Sunday, December 11, 2011

“Miracles happen to those who believe in them.”

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder: The hospital has been like a second home for Cam Cooper. For the last seven years, she's done nothing but go back to it over and over again. So the last thing Cam wants to do with the life she has left is pick up everything and move to Promise, Maine. A place known for it's miracles.

Cam won't deny that Promise is strange. What with its purple dandelions and all. Things get even more strange when Cam receives an envelope with a bucket list, a list of things she needs to do before she dies. As she checks things off the list, Cam Cooper begins to believe that maybe miracles can exist.

Really, really, really want to read this novel. Miracles come in a lot of different shapes so I'm interested to see what form it takes here. Also it just sounds interesting and different. I just hope to god it isn't like a Lurlene McDaniel book because her books have never been hopeful for me as a reader. It always ends in tears with that woman.

The book trailer is really pretty and it suits the cover art of the novel as well as the overall impression I get from the description of the novel.

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder is already out and in hardcover.

(note: title quote comes from Bernard Berenson.)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

“Censorship in any form is the enemy of creativity, since it cuts off the life blood of creativity: ideas.”

The first time I saw this video it was in the corner of my computer screen wearing Maureen Johnson's face. I was immediately intrigued. What could this video be? And like most people on youtube, I ignored the title and clicked it (this is how you get rickrolled, people).

I think this video is incredibly important because it highlights where censorship really comes from and that's fear. It's not about protecting children or the people of the world. It's about catering to the fear of one or more people who get their five minutes to say something.

It happens before the book comes out and even after. It's what gets put into a novel and what gets taken out. It's the small changes too like language and even tone.

Firstly, censorship is ridiculous and secondly, it's heartbreaking and we shouldn't roll over into a fort of blankets and take it. Get me?

And it's kind of hilarious how everyone forgets that Canada, my home, also protects my rights concerning free speech as do many other countries around the world (I'm looking at you Laurie Halse Anderson. Or maybe I'm jumping to conclusions. It just felt heavy handed, okay?).

Some of the books that have been challenged in the last decade are astonishing. Books like the Harry Potter series, Charles Perrault's Fairy Tales, To Kill a Mockingbird , Bridge to Terabithia, The Golden Compass, and even The Giver. Complaints ranged from religious grounds to the use of language to the depiction of violence.

It's important that we speak up against censorship because if we don't, then what will become of our books?

(note: title quote from Allan Jenkins)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

"Remember me to one who lives there, he once was a true love of mine."

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten: When Lucy's boyfriend breaks up with her on the first day of the new school year, she doesn't know what to do. Brokenhearted and humiliated, Lucy accepts a magical offer of help from three girls. But everything has a price.

In return for their help, the three girls ask Lucy to make a boy fall in love with her within seven days, break his heart and then collect one of his brokenhearted tears. It doesn't seem like much especially when Lucy is willing to do just about anything to get back what she lost.

Heartbreak, it affects everyone differently, which is what I like about this book. Lucy is sad but she's bitter and angry too. I'm so used to just seeing acceptance and defeat in novels about heartbreak so Lucy taking charge of how she feels and wanting to do something about it is refreshing. It'll definitely make for an interesting read.

Also, who are those three girls? And why do they want the tears of the brokenhearted? It's all pretty weird and mysterious.

The book trailer is vair vair creepy but awesome too. It makes me want to read the novel even more now but since it's not even out yet, I have to wait. I am not a patient person I will have you know.

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers comes out December 27th 2011 but there is more than one date for it. The publisher's website says the 14th of January but the author's website, amazon, and goodreads have it set for December.

(note: title quote from the song Scarborough Fair.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

“Lovers, forget your love And list to the love of these She a window flower And he a winter breeze ...”

Wintertown by Stephen Emond Every year around winter, Evan looks forward to one thing and that's a visit from his old friend Lucy. But this year is different. Lucy is different. She has short dyed black hair, a nose stud and a harsh attitude.

Evan has no idea what happened but he's determined to find and bring out the 'old Lucy' because he knows she's still in there...somewhere. He'll do it even if it means he'll have to face 'new Lucy's' temper.

This is the one book this December that I have truly been waiting for. Yes, I am interested in others but this one has really captured my attention. They've compared it to Garden State, which is one of my favorite films, and I suppose I'm looking for that coming of age and discovery novel this winter. Also, it's illustrated and I can't help but be really excited about a novel that mixes text and images (breaking down them traditional walls).

And look! The cover is so pretty. I admit I can also be extremely shallow about the novels I pick up but only at first. I love the use of the silhouetted figure, paper confetti to create the snow and the background. All simple elements that come together to create a unique and interesting cover.

Wintertown arrives December 5th in hardcover and coincidentally on the first day of Uni exams for me. Bittersweet day.

(note: title quote from Robert Frost)