The 10 Most Unique YA Fairytale Retellings – Book Edition

Since ‘Maleficent’ came out last month and is still running in theaters, I figured I’d honor the movie with a post about the most unusual – though not necessarily new – fairy tale retellings the YA book world has to offer; after all, ‘Maleficent’ is a retelling of the classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’. I myself haven’t watched the movie yet, but my brother gives it a thumbs up, which is good enough for me. So anyways, here we go! Continue reading

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The Fault In Our Stars: The Movie

When I first decided to watch ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ it wasn’t because I particularly wanted to, but because I figured it’d make for a good blog post. Then when I realized that it was harder than I had expected to take pictures of the movie screen, I thought I’d just give up on the movie altogether. However, when I tried to leave, I just couldn’t get my bottom off of the seat. Continue reading

Summer Giveaway: City of Heavenly Fire

0 The long-awaited summer vacation has kicked off to a great start, and what better way to celebrate that than to host Swimming Through Thoughts’s first giveaway! To make this even even more amazing, we’re going to be giving away 10 copies, that’s right, 10 COPIES of eBook versions of ‘City of Heavenly Fire’! You may be thinking that you’d prefer a hardcover copy to an eBook, but win the book, and you’ll receive the novel today! Summer vacation truly is magical, isn’t it? Continue reading

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Hardcover borrowed from school library.

Synopsis: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…. But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? Continue reading