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Otherworldly YA: Five Fantastic Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series You Should Read NOW!

By Allie Costa

Looking for an awesome YA book that will take you out of this world? Dive into one of these fantastic series – You won’t be sorry!

Prowlers by Christopher Golden

At age nineteen, Jack Dwyer’s best friend Artie is murdered. Not by humans, but by Prowlers, a group of ancient creatures whose handiwork is typically thought to be that of wolves.

But these are no wolves. They are animals, but their ability to think, their emotions and their need for revenge makes them as cunning as humans. Jack, as well as most of America, knows nothing of the Prowlers… That is, until Artie travels from the Ghostlands to tell his friend what truly happened. Jack’s life will never be the same.

Christopher Golden’s Prowlers series is positively riveting and inventive. I raced through each book, and I’ve read them multiple times since. Read them in order:

Laws of Nature
Predator and Prey
Wild Things

For those of you who want something to download to your Kindle/Nook/e-reader, keep your eyes peeled: The author has informed me that e-book editions of the entire Prowlers series will be available soon!

The Fallen by Thomas E. Sniegoski

Immortals seem to be one of the hottest storylines these days. The Fallen is the best series with an angel at its core. If you like the similarly-named Fallen series by Lauren Kate, you’ll absolutely love The Fallen books by Tom Sniegoski.

Eighteen-year-old Aaron has always known that he was adopted, but he never suspected he was half-angel – or that he could be a hero in the ultimate fight between good and evil. Shortly after his lineage is revealed, his younger brother is stolen away, and Aaron will do anything to get him back. Along the way, he is accompanied by his loyal Labrador, Gabriel, and discovers an unexpected connection to his beautiful classmate, Vilma Santiago.

Four Fallen books are out so far, with the fifth book, Armageddon, coming out in August.

Fun fact: Before he portrayed Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley starred as Aaron Corbet in the film adaptation of Fallen – and Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad played Lucifer!

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

If you like stories with dystopian societies – think of The Hunger Games or The Twilight Zone – then prepare yourself for Uglies. In Tally’s world, everyone gets an operation at age sixteen that makes them pretty. Oddly enough, this tradition of cosmetic surgery seems to have made society a better place. But things aren’t exactly what they seem…

All three books – Uglies, Pretties, Specials – have action sequences packed with octane. They’ll totally make you wish you could travel by hoverboard. The ending of Specials will challenge readers to think, really think, about what they take for granted and what they should truly value. Go, Tally!

Also check out the Uglies graphic novel series, a non-fiction guide, and a “companion” story called Extras. I also really like Scott Westerfeld’s darkly funny vampire book, Peeps.

How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier

Looking for something a little lighter? In a fun world where many people have fairies that grant them unusual bits of luck, Charlotte (Charlie) feels cursed by her gift: the ability to always get a good parking spot. She’s not even old enough to drive yet, so others – such as her mum and a dim bully at her school – drag her into their cars to play passenger. Fed up, Charlie teams up with Fiorenze, a popular girl who has an all-the-boys-like-you fairy, and the two attempt to switch their fairies. Comedic chaos ensues.

How to Ditch Your Fairy is utterly delightful. You won’t ditch this funny fantasy — you’ll stay up to finish reading it!

Okay, so this one isn’t a series – but Justine Larbalestier’s other books include the head-tripping fantasy trilogy Magic or Madness, plus she co-edited the anthology Zombies vs. Unicorns with Holly Black, whom I’m about to praise:

The Curse Workers by Holly Black

Recognize her name? Holly co-wrote The Spiderwick Chronicles with Tony DiTerlizzi. For an older audience, there’s her Curse Workers trilogy: White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart. Cassel, the youngest of three brothers, is the only person in his family without a magical ability, such as changing people’s memories, luck, or feelings simply by touching them. Cassel and everyone he knows has to wear gloves, whether or not they have powers, to protect themselves from those who would use their abilities for evil.

But, for years, Cassel and his family have been covering up a secret: Cassel killed his best friend, Lila. He doesn’t completely remember what happened; all he knows is she’s gone, and they’ve told him he’s at fault. Then the truth comes out, and it’s not what he was told, and not at all what he expected…

Holly Black also has three interconnected stories about modern faeries: Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. I’m looking forward to her next book, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which comes out in September.

Want more book recommendations? Leave a comment below with your favorite books, genres, or authors, and general age range, and I’ll give you a personalized reading list!

allie costaAllie Costa is a Los Angeles-based actress working in film, TV, theatre, and voiceover. She can usually be found on a set, in a theatre, or in a secondhand bookstore. She worked with the hosts of Teens Wanna Know on the film Nerd Wars! Her character, Natalie Grace, was named after legendary actresses Natalie Wood and Grace Kelly.

Allie is an active member of readergirlz, a literacy and social media project for teens which was awarded the National Book Award for Innovations in Reading. If you missed this year’s Operation Teen Book Drop and would like to participate in future events, reach out to readergirlz via Twitter – @readergirlz #rockthedrop – or Facebook, or just ask Allie for details!

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2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic

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A Delicious Day of BBQ and Music : Sixty Pit Masters From Around the Country Compete for Tastebuds and The Title of “People’s Choice” 

The Queen Mary, is pleased to present The 2nd Annual West Coast BBQ Classic, an official California-State-Certified, KCBS – Sanctioned BBQ Championship sponsored by Jack Daniel’s. Top BBQ Pit Masters from around the country will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money and the opportunity to be selected as the winner of the coveted “People’s Choice” award, including 2012 Champion All Sauced Up.  “We have nearly tripled our competitors this year” said Director of Special Events Steve Sheldon, “Our team registration sold out in record pace. We are thrilled to offer such a vast field of teams this year.”

Held at the Queen Mary Waterfront Events Park, the event features live bands, a Jack Daniel’s Back Yard Bar, Merchant Market, Kid’s Country including obstacle course and Adult Lawn Games area with giant beer pong, there will also be a special appearance by The LA King’s Ice Crew.

$10 online
$15 at the door
BBQ Tasting tickets $2 each
Parking is $10 with event validation
Tickets do not include entry to the ship or attractions.                               

Who:                     West Coasters from near and far are invited to join top pit masters from around the country at this one-day BBQ Championship featuring music by local favorites: Knyght Ryder, The Record Company and The Shoemaker Brothers.

Queen Mary West Coast BBQ Classic playlist available on Spotify. 

When:                  May 11, 2013, 11AM – 6PM

Where:                 The Queen Mary’s Waterfront Events Park

1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach

About Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

Auditions for “Latin Flava”

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Audition Notice

Hollywood Auditions for our up coming TV Show “Latin Flava”. Hip Hop kids in the hundreds will be auditioning and fighting for the top 10 spots for the Hottest new Kids show on the Planet. We will have a celebrity panel of Judges and are expecting hundreds of kids. We are filming and interviewing kids like American Idol does, getting stories from the kids about their excitement of the show, why they love to dance, and how they are following their dreams as a dancer etc.

Celebrity Judges will be ( RED CARPET AND PRESS CHECK IN AT 4;30 pm)

Miss Lela Brown

Shane Sparks Artistic Director/ Choreographer celebrity judge on ABDC and So you Think you can Dance etc..

Alex Larson Choreographer

Anthony Bradshaw (Mr. Bradshaw)Celebrity Stylist

Jamile McGee Celebrity Choregrapher

Jamile McGee from the first season of the hit Fox series, “So You Think You Can Dance?” Jamile rose to the top of the judges hearts and millions of fans throughout the world, So You Think You Can Dance was just the beginning, since then his career has led him to choreograph and dance with artists & celebrities around the world. He’s worked with Wayne Brady, LXD, the legendary Mike Tyson, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Katie Perry, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, and so many more famous faces! Jamile recently choreographed an honorary performance for Chaka Khan, on BET’S UNCF Awards Show!

Major King Debbie Allen’s Tech Director..

Krystal Meraz and Christopher “Pharside” Jennings Celebrity/Dance Crew choreographers WORLD OF DANCE and more



Hip-Hop Dance Kids Auditions for “Latin Flava” TV Show Ages 8-16
Talented and Passionate About Hip Hop Dance.
Come With A 30 Second Dance Piece That You Created make sure to bring your own music.
April 18th 2013 From 5pm-10pm PM, Must Bring Parent/Guardian.
Audition Located At Millennium Dance Complex 5113 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood Ca, 91601
Casting Location: Studio 6
Bring Headshots and resume
Ages 8-16 if you are older you must look younger than your age..petite size
No crew/group auditions we are putting our own crew together individuals auditions ONLY!!