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McKenzie Morrell

McKenzie Morrell has 28 articles published.

enjoys reading, writing, and watching her favorite T.V. shows, as well as interviewing some of her favorite celebs in the Entertainment industry. She's sarcastic, opinionated, and thrives off of technology and social media. McKenzie's not-so-secret identity is the BookTrib Tech Nerd!

BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Naya Rivera’s Insider Look at Glee; Langston Hughes Banned in Texas Prisons; Most Challenged Books of 2016

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Welcome back to our mid-week book news roundup, where we find the most interesting and noteworthy happenings in the book world and share it with you! In honor of Banned Books Week, we have a few stories featuring diversity and tough topics, check them out below: Langston Hughes and Bob Dole Books Banned in Texas Prisons Texas prisons are doing the unthinkable, they’re banning books! And if you’re one of the inmates there, you’re not going to be allowed to read anything you want, ya know, like Bob Dole or Harriet Beecher Stowe. Why? Well, The Guardian reports that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is banning nearly 15,000 books from the correctional facilities it operates, including books by Langston…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: Ben Affleck’s Batman 18-Months Out; Minecraft Meets Zombies; and Banned Books Then & Now!

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Yesterday was National Comic Book Day, and although we’re fashionably late to the party (sorry, we got distracted by Fear the Walking Dead and the return of Once Upon A Time last night) there are some awesome things happening in the comic and book world and we just can’t help but talk about them today. Here’s a round-up of just a few of our favorites: World War Z Author takes on Minecraft! Yep, you heard it correctly—the Max Brooks, author of World War Z is going to be writing a whole series of Minecraft novels. Seem like a weird pair? Nah! I have faith in the bestselling author who gave us such gems as The Zombie Survival Guide (it’ll come…

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BOOK NEWS ROUNDUP: A Jumanji First-Look; Ghost Rider on Agents of SHIELD; Bruce Springsteen’s New Memoir

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Time for a mid-week book news roundup! Each week BookTrib is bringing you quick commentary regarding news from across the web, from TV to comics to books galore, if it has a literary twist– it’s on our radar. Take a look at this week’s book-related picks: Jumanji is happening folks, deal with it. Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s picture book sure has had an exciting run, and it’s still inspiring new works 36 years later. The 1995 film starring the late Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt and a young Kirsten Dunst, became an instant classic; one I wish they never touched—but still, a continuation is underway. The newest film will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and everyone’s (OK, my)…

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These Adorable Animals Reading Will Get You Through Any Work Week!

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It’s Monday folks! Now, before you go drowning your back-to-work blues in a pot full of coffee and sugary donuts (I’m not opposed to that method, by the way), let’s ease into the work week — following a long holiday weekend — with a compilation of animals reading, because really, why not?! And not just any animals, but the cutest, most adorkable little furry, fuzzy, feathery friends ya ever did see. I  mean, everyone knows animals can talk– so they most definitely know how to read. Like, duh! Note: Bunnies were not included in this epic list because they give me the creeps, with their beady eyes and twitchy nose… (Yes, I’m quoting Buffy the Musical right now… shhh, don’t judge me). Anywho, here…

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Find Your Groove: 3 Books to Spice Up Your Love Life Before Season 4 of Masters of Sex

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Masters of Sex returns September 11, 2016 on Showtime and the premiere can’t come soon enough. It’s been what feels like an eternity since we last saw Virginia Johnson and Dr. Williams Masters pushing the boundaries of societal norms with their pioneering research in science and human sexuality. The show, which is loosely based on the biography by Thomas Maier of the same name stars Lizzy Caplan (yes, Janis from Mean Girls) and Michael Sheen, follows an intriguing story set in the 1950s and 1960s centered around relationships, sex and paving the way for sexual beings of today. Way ahead of their time, Masters and Johnson use patients, call girls, friends and each other (I ‘ship it!) to navigate and…

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Amy Schumer Continues World Domination with ‘The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo’

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Happy Hump Day, book lovers! Since it’s mid-week, and we’re all most likely looking for a pick me up, I thought it would be fun to chat about one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry… no, not Lin-Manuel Miranda, although, you can catch me singing Hamilton the Musical probably any and every day of the week—no, we’re here to chat about actress and comedian Amy Schumer (aka my favorite human being on the planet). She launched the book tour for her collection of personal essays yesterday and let’s just say she’s definitely got me booked—I mean, hooked. In the book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (Gallery Books, August 16, 2016), she delves into some very personal…

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2016 Book-To-Movie Adaptations that Lived Up to its Literary Counterpart

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You know the saying, “never judge a book by its cover?” Well, I’m going to shake it up a bit and throw this one out to you: how about never judge a book by its movie adaptation. For most people, the book is almost always better than the movie—typically you prefer to read a book before seeing the story in its movie form and that’s usually the case for most movie goers. But, every so often you stumble upon some hidden gems in the entertainment world that don’t totally screw up its literary counterpart. They’re just as good, if not better, than the book it’s based off of. Now, I’m not saying that every single movie on this list knocked it…

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6 Tips to Conquer Cyber Monday! Plus: Score the Best Technology and Travel Deals

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Scouring the internet for the best deals can be a bit overwhelming on Cyber Monday. Where do you start? What will you need to know? Can you really get the complete Harry Potter series for $50 or less?! A laptop for $200? Perhaps! How? No worries. We’ve got you covered with the best tips for 2015’s online haul. Check the times when things go on sale and show up on-time, better yet—get yourself situated early. Most deals take place quickly and are limited availability and you don’t want to be left in the dust. Have an idea of what you’re looking for—lists are your friend. Don’t run around the internet like a turkey with its head cut off (too soon?).…

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Exclusive! The Secret Circle’s Andrew Miller Talks Heartbreaking Cancellation – and a Spinoff?!

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I can all too vividly remember when The Secret Circle was canceled by The CW—and I’m still bitter as hell about it. The show premiered in 2011 and was full of magic and drama. It not only kept me hooked but had a stellar cast (and executive producer) as well. When it came time for a renewal, the fans flocked to Twitter to wait for the network’s decision. That’s when the sh*t hit the fan. A media outlet falsely reported that the show had gotten picked up for a second season and joy turned to heartbreak when, minutes later, the announcement was corrected to say the show was axed from The CW’s lineup. Despite irate fans, and a robust “Save The Secret Circle” campaign, the teen…

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Lackluster Apple Event: This is Why We Have Trust Issues

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It’s that time again, when Apple invites thousands of industry professionals to their highly-anticipated event and announces: the same exact products as last year. This is exactly why we have trust issues, Apple. And just as expected, our favorite technological powerhouse hyped up its next versions of its best-selling products. Yep, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are on their way — but, wait, what do you mean the only external change to this new smartphone is a new color? Well, I’m here to tell ya, Apple, you gotta try harder than that. I can’t be bought with shiny new colors! You see, this amazing, yet small, change means your iPhone could now be rose gold. ROSE FRICKEN GOLD? Nope, not…

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EXCLUSIVE! Awkward’s Jillian Rose Reed and Nikki DeLoach Dish on Season 5

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It’s the fifth and final season of Awkward and everyone is feeling a little uneasy. After having a front-row seat for four seasons, where being entertained each week revolved around the trials and tribulations of high school student Jenna Hamilton’s (Ashley Rickards) not-so-perfect life, MTV is saying good-bye to the teen drama. I know: What are they thinking!? But chin up, Awkward fans, high school isn’t meant to last forever and the show’s stars Jillian Rose Reed (Tamara Kaplan) and Nikki DeLoach (Lacey Hamilton) have a few things to say, not only about the end of an era, but what’s in store for all of those dedicated Awkward fans. “I’m really hoping it’s not the end,” winks Jillian Rose Reed. “Who knows, anything can…

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[SPOILER] is Finally Revealed as ‘A’: Pretty Little Liars Recap, Complete with Feels!

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After five agonizing years of trying to guess who ‘A’ is, we finally know the truth. Yes, the real truth, the whole truth and nothing but the TRUTH. I was skeptical at first– how many times have the Pretty Little Liars fans been told “A WILL BE REVEALED” in this promo, or that promo, by actors and even the creator herself? Definitely too many times to count. But, last night, on the summer finale of PLL we came #FAceToFace with ‘A.’ If you haven’t seen the new episode, leave now. Like really, close out this window and run in the other direction. I can not be held responsible if you haven’t caught up on this guilty pleasure. Okay, now that…

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“Carmilla” Web Series Producer Steph Ouaknine Talks Streaming Media

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Now that we’re 18 episodes into Carmilla Season 2, we can’t help but feel something BIG is on the horizon. Last season, we saw our heroines overthrow a vampire tyrant and bring a nasty-looking angler fish onto the campus of our beloved Silas University. How will they blow our minds this season? Maybe the utter destruction of the human race, or worse—the permanent end to our OTP (one true pairing) Carmilla (Natasha Negovanlis) and Laura (Elise Bauman)? What a nightmare that would be! *sobs uncontrollably at the thought* Before I continue to geek out about all the saucy things happening on the show, here’s the 411 on Carmilla. The web series, which is based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s novella…

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Screw you, Spoilers! The 100’s Shawna Benson on Dodging Bullets

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You know what sucks? Spoilers! In the ever-growing digital age it’s hard to get away from them. They’re on your phone, they’re on your computer, they’re even blurted out by co-workers in the cubicle next to you. So What’s a Spoiler? Shawna Benson, staff writer on the CW’s post-apocalyptic series The 100 says that “a spoiler is an information leak about a story in any medium that appears before the large mass of humanity is able to actually read or watch said media.” For example, last season on The 100 the (extremely passionate) fandom went ballistic after a clip featuring an unexpected lip lock between Clarke [Eliza Taylor] and Lexa [Alycia Debnam-Carey] was “leaked,” but according to an article E!…

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Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez to share Dad’s advice for a new generation

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Talk about the ultimate Father’s Day gift! News broke this Tuesday that Gina Rodriguez, star of the CW’s breakout comedy Jane the Virgin will publish a book in 2016 titled, I Can and I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me. Word of this sweet book deal from Simon & Schuster came just in time for Father’s Day, and will include lessons she’s learned from her dad, Genaro Rodriguez.   I couldn’t be more excited to share that I will be publishing my book, I Can and I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me w/@simonbooks! #icanandiwill — Gina (@HereIsGina) June 16, 2015   The 31-year-old actress, who is being hailed as the entertainment world’s “next big thing” by The Hollywood Reporter…

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A Darling interview: New Adventures of Peter + Wendy Season 2 will get you HOOK’d

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Season two of The New Adventures of Peter + Wendy is just around the corner and that kooky gang from Neverland, Ohio, we oh so quickly fell in love with last year is sure to bring back all the feels. New characters, new romances, new obstacles for everyone to (hopefully) overcome, and my excitement is bursting at the seams. When we last left Wendy Darling (Paula Rhodes) she had landed her dream job and was leaving Neverland. She was also leaving her brothers John (Graham Kurtz) and Michael (Brennan Murray) and in a heartbreaking turn of events her OTL (one true love) Peter Pan (Kyle Walters). Cue tears. RELATED: Take the Which character from New Adventures of Peter + Wendy Are…

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