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Book News: Stephenie Meyer has a new book!

Do a happy dance, Stephenie Meyer has a new book coming in November!

The main character is an ex-agent on the run from her former employers who must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.

Meyer said, "The Chemist is the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross. I very much enjoyed spending time with a different kind of action hero, one whose primary weapon isn’t a gun or a knife or bulging muscles, but rather her brain."

ChemistAbout the book:
She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the in-formation she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds her-self falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.

In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

Twilight Surprise

The much-anticipated tenth anniversary edition of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight has arrived in stores from today, but it may not quite be the book fans have imagined.

81qBmqMWSvL“I’M SO SORRY,” writes Meyer in a foreword explaining how she’d been asked to write some extra content for Twilight’s 10th anniversary. “I know there is going to be a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth because this new bonus material is A, not entirely new, but mostly B, not Midnight Sun” (her unreleased companion novel to Twilight, written from Edward’s point of view, which was abandoned after chapters were leaked onto the internet).

Inspired by feedback she received on the original novel, Meyer has reinvented her original story, reversing the genders of Edwards and Bella, along with most of the other characters in over 400 pages of bonus content. So for all you twilight team players out there, you will now get to choose between Team Edythe & Team Jules (we see some new t-shirts forming already).

But we'll let her tell you more about it:

Just so y'all can keep it straight in your heads, we've managed to get our hands on a list of name changes!

Bella (short for Isabella) to Beau (short for Beaufort)
Edward to Edythe
Jacob (or Jake) to Julie (or Jules).

The Blacks
Billy to Bonnie: Julie's mother and a good friend of Charlie, Beau's father.
Rachel and Rebecca to Adam and Aaron: Julie's older brothers

Sam to Samantha (also known as Sam): Julie's older friend

The Cullens
Carlisle to Carine: The matriarch of the Cullen family
Esme to Earnest: The patriarch of the Cullen family
Alice to Archie
Emmett to Eleanor
Rosalie to Royal
Jasper to Jessamine

School Friends
Jessica to Jeremy
Angela to Allen
Mike to McKayla: McKayla has a crush on Beau and asks him to the school dance.
Tyler to Taylor: Taylor almost accidentally hits Beau with her car, asks him to the school dance.
Lauren to Logan
Eric to Erica: Erica has a crush on Beau, asks him to the school dance.
Ben to Becca
Connor to Colleen
Lee to Leann
Samantha to Sean

The Vampires
James to Joss
Victoria to Victor
Laurent to Lauren

Quote source: www.theguardian.com

Feeling Naughty? Read these banned books!

Have you been walking on the wild side?

We bet you have- and you might not have even known it!

In celebration of Banned Books Week, we have compiled a list of titles you have probably heard of, but may not have known they were banned at one time or another. (Check out #3!) We still think they are awesome reads though!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrated in the last week of September every year. It celebrates the freedom to read (which we are all about!). For more info check out their website here.

harry potter

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Harry, Ron and Hermione have captured hearts all over the world, but  parents and school boards on both sides of the Atlantic have raised issues with the book. They disagree with the  portrayal of death, evil, hatred, and the promotion of the belief in witchcraft.

2. Where's Wally by Martin Handford: Who doesn't want to find Wally? In the USA between 1990 and 2000 first publications of Where's Wally were requested to be banned as one of the scenes contained a group of sunbathers, one of whom appeared to be topless.

3. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: This saucy romance between a teenager and a vampire also became a series of films. 2013 saw the title make the list as one of the most requested to be banned in USA schools with complaints of 'explicit content' and that it 'contradicted religious beliefs'.

kite runner

4. The Witches by Roald Dahl: This title (which most of us here at the QBD Blog read as children) has been frequently challenged in US libraries and schools because of the focus on witchcraft,  the feeling that it devalues the lives of children and - for some feminists- the negative portrayal of women.

5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: Based on the friendship between two boys in Afghanistan this book has been banned on parts of the US for sexual content (it contains a rape scene). The film based on this novel was also banned in Afghanistan as they felt it depicted ethnic groups in a bad light.

6. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: This best-selling book turned film was banned in Lebanon because it contains the insulting suggestion that Christ had a child with Mary Magdalene, contradicting the beliefs of Christianity. It has also been banned as it portrays the Catholic Church as demonising women.

anne frank

7. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: Published posthumously this diary of a Jewish teenager who hid from the Nazis with her family in WWII has been banned in some schools in the USA because it is seen to be depressing.

8. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky: This coming-of-age story has been withdrawn from some libraries across the USA. It regularly makes the American Library Association's top 10 most challenged books list for reasons of explicit sexual content, and homosexuality.

So check out a banned book today and make up your own mind! You may be pleasantly surprised...