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Ten’s Gretchen McNeil: How to Make Serial Killers Fun

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Gretchen McNeil is not only an incredibly talented author, she’s also a professionally trained opera singer, a natural performer, and one of the nicest people we’ve ever met. The hit YA author is probably best known for her book Ten, which won numerous awards before being turned into a Lifetime original movie. Then, just to cement her place in our hearts as the reigning queen of YA horror, she came out with with the two book Don’t Get Mad series, with Get Even being released in 2014, and the follow-up Get Dirty in 2015. Now, she’s back with a new YA horror novel, #MurderTrending. But this one’s doing something new, which is showcasing McNeil’s natural affinity for comedy. While we all know that comedy and horror together can…

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Jon’s Picks: ‘Proud Mary’ and the Strongest, Kick Ass Women in Film and Pop Culture

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Today, Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) opens in theaters across America.  Henson plays an assassin for the Boston mafia ordered to kill the parents of a young boy. This latest assignment prompts Mary to want to protect him instead and leave the belly of the underworld as well as her past misdeeds behind; however, the mob bosses have other ideas and put a hit out on Mary.  There are few reviews for this film thus far as Screen Gems, whose parent company is Sony Pictures, opted to not do a pre-screening for the press, but according to the Chicago Tribune, “Taraji P. Henson [is] leading the charge of strong women in 2018 with Proud Mary.” We agree!…

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The Magnificant Seven: Pop Culture’s Strongest Women

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The success of Wonder Woman has set off a feeding frenzy of sorts in New York and Hollywood for strongest women heroes. Well, way back in 2008 I conceived Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong, hero of soon-to-be nine thrillers with the publication of Strong to the Bone this December, as a female action hero adept at handling a role almost invariably given to men. Kind of like a female Jack Reacher, Lee Child’s wondrously iconic series stalwart. With all respect to Wonder Woman, though, strong women are actually nothing new. Caitlin, in fact, comes from a pop culture tradition of similarly able females, either with their fists, their guns, their wits, and often all three. Let’s look at a few other…

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From Insurgent to Fallen — Do you know your heroines?

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As a hardcore fan of young adult novels, I’m pretty well versed in my YA heroines. But the other day I was talking to a friend about the new Insurgent movie coming out this week, and how I can’t wait to see it. “Wait, isn’t that the one with the deadly games?” he asked. “That’s The Hunger Games,” I answered. “Oh, so this is the one with the maze?” “No,” I told him, “you’re thinking of the Maze Runner.” “Then what about that one where the girl has cancer?” This is about where I gave up on the conversation. I get it. There are a lot of YA books out there, and lately tons of them are getting made into…

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Deck the halls with YA gifts

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It’s the holiday season and most of us are already knee-deep into gift buying. And while some people are fairly easy (hope you like that iTunes gift card again, Dad!), others can be a little more difficult. Take fans of young adult novels for instance: it’s not always easy to predict the hottest books or best reader-inspired presents. But if you have a Twilight-loving, Hunger Games-obsessed person to shop for, have no fear. Whether they’re a teen or an adult, here are the perfect presents for the YA lover in your life: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2014) This holiday-themed anthology includes stories by almost every famous YA author…

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11 Ways to book your Christmas tree

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If you’re anything like my mother, you’ll be busy decorating your Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. Can you really blame her? With stores blaring holiday music in October, it’s no wonder she’s ready for her tree before the turkey has totally cooled. This year I’m hoping to talk her out of the Popsicle-stick ornaments I made when I was 8 and into a more fashionable tree. And by fashionable, I mean literary. Novels are the best and so are Christmas trees, so why not blend the two? Here are some ideas for your own literary-inspired tree: Actual Book Trees This year skip the greenery and get right to the point. Stacked novels make a perfect tree, whether you go…

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Your Hunger Games: Mockingjay cheat sheet

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 opens November 21, and we can’t wait to watch Katniss kick some serious Capital ass. To where was she mysteriously whisked away at the end of Catching Fire? What, exactly, is District 13? When is she finally going to suck face with Gale? Those of us who’ve read the book know exactly what to expect this weekend. But for the rest of you, here are 10 things to prepare you for the newest Hunger Games movie (minor spoilers ahead): 1. The Capital is out for blood. Thought the Hunger Games were bad? Get ready for the rebellion. The Capital is pulling out all the stops to squash this uprising and they’re willing to use…

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Paranormal beings return to haunt and thrill us in this fall’s YA novels

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Vampires in young adult novels have been “over” for a while now. It used to be impossible to enter a bookstore without seeing dozens of stories about young girls falling in love with those immortal bloodsuckers. And it wasn’t just vampires. There were werewolves, angels, ghosts, demons—for a few years, the paranormal world was a hot commodity in young adult fiction. But then came the rise of The Hunger Games and the dystopian novel. Instead of sexy vampires, ruined societies and warrior-like heroines filled the shelves. Paranormal books floundered under the power of series like Divergent, Delirium, and Matched. While there were a few highlights, such as Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, the general consensus was that…

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Ten awesome literary-themed wedding cakes

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Now that summer is in full swing, so is wedding season. You can’t even open up Facebook these days without getting bombarded by pictures of white dresses and perfectly tiered cakes. Well—maybe not totally perfect. Because why would you pick a traditional wedding cake when you can have one with golden snitches or Hobbits hanging out in the Shire? Maybe we’re just a little nerdy here at BookTrib (OK, a lot nerdy), but we all agree that wedding cakes are infinitely better when they’re book themed.   Don’t believe us? Here are 10 awesome literary wedding cakes that just might change your mind:   1. Jane Austen   The classiest lady in history certainly deserves a classy cake. Love how…

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It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fashionable

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Fashion probably isn’t the first word you think of when you hear “post-apocalyptic.” Most films and television portray life after Armageddon with ripped T-shirts, lots of dusty leather and functional boots. But it took watching Snowpiercer , a new film by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho, to remind me that apocalypse movies can still be stylish and visually arresting – even when that style is used to show the disparities in class and status in a dystopian world. Snowpiercer depicts a future where all of society has been reduced to a globe-traveling train, while the world outside is trapped in an ice age. The “haves” live in the front, with hairdressers and schools, and the “have-nots” are regulated to the…

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A Sci-Fi Throwdown: 10 badass women from classic, award-winning novels

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Who is the most badass of them all? The BookTrib Nerd Squad recently took a break from making the universe safer for nerdkind to reply to an article by Kieran Shea at the Huffington Post where he curated a list of 9 Badass Women from Science Fiction. We think it’s a great list with just one teeny, tiny problem—his supercharged heroines are mostly from movies and TV. Yes, Carrie is from the eponymous Stephen King novel, Katniss Everdeen is from Hunger Games (and on EVERY list for badass women) and Michonne’s Walking Dead character evolved from a graphic novel, but for us it begins and ends with books. So we went one better and present our 10 Most Badass Women…

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The star wore Prada: How great fashion can save a lackluster film

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Any book lover has had the unique experience of watching one of your favorite novels come to life on the big screen. It’s a moment filled with fear that the story will be butchered, forever tainting your view of the book, and awe that you’re finally seeing something you’ve only ever pictured in your mind. I’ve watched some truly awful adaptations of my favorite books (I’m looking at you, The Time Traveler’s Wife) and some truly amazing ones (hello, Princess Bride). But sometimes the beauty of a movie can triumph regardless of what’s happening in the story. A character will put on a certain dress or suit and make a scene pop in a way that didn’t seem possible in…

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Ten most memorable lines from literature by female authors

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In this second installment of BookTrib’s continuing series that aims to bring you, dear reader, 50 of the most memorable lines in literature, you’ll have lots of fodder for those late-night trivia sessions at the bar. Or just some pithy responses to everyday questions. How do you work classic literature into your daily life? And, as always, we welcome your suggestions in the comments. Books and the literary lifestyle thrive when shared. As an added bonus, since 2014 is the Year of Reading Women, this week’s installment offers ten brilliant gems from women writers.   1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Advice as easily applicable as to writing as it is to how we live our lives, Atticus…

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Dear readers: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!

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For Christmas this year I received one of the best presents ever: a Pride and Prejudice scarf. Yes, some enterprising Etsy artist figured out a way to print pages from my favorite book onto an infinity scarf. I. Am. Obsessed. Amazing, right? Because I love books so much—and television, let’s be honest—I started thinking about other accessories inspired by my favorite novels or TV shows. Here are some of the best I’ve found so far: Sherlock Holmes Necklace A-plus for presentation when it comes to this minimalist quote-based necklace. I love the way it plays with colors…plus it would be an honor to wear something that constantly reminds me of Benedict Cumberbatch. “How I Met Your Mother” Necklace  Another quote-inspired piece…

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