Teen News, Reviews & Info

  • Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:35pm

    If I Stay is the first in a series written by Gayle Forman.  It was first published in 2009, and is about a teenage girl who has an out-of-body experience after a devistating car crash.  Watching her memories come to life before her, she must make a very hard decision.


    If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman

    Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
    I open my eyes wide now.
    I sit up as much as I can.
    And I listen.
    Stay, he says.


    Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?  Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.


    This book has been adapted into a movie and will be in theatres August 22, 2014. I don't want to give too much away... but it  you are interested in the more from this author check out her website and the sequel:  Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gale Forman. 


    If you liked If I Stay, you might like these titles:

    Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

    Before I Die by Jennie Downham




  • Thu, 08/14/2014 - 7:04pm

    The Fall movie season is on its way, and one of the most anticipated movies is The Maze Runner based on the book written by James Dashner!  If your thing is action, sci-fi, adventure awesomeness, then this flick is for you!  So, if you are like me, and have read the book before the movie comes out before the opening date of September 19th – you are a superstar!

    (whispers)…if you have not had a chance yet, it’s okay – you STILL HAVE TIME! 

    In case you didn’t know, there are actually four books in this series.  The second book (called The Scorch Trials) has already been “green-lighted” to be made into a movie.  There is not a lot of information on it just yet, but concept art work was revealed at this year’s Comic Con. 

    If this series looks interesting to you, keep on reading to find out a little more about this popular series.

    Book 1: The Maze Runner When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every 30 days a new boy has been delivered in the lift. Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

    Book 2:  The Scorch Trials - The Scorch Trials picks up where The Maze Runner left off. The Gladers have escaped the Maze, but now they face an even more treacherous challenge on the open roads of a devastated planet. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them. Can Thomas survive in such a violent world?


    Book 3: The Death Cure - Thomas knows that Wicked can’t be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they’ve collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It’s up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test. What Wicked doesn’t know is that something’s happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can’t believe a word of what Wicked says. The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine. Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

    Book 4: The Kill Order (Prequel) - Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease. 
The Kill Order is the story of that fall.
A prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy, The Kill Order has been in the works since the completion of The Maze Runner. The story of civilization’s fall was kept under wraps and is the explication of the events that began this bestselling series.

    Wanna to find out more?  Check out... The Maze Runner Official website. and James Dashner Official webiste (the author of series).

  • Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:13pm

    2014 marked a banner year for graphic novels.  Superheroes and anime being all the rage, and Comic Con wrapping up its 45th Anniversary, it’s not surprising that Batman turns 75 years old this year!

    The first story published in 1939, originally written for pulp genre, established  Batman as a counterpart to Superman.  With his famous bat shaped caped was inspired by a sketch from Leonardo da Vinici, parts of his character can be traced to Zorro and The Scarlet Pimpernel, while other parts shadow pulp characters like The Shadow, Dick Tracy and Sherlock Holmes.

    Robin, Catwoman, the Joker, Killer Croc and Harley Quinn added to his dark and mysterious adventures. Over the years Batman’s universe expanded, from alternate versions of the "Caped Crusader", to a jump from print to television and movies, and beyond.  Batman continues to make his mark in and outside of the comic book universe.

    Comic Con hosted an all-star panel of the people who were instrumental in creating and developing this legendary hero. You can read about the event here. (A tribute short video dedicated to Batman's 75th Anniversary was made by producer Bruce Timm - check it out!)


    Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1 by Derek Fridolfs, Marly Halpern-Graser, Sefton Hill, Paul Crocker, Mike Miller (Illustrator)

    In these stories originally available only online and tying into the bestselling videogame BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, Dr. Hugo Strange has gained control of Arkham Asylum and is determined to keep the city's criminal element behind bars. But with Catwoman and Two-Face still on the loose, Strange will go to any lengths to capture them - even if it means battling Batman along the way.






    Batman: Streets of Gotham, Vol. 1: Hush Money (Batman: Streets of Gotham #1)  by Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator), Derek Fridolfs (Illustrator)

    How will the police feel about this new Batman -- and can he control the crime in Gotham the way the old Batman did? Commissioner Gordon's about to find out as teams with the new Batman to combat the fiery threat that Firefly has spread across Gotham City. Then, Bruce Wayne has seemingly returned,, promising to lead his city into a new golden age. But while this phony devotes his fortune to rebuilding Gotham City, he fights violent opposition from Batman, Robin and a host of DC Universe heroes



    Nightwing, Vol. 3: Death of the Family (Nightwing Vol. III #3) by Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows (Illustrations)

    After having his face sliced off one year ago, the Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City! But even for man who's committed a lifetime of murder, he's more dangerous than ever before. The Joker sets his twisted sights on the members of the Bat-Family and attacks them all where it hurts—and for Dick Grayson, that means going after the family he's built up for the past year at Haly's Circus!