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September 17, 2014 - 11:36amAre you in a historical romance slup? With so many great contemporary romances dominating the market, it can be hard to get in the mood for a good Regency or Victorian-set romance. With her new novel, The Songbird's Seduction, Connie Brockway tackles the 1900s and shows her love for the Edwardian period. Today, Connie shares a list of her favorite Edwardian-set movies that are sure to make you fan of those tumultuous years.Long before Downton Abbey hit American shores, I saw the Merchant-Ivory film, A Room with a View, and fell in love with the Edwardian period.
September 17, 2014 - 11:03amSarah Ockler has been one of my favorite authors ever since I read Twenty Boy Summer — one of the first YA contemps I ever discovered. Since then, she's had a handful of other beautiful novels, but I'm particularly stoked to read her upcoming book, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, which swims our way next June. I was instantly hooked by the premise, but was completely won over by the cover, which is perfect. Obviously, we had to dissect it for our Cover Breakdown series. Let's get started! Sometimes, there are no words … The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom — until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
September 17, 2014 - 10:17amLast night, I was invited to a special Q&A with James Dashner and the cast of The Maze Runner at the 92Y here in NYC. The event was jam-packed with enthusiastic fans — most of which were very vocal Teen Wolf fans who pretty much died and went to heaven the moment Dylan O’Brien walked on stage. Joining O’Brien were actors Jacob Latimore, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Alex Flores, Chris Sheffield and Kaya Scodelario. Entertainment writer Matt Patches moderated the discussion. Unfortunately, due to the volume of fangirl-level screaming, the cast wasn’t able to answer most of the questions clearly, but here are some highlights. I also have a Maze Runner movie poster signed by Dashner to give away at the end of this post!
September 17, 2014 - 10:05amAh, classic literary fiction. It can be so wonderful, but at times dense, leaving us wishing for a guide to lead us through the venerable prose. Enter: Italian artist and writer Francesco D'Isa, who reviews the classics in a candid, tongue-in-cheek (and very short) way. We're happy to bring his column, "Very Short Reviews of Difficult Books," to English language readers! Check back here every Wednesday for three new reviews from Francesco.Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Ask yourself what you are allowed to do, and you will not stop asking until you understand who you are. And if anything goes, you're nothing. Plot: A guy with a fever kills a granny.
September 16, 2014 - 12:03pmRomance, secrets and hockey come together in full force in Sawyer Bennett's upcoming novel Garrett, the second book in her Cold Fury Hockey series, which kicks off this October with Alex. And while Garrett doesn't come out until February, we have something rather delicious to tide you over — the cover! And let us tell you, it's a hot one. But don't let us spoil it for you, read on to see the reveal and to learn more about the book.Let's start by seeing what this book is about:Carolina Cold Fury star Garrett Samuelson never wants to miss out on a single minute of fun. Whether he’s playing hockey, hanging out with friends, or walking the red carpet with a new date on his arm, he lives every day to the fullest.
September 16, 2014 - 11:24amHollywood never rests and the book-to-film buzz just keeps on growing! There's plenty of news this month to satisfy everyone, whether you enjoy Game of Thrones-esque epics, V.C. Andrews-style romance, a dash of Austen or a little pinch of horror. Grab some popcorn and take a look:Is The Last Kingdom the New Game of Thrones?In the on-going search for the next Game of Thrones, BBC America is making headway with their epic series, The Last Kingdom, based on Bernard Cornwell’s book series, set in the ninth century and known for its blend of fact and fiction. Recently, BBC America announced Alexander Dreymon has landed the lead role as Uhtred.Lifetime Continues Showing V.C.