Teen Reading Blognificence

Spoiled by Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks

Sixteen-year-old Molly Dix has just discovered that her biological father is Brick Berlin, world-famous movie star and red-carpet regular. Intrigued (and a little terrified) by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Los Angeles and plunges headfirst into the deep end of Beverly Hills celebrity life. Just as Molly thinks her life couldn’t get any stranger, she meets Brooke Berlin, her gorgeous, spoiled half sister, who welcomes Molly to La-La Land with a smothering dose of “sisterly love” … but in this town, nothing is ever what it seems.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

 

Before…Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After…Nothing is ever the same.

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

 

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

 Placid Girl by Brenna Ehrlich

 

Punk was created for the malcontents, something that loner and aspiring drummer Hallie understands all too well. Trapped in a boring suburban life – dysfunctional parents included! – Hallie drowns her angst in the angry songs of Haze, a masked musician who has not been heard from in five years. So naturally she’s surprised – and more than a little skeptical – when someone who seems to be Haze starts flirting with her via her favorite photo-sharing app. Is he who he says he is? What does he want from her? The questions only multiply when Hallie — along with bandmate Sarah and aspiring music journalist Steve — roadtrip to Haze’s comeback gig to unmask the reclusive musician once and for all.

The Good Girls by Sara Shepard

 

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes the shocking sequel to The Perfectionists—with an ending you’ll have to read to believe!

Mackenzie, Ava, Caitlin, Julie, and Parker have done some not-so-perfect things. Even though they all talked about killing rich bully Nolan Hotchkiss, they didn’t actually go through with it. It’s just a coincidence that Nolan died in exactly the way they planned . . . right? Except Nolan wasn’t the only one they fantasized about killing. When someone else they named dies, the girls wonder if they’re being framed. Or are they about to become the killer’s next targets?

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

 

“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman

 

How to survive Califorina’s hottest surf spot: Never go anywhere without a bathing suit. Never cut your hair. Never let them see you panic.

The year is 1972. Fifteen-year-old Haunani “Nani” Grace Nuuhiwa is transplanted from her home in Hawaii to Santa Monica, California after her father’s fatal heart attack. Now the proverbial fish-out-of-water, Nani struggles to adjust to her new life with her alcoholic white (haole) mother and the lineup of mean girls who rule State Beach.

Following “The Rules”—an unspoken list of dos and don’ts—Nani makes contact with Rox, the leader of the lineup. Through a harrowing series of initiations, Nani not only gets accepted into the lineup, she gains the attention of surf god, Nigel McBride. But maintaining stardom is harder than achieving it. Nani is keeping several secrets that, if revealed, could ruin everything she’s worked so hard to achieve. Secret #1: She’s stolen her dad’s ashes and hidden them from her mom. Secret #2: In order to get in with Rox and her crew, she spied on them and now knows far more than they could ever let her get away with. And most deadly of all, Secret #3: She likes girls, and may very well be in love with Rox.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

 

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.

Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.

Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda

 

From the moment she first learned the truth about witches…she knew she was born to fight them.

Now, at sixteen, Iris is the lone girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team.

But when Iris meets a boy named Arlo, he might just be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.

Together they’re ready to protect the human race at all costs. Because that’s what witch hunters do.

Welcome to Hollywood.



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Go Set a Watchman is a novel by Harper Lee published on July 14, 2015, by HarperCollins in the United States and William Heinemann in the United Kingdom. It was written before Lee’s first and only other published novel, the Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird (1960). The title comes from Isaiah 21:6: “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Go, set a watchman, let him declare what he seeth.” It alludes to Scout’s view of her father, Atticus Finch, as the moral compass (“watchman”) of Maycomb,[2] and has a theme of disillusionment, as she realises her father’s bigotry.

The book’s unexpected discovery, decades after it was written, together with the exceptional renown of the author’s only other book, an American classic, caused its publication to be highly anticipated; Amazon stated that it was their ‘most pre-ordered book’ since the final book of the Harry Potter series in 2007,[3] and stores arranged all-night openings from midnight to cope with expected demand.

The manuscript for the novel was originally thought to be lost. According to The New York Times, the typed manuscript of Go Set a Watchman was first found during an appraisal of Harper Lee’s assets in 2011 in a safe deposit box in Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville. Later, Harper Lee’s lawyer, Tonja Carter, revealed that she had first assumed the manuscript to be an early draft of To Kill a Mockingbird. However, upon learning in the summer of 2014 of the existence of a second novel at a family gathering, she then re-examined Harper Lee’s safe-deposit box and found the manuscript for Go Set a Watchman. After contacting Harper Lee and reading the manuscript, she passed it on to Harper Lee’s agent, Andrew Nurnberg.

May New Releases

ICE KISSED by Amanda Hocking (Kanin Chronicles #2)

Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of the Kanin world.

Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm . . . the glittering palace of the Skojare. Read the rest of this entry »

A round up of some great titles coming to a movie theatre near you!

Paper Towns is an upcoming film, directed by Jake Schreier based on the 2008 novel of the same name by John Green. The film is written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the same team that wrote Green’s first book film The Fault in Our Stars. The film will star Nat Wolff, who also starred in The Fault in Our Stars, Cara Delevingne, Justice Smith, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage and Jaz Sinclair. It is set to be released on July 24, 2015.

The Film Takes place in Orlando, Florida, Quentin “Q” Jacobsen (Wolff) lives next door to Margo Roth Spiegelman (Delevingne), his childhood friend from whom he has since drifted, but still has feelings for. So when she one day climbs Read the rest of this entry »

Festival Season

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Festival Season is fast approaching in Ireland. This summer will see over 300 Music Festivals in Ireland alone. I love summer, but summer and festivals together make me a very happy girl. Over the years I’ve been to some amazing events and seen loads of amazing bands. Memories that will stay with me for a life time. Music is my companion and it can take you down ever walk of life. This summer Ireland will host every type of Festival everything from Big, small, old, young, crazy and relaxing.

Here are some of my personal favourites and don’t forget to search our catalogue to find some new music that maybe you haven’t heard before.

Slane May 30th 2015

FOO FIGHTERS

with supporting acts KAISERCHIEFS, HOZIER, Ash and The Strypes

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I’ve been to Slane and although seeing and hearing bands is amazing the bus to and from Dublin is a pain. All that aside Foo Fighters are 100% amazing live and everyone should hear them if they can. I cannot stress how amazing they where in Marley Park a few years ago.

Reserve their albums here.

Swell Festival 2015

Friday 10th July 2015 | Sunday 12th July 2015

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This small family friendly music and arts event will play host to a variety of performers from Ireland & the UK. Swell has been established with abounding passion for promoting the islands own brand of Donegal culture providing 3 days of music alongside indigenous storytelling, poetry readings & craft workshops.

Longitude

Friday 17th July 2015 | Sunday 19th July 2015

LONGITUDE DAYBD

Some Amazing Bands playing this year, Pretty sad I wont be going! Will you?

Castlepalooza 2015

Friday 31st July 2015 | Sunday 2nd August 2015

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Castlepalooza has time and again proved itself to be one of the country’s absolute best smaller-sized festivals.

Taking place this year on the 31st July to 2nd August, Castlepalooza will once again be housed on the grounds of Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

The year’s line-up includes Of Montreal, Hercules & Love Affair, Jape, Alex Metric, and Fight Like Apes.

Over the years, Castlepalooza has provided a wonderful platform for emerging Irish bands to get big-time exposure alongside some more established acts – and this year looks like being no different.

Electric Picnic 2015

Friday 4th September 2015 | Sunday 6th September 2015

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Electric Picnic 2004 was the year it all started. It started as one day event for 10,000 people on a gloriously sunny September Saturday . It was billed as a Boutique music festival and with such a diverse line up of not just music it promptly sold out. It was a first for Ireland and destined to keep going for a very long time. The following year it became a weekend camping event.

Last year (2014) saw an attendance of 41,000 people, making it the biggest and most successful year for EP to date.

I’ve got a big year this year so I will only be attending one festival and this will be it. I’m soo excited to see Florence and the Machine and so many other bands.

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Which festival will you be attending, out of the 300 in Ireland this year?

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Girl Online is the debut novel by English author and internet celebrity, released on 25 November 2014 through Penguin books.

Zoe Sugg is an English fashion and beauty vloggerr, author, and internet personality. She is best known by her fans on Youtube as Zoella.

Girl Online was released in November 2014 and broke the record for highest first-week sales of a first-time novelist since Nielsen Bookscan began compiling such records in 1998.

The novel surrounds Penny Porter, a sixteen year old living with her parents in Brighton. Penny starts blogging about her problems, such as cyber-bullying and her panic attacks. Her family travels to New York where her mum is organising a wedding. Attending the wedding, Penny meets a musician Noah with whom she falls in love, resulting in her blog going viral.

While based around similar experiences, Zoe has stated that the book is “in no way autobiographical”.

Penguin stated that “Zoe  Sugg did not write Girl Online on her own”, stating that she “has worked with an expert editorial team to help her bring to life her characters and experiences in a heartwarming and compelling story”. It has been reported that young-adult novelist Siobhan Curham was a Ghostwriter for the novel, although neither Penguin nor Zoe have confirmed this. Penguin stated that Siobhan Curham was an “editorial consultant” for the novel.

Either way this book is a must read and If you haven’t read it yet you can reserve it on our website now!

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