brandy point

I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2 again today and noticed a bunch more things on the rewatch.

  • First of all I was expecting to be bored at least some of the time (I mean, I just saw it a little over a week ago), but I never, ever was, not even once. This movie uses every minute so well. (Unlike the first one, where most of the Ronon and Thanos scenes dragged horribly even the first time, and were completely skippable on a rewatch.)
  • I love how the end of the movie recontextualizes some of the earlier scenes. For example, Mantis’s misery and fear is so obvious when she first meets the gang, and in most of her scenes afterwards. The first time you watch it, her anxiety is easily read as nervousness around strangers. The second time, though, it’s such a gut-punch to see her standing behind Ego, wringing her hands, and knowing why.
  • Drax mistaking Yondu for Peter’s actual father is another of those fantastically recontextualized scenes. The first time, it’s funny, just a tossed-off joke. The second time, though … right in the feels. Because Drax, for the most part, doesn’t get the whole concept of people pretending to be something other than what they are. He watches Yondu and Peter interact with each other and he totally gets the actual relationship in a way even they don’t.
  • Speaking of which, there is some really brilliant editing in this movie. This time around, I noticed how it cut from Ego’s “I’m your dad, Peter” right to the first installment of Yondu’s storyline (which also involved interacting with his parental stand-in, Stakar). And none of the significance of this is clear if you don’t know the characters’ emotional context! You basically can only pick it up after having seen the movie once.  
  • The pacing on all the emotional arcs is so, so good. I didn’t even really notice, the first time around, how strong the Peter-Rocket arc is, from their fighting in the beginning, through Rocket not wanting to leave him on the planet, to their little moment of connection at the end.
  • I still can’t get over how this movie has eight major characters (not counting Ego; let’s not count Ego) and every single one of them has a) an emotional arc of their own, b) at least one strong platonic relationship arc with a beginning, middle, and end, and c) at least one scene in which they get to be awesome and do something important. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. Even the noncombatants. Even the baby!
  • The first time around, I didn’t really notice how brutal Gamora and Nebula’s fight is. @sheronm pointed out how incredibly OTT Gamora picking up the ship cannon is (in a way female characters rarely get to be) but the whole fight is like that: brutal, dirty, vicious, and not sexualized in the slightest. Speaking of which …
  • The only shirtless scenes in the whole movie are guys (Peter on the ship, and Yondu at the brothel). The closest the movie comes to a romance arc is Peter and Gamora flirting and dancing. I still adore how Mantis and Drax make it explicitly clear that they aren’t into each other in a sexual/romantic way, and yet the most important relationship either of them has in the movie is with each other, and he’s willing to die to save her in the end. The movie doesn’t completely ignore romantic love (the Peter/Gamora relationship is still important), and it is true that there are a few sexist jokes (like Peter hitting on the Sovereign queen – though he apologizes for it, which is a rare thing). But overwhelmingly, this is a movie that never dismisses its female characters to “love interest” or sexualizes them any more than the male characters are.
  • When I saw this movie the first time, I thought the soundtrack and use of music was better in the first movie, but now that I’ve seen them both back to back, I was so, so wrong. They both have great music, they both have some great musical scenes, but I think it’s mostly that the first movie has a faster, more actiony soundtrack, while the second movie has a slower, gentler, more emotional soundtrack that I didn’t fully appreciate at first. But in the first movie, the music is mostly a (well-done!) melodic accompaniment to the action, while in the second movie, the songs are very carefully fit to the scenes in which they occur – whether the important thing is the peppy/awful contrast (“Come a Little Bit Closer” over the murder montage), or the whole point is that the song is so terribly, cheesily on point (“Brandy”), or sometimes because the song fits the emotional tone of the scene in the best fanvid kind of way (“Father & Son”, or the repeated use of “The Chain” for the characters being separated and then coming all back together in Peter’s love-epiphany/Power of Friendship™ moment at the end).

It’s just sooo goooood. I really didn’t expect a bombastic, ridiculous musical comedy in space to genuinely be one of the best movies I’ve seen in ages.

100 Underrated Books #ReadWomen

My friends made a very helpful recommendation list for #readwomen, you can see it here and here. I saw some of my favorite books isn’t listed there, so I thought I’d make my own one. This time featuring my favorite underrated reads from different genre with a heavy emphasis on diversity. Majority of the authors on this list are women of color, and are LGBTQ+ as well. Happy reading!

Young Adult:

1. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
2. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han 
4. Angelfall by Susan Ee   
5. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
6. Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed (tw: rape)
7. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (tw: suicide / dark thoughts)
8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
9. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland
10. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson 
11. The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz 
12. Fresh Off the Boat by Melissa de la Cruz 
13. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan 
14. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
15. Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert  (tw: abuse/violence) 
16. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang  (tw: suicide) 
17. Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetaeni
18. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
19. Huntress by Malinda Lo
20. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
21. Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
22. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra Dhonielle Clayton  (tw: body image)
23. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn  (tw: suicide / dark thoughts / abuse)
24. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
25. Prophecy by Ellen Oh 
26. Trouble Is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
27. The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith  
28. Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
29. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
30. Shutter by Courtney Alameda
31. The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
32. Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda 
33. Pointe by Brandy Colbert
34. No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista 
35. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
36. Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
37. This Side of Home by Renee Watson
38. The Summer Prince by  Alaya Dawn Johnson 
39. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
40. X by Ilyasah Shabazz 
41. Control by Lydia Kang
42. The Weight of Feathers by Anna Marie McLemore
43. Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa 
44. The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark
45. Far From You by Tess Sharpe
46. Dirty London by Kelley York
47. Freshman Year by Annameekee Hesik
48. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
49. Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz
50. The Blood Journals by Tessa Gratton
51. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 
52. There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos
53. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
54. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler 
55. Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler
56. Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson 
57. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
58. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
59. The Archived by Victoria Schwab
60. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez
61. Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
62. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 
63. Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
64. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes  
65. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway 
66. Nearly Goneby Elle Cosimano
67. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
68. The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
69. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini 
70. Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
71. Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott
72. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
73. The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
74. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Fiction / Historical Fiction: 

75. The Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven
76.  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
77. The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen 

Adult:

78. A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai 
79. A Welcome to the Underworld by Con Template
80. A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
81. Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin
82. Girl Underwater by Claire Kells

New Adult:

83. Kulti by Mariana Zapata
84. Black Rainbow by J. J. McAvoy
85. Charade by Nyrae Dawn
86. When You Are Mine by Kennedy Ryan
87. Luck On The Line by Zoraida Córdova
88. Black Iris by Leah Raeder  
89. Addicted Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie
90. More Than Fashion by Elizabeth Briggs
91. Second Position by Katherine Locke
92. Imaginary Lines by Allison Parr
93. Georgetown Academy by Jessica Koosed Etting 

Middle Grade:

94: Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
95: The Land of Forgotten Girls by Erin Entrada Kelly 
96: Tall Story by Candy Gourlay
97: Shine by Candy Gourlay 
98. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman 
99.  The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz 
100. Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens 

Eric Abetz is saying that marriage equality in Australia can’t happen because what’s next, people wanting to marry the Sydney Harbor Bridge?

Fool. Everyone knows you’d marry the Opera House. Those sweet, sweet curves.

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this is what happens when you love YA novels and also you love Supernatural and also you are supposed to be writing YA novels of your own but

I can only promise this will happen on my twitter again and again when you least suspect it and I am supposed to definitely be doing something else

ps go read all the books referenced they are wonderful

Spring officially starts in 19 days and we know you’re SO ready to leave the cold behind. Luckily, we know just what you need. Read on for 9 books about the strength of the human spirit that will propel your winter-ravaged soul through these last few weeks!

1. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Hermione refuses to be anyone’s cautionary tale after she gets assaulted at cheer camp – and she’ll face a wrenching decision to regain the control she’s always had.

2. I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Cody’s journey to find out why her best friend Meg decided to take her own life is one of loss, bravery, and redemption.

3. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

When Mim Malone hops on a 1,000 mile bus ride to find her mother, she’ll end up facing all of her demons along the way.

4. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

At the end of WWII, 3 young people fight to survive a tragedy that history has forgotten.

5. The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Ariel is a refugee and the sole survivor of an attack on his small village who now lives in West Virginia, and his story will have you questioning what it is to be human.

6. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

After moving around for 5 years to escape the demons of her father’s PTSD, Hayley and her dad are finally settling down. But is this truly her chance at a normal life?

7. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly Stephanie Oakes

A hard-hitting yet ultimately hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith…and having faith in yourself.

8. Blind by Rachel Dewoskin

Emma lost her sight in a nightmare accident, and after her classmate is found dead, she’ll have to untangle what happened in order to see for herself what makes life worth living.

9. Pointe by Brandy Colbert

When Theo’s oldest friend returns home after four long years with his kidnapper, Theo must choose between telling the truth and keeping quiet – both options with unfathomable consequences.

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1st Place Junior Duet/Trio
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Crystal Award, Score: 116.8
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105 MORE Diverse Books to Add to Your TBR!

1.     As I Descended by Robin Talley

2.     And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

3.     Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

4.     Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

5.     Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne

6.     Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

7.     All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu

8.     Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

9.     Into White by Randi Pink

10. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

11. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

12. Talking to My Country by Stan Grant

13. Solanin by Inio Asano

14. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

15. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

16. None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

17. The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

18. Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena

19. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

20. How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

21. Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

22. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

23. One Half from the East by Nadia Hashimi

24. A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi

25. Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn

26. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

27. Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

28. Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

29. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

30. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race by Jesmyn Ward

31. The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

32. The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah

33. Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

34. The Palace of Illusions by Chitra Banerjee Divakruni

35. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

36. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

37. Who Will Catch Us As We Fall by Iman Verjee

38. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

39. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

40. Please by Jericho Brown

41. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

42. The Corpse Exhibition: And Other Stories of Iraq by Hassan Blasim

43. Cam Girl by Leah Raeder

44. Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

45. This Side of Home by Renee Watson

46. Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate

47. Dragonfish by Vu Tran

48. Sister Heart by Sally Morgan

49. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

50. Accidents of Nature by Harriet McBryde Johnson

51. The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

52. In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park

53. Dear Zari: The Secret Lives of the Women of Afghanistan by Zarghuna Kargar

54. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

55. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

56. Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton

57. Boy Erased: A Memoir by Garrad Conley

58. Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

59. The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

60. Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldana Paris

61. Honor by Elif Shafak

62. Tracks by Louise Erdrich

63. The Round House by Louise Erdrich

64. Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

65. In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje

66. Handwriting by Michael Ondaatje*

67. A Man of the People by Chinua Achebe

68. To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful by Shane Koyczan

69. Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks

70. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

71. The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou

72. Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston

73. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

74. Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu

75. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

76. The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

77. Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia

78. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano

79. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

80. Five Smooth Stones by Ann Fairbairn

81. The Big Green Tent by Lyudmila Ulitskaya

82. Empress of the World by Sara Ryan

83. A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spottswood

84. Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember

85. The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

86. It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

87. Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros

88. Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys]

89. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

90. Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King

91. Edge of Truth by Natasha Hanova

92. Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

93. Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

94. A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

95. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

96. The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle

97. Proxy by Alex London

98. Pointe by Brandy Colbert

99. Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

100.Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

101. Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

102. Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

103. The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

104. The Posterchildren by Kitty Burroughs

105. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

  • - Je ne suis pas un soldat, et je n'ai pas l'âme de la guerre ; tuer m'est impossible.
  • - C'est pourtant ce que tu fais chaque jour.
  • - Comment ça ? Je n'ai jamais touché à un arme, ni brandi un point de toute ma vie. Comment aurais-je pu tuer ou détruire ?
  • - C'est toi-même, que tu réduis à néant quotidiennement.
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A Diverse Dozen

Looking for some YA books that just happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters? Here’s a diverse dozen titles with something for every reader — contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery too. (Descriptions are from WorldCat.)

Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books) — In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Putnam) — Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (Arthur A. Levine Books) — Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites–and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.

Fake ID by Lamar Giles (Amistad) — “An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster) — Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.

Pantomime by Laura Lam (Strange Chemistry) — Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona’s circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada.

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books) — In an adventure reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey, fifteen-year-old Odilia and her four younger sisters embark on a journey to return a dead man to his family in Mexico, aided by La Llorona, but impeded by a witch, a warlock, chupacabras, and more.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick) — One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?

Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Nancy Paulsen Books) — An eighth-grade girl with Asperger’s syndrome tries to befriend her new neighbor, facing many challenges along the way.

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Candlewick) — A boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (HarperTeen) —A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King’s army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King’s prophecy and save her kingdom.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Hyperion) — After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina’s death.

To bend the bar, you must realize there is no bar

While tracking down a recurring illusionist enemy (they have a tendency to forget the illusionist part), my players found themselves at a run down bar in a seedy part of town. They went inside after being told that one of the NPC’s in the party was already inside, and found the NPC, a bartender, and a man sitting in the corner. They decided to question the man, and the following conversation occured:

man: What do you want

barbarian: we were wondering what you were up to.

man: I was having a drink in peace

barb: what are you drinking?

man: gelth brandy. (at this point, the barbarian goes to the bar to get the man a refill, only to discover the bar doesn’t stock that drink)

sorcerer: why are you here?

man: because it’s nice and quiet

sorc: have you seen anyone else around?

man: no, now why don’t you leave me alone, and go bother some of the other patrons (at this point, the two turn around to find the bar is full of rowdy patrons)

sorc (OOC): i thought you said there was no one else here … i thought he said it was quiet!

me(dm): who said

sorc: the man!

me: what man (they turn back around to find the seat empty)

after trying and failing to talk to any of the nearby patrons, they decide to collect the NPC and leave.

barb: alright, let’s just grab her and go outside

me: what do you mean? she was never inside.

barb: what? but you said … whatever, let’s just go outside

me: you are outside.

barb & sorc: … OOOOOOHHHHHHH

Fairy Tail Chapter 510 thoughts and chapter 511 theory

First thing, I love the way Dimaria tells Lucy that she doesn’t knows Natsu as much as she think and Lucy replying that she will always believe in Natsu no matter and that he don’t have hidden sides. Evergreen saying that Lucy totally loves him and Brandis agreeing (at this point I think she can deny it) (MAKE NALU CANON FOR THE LOVE OF MAVIS)

OMG!!!, It’s so cool that we finally get a look at Natsu and Zeref’s parents. And I don’t think Natsu will die, but I don’t know what could happen if he does. And it’s interesting that Zeref said that all the dragon slayers knew each other before they get to pass the Eclipse Door. It makes these panels in the manga make more sense:

I don’t know why Zeref consciousness was erased and replace by Sting. What did Natsu do. Maybe he was thinking about the person that could admire him, because that happened directly after Zeref that even back when they were younger, Sting idolized him. What do you think Sting will show to Natsu? I don’t think it will be some kind of giant monster, I just think it will a clone of Natsu but dark (link Dark Link for legend of Zelda) and maybe in a chapter Natsu and that “clone” will have some kind of mind battle or in this case a heart Battle. Anyway what you think? 

And shit Sting arrived at the last minute to save Yukino and the others. Sting actually eating the magic of Larcade that was so awesome. And him telling that Larcade reminds him of Natsu but that won’t be getting along. 

Chapter 511 is called “Hunger Hell”, so I’m sure it will be the beginning of Sting vs. Larcade. And seriously I don’t think will win this battle even if he is the only one that can oppose him, Because August said that the only one that can defeat Larcade is Mavis (his mother). Maybe we will see Mavis help sting during the battle that would be so awesome!!! I’m little more interest at what is the thing Sting will show to Natsu that is in his body. And if Natsu will die. Like I said above I’m sure he will not, but what if he did. Will that fully awaken E.N.D.? I don’t want that but if he can control it that would be good. I wonder how long will Hiro Mashima delayed the fight Erza and Wendy vs. Eileen. What what do you think about this chapter? I think it was pretty fun. Feel free to comment.

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A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in April 2014.  Check out this month’s new releases below.  Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases - but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere.  If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!

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Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Goodreads Summary:

She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.

Donovan isn’t talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she’s been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.

Rapid Fire Review

  • WHAT A BOOK
  • Picked it up from the library at 8 PM, finished it at 2 AM.
  • The summary is pretty intimidating, this is a book that from the word Go you can assume deals with eating disorders and sexual abuse.
  • Both topics are on-and-off my “do not read” list due to how overwhelming they are
  • But this book handles both topics so well and in a non-graphic manner, which keeps readers from disengaging. Instead it focuses on Theo’s emotional experiences.
  • Theo is incredibly well rendered, it’s easy to understand the choices that she makes and why she thinks how she thinks. The supporting characterizations are a bit of a mixed bag–some are very specific and striking (Especially Theo’s ballet classmate Ruthie) while others are don’t make any impact despite having a lot of screen time.
  • Without spoilers I have to say this book ended SO WELL. I am always hardest on the endings, but I was satisfied without feeling like everything had been deus ex machina solved in one swoop.
  • Seriously read this ASAP.