MP! EXCLUSIVE: we need 10 MP!ers to review Rainbow Rowell’s new short story ‘Kindred Spirits’

KindredSpiritsWBD‘Kindred Spirits’ is a brand new short story from the author of ‘Fangirl’ and ‘Eleanor and Parks’, and have to say – it’s bloody brilliant.

When Elena decides to camp outside her local cinema in the run up to the new Star Wars movie’s release, she envisioned a bustling queue of sci-fi enthusiasts and like minded individuals.

What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.

Written for World Book Day, ‘Kindred Spirits’ will cost you just £1 (cheaper than chicken nuggets) on its release in March – but here on MaximumPop! you can read it for free, a whole month before anyone else.

Fancy reading this AMAZING story and giving us a short review? Just follow @maximumpopbooks and RT the following tweet to enter:

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Topshop’s SS16 Denim campaign is giving us major squad envy

Spring is approaching and it’s time to get the denim out! Topshop just launched their SS16 collection and we have to admit, it’s giving us major style envy. Skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, high-waisted jeans… we’ll take them all, please.

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MP! Review: ‘Dark Days Club’ by Alison Goodman is a highly entertaining story of magic and murder

dark days club cover revealIt’s been called “Jane Austen meets Cassandra Clare”, and while that is pretty accurate, we here at MP! are firm believers in books being judged by their own merits and not wholly on their likeness to another author. Which is fortunate for Alison Goodman because ‘The Dark Days Club’ is rather wonderful all on its own.

Take a step back in time with Alison Goodman, to a darker London than your history books recall. Exceedingly well researched and saturated with historical accuracy, this is one book that will not disappoint historical YA fans. Lady Helen knows her place as a young lady in 19th century England, but her responsibilities as a demon-slayer begin to infringe on the propriety and sophistication with which she is supposed to act. This balance between being a proper young lady and also a soldier against the supernatural is truly fascinating, and gives real insight into the issues of the time.

It’s easy to write a novel in which a young woman becomes a bad-ass demon-hunter, blowing men away like dust and casting off all of the rules of the time, but it is another entirely to reveal the truth of a time, which Goodman does perfectly.

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Ariana Grande is launching a Lipsy London collection this spring #ArianaForLipsy

Not long after the release of her new gender-neutral fragrance, the news has come that Ariana Grande is launching a fab SS16 collection for fashion brand Lipsy London! And we thought the perfume was enough of a treat for us fangirls.

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The best of the Harry Potter Night Instagram posts

Last night was the wonderful Harry Potter Night  – the day Waterstones stores all over the place were having special bewitching celebrations of some of our favourite books…

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The tweets and blog posts in the run-up to this magical (literally) day were all been excellent, but…Instagram is just something else.

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The launch of Melinda Salisbury’s latest novel THE SLEEPING PRINCE! Waterstones Piccadilly, 3rd Feb 2016.

On the 3rd February at Waterstones Piccadilly we attended the utterly fantastical launch party for ‘The Sleeping Prince’ – the latest novel by the magical, hysterical and very sparkly Melinda Salisbury!

‘The Sleeping Prince’ is the sequel to Mel’s first epic fantasy novel ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’. The story takes us back to that magical world, and back to our beloved Errin, who is up against all kinds of terrible things trying to save herself, and her family. All of this with the added nightmare of the vengeful Sleeping Prince, finally awakened and on a rampage…

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Quick! Grab one of these Valentine’s Day gifts from LUSH for your bae (or for yourself)

So January flew by, and it’s already crunch time for getting something super special for your one-and-only this Valentine’s Day. Here are the amazing things you can grab from LUSH to show your beloved just how much you love them—or just keep them for yourself. One bath bomb for you, two bath bombs for me…

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A bath treat for heart crossed lovers

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Melt hearts with this Brazilian orange oil and Fair Trade vanilla bath bomb. Packed full of Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, allow its embrace to coat the skin in heavenly moisture while its sweet citrusy fragrance lifts your mood. Continue reading Quick! Grab one of these Valentine’s Day gifts from LUSH for your bae (or for yourself)

Vote in the next Maximum Pop! Top 10 Chart

One Direction have taken the top spot once again in the closest Maximum Pop! chart to date, but can Zayn steal it from them this week? Or maybe this week’s new entries from Adele, Katy B, KLOE, LION BABE, and Nina Nesbitt can take them down.

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Vote for your favourite song of the week for your chance to change the chart.

Tell us who you’re rooting for at @maximumpop.

Maximum Pop! Top 10 Chart – 5th February 2016

Will anybody EVER dethrone the One Direction boys from the top spot of Maximum Pop!’s chart? After stiff competition from their former bandmate Zayn, 1D and ‘History’ remain at number one on our chart for the third week running.

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Face-Off: Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s Instagram bum Vs Perrie Edward’s Instagram bum

You’ve voted Zayn the king of the most recent Face-Off poll, and now it’s time for the Little Mix ladies to battle it out in Maximum Pop!’s very own Battle of the Bums contest.

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All of the Little Mix ladies have beautiful bums, but Leigh-Anne and Perrie like to get theirs out a little bit more often, posting pics of their bikini-clad cheeks to their respective Instagram pages.

Butt (geddit?) now it’s time for you to decide which one you prefer.

And, of course, let us know who you picked on Twitter @maximumpop.

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