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Win a copy of Rookie Yearbook Three!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 is a website created by and for young women to make the best of the beauty, pain and awkwardness of being a teenager. When it becomes tough to appreciate such things, we have good plain fun and visual pleasure. When you’re sick of having to be happy all the time, we have lots of rants, too. Every school year, we compile the best from the site into a print yearbook. Behold: our Junior year!

In Rookie Yearbook Three, we explore cures for love, girl-on-girl crime, open relationships, standing for something, embracing our inner posers, and so much more. Featuring interviews with Rookie role models like Sofia Coppola, Amandla Stenberg, Greta Gerwig, and Kim Gordon, and a bonus section chock-full of exclusive content including a pizza pennant, sticker sheet, valentines, plus advice and contributions from Lorde, Shailene Woodley, Dakota and Elle Fanning, Grimes, Kelis, Sia, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City, Haim, and more!

Thanks to the fab people at Penguin, we have 5 (five!) copies to give away! All you have to do to win one is answer the following question:

Who is your female role model, and why?

Mail your answer to by December 10th*. Please include “Rookie Yearbook” in the subject header.

*Please note that we don’t answer the mails to individually. The winner will be contacted after the cut-off date. The names of the winners and ALL answers are posted on this blog periodically in Prize Draw Winners posts.

Image credit: panel from comic by Margaret Machlan, taken from’s November 30th, 2014, Sunday Comic “Up to Scale”.

You Review: Kaleidoscope

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Reviewed by Sophie Knapen

Kaleidoscope was written by several authors and includes 20 Young Adult science fiction and fantasy stories. It’s wonderfully written and you can get attached to the characters even though you only get about twenty pages to do so. You get to read about superheroes, time traveling and loads of other amazing science fiction stories.

For me this was a great book, I could easily just read one story without feeling distracted or bored. It’s like the idea of fairy tales for children, but then with stories that were written for young adults. For example, the first story, “Cookie Cutter Superhero”, is about a girl in high school. She’s been chosen to become America’s most famous superhero, even though half of her arm is gone. It’s not just about science fiction or fantasy, it actually brings a message along with the story.

The second story, called “Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon”, is a beautiful love story about a girl falling in love with a girl, mixed with a fantasy/historical story about a couple falling in love but being separated. 
It goes on like that and you’d think there would be stories similar to the other ones in the book but there’s no story the same, which keeps it interesting and fun. Overall this is a really beautiful book about love, future and history.

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This Just In: Children’s Books and YA Fiction

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Several Recently-Arrived Titles from the Children’s Books and Young Adult Fiction Sections (grouped by age):

Please be sure to contact our stores for an exact stock check!

9 – 12 Years:

Ebook available for Warriors: Dawn of the Clans 4: The Blazing Star.

Young Adult:

Ebook available for The Blood of Olympus, My True Love Gave to Me, Redeemed, Unmarked, Pathfinder, Endgame: The Calling, The Infinity Cage and The Walled City.

You Review: The Walled City – Ryan Graudin

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Reviewed by Sophie Knapen

The Walled City has three rules: Run fast, trust no one and always carry a knife. But what happens when you decide to break the second rule. When Jin’s family sells Jin’s sister Mei Yee, Jin decides to go after her, into the Walled City. A city without laws and run by the Brotherhood and street gangs. Teens have to run drugs or work in brothels to make their money, or they hide, like Jin does. But when Dai comes along and gives her a chance to find her sister, she decides to break her second rule. She trusts Dai and begins an exciting race against the clock to escape the Walled City itself.

The Walled City was real in Hong Kong.  It is gone now but human trafficking is not. This book shines a light on human trafficking but lets you enjoy the story at the same time.

At first everything was a bit confusing. I wasn’t sure where they were and what the characters were thinking about, but after reading a few chapters things became more and more clear. I didn’t fully understand everything until the end. I did like the characters because you could read from 3 perspectives: Jin, Dai and Mei Yee.

You really have to want to understand this book because it’s not an easy read. But once you get it, it becomes really interesting and you want to know all the answers.

I am glad I read this book. You just really have to give the The Walled City by Ryan Graudin a chance because once you do it only gets better.

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Ebook of The Walled City available here.  Ryan Graudin also wrote All That Glows (ebook here), with the sequel All That Burns expected in February 2015.

You Review: The Perfectionists – Sara Shepard

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Reviewed by Esmée de Heer

Welcome to Beacon High, hell on earth for underachievers. The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard, who you know from the hit series Pretty Little Liars, tells the story of five girls who get fed up with Nolan Hotchkiss, the richest kid in all of Beacon Heights. Nolan is the worst kind of rich kid, one who uses his money to humiliate others and to always get what he wants. No wonder they want to kill him. The girls come up with their devious plan during Film Studies, taught by their oh-so-hot, but oh-so-bad teacher Mr. Granger. But when they execute said plan during a party, things go horribly wrong. Nolan ends up actually dead and the girls are being set up by the murderer, whoever that may be.

The book is a solid mystery and definitely reminiscent of Pretty Little Liars. The high school drama is unescapable and the love triangles are aplenty. There is enough juicy gossip to make the book last and every girl has her own secret and reason to want to get revenge on Nolan.

While reading The Perfectionists you do have to ignore some of the obvious flaws. Of course it makes sense that the girls wouldn’t be able to go to the police, because the police is in on the conspiracy. Of course the girls also all have difficult home situations and not a single adult is to be trusted. And of course they all have at least one boy swooning over them! What would a mystery be without a litte (read: a lot of) romance? But at the same time the book is fun and suspenseful and all the characters are different and interesting enough to make it work.

The setting of Beacon High as a high school where excelling is equally and maybe even more important than just being pretty was refreshing, and the girls are not just empty headed vessels for pretty clothing. They deal with pretty big problems besides their every day teenage problems, and the author comes up with detailed back stories that still leave plenty of room for future mysteries. The Perfectionists is a great beach read and a definite must for anyone who loves previous work of Shepard. The mystery will definitely keep you turning pages and when you’re done, you will want even more.

Blogmistress’s note: The Perfectionists was supposed to be published in the summer of 2014, but, as you can see, has been significantly delayed.  In fact, the US edition shows both a publication date of this month AND May 2015.  Go figure.  The UK edition shown above can be ordered now, though, and delivered within the week (if we don’t have it in stock).

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Esmée, together with Charlotte, runs the Bored to Death Book Club. Head on over to see if you might like to join them!

There is no ebook available of The Perfectionists yet (…see my note on publication date confusion above), but there are ebooks available of her previous works: The Heiresses, Pretty Little Liars (and other books in that series) and The Lying Game (and other books in that series).