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Alright everyone, I can no longer pretend it’s still February. I hope you felt the love here this past month, but in case you need a refresher, here’s what we’ve been up to here at Mystic Cooking HQ:

First of all, Mystic Cooking got a new look courtesy of the very talented Jae from Lit and Scribbles. That banner you see? Yes, that was her. Thanks again, Jae! Beyond that, it looks like we pretty much spent the month reading. First Kati reviewed the last two books in the “Matched” series by Ally Condie, then I tried to one-up her by reviewing the entire “Across the Universe” trilogy by Beth Revis, so she had to throw down with a ten-book review of the Anita Blake series by Laurel K. Hamilton. Clearly someone’s a poor loser…

Also read this month? “Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins, which was cute and enjoyable, and “Legend” and “Prodigy” by Marie Lu, which nearly got me served with divorce papers. Yes, apparently I cannot read responsibly. Speaking of, check out this amusing post by Geeky Book Snob to see if you, too, suffer from bibliophilism.

Besides reading, we had a mini-debate over the top five romantic movies, especially which cinematic delight should grace that coveted top spot. <cough> Moulin Rouge <cough> And on the subject of movies, AMB over at The Misfortune of Knowing discussed rumors that romantic comedies are becoming obsolete.

And then we talked a bit about love: the pangs of first love and the more complicated emotions involved with family love, as well as the love readers have for their favorite characters. And speaking of character love, take a moment to check out Moonstonemaiden’s list of fictional men she loves to love. Agree? Disagree? I’d say it’s a pretty good list, even if it is missing George Cooper. 😉 Need more character love? Picture Me Reading shared her top ten romances.

As always there were tons of great posts around the blogosphere, but I was especially excited to hear Emmie’s story about landing herself an agent. I got to read her pitch for the Pitch Wars contest and I’m looking forward to the day we see her book on the shelves. And for all you writers out there trying to get your own books on the shelves, definitely check out Jae’s editing series. Not only is it full of great advice, but each post has a super catchy title. Need more help? Brian posted a few helpful writing links as well.

Stay tuned for next week as we launch into our new theme: Middle Grade March! Yes, Kati and I are going to take a step back from YA next month to read more MG, and thanks to this review I know what book will be at the top of my list. Also since that’s our theme I’ll have an excuse to delve into all things Harry Potter. You know you can’t wait for it… 😉

And finally, in honor of the ending of our Month of Love I leave you with this picture, courtesy of Kati:

Bear Story - Love