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Review: The Young Elites (Novel) by Marie Lu

Review: The Young Elites (Novel) by @Marie_Lu


The Young ElitesThe Young Elites by Marie Lu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(NOTE: This review is based on the ARC of the novel)

I figured since I’ve read Marie Lu’s Legend series, I could handle what was in store for me with her newest series, The Young Elites.

It goes to show how much I know!

Marie introduces us to a fantasy world that is dealing with the aftermath of a mass plague, in which a portion of the young…

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"I’d never done a big Fox teen movie before; I didn’t really know what I was getting myself involved with. I thought I’d like to try it. But everyone involved—Wes and the whole cast and Enrique Chediak, our director of photography, one of the most important people—was very, very passionate about it and treated it like a proper film, as opposed to just another YA-type, moneymaker. A lot of care and attention went into it and that’s always nice, on any project." – Thomas Brodie-Sangster talking about The Maze Runner for Interview Magazine (September 2014)

(Source: strydering)

And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

Gene Luen Yang’s speech at the National Book Festival 2014 (via kceyagi)

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"El Venado" was inspired by Shadow and Bone, the first book in the Grisha Trilogy. (If you look closely, you’ll see the firebird, the sea whip, and the Darkling’s symbol.) The final version will be part of John’s Loteria series, and this beautiful sketch shows the first stage of the work’s development. This archival print is one of only two in the world (I own the other!), and you can win it. Here’s how:

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Contest closes September 1st. Winners will be chosen at random and announced in September. Open internationally.

*On a personal note: I’m a huge fan of John’s work. I was lucky enough to meet him at Worldcon in 2011, and seeing him create art inspired by one of my books is pretty much a dream come true.

Review: Opposition (novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let me state first off, the majority of this book can be labeled as smexy romance. It’s not quite New Adult, but it’s definitely getting near the border between YA and NA, and good reason as there’s a hot teenage boy who can’t stop thinking about what normal teenage boys can’t stop thinking about. In this case, though, he does more than…

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