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OMG The Underworld Ball

We're freaking pumped to host CASSANDRA CLARE and HOLLY BLACK for the upcoming  
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 masquerade ball at our Opera Plaza store, and we hope (and guess) that you're equally pumped to meet the ladies behind the madness!

 

Tickets are still available, but space is limited! You can book them online here, or call 415-776-1111 to reserve them directly with the store. Tickets are $5 with the purchase of a book, or $10 solo. HOWEVER, if you decide the day of the event to buy a book after all, WE WILL CREDIT YOU $5 back!  Yep, NYMBC's got your back. (But, please try and save your receipts!) 

 

 This is a good loophole to know, because in order to get in the signing line, you MUST have bought a Cassie Clare or Holly Black book AT A BOOKS INC, by the author you wish to have sign your book. (IE, buy a City of Bones if you want Cassie to sign, buy a Red Glove if you want Holly to...)   

 

The ladies WILL BE personalizing! Books, that is. They will not be signing memorabilia, t-shirts, notebooks, pictures, Kindles, sneakers, bras or your pet dinosaur.

 

 Photos are allowed from the signing line, but unfortunately because of the overwhelming popularity of our fantastic guests, we cannot stop  the signing line for posed photographs. However, the winner of our COSTUME CONTEST will get to take a posed photograph with the authors, that will appear on the Not Your Mother's Book Club Blog!

 

WHEW! Now, go get your tickets (if you haven't already!)  and we'll see you there!
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Flip by Martyn Bedford

Flip Usually, waking up on the wrong side of the bed just means a cruddy day. But for 14yr old Alex, it means waking up a whole different person. With a whole different life. Though he's still Alex on the inside, he now lives inside the body of a boy called Flip (short for Phillip) who's cooler, taller, better looking (even better endowed!) than Alex was previously. And while living in Flip's body does have its advantages, like making out with pretty girls who would have otherwise completely ignored him, Alex cannot let go of his previous self. Alex makes for an entirely relatable and sympathetic main character, even though his predicament is so otherworldly. Bedford elegantly combines humor, honesty and humanity with a high concept plot that keeps the pages turning, the laughs coming and the tears rolling. On sale April 5th, for ages 13+ 

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Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

Out today is the debut novel from Kirsten Hubbard, LIKE MANDARIN. Set in small town Washokey, Wyoming, Like Mandarin stars Grace, an intelligent and highly introverted high schooler who's been skipped up a year, making her first year of high school her sophomore year. As if that didn't make her enough of an outsider, she's also so quiet, almost nobody notices she's there. Except, it turns out, Mandarin Ramey. Mandarin is everything Grace wishes she could be; reckless, glamourous and sexy. But as her friendship with Mandarin escalates at an alarming pace, Grace starts to learn that Mandarin is perhaps not as care-free as she likes to come across.
Hubbard's background as a travel writer is evident, as the Wyoming landscape springs to life. We see through Grace's eyes all the loneliness and desolation of Wyoming, and the absurdity of the beauty pageants Grace's mother forced both Grace and now her younger sister, Taffeta. Mandarin's impulsive actions and Grace's desire to keep up with them keeps the pages turning in this dark, honest portrayal of a tempestuous friendship.

Good for ages 14+

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Review of VIRALS by Guest Blogger Clare, Age 12


Virals is a mysterious and fast paced science fiction novel by Kathy Reichs, author of the highly acclaimed Temperance Brennan series. This is her first young adult book. It follows Temperance's great niece, Tory Brennan as she and her friends discover secret testing facilities, strange experiments, and a deep set mystery in her new hometown. They are forced not only to rethink the world they live in, but also themselves as they become infected with a strange virus that gives them canine reflexes and senses.
 
I enjoy the main character for her dry humor and intelligence. She is given lacey gifts and signed up for classical dance lessons by her distracted and characteristically aggravating step-mother. These painfully tedious experiences make you relate to her, and make you feel like you're the one in the story. She also shows her scientifically inclined personality by adventuring on a neighboring island and befriending a wolf pup. It is introduced early on that Tory would rather categorize seashells than text, showing that she does not necessarily fit in the with the popular crowd. I felt that it added to the story and made the book extremely interesting.
 
It is a perfect book for people interested in science fiction and equally good for mystery lovers. It draws in readers of all ages, with a compelling plot and complex story.
 
My favorite books are: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Obernewtyn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody, and The Immortals Series by Tamora Pierce. I go to Nueva School and am in 6th grade.
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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Students are inundated with WWII stories about the Holocaust, and for good reason. But it was a pleasure to find a take on WWII we so rarely hear. Written from the perspective of a Lithuanian refugee whose family is exiled to Siberia, Between Shades of Gray is a masterpiece of teen war fiction. Sepetys's narrative is as elegant as it is unflinching, and is bound to move any reader to tears. Though it is primarily a work of fiction, Sepetys based many of the scenes from interviews with survivors, making the atrocities depicted within all the more harrowing to behold. Perhaps Sepetys's most impressive accomplishment is that, despite the disturbing subject matter, she has wrought a book that is as engaging and focused on love and empathy as it is painfully honest. Beautifully written, masterfully told, please read Between Shades of Gray with Not Your Mother's Book Club's highest recommendation.
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