Articles by Valerie Laub
Mar. 6, 2015
Reading Terminal: ‘The Mermaid’s Sister’
“There is no cure for being who you truly are,” Carrie Anne Noble writes in her novel “The Mermaid’s Sister.” The book, released March 1, tells the story of 16-year-old Clara and her sister Maren. The two live with a woman, “Auntie,” in a cottage atop Llanfair Mountain. Auntie loves to tell the stories of how the girls were brought to her cottage up in the mountain. Clara was carried to Auntie by a stork and Maren arrived inside of a large seashell. The girls love to hear magical stories from their Auntie about wicked fairies, witches and enchanted lands faraway from the mountains, but they never tire of hearing where they came from.
Feb. 20, 2015
Reading Terminal: ‘Wreckage’
“My only hope is that even if I have nightmares, they’ll be better than my reality,” David Hall thinks as he faces the fact that he is stranded on a deserted island somewhere in the South Pacific. “Wreckage” by Emily Bleeker tells the story of Lillian Linden and her mother-in-law winning a trip to the South Pacific, but what was supposed to be a relaxing getaway turns into their worst nightmare. After the first week of their trip, the pair boards the company’s small private plane with Kent, the pilot, Theresa, the flight attendant and David, the company’s public relations man. As the flight takes off, Lillian overhears David fighting on the phone with his wife and she can’t help but move seats to see if he needs a person to talk to. The two hit it off right as the plane soars through the sky, but an unexpected turbulence from an engine failure causes the plane to plummet to the ground. Bleeker describes a grueling crash and heart-wrenching scenes of death and destruction as the plane lands in the middle of the ocean.
Feb. 6, 2015
Blogger feature: Ian Michael Crumm
Ian Michael Crumm is a fourth-year communications major and the founder of a blog named for himself, where he shares his menswear styles, travel tips and lifestyle happenings. Crumm started getting involved in the fashion scene when he first came to Drexel University. The opportunity to help with a fashion show in Philadelphia led him to meet local designers and begin freelancing projects for them. Working on multiple projects inspired him to create a focused site to share all of his fashion projects, experiences and musings. Crumm is dedicated to providing the most up to date and fashionable experiences for readers of the site and the followers of his different social media accounts.
Jan. 23, 2015
In her bag: Sarah Yohe
Sarah Yohe, a junior design and merchandising major with an area of interest in interior and product design, feels strongly about her bag: “Carrying a purse definitely makes a statement. It’s the perfect finishing accessory that carries absolutely everything you need to survive the day. I think my purse says that I know when to be sophisticated and professional, but I also think that this bag goes with just about every style and mood.” Yohe gave us a look at what she brings around with her in her bag for a successful day of work and classes.
Jan. 22, 2015
Reading Terminal: “Everything Burns”
“The scream is louder than the fire and pierces his flesh and bone like a sharp knife. The scream belongs to his mother,” Vincent Zandri wrote in the introduction of “Everything Burns,” his latest novel, to be released Feb. 1. The chilling psychological thriller begins with a detailed and realistic house fire that the main character, Reece, and his family are trapped in. Immediately, the reader is placed in the position of 10-year-old Reece, listening to the sheer horror of his mother being engulfed by flames. Although his father saves him from the fire, he is unable to reach Reece’s other two brothers. They stand together on the front lawn watching the house with their family inside burn to the ground. The heart-breaking and gut-wrenching novel reveals that Reece’s mother caused the fire by smoking in bed. “She didn’t mean to start it … but now she’s killed them all,” Reece’s father cries out as the two watch the flames lick up the remnants of the house. The tone of the novel is set in the first six pages: despair, heartbreak and the obsession to fight fire with fire.
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Reading Terminal: ‘The Paper Magician’
Stephen King once said “love is a uniquely portable magic,” and if so, “The Paper Magician” by Charlie N. Holmberg must be a kind of love. Scheduled for release Sept. 1, this spine-chilling novel is one that you will want to carry with you everywhere you go until you finish it.
Aug. 8, 2014
Reading Terminal: ‘Inamorata’
“It was as if she held innumerable secrets, and she held them like a temptation and a challenge — discover what I know, and I can show you the world. I could not imagine anyone walking away from her,” author Megan Chance wrote regarding Odile Leon, one of the main characters in her latest novel, “Inamorata,” released Aug. 1.
Aug. 8, 2014