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Kai’s Top Picks of 2016!

Our Teen Advisory Board members picked their favorite books/movies/CDS of 2016 and if they were looking forward to anything coming out (that they knew of) in 2017!

A Christmas-to-New-Years-to-Valentine’s-Day-Gift: “Your Arms Around Me”

IT’S FINALLY DONE! AND IT ONLY TOOK ME THREE MONTHS! (nervous laughter) 


But here it is! “Your Arms Around Me”, a… romantic short comic starring @procerperficio and @alternatefiction, based on the song by Jens Lekman (about a man who is so distracted by his girlfriend’s entrancing beauty that he accidentally cuts off the tip of his finger). I changed a few words to fit the situation, and I pretty much had to invent an imaginary kitchen for the first few scenes. Also, I realize that setting this mid-August isn’t exactly the most seasonal gift. And that’s about it as far as disclaimers go. 


This is the first time I’ve really done a full project on my own time, all my work comprises of either rough sketches or small pen drawings, and the comics I’ve done are either very rough or very short. This was my very first time drawing storyboards first, then going in with pencil, then doing over in pen. It’s been quite the experience, and I feel that I’ve come out a stronger artist than before, if I should allow myself the praise. Now, I’ll shut myself up before this becomes an essay. I hope you enjoy this!


(Oh, pssst, Cim&Eva: I’ll be leaving the link to something like an author’s note in your inboxes, so click ‘em when you have a minute!)

My Most Anticipated Books of 2016

I’ve been thinking about doing a list of my top ten most anticipated books for the last week or so, but needed to get my thoughts together because 2016 LOOKS AWESOME! Not only are there amazing movies coming out this coming year, but it’s quickly becoming a highly promising year for books as well!

Feel free to create your own list and let me know that you’ve created one so I can check it out and share it on my blog (also, so I can add more books to my growing TBR, hehe). 

1. The Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 9th

Everyone is talking about this book and why the hell not? The first book, Red Queen took the lit world by storm. A mix of The Hunger Games + The Selection (only crueler) + X-Men, the Red Queen series is a kickass book worth a checkout. I need this book. Right. Now. 

2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5th

I won’t lie, I wasn’t a huge fan of Bracken’s first book*, The Darkest Minds. But I’ve been hearing about this book for the last couple of weeks and recently watched the book trailer (which is here) and I’m excited. I’m going to give Bracken’s writing one more go because I’m genuinely curious to see where this is going to go. Also, the trailer sold me. One of the best book trailers–hands down. 

3. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Release Date: May 3rd

Morgan Matson has a new book coming out in 2016. I repeat, she has a new book coming out in 2016! I love this author and how she’s able to give me a story about life without it being boring, or too heavy. Matson is definitely an auto-buy for me and after reading the synopsis, I’m definitely hooked. 

4. Stone Field by Christy Lenzi

Release Date: March 29th

I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte when I was in University and it quickly became a favourite. Add to my fascination the fact that this is a re-telling with a title that’s a play on words on Heathcliff’s name? Call me immediately intrigued. 

5. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Release Date: May 17th

Despite the love-triangle potential, I am anticipating this one. The premise sounds incredibly intriguing and vaguely makes me think of the Throne of Glass series. As @yasminereads​ stated when we were talking about this book: “Judging by the summary, it has the potential to be extremely mediocre or really, really good.” Here’s crossing my fingers!

6. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Release Date: January 26th

I hadn’t read the synopsis thoroughly until I watched a booktuber describe this book as a “Save the Cheerleader, Save the world” kind of book (booktuber video is here.) Time travel seems to be a huge theme in 2016 and I’m all for it. 

7. The Land of 10,000 Madonnas by Kate Hattemer 

Release Date: April 19th

I’m a huge sucker for Young Adult traveling books and when I read the synopsis for this book, I knew this would be a book I’d definitely want to read in 2016. Also, the potential need for kleenex? Sign me up. 

8. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 7th

Somehow, I haven’t read a Victoria Schwab book yet, but I’m planning on remedying this fact in 2016. This looks intriguing and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it. 

9. Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Release Date: May 31st

I really enjoyed Jen Malone’s Map to the Stars, which released as an ebook-only book earlier this year, so I’m pretty excited for this one. Plus, hey, this is about traveling, too. SO excited to read this!

10. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Release Date: June 14th

I’m really into comics and the occasional geeky hobby, so the moment I saw this cover and then read the synopsis, I knew this book was meant to be on my most anticipated TBR of 2016. I mean, this cover says so much and speaks to my soul. 

BONUS–Books that have no titles/covers, but that I can’t wait for: 

1. Michael Vey book 6 by Richard Paul Evans (Dammit, why do I have to wait for you?!?!)

2. Illuminae book 2 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Surprising series that kicked ass in the first book.)

3. Throne of Glass book 5 by Sarah J. Maas (even though I’ve yet to read the 4th one…oops.)

*Oops, that wasn’t Bracken’s first book, but it was the first book I read by her!

So many good books, so little time…better start reading!

Happy reading!

anonymous asked:

emma wears gloves all the time, I don't think you should read too much into it. just like colin wasn't wearing the hook on the read-thru, jen wasn't wearing gloves. it's false hope to expect them to be engaged when we know adam and eddy always fail to deliver on CS things that we look forward to like seeing them fall in love again in the wish au

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