Summer is a great time for reading–be it of the required or beach-type reads–and in light of the sunny afternoons ahead, Smart Pop is kicking off summer vacation with Nyx in the House of Night and The Girl Who Was on Fire giveaways!
Starting with the June 2011 House of Night anthology:
This is a great page turner for those of the vampire persuasion (or just vamp lit fans!). Nyx in the House of Night covers all the myths, historical facts, personal details, and religious traditions that make up the Zoey Redbird’s magical world. If that’s not enough, this anthology has new writing from Kristin & P.C. Cast PLUS sapphire blue illustrations that really bring the House of Night to life.
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With all the season finales piling up, I really hope the summer offers us some great new drama while we wait (toes tapping and A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls in hand) for The Vampire Diaries season three to arrive.
This finale, “As I Lay Dying,” was phenomenal—definitely worth a second watch. But pause that DVR while A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls contributors Bree Despain and Heidi R. Kling dissect this episode (and predict what’s to come next season)!
(Also, seriously, don’t miss their finger puppet episode re-enactment. The video’s embedded below!)
Bree: Ok, let’s jump into business. Oh my goodness, what did you think of that very first scene where Damon shows up in Elena’s house to apologize for trying …
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TVD fans enjoy Vera Nazarian‘s quippy recap of episode 2-20, “The Last Day,” a truly turn-everything-upside-down-and-leave-us-hanging-from-a-cliff episode.
Wow, we’re still kind of reeling from last week’s episode shockers. Matt and Caroline’s mother, the sheriff, are in cahoots, working together in secret … Elijah and Klaus are brothers … And Elijah is kinda hot and has a great weird sexy tension thing going on with Elena. The sun and moon curse is a fake that Klaus made up! Klaus is kinda hot and has a hot sexy tension thing going on with–ok, with lots of people…
Talk about food for wild obsession!
And now we come to this week’s goodies. So let’s recap!
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Damon is lying in bed thinking, while downstairs, …
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If you missed last Thursday’s Vampire Diaries’ episode, GO WATCH IT NOW! Then read Alyxandra Harvey‘s interesting take on the hero v. heroine dilemma highlighted by “The Last Dance.” This blog is an expansion on Alyxandra’s essay “In Which Our Intrepid Heroines Discuss the Merits of the Bad Boy Versus the Reformed Bad Boy” from A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls. Enjoy!
“I will always choose you.”
With those words, Damon blew up the Internet.
I was pretty sure all the fan fiction sites exploded and that the weight of Damon/TVD tweets must have crippled Twitter.
And at the same time, Damon slid along the Hero timeline.
The Salvatore brothers tend to two-step back and forth along the Hero timeline, …
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After a month of reruns and anticipation, we were more than ready for the new Vampire Diaries episode, “Know Thy Enemy.” Enjoy this recap by Karen Mahoney!
A whole month without The Vampire Diaries, and I was honestly starting to wonder what my life would look like if … gulp … TVD disappeared from our screens forever.
This can never happen, people, so everyone must tune in and make sure the ratings stay solid. I think season three is in the bag (it’s gotta be, right?), but you can never be too careful. Anyway. Thankfully, we’re back in business with SIX back-to-back episodes, including the finale on May 12th. (And do you KNOW what the title of that final episode is? …
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For all the Gleeks in the world, read Maria Lima‘s take on why “Original Song” reminded us of why Glee is so great!
They say good things come to those who wait (for all values of “they” that equal the collective cultural consciousness). For Gleeks, those good things came in the most recent episode, “Original Song” (2-16), with a heaping helping of fabulous fan service.
After the highs of season one, season two has been a bit of a meandering ride, less a roller coaster than a gentle boat ride; sometimes Pirates of the Caribbean fun, sometimes It’s a Small World irritating–and the irritating could get as annoying as those tinny tiny voices of the infamous Disney attraction. Weirdly, off-arc episodes such as …
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Calling all Vampire Diaries fanatics: Enjoy this witty recap of last week’s new episode by Kiersten White!
Prepping to do my no-DVR, fingers-blazing recap, I’m so excited to actually watch the show on the day it airs instead of the next Monday when it comes online. Honestly, you East coast viewers. I can’t go on Twitter Thursday night without seeing tweet after tweet of OMG VAMPIRE DIARIES. So at least this time I don’t have to wait the whole weekend to see what you all are OMGing about. (Although I personally never OMG, preferring the non-denominational ACRONYM.)
Previously–who is my favorite character because she’s always so helpful–announces what happened before on The Vampire Diaries. Elena and Katherine: Long straight hair = GOOD. …
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If you hunger for the Hunger Games trilogy, fear not. Smart Pop Books also had the yearning for more of Suzanne Collins’ creative and dangerous world after Mockingjay and created a new anthology to delve deeper into the Hunger Games.
The Girl Who Was on Fire–edited by Leah Wilson, our own pop culture connoisseur–includes essays by an all-star YA cast: Sarah Rees Brennan, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Elizabeth M. Rees, Lili Wilkinson, Ned Vizzini, Carrie Ryan, Cara Lockwood, Terri Clark, Blythe Woolston, Sarah Darer Littman, Adrienne Kress, and Bree Despain.
Is that not enough? Alright, listen to your fellow Hunger Games fans and book bloggers share their thoughts on The Girl Who Was on Fire:
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For another Dexter fix, read about the work-family balance of Dexter‘s characters with The Psychology of Dexter contributing writer Morrie Mullins.
In my essay for the collection, “The Scientist and the Serial Killer: A Study in Work-Life Balance,” I examined three perspectives on work-family balance as reflected in seasons one-four of Dexter. Season four, as most of us know by now, culminated in the death of Rita, Dexter’s wife, at the hands of Arthur Mitchell/Trinity. Season five picks up at the moment where the prior season left off, with Dexter’s discovery of his wife’s body and his infant son sitting in a pool of blood nearby.
If anything, season five may provide more opportunities for psychological analysis than the other four …
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As Dexter lover’s avidly await season six, let’s wish a happy belated 40th birthday to Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall and dive into the possible death of an independent Dexter with The Psychology of Dexter contributing writer, Stephen D. Livingston.
My essay “On Becoming a Real Boy” discussed issues of social development and strategic presentation of self. I was excited to see that the latest season of Dexter promised to explore these complex themes, but admittedly a bit disappointed by the overall viewing experience.
In “The Pool Guy,” an award-winning episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, the neurotic and duplicitous George Costanza is worried that Susan, his steady girlfriend, has begun frequently socializing with Elaine. George acts differently around Susan, presenting to her …
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