Author Archives: Jessica

Book Review: “Lois Lane: Double Down” by Gwenda Bond

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It’s been a long year to wait for the second installment in Gwenda Bond’s YA series chronicling the teenage adventures of Lois Lane, ace reporter and Superman love interest, but we’re happy to report that "Lois Lane: Double Down" is finally here! Read More »

MuggleNet’s YALC Potter Party is Back for 2016!


We're so happy to be returning to YALC for another Potter Party this year! After the success of last year's fun-filled hour we just couldn't stop ourselves from planning an entire day of Potter games, activities and general Wizarding goodness for you all to enjoy. After all, it is Harry's birthday. Read More »

Emma Watson Interviews Geena Davis to Discuss Feminism, Sexism in Hollywood

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Emma Watson, who in recent years has made raising awareness about feminism a priority in her public life, recently interviewed Geena Davis for Interview magazine. Besides being an actress herself, Geena Davis is the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, an organization that collects statistics about gender representation in children's media. Read More »

“Fantastic Beasts” Screenplay To Be Published as a Book!

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When it was announced that "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was being made into a film series, fans soon realized that the new movies would bear little resemblance to the book of the same name that was published in 2001. Much of the community has been excited by the prospect of a "Harry Potter" universe film that isn't adapted from a previously published book - if the story was originally intended for the screen, we don't have to worry about them not getting our favorite parts right. Now, in an unexpected move, Pottermore has announced that Little, Brown UK and Scholastic will be publishing the screenplay for "Fantastic Beasts" as a book. Read More »

Reflecting on “The Magicians”, Season 1: Change Isn’t Always Bad

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It's hard to believe that the first season of Syfy's adaptation of "The Magicians" aired last week - we spent so much time anticipating the show that it seems too soon for it all to be over. But now that it is, and we've seen a little bit more of the direction the show's creators are taking, we can talk about how the show is faring as an adaptation of the books we love so well! Read More »

Book Review: “The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater

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The conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater’s "Raven Cycle" has got to be one of the most anticipated YA book releases of the season. Although many fans were disappointed when the release of the book was pushed back a few months, I think you’re going to find that the delay was worth the wait! Read More »

Book Review: “One Silver Summer” by Rachel Hickman

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After losing her mother in a tragic car accident, Sass finds herself being shipped to Cornwall, England to live with an uncle she’s never met. The English seaside is beautiful, but it can’t heal the hole she feels inside of her. Alex is British royalty, fleeing to his ancestral home by the sea to try to escape the paparazzi swirling around him in the wake of his parents’ divorce. When he runs across Sass trespassing on family land, captivated by the family’s old race horse, Bo, he can’t believe she has no idea who he is. And Sass can’t believe that after all she’s lost, there just might be something to smile about again. Read More »

Book Review: “Chasing Water” by Anthony Ervin & Constantine Markides

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"Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian" is a memoir tracing both the troubles and accomplishments of Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin, from his breakout performance at the 2000 Sydney Games to his bad-boy image and eventual reappearance at the London Games in 2012. Read More »

Book Review: “Drag Teen” by Jeffery Self

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JT loves the fact that he’s gay - but it’s one of the only things he likes about himself. With high school graduation looming and lacking the funds for college, he worries that he’ll never make it out of his small Florida town and build a life for himself where he can be happy. When his boyfriend, Seth, and best friend, Heather, get wind of a Drag Teen competition in New York City where the winner takes home a full college scholarship, they’re convinced JT should enter. He’s tried drag before and loved it, but a disaster of a school talent show has him questioning if he’s fabulous enough to be a queen. But it’s his last shot at getting out of Clearwater, Florida, and so he’ll have to take the chance. Read More »

Pottermore Dishes on Fantastic Beasts Spotted in Teaser Trailer

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The Internet kind of broke last night when the teaser trailer for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" was released, and Pottermore is capitalizing on the buzz to share some details about what we glimpsed during those precious two minutes and twelve seconds. Read More »

The Teaser Trailer for “Fantastic Beasts” Is Here!

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We learned last week that new footage from "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" would be revealed at the MTV Movie Awards - and our patience has been rewarded! Just minutes ago, a teaser trailer aired. Luckily for those of us without television, the trailer was simultaneously released online. Read More »

“Hunger Games” Composer Will Score “Fantastic Beasts”


Following in the illustrious footsteps of the likes of John Williams, Patrick Doyle, Nicholas Hooper, and Alexandre Desplat, it has been revealed that an eight-time Oscar nominee will compose the score for "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". Read More »

Book Review: “A Tangle of Gold” by Jaclyn Moriarty

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"A Tangle of Gold" is the final installment in Jaclyn Moriarty’s "Colors of Madeleine" trilogy, and picks up right where "The Cracks in the Kingdom" left off: Elliot has crossed over from the Kingdom of Cello to Earth, and discovered his missing father there. But as delighted as Madeleine is to have Elliot here in person, he has to leave almost immediately or risk forgetting his true identity. Before she knows it, he’s been whisked away back to Cello - where the world is still in turmoil and he’s a fugitive - and she’s left feeling like her part in the story might be over. Read More »

Book Review: “Even in Paradise” by Elizabeth Nunez

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"Even in Paradise" by Elizabeth Nunez is a love story, a "King Lear" retelling, and a Caribbean epic all rolled into one. Peter Ducksworth may be Trinidadian to the bone, but he and his beloved three daughters are white, and the legacy of their skin color is impossible to ignore. Like Shakespeare’s famous king, Ducksworth hopes to avoid familial strife after his death by announcing how his assets will be divided among his children while he still lives - but he cannot predict the chaos that unfolds from that decision. Émile, an aspiring writer and teacher, finds himself drawn into the drama when his best friend, Albert, falls for Ducksworth’s oldest daughter, Glynis, and he finds himself drawn to the youngest daughter, Corinne. Read More »

A New “Fantastic Beasts” Clip Is Coming!

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It's been a little while since we've had any news about "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", and while we've been happy to keep busy wondering where Ilvermorny is and anticipating the release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", it's about time we got an update on the film! After all, November isn't so far away now... luckily for us, this morning we got word that we'll see new footage from the film in less than a week! Read More »

Book Review: “Daughters of Ruin” by K.D. Castner

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Four princesses - Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren - live together under one roof, but this is no fairy tale - their countries are enemies, their co-habitation the means of an uneasy truce. Rhea’s father, King Declan, emerged victorious from the last war, and the treaty that calls for the heirs to three other kingdoms to live under his roof is of his own devising. Cadis, Suki, and Iren, ripped away from their families as small children, have never felt entirely at ease with Rhea or their “home” with her. All four are burdened with the knowledge that their countries are enemies even as they are raised as sisters, and when mysterious forces break the treaty, all four girls will have to question where their loyalties lie. Read More »

Book Review: “The Great American Whatever” by Tim Federle

Great American Whatever_Tim Federle

Quinn Roberts’s life is thrown completely off course when his older sister Annabeth is killed in a car accident. As in - he doesn’t turn on his phone or go to school or even leave his house for six months. His mother isn’t faring any better, and his father left a long time ago. But this summer, his best friend Geoff is determined to pull Quinn out of his funk (as much as possible, anyway), and it all starts with a college party and a cute guy. Maybe this is what he needs to get him out of the house. Maybe it’s what he needs to start writing scripts again - except that’s what he and Annabeth always used to do together. Read More »

The “Harry Potter: Magical Places & Characters” Coloring Book Is Here!

Harry Potter Magical Places and Characters

After the smashing success of the first two "Harry Potter" adult coloring books, it's only natural that more would be published - and the latest installment is on shelves now! The third offering for coloring enthusiasts is "Harry Potter: Magical Places & Characters", and like its predecessors, this volume offers hours of coloring fun! Read More »

Book Review: “Half Lost” by Sally Green

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When we last left our hero Nathan at the end of "Half Wild", things weren’t going ideally - his girlfriend had just fatally wounded his father, Marcus, meaning that if the Alliance was going to stand any chance of winning this war, Nathan had to eat Marcus’s heart to gain his father's magical abilities. If you for some reason are reading this review and haven’t read "Half Wild" or the first book in the trilogy, "Half Bad"...we really aren’t kidding when we say these books are *dark.* Read More »

J.K. Rowling Recounts Horrific Circumstances Leading to Lumos Founding


We all know about the vital work that Lumos does in bettering the lives of vulnerable children and their families, and in a special report released today, the "Sunday Times" recounts the events that motivated J.K. Rowling to found the charitable organization. Read More »