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Books Inc., the West’s oldest independent bookstore, started Not Your Mother’s Book Club with one big idea: to bring the best writers in the world to the best readers in the world. And we're not REALLY a club. That's just our name, and really, what's in a name? We're actually just an inclusive bunch of PASSIONATE readers who get to hang out with the coolest authors on the scene!
We throw parties, eat snacks and read, read, read, read, read...
 We also have a lot of fun ... and we invite you to join us.  
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From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

On the morning of her high school graduation, Kylie Flores wakes up hung over and
a little confused on how she ended up on the other side of the border in bed with Max
Langston, the most popular boy in school. With such a cinematic opening scene and the
authors’ background in the movie industry it’s no surprise the rest of the book reads like
it was made for a movie. From chasing after thieves that stole Kylie’s laptop to getting
trapped in a truck full of stolen goods headed to Mexico to meeting lost-long friends of
Kylie’s Mexico-born father – everything is slightly too unbelievable, but that was the fun
of it. The quick pacing and the over-the-top adventures made it a great breezy, summer
read. One to wile away the summer days.

- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Breenan

 Friends don’t let friends date vampires. Mel lives in New Whitby, a town in Maine where vampires and human coexist. Unlike many of her fellow humans, Mel does not get the intrigue of vampires; she prefers not to work with or date them. However, her best friend Cathy has always been somewhat obsessed with vampires and when one is a new student at their high school, Mel tries everything to get Cathy away from him and the idea of turning into a vampire. This is a book I have been waiting for since the outpouring of paranormal romance in young adult literature. I loved how the authors strike a great
balance between mocking the genre, but they also convey an understanding of the attraction to vampire romance. The diverse characters are memorably drawn and Mel –Mel is such a character. I love her staunch loyalty to her friends and her realist nature. The prose is brilliantly funny and will have you laughing out loud. One for vampire lovers and haters alike. Don’t miss this book!

- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

To say that I enjoyed this book is an understatement. Enamored with it, is more like it. We’ve all read books with a love story; many of them can be great, inspirational even, but few are quite literally magical. The Night Circus centers around two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who are unknowingly in a competition with one another; their venue is a traveling circus that seems to appear in towns out of thin air, whose doors only open at night. This debut author packs the book full of eloquent scenes. Scenes that not only kept me enthralled with the book, but also had me wishing this particular circus really did exist. So if you’re ready to be swept away by an enchanting love story, this is definitely the book for you!

--Reviewed by Melanie from Books Inc. Berkeley 

Connie Lin: NYMBC OG and BFF

IT'S AN ACRONYM EXTRAVAGANZA! You can kick it with OG Connie at any of the NYMBC events.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

THE BOOK SO NICE WE REVIEWED IT TWICE!

 

I read this while waiting for my flight and found myself so completely engrossed in this Russian-based fantasy that I didn’t mind the flight delay.  Orphans Alina and Mal met when they were kids and became inseparable growing up. Years later, they are still together & serving in the army – Alina in the cartographers corps and Mal with the trackers. When attacked in the Shadow Fold, Alina brings forth an unbelievable amount of Grisha magic that she never knew she had. Taken away from her best friend Mal for magical training, Alina enters a new world of court intrigue and power politics where to survive, she must figure out whom to trust and the games being played. Bardugo has crafted a stunning plot-driven story with a character that you can’t help but root for. Additionally, the Russian-influenced world building is certainly unique to the genre.

- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza

 

In Shadow and Bone Bardugo has created a unque world filled with magic, Russian culture, and flawed but engaging characters.  When her previously unknown powers are revealed, Alina is ripped away from her best friend Mal, the only family she has ever known, and put into the power of the mysterious Darkling, the charismatic and powerful leader of a magical order.  Suddenly thrust into a world of luxury and secrets and hailed as the savior of her nation, Alina must figure out who she wants to be and who she can trust before it's too late.  This book was exactly what I wanted when I picked it up, a well-written, utterly engrossing YA fantasy.

- Reviewed by Anna from Books Inc. Chestnut Street

Save the Dates!

NYMBC's SUMMER LINE-UP

June 28th: The Letter Q at Books Inc. Market Street, featuring authors Malinda Lo, Paige Braddock, Lucy Jane Bledsoe and Michael Nava

July 13th: TAKE THAT NEW YORK! A party in the Bay Area featuring YA authors. Bring your fancy hats.

August 10th: NYMBC+The Roxie = BFFs? Probably. Celebrate the 2yr anniversary of SCOTT PILGRIM at this special, late night screening. Tickets here

August 28th : Cory Jackson's book launch party for IF I LIE. 

Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter


While I first read this series a couple years ago, with the recent release of Out of Sight, Out of Time (book 5) I thought I revisited the previous books to reacquaint myself with the series before I tackle the newest book 

Cammie Morgan goes to Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women in Roseville, Virginia where her mom is the headmistress. Sounds like a posh school for spoiled rich heiresses, right?  That’s where you are wrong. Gallagher Academy is a spy school for girls where the teachers teach their students to hack into the CIA and dismantle dirty bombs. While each book has their own plotline, the overarching story for the series deals with the mystery surrounding Cammie’s father disappearance when she was a little girl. 
 

Rereading the series has been fun and it is still full of sass, fun and kick-ass moments (and I mean that literally). I love the series’ emphasizes on strong female characters and friendships as well as Carter’s wit that keeps me laughing at various intervals. Well-paced and witty, this series reads like a movie. Great for a reluctant reader. Also its squeaky-clean romance makes it a good novel for middle and high schoolers looking for a novel that’s more fun than mushy. 

Book One: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’ve Have to Kill You
Book Two: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
Book Three: Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover
Book Four: Only the Good Spy Young
Book Five: Out of Sight, Out of Time

- Reviewed by Connie from Books Inc. Opera Plaza
 

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