Sabrina’s Book Corner: Find Me

Hello, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be discussing Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano.

Nearly is just trying to get into a good college. She is competing with her best friend, along with another student, for a full-ride science/chemistry scholarship. All three are evenly matched in academic achievement, so the scholarship will be awarded to the student who scores highest in the class.

Nearly follows her own rules: no bad grades, no trouble, and no touching. The rules have always served her well, until there is a murder at Nearly’s school and the killer seems to be calling her out.

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Sabrina’s Book Corner: Tale Older than Time

Hello, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be talking about Old Magic by Marianne Curley.

Kate Warren is the town freak, simply because her grandmother owns a new-age shop and believes in magic. Kate is often ridiculed and called a “witch” at school. But what her classmates don’t know is that Kate actually is a witch — and she’s proud of it.

Kate is surprised when a new kid arrives and shows the signs of being gifted. While Kate is observing the new kid, Jarrod, she notices two things: first, Jarrod doesn’t know he’s magical, and second, Jarrod is cursed. Kate feels a responsibility to help Jarrod, but when she tells Jarrod about his magic, he thinks she is either really weird or in need of help. Jarrod avoids Kate, ignoring her if they are in the same place, but when Jarrod’s little brother gets seriously hurt, Jarrod starts to believe Kate.

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Sabrina’s Book Corner: What You Thought Was True

Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be discussing The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen.

Lindsey is on the verge of getting everything she wants. She is about to be named vice president at her marketing firm, something she has worked endless hours and suffered countless migraines to achieve. Lindsey’s hardworking attitude stems from comparisons to her utterly beautiful twin sister Alex.

Alex is a model, and she has everything she could possible want out of life. Since Alex seems to so easily get what she wants, Lindsey has always worked twice as hard to get the upper hand. But just as she is about to step out of her sister’s shadow, disaster strikes.

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Sabrina’s Book Corner: Twisted

Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner. This week we are going to be discussing Spelled by Betsy Schow.

Spelled, like so many recent books, is a new twist on an old tale. Everyone knows the story of Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, but the Dorothy found in Spelled has never known Kansas. Schow takes the well-known story and twists it into something we’ve never seen before. This concept is very popular in the YA genre at the moment, and Schow weaves her magic (pun intended) extremely well in her retelling of The Wizard of Oz.

Dorthea (or Dot to her friends) has everything she wants out of life — except for the ability to leave home. Sure, being the Emerald Princess has its perks, including extravagant ball gowns made by Glenda, but along with the royal title comes the royal curse. The curse states that one day a girl from the Emerald line will turn evil and leave Emerald to burn. Dot might not be the cursed Emerald, but she’ll never leave the castle just to be on the safe side. However, this is a problem for Dot, because all she wants is freedom.

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Sabrina’s Book Corner: Golden

Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner. This week we are going to be discussing The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. As some of you may know, The Outsiders celebrated its 50th anniversary this past November. And for the uninformed, The Outsiders is a much celebrated book, which was an incredibly important piece of fiction when it came out in 1967.

The Outsiders was revolutionary because it was written by a teenager, about teenagers, for teenagers. In fact, that was the original tagline when the book first came out. Some would say that The Outsiders was one of the first books in what would later become the young adult genre. The Outsiders is a book that has resonated with people of all ages over the last 50 years because of the relatable characters and strong themes.

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Selections from Sabrina Parr’s Chapbook, “Letters to the Girl Forged from Glass and Gold”

The cover to Parr's chapbook
The cover to Parr’s chapbook, “Letters to the Girl Forged from Glass and Gold”

“Sabrina Parr’s work delves into worlds of destruction and deterioration, but through lenses of admiration described via language. Parr’s ability to take these images of mass deterioration and flip it into something that contains beauty in some way is done so artfully that you may be forced to read it multiple times.

A cyclical nature is apparent in Parr’s piece, ‘Tinted Lens.’ Parr writes about the beauty which can be seen through a lens — ‘We stare down the lens of whatever’ is a line that’s broad, and yet specific enough that the audience can relate it to whatever they would like.

This piece continues to fill us with excitement and feelings of admiration as she follows up with the line, ‘to love the contents that construct us.’ Here the audience is allowed to feel admiration for what they are viewing, or quite possibly themselves. While it is open to multiple interpretations, the overall message remains positive, however.

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Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies, Oh My!: A Review of “Born at Midnight”

Hello readers, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we will be talking about Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter.

Kylie Galen is shipped off to a camp for troubled teenagers for the summer. Soon after she arrives, it becomes clear that Kylie has a very different definition of “troubled” from the campers at Shadow Falls. Because “troubled,” for them, means supernatural.

Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, and fairies who find it difficult to hide their powers in the human world make up the cast at Shadow Falls. While Kylie has never felt normal, she definitely doesn’t belong at a camp for troubled supernaturals, but everyone insists that she is one of them, even if they can’t figure out what kind of supernatural being she is.

Of course, then enters more trouble in the form of Derek, a half-fae who makes Kylie’s life feel normal again, and Lucas, who is really familiar, but doesn’t seem interested in sharing how he and Kylie may know each other. With her life falling apart and Shadow Falls coming under attack, Kylie finds that she might just be right where she belongs.

C.C. Hunter weaves together a fast-paced supernatural story with a couple of interesting twists, too. Born at Midnight is a fun and fast read for any fan of the supernatural.

That’s all for this week, and as always, happy reading!
— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor