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A summer must-read
Escape the summer heat by slipping into the world of "Shiver" by Maggie Stiefvater.
Grace has been drawn to a yellow-eyed wolf in the forest behind her house ever since it saved her life when she was a child. Sam has been living two lives; each winter, the cold causes him to leave behind his human body and become a wolf. With each passing year, he has less time until he will stop shifting and remain a wolf forever.
When Grace meets Sam, she recognizes him instantly by his yellow eyes, and they soon find themselves falling in love. But as winter approaches, Sam and Grace must fight for his humanity and their future.
While I'm normally not a fan of paranormal romance, Stiefvater's portrayal of werewolves is creative and fresh, and her writing is nearly lyrical in its eloquence. Her characters are well-developed and independent; Grace isn't simply a damsel in distress, waiting for her knight in shining armor, as is found in several young adult novels today. The fantasy elements are believably blended with reality, and the plot is fast-paced enough to keep you rapidly turning every page.
"Shiver" is the first book in "The Wolves of Mercy Falls" trilogy and is followed by "Linger and Forever." All three have earned numerous awards and been featured on the New York Times Best Seller List.
Kalli Damschen Clearfield High School
In cities across the nation, bakeries are hoping to be part of the cupcake food trend and have the best bite in town. I am happy to say that these heavenly bites at Lucy's Heavenly Bites, a gourmet cupcakery in Ogden, are very good.
The shop is a family business owned by Steve and Lucy Trevino. The owners have a variety of flavors to choose from daily. Their signature flavor is Strawberries and Cream and Lucy's personal favorite is Coconut Cream.
"We make everything fresh and it's all my personal recipes," she says. The cakes include real flavors and real fruits; the frosting is a freshly flavored whipped cream cheese, which is deliciously light.
Both the cakes and the frostings are loaded with flavor. The prices are very reasonable for the size of the cupcakes, and the owners and other friendly family workers are always there to help you choose flavors and tell you about their cupcakes.
The cupcakes are $1.75 for regular, or $2 for filled (or $14 per dozen). The bakery, 196 W. 17th St., Ogden, also caters events and takes special orders. For information, call 801- 648-1349.
Rachel Badali Utah Electronic High School
If you had told me nine months ago that I would ever get a Kindle by Amazon, I would have laughed. Reading is my passion and I love the feel of holding a book and the unique smell that comes with it, as weird as that sounds. But recently, I got a Kindle and absolutely love it.
The design itself is amazing. It is lightweight, thin and relatively small. The "e-ink" that Amazon uses is fantastic. Glare is no longer a problem, as it adjusts to every light. However, as the e-reader doesn't have a built-in backlight, you do have to have some sort of light, which can be annoying at times. Battery life is also very good. I have the five-way controller model of the Kindle, and love how everything is so easy to find in the menu. It takes a little longer to type things in when searching, but not by much.
Another thing I love is the wide selection of books; I've yet to search for a book that is not available. Kindle offers a wide range of free books as well, some of which are amazing reads. Some of my new favorite series are the ones where I found the first book for free. However, there comes a time when you need to take a break from reading. In that case, Amazon also offers a variety of games, with a good range of free ones as well.
One of the things I don't like about the Kindle is the hassle of deleting books permanently, as all books you remove from your home screen will go the archives. To delete them from the archives, you have to go into your Amazon account, and delete them all, which can be time-consuming. Another peeve is the ads that show up on your Kindle, which can be annoying. But overall, I really enjoy my new Kindle and would recommend it to anyone who is an avid reader.
Meghan Jones, Bonneville High School