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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tweets in Reaction to New Clip from TMI Movie Shown at LeakyCon

LeakyCon announced that they were showing an exclusive clip from "TMI:City of Bones" today. And no, the clip is not released to the public, but we have the second best thing -- fans' tweeted reactions.

Love the excitement of "near perfection", "awesome", "looks amazing"...oh when, oh when does August get here?

21 New Images from 'The Mortal Instruments Movie Companion'

Twenty One New Pictures from The Mortal Instruments Movie Companion!

Cassie Stages a Surprise for Sarah Rees Brennan

Cassie tweeted this series of tweets this morning and I know none of us quite knew what was going to happen, until well, take a look Mundie Moms. I think this is one of THE cutest pics EVER.

Me and Sarah and Godfrey Gao out and around in London. Godfrey once saved a kitten from a well.
Sarah Rees Brennan, Godfrey Gao and Cassie. 

Book Review: Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Author: Sarra Manning
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Source: Purchased
Buy: amazon | Barnes and Noble | IndieBound |

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars -- this story is adorkable!

Synopsis:  Jeane Smith's a blogger, a dreamer, a jumble sale queen, CEO of her own lifestyle brand, and has half a million followers on Twitter. Michael Lee's a star of school, stage, and playing field. A golden boy in a Jack Wills hoodie. They have nothing in common but a pair of cheating exes. So why can't they stop making out? This novel is about an unlikely relationship, but it's also about roller derby, dogs on skateboards, dogs on surfboards, dogs doing any form of extreme sport, old skool hip hop, riding your bike downhill really fast, riot grrrl, those boys you want to kiss but punch in the face at the same time, dyeing your hair ridiculous colors just because you can, stitch 'n' bitch, the songs that make you dance, the songs that make you cry, being a bad ass, cake, love, death, and everything in between.

Oh Jeane Smith, I loved you even when you were snarky, abrasive and sometimes a little too-in-your-face. I adored you when you were outspoken, firm in your beliefs (and everyone else’s wrongs) and most of all, I adored you because being quirky was your full-time job.

When summer strikes, my hand seems to pause over shelves containing contemporary books in the library and bookstore. And this summer is no different, so Adorkable fit the requirement perfectly. It was first and foremost a contemp read, the book is full of British-isms (you guys know my weakness for those) and, well, there's Jeane (see above gushing comment for reference).

In a chick-lit plot, I expect two things: a great character voice (check) and something deeper not just fluff (double-check). Let me just say that Jeanne's back-story was heart-crushingly real. I loved Jeane all the more for what she survived (hint with no spoiler: the parents' mid-life crises are just the tip of the  iceberg). The glimpse we get of her mother and that wonderfully awkward dinner with her father made me understand their own motivations for choosing their directions in life. And I know there's a lot of hulabaloo in YA about absentee parents (also in this case, an absentee older sister), but Sarra explained it all so well that I bought all the circumstances which left Jeane on her own.

Now to  my most favorite part of all -- the romance. Here we go folks, this story had the same slow and  therefore believable build-up of my beloved Pride & Prejudice. I think it helped that it's a dual point-of-view story, so we get Michael's thoughts alongside Jeane's. In juxtaposition to Jeane's family circumstances, Michael is the golden child of his family, and he's the big man on campus at school. Nothing could go wrong with him, could it? Until that one day when he notices his girlfriend with Jeane's geek boyfriend and he knows that things are not the same.

I adored Michael, too. He's proud and quietly opinionated. My favorite parts were when he called Jeane out on some of her more outspoken, hurtful moments. My other favorite moments were when, well okay, no spoilers (tiny hint: kissing and awkward moments of more than kissing may have been involved). I liked his family, too; and while they served as a nice what-is-normal comparison to Jeane's family, they weren't perfect. The scene with the shower door and his dad was my favorite.

Oh, and let's not forget the fashion blogging angle and the hysterical tweets between Jeane and her followers. As a tweetaholic, I completely related to those moments. Jeane has tremendous success with her blog and her fashion opinions are valued by the highest of international and local publications. But is that success all there really is in life? What about success with real-life friends and family? Where does that fit in our virtual-sharing-everything-online world? See what I mean? A deeper story than you first thought, right?

When you're in the mood for a smart, quirky main character and a boy who quietly contemplates what will truly make him happy, pick up some Haribo products (trust me, you'll want a few bags) and settle in for a great story. What a satisfying summer read.

If you're a social media geek like me, you may want to click over to Atom Books' Adorkable pinterest board as well as Sarra's spotify playlist for the book.