‘Red Queen': why you should read Victoria Aveyard’s new fantasy series RIGHT NOW

‘Red Queen’ by Victoria Aveyard is part of Maximum Pop!’s book club for the month of July – and we are loving it. Full of twists and turns, deception and crashing revelations, this is not a book you will be reading slowly. In fact, you may feel the need to power through it in a night – next day grogginess be damned.

If you’re not already convinced that this a book you need in your life, then we here at MP! want to share a few reasons why you most certainly do.

1. The cover is beautiful.

Bookish types are complex creatures. We love books, regardless of their shape or age, claiming to love what’s inside more than any shallow appearances – and yet, we find ourselves lusting after pretty covers. It’s a human frailty and we’ve accepted it: we need pretty books to gaze at, stroke and hold close. And that’s exactly why we need ‘Red Queen’.

2. It’s better than you think. 

‘Red Queen’ is wrapped up in politics and power, something we can get into if it’s not too heavy or dense. Nothing slows down your reading momentum than trying to wrap your head around overly-detailed politics and an impossibly-long cast list.

Victoria Aveyard’s fantasy is not like this. Simple, yet complex, in-depth without being overwhelming, she weaves a world which you can slip right into without too much preamble.

3. Mare is a great hero.

We hope you fall for Mare as much as we did. A Red, a thief, and a little rough around the edges, she doesn’t seem like a natural hero. Honour doesn’t spur her on, but love does – for her family, her friends, her people – and though her decisions can seem a little messy and regrettable, we really admire her and these kinds of real female protagonists

4. It’s unbelievably compelling.

Surprise after surprise, this book is layered with secrets and deception that will keep you reading late into the night. Not only that, but Aveyard also packs in kisses, dances, assassinations, and hold-your-breath fight scenes.

5. Victoria Aveyard is an amazing writer.

Check out these awesome quotes:

“The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.” 

“His lips are on mine, hard and warm and pressing. The touch is electrifying, but not like I’m used to. This isn’t a spark of destruction, but a spark of life.”

6. Amazing world building.

Do you ever pick up a fantasy book and for a while, you think you know what’s going on, but then suddenly – boom, the world you thought you understood makes no sense. Or else, it’s boring, or cliche, or too over the top. Fantasy worlds demand skill – which is exactly what Victoria Aveyard has.

From the Silver cities, to the ruined warzones and Mare’s poor home town, Victoria absorbs you into Mare’s world effortlessly.

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5SOS & Taylor Swift have admitted to stalking us, who’s next?!

When Taylor Swift admitted to stalking her fans, we cried, we rejoiced, we literally lost our minds!

Scary enough right?

Well it gets worse better as 5SOS have declared their stalkerness, well they coyly admitted it. Good enough for us! On a trip to the Shazam Top 10 offices they were asked if they stalk fans on Twitter via a round of questions sent in by fans. Continue reading 5SOS & Taylor Swift have admitted to stalking us, who’s next?!

Did Little Mix use a little ‘Black Magic’ to get their slot at the Teen Choice Awards?

Hell no! It is all in the way they  . . .

I mean talent really is in their  . . .

Ok ok in all seriousness the fab four are heading to The Teen Choice Awards this year to perform and we are beyond excited for them. Continue reading Did Little Mix use a little ‘Black Magic’ to get their slot at the Teen Choice Awards?

Zayn Malik supports his heritage and our desire to see him on the front of a magazine, missed u bb.

Since Zayn left 1D we have struggled to adjust to only seeing four of those beautiful faces on a regular basis. Luckily Zayn has decided that he has been far too awol from our beady eyes for far too long.

Hurrah for Asians UK! Screams of ‘Where can I buy this magazine?!’ can be heard across the Country as they rush to the nearest store.

Continue reading Zayn Malik supports his heritage and our desire to see him on the front of a magazine, missed u bb.

Are Cara Delevingne and Margo Roth Spiegelman the same person?

They aren’t but according to this latest featurette from the peeps over at Paper Towns HQ, they might as well be!

Right now Paper Towns is the gift that keeps on giving, the film that keeps on teasing, another reason August couldn’t come quick enough  . . . Ok we could do that all day but we are right about one thing if they keep on sending out these little teaser clips like this then at this rate we will have to send Ninjas to the studio to hunt out copies of the film!

(Do not try that at home)

So yesterday we learnt more about the rather dishy Q, therefore it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t give Margo a bit of airtime right?

I know, we can’t wait either!

O.M.G! OMI has hit a million . . . sales that is!

Though the song has been around for months it has only been in the last few weeks that OMI’s debut single ‘Cheerleader’ has literally wiped the dance floor competition, well and truly preparing us for the impending summer we may or may not have.

Having reached number one on the UK charts and on itunes, though these days what really is the difference between the two? It has now reached the 1 million sales mark. Not bad for a debut outting!

I think you are on to a winner here Simon Cowell!

‘Extraordinary Means': Robyn Schneider shares with us her top coffee orders for any writing day

If you’ve read ‘Extraordinary Means’ already, then you’ll realise that coffee is a big deal – so much so that you might even be willing to break all the rules and sneak out during class  just to get some.

Lane used to be ordinary, just a normal guy trying to get into a good college. Well, maybe not normal.  Normal teens don’t often skip out on parties to spend a few more hours studying at night.

But when he is diagnosed with an incurable form of TB, he moves to Latham House, and meets the beautiful, unashamed Sadie and her troublemaking friends. Here, he starts to learn that maybe there is more to life than test scores, and sometimes falling in love is its own cure.

To write such a thorough heartbreaker, we’re guessing Robyn Schneider needed some serious fuel to get her through those tough writing days – the redrafts, the writers’ bloc, the spasms of crushing self doubt. And that fuel? Coffee.

She spoke to Frenzy on ten different coffee orders that are perfect on getting you through all kinds of writing days – like a mocha for those romantic scenes, and anything with whipped cream for when you’re just not feeling it.

Click here to check out all ten of Robyn’s picks – and scribble down a few for next time you hit your nearest coffee shop with your laptop.

Fashion Fix: Zoella’s ‘cardio’ slogan tee

Welcome to Fashion Fix! Where we’ll be bringing you some clothing items worn by your faves. If you’re looking to achieve a celeb inspired wardrobe, then look no further – we can help.

Today we are looking at Zoella’s top she wore in Pointlessblog’s recent vlog. Let’s take a closer look…

zoella top

Guess what? We know where to find an exact match! Continue reading Fashion Fix: Zoella’s ‘cardio’ slogan tee

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