. What is Finnick’s last name?
ODAIR
20. Why is Gale whipped by a Peacekeeper?
ILLEGAL HUNTING (ACCEPTED ANYTHING ABOUT A 'TURKEY')
21. This is a freebie.  Sweet.  Leave it blank and you get it right.  Just for hanging in for so long.

22. What color is the cover of Catching Fire?
RED (ALSO ACCEPTED ORANGE)
23. What is the publishing company of Catching Fire?
SCHOLASTIC
24. The first word in the book is:
I (ALSO ACCEPTED "PART")
25. What are the last five words in Catching Fire?
THERE IS NO DISTRICT TWELVE

How did YOU do?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Catching Fire Trivia Challenge [Event] [Trivia] [Giveaway]



Last night I Heart Monster held a Trivia Challenge at Bookman's Entertainment Exchange in Mesa.  There were crafts and goodies and prizes for anyone who participated (there were fun archers hidden all around the store to exchange for a mockingjay charm!)

We had a lot of fun, the trivia challenge winner getting 23/25 questions correct!  She won a $25 Bookman's gift certificate and everyone who played got an entry for every correct trivia answer for a pair of movie tickets to the premiere.

So, wanna know how you stack up?  Here are the questions we asked last night.  We'll post the answers Saturday evening in a seperate post so that you can see how you did!

1. Who wrote Catching Fire?
2. How many people live in District 12’s Victors Village?
3. Who represents District 12 in the 75th Annual Hunger Games?
4. What is Gale’s mother’s name?
5. What is the name of District 12’s Mayor’s daughter?
6. What district do the tributes from District 12 stop in first?
7. Who gets engaged?
8. Bonnie & Twill are from what district?
9. What does Katniss smell on President Snow’s breath?
10. What name does Katniss write on her training dummy?
11. Who do Distict 12’s tributes ally themselves with?
12. Who is Finnick’s love?
13 What nicknames does Johanna give Beetee and Wiress?
14. What animal cries like Prim?
15. Who sacrifices themselves to the fog to save someone else?
16. True or False: Katniss is captured by the Capitol.
17. What everyday item does the arena resemble?
18. What is Peeta’s favorite color?
19. What is Finnick’s last name?
20. Why is Gale whipped by a Peacekeeper?
21. This is a freebie.  Sweet.  Leave it blank and you get it right.  Just for hanging in for so long.
22. What color is the cover of Catching Fire?
23. What is the publishing company of Catching Fire?
24. The first word in the book is:
25. What are the last five words in Catching Fire?

There was a copy of the book sitting on the table, so it's totally fair to consult a closed copy for questions 1, 22, & 23 if you truly want an apples:apples comparison against the winner.  Though my suspicions are that if you know the answer to Question 19, you totally know the answers to those *wink*.

I also have one more bracelet left over from the swag giveaway we did at the IHM Facebook page last night (see!  pays to Like our page!) that a first commenter here with the correct answer to Question 4 can have!  Be sure to leave your email addy and we will contact you for your shipping information.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Third Quarter Quell Tomorrow! [Local Events]

We are partnering with Bookman's Entertainment Exchange in Mesa to bring you this awesome Catching Fire Event tomorrow, THIRD QUARTER QUELL Thursday, November 14, 2013. We are running our Trivia Booth, with some awesome prizes including a gift card to Bookman's, tickets to see Catching Fire the movie, AND a first-come, first-serve participant prize, while supplies last.

Test your knowledge, and see if you make it to the leader board!


See You There!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

PBS Nerd Walk 2013 #PBSNerd #NerdWalk2013

"This morning, MicroMonster and I joined about four hundred other PBS Nerds in Arizona at the PBS Nerd Walk 2013.  We marched down the road IN the Arizona State University Homecoming Parade (me sporting an Edgar Allan Poe "The Raven" shirt + nerd socks, and MM sporting her Wonder Woman onesie and our stroller sporting our PBS Nerds shirt) shouting, "Sine, Sine, Cosine, Pi! 3.14159!" and "It's alright, It's okay, You're going to work for us someday" and "PBS! Nerds! Nerds!".  We tossed out boxes of Wonka Nerds to the spectators.  It was an all-around Nerdgasm.  We're nerds for books and graphic novels.  What are you a nerd for?

The MicroMonster and Me
I overheard arguments about the degree of lethality of daleks vs. Klingons, an argument over whether or not Lewis Carroll was dropping acid when he wrote "Through The Looking Glass," and a lively discussion on the finer points of Downton Abbey... all while waiting for this glamorous geekfest to commence.  I got to rub elbows with other PBS Nerds and get a little exercise on a Saturday morning too, which, c'mon, in and of itself...

PBS's Bob Beard giving the Nerd Pep Talk pre-NerdWalk

And while I think that the NerdWalk could stand on its own outside of ASU Homecoming, a very trusty fellow Young At Heart member pointed out to me that it's the juxtaposition of the nerdiness and the jocks that makes the Walk so a) enjoyable and b) rewarding.



I first learned to appreciate books and reading from watching Reading Rainbow on PBS.  Levar Burton wasn't just Geordi La Forge to me. So, as a thanks to PBS for such a fun event and for the quality programming for years and years and years, PBS Arizona will be receiving a $1 donation from I Heart Monster for every comment left detailing what you nerd out about between now and Friday, 10.25.13 at 11:59PM.  Care to Comment, people.  This is what the human community is all about, and PBS is a shining example of an outstanding citizen in that community. Also, thanks to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange for their awesome sponsoring work.   Comment, comment, comment.  NERDS!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

CONFESSIONS: THE PRIVATE SCHOOL MURDERS By James Patterson and Maxine Paetro [Giveaway]

Confessions: The Private School Murders is the gripping second installment in James Patterson’s #1 New York Times bestselling new teen detective series!

Wealthy young women are being murdered, and the police are looking for all the right answers in all the wrong places.  And Tandy Angel wants to know who’s really responsible.

In the meantime, Tandy’s brother Matthew is on trial for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, actress Tamara Gee, and Tandy is delving deeper into the Angel family closet to uncover the mysteries of her scandalous family.

As the victims continue to pile up, can Tandy untangle the mysteries in time?  Or will she be the next victim?

Confessions: The Private School Murders is a sequel to Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

You can find out more about the series by visiting http://jamespattersonya.com/, liking Confessions on Facebook, or
following Confessions on Tumblr.

To celebrate the release of Confessions: The Private School Murders on October 7th, Little, Brown has sponsored a giveaway for one winner to receive a custom t-shirt and a copy of Confessions: The Private School Murders.

To enter, visit I Heart Monster on Facebook and comment on the giveaway post.  US addresses only.  Winner will be chosen Monday.  We will comment at the bottom of the comment string when it is closed.



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

3 Reasons You Should Read The Complete Trilogy Before Seeing City of Bones

I went to an advanced screening of City of Bones last night.  Problem was, the whole time I was sitting there wondering why they changed some of the story so badly.  Like why does the major battle take place at the Institute? Sigh.   So I came up with a few reasons why you are going to want to read the whole original trilogy BEFORE seeing the movie.

1. Spoilers.  If you've only read the first book, the first movie will spoil a few things in the second and third books for you.  Monster already spoiled them for me, but I recognized them immediately as not being addressed in the first book and frowned.

2. Liberties.  I am about half-way through City of Ashes, and after coming home last night, I'm having difficulty recalling what was in the movie and what was in the book.  We expected them to be different, but not THAT different.

3. Desire.  Something happened to me after the movie.  I really didn't care about the story or the characters anymore.  I lost my desire to know more.  Partly because the movie was so adulterated, and partly because Jamie Campbell Bower makes a really really bad Jace.  Not only does he not look the part, he doesn't act the part. (but Valentine is very very enticing... I mean, Jonathan Rhys Meyers is hot.  I totally understand now why Jocelyn went for him in the first place *wink*)

I took a teenaged friend who hasn't read the books with me to the screening.  She says she now needs to read the books so she can make sense of the movie.  The whole Hodge thing really threw her.  She has no idea what actually happened there.  No idea what the Accords were or why Hodge was "cursed".  So it's all very confusing.  She wants to read more to figure out all of the things that Valentine was telling Clary.  I hated to break it to her that they weren't in the book and that I had no idea where those were coming from.

Overall, I think the movie is a great tool to promote the books, but I think it's missing some key elements of the story that a mass audience needs to know in order to make sense of Cassandra Clare's world.  They need to know about the accords and about Idris!  Idris isn't even mentioned in the movie one time.  They need to know that it's more than just a racial supremacy thing with Valentine.  What the role of a Shadowhunter really is.

If you're a hard core Mortal Instruments fan, I'm afraid you will be sorely disappointed in the movie.  You might not be, but I'm afraid you will be.  I hope you don't wait in line forever to see it at any rate.  The changes they made do not enhance the story, rather, the lack of demon energies and Simon's kidnapping turn the story into a confusing labyrinth of things for a Mortal of Instruments newbie to navigate. And I won't be taking Monster to see it because I do NOT want to hear about the litany of inconsistencies we all know to expect but were overloaded in this instance.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tessa Gratton and The World of New Asgard [Guest Post]

Hey gang.  So, I've asked Tessa Gratton, author of The Lost Sun, the first book in the new United States of Asgard Series to stop by and give us a little glimpse into how international relations took shape in the world in which The U.S. of Asgard exists.  So, I'll hand it off to her and let her take it from here. Tessa?

Earth, known as the Middle World to the citizens of the United States of Asgard, is not unlike our own. The only change I made when I went back into history to create the culture was that the Norse gods are real beings.

I had to make decisions about why they’re “real” and other gods – gods of Egypt and China and the Americas for example – aren’t. The explanation I came up with is a spoiler for the series though, so I can’t tell you. Suffice it to say, there IS a reason the gods of Asgard, trolls, frost giants and their ilk are living, interfering beings while no other pantheon exists outside of faith and imagination.

Once that choice was made, I was still faced with a daunting task of changing thousands of years of history based on this one thread. The ripples could be gigantic! But I wanted these books to be intimate character stories, love stories, about faith and family more than world events, politics, history. I didn’t want to trap myself or let myself get bogged down within all the fascinating possibilities. My solution was to keep it as focused as possible.

Fortunately, the gods themselves and the history of Scandinavia worked with me. The land is cold, hard, unforgiving, and people had to look to themselves to survive. Add trolls and other monsters to that, and even with gods like Thor and Odin adding to your military power, the people of Old Asgard didn’t have the energy to interact much with the rest of the world until about 2,000 years ago when the Romans pushed into northern Europe. The first big world change came around 400 CE when the Norse people under the auspices of Odin, Thor, and Baldur, took over most of Europe in response to the Roman and Persian Empires. They united parts of what is now Scandinavia, the UK, Russia, Poland, Germany, and France into the kingdom of Eurland. Christianity never got a stronghold in the area, and by 800 CE the Vikings were using their naval technology to expand trade and power for themselves.

It would take more words than I have time for here to explain the details of the following thousand years. When the Eurlanders came to North America, they found a “New World” they thought would be ripe for the conquering, a good new start after the decimation of their lands by conflicts with the Mongol Empire. They destroyed the natives purposefully and systematically, taking the survivors as slaves, and for a few hundred years milked the continent for all it was worth. There was no American Revolution as such, though the founding fathers of the US of Asgard did battle and bargain with the gods themselves to win the right to create this new country, and convinced the gods to abandon Eurland in favor of founding what they wanted to be the strongest country in the Middle World.

Today, the US of Asgard maintains its borders on a hard line, and is not as imperialistic as it once was (or as we are in reality). They welcome immigrants, but only those who submit to the citizenship requirements of dedication to a god. They do not send very much foreign aid. Asgardians believe those fated to survive will survive without help from them.

A little harsh, but I like it!  Those Asgardians sound pretty hard core. Thanks for enlightening us on Asgardian geopolitics, Tessa!  We can't wait to dive into THE LOST SUN and get to know the characters in this world a little better. The Lost Sun hit shelves about three weeks ago. If you think you might want to dive in like we do, pick up a copy from your local Indie bookseller or from Amazon, available in both ebook and hardcover formats. Blurb:


Fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Holly Black's The Curse Workers will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard. Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood--the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd's Academy. But that's hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That's not all Astrid dreams of--the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.


   When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they've been told they have to be.



Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Young at ♥: What's Up Next?


So.  Young at ♥, if you haven't heard by now, is an IRL book group for adults who read teen lit.  How adult is adult?  17 and older.  We meet at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Mesa on the third Thursday of every month at 7pm.  What do we do? We read one book per month and meet up to chat about the plot, the characters, our loves and beefs.  Why is this awesome?  Because we have other people who HAVE READ THE SAME BOOK to rant with or gush to... depending on how the book sat with us.  We can debate the finer points of plot and where we think the plot might go... but we always get along and leave as friends.  So.  If you're looking for something like this, look no further and all you have to do is show up.  Just show up and come see us in the old cafe area.

The schedule is as follows for the next year or so:

July 18th: Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (Tell us you're coming: Facebook or Twitter)
August 15th: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
September 19th: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
October 17th: Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
November 21: Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
January 16th, 2014: Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross
February 20th: Zero by Tom Leveen
March 20th: Divergent by Veronica Roth
April 17th: Invasion by Jon Lewis
May 15: Willow by Julia Hoban
June 19: Butter by Erin Jade Lange
July 17: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Like the I Heart Monster Facebook Page and follow @iheartmonster & @bookmansmesa on Twitter for news and updates about these events.

Are you an author on our horizon and want to help us out (or show up?)  Drop me an email and we'll totes coordinate. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Harry and the Potters are hitting the West Coast [Music] [Events]

Ever heard of Wizard Rock?  We posted about Harry and the Potters a couple of years ago when we ventured over to Burton Barr Public Library to hit up the free show.  It was awesome.  A fun rock band dedicated to music about Harry, Hermione, Ron and friends.  If you're in the mood for some fun and a nice mental break, head over to your local gig and check them out.  For those of you in Arizona, the show is an all-ages FREE show!  Wanna know more?  Check out Harry and the Potters on Facebook and Twitter.


June 19 | Reno, NV | Holland | 140 Vesta St | ALL AGES | $10 | 7:30pm

June 20 | Gilroy, CA | THE BURROW | 1050 Bolra Rd | 7:30pm | ALL AGES | $whatever

June 21 | Los Angeles, CA | The LA FORT | 736 Ceres Ave., downtown LA  | $10 | All Ages | 7pm doors 8pm show

June 22 | Phoenix, AZ | Burton Barr Central Library | 1221 N Central Ave | 6pm | Free | ALL AGES

June 23 | Tucson, AZ | Hotel Congress | 311 E Congress St. | FREE | 1pm wizard events … 4pm rock show | ALL AGES

June 24 | Isla Vista, CA | Biko Garage | 6612 Sueno Rd | $5-10 sliding scale | All Ages | 7pm doors 8pm show

June 25 | San Francisco, CA | Brick & Mortar Music Hall | 1710 Mission Street | with James Rabbit | $10 | EARLY SHOW 5pm doors finished by 8pm | All Ages

June 28 | Portland, OR  | LeakyCon 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sanctum by Sarah Fine [Review]

The way this story is constructed makes it hard to give you a synopsis without spoilers.  Suffice it to say that Lela's first day at a new high school after exiting juvie is when she makes her first and only friend, Nadia.  Nadia just so happens to be trying to buy some oxy off of the school drug dealer when he tries to rip her off and Lela steps in.  Instant friendship.  Unlikely friendship.  Strong friendship.  One that Lela finds herself going to the depths of hell to save. [literally]  Don't worry, there's romance in there too.  And action.  Lots of action.  But if I tell you more, I'll totally spoil it.

Here's the deal.  Amazon Children's Publishing doesn't have a strong track record with me.  So when this was recommended to me as an AWESOME story, I checked it out, saw Amazon on it, and kinda just gave a huge internal 'meh.'  Let me be the first to say I was wrong.  But only after the first fifty pages or so.  You think you know how this story is going to go.  You think you have a concept of what's going to happen and how it will end.  And then comes the twisty, sassy ending that makes you want to read more right away.  You start out the story thinking Lela is just a poor abused stereotypical foster kid who has served time.  She's not.  I thoroughly enjoyed her character and her journey.  I enjoyed the peripheral characters and their quirks.  The amount of detail in the setting is just enough to give me a picture and not too much to make me think I'm picturing it wrong when the next detail rolls along.

Overall, I was surprised at how good of a read SANCTUM was.  I don't generally pick up anything that happens when people have to die to meet their journey or that has anything to do with the afterlife, but this one was different, and it kept me intrigued, and I bet it will peak your interest too... if you give it more than fifty pages.  But if you're anything like me at all, I'll understand if you bail after ten.

People who will like this are people who enjoy WWII history, world religions, Buffy fans (I know I say that a lot, but there's an actual reference to the HYENA episode).  Joss Whedon should totally get his hands on this.  For reals.

People who might not like this are people who have a closed mind about the afterlife, people who don't believe in aliens, and people who think heaven is a shopping spree in NYC.  

There is a short story called CAPTIVE that shows another perspective to some of the first events of the afterlife portion of this book.  It's free if you preorder the next installment of the GUARDS OF THE SHADOWLANDS series, FRACTURED.  It doesn't show up if you search for it, so follow the link to find it.  Additionally, for Kindle device owners who have Amazon Prime, SANCTUM is free to borrow.  

Have you read about Lela and Malachai?  If yes, spill.  Like/dislike, Love/hate, Guards/Mazikin?  Which side are you on?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd [Review]

Juliet's father was accused of Butchery.  They found the family dog (that really belonged to the servant boy, Montgomery) all cut up and resewn together.  The police decided that her father was a criminal and hunted him.  What had been a life as the daughter of the best surgeon in England quickly upheaved into being a daughter of a mistress, then after the death of her mother, further devolved into work as a scullery maid at King's College.  Juliet handled her fall from grace well until one night, she finds some medical students performing a vivsection of a rabbit... which gives her a lead to perhaps find her father, Henri Moreau, who she had assumed dead.  The chase takes her on an ocean voyage to a remote island full of creatures she has never before encountered, to the once-servant boy she knew as a child, and to a new and exciting gentleman who barely survived a shipwreck.

If you're familiar with H.G. Wells' The Island of Doctor Moreau, (or one of it's movie incarnations) you will figure out many of the plot surprises and twists. If you're not, and this whole concept is new to you, you will probably thoroughly enjoy the plot.  Shepherd gets kudos from me on the embarkation of a stupid fun concept and a decent execution.  My biggest beef with the novel is with the characters (and one specific plot flaw, which I'll point out after the graphic so as not to spoil for those of you who haven't read it).  I couldn't help but feel like many of the relationships were completely contrived and I kept getting frustrated with Juliet and her choices and thought processes.  I enjoyed the pacing, the action, the setting.  I enjoyed the story.  I just couldn't help but feel like the relationships were convenient and manipulated for the accommodation of the plot.  Still.  A fun read and one that you'll probably enjoy if only for the quirkiness of the approach.  

You'll like this one if you're a sci-fi fan.  Think Trekkies, Whovians, and Buffsters.  You'll hate it if you're a lit snob, if you go to a pretentious school and fit in, or if you are currently stuck in the middle of a love triangle.  Also, members of PETA need not apply. Animal cruelty abounds. Those with weak stomachs who can't read about surgery and/or blood?  Not for you.  

Also, this book would be a great pick for a book group.  There is a lot to discuss, both conceptually and linearly, and opinions are bound to differ.
The Madman's Daughter is part of our Summer Reading List:

(Spoilers Inside) The plot beef: Here's the deal.  Dr. Moreau makes Edward while Montgomery is off getting supplies and Juliet in London.  He makes Edward using his new process that doesn't involve animal cruelty, vivisection, or pain. And he's successful.  Yet, when Montgomery gets back, he goes back to his old tried-and-failed method of bone breaking and slicing.  He made a better being than Alice in Edward with the new method.  Wouldn't he keep working on that method with the new animals rather than return to the tried-and-failed method?  It just doesn't jive unless it's a convenient way to show what a villain and heinous person Dr. Moreau is.  It seems like a plot flaw for the sake of character development, and doesn't work either way.  Explain it to me. Tell me what I'm missing.  Please. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green [Young At Heart] [Book Group]

Young At Heart is an in-real-life book group for adults who love YA.  To join, you just have to show up.  And be 17 or older.  It's hosted at Bookman's Mesa by I Heart Monster and Bookman's on the 3rd Thursday of every month.  We meet in the area that used to be the cafe'.

You don't have to RSVP.  You don't have to make a commitment.  All you have to do is show up.  If you're in the Phoenix area, give us a try.  We're laid back, fun, and have really great discussions about the books, their worlds, characters, the authors, the writing, and basically everything in between.  Come try it out!

If you want to RSVP, you can.  Just let us know you're coming by joining the Facebook event.  Again.  You totally don't have to.  I just like the handy reminder in my Facebook stream.

This month's book is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  We will meet at 7pm at Bookman's Mesa on June 20th.  COME!

Monday, June 3, 2013

10(+) Books For Your 2013 Summer Reading List

There's a lot going on this summer.  We're going to need some reads that are out of the ordinary to get us through the heat, yes?  Here are some books that are on my summer reading list, that you might consider for yours as well:

1) The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd.  The Island of Dr. Moreau from Dr. Moreau's estranged teenage daughter's point of view.

2) The Language Inside by Holly Thompson. A novel in verse about an American girl raised in Japan returning to the United States during her high school years.

3) The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. Jude's sisters made her swear (with candles and oaths and whatnot) to never date a Vargas boy.  But then her path is thrust into the path of one and her defenses start to crumble.

4) The Year of Luminous Love by Lurlene McDaniel. Love and the sacrifices that recent high school grads will make for it.  Apparently in the Eat, Pray, Love style.

5) Burning by Elana K. Arnold.  The cover says: Small-town boy.  Gypsy girl  Desert summer.  Enough for me.

6) Sanctum by Sarah Fine. "On my first day at Warwick High School, if you'd told me I would choose to go to hell for any of the students, let alone Warwick's queen bee, I would have laughed."  That's the first line.

7) Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.  A second in the Lunar Chronicles trilogy, set in a cyborg-existing future where fairytales take on a pretty awesome twist.  This one shifts perspectives and I can't wait to dive in. (Here's where a + comes in... read Cinder if you haven't already.)

8) The Beautiful and The Cursed by Page Morgan. Gargoyles.  Need I say more?

9) Rampant by Diane Peterfreund. Killer unicorns (+ this series includes Ascendant and Errant).  These books have been out for quite some time, but I have not had the pleasure of diving in, even though they've been on my shelf for what seems like ever.

10) Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger.  A finishing school for girls set in the same world as Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series.  So, steampunk, supernaturals, and it sounds like espionage and fighting.

What books are on your summer reading list?  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

...and we're back

Thanks for sticking with us through technical website difficulties (which included losing our domain name) and  the birth of our baby!

We'll be bringing more reviews and news this week!





Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beautiful Creatures: Tomorrow, Bookmans 7pm [Young at ♥]

Did you see the movie?  Any of you?  I want feedback!  Right here.  Right now.  (please?)  Monster and I are expecting baby m any day now, so we've avoided commitments outside of the house that are longer than an hour.  So we won't see it until after the little bundle o' squirm gets here.

But we ARE discussing the first book in the series tomorrow night at 7pm at Bookman's Mesa.  If you've read the book and are over 17, we'd love to see you there.  We'll be chatting about Lena and Ethan and Amma... the southern gothic genre and the uniqueness of the Beautiful Creatures brand.  We'll even talk about the differences in the film versus the book for those of us who HAVE gone to see the movie.

Come join our super fun group and have some intelligent, playful and fun conversations about a great first book in a great series.  Our group consists of librarians, moms, students, community organizers, and more, so don't worry about not fitting in, you'll fit in just fine.  And if you can't make it this month, mark your calendars for next month when we'll be discussing Ally Carter's Heist Society, the first in her YA Mystery Series.  (A copy is up for grabs at tomorrow night's discussion for the first person to answer a trivia question correctly!)

Tomorrow.
7pm.
Bookman's Mesa.
Don't Miss It. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Young at ♥: Party by Tom Leveen 1.17 7pm

It's a new year, why not take up a new book group?  Young at  is starting the year off with a bang... Tom Leveen's PARTY style.

Join us (and Tom!) Thursday, January 17th at 7pm in the Bookman's Mesa Cafe to discuss what you thought about the book, your favorite characters, what you think their motivations were, and really, whatever you want.  Want to know why Tom wrote something one way instead of another?  Ask him in person!

Coming? Join the Facebook Event and invite your friends!

Young at ♥ is open to all human beings, seventeen and older.  We read exclusively YA titles and meet on the third Thursday of every month in the Bookman's Mesa cafe, located at 1056 S Country Club Dr. in Mesa (Country Club and Southern).  Young at ♥ is sponsored by Bookman's and I Heart Monster.

Upcoming Discussions:


January 17th, 2013: Party by Tom Leveen
February 21st, 2013: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
March 21st, 2013: Heist Society by Ally Carter
April 18th, 2013: A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
May 16th, 2013: Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
June 20th, 2013: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
July 18th, 2013: Rampant by Diana Peterfreund