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Mad Miss Mimic - Sarah Henstra

June 30, 2015 | Christine | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra cover imageSet in London, England, in the year 1872, Mad Miss Mimic tells the story of the young and beautiful heiress Leonora Somerville -- Leo to her friends -- who is struggling with a unique predicament. A strange speech impediment causes her to stutter terribly whenever she tries to speak in her own voice, but also gives her the ability to imitate other people's voices and manner of speaking flawlessly, particularly at the worst possible moments. Behind her back, servants and ladies dub her "Mad Miss Mimic," and watch as Leo unintentionally scares off one potential husband after another.

Meanwhile, as Leo tries to keep her mimicry under control, the city of London is the grip of opium fever. Her brother-in-law, Dr. Daniel Dewhurst, and his new business partner, Francis Thornfax, are attempting to patent an injectable form of the highly addictive drug. Friendly, approachable, and handsome to boot, Thornfax seems to be a good fit for Leo, and doesn't seem to mind her strange verbal outbursts. But not everything is as it seems. Explosions are happening across the city, all set off by a mysterious gang known as the Black Glove. The poor people Dr. Dewhurst is treating in his clinic are dying from drug overdoses. And then there's the mysterious Tom Rampling, a working-class boy that Leo encountered and can't seem to get out of her head. Is there a connection between the Black Glove's attacks, the doctor's dangerous cure, Tom's possibly criminal past, and Thornfax's political ambitions?  Leo must use all of her skills -- including those of "Mad Miss Mimic" -- to put all the pieces of this mystery together, as well as find her own voice, in this intriguing and fast-paced story.

Mad Miss Mimic is a wonderfully exciting novel that takes aspects from actual historical incidents and blends them with a cast of characters that absolutely pop off the page. I loved reading about Leo's adventures on the streets of nineteenth century London, and I really liked how the author used historically accurate language to help create the scenes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys works of historical fiction combined with a jolly good mystery story.

This is also available for download in eBook format.

To learn more about author Sarah Henstra, check out her website here.

What are some of your favourite mystery or historical novels?
And what are some favourite Britishisms that you've read or heard?
Let me know in the comments below. :)

Music Video Monday - Madonna

June 29, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

The queen of pop. More number one hits than any other artist in the history of music. A career that has spanned over 30 years. What more can be said about Madonna that has not already been said? Perhaps we should just let her music videos speak for themselves - starting with her most recent single: Bitch, I'm Madonna"


And now let's go back in time to her very first single and video: "Everybody"


And to end this post we will leave you with her most number one selling single of all time: "Vogue"


Five Frames From . . . June 27th, 2015 edition

June 27, 2015 | Cameron | Comments (2) Facebook Twitter More...

What movie are these images from?






All rights reserved, all wrongs reversed.


June 25, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Reviewed by Shivani, Cedarbrae Youth Advisory Group member

Insidious chapter 3I’m going to be reviewing Insidious: Chapter 3, directed by Leigh Whannell. This movie is the prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert Family. It is about a teenage girl named Quinn who gets targeted by a really dangerous supernatural entity when she tries to contact her late mother. Elise Rainier, who is a psychic, agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help Quinn get rid of the dangerous entity. In this movie, you really see and understand the personal problems Elise had gone through and how she overcame them, before she became the confident woman she was in the first Insidious. Also, you see how Specs and Tucker started to work with Elise, and how they were before they joined Elise.

The movie itself wasn’t as scary as the trailer set it out to be, and also compared to the first two movies in this series. Although, there were scenes where you are forced to jump out of your seat and/or scream. There were some light comedic moments throughout the movie that made you forget the thing that might pop up next. Overall, it was a good movie, even though it didn’t fully live up to the expectations, with some funny moments, and some details about certain characters. I would still recommend that everyone watch the movie because you might have different views about it.  3.5/5 stars.

Celebrity Instagram Photos of the Week

June 24, 2015 | Claire A | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

This weeks Celebrity Instagram Posts include Khloe Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest, Jordin Sparks, Ciara, and Chrissy Teigen.  

@khloekardashian  @justintimberlake

@ryanseacrest  @jordinsparks

@ciara  @chrissyteigen

Your Bookmark Here: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

June 24, 2015 | Claire | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Nimona1If you like fantasy, you're going to love Noelle Stevenson's new graphic book Nimona.  The main character's the girl in the middle, and she's all set on becoming a sidekick to Lord Ballister Blackheart, villain of the realm.  With Nimona at his side, defeating goody-two-shoes Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin should be a snap!  Her awesome powers (and wicked sense of humour) are revealed early on:


But something about her backstory is a little unconvincing.  And Nimona can't get into Ballister's rules--no killing people, no taking over the kingdom--and yes to science fairs! In Nimona, the bad guys might be good, the good guys might be bad, and a shape-shifter sidekick isn't all that she seems, but boy, is it ever fun figuring it all out.  And if you like Noelle's work here, be sure to check out her other book, Lumberjanes (with Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen).  


Here's Noelle Stevenson on Youtube:



June 24, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Reviewed by Sienna

A sense of the infinite coverThe book A Sense of the Infinite, by Hilary T. Smith has some room for improvement but I would rate it a 6.5/10. The story is close to many predictable YA novels, but the issues of rape, abortion, depression and eating disorders are presented to the main character Annabeth (and her friends Noe, Steven and Ava) with a stark realism. Annabeth has been best friends with Noe since freshman year, but she unfortunately starts to feel distant from her when Noe spends so much time with her boyfriend Steven, as well as the gymnastic team girls, whom Annabeth knows but can't bring herself to like. She's a nature girl and loves exploring, while Noe is a perfectionist and pushes herself to be liked by all, which really pushes her over the edge. This leads Annabeth to lose faith in not only Noe, but herself. Ever since Annabeth's mum told her that she got pregnant with her after being raped by her then-boyfriend, Annabeth goes downhill in self-hatred. She doesn't know how to address the fact that she wouldn't be alive without her mum going through that.

Noe is bulimic and encourages Annabeth to “get in shape” for their stressful gymnastics competitions, which only adds to Annabeth's burden. There's only Ava, Annabeth's cousin, who takes her under her wing to help her with a drastic decision. With or without Noe, Annabeth discovers why she clung onto her and if she really needs that distressing connection anymore.

In my opinion, although Smith uses some beautiful metaphor and simile, there's not enough "show, don't tell." Many parts seem forced and there's some unnecessary chapters that broke the flow of the plot. Sometimes the unrealistic dialogue and situations made me think only a few readers could probably connect.

In summary, the book covers important and hard topics but seems to feed on its own predictability instead of letting its strong protagonist have a unique life story. The ending is a bit too bunched up, leaving too many dull side stories told while the main plot seems frayed and incomplete. If you want an interesting take on friendship and loving yourself, look elsewhere, but I would recommend A Sense of the Infinite if you haven't read many dramatic high school stories, as it's not too monotonous and an easy read.

Learn about entrepreneurship as a career path

June 24, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Ever thought about being your own boss or starting a business? The 5 Star Entrepreneurship Program is FREE for high school students interested in learning more about entrepreneurship as a career path. Attend our June STAR Session to meet Casandra London, as she shares her story of success!

Friday, June 26, 4:15 p.m.
Youth Employment Service
555 Richmond St. W. Suite 711

Reserve your spot now by contacting Chris Douros
416-504-5516 x278

Casandra London is an innovative storyteller who uses multimedia journalism and theatre to spotlight positive stories to inspire families and individuals across the GTA.She is the founder of the CLN, which aims to inspire, give a voice to and create change for artists, youth, families and communities creating positive movements.

For the past five years, Casandra has written and co-produced plays under the mentorship of d’bi.young anitaafrika's dub theatre program and facilitated over 10 spoken-word, visual art and drama workshops at Arts for Children and Youth. Recently, she conducted a media literacy workshop for emerging artists and educators, and produced a monologue  entitles “Loving Myself,” a biomythical story that explores issues of abandonment, self-worth and acceptance.

Get published in Metafora!

June 23, 2015 | Ken Sparling | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Posted by Henry He

Metafora Promo PicHigh school artist or photographer? Want to get your work published in a real art book? Metafora: beyond words is a collaborative youth art book produced by Henry He and Susie Liu.

The deadline for submissions is June 24, midnight.

Submit now!

Check out Henry He's story "Empty" on page 10 of Young Voices 2014

I WANT TO GO HOME reviewed

June 23, 2015 | Teen Blogger | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

Reviewed by Sahar, age 15

Gordon kormanEvery avid reader has their "first" book. A book that made them laugh, cry, grin like an idiot or simply interested them. Many readers will say, 'Yeah, that was what got me into books.' I, like so many others, have one. This book got me rolling on the floor (literally), crying (cuz I was laughing too hard), and grinning at the book (to the point that my momma was creeped out).

This book was original (imo) and very entertaining. I could relate to the characters, the circumstances and I wished I could do all that the main protagonist did. This was a bright light in the school age era of Cam Jansen, Jigsaw Jones (by author James Preller) and Nancy Drew. All fun books, but waaaaay to long series that became really repetitive. This breath of fresh air (written in 1981) is called I Want to Go Home, and is written by Gordon Korman.

It follows the hilarious attempts of a mercurial, but gifted Rudy Miller and homesick Mike Webster, to escape from camp, as well as their councillors’ attempts at foiling them. The set-up is interesting; no one talks about running away from camp, and the slapstick humor was more than enough to keep me laughing. It is truly timeless: even though it was written 34 (!) years ago, it feels as though this could happen anytime today. Fun, filled with camaraderie and lots of crazy gags, this book really managed to entertain seven-year-old me. And 8...9...12...and current, 15-year-old me. This book literally won’t get old (or maybe it’s me and my maturity staying the same…).

Written by a Canadian author, I would definitely recommend this to anyone willing to laugh.

Now, what was your 'First' book? :)

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