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Come celebrate this awesome new book with Susane Colasanti herself at our next event! Information here.

Pure brilliance. Meet Maggie at the THIS IS TEEN event June 13th at our Opera Plaza store! And please, bring your puppets.
There is a serious glut of dystopian young adult novels in the market right now, and just about all of them claim to appeal to fans of The Hunger Games. And honestly, most of them don't. Of course it makes sense as marketers to align new titles with the most successful YA of the last few years, whether or not the new book is actually similar in appeal. But now, we finally have a worthy heir to Collins' blockbuster: Divergence, by debut author Veronica Roth.
 
The world of Divergence is fully imagined from page one, and like The Hunger Games, takes place in a post-apocalyptic American landscape. Society in this future is highly stratified into five factions. Each faction is defined by a value that they believe counteracts the cause for the historical catastrophe that created their ravaged landscape. The Amity faction, who blamed aggression, value peace and live their lives accordingly, as farmers and caretakers. The Candor faction, who blamed duplicity, value honesty, even in its bluntest forms. The Abnegation, who blamed selfishness, value selflessness, and as such live ascetically and also command the government. The Dauntless, who blamed cowardice, value bravery and are the soldiers and police of this new world. And lastly, the Erudite, who blamed ignorace, value intellect. However, there is strife between the factions, primarily between the Erudite and the Abnegation; at the onset of the story, the Erudite have been releasing "antagonistic reports" about the Abnegation faction. Our protagonist, Beatrice, is of the Abnegation faction, but when it comes time for her to choose her own path, she finds herself among the Dauntless. What ensues is a fabulously propulsive ride into the dangerous world of the Dauntless.
 
Their lives are violent, harshly competitive and unforgiving; though they are not fighting for food as in The Hunger Games, they are fighting for survival; those who do not pass the tests of the initiatives are banished to be factionless, who live on the outskirts of society, scrounging and barely surviving. What is so awesome about Divergence (and so reminiscent of The Hunger Games, in a not at all derivative way) is that Roth's writing style is clean, clear and simple. She lets the world and the story speak for itself, with few flourishes, which was one of the aspects that made The Hunger Games such an easy sell-- very adept and very reluctant readers alike could be carried away by the narrative. The stakes of this story are high, and implications of this first installment's arc will leave you clamoring for the sequel. A likable point of view character and her realistic relationships give the world a realistic emotional core. Oh, and violence and sexual tension never hurts either.
The Underworld Ball madness NEVER CEASES. The event may be over, but the chatter is still rolling out. Here at Not Your Mother's Book Club we're super lucky to have a network of bloggers who are kind enough to support our events, write them up, and in some cases win our costume contests. Listed here are some of the write ups from the amazing bloggers we call friends. Bookalicious features a video interview with our authors, Ravenous Reader includes reviews of events with other authors as well (jealous she made it to ALL those events!), Eve's Fan Garden helps you find your inner zombie, and Mundie Moms provides links out the wazoo, as well as a very flattering review! Pictured here are Pam of Bookalicious and Nancy of Ravenous Reader in a photo yoinked from the Bookalicious page. Thank you Pam for taking such fabulous pictures at the event with your hyper fancy camera!

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Our contest winners were each treated to a one-of-a-kind playlist! Below are the full playlists so that you can recreate them yourself. Playlist #1: Wang Dang Doodle-Koko Taylor, Caring is Creepy- The Shins, Rebel Rebel--David Bowie, Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old-- Broken Social Scene, Heartbeats-- Jose Gonzalez, You Know I'm No Good-- Amy Winehouse, Visions of Johanna-- Bob Dylan, Oh My God-- Ida Maria, Land of 1000 Dances-- Wilson Pickett, Young Blood-- The Naked and Famous, The Funeral-- Band of Horses, There is a Light That Never Goes-- The Smiths, Mannish Boy-- Muddy Waters, Howl--Florence + The Machine, Bizarre Love Triangle-- New Order, Brick-- Ben Folds Five Playlist #2: Black Sheep-- Metric (from the amazing Scott Pilgrim soundtrack) Bold as Love-- Jimi Hendrix, Love Will Tear Us Apart-- Joy Division, Stiff Kittens-- Blaqk Audio, Girls & Boys--Blur, Delayed Devotion-- Duffy, Blow it Up-- The Vaccines, No Cars Go-- The Arcade Fire, Sweet Soul Music, Arthur Conley, Everyday is Like Sunday-- Morrissey, Strangelove-- Depeche Mode, Hearts on Fire-- Cut Copy, By Your Side-- Beachwood Sparks, The Harder They Come-- Jimmy Cliff, Black and Blue-- Miike Snow, Set Fire to the Rain-- Adele Playlist #3: Daniel-- Willie Proctor & Geargia Sea Island Singers, On Your Own-- James Yuill, Under My Thumb-- The Rolling Stones, Death-- White Lies, Geraldine-- Glasvegas, Sentimental Heart-- She & Him, Pumped up Kicks-- Foster The People, L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.-- Noah & the Whale, Ring of Fire-- Johnny Cash, You Take My Breath Away-- The Knife, Heartbeat-- Blighters, Armageddon Time-- The Clash, The Ring-- Jamie Lidell, Mystic Eyes-- Them, The Game Has Changed-- Daft Punk, Road To Joy-- Bright Eyes.

 

 

Thank you to Adrienne Ducomb for her excellent musical taste, and extensive musical library.

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came to the Underworld Ball last night, featuring Holly Black, Cassandra Clare and special surprise guests Malinda Lo and Ted Naifeh! Yesterday morning, we'd sold about 60 some tickets. Ok, we thought, that's pretty good, right? That night we had around 120 (!!!!) guests! After a verrrry satisfying reading, we introduced Ted as our surprise guest, then commenced the Q & A. After that, we had a costume contest for our guests in "full regalia" and we were not left disappointed! The winners received Books Inc. gift certificates, and special underworld playlists. Our Twitter contest winner won a signed copy of Malinda Lo's Huntress, which was then personalized, as we were lucky enough to have Malinda as a guest! Then, we started the CRAZINESS that was the signing line.... which lasted for more than an hour. The ladies + Ted signed away, and after the stacks and stacks receded, we bid them THANK YOU and GOODNIGHT. For all our lovely guests, thank you for coming and for coming dressed like rockstars. As per usual, our fans are the best fans, and last night, you looked AWESOME.

The first book in the Dragoneye Sage, EON: DRAGONEYE REBORN was thrilling. And after the long wait, EONA: THE LAST DRAGONEYE is finally here! Fittingly climactic, and steamy to boot, this heart-thumping finale's got more action than Katniss in an arena that's on fire with evil orangutans coming at her... or at least, comparable action. Anyway, it's rad, and as Eona struggles to accept her new role in an oncoming war, she must also decide for herself between love and power. READ IT.

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