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The Mortal Instruments

The Mortal instruments is a six book series written by Cassandra Clare.  These amazing books are about the Shadowhunters of the New York Institute.  Shadowhunters are a race of human and angel hybrids which protect the mundane/human world from demons, while also keeping downworlders in line.  Downworlders are vampires, werewolves, the fae, and warlocks.

angel-1841177_640The series, The Mortal Instruments,  consists of the following six books, City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire, in that order. These follow the story of a sixteen year old girl, Clary Fray, living in New York and her discovery of the shadow world.  After being hidden from it, Clary Fray is thrust into this world and discovers that she is a shadowhunter.  Anywhere she goes so does her best friend, Simon Lewis, who is also thrown into this world but as a mundane.   They meet the golden boy, Jace Wayland, and his adoptive family, the Lightwoods, who are also shadowhunters in the New York Institute.  Together Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle and Alexander Lightwood need to find the mortal cup and stop Valentine from accomplishing his evil goal.  Secrets and lies are revealed that just might break even the best of the shadowhunters.  

If you like to read fantasy, this series is definitely recommended.


Why Do I Wear My Sweatshirts backwards?

by Brooke Foreman

As many have noticed I recently started wearing my sweatshirts backwards. I have chosen to do this for a symbolic reason. My soccer coach always says to my team and me, “Never look back.” Because of this we no longer look back on recent failures and instead look towards the new ways we wish to soon succeed. However, another quote “If we never stop to look back, then we keep moving forward despite what we can learn from our past” is also a lesson that continues to remain in my head. Wearing my sweatshirt backwards stands for a way to “look back” while moving forward.

Red Queen: A Review

Looking for a good book to read? I would suggest Red Queen.  Red Queen  by Veronica Aveyard is a fantasy fiction book.  This book is about a girl named Mare Barrow who lives in a Red crown-1333400_640community.  What is a Red community? Well, in her world the people are separated by the Red and the Silver Elite.  The Silvers, who have silver blood, have supernatural powers which they use to keep the Reds, who have red blood, in check.  But what happens when Mare, along with all the silvers, discovers that there is something unique about her which makes her a red and a silver.   If you think that wasn’t exciting, the king also makes her marry his own son, but as a completely different person, the long lost daughter of a Silver general and his wife!  Wondering what makes Mare so special? You will just have to read the book to find out.



Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an new installation to the Harry Potter World. Newt dragon-1821017_640Scamander, (the author of the textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) goes to New York City in the 1920’s with his case of Magical beasts. When a few break out, he and a few friends have to run around New York trying to find them. As he goes on this journey we learn more about the American wizarding world, a little more about Grindelwald, and of course several new beasts. On a scale of one to ten, I would give this movie a thirty-five.

This movie is rated PG-13 and is about 2 hours and 13 minutes long.

Book Review – The White Rabbit Chronicles

by Ally Nemkovich

Within this series, there are four books: Alice In Zombieland, Through the Zombie Glass,  

The Queen of Zombie Hearts, and A Mad Zombie Party. The White Rabbit Chronicles is a book series about about a girl named–you guessed it–Alice.  

In the first book, her entire family is killed in a car crash… or were they? Throughout her entire arctic-hare-828994_640life, Alice’s dad has warned her about the monsters in the world, and Alice is starting to think he was right; what if that’s what she had seen after their car flipped over? She moves in with her grandparents and transfers to a new school .There, she meets her new best friend Kat, and the dark and mysterious Cole Holland. She soon finds out about the hidden world of zombies and slayers and must put her newly discovered powers to use.

I have read this series before, but recently I reread it because of the release  in September of the newest book, A Mad Zombie Party. This is one of my favorite book series (just behind the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series). I highly recommend this series if you enjoy action, sci-fi, and/or romance.

Book Review – Percy Jackson and The Olympians

By: Ally Nemkovich

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan is, by far, one of my favorite series. The books are hilariously twisted Greek mythology books about a boy named Percy Jackson. Percy is a demigod (half god, half mortal) and he discovers a place called Camp Half-blood where kids like him are trained to battle mythological monsters. Percy finds out that his biological father is the god Poseidon. In the first book, he discovers that Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen and goes on a quest to return it with the help of his friends Grover (a satyr) and Annabeth (daughter of Athena). Throughout the rest of the series, Percy embarks on several quests to help the gods.

There are five books in the series: The Lightning Thief, Thposeidane Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian. There is also a companion series: The Heroes of Olympus which is another personal favorite of mine. Within these books is plenty of action, suspense, and love to satisfy anyone who has the pleasure of reading them.

Highly Recommended  

Existential Crisis

Hey there Lancers! This a new column being written by Griffen Fury and Jasmin G. This column will contain theories that may cause you to question your life and all of existence.There will be no set number of these interesting theories.We will be back when the newspaper resumes. Here are a few to get us started…

  1. The name your parents gave you is just a sound that defines you for the rest of your life.
  2. When we said the most important part of the body is the brain, the brain told us this. The brain must be really egotistical, or wanted itself very important.
  3. People who study the human mind are just brains studying brains.
  4. We could all be figments of your imagination, or  you may not exist.
  5. Some black holes may just be wormholes in disguise.
  6. There is a theory that if the answer to life the universe and everything and the question to life the universe and everything are united in the same universe, the universe will be replaced with something even more complex and confusing.*
  7. There is another theory that this has already happened.*
  8. In reality, to the universe our lives are just little blips, Aspire to have your life be something worth seeing.
  9. You have never been in the same place twice because Earth and the universe are always hurtling through space.
  10. There is a theory that if there were time machines and you went back in time doing something minor like killing a bug or stepping on grass, your actions could change the whole world. This could have already happened and the world is drastically different and we would never know.
  11. Insanity is basically sanity; insane people are just more aware of what is going on.
  12. Oxygen (or something else in the air) could be poisonous and slowly killing us, which is why people die around the same time. The reasons our life spans have gotten longer could be because we have built up more resistance, such as with lactose.
  13. Oxygen could be causing us to have hallucinations and the whole world could be in our own minds. This would explain why when we stop breathing oxygen (when we black out), we can’t see anything.
  14. The universe might have been created last Thursday and our minds were just programmed with the knowledge and “memories” we have.
  15. When you think about it, everything came from something, and nothing can come from nothing. Existence and creation is infinite, but since nothing can come from nothing, it is likely that nothing exists. This means something must make up atoms, and something must make up what makes up atoms, and so on.
  16. Oh, one more thought before we go, The Milky Way Galaxy and Andromeda galaxy will collide in about four billion years.

* Theories 6 and 7 are from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. 8 is from RAVENCLAWHOUSEPRIDE.TUMBLER.COM