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Stormy Daniels expected to hit Adult Entertainment Expo – Las … – Las Vegas Review

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Say this for Stormy Daniels. She picked the right stage name.

The adult-film star, who has created a veritable hurricane of press coverage over the past week, is expected to be in Las Vegas next week for the Adult Entertainment Expo. The event runs Wednesday through Jan. 27 at Hard Rock Hotel.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Griffith, is nominated for three awards — recognized for performance, screenplay and directing — in the annual AEE Adult Video News awards show. Otherwise, what she’ll be doing, with whom and when, is still to be determined.

“I am awaiting word on what Stormy plans to do during the Expo, if anything,” said Brian Gross, lead publicist of the event. “To call her a hot topic is putting it mildly.”

Daniels is the porn star who has been accused of accepting $130,000 in a nondisclosure agreement from Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, just days before the 2016 presidential election. According to the Wall Street Journal, the money was paid in exchange for Daniels keeping quiet about an alleged tryst with Trump in 2006. (The White House has denied any sexual encounter took place, and has declined to comment on any agreement.)

Daniels has attended several AEE Expos, and has been a regular red-carpet interview subject. She has won a host of AVN awards since debuting in adult films in 2004, including Director of the Year in 2016 and the Positive Image Award in 2009.

Celine on rest

Ongoing health concerns forced Celine Dion to cancel all of her scheduled performances this week at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Shows set for Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday were all wiped out.

Dion herself notified her fans of the canceled shows via social media. According to a news release from Caesars Palace and concert promoter AEG Presents, Dion has been suffering from congestion and irritation of the vocal chords caused by a lingering cold. Her physician has ordered her off the stage until she fully recovers.

Dion’s next show at the Colosseum is March 27.

Di Domenico pitches in D.C.

John Di Domenico, one of the country’s foremost President Trump impressionists, has finally made it to the White House.

Which is to say, he recorded a TV commercial outside the White House.

On Thursday, Di Domenico was joined by Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins in a spot for a gas-fireplace company. The temperature dropped to 21 degrees as Di Domenico and Cousins drew a crowd outside the fence facing 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The spots will air locally in D.C. at the beginning of the third quarter of the Super Bowl. As Di Domenico says, “We’re hoping for one very special viewer.”

The Sunday folds

The Sunday, a weekly news magazine launched in February 2014 by Greenspun Media Group, has folded. A half-dozen great journalists, and great individuals, were notified Friday afternoon of the pub’s demise.

One of those who lost her job, the talented reporter April Corbin, posted on her Facebook page: “I was just laid off. Someone hire me.”

A great addition

Samuel Goodman is no ordinary 14-year-old. The eighth-grade student at Hyde Park Middle School is among the smartest kids of his age, or any age, in the world.

Last weekend, Goodman beat a field of 9,000 entrants to win the “Who Wants to Be a Mathematician” competition in San Diego. The international contest pitted math experts of all ages attempting to solve college-level equations.

Goodman is the youngest participant to ever win the championship.

Goodman, who has taken calculus since the fourth grade, also boasts impressive DNA. His father, Oscar Goodman Jr., is a Las Vegas oncologist. His mother, Ana Goodman, is a physical therapist. And his grandparents, Carolyn and Oscar Goodman, are the current and former mayors of Las Vegas.

Speaking easily

The Mob Museum opens its new underground attraction, aptly dubbed The Underground, on April 18. The permanent exhibition dedicated to the Prohibition era is to feature an operating distillery, with a vintage still being shipped in from Germany to make vintage moonshine.

Of particular interest is The Underground’s speakeasy, with its plans for 1920s-styled entertainment. We can never have enough live entertainment in this city, above or below the ground.

Tributes aplenty

The Cannery seems to have lined up much of the SiriusXM Classic Rewind play list.

Three Lock Box, a tribute to Sammy Hagar, headlines The Club on Feb. 10. Wanted: A Tribute to Bon Jovi, is up Feb. 17. Petty The Heartshakers, a tribute to Tom Petty The Heartbreakers, headlines Feb. 24.

Tickets start at $15; I’m reliably told that these bands are a lot of fun for those of us who remember Maxell metal cassette tapes.

And, a longtime Vegas RB vocal group Next Movement perform a special Valentine’s Day show, on that day. Tickets start at $20.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. Contact him at Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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You’re not an adult until you turn 24, science says

Like Peter Pan, we don’t want to grow up.

In fact, we’re not really adults until reaching age 24, researchers have concluded.

That’s because so many young people are continuing their education for longer periods of time and delaying marriage and parenthood.

The definition for adolescence is currently between ages 10 and 19, which marks the beginning of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth.

But, writing in Lancet Child Adolescent Health, scientists at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia argue the timing needs to be changed, London’s Telegraph newspaper reported.

Today, the average couple marries for the first time when the groom is 32.5 years old and the bride is 30.6. That’s eight years later than it was in the 1970s.

The study’s lead author, Prof. Susan Sawyer argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years.

But others said that just because young people were unmarried or still in education did not mean they were not adults. Dr. Jan Macvarish of the University of Kent told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilising about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work.

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Who Is Olivia Lua? The Fifth Adult Actress Found Dead In Three Months

Adult actress Olivia Lua was found dead at a California rehab facility on Thursday morning, making this the fifth adult film actress to die in the past three months.

Lua’s agency, the L.A. Direct models, confirmed her death in a statement.

“Much comment has been recently made on the number of adult stars having passed in the last year and with great sadness, we must inform that the list has grown longer. We learned today that Olivia Lua passed away this morning — may she rest in peace,” her agency LA Direct Models confirmed in a statement Thursday.

Lua, who was 23-years-old, signed with agency back in April 2017. In their statement, the agency said she has not been working since early October due to “some personal challenges that had landed her in residential rehab.” The cause of death is still unknown.

The porn star, whose real name is Olivia Voltaire, tweeted out a photo the night before she died in an all black outfit with the caption “I feel it everywhere, nothing scares me anymore.”

The agency’s statement said Lua’s family and friends had “deep concern at the volume of prescription drugs prescribed to Olivia and the danger it posed her.”

Many fans and fellow actors took to Twitter to mourn the death of the 23-year-old actress.

Lua’s death is the fifth of several adult actresses in a span of three months. Fellow L.A. Direct Model, 20-year-old Olivia Nova, was found dead earlier this month in Las Vegas. The agency noted the two deaths were not connected to each other.

“We at Direct Models obviously can barely believe we are issuing a notice such as this, not once but twice, in such a short space of time,” the agency said.

August Ames, another porn star who appeared in over 270 films, committed suicide back in December 2017. Two days before she died, she claimed she was a victim of cyberbullying after she would not perform with a male actor who did gay pornography.

Yurizan Beltran, known as Yuri Love by her fans, died of an apparent overdose at the age of 31. Canadian porn star Shyla Stylez, 35, was found unresponsive in her bed in early November 2017.

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Adult entertainment hasn’t figured out AR either

Two years ago, Naughty America made waves at CES with its debut of VR porn — or, to be specific, 180-degree 3D videos viewable on VR headsets. Riding the coattails of upcoming VR hardware like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, it was a return to the risque days when CES overlapped with the adult-themed AVN (Adult Video News) show, making an awkward mix of adult entertainment and tech.

This year, Naughty America lurked in a smaller closed-off demo space at the back of one of the busiest halls. Much like other years, a variety of 3D 180-degree videos were being shown on Gear VR headsets. The videos are better-made, produced with smaller, higher-quality cameras. But the general idea’s the same.

What’s different is the company’s next experiment in AR, a move hinted at a year ago when I last met Ian Paul, CIO of Naughty America. This year, he has a demo ready. “Lower your expectations; it’s the very first prototype we’ve made,” he says.

It’s not what I expect.


A brief look at a preview of the app, which uses ARKit, on an iPad.

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He shows me an app on an iPad. I see a dancer in the middle of the booth, clothed, twisting and posing. It’s a 3D render, not a video or a scan. It’s not up close, or in my face. Instead, the dancer’s at a distance, oddly removed.

It’s a demo made with ARKit, Apple’s tool for enabling augmented reality in realistic 3D on phones and tablets. The app, Paul says, will be submitted to the iOS App Store soon, and it doesn’t have any X-rated content, it’s just models of adult video stars, clothed, as if they’re standing in the room with you. It’s not much different than existing AR apps like Holo, which places celebrity impersonators in your home for AR photo opps.

The demo of the dancer is weirdly realistic (Paul says the company tried 3D scans from actual photos, but they didn’t look as good). Occasionally, people passing by break the illusion, walking through the dancer, but in general it seems effective. But to what end? The most unusual part of this AR app is that it’s aiming away from adult entertainment and pornography to something more acceptable to a greater range of people, as if Naughty America could somehow be a brand beyond porn.

“We’re not calling this AR porn,” Paul says. “And there’s a reason: We’re trying to get in the app stores.” He admits the company hasn’t had success here before, and has no idea if this will work either. In that sense, it feels like a stunt as much as an actual initiative.

Is this all happening because VR has hit a wall? Is the company looking for more ways to reach out? Paul admitted that VR use, based on what he’s observed, is flat, and Naughty America is “limited by adoption as a whole.”

Still, 25 to 40 percent of the user base is using VR, so even if it is niche, it’s “the biggest niche since MILF.” Oculus Rift owners are the biggest audience, closely followed by Samsung Gear VR.

AR on a phone is easier to use, and more devices already work with augmented reality. After a disappointing couple of years of VR hardware sales, this isn’t a surprising direction. There’s something of a showman’s attitude to adult video companies that makes me feel like what’s being touted is half-real, half-publicity stunt.

But there are trends that have proven prophetic: Naughty America’s belief in 3D 180-degree video over 360 seems to be mirrored by the recent Lenovo Mirage Camera, which in turn works with YouTube’s new 180-degree 3D video format. “Every once in a while we do tend to influence things, and that might be one of the places,” says Paul.

Identity and empathy in VR: Still a project

The company’s also making its own female POV videos in VR, too, and here lies a deeper (maybe even thornier) question for adult companies looking to explore avatars going forward. Other companies have already explored the idea of videos shot from non-male heterosexual perspectives. I only tried one brief demo on a Samsung Gear VR, while standing over a small table with headphones on. It was quick, and it made me realize POV in VR changes everything.

I was mostly staring at a man’s chest hair pressed into my face as I was lying down, pinned underneath; I commented to Paul that it felt more like I was trapped. Were videos like these meant to create a sense of empathy? He nodded and admitted that topics like empathy had been brought up before — but it’s complicated. More so than I realized. 

Paul told me Naughty America was approached by a prominent university professor, who actively works with prisons (he didn’t specify what type) on correctional treatments, about the idea of exploring treating sex offenders with VR. But Paul refused.

“Despite his offer of non-disclosure, Naughty America only creates portrayals of consensual sex between adults. That is our most fundamental principle. This was too much like ‘Clockwork Orange.’”


The app doesn’t show anything that would be considered “adult” — technically.

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A future of avatars (maybe)

While AR apps on phones can be impressive at first, my experience with them tends to be that they’re short-lived novelties. Is AR the new hot thing after VR for adult entertainment… or just the latest trick at a tech show full of illusions?

If the demo is any indication, it seems more like an advertisement than an immersive experience. Like a tablet-based version of the holographic dancers on the streets of “Blade Runner 2049.”

It’s not really interactive but, as Paul says, it’s an experiment. It’s not something that lives on mixed-reality smartglasses, because those don’t really exist yet.

But it’s definitely a play toward virtual avatars. “Once we create these avatars, we can use them not only in AR, but in VR situations as well,” Paul says. He refers to the recent VRChat phenomenon, saying it confirms Naughty America’s entry into that area. By creating the avatars, he says, “we can become agents for these performers in virtual worlds.”

“Maybe someday there will be a Naughty America you can walk around in in virtual space, we’ll see, but this is the beginning.”

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13-year-old charged as adult in crossbow killing of friend | New York …

CHANDLER, Okla. — A 13-year-old Oklahoma boy accused of fatally shooting his 10-year-old friend with a crossbow in anger has been charged with first-degree murder.

The death happened Oct. 21 in the small town of Chandler, about 40 miles northeast of Oklahoma City. Authorities say 10-year-old Austin Almanza was fatally struck by an arrow, which traveled through his body and then pierced his 8-year-old brother in the arm.

Prosecutors charged the 13-year-old boy as an adult, making him one of the youngest ever in Oklahoma to be charged as an adult with first-degree murder. The Associated Press is not naming him because he is a minor.

At a hearing Thursday, a judge ordered a psychological evaluation of the boy to determine how his case should be handled going forward.

The boy’s attorney and mother declined comment when contacted by The Oklahoman.

Investigators say the boy told them he accidentally shot his friends with the arrow.

The 8-year-old told authorities said he and his brother had gone to work on a treehouse with the 13-year-old boy, but that the older boy became angry when they tried to leave. The surviving brother said the suspect then shot the arrow.

Lincoln County Sheriff Charles Dougherty said in October that Austin didn’t die “because of an accident.”

The Oklahoman reports the 13-year-old boy has been released on $130,000 bail. Under the conditions of his release, there can be no weapons in his home, he must be monitored via GPS, adhere to an 8 p.m. curfew and have no contact with Austin’s family.

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Get Caught Up: Trump’s Alleged Affair With Adult Film Star Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels appears at the Wicked Pictures booth at the 2017 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel Casino on January 18, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nev.

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It’s been quite a news week, even by recent standards.

The U.S. is potentially hours away from a partial government shutdown. The debate rages on over the president’s reported comments about not wanting to accept immigrants from “s**thole countries.” “Girtherism” has erupted over the president’s latest height and weight measurements. Officials are scrambling to figure out how to avoid another false ballistic missile alarm, like the one residents of Hawaii suffered last weekend.

Also, the Wall Street Journal reported that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer at one point paid off a pornographic actress to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump.

The affair between Trump and actress Stormy Daniels is reported to have taken place in 2006. At that time, Trump had been married for a year and a half to Melania Trump, now the first lady, and their son Barron was four months old. In statements to the Wall Street Journal, both Trump and Daniels denied an affair.

Startlingly, we are in such a news cycle that it’s possible to have ignored a story about the president of the United States’ alleged affair with an adult film star. If you missed it, here’s a rundown of who reported what, what allegedly happened and how people are responding to the whole thing.

The basics

The story that Daniels and Trump had an affair was in fact already public before the 2016 election. In a November 4, 2016, piece, the Wall Street Journal wrote that the National Enquirer (whose parent company is headed by Trump friend David Pecker) paid $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal for her story about an affair with Trump…then killed the story, keeping it quiet.

That story also reported that Daniels had been considering going on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about her alleged affair, and that the Trump campaign also denied the affair. But the Stormy Daniels story gained new life on January 12 of this year, when the Wall Street Journal reported that Trump had arranged to pay Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about a 2006 sexual encounter between them.

In that story, both the president and Daniels denied that the encounter took place.

“President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels,” Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told the Journal.

And in a statement also supplied to the Journal by Cohen, Daniels denied both the affair and receiving any payment.

“Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump are completely false,” she told the Journal via Cohen.

However, celebrity magazine In Touch soon threw those denials into question, publishing a nearly-5,200-word, never-before-published 2011 interview with Daniels describing several occasions on which she met or spoke by phone with Trump, including a sexual encounter.

On January 18, the Journal followed up with a story about how the Trump team hid the payments, setting up Essential Consultants, LLC in Delaware on October 17, 2016, to make the payments.

Since the Journal first ran with the story about the $130,000 payment, multiple other outlets, including Slate, Fox News and the Daily Beast have revealed that they had started reporting on the story before the 2016 election.

However, each outlet had a reason why the story did not run — Slate’s Jacob Weisberg wrote this week that Daniels had stopped responding to him “about a week before the election,” and that he couldn’t confirm that she had been paid for her silence. The Daily Beast likewise wrote that Daniels backed out of a potential interview five days before the election. And Ken LaCorte, who had headed up Fox News’ digital operation at the time, wrote this week that he thought his organization’s story didn’t have enough evidence to be publishable.

“In the end, it was an easy decision, and no legitimate news organization would have published what we had,” he wrote at LaCorte News.

Who is Stormy Daniels?

Daniels, whose given name is Stephanie Clifford, has acted in 152 films and directed 78 according to IMDB . In addition to appearing in adult movies, she has had bit parts in some mainstream films, including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

She had a brush with politics when — fueled by a “Draft Stormy” movement — she considered a 2010 challenge against then-Sen. David Vitter, R-La. She ended her campaign in April of 2010, expressing her frustration with the political system, as well as her treatment by the political establishment and press.

“Simply because I did not fit in their mold of what an independent working woman should be, the media and political elite have sought to relegate my sense of civic responsibility to mere sideshow antics,” she said in a statement.

Vitter himself had had his own sex scandal in 2007, when it was revealed that he was a client of the “DC Madam.”

What’s in the In Touch interview

At more than 5,000 words, there’s a lot of detail. The majority of it isn’t about the sexual encounter itself. Daniels lays out years of interactions with Trump. She explained that she met Trump at a 2006 charity golf tournament, where he asked her to dinner. She said they ate dinner in his hotel room and conversed for hours before having sex.

Trump continued to call her regularly after that — “about every 10 days,” Daniels said.

He always called me “honeybunch.” He’s like, “How’s it going, honeybunch?” He always started the conversation off, I think it was always his excuse to call, “I just read about you in such and such or there’s a quote about you in magazine, I turned on my channel in my hotel room and guess whose face popped up?”

During that first encounter, Daniels added, Trump had talked about getting her a spot on The Apprentice, and in these phone calls, he continued to say he wanted her on the show, though she expressed skepticism.

In addition to phone calls, Daniels said she and Trump encountered each other at parties and that she at one point went to meet him in Beverly Hills, where she spent several hours watching Shark Week with the future president (among the many details Daniels recounted was that Trump “is obsessed with sharks. Terrified of sharks.”).

As of 2011, when the In Touch interview was conducted, Daniels said her last interaction with Trump had been a year and a half earlier. She also expressed anger that he had “promised” she would be on his reality TV show.

“I didn’t have any unrealistic expectations of actually being on the show; I figured my chances were 50-50,” she told In Touch. “I did believe that he was shy. So now I wonder if the whole thing was just a f***ing lie.”

In Touch added that the story of Daniels’ alleged affair with Trump is backed up by two others: “The account of her affair was corroborated by one of her good friends and supported by her ex-husband.” The magazine also said that Daniels, her friend and her ex-husband all passed polygraph tests.

How are people reacting?

Any political sex scandal is going to get attention. When the president is involved, that magnifies it a hundredfold. And on top of that, when one participant is a porn star (as opposed to, say, a nurse or an architect or a housekeeper) it ups the salaciousness factor exponentially.

Still, the sex as recounted by Daniels was consensual, and it doesn’t look like anything otherwise illegal took place. As Trump and Daniels now both deny the encounter, there is the overarching question of who might be lying and about what.

But some argue that this story matters for other reasons.

At the Washington Post, Molly Roberts argued that the alleged sex wasn’t the problem here so much as the alleged cover-up, as it could compromise the president:

If a foreign country acquires damning information about the United States’ leader, it could, either by threatening to expose past indiscretions or by laying a sexual trap, twist international policy to its benefit. A domestic group could also hold dirty little secrets over the man in charge to draw special favors.

That — not some vague concept of the president as perfect role model — is what makes it newsworthy that a president or presidential contender may have paid a bunch of people not to say they had adulterous sex with him.

In addition, as some of Trump’s supporters are conservative Christians, there’s the possibility that Trump’s alleged actions could alienate them. On Wednesday, the National Review’s Jonah Goldberg called on social conservatives to denounce the president’s actions:

[W]hile voters are perfectly free to make their own decisions about what factors they want to take into account in their estimation of politicians, I am at a loss as to how various social- and religious-conservative leaders can, with clear conscience, or even a straight face, shrug off this kind of thing, never mind defend it. … At the very least, Jerry Falwell Co. should be condemning Trump’s behavior.

However, some commentators — like MSNBC’s Joy Reid — believe that the list of women accusing the president of sexual assault and other misconduct should get more attention than this alleged affair.

What the White House and other Republicans are saying

Very little. In a Thursday press gaggle, deputy press secretary Raj Shah quickly shut down questions about Daniels.

Q: This is an issue that hasn’t really gotten much attention amidst everything else, but nonetheless, this woman named Stephanie Clifford, goes by the name “Stormy Daniels,” she says that she had an affair with the President. She spoke on record about it to a magazine. They say that she took a polygraph test. What is the President’s response to her allegations?

MR. SHAH: This allegation was asked and answered during the campaign, and I’ll point you to those comments.

Q: Was there some kind of settlement, some kind of hush money that was paid?

MR. SHAH: Like I said, this matter was asked and answered during the campaign, and anything else could be directed to Michael Cohen.

Meanwhile, there hasn’t been much reaction from top Republicans on Capitol Hill. Trump supporter Steve King, a Republican representative from Iowa, told Buzzfeed News that the Daniels story “didn’t catch my attention.”

“When I’m going through and reading the news, I need to read the things that I can change,” he added. “So I filter things out and get down to, ‘What can I have an effect on?’”

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10 of the Best Young Adult Books of January 2018

We’re so thrilled about this year when it comes to Young Adult books. Some of January’s best YA books include exciting debuts, new series from beloved authors and the latest installments in epic sci-fi and fantasy series. And lucky for you, two of our top picks for this year’s most anticipated Young Adult books are coming out this month.

So dig into this list, especially if there’s snow keeping you cooped up indoors.

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1. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Release Date: January 2nd from Random House Books for Young Readers

Why You’ll Love It: We were beyond thrilled when Wonder Woman landed in the hands of the brilliant Leigh Bardugo, and now we’re being gifted another kickass YA DC Icons novel from Marie Lu. If you loved the Gotham series, well, here’s the book for you. It tells the story of Batman before he was Batman—when he was just a teenage Bruce Wayne.

For Fans of: YA comic-related novels like Hero by Perry Moore and other DC Icons books, like Bardugo’s Wonder Woman.

Description: The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list. One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning 18 and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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2. Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

Release Date: January 2nd from Sky Pony Press

Why You’ll Love It: We adore Tara Sim’s Timekeeper series, and we promise you will, too. The second novel in Sim’s trilogy, Chainbreaker takes the story from the steampunk-filled streets of London to India, and this book is just as compelling as the first. We even named it one of our most anticipated YA reads of 2018, and you won’t want to sleep on this series.

For Fans of: YA novels with alternate worlds and magical gifts, like books by Victoria Schwab and Aditi Khorana.

Description: Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He’d hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he’d have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.

After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path—one from which they may never return.

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3. A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia A. Cole

Release Date: January 2nd from Katherine Tegen Books

Why You’ll Love It: After two adult sci-fi novels, Olivia A. Cole makes her YA debut with an absolute bang. A Conspiracy of Stars is a thrilling sci-fi/fantasy blend with gorgeous world building and lush landscapes. We can’t wait to read more from her!

For Fans of: Novels by authors like C.J. Redwine and Marie Rutkoski.

Description: Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.

But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.

With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family.

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4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Release Date: January 2nd from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Why You’ll Love It: Holly Black’s latest series, The Folk of the Air, kicks off with The Cruel Prince. It’s another enthralling story in Black’s fantasy catalog, promising treachery, Fae and political turmoil.

For Fans of: Authors like Cassandra Claire, Eva Darrows and C.J. Redwine.

Description: Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him-and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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5. Everless by Sara Holland

Release Date: January 2nd from HarperTeen

Why You’ll Love It: Sara Holland’s debut is already on the New York Times bestseller list—and with good cause. Everless is a thrilling fantasy novel where time is used like money and can extend lifespans to hundreds of years. This proves that Holland’s utterly gripping duology is one to watch.

For Fans of: YA fantasy involving time mechanics, like Timekeeper by Tara Sim and Loop by Karen Akins.

Description: In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

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6. Meet Cute

Release Date: January 2nd from HMH Books for Young Readers

Why You’ll Love It: This charming collection of short stories boasts a serious roster of talent, including some of our favorites. Nina LaCour? Katie Cotugno? Dhonielle Clayton? Yes, please. Meet Cute is an awesome bundle of stories to enjoy slowly piece by piece or to inhale all at once.

For Fans of: Anthologies that collect breezy YA short stories, like the recently released Three Sides of a Heart, collected by Natalie C. Parker, or collections from Stephanie Perkins (My True Love Gave To Me).

Description: Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. Meet Cute is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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7. Iron Gold by Pierce Brown

Release Date: January 16th from Del Rey

Why You’ll Love It: YES! Make way for another novel in Pierce Brown’s amazing Red Rising world. Iron Gold picks up after the original trilogy, exploring Darrow’s continued exploits and introducing new characters and intrigue.

For Fans of: The original Red Rising series, of course. And brutal YA novels like The Hunger Games.

Description: A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever:

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

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8. Zenith by Sasha Aslberg and Lindsay Cummings

Release Date: January 16th from Harlequin Teen

Why You’ll Love It: The first novella in Sasha Aslberg’s and Lindsay Cummings’ sci-fi space opera already hit the New York Times bestseller list. And now, Zenith marks the first full-length novel set in their universe of space pirates and thrills. A book that earns the “epic” in the description (seriously this novel is huge), it’s sure to give you hours of entertainment and leave you hungry for the next installment.

For Fans of:
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Bezella and The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer.

Description: Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their ship or just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

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9. Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Release Date: January 23rd from Razorbill

Why You’ll Love It: Sarah Glenn Marsh, who released a gripping debut novel titled Fear the Drowning Deep, is releasing the first book in a new fantasy duology. An LGBTQ+ epic about necromancers, Reign of the Fallen is a novel brimming with thrills and swoons, and it’s unlike anything you’ve read before.

For Fans of: Epic YA fantasy by authors like Susan Dennard, S.J. Maas and Kendare Blake.

Description: Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised—the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead—and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

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10. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Release Date: January 30th with Flatiron Books

Why You’ll Love It: Another one of our most anticipated YA reads of 2018 is here, and you had better believe the hype. A beautiful, lyrical novel of fairy tales coming true and dark family secrets, The Hazel Wood as stunning as its cover. Melissa Albert is poised to become your new favorite author; don’t say wef didn’t warn you.

For Fans of: Lyrical fantasy novels by authors like Holly Black.

Description: Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away?by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began?and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.

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MISSING DEPENDENT ADULT: Ankeny police ask for your help

The Ankeny Police Department is seeking assistance in locating Shyann “Marie” Grover, 20, a dependent adult.

According to police, Shyann is described as a white female, 5’, 160 pounds, with brown hair, green eyes and a mild speech impediment.

Police said Shyann was last seen wearing a white coat and carrying a purple and pink colored bag.

She was last seen in the area of DMACC, 2006 S Ankeny Blvd, at about 7 a.m. on Jan. 17, 2018.

According to police, she is possibly attempting to find transportation to the Sioux City area.

If you have any information which would assist in locating Shyann, call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (515) 286-3333.

The family is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to her safe return.

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Trump lawyer used private company to pay adult film star: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: ‘We should be like Canada’ in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: ‘Sheet metal and garbage’ everywhere in Haiti MORE‘s personal lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly used a private company and a pseudonym to get money to an adult film star who allegedly had an affair with the president in 2006.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Cohen used Essential Consultants LLC to send a lawyer representing the actress who calls herself Stormy Daniels $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement concerning her relationships with Trump, who has been married to first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpFox News held story before election on Trump relationship with adult-film star: report Trump’s first year in office was the year of the woman Adult film star: Trump and Stormy Daniels invited me to ‘hang out’ MORE since 2005. Cohen represented the Trump Organization at the time.

In making the transaction, both Cohen and Daniels’s lawyers used pseudonyms, according to the Journal. The deal allegedly occurred in October 2016, just weeks before voters headed to the polls.

Cohen and the White House have denied the alleged affair with Daniels, and have not commented on the $130,000 payout, which the Journal first reported last week.

Trump “once again vehemently denies” the encounter, Cohen said in a statement last week.

“This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client,” Cohen said in the statement. “You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.” 

On Wednesday, InTouch published excerpts from an interview with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, from 2011 in which Clifford claims to have had sex with the president after meeting him Nevada in 2006.

“[The sex] was textbook generic,” Daniels said. “I actually don’t even know why I did it, but I do remember while we were having sex, I was like, ‘Please, don’t try to pay me.’ ”

Daniels also told the publication that, after the encounter, Trump kept saying: “ ‘I’m gonna call you, I’m gonna call you. I have to see you again. You’re amazing. We have to get you on ‘The Apprentice.’ ”

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California House of Horrors: Rescued Children’s Condition is ‘Heartbreaking,’ Says Hospital CEO

A California hospital official tells PEOPLE it will be a long road to recovery for the 13 siblings who were allegedly held captive and tortured by their parents, who are both facing numerous counts of suspicion of torture and child endangerment.

“They have undergone a horrible period in their life,” says Mark Uffer, chief executive officer of Corona Regional Medical Center, where the seven adult Turpin children are now being treated.

The six minors taken from the home are being treated at a separate facility, Uffer says.

“As I have talked to the nurses — some are the same ages as some of these people — I think everyone of us has a sense of how fortunate we are in our lives that we never have had to endure what they have had to endure,” Uffer explains. “It is a very sobering experience to see.”

David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife, Louise, 49, were arrested Monday after their 17-year-old daughter climbed through one of the windows of their Perris, California, home, and called 911 using a disconnected cell phone she had found.

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The family moved into the home in 2014. A neighbor who spoke to PEOPLE Tuesday said she knew something was not right about the Turpins.

Uffer tells PEOPLE the adult children — five girls and two boys between the ages of 18 and 29 — “are actually pretty stable” considering what they have been through. He says “they are in a very safe environment” and adds “we are keeping them all together; we have tried to recreate a positive family environment for them so they are with their siblings, and they appear to be doing well in that environment.”

Uffer confirms the adult children look much younger than their actual ages: “That is a sobering experience for all of us, when you see a 29-year-old that looks like they are 12 or 13 or 14.”

The Turpin family

He says their underdevelopment is more than likely a direct result of years of malnutrition.

“I have been a hospital administrator for a long time and I have been in healthcare since 1973 … I have never seen this,” Uffer says. “I can share with you that I have spent a fair amount of time with these kids … we call them kids but they are adults. It is heartbreaking to see this. It really hits home.”

Given their alleged limited diets, Uffer tells PEOPLE dietitians will “have to be very careful” about what foods are introduced into their diet, “because it doesn’t stay with them. You have to sort of reintroduce things into the diet for someone who has malnutrition.

Uffer does not know how long the children will be at Corona Regional Medical center, but assures PEOPLE “we are doing everything to improve the quality of their life.”

He adds: “They are very cognizant of what has occurred. They are aware of the situation. They are coping with it. I would say they are happy in the environment that they are in right now. They feel that the nurses and the team of medical professionals that are taking care of them actually care about them as people and that we are here to help them — that they are safe and being treated with incredible dignity.”

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Uffer says he has observed a genuine connection between the 7 siblings.

“You can tell they are a family and you can tell they really care about each other,” he says. “They sort of just cope. This is the cards they were dealt and they have just coped with it. We all feel very fortunate when you come from a two-parent household who treated you with love and tenderness and made sure you went to school and brushed your teeth and went to bed on time.”

Aside from nutritious food, the brothers and sisters are finally enjoying something else their aunt alleges they’ve been denied: television.

“They can watch TV and they are watching videos,” Uffer says. “We have a game system we brought in. We have people working with them — literally somebody with them 24 hours a day. They are patients. We have registered nurses working with them as well as other support staff … and you hope they can overcome it.”

The couple, who have not entered pleas to the charges, are each being held on $9 million bonds. Information on whether either parent has retained a lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

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