‘Something Real’ by Heather Demetrios perfectly balances angst, humor & romance

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Credits: Henry Holt Books

Credits: Henry Holt Books

‘Something Real’ by Heather Demetrios perfectly balances angst, humor & romance

Remember the train wreck that was TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus Eight”? Imagine being one of those kids … growing up in the spotlight … watching your parents’ marriage fall apart in the public eye … and then years later, being dragged back into the spotlight.

That’s sort of the idea behind Something Real by Heather Demetrios, the coming-of-age story for one unusual teenage girl, who is forced to fight her inner demons and stand up to the ones she loves most in extreme circumstances.

Something Real paints the unique story of Bonnie Baker (who goes by “Chloe” now), who is just starting to recover from the traumatic experience of growing up in front of reality TV cameras. She’s finally established some real friendships and may finally have her first real boyfriend – when those traumatic TV cameras come barreling unwanted back into her life.

Demetrios does a masterful job of capturing the real horror of live in front of the cameras, while balancing the angst with humor and romance. Each element of this book is written elegantly, and the balance is a perfect tone for a coming-of-age story that makes you cringe, soar, and fight back right along with Bonnie/Chloe.

Something Real is in stores February 4th. here is the official synopsis:

Winner of the 2012 PEN New England Discovery Award!

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

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New comic book releases 1/22/13

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Credits: IDW Publishing

Credits: IDW Publishing

New comic book releases 1/22/13

With so many titles on this week’s list, the only real question is what will you read? For those looking for a few suggestions, let’s take a look at some of this week’s titles. First up we have something for the kid in all of us from DC Comics in the pages of Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #1 (Josh Elder, Adam Archer). This one looks to bring the fun of the video game to the comic book page in aces. IDW Publishing continues its run on the popular Cartoon Network series character Samurai Jack with Samurai Jack #4 (Jim Zub, Andy Suriano) and what promises to bring some chilly winter action. Want to go with something a bit darker? Then maybe you want to head on over to Image Comics and pick up Deadly Class #1 (Rick Remender, Wesley Craig, Lee Loughridge) for what promises to be a dark joy ride. We’ll add a bit of “pow”with some superhero fare from Marvel in the pages of Marvel Comics Mighty Avengers #5 (Al Ewing, Greg Land). Next up, Valiant Entertainment continues to impress with one of their most recent additions and a must read in Eternal Warrior #5 (Greg Pak, Robert Gill, Clayton Crain) Finally those looking for the return of a fantasy classic need look no further than Dark Horse Comics and the much anticipated return of Elfquest: Final Quest #1 (Wendy Pini, Richard Pini). Make sure this one is in your read pile and check out the preview pages in this week’s slideshow (for some added bonus fun, head over to the associated video for a peek at a video on the making of a fan trailer for the beloved series). As always, be sure to head down to your local comic shop to pick up this week’s releases and more. Until the next episode, enjoy.

DC/VERTIGO

ANIMAL MAN #27 $2.99

ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 05 THE MEANING OF FLESH $24.99

BATMAN #27 (ZERO YEAR) $3.99

BATMAN 66 #7 $3.99

BATMAN AND TWO FACE #27 $2.99

BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #6 $3.99

BATWING TP VOL 03 ENEMY OF THE STATE (N52) $14.99

BATWOMAN #27 $2.99

BIRDS OF PREY #27 (GOTHTOPIA) $2.99

GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #27 $2.99

HARLEY QUINN #2 $2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE #27 (EVIL) $3.99

PLANETARY OMNIBUS HC $75.00

PREACHER TP BOOK 03 $19.99

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #27 $2.99

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED CRISIS OF IMAGINATION #1 $2.99

SUPERGIRL #27 $2.99

TERRA OBSCURA SMASH OF TWO WORLDS TP $24.99

TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #7 (EVIL) $2.99

UNWRITTEN VOL 2 APOCALYPSE #1 $3.99

WONDER WOMAN #27 $2.99

MARVEL

ALL NEW INVADERS #1 ANMN $3.99

ALL NEW X-FACTOR #2 ANMN $3.99

ALL NEW X-MEN #22.NOW ANMN $3.99

AVENGERS #25 ANMN $3.99

AVENGERS WORLD #2 ANMN $3.99

BLACK WIDOW #2 ANMN $3.99

CABLE AND X-FORCE #19 $3.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #15 $3.99

CATACLYSM ULTIMATE X-MEN #3 (OF 3) $3.99

FF #16 $3.99

GEORGE ROMEROS EMPIRE OF DEAD ACT ONE #1 (OF 5) $3.99

HAWKEYE #16 $2.99

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #18.INH $3.99

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK PREM HC VOL 03 SMASH TIME $24.99

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK TP VOL 01 AGENT OF SHIELD $19.99

IRON MAN #20.INH $3.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS X-MEN #3 (OF 5) $3.99

MARVEL UNIVERSE ULT SPIDER-MAN DIGEST TP VOL 05 $9.99

MIGHTY AVENGERS #5.INH $3.99

ORIGIN II #2 (OF 5) $3.99

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM UP #9 $3.99

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #40 $3.99

WOLVERINE BY HAMA AND SILVESTRI TP VOL 02 $29.99

X-FACTOR BY PETER DAVID TP VOL 01 COMPLETE COLLECTION $34.99

X-MEN #9 XFV $3.99

X-MEN TP VOL 01 ROAD TO ONSLAUGHT $39.99

YOUNG AVENGERS TP VOL 02 ALTERNATIVE CULTURE $15.99

DARK HORSE

AMALAS BLADE SPIRITS OF NAAMARON TP $18.99

BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 07 A COLD DAY IN HELL $19.99

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #7 $2.99

CONAN HC VOL 15 NIGHTMARE OF THE SHALLOWS $24.99

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #24 $3.50

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #32 $7.99

EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 15 $49.99

ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #1 $3.50

MASS EFFECT FOUNDATION #7 $3.99

MASSIVE #19 $3.50

MIND MGMT #18 $3.99

STAR WARS LEGACY II #11 $2.99

IMAGE

APHRODITE IX HIDDEN FILES #1 $2.99

BAD DOG #6 $3.99

BEDLAM #11 $3.50

CHEW #39 $2.99

DEAD BODY ROAD #2 (OF 6) $2.99

DEADLY CLASS #1 $3.50

KRAMPUS #2 $2.99

PRETTY DEADLY #4 $3.50

SEX #10 $2.99

UMBRAL #3 $2.99

WALKING DEAD #120 $2.99

ZERO #5 $2.99

BOOM!, DYNAMITE, IDW, AND OTHER PUBLISHERS

ATOMIC ROBO SAVAGE SWORD OF DR DINOSAUR #5 (OF 5) $3.50

BACK ISSUE #70 $8.95

BAD ASS #1 (OF 4) $3.99

BASIL & VICTORIA LONDON GUTTERSNIPES HC $39.95

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA #7 $3.99

BENNY BREAKIRON HC VOL 03 TWELVE TRIALS $11.99

BLAKE & MORTIMER GN VOL 17 SECRET O/T SWORDFISH PART 3 $15.95

BRAVEST WARRIORS #16 MAIN CVRS $3.99

BUBBLEGUN #4 (OF 5) DIRECT MARKET MAIN COVERS $3.99

CEMETERY GIRL GN BOOK 01 PRETENDERS $24.95

CINEMA RETRO #28 $11.99

CROSSED BADLANDS #45 $3.99

CROSSED WISH YOU WERE HERE TP VOL 03 $19.99

CRUSADE GN VOL 04 FIRE BREAKS $13.95

DECEIVERS #2 (OF 6) $3.99

DOC SAVAGE #2 $3.99

DOCTOR WHO SHADA LOST ADVENTURE SC $16.00

ETERNAL WARRIOR #5 $3.99

ETERNAL WARRIOR TP VOL 01 SWORD O/T WILD $9.99

FOLIGATTO HC $24.95

HACKTIVIST #1 $3.99

I DONT GET IT HC $17.99

ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE #43 $15.00

JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #62 $10.95

JACKYS DIARY HC $39.99

JUDGE DREDD #15 $3.99

JUDGE DREDD MEGA CITY TWO #1 (OF 5) $3.99

LADY S GN VOL 03 GAME OF FOOLS $11.95

LARGO WINCH GN VOL 12 WAY & VIRTUE $11.95

LEGENDS OF RED SONJA #3 (OF 5) $3.99

LIL BIONIC KIDS #1 $3.99

LUCKY LUKE TP VOL 42 LONE RIDERS $11.95

LUCKY LUKE TP VOL 43 BLUEFEET ARE COMING $11.95

MAGIC THE GATHERING THEROS #4 (OF 5) $4.99

MIDAS FLESH #2 (OF 8) MAIN CVRS $3.99

MISSIONS OF LOVE GN VOL 06 $10.99

ORBITAL GN VOL 05 JUSTICE $13.95

ROY THOMAS PRESENTS CLASSIC PHANTOM LADY TP VOL 01 $24.99

SAMURAI JACK #4 $3.99

SPOOKS GN VOL 03 EL SANTERO $13.95

STAR WARS INSIDER #147 $7.99

STUFF OF LEGEND OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $34.99

THE LONE RANGER #21 $3.99

TMNT UTROM EMPIRE #1 (OF 3) $3.99

UGLYDOLL GN EAT DAT $7.99

VAMPIRELLA ANNUAL 2013 $4.99

WALKING DEAD MAGAZINE #7 $9.99

WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #34 $3.99

WEIRDO YEARS 1981-1993 HC $29.95

X-FILES CONSPIRACY GHOSTBUSTERS #1 $3.99

X-O MANOWAR #21 $3.99

KIDS COMICS

ARCHIE FUNHOUSE DOUBLE DIGEST #1 $3.99

ARCHIES VALENTINE ROCK & ROLL ROMANCE TP $10.99

BART SIMPSON COMICS #88 $2.99

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #220 $3.99

DC SUPER HEROES WONDER WOMAN YR TP DR PSYCHO CIRCUS CRIME $4.95

DC SUPER HEROES WONDER WOMAN YR TP FRUIT OF ALL EVIL $4.95

DC SUPER HEROES WONDER WOMAN YR TP SWORD OF DRAGON $4.95

MEGA MAN TP VOL 06 BREAKING POINT $11.99

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #1 $3.99

PEANUTS VOL 2 #15 $3.99

WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #36 $3.99

MANGA

ARISA GN VOL 12 $10.99

BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 28 RAINING CHAOS $19.99

DICTATORIAL GRIMOIRE GN VOL 02 SNOW WHITE $13.99

FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 34 $10.99

FLOWERS OF EVIL GN VOL 08 $10.95

FROM THE NEW WORLD GN VOL 02 $10.95

MONSTER MUSUME GN VOL 02 $12.99

OTOMEN GN VOL 17 $9.99

POKEMON ADV GN VOL 20 RUBY SAPPHIRE $9.99

SHERLOCK BONES GN VOL 03 $10.99

SORAKO GN $9.95

VINLAND SAGA GN VOL 02 $19.99

WOLFSMUND GN VOL 03 $12.95

ZEROS FAMILIAR OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 $18.99

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Adult spinoff of ‘Blue Blood Vampires’ coming in September

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Credits: Amazon.com

Credits: Amazon.com

Adult spinoff of ‘Blue Blood Vampires’ coming in September

Melissa de la Cruz had a great 2013 and it looks like her success will be following her into 2014. Besides a television series being made from her “Withces of East End” book series, her New York Times vampire bestseller, “Blue Bloods” ended at the top of the charts but this is only the beginning. The beloved young adult vampire series, “Blue Bloods” was so loved that even though the series ended, she has decided to introduce her fans to a spinoff series that continues the story of “Blue Bloods” but with a new and old characters that center around the once human conduit, now vampire, Oliver Hazard Perry.

The title of the new series is “Vampires of Manhattan” and has the vampires trying to build “Millennial” lives in Manhattan. There is war among the vampires as well as the evil of their world.

Here is the official synopsis:

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

It has been rumored that Mimi Force and Kingsley Martin will appear at some point in the book as well as Schuyler and Jack and of course the wolves. Other rumors include a few be deaths and a ball as well as the possibility that there may only be two books in this series.

Fans are excited that the story will continue and it looks like there will be even more good news in her future.

Read More by Bertena Varney

‘Vampire Academy’ movie release moved up to Febuary 7th

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Credits: The Weinstein Company

Credits: The Weinstein Company

‘Vampire Academy’ movie rlease moved up to Febuary 7th

Fans of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series will be excited to learn that the upcoming movie adaptation will hit theaters one week earlier than originally planned.

Vampire Academy will now be released on February 7th (originally set for February 14th). A new graphic released by the studio declares, “V-Day sucks. We’re moving to February 7th.”

To celebrate the new release date, The Weinstein Company also shared a new clip from the film. Watch it in the left-hand sidebar!

Vampire Academy stars Zoey Deutch as Rose Hathaway, the sworn protector of vampire princess Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry).

Read More by Sara Gundell

 

 

A new super hero soars in ‘Skyman’ #1

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Credits: Dark Horse Comics

Credits: Dark Horse Comics

A new super hero in ‘Skyman’ #1

Dark Horse Comics has revealed a preview for this week’s “Skyman” #1, the debut of the new super hero’s own four issue mini-series. “Skyman” #1 hit stores this Wednesday, January 15, and is written by Joshua Hale Fialkov (“Afro Samurai: Resurrection,” “I, Vampire”) with pencils by Manuel Garcia and inks by Javier Bergantino Menor (a.k.a. Bit). The issue features regular and variant covers by Freddie Williams II (“Robin,” “The Movement”) and Dan Scott.

Skyman was introduced last year in the pages of “Captain Midnight.”

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Jennifer Lawrence’s week in awards, memes and ‘slavery’ controversy

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Credits: Lionsgate

Credits: Lionsgate

Jennifer Lawrence’s week in awards, memes and ‘slavery’ controversy

It’s been a headline week for The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence.

First, the actress won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in American Hustle. It’s her second year-in a row winning a Globe; last year, she took home the award for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook.

Of course, the night of Globes was not all about victory for Lawrence. Her white with black trim Dior gown spawned an Internet meme, after viewers took to the Internet to compare the dress to the outfit Ariel wears when she first gets legs in The Little Mermaid.

Since then, tons of people (including a few famous faces), have posted photos of themselves in their own home-made recreations of the dress (most often using a white bed sheet and two black belts).

Lawrence also nabbed headlines for her Golden Globes red carpet photo-bombing of singer Taylor Swift.

More recently, Lawrence has been at the center of a controversy surrounding her American Hustle director David O. Russell, who came under fire for comparing Lawrence’s treatment on The Hunger Games sets to “slavery.”

“I personally think they should give her a bit of breathing room over there because they’re [Lionsgate] printing money,” Russell told The Daily News. “I’ll tell you what it is about that girl – talk about ‘12 Years Of Slavery,’ that’s what the [‘Hunger Games’] franchise is — and I’m going to get in so much trouble for saying that.”

Russell has since issued an apology, after the comment drew massive criticism. “Clearly, I used a stupid analogy in a poor attempt at humor,” Russell said in a statement. “I realized it the minute I said it and I am truly sorry.”

Read More by Sara Gundell

A New Manowar rises in Unity #3

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Credits: Valiant

Credits: Valiant

A New Manowar rises in Unity #3

Valiant Comics has released a preview of the third issue of their hit new series, “Unity.” At the end of “Unity” #2, Livewire had taken control of the X-O Manowar armor from Aric of Dacia. In “Unity” #3, see how the armor’s new bearer puts it into action. The issue hits comic shops this Wednesday, January 15, and is written by Matt Kindt with art and cover by Doug Braithwaite.

 

The publisher had this to say about the issue:

On an airtight team of stone-cold soldiers, Amanda McKee is the one variable in the equation that equals absolute kill. Now, as the last woman standing against the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Foundation’s most seasoned technopath has just added one new item to her resume – newest bearer of the X-O Manowar armor and the finger behind the trigger of the universe’s most powerful weapon. Watch out world…this means trouble.

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