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Edits, GIFs, Fandoms, & a Free Workshop!

Do you like making edits and GIFs?

Maybe you consider yourself part of a fandom? Maybe you’re curious about fandoms or interested in making edits? My friend and I started an Instagram account dedicated to anything fandom related (you can follow us at @team.trenchcoat).  We have both loved Doctor Who, Sherlock, Supernatural and reading in general for a long time. So, we decided to share our love for fandoms with other people.  We post edits that we’ve created and edits that we’ve found, as well as other pictures and posts.

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Teen Review: Angel Burn (Book)

Angel BurnTitle:  Angel Burn

Author: L. A. Weatherly

Summary: Willow lives in a world where angels are fierce stalkers whose irresistible force allows them to feed off humans and drain them of their vitality. When she falls in love with Alex, an assassin of angels, she discovers that she herself is half-angel. She faces devastating consequences, but is still determined to fight.                                                               

Gut Reaction: Fun to read, but not too special.

Why: This was a fun book for a fast read. I enjoyed the somewhat unusual plot, especially in the beginning. The way Weatherly twisted other conceptions we have about “angels” was interesting. Though it became more predictable as it went on, I was still totally immersed. Willow’s character is somewhat relatable; I enjoyed her ability to stand up for herself and how she deals with problems. However, I didn’t like how the plot was slow for a long time in the middle, but then changed pace much too quickly at the end. The story is intriguing in parts, and I see what the author was trying to do, but there were many tactics that have been used too many times before. I guess you could say that Angel Burn is unique in a stereotypical way, if that makes any sense. Even though it could have been better, I still couldn’t put it down.

Who would like this book: Though I never classified myself as one, fantasy-romance lovers will like this book. Personally, I detested Twilight and still liked Angel Burn, so don’t dismiss this just because it sounds too Twilight-like. Most fun for teenage girls (14 and up) who like a strong female main character.

Helen, University Teen Blogger

Book Shorts: Fracture

FractureTitle:  Fracture

Author:  Megan Miranda

Summary:  After falling through the ice of a frozen lake and being resuscitated by her best friend Decker, seventeen-year-old Delaney begins experiencing a strange affinity for the dead and wonders whether she is predicting death or causing it.

I started reading it because… the title and cover art drew me in.

I kept reading because… I could feel what the main character was feeling and see what she was seeing.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Be Class Valedictorian or Brought Back From the Dead.  Not both.

Six Word Recap:  Chick falls through ice – returns changed.

This book reminded me of If I Stay by Gayle Forman because they are both about recommitting to life.

Websites of interest:  Megan Miranda’s Blog

Sandra, Lake City Staffer

Rae's Manga Blitz: translucent

Title: translucent

Author: Kazuhiro Okamoto

Audience: Teen

Genre: Humor, Romance, Psychological

Summary: “”Eighth-grader Shizuka Shiroyama is an introverted girl, dealing with school woes, bossy peers, and a medical condition, the mysterious Translucent Syndrome, which causes her to periodically turn semi-transparent or completely invisible.  One classmate, the hyperactive Mamoru Tadami, is falling for Shizuka despite her problem, and his dogged determination and unconditional support brings hope into her life.”

Rae’s Review: I love this story. With a simple art style and a slightly heavy-handed narrative voice, Okamoto explores the idea of self (self-importance, self-perception, feeling insignificant, perception of self by others, etc.) in a very literal sense – transparency.  A new mysterious ailment, Translucent Syndrome, is striking individuals randomly.  Strangely enough, when someone gives attention, approval, or love to that person they start to become visible again.  Hmmm…

The lesson here is very “clear” and the author makes no bones about it.  But, the story is interesting and the characters are likeable and engaging.  Shizuka’s best friend (maybe someday boyfriend?) is a riot and just the right amount of light-hearted to off-set the troubled girl.  Each chapter features a new or different character, with Shizuka being the through-connection.

I highly recommend this short series (only three volumes) for everyone, but it’s an especially good read for anyone who’s ever felt overlooked or unnoticed.  Nice reminders throughout of the people in our lives who keep us grounded and love us for who we are.

Wikipedia Says: translucent (manga)

Online Streaming o’ Anime: Nope. Hasn’t been made yet, fingers crossed!

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Four on a Theme: Spooky, Spookier, Spookiest!

It’s that time of year, once more, to celebrate the weird, macabre, creepy, horrific, and just plain spooky.  There’s certainly no shortage of freaky-deaky stories in teen lit…our challenge is choosing just four.  Please, be warned, the following books may keep you up at night, recommence the need for a nightlight, or generally complicate your sleeping arrangements (srsly, late-night visits to the parentals is so not our business, lol).  Or, they just might be the slice (or bite) of what’s missing in your life.  Enjoy…and beware! 

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Book Shorts: Demon Trapper's Daughter

demon trapper’s daughter

Title:  The Demon Trapper’s Daughter

Author:  Jana Oliver

Summary:  In 2018 Atlanta, Georgia, after a demon threatens seventeen-year-old Riley Blackthorne’s life and murders her father, a legendary demon trapper to whom she was apprenticed, her father’s partner, Beck, steps in to care for her, knowing she hates him.

I started reading it because… I was intrigued by the tom-boy cover – so many YA books now have uber-girly covers.

I kept reading because… there’s action, a kick-butt female lead and a li’l bit of romance.  This author does a great job of tossing you into a completely believable world where demons are normal and a group of Demon Trappers catch them for a living.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  End Up in Jail.

Six Word Recap: Girl versus evil against all odds.

This book reminded me of The Hunger Games…both have strong, athletic female leads who mean business.

Website of interest:  The Demon Trappers series

Book Shorts: Near Witch

Near Witch

Title:  Near Witch

Author:  Victoria Schwab

Summary:  Sixteen-year-old Lexi, who lives on an enchanted moor at the edge of the village of Near, must solve the mystery when, the day after a mysterious boy appears in town, children start disappearing.

I started reading it because… it sounded like a creepy fairy tale.

I kept reading because… it has a murdered witch, stolen children, and a race against time before a magical handsome stranger pays the price for crimes he did not commit.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: challenge authority to do the right thing.

Six Word Recap: Murdered witch seeks revenge; love wins.

This book reminded me of Holly Black or Neil Gaiman stories because of the creepy atmosphere and the ambiguity between good and bad.

The Darkest Powers Reviewed


The Summoning is the first book in the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong.  This book is about a girl named Chloe who is sent to a home for teens who are, well, crazy.  Well later do we find out that this “home” is really run by a bad group called the Edison group, who really wanted to monitor the progress theses teens made because they have supernatural powers. This book is wonderful. The writer really knows how to keep the readers engaged.  I re-read this book twice and I still love it!  Chloe is a great character and Simon (sorcerer) and his brother Derek (werewolf) are great companions to her in this book. Continue reading

Rae's Manga Blitz – Black Bird

Black Bird v. 1

Title: Black Bird

Author:  Kanoko Sakurakoji

Audience: T+ (Older Teen)

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal, Drama, Mythology, Fighting

Summary: “”There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. All that changes one day when Misao is attacked by a demon. Her childhood friend Kyo suddenly returns to save her and tend to her cuts – with his tongue! It turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, whose blood gives power to the demon clan who claims her. But most demons want to keep her power for themselves – by eating her! Now Misao is just trying to stay alive – and decide if she likes it when Kyo licks her wounds.” Continue reading