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Blogger Book Review: Kitty Kitty by Michele Jaffe

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 4, 2011

Welcome to the weekend, inkpoppers! On this first Saturday of June we bring you a review of a fun piece of fiction to kick off your summer the right way – Michele Jaffe’s Kitty Kitty from Sara of the blog The Hiding Spot.

Of herself Sara says, “I’m a college student and ex-aspiring novelist. Maybe someday I’ll write something, but for now I stick to reading and spreading the word about great books!” Visit The Hiding Spot to read more reviews from Sara; for now brace yourself for Kitty Kitty!

“Michele Jaffe’s books totally rock my socks off! I don’t know how she comes up with such great plot lines and hilarious dialogue, I just hope she never stops!

“‘Kitty Kitty’ is the the continuation of Jas’ story that began in Jaffe’s first YA novel, ‘Bad Kitty’. While readers will most likely be able to follow Jas’ story if they begin with ‘Kitty Kitty’, I recommend reading ‘Bad Kitty’ first. Not only will you have a better idea of who the characters are and how they came to be in Venice, you’ll also laugh your head off.

“One of my favorite things about reading Jaffe’s YA novels is the fact that when I’m reading, I constantly feel the need to find someone to read passages aloud to! These books are so funny that I ‘must’ share them!

“There isn’t a lot of YA mystery out there – which is another reason to pick up Jaffe’s books. She is a seasoned mystery author, as she writes adult romantic mysteries as well. I’ve read her adult novels and was pleasantly surprised to see that she wrote YA as well. The YA novels are completely different than the adult novels, but just as good: Jaffe’s diverse writing talent astounds me!

“Those of you who have read ‘Bad Kitty’ will be happy to see all your favorite characters return for ‘Kitty Kitty’. Those of you who haven’t read ‘Bad Kitty’… hurry up and read it: there are some characters you need to meet!”

Thank you to Sara of The Hiding Spot for sharing her thoughts regarding Kitty Kitty with us.

Over to you…have you read Kitty Kitty? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: August 31, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on August 31, 2010

Jim Carrey as…Mr. Popper! Jim Carrey stole the show as the title character in the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas; therefore, it should come as no surprise that he is determined to do his newest character as Mr. Popper in the big screen version of Mr. Popper’s Penguins justice. Having beaten out Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Ben Stiller for the role; Carrey will begin filming in October 2010. To satisfy modernistic audiences, the film adaptation will center upon a businessman who becomes the guardian of a flock of pesky penguins. The Hollywood Reporter.

High-tech hall monitors Many of us have embarked on painstaking efforts to avoid hotheaded hall monitors during those moments when we trailed into homeroom late, or forgot to get a pass before using the restroom. But with a new method of student tracking; the very same hall monitors who have made our lives a nightmare, and landed us a front row seat in detention are likely to have been the least of our worries. In an effort to keep track of students, faculty, and even school property such as laptops and projectors; New Canaan Public Schools is working to crackdown on foul play by embedding RFID Tags into school equipment and identification cards in an effort to increase security – and account for everyone and everything. ReadWriteWeb.

Tumblr equals book deal Bloggers are an influential bunch; bringing news on a variety of subjects to the World Wide Web on a daily basis. But, at times, even more popular than the written word is photographs – as evident by the influx of Tumblr bloggers snagging book deals. From Stuff Hipsters Hate to What I Wore and Hipster Puppies – each one of these popular Online hotspots have made the transition from the blogosphere to the bookshelf. As they say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” MediaBistro.

Over to you…what do you think of Jim Carrey as Mr. Popper? Is there someone else you would have preferred to see take on the role? What do you think of these high-tech hall monitors? Do you feel that they are an invasion of privacy for students/faculty – why or why not? What blogs do you read on a daily basis? If one of your favorite bloggers published a book would you buy it?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: August 26, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on August 26, 2010

Hungry for style! Just two short days ago Suzanne Collins’ highly-awaited Mockingjay, the final installment in The Hunger Games trilogy hit bookstore shelves. In those forty-eight hours, the novel has already received rave reviews from fans of all ages, leaving them hungry for more Hunger Games marvels…like the type you can wear. In an effort to satiate the demand for Hunger Games memorabilia and style, companies and DIY-ers alike have begun selling everything from Tribute Charm Bracelets to District 12 Earrings, and Peeta vs. Gale Tees. I Heart Daily.

Catch me if you can! We’ve told our besties what mom is making for dinner; given our friends a peek inside our morning routines; and complained about our schedules for the new school year – all via Facebook updates. But now things are getting even more invasive in the social networking world. Last week Facebook launched Places – a service which tells our Facebook Friends where we are at any given time…as long as we have the service activated, that is. The introduction of Places is being welcomed with open-arms by advertisers – but many users feel that it is an invasion of privacy. Slate Magazine.

‘Moby Dick’ goes medieval Herman Melville’s Moby Dick has made waves with readers since it was first published back in 1851, becoming a staple in classrooms around the world; now, in an effort to update the classic, and make it more relatable for readers (and viewers!) of the Twenty-First Century, it has been adapted to incorporate something a little more familiar in today’s literature…dragons! Age of the Dragons, a film scheduled for release later this year, adapts Melville’s Moby Dick for the big screen, setting it in a kingdom during medieval times that is overrun with dragons. GALLEYCAT.

Over to you…would you wear Hunger Games-inspired styles? Have you picked up your copy of Mockingjay yet? What do you think of Facebook Places – yay or nay? Will you be activating your Facebook Places ability, or deactivating it – why? What do you think of the Moby Dick adaptation? Do yoy feel that the inclusion of dragons will make the tale more interesting – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: August 3, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on August 3, 2010

‘Eloise’ officially at the Plaza! Since the year 1955, author Kay Thompson’s precocious six-year-old Eloise has been wreaking havoc upon the employees at New York City’s grand Plaza Hotel, where she resides in the penthouse suite with her beloved pup Weenie, and turtle Skipperdee. Though Eloise’s presence has been felt at the glam location for decades, as evident by the framed portrait of her hanging front and center in the lobby; visitors now have the chance to experience a double-dose of the mischief maker via the newly established Eloise Suite. Designed by fashion maven Betsey Johnson, the Eloise Suite is dripping in neon pink hues and zebra print; candy can be found upon the countertops; loads of frilly dresses sit primly in the closet; and a lush pink bed allows for the little princess to get her beauty sleep. One night in the room is $995.00; while a party, which includes tea and cake, starts at $500.00. In the words of Eloise…“Charge it please!. OK!

A ‘Reckless’ new release from Cornelia Funke After much success with her books The Thief Lord, Inkheart, and other popular stories; it should come as no surprise that author Cornelia Funke plans to continue on her path of literary success – which is precisely what she plans to do with her newest effort, Reckless. Inspired by the fantastical works of The Brothers Grimm; Reckless tells the tale of young Jacob Reckless, a boy who has spent years escaping to a world in the midst of a horrendous war in which he discovered behind a mirror. Though the book will not hit shelves until September 14, 2010; you can read the first two chapters here. Entertainment Weekly.

The code word is…style For years amateur literary detectives have attempted to dethrone the Roadster-driving Nancy Drew as reigning teen queen of the mystery world with little success. Perhaps what these characters were lacking was style; the very thing Lucie Larkspur, the star of Fred Flare’s Teen Agent! has plenty of. In a unique marketing move, kitschy teen shopping haven Fred Flare – home of the Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask and Ice Cream Lamp – has introduced its first ever serialized fashion mystery; wherein a stylish story will make it Online each day starring the ever-chic girl detective Lucie Larkspur! Fred Flare.

Over to you…are you a fan of Eloise? On a scale of 1 to 10, how badly would you like to spend a night in The Eloise Suite? What do you think of Funke’s newest effort? Are you excited for September 14, 2010, when you’ll be able to read Reckless in its entirety? What is your favorite Funke book, and why? What do you think of a fashion-focused serial? Will you be tuning in to Lucie’s daily fashion-forward adventures? Who is your favorite literary girl sleuth and why?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: June 29, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on June 29, 2010

Meyer gives vamps the kiss of death Despite the fact that vampires are one of the prime factors that put author Stephenie Meyer on the literary map; the Twilight author recently revealed that she is “burned out on vampires.” According to Meyer, she wants to retain the integrity of her writing; and until she feels a desire to write about vamps again, she’s giving them the kiss off. This revelation comes not long after the illegal leak of a draft of Midnight Sun – a Twilight project told through the eyes of Edward, written by Meyer herself, which has been put on hiatus for the time being. Twilight Series Theories.

When cartoons and clothes collide It’s no surprise that music has always influenced fashion and vice versa; now, however, with the creation of TOON TRENDZ, teen fashion is getting an update from some of the most beloved characters from 90s Nickelodeon cartoons, such as Tommy Pickles and Chuckie from Rugrats to Ickis and Krumm from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. Part Polyvore, part pop culture trip down memory lane, TOON TRENDZ creates complete fashion collages recreating the looks that your favorite childhood avatars rocked. PSFK Salon.

The launch of literary camps Back in 2006, an independent bookstore located in Austin, Texas called BookPeople opened Camp Half-Blood, a literary day-camp created for children ages nine to fourteen, based upon Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Since then, they have held literary camps for Kirsten Miller’s Kiki Strike, Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi’s The Spiderwick Chronicles, and a Half-Moon Investigation Camp based on Eoin Colfer’s Half-Moon Investigations. This year, BookPeople made the decision to launch something new – the Ranger’s Apprentice Corps Training Camp. Based on John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice series; the Ranger’s Apprentice Corps Training Camp opened its doors to seventy-five campers who spent a total of five days in McKinney State Park learning archery, tracking, and even first aid. Publisher’s Weekly.

Over to you…what do you think of Meyer’s decision to put vamps on the backburner? Would you read Midnight Sun if it reached the stage of publication – why or why not? If you could recreate the wardrobe of any cartoon character for yourself, who would it be and why? Will you be attending camp this summer? If you could attend a camp based on any book/book series, which one would it be and why?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpop Fundamentals: April 15, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 15, 2010

Your mission, should you choose to accept it… Just a few short days ago we celebrated D.E.A.R. (aka National Drop Everything and Read Day), but today (Thursday, April 15, 2010) is all about Operation Teen Book Drop, an event which encourages everyone from readers to librarians, and even bestselling authors to grab their favorite YA book, and drop it somewhere unexpected in their community – a park bench, a bus stop…use your imagination – all in order to shine a little light on a very special occasion…Support Teen Literature Day! Authors Carolyn Mackler, Teri Brown, and Micol Ostow have already signed on to take part; now it’s your turn to follow suit and spread your love of YA throughout the community! readergirlz.

‘Ramona and Beezus’ star to design clothing line for Kmart Though only a few months shy of turning eighteen-years-old, Disney darling Selena Gomez has caused a stir with her acting and vocal skills; now the star of Ramona and Beezus has undertaken a new path in her burgeoning career…fashion designer. Come July, not only will Selena ring in both her birthday and the release of the film adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s Ramona and Beezus; she will also be celebrating the launch of her clothing line “Dream Out Loud.” A collection of modest clothes for juniors with affordable pricetags, and covetable designs! MTV.

Childhood favorites become fodder for teen and adult bloggers While Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries, and Louise Rennison’s tales of Georgia Nicolson are just two of the YA series today’s youth are growing up with; Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club and Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High were the literature of the 80s and 90s. The two series, however, have resurfaced in recent years in the form of snarky blogs penned by individuals in their twenties and thirties – the very same people who were so smitten with these books during their youth. The result is hot spots on the world wide web in the form of popular blogs such as The Dairi Burger (devoted to all things Sweet Valley High), and What Claudia Wore (a shrine to the wild ensembles worn by The Babysitter’s Club’s Claudia Kishi), amongst others; striving to keep the memory of such well-loved childhood series alive. Entertainment Weekly.

Over to you…what YA book do you plan on dropping somewhere special in honor of Operation Teen Book Drop? Do you think that Selena will make a good Beezus? Will you be buying pieces from her new clothing line? If you were to create a blog about a YA series, which one would it be and why?

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Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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