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Monday, May 23, 2016

The Descendants: RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz / ENTER TO WIN #DisneyDescendants

We're celebrating the upcoming release of The Descendants: RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz! The book releases tomorrow, but today you can enter to a copy of it, and the first book in the series, The Isle of the Lost! First, here's a little bit about Return To The Isle of the Lost.


By: Melissa de la Cruz
Published by: Disney Hyperion
To Be Released on: May 24th, 2016
Purchase from: DisneyAmazon | B&N
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Mal’s an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she’s broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can’t believe it. Sure, she’s King Ben’s girlfriend now, and she’s usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn’t think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around.

The thing is, it kind of worked. Especially since she and her friends have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages. And when Evie looks into her Magic Mirror, what she sees only confirms their fears. Maleficent’s just a tiny lizard after her run-in with Mal at Ben’s Coronation, but she’s the worst villain in the land for a reason. Could she have found a way to escape? Whatever’s going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the Isle and get to the bottom of it.

Without its infamous leader, the island’s even worse than when they left it, but the comforts of home—even a home as gloomy as the Isle of the Lost—can be hard to resist for recently reformed villains. Will the kids be able to beat the evil bubbling at the Isle’s wicked core, or will the plot to destroy Auradon succeed?

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Melissa de la Cruz ( is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller The Isle of the Lost, as well as many other best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.


One (1) winner receives:
·         a copy of The Isle of the Lost 
·         and its brand new sequel Return to the Isle of the Lost.

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It's LIVE! Check Out The Trailer for Disney's Live Action Movie, Beauty and The Beast #BeOurGuest

Get your first look at Disney's live action movie, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, coming to theaters on 3.17.17! The trailer aired moments ago, and I may have already re-watched it a couple of times. Check it out below:


Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

YOU KNOW ME WELL by David Leviathan & Nina LaCour / Blog Tour: Excerpt

Hello and welcome to the first stop in the YOU KNOW ME WELL blog tour, hosted by Griffin Teen! I'm so thrilled to kick off this exciting tour. Today's stop features an excerpt with you from David Leviathan and Nina LaCour's upcoming release. First, here's a little bit about their book. 


Written By: David Leviathan and Nina LaCour
Published by: Griffin Teen
To Be Released on: June 7th, 2016
Pre-Order from: The PublisherAmazon | B&N
Add it to Goodreads
Find out more about the book here

Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other— and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

A book told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, and David Levithan, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.



“What’s happening to us—the decisions we’re making and not making, the things we can control and the things that we can’t—they are huge. And people can choose to forget how it was for them, or they can remember. They can half-listen to us and roll their eyes when we leave because we’re young and we have no clue what we’re doing. Or they can actually listen, and they can think about themselves when they were like us, and maybe we can bring some pieces of them back.” And now my eyes are welling up, my hands are trembling. “Because we lose it,” I say. “We grow up and we lose ourselves. Sometimes when my favorite songs are on I have to stop what I’m doing and lie down on my carpet and just listen. I feel every word they’re singing. Every note. And to think that in twenty years, or ten years, or five, even, I might hear those same songs and just, like, bob my head or something is horrible. Then I’m sure I’ll think that I know more about life, but it isn’t true. I’ll know less.”


David Levithan is the author of The Lover's Dictionary and many acclaimed young-adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn), which was adapted into a popular movie. He is also an editorial director at Scholastic. 

Find David online: Website | Facebook | Twitter 

Nina LaCour is the award-winning author of Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. A former indie bookseller and high school English teacher, she lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Find Nina online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

TDA Snippet & New Shadowhunter Fan Art / Mundane Monday #281

Happy Mundane Monday Shadowhunters! 

Today's post is catching up with some of the latest Shadowhunters fan art Cassie has recently shared on her Tumblr page here as well as the latest TDA snippet she share (about a week ago, and I somehow missed it). First, check out the latest TDA snippet, which Cassie shared here.

the dark artifices snippet, julian and emma
“You’re going to have to learn to live with it,” Jules said. “Even if it horrifies you, Emma. Even if it makes you sick. Just like I’m going to have to live with whatever other boyfriends you have, because we are forever no matter how, Emma, no matter what you want to call what we have, we will always be us.”

Just slay me now! Talk about an emotional snippet. I need more of this scene!

I'm a huge fan of fan art. I love seeing the various renditions of my favorite characters brought to life. Whether it's from Cassie's books or another favorite YA artist of mine. Check out some of the latest Shadowhunter art work Cassie's featured on her Tumblr page:

Artwork Sources

  • Jim, shared here
  • Kit & Ty, shared here
  • Julian & Emma, shared here
  • Ty & Kit, shared here
  • Will and Emma, shared here