Friday, March 27, 2015

Want More Female Superheroes? Help Support New TV Series JUST SUPER!

Hey Bookworms! So, today's post isn't book-related. Sorry about that! It's related to superheroes, though, and who doesn't like superheroes?

Not just superheroes, but female superheroes. Who doesn't like seeing a girl kick butt? Boys shouldn't get to have all the fun, after all!

My friend Rebecca Kopec is an actress, and together with fellow Executive Producers Adam Carpenter andJesi Mullins, she's putting together a new TV series for the web revolving around superheroes called Just Super. A web series is something that airs online rather than on one of the premium/cable/network channels on your TV.

Think Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible (Also about super heroes...and villains!) or Felicia Day's The Guild or The Lizzie Bennett Diaries or The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy or Video Game High School or... Well, you get the picture! Some of them are more well-known than others, and a lot of them have niche followings with rabid fans.

Just Super has the potential to be the next beloved hit web series to come to the internet!

Here's the first look at the series:



YouTube Link


   Emer had it all. Except for fame, money, recognition, and a sense of direction in life. 

But now she's got super-powers and a dangerous destiny ahead of her. Still needs a sense of direction though... 

Her friends Stacy and Danny, along with a mysterious mentor in a trench coat, are eager to help...if only they could stop arguing.

One reason that everyone wants Just Super to succeed stems from something that the legendary Joss Whedon (You know, he made Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly and The Avengers and lots of other cool things!) said last year that went viral around the internet:


   Our good friend Joss Whedon recently spoke out about sexism in the comic book movie industry. 

Just Super wants to be a defining voice in that conversation

We want to inspire anyone who feels powerless in their day to day life. We want to bust stereotypes

We want to encourage any small team of artists to make their dreams a reality. We want to shake up nerd culture. 

We want to put women front and center in the storytelling and production of these stories. 

We want to make you laugh.

The Just Super team is on IndieGoGo trying to raise enough money for the production costs of a full season of Just Super to make it look more sparkly and awesome. (SFX are a lot all by themselves!)

There are only 5 days left in their campaign, and they're halfway to their goal. They only need to raise another $5,000 to bring this series to your computer, and you can help make it a reality for as little as a $10 donation that is fully tax-deductible! You can even support FOR FREE just by sharing the campaign and talking it up on social media. Sharing is caring, and helps spread the word!

You can share in many ways:


Sometimes a supervillain (read: the IRS) steals all your money, but that shouldn't stop a superhero like YOU! 

  • Sharing is caring! Share this page! Share our trailer! Share our website! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Tindr (swipe right!) 
  • Can you (or better yet, your company!) sponsor our project? We would love to partner with corporate sponsors! We will proudly display any logo. The bat-signal is logo. Your company could BE our bat-signal! 
  • Can you donate any equipment/transportation/food? We love fancy cameras, BOOMS! (we love boom mics), pizza, Zipcar memberships. There are lots of factors that go into the producing of an online sitcom, and those factors can ALSO BE DONATED!

If you like superheroes and/or empowered females, or heck, just like binge-watching a TV series

(I see you sitting on your couch watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black on Netflix!),

then take a look at Just Super and help us bring the show to your computer, even if you can only help by spreading the word!!!

Here's the official press release if you'd like a little more info, and information on the actors, writers, and producers can all be found on the IndieGoGo page!

NEW FEMALE-LED ONLINE SITCOM TO FILM in NY THIS SPRING

Making the “every-woman” a super-woman

New York, NY, March 8, 2015– Production is beginning on a new online sitcom that promises to bust stereotypes of female superheroes and redefine what it means to be “super”.  Just Super is the passion project of Cupcakes & Wine Productions. What’s being described as a “superhero buddy-comedy… with wine” will begin shooting this April in New York City, a familiar background for many a hero. Cupcakes & Wine Productions seeks to honor nerd culture and the ever-popular superhero trend, but also aims to showcase women of all types in every leading role.

As women in the industry, we call for quality representation in all roles. We sometimes forget that we can also be our own champions. This is us being the change, not just waiting around for it. 
– Executive Producer Rebecca Kopec

All too often, female superheroes (even when played by Scarlett Johansson) are pushed to the sidelines in the final product as well as promotional materials. Just Super will place women front and center in the storytelling and production. Cupcakes & Wine hopes that Just Super will reach a new online audience and inspire anyone who doesn’t feel super in their day to day life.

I grew up a loud and proud she-nerd. My heroes were scientists, warriors, world leaders, mages - and all of them female. I love and believe in this genre because of the empowerment it gave me as a woman. 
– Executive Producer Jesi Mullins

Cupcakes & Wine Productions is currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to help raise funds for their first season. If interested in supporting the project, please visit http://igg.me/at/justsuperseries or facebook.com/JustSuperSeries
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If you would like more information about this project, please contact Cupcakes & Wine Productions by email at cupcakesandwineproductions@gmail.com.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Exclusive EARLY EXCERPT + A Gift for YOU when you Pre-Order JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally!


I am SO EXCITED to tell you guys about JESSE'S GIRL. I just finished reading it this past weekend and can I just say...

It is my favorite of all of Miranda Kenneally's books to date.  
And yes, I've read them ALL.

I've previously reviewed CATCHING JORDAN, STEALING PARKER, and THINGS I CAN'T FORGET, RACING SAVANNAH, and BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE, as well as interviewed Miranda when she debuted. 
I'll be interviewing her again NEXT MONTH and then again in JULY!!!  
You bookworms are lucky I love you -- and Miranda -- so much!

Granted, if you stuck with me last fall during my A Week of Shooting Stars event, you'll know that I already have a soft spot for books featuring musicials or actors. I also love what a personal book this is for Miranda, and can't wait for you to read it in July! I'm seriously holding my tongue right now, bookworms. I want to give you all the details NOW and I CAN'T! But it is SO GOOD and you are going to want this book!

Need more than my word? How about this excerpt to tide you over?
As much as I love music, I am generally not a fan of country. I don’t like banjos. I don’t like sappy lyrics about trucks and hauling hay. Dolly Parton is my mortal enemy—my mom plays “Jolene” over and over and over and over, and it makes me want to chop my ears off like van Gogh. Yeah, yeah, I’m from Tennessee, where it’s a crime if you don’t love country, but I like deep, rumbling beats and singing loud and fast and hard. I do not like closing my eyes and crooning to a cow in the pasture. Yet here I am at a Jesse Scott concert, getting ready to meet him and to see if he’ll let me shadow him next Friday.

My school requires every senior to “shadow” a professional for a day. It’s their way of helping us figure out what kind of career we want. Like, if you want to be president when you grow up, you might get to shadow the mayor. Want to be a chef? Have fun kneading dough at the Donut Palace. When I said “I want to be a musician,” I figured they’d send me to work in the electronics section at Walmart.

I certainly never expected to shadow the king of country music.

It turns out that Jesse Scott is my principal’s nephew. Jesse won TV’s Wannabe Rocker when he was ten and has gone on to become very successful. In sixth grade, every girl in class—myself included—took the Teen Beat quiz: “Would Jesse Scott Like Your Kissing Style?” (Obviously the answer was yes.) In middle school, I had a Jesse Scott poster on my ceiling. It’s hard to believe he’s only eighteen, because he’s already won three Grammys. When he was younger, his songs were about family, fishing, and playing baseball, but lately they’re about love and making love and all things sexy.

I wouldn’t say I’m a fan anymore, but I would never give up an opportunity to learn from a professional with such a gorgeous, pure voice. I want to learn what it’s like to perform day in and day out. Despite what everyone and their mom says—that I’ll struggle as a musician—all I want is to play guitar in front of a crowd and hear people cheer for me.

I can’t believe I’m backstage at the Grand Ole Opry! I bounce on my toes. Jesus, is that an archtop Super 4, the model Elvis played? I’ve never seen one in real life. It probably cost more than my house. I’m ogling the guitar when Jesse Scott comes out of the bathroom, drying his hair with a towel. He pads across the room to the couch, wearing nothing but a pair of rugged jeans with more holes than Swiss cheese. The lighting is dim, and he doesn’t seem to notice I’m here, which is good, because I’ve moved from ogling the guitar to ogling him.

Who wouldn’t? He was one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People,” and it is a truth universally acknowledged that you should stare at people who’ve made that list. The guy’s gorgeous. Like in the boy-next-door way. His wet, wavy, brown hair curls around his ears and nearly hits his shoulders, and while he doesn’t have a six-pack or anything, his body is fit. I wish he’d look my way so I can see his famous brown eyes. They always remind me of those caramel chews Poppy gives me when I visit. Jesse has some sort of Gaelic symbol tattooed on his left shoulder blade. I want to reach out and trace the design.

God, get ahold of yourself, Maya. Don’t be a horndog. Besides, he’s so not my type. I don’t do pretty boys.


 And since I already know that you're going to want it, you might as well pre-order and get some cool goodies, right!?


The following information is from Sourcebooks!

In celebration of Miranda’s new book, Sourcebooks Fire is offering some really cool stuff for readers, fans, etc.

Everyone who emails teenfire@sourcebooks.com will automatically receive an email of the EXCLUSIVE Jesse’s Girl Playlist, and will be invited to attend a LIVE online author event on July 6, the day before Jesse’s Girl goes on-sale!

In addition, if you pre-order the book and send your proof of purchase (and mailing address) to teenfire@sourcebooks.com, you’ll not only get the exclusive playlist and event invite, but you’ll also receive a signed/personalized bookplate, a super-cute custom guitar pick, and entered to win a $300 gift card to TicketMaster so you can go to a concert or musical or some other fun event.


So hurry up and send your information to teenfire@sourcebooks.com 
(Subject: Jesse’s Girl)
including your mailing address if you’re sending in proof of pre-order, 
and how you would like your bookplate signed.

Here are links to order
a copy of Jesse’s Girl:

   

O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title:  JESSE'S GIRL
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
SUMMARY:

Practice Makes Perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. 

Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top 10 Books From My Childhood!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Every once in a while I participate in this one when I either
1) Like the theme, and/or 2) Have the time!
This week's topic:
Top 10 Books From My Childhood

TECHNICALLY the topic is
"Top 10 Books From My Childhood That I'd Like to Revisit"
buuuuut I wanted to do all-time favorites!



In no particular order...

1) ELLA ENCHANTED by Gail Carson Levine

This was my favorite book EVER. I'm afraid to ever read it again because nostalgia makes me love it so much, you know? I'd "outgrown" fairy tales by the time I read this. But this and the movie Ever After made me like fairy tales again. Cinderella knows the prince ahead of time AND she gets to save HIS butt. Love!!! I've read all of the author's books and am so excited that she's going to be signing locally in April so I can tell her just how much her book has meant to me all these years.
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24337.Ella_Enchanted

2) A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT by Madeleine L'Engle

Most people discovered Madeleine L'Engle through A WRINKLE IN TIME. I read those books--later on--but I didn't love them the same way I did A RING OF ENDLESS LIGHT. I LOVED Vicky. And I loved dolphins, my favorite animal! And I loved her romance with Adam. It made me want to read another book with them, TROUBLING A STAR, then read other books in the lives of both Vicky and Adam before they knew one another. From there, I dived into everything else L'Engle wrote. For a long time, she was my favorite author! I even have obscure books by her that you have to special order because stores just don't sell them.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14358.A_Ring_of_Endless_Light

3) THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND by Elizabeth George Speare


I don't even know why I loved this book quite so much. I think romance played a part and I was young and obsessed, lol. There was even a song we learned in choir that I would sing and make up stories about the characters in my head as I did so (This was long before I'd ever heard of fanfiction, lol). We had to read this in school and my copy is so shredded that it's barely hanging together even with tape!
 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/703292.The_Witch_of_Blackbird_Pond

4) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I could read these books again and again and never get sick of them. Every few years, I like to read them again. There's something so magical and wonderful about this series and it's a lifelong favorite of mine. There aren't even words! But if you've read this series, you know! I seriously would love for them to continue making them into movies even though they aren't huge blockbusters to see the world come to life and live in it a few more times.

https://www.goodreads.com/series/43814-the-chronicles-of-narnia-chronological-order


5) His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Another series I've read multiple times. I think this and Narnia really helped cement my love of fantasy and believing in the impossible. The world is so vast, and not everything is happy and perfect. It taught me so much about growing up and making hard decisions. I even went on to read other books by him, though they weren't loved quite so fiercely!
https://www.goodreads.com/series/44427-his-dark-materials

6) THE GIVER by Lois Lowry


I had to read this in school, and it was one of my favorite school assignments. I even sought out other books set in this world. I still have to read the newest book, SON, but I've been wanting to re-read all the older books in the set, so it's a great time to finally do that. I just have to, you know, make time to do it!
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3636.The_Giver

7 & 8) A LITTLE PRINCESS and THE SECRET GARDEN by  Frances Hodgson Burnett

I loved both these books so much when I was younger and read them multiple times. I loved the movies, too, and watched them again and again. I can't remember what appealed to me so much about them, but the whimsy and magic kept me entertained. These are beloved classics for a reason, and I love that kids continue to read and love them today, and will continue to do so long after we've all passed on.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3008.A_Little_Princesshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2998.The_Secret_Garden



9, 10, and BEYOND!) SERIES!


I was a big fan of series growing up! Babysitter's Club, Sweet Valley, Saddle Club, Thoroughbred, Silver Blades, Boxcar Children etc. You name it, I probably was spending my allowance to buy the latest book in the series! I dont' really own most of these anymore like I do with the earlier books, though. (Why did I let my mom give them away!?) But they're still special in their own ways!

What books were your favorites growing up? ^_^

Monday, March 23, 2015

{Review/Giveaway} THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows


O P E N I N G   L I N E:

   THE MIRRORS WERE an expensive superstition.
   Not that it mattered to Melanie. Every time we came to the western side of the city, she insisted we stop and look, and I couldn't find it in myself to deny her that pleasure.
   "It's beautiful, isn't it?" Wind plucked at a wayward strand of her sleek, black hair. She gathered it all back and tied it with a torn bit of fabric. 
   "Sure." The city spread below us,, shimmering with knots of streetlights in the wealthy districts. Those people were important enough to warrant gas lamps at night, as though light protected like locks or swords or shields. But wealth wasn't the only thing that shone: glass panes hung on the west face of every house and tower and mansion in Skyvale, the mirrored city.
   Beyond the houses, factories, shops, and refugee hovels, mountains were silhouetted against the night sky. A heavy, full moon lifted.
   "When the wraith reaches the Indigo Kingdom," I said, "all of this will be destroyed. Mirrors won't do anything to stop it."
(pgs 3-4, US hardcover first edition)

Read the first 69 pages RIGHT NOW for FREE!!!

"The best mask is a face no one will remember."

Would you remember the face of the most-wanted criminal in all the Indigo Kingdom? And who is a criminal? Is it the masked vigilante Black Knife, who goes around bringing in anyone with magical abilities and delivering them to the crown? Is it the vengeful Princess Wilhelmina, out to reclaim her kingdom and now leader of a ragtag group called the Ospreys? Can both be right in a world where so much is wrong, or at least put aside their differences in order to save everything they know and love?

Wilhelmina Korte is in hiding. Her parents were murdered and her kingdom was destroyed when she was young because they wouldn't join the Wraith Alliance and ban magic. Now, she's out to reclaim her throne along with the other children who escaped that tragic night. She wants revenge on the king who wrecked havoc on her world and infiltrates the Skyvale Palace as a refugee named Lady Julianna. Nobody suspects her and her friend Melanie...or do they? Wil is playing a dangerous game, especially since masked vigilante Black Knife knows more about her than he's saying...especially when it comes to the fact that deadly magic is lurking in her veins and must be hidden at all costs...

Jodi Meadows excels at creating unique, intriguing worlds and unputdownable fantasy novels. Like her debut novel INCARNATE, the first book in her new series has a slow start, but once it picks up speed, readers will be anxious to know what happens next. I love the fact that the world is shrouded in mirrors, which is such a unique, interesting concept to begin with. There's a reason for this, too, and it's dark and deadly and a perfect way to hook in readers, as is the disturbing nature of the mysterious Glowmen. There's also a REALLY CREEPY SCENE that reminds me of another REALLY CREEPY SCENE from her Newsoul trilogy. Meadows excels at REALLY CREEPY SCENES that make your skin crawl! I wish more readers read Meadows. Her first trilogy, Newsoul, wasn't marketed as fantasy and may have been overlooked due to its covers, but by the end of the series, there was no mistaking the genre. I've previously reviewed both INCARNATE and ASUNDER, and co-reviewed INFINITE with Kat. If you're new to Meadows or anxious to read something else by Meadows until THE MIRROR KING comes out, you'll be glad to know that INCARNATE is on sale for $1.99 if you read e-books!

Another thing I love about Meadows is that, while romance isn't the primary focus, the romance still sweeps you away. When I read fantasy, I want so much more than just romance. If I just wanted romance, I'd read a romance novel. That isn't to say that there shouldn't be any romance ever, either. But it should take a backseat and the story shouldn't ONLY be about the couple, because that can get boring really fast. Meadows handles this well, and, in fact, THE ORPHAN queen has one of the best kissing scenes I've read in a YA book so far this year! (You guys know that Kat and I like to put a Best Kiss category into our Best of the Year Round-Up every January! Welllllll THE ORPHAN QUEEN is in a three-way tie for first place right now with THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary Pearson and THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury!).

The characters remind me visually of something out of an anime or a comic, and that's not a bad thing!

For one thing, there's Black Knife. He's Batman, y'all!


No, seriously. We need to be building bat signals throughout the kingdom, not mirrors!

When he's not being Batman, he's Kaitou Sinbad, the masked thief from the Phantom Thief Jeanne (Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne) series by Arina Tanemura. Which makes Wil Kaitou Jeanne, of course!

Whenever these two have scenes together and are sleuthing around or rooftops, I was totally picturing them as Sinbad and Jeanne:


Ummmmm, especially when it came to that awesome kissing scene because THE KISSING!


It was so easy to visualize and root for the characters in this series. 

If, like me, you're sick of waiting three+ years for a series to be out, you'll be glad to know that this series is a duology, which means the final book will be out next year!!! Which is awesome because HOLY CLIFFHANGER! While we're all waiting, Meadows will release a series of four novellas about Black Knife. The first, THE HIDDEN PRINCE, comes out in June, followed by THE GLOWING KNIGHT in September, THE BURNING HAND in December, and THE BLACK KNIFE in 2016. I really hope HarperCollins binds the novellas up into a paperback like they've been doing with other series lately so that I can put a finished copy on my shelf next to my hardcovers, but I'll still be buying them as they come out on my nook, too!



Sneak Peek!
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C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG  ( Kissing scene!!! No sexual innuendo )
Language: PG  ( I don't recall anything, at least!! )
Violence: PG13 ( Battle and death )
Other: PG  ( A naked character toward the end, one male character hitting a female to bring her down because she doesn't agree with him )
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:

I love the way mirrors were incorporated into this cover. They're so important in the book and rightfully belong on the cover. I can't wait to see what THE MIRROR KING will look like! Wil looks so bad-ass, too. As a fantasy lover, I'd pick this up blind to see what it was about. This is the type of "gimme" cover that the Newsoul books should have had! So intriguing!

I also love the way the O and the Q are hooking together in the title and the Q is curling out over the title. Font love!
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O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: THE ORPHAN QUEEN
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Received: For Review But Also Purchased!

SUMMARY:

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. 

When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. 

Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. 

Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
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Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen).

*A Kippy is a cat.

FIND JODI AT: 
WEBSITE || TWITTER || GOODREADS || TUMBLR || FACEBOOK
 
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HarperCollins is graciously giving away a copy of THE ORPHAN QUEEN to one of you lucky readers!!!

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

{Review/Excerpt/Giveaway} FLUNKED: FAIRY TALE REFORM SCHOOL by Jen Calonita



On tour with Sourcebooks Jabberwocky!
&
Love fairy tales and mythology?
Fans of mermaids, dragons, unicorns, and other mythical creatures?
Enjoy when a beloved classic tale is retold?
A Twist in the Tail Thursdays features all this and more!


O P E N I N G   L I N E:

   SOMETIMES SPYING ON low-level royals can be so boring.
   They're easy to spot the minute they leave their precious royal world behind. With their pricy clothes, made-up faces, and clouds of perfume wafting behind them, girls like that stick out like sore thumbs when they get dropped off in town in their flashy carriages.




(pgs 11, 15, US E-ARC edition)

Would you send a villain to do a hero's job?

FLUNKED is the first book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series by Jen Calonita. It's fun and super cute for all ages. While I've seen a lot of "boarding school"-style fairy tale novels lately, none of them are quite like this. For one thing, the headmistress is Cinderella's evil stepmother, now reformed and helping save the kingdom from evil. She created and runs a school to help citizens in danger of becoming evil stay on a good path in order to help keep the peace.


Gillian Cobbler's family is very poor. Even though her father invented the fashionable glass slipper, when the fairy godmother stole his idea to help Cinderella discover her Happily Every After, everyone started commissioning her to make them shoes instead of the true inventor. Gilly steals from the Royals in order to help make ends meet. Upon being caught for the third time, she's forced out of the family boot and into reform school. Gilly hates being sent away because her family needs her in order to survive. When she discovers something amiss at Fairy Tale Reform School, she has to make a tough choice. But which decision will help her family more?

This new series is perfect for kids, and fun for fairy tale lovers of all ages. It explores family and friendship, as well as the plight of being a new student in a school you never wanted to attend in the first place.  It also turns preconceptions upside down and keeps readers guessing. What is evil and what is good? Can villains change their nature? As Gilly learns, "True power is learning how to put others first and not judge a book by its cover, so to speak" (pg. 254, US E-ARC Edition).

QUIZ TIME!


 If you get sentenced to Fairy Tale Reform School, it will help to have an ally. 



Here's an excerpt from 
FLUNKED!
There’s a boy up there, standing on the crystal chandelier! He has slightly curly blond hair and is wearing a uniform—­a navy sweater vest over a white shirt with khaki pants—­but his boots are muddy. He’s stepping on priceless crystals with cruddy boots? Is he insane?
“Jax! What are you doing up there?” Kayla whispers heatedly.
“I’m cleaning the crystal for Flora,” Jax says and rolls his eyes. “What does it look like I’m doing? I’m making
a break for it.”
Kayla applauds. “Yay! This time I know you can do it.”
I shade my eyes from the light bursting through the stained-­glass window next to the chandelier Jax is perched on. “Busting out? Why?” I ask Kayla. “I thought you said this place was cool.”
Jax laughs loudly and looks at me. I feel slightly stunned. I’ve never seen violet eyes before. “FTRS was fun for a while, but strange things have started happening and I don’t want to be here when something bad goes down.”
Strange things? What kind of strange things? Why does Kayla suddenly look pale?
“He’s exaggerating,” Kayla tells me, but she doesn’t sound convincing.
Drip. Whatever Jax is holding is leaking. Kayla and I move out of the way so we don’t get wet. “Grease,” Jax explains to me. “It lubes the window.” He swings the chandelier, and as it nears the window, he uses a fork to try to pry the window open. “A few more tries and I’ll have it.”
“Then what are you going to do, genius?” I ask. “You’re two stories up.”
Jax’s eyes gleam. “I’ve jumped from higher spots before.”
“It’s true,” Kayla says to me. “Jax once jumped from the gym to the dining hall turret. That was three stories up. We call him the Escape Artist. One time he even managed to break into Azalea and Dahlia’s rooms and borrowed their keys to the indoor pool so the whole dorm could take a midnight swim.”
“Impressive,” I tell him. “And I thought I was good at tricking obnoxious royals.”
“She stole a dragon’s tooth clip from one this morning,” Kayla fills him in.
“Nice,” Jax says. “Your first pull?”
“No, I’ve been doing it for a while,” I brag.
“Me too,” Jax says. “My father is a farmer. You can only get so far trading vegetables. I needed to kick things up a notch.”
For some reason, I don’t think any of us are going to make the transformation Headmistress Flora is looking for. “Why do you want to break out so bad?”
“I’ve got places to see, and Enchantasia isn’t one of them.” Jax swings the chandelier so hard the crystals clang together. The window latch pops open, and I watch Jax leap from the chandelier to the tiny window ledge. I’m in awe. Jax looks down at us smugly before pushing open the window. “Are you sure you two don’t want to join me?”
“There’s no time for us,” Kayla says. “Get out of here. Wait!” Her eyes widen. “You deactivated the alarm on the window, right?”
“There isn’t one,” Jax insists. “If there was, I wouldn’t be able to do this.” But when Jax lifts the window, we hear:
EEEEEE! EEEE! EEEE! Unauthorized exit! Unauthorized exit!
The shrieking sound is so intense that Kayla and I cover our ears. Within seconds, Flora is out of her office and running toward us.
Swoosh!
I feel something brush past me and I whirl around. When I look up at Jax again, a large, muscular man with a long mane of hair is hanging on to the window ledge, his furry hands pulling Jax back by his shirt. How did the man get up there without a ladder?
“Mr. Jax,” the man says in a low growl, “we really must stop meeting like this.”

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Romance: -- 
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Violence: G ( Only the glossed over non-violent battles you might see in an animated movie )
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:

I love the cover! There's a Frog Prince, a poison apple, a snip of Rapunzel's hair, a glass slipper, and so much more! Plus she's sitting on books. BOOKS. Beautiful, old, elegant books! And there's a skull, hinting at danger.  And a wand, hinting at magic! I love the ribbon banner with the series title at the top and the fun font on the title, especially the way the N and the K come out and frame everything so well. So much enjoyment of this cover!
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Title: Flunked: Fairy Tale Reform School
Author: Jen Calonita
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Received: For Review
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SUMMARY:

OUR MISSION:

To turn WICKED DELINQUENTS
and FORMER VILLAINS
into FUTURE HEROES

Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked exactly…but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run- down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

Until she gets caught.

Gilly’s sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School- where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its heroic mission. There’s a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change?
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Jen Calonita is the author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series and other books like Sleepaway Girls and Summer State of Mind, but Fairy Tale Reform School is her first middle grade series. She rules Long Island, New York with husband Mike, princes Tyler and Dylan, and Chihuahua Captain Jack Sparrow, but the only castle she’d ever want to live in is Cinderella’s at Disney World. She’d love for you to drop her a line at jencalonitaonline.com or keep the fairy tale going at http://books.sourcebooks.com/enchantasia/
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