Twitter chat with Ann Brashares 4/17 at 5 pm

You know this name, but have you heard of her new book: The Here and Now?

The Here and Now was release on April 8, 2014. While there might be some time traveling involved, there are no magical pants in sight.

Ann Brashares is participating in a Twitter chat, Thursday (today), April 17th at 5 pm EST. Use the hashtag #THEHEREANDNOW to join the conversation. 


Other great news: The Here and Now is going to be a movie! Yep, that's right. Another YA novel turned Blockbuster hit is heading our way.

Ann Brashares will be on NPR's weekend edition on Saturday, April 19th to discuss The Here and Now.



The Here and NowAn unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 


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Have you heard of Mary Rose?

Have you heard about Dear Nobody yet? I'm sure you've heard of Go Ask Alice.

Dear Nobody is the real-life version of Go Ask Alice. It's being described as "gritty and powerful". It tells the story of Mary Rose, a 15-year-old girl that was desperate to be loved and accepted, but found a tragic end in the extremes she took to reach her goal.


You can read the first 30 or so pages HERE. You can also learn more about this book at  www.dearnobodydiary.com 


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Review: The Bravest Princess (Wide Awake Princess #3) by E. D. Baker

The Deets:

Audience: middle grades
Publisher: April 1st 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 9781619631366
Pages: 272
Genre: fairy tale
Source: eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review



The Bravest Princess: A Tale of the Wide-Awake Princess 



Sleeping Beauty's younger, non-magical sister, Annie, still can't rest while trouble in the kingdom threatens her good friend, Snow White. Snow White's evil stepmother has disappeared, and her father wants her married off right away--but who should she choose? How can she tell which prince is best? It's Annie and her good friend Liam to the rescue!









I've been a fan of E.D. Baker's books since I read the Frog Princess (and all of the following books) many years ago. They are cute and simple, and absolutely perfect for fans of fractured fairy tales. If you've been keeping up, you'll know that The Bravest Princess is the third book in the Wide-Awake Princess series.

Princess Annie is special. She is completely untouched by magic, and can alter magic with her touch. Pretty impressive if you live in a fully magical world. This time around she has to help Snow White while protecting herself from an evil witch that is determined to cause her harm.

While this probably isn't my favorite of the series so far, it was still fun to read. I enjoy reading about Annie's adventures. Adding in the banter between Annie and Liam is always a bonus, too. Unfortunately, this time around I didn't feel the magic between Liam and Annie. I wish there was more to the plot that included them together. It always felt like they were working together to reach the same solution, but doing it from across the room.

But don't fret. There is still plenty of the endearing elements that you expect from E.D. Baker's books in The Bravest Princess. The smoochy smoochy factor is low, but warm fuzzies are abundant.  You'll enjoy reading through the plot and picking out elements from favorite fairy tales. You'll also appreciate the surprise twist at the end. Geared toward younger readers, this is definitely a series perfect for 4th-6th grade girls.


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