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2016 Is Going to Be the Year of Harry Potter

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places. -Goodreads

Impatiently Waiting For: All the Beautiful Brides (Graveyard Falls #1) by Rita Herron

Montlake Romance To Be Published Sept. 15, 2015 341 Pages
         Montlake Romance
To Be Published Sept. 15, 2015
                341 Pages

A young woman lies dead at the bottom of a waterfall, dressed in a wedding gown with a rose stem jammed down her throat. And in the small town of Graveyard Falls, the horrifying vision stirs a long-ago nightmare back to life…

FBI Special Agent Cal Coulter gets called in to investigate the murder, which bears a terrifying resemblance to a series of killings committed thirty years ago: three teenage girls were found dead at the waterfall’s base, all bearing rose stems in their throats. But the high school football star was convicted and imprisoned for those murders, leading Cal to suspect that the killer is still out there.

Now, the body count is rising again. The monster’s sights are set on   counselor Mona Monroe, Cal’s best friend’s widow…and the woman he’s always loved. Can Cal stop the killer before Mona becomes the next victim?- Goodreads

Quick Five© With Kim Liggett

Courtesy of Kim Liggett
Courtesy of Kim Liggett

Name: Kim Liggett

Who is Kim?  Love of music and all things creative

Books: Blood & Salt (To Be Published September 22, 2015), The Last Harvest (Still Under Production)

Buy:  Barnes & Noble, Amazon

You got to love a author with a colorful background. You can almost bet that whatever they write will be the most amazing read you have had in a long time. Take author Kim Liggett, a former musician and actress who decided to keep her love of creativity by starting businesses and by writing a book (that has nothing to do with music).  I for one, look forward to Ms. Liggett’s new chapter. You should too.

You have businesses in the arts as well as music, why decide to write a Young Adult novel?

I’ve always been involved in the arts, one way or another. I just see this as an extension of my interests. I will always create, whether it’s books, businesses, or music…or maybe a beautiful garden someday. The future’s wide open.

 G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers To Be Published Sept. 22, 2015 352 Pages
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
To Be Published Sept. 22, 2015
352 Pages

Your book “Blood and Salt” is being described as Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the corn. How accurate is that statement? Why did you choose to write a romantic horror?

I’d say it’s extremely accurate. A lot of people probably think it’s some kind of gimmick comp, but it’s pretty dead-on. I’m dyslexic, so reading was hard. It had to be pretty damn compelling to get me to finish a book—I gravitated toward the naughtier bits of horror and romance novels to get me through.

What do you want readers to get out of reading your novels?

I hope they’re swept up. I hope there’s enough interest to keep even the most reluctant reader flipping the pages until the very end. Because the end is so worth it. ; )

How has the current popularity in Young Adult novels influenced your writing? If there is any influence at all?

I love the pacing of YA novels. I find that aspect really addictive. I’m a new writer—I can still read a book for sheer pleasure without analyzing the prose. I’m grateful for that—because above all else, I consider myself a fan of the genre.

Finally… who were the biggest rock bands you sang backup for in the 80s’ ( I’m dying to know)?

Haha! Blast from the past. Duran Duran, The Eurythmics, Eddie Money…I did a lot of studio work and some touring in the mid to late 80’s. It was a crazy way to grow up—to be a teen. And yes, someday, that will work its way into a book. : )

Twitter: @kim_liggett

Website: http://www.kimliggett.com

Book Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

I love books that have titles that make you assume what the book is about and its completely different from what you thought.

       Dial Publishing Published Aug 15, 2013             360 Pages
Dial Publishing
Published Aug 15, 2013
360 Pages

Violet White lives in a small (and of course) boring town named Echo. She lives in a huge mansion on the edge of the cliff that overlooks her town with her brother. Her grandmother Frankie recently passed away and her parents . . . well they are artist who pretty much took all of the family’s inheritance and went overseas to gain exposure? Discover themselves? Either way the parents left their two teenage kids broke and in a mansion that is falling apart.

Violet gets the great idea to rent the guesthouse to bring in some money. & guess who comes to rent it??? That is right new boy in town named River West. Violet is attracted to him and considering that she has never been attracted to any other boy before this is new for her (of course). However, West isn’t exactly a normal boy with a clean past or future.

Before I tell you the good about this story I need to tell you the bad. THIS BOOK WENT ALL OVER THE PLACE. Tucholke (the author) added big twists to the story when there was really zero need for it. She created a mystery when there was no need for it well actually, that is not completely true; She could have created a BETTER mystery if she started it in the beginning of the book and not towards the end. Violet’s grandmother didn’t become a mysterious woman to the readers until 7 chapters before the book ended. It felt like an after thought in which the questions were answered enough where I really don’t care any further about Frankie. She hid a secret but for what? The only conversations you see between Violet and Frankie is that she became a fairly religious person.

Another thing wrong with the story was River West. There was really no depth to his character. I’m not just saying he was strictly just a pretty boy with problems but why did he have problems! LIKE COME ON! He caused problems for no reason and he wasn’t trying to run away and do right. He wanted to do whatever he wanted.

Okay enough of the bad. . . . here is the good:

I thought the setting was amazing. Tucholke did an amazing job of placing an image of the town in your head and making it stick.  Violet and her brother come from a rich and long line of family and I was waiting for some town secrets. Tucholke made you want the town secrets not because the book was bad but the story itself told of secrets that the reader needed to know. Although it was done poorly, I still read the book wanting and wanting.

Overall, the books gets a 6 out of 10. There is some really good potential in this book and in this author. It just lacked execution.

Tania Lasenburg is a communications major that plays video games and cyber stalks Gym Class Heroes. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles

Thoughts? Bridget Jones “Mad About Boy”

Apparently the author of the Bridget Jones serious is coming out with a new book called “Mad About Boy”

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it has been over 10 years since the author Helen Fielding wrote about Ms. Jones. In this novel supposedly it is present day, Jones still keeps a diary (nothing wrong with an older woman doing that) and she is trying to text and be involved in social media/networking.

Here are my thoughts . . .  there shouldn’t be another book. It ended perfectly with everyone thinking she actually found happiness and hopefully became less goofy.  I think that Jones as a character became a bit annoying because when she was depressed she was depressed.  Grant I’ve been there before but she was over the edge; she couldn’t seem to get it together in a way.

I loved the movies! The books I am on the fence about.  Am I the only one that is no thrilled about a new Bridget Jones book?