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[recap] A Canadian Angel in New York City

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[L-R: Travel buddy chibi!Jun; cupcakes as made by M; my NYC sisters; the Arashi poster I almost missed seeing in Kinokuniya; chibi!Jun at the MOMA]

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[Clockwise from left: NO I’M NOT ABOUT TO CRY OVER STARRY NIGHT SHUT UP; Frida Kahlo is amazing, full stop; hey Picasso heyyyyy; the Met facade is gorgeous; I can’t believe I almost missed seeing Lady Lilith?!; Gogh-ing round the Met; I can’t…

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[review] Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater

"SINNER [by @mstiefvater] is a dare, a challenge, and it doesn’t have any qualms about letting you see that."

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sinner maggie stiefvater coverRelease Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 357
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf.

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[recap] HCC Frenzy Presents 2014

[recap] @HCCFrenzy Presents 2014

Thanks for the amazing time, Frenzy team! [Photo by HCC Frenzy]

hcc frenzy presents opening slideYou know that when you get an email from HCC Frenzy that there are some exciting things ahead, and last month was no exception: the invitation for their third annual Frenzy Presents event lit up my inbox on a sunny afternoon, and I smiled for the rest of the day.

I’ve been fortunate enough to attend the event all three years, and it’s a great way of not only getting to know the upcoming books…

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[Series Spotlight] Fringe

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fringe-series-spotlightSeries Spotlight is a monthly feature in which I talk about television shows or miniseries that has caught my attention and/or undying devotion. Have a suggestion for a TV show I should watch? Let me know in the comments!

The Premise: FBI Agent Olivia Dunham isn’t expecting the call she gets one night, but who could have expected what she would find inside the mysterious plane that lands at Logan…

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2014: June Recap

Catch up with the latest posts from Mermaid Vision Books with this handy guide to the month!

Forget about March coming in like a lion and out like a lamb–June was unexpectedly busier than I could have anticipated. I got to see The Fault in Our Starswith Meg for some mini-best friend time, and the only thing we could really say to each other afterwards was “Why did we do this to ourselves?!”…

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Weekly Playlist: The One with A Story to Tell

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Seeing me sans earphones is rare, and while I do listen to a wide variety of artists and genres, I find that most weeks, there are a few songs that end up on repeat.

I love songs that tell stories, and Josh Ritter’s “The Curse” is a particular favourite. Who knew I’d be shipping a mummy with the girl who found him? Also, how cool is this video?

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[review] Ruin and Rising - Leigh Bardugo

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ruin and rising coverRelease Date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan)
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased copy

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

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Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins | Curses and Smoke: A Tale of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter | Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

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Pointe by Brandy Colbert | Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre | Breathe Annie Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

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Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen | Reunited by Hilary…

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[Series Spotlight] You’re Beautiful

[Series Spotlight] You’re Beautiful #kdrama

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you're-beautiful-bannerSeries Spotlight is a monthly feature in which I talk about television shows or miniseries that has caught my attention and/or undying devotion. Have a suggestion for a TV show I should watch? Let me know in the comments!

The Premise: Aspiring nun Go Mi-nyeo has enough problems without her twin brother joining a boy band and getting plastic surgery. When complications arise, her brother’s manager…

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Weekly Playlist: The One with Unrequited Love

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Seeing me sans earphones is rare, and while I do listen to a wide variety of artists and genres, I find that most weeks, there are a few songs that end up on repeat.

This week found me revising a story to the soothing sounds of an old Arashisong. “Snowflake” is an adorable song on its own, but the video below managed to make it even cuter. (If I knew how to make flash animations…I would probably…

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