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Mar 28,2014

3 reasons to read The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: 

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1. The story revolves around Cassie and 'a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases'. Think murder and mayhem, or Criminal Minds with teens.

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Mar 27,2014

This review has been written by Chelsie. Chelsie is 15, hails from Patterson River Secondary College in Victoria, and is a huge Vampire Academy fan.

I had the chance to see the Vampire Academy movie recently and, as Rose would say, sweet sassy molassy!

The movie, based on the best-selling novel by Richelle Mead, follows 17-year-old Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir (half human/half vampire). It follows her journey to become a Guardian in order to protect her best friend Lissa Dragomir, a royal Moroi (the mortal and peaceful vampires), from the evil and deadly Strigoi (undead vampires).

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After being in the human world for two years, Rose and Lissa are dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, the boarding school they had run away from. Here the two girls are thrown back into the drama-filled lives of high schoolers with rumours, secrets and harsh intentions.

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Mar 26,2014

I am reserving judgement on this adaptation of the 1993 Lois Lowry classic.  The world Lowry weaved is very different from the one represented in the trailer.  

It also has an impressive line up of talent - Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, Cameron Monaghan (recently seen as Mason in Vampire Academy), and pop princess Taylor Swift.

Jonas has been aged up - does this bother, or excite you?

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Mar 24,2014

What We Take From Books

Trianna. That’s my name. But it wasn’t mine to begin with. It was a name used in a novel called Violin by Anne Rice.

My mum was reading it while she was pregnant and she thought the name was pretty for the little girl she was about to have — never mind that Violin turned out to be one of Anne Rice’s worst books, and never mind that the character was insane. Thanks, Mum, I’m happy that you’re looking out for my future.

The name isn’t exactly the same, though — the name in the book was Triana and my dad insisted that it would be spelled with two Ns…no, not because Triana comes from a psycho character, but because he wanted people to have a hard time spelling it. Thanks, Dad, I’m happy that you’re looking out for my future.

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Mar 21,2014

3 reasons to read Tape by Steven Camden: 

File 198441. For the small moments that change everything. Moments of magic and moments of tragedy - Tape has them all.

2. The 1990s. If you like your contemporary fiction with a retro twist (fans of Girl Defective, I'm talking to you), this one's for you.

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Mar 20,2014

File 19691Yesterday I announced the 20 books that are rocking the 2014 Inky Awards longlist. But while the awards are named after me (oh gosh, you shouldn't have. Don't stop.) they are all about great books as chosen by you. To have your say about which books will make this year's shortlist, apply to be an Inky Awards Judge!


What does an Inky Awards Judge do?

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Mar 19,2014

I am so excited and honoured to announce the 2014 Inky Awards longlist!(!!!) These fantastic books have been selected by teens, for teens and (in my humble opinion) there is something here for everyone -- young or old, reader or self proclaimed non-reader. Go forth and read, read my pretties!

                                                                        File 19691 

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Mar 18,2014

James Dashner's The Maze Runner is set to hit Australian cinemas 18 September, and if the trailer (just released today!) is anything to go by, it's going to hit BIG.

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Mar 17,2014

People Watching: A How-To Guide

I know what you’re thinking. 'Yup. Trianna is a major creep.' But don’t call the police just yet! I don’t deny that I am a creep [sometimes], but I assure you that people watching (within a limit) is 100% legal.

Look at this. What do you see?

(actual picture of my view when I was writing this article)

'Um. A bunch of empty chairs and… uh… some people… eating. …It’s a food court, duh.'

If that’s what you see, you aren’t really looking. You aren’t watching. 

I see an old man, with a soft smile on his face, hobbling to his wife with a tray full of food. I see his wife looking rather grumpy, and I wonder why she’s so cranky today. Maybe she’s cranky every day. 

I see a woman infatuated with her smartphone as she twirls her hair. I wonder who she’s talking to, or if she’s even talking to anyone. Maybe she’s on Instagram. Maybe she’s taking pictures of her view, too.

I see a business man with his sleeves partially rolled up. I wonder if he meticulously rolled them up this way while he sat in front of his computer, pretending to do his boring job crunching numbers when all he really wanted to do was crunch KFC. Maybe he’s walking to the KFC booth right now.

This is what people watching is all about. It’s about removing yourself from the scene and observing the architecture of a human being from afar, wondering about their personalities — their hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares, their memories and experiences — wondering about the stories that they have to tell…wondering about the books within them.

As you’re all probably aspiring writers, this is the perfect way to get inspiration. 

Here’s a people watching kit list: 

1) A place to go 

Anywhere people exist — the park (kids are adorable and hilarious), the beach (+ points for hotties), on public transport (the most interesting weirdos’ natural habitat), even your brother’s room! 

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Mar 14,2014

File 195463 reasons to read Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider: 

 1. The 'severed head' of the title becomes clear almost immediately. It's super unsettling but also a smidge funny in a black humour kind of way.  Don't judge me!

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