New Releases » April 28

Here’s a selection of new YA novels hitting shelves this week!


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 28th
When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling.

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control for Lara. When the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.

Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Release date: April 28th
In the most magical town in America, Lila finds herself putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair after some nasty characters bring their Family feud into her friend’s pawn shop.

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: April 28th
Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. And now … Henry and Flora. For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. And Death has always won. Always.

The Girl at Midnight (The Girl at Midnight #1) by Melissa Grey
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: April 28th
Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.

In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 28th
Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds.

Invincible (Invincible #1) by Amy Reed
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: April 28th
Evie was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago. Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly alive.

Life Unaware by Cole Gibsen
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: April 28th
Regan Flay is on the cusp of achieving her control-freak mother’s “plan” for high school success until all the lies and insults she’s ever said are taped to all the lockers in school.

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
When Ryder emails Amy asking her out, her friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed. But Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And she realizes that she might actually like him.

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 28th
Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time.

The Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberley Derting
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 28th
Kyra hasn’t been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned.

Rogue (Talon #2) by Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 28th
Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her. Determined to save Garret, Ember must convince Cobalt to break into the Order’s headquarters.

Rook by Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: April 28th
In the Sunken City, all who oppose the revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 28th
Madison Parker is on fast-forward. Jesse McMann is stuck on repeat. Slowly but surely, Jesse and Maddie forge a friendship, but do they have what it takes to make their relationship truly sync?

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Release date: April 28th
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy.

Trouble from the Start by Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 28th
Avery knows better than to fall for Fletcher, the local bad boy. Fletcher knows he shouldn’t bother with daughter-of-a-cop Avery. But when their paths cross, neither can deny the spark.

Fire & Chasm by Chelsea M. Campbell
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: May 1st
Azeril is a ward of the Church, and their most cunning weapon. Az has no memory of his life before the Church, until one night, when a wizard recognizes him from his past.


Footy Dreaming by Michael Hyde
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release date: May 1st
Ben and Noah play on opposing teams in a footy-obsessed town. They each dream of playing on the G - and this is their make or break season. Tensions rise as sledging goes too far.

One True Thing by Nicole Hayes
Publisher: Random House Australia
Release date: May 1st
Frankie is used to being a politician’s daughter, but with her mum now running for Premier, life’s a whole lot crazier than usual. All Frankie wants is to lose herself in her music.

A Single Stone by Meg McKinlay
Publisher: Walker Australia
Release date: May 1st
Every girl dreams of being part of the line. But what happens when a discovery makes Jena question everything she has ever known? What happens when moving a single stone changes everything?


The Merit Birds by Kelley Powell
Publisher: Dundurn
Release date: May 2nd
Tragedy strikes and Cam finds himself falsely accused of a crime. His freedom depends on a person he’s never met. A person who knows that the only way to restore his merit is to confess.


Grey (The Romany Outcasts #1) by Christi J. Whitney
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Release date: April 30th
Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager, but when strangers arrive in town, Sebastian soon realizes that his world is nothing at all what it seemed.

Better Left Buried by Emma Haughton
Publisher: Usbourne
Release date: May 1st
Sarah never knew her brother was hiding a dark secret when he died. But now his reckless actions have led the wolves to her door. And the only way out is for her to run.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt
Publisher: Usbourne
Release date: May 1st
Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer.

Bad Bones by Graham Marks
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Release date: May 4th
When Gabe stumbles across a shallow grave he doesn’t think twice about taking the gold bracelet he finds buried. Even from the clutches of skeletal hands. But he has no idea what he’s awakening.


James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook were all smiles while leaving the after party for “The Grey” premiere held at the Palms restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles.

The expecting couple posed for the cameras before taking a walk back to their car.

The “Dawson’s Creek” actor and his wife have been married since April of 2010 and have a one year old daughter together.

James Van Der Beek & Kimberly Brook: The Grove Couple!

James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook hold hands as they arrive at The Grove together on Monday (January 14) in West Hollywood, Calif. The night before, the 35-year-old actor and Kimberly attended HBO’s After Party following the 2013 Golden Globes. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of James Van Der Beek “Thanks […]

James Van Der Beek & Kimberly Brook: BOA Date Night

James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook wait for their car after dinner at Boa Steakhouse on Saturday night (December 29) in Hollywood. The 35-year-old actor seemed to be in good spirits as he smiled and posed for some photos. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of James Van Der Beek Earlier in […]

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Oh look, yet another ‘character X wasn’t a bi LI in Mass Effect because their voice actor refused to voice a same sex romance.

This time it’s about Kimberly Brooks and Ashley.

The s/s romance aspect would have come up before she was cast as Ashley and if she had refused to voice a s/s romance chances are she wouldn’t have gotten the job in the first place.

It was claimed in the past that there wasn’t any s/s romance options for MShep because Mark Meer was a homophobe and refused to record s/s romance lines. Well there’s video evidence of him on YouTube saying that the Kaidan romance was his favourite MShep romance.

I had someone say to me at a con that they heard Tali wasn’t an option for FemShep because Liz Sroka was a homophobe which was a rumour started in the comments of a YT video, of course the people making these claims had no source for the rumour.

Voice actors aren’t live action actors. If Bioware had wanted to do a Tali/FemShep romance in ME2 and Ms Sroka refused they could have gotten a voice matcher into the record any s/s dialogue for Tali. They’ve already done it in-game when actors aren’t available for recording (Kimberly Brooks voiced some of Miranda’s dialogue in ME3 when Yvonne Strahovski was unavailable for some of Miranda’s recording sessions) or when characters were recast (Michael Beattie being dropped as Mordin for ME3 for example)

It’s interesting to note that most of the people saying that Tali/Ash/insert female character wasn’t a s/s romance because of homophobia on the voice actor’s part are male…

anonymous asked:

You've MET Gideon? What the hell. You're gorgeous, super sweet, amazingly talented and humble. There's enough to be jealous of right there but you've met hIM??! Fuck. I'm not sure if I wish I was /with/ you or if I /was/ you.

I got to talk with him a little bit! He’s a REALLY cool guy. :D Back when I was part of this audiobook based off Mass Effect our group was able to get to have some google hangouts interviews/meet and greets with some people from Bioware!

Among them were Gideon Emery, Courtenay Taylor, and Kimberly Brooks!

Kimberly Brooks told me I had a great voice. :3


New Releases: April 28, 2015

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card! Just look at all these great new YA titles coming to PWPLS this week:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over–and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight.

As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy …

Keep reading


ACM’s.  America owns the genre.  And we’d like to thank our Lord and Savior.   For fair maiden Taylor in ‘Frozen’ princess blue, Florida Georgia’s Stylin Lines,  Little Big Town tuxes,  and Kimberly Schapman, girl crush.

Highlight:  My Maria.  B.W. Stevenson is done well by Brooks and Done -  shambala it was an evening.

Reba’s sings her new Going Out Like That, which rings a fair bit similar to Antigone Rising’s She’s Not Innocent’ in our ear.  Intonations, cords…scoffs Robin Thicke.  She Got Drunk Last Night is your ballad to croon, for all dialing women.   

Post #1000!

Well, I delayed posting for a while because I knew my next post would be my 1000th post and I wanted to make it something good and today I just decided to do something nostalgic.

First, my sister and I were looking at Steven Universe and we ended up looking at Jasper’s voice actress, Kimberly Brooks. After looking up some of her past roles, I saw she was in Scooby-Doo as one of the Hex Girls, Thorn, Dusk, and Luna. I remember loving them in Scooby-Doo and the Mystery of the Witch’s Ghost, their designs were cool and their music was enjoyable.

(From left to right: Dusk, Thorn, Luna)

Brooks voiced Luna, the girl on the right. I always found their designs really cool and they were popular enough to become recurring characters in the franchise. Though for some reason, Luna was portrayed as white in later installments until Mystery Incorporated. What the hell was up with that?

Anyway, take a look at their voice actresses:

Thorn was voiced by Jennifer Hale

Dusk was voiced by Jane Wiedlin

And here’s Kimberly Brooks, Luna’s VA

Why the hell wasn’t there a real-life version of the Hex Girls!? They could have totally pulled it off! All they needed was dyed hair or wigs! Hell, they could still totally do it today!

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