Stacking the Shelves [9]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to my shelves and sharing my excitement for them.

For Review:
Breathe (Breathe, #1) Florence Paraglide
  • Breathe by Sarah Crossan (Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss)
  • Florence by Ciye Cho (Thanks to Ciye Cho)
  • Paraglide by Peter Anthony Kelley (Thanks to Peter Anthony Kelley)

Bought :
  Struck Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
  • Struck by Jennifer Bosworth - I saw the amazing book trailer and had to go buy it!
  •  Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare - Bargain buy for $3! I'm super happy about this find. I know the Infernal devices series is supposed to be amazing! 

What's new on your shelves this week? Have you read any of these books? Comment below and don't forget to leave your links!

REMINDER
*It's the LAST DAY to enter my Summer 2012 Giveaway*





Review: Magic Mike

 
Magic Mike
Release Date: June 29, 2012
Actors: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: R
Current Location: In theaters soon
5/5 Robots: Surprisingly Awesome!

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A male stripper teaches a younger performer how to party, pick up women, and make easy money.




I was lucky enough to get an advance screening pass to this move! It was my first time actually attending an advance screening, so it was pretty exciting. If you have seen the trailer for Magic Mike you know the basic premise of the film. Strippers. Male strippers to be exact. Who wouldn't love this film?! Straight men, probably :)

Going into the film I thought that there was a large chance it was going to be a giant cheese fest. Male stripping has to be a huge source for some lame humor. Surprisingly the movie wasn't campy. Yes, there were hilarious moments, but they weren't ever smothered with an insane amount of cheese. In fact the movie felt real, and for a movie about stripping, this is a huge accomplishment.

The Acting:
I have to say that this is by far Channing Tatum's best role. I'm not a big fan of his. I've always thought that he's more eye-candy than actor. In Magic Mike he surely is eye-candy but his acting finally surpassed his good looks. He plays Mike, the lead character who recruits Alex Pettyfer's character into the business of stripping. Which brings me to...

Alex Pettyfer. He usually plays the hearthrob, but in Magic Mike he's almost this awkward kid who is trying to figure out his life. I know so many guys like his character, Adam. They're so desperate for friends and belonging that they are easily led down a destructive path. Pettyfer was remarkably good in the movie, providing the role of the audience as he navigates this world for the first time. And he has some hilarious scenes! Watching him try to be sexy when his character is awkward = brilliant.

Cody Horn has to be the stand out for the movie. She is the lead female, playing Adam's brother and love interest to Mike. This is Horn's first role and she is instantly likable. The moral voice in the film, Horn never  came off grating or self-righteous, which could have easily occurred. Instead, her character is grounded by the need to protect her brother.

The other male strippers are awesome! Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello all had great scenes. And of course, they are all sexy as hell :)

The Screenplay/Directing:
The big surprise of this movie is that it almost felt independent. The shots were more artistic and the dialogue felt improvised at times. It served to make the movie feel more real and way less campy.

The movie is really fantastic because it takes you on this fun and emotional roller coaster. It's not just about half-naked bodies prancing around stage. There is an actual story to the movie. And it's a good one. One that I would definitely recommend seeing.

Bonus: Check out a clip of the actors stripping/dancing to "It's Raining Men." Be warned - bare chests and gyrating bodies are involved.



Cover Love: Through the Ever Night

I'm a huge Under the Never Sky lover! I still believe it is one of the best books of 2012, so when Through the Ever Sky has finally released its cover and release date I may have let out an audible squeal...and jumped up and down a bit.

Through the Ever Night
by Veronica Rossi
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Goodreads | Amazon

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)

I think that Perry looks amazing. He's exactly how I pictured him. I know his hair is supposed to be longer, but I've always imagined his hair this length. I'm also glad they kept the same theme and didn't switch it up.

What do you think of the cover? Have you read Under the Never Sky? Are you planning to? Thoughts below!

Early Magic Mike Review by Becca at the CW

magicmike poster1 Review: Magic MikeSo my lovely and talented sister has an internship with the CW Atlanta. It's probably one of the coolest things that have ever happened to her. Because, let's face it, what's cooler than the CW? One of the awesome perks of being an intern is getting to write posts for their blog, so you should stop by CW Atlanta's blog to check up on her amazing posts!


She also got advance screening passes to see Magic Mike before it came out today. I was lucky enough to go with her. I'll just say that if you have the time and the money, it's worth it to see some hot boys' abs. My review for the movie will post later but for now check out Becca's review at the CW Atlanta!

Also, be sure to show her some comment love :) 

Books into Movies: Beautiful Creatures (On-Set Cast Pictures)

Craving some more Beautiful Creatures news after the update that filming has ended? Don't worry, I have you covered! Kami Garcia has posted a variety of on-set pictures on her blog. They are all really cute and most are from the cast's twitter. 


Are you excited for the movie? Have you read the books? I enjoyed the first book, but I think it will be a better movie than it was a book. Does that make sense? :) Anyway, love the cast! Especially Emmy Rossum as Ridley. Leave you lovely comments below!  

Books into Movies: Beautiful Creatures (Filming Finished)

The highly anticipated movie for Beautiful Creatures has finished filming, according to a tweet from author Kami Garcia. I'm really excited because this of course means we are getting closer to the February 13th release date!
I've finally finished Beautiful Creatures and you can read my review for it! Also, be sure to check out the behind the scenes clip from the movie.

Have you read the book? Are you excited for the movie? Thoughts below! 

Books Into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Jena Malone Potential Actress for Johanna)

It seems like casting for Johanna is taking the same route as casting for Finnick. Just a bunch of rumors I tell you! This is still my favorite part of books into movies. I love the casting! Last week's reports revealed that  Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki were in talks for Johanna. Recently, Mia confirmed that she is not in the running for the part. Now, Jena Malone is in talks for the role!
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Actress Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) is in the running for the pivotal role of strong-willed tribute Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, EW has learned exclusively.

Now, another actress has been added to the potential list for Johanna! I'm excited that it's Jena Malone. I'm a huge fan of her movies, so I would be thrilled if she got the part!  

What do you think? Bummed that Mia is out of the running? Excited about Jena? Who do you want to play Johanna? Thoughts below!

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Jamie Campbell Bower Talks About Becoming Jace)

It seems like filming must be getting close for The Mortal Instruments. Jamie Campbell Bower is beginning to prepare for the role of Jace by buffing up. He had a short interview with Telegraph talking about it. 

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“I’m in physical training every day,” he tells Mandrake at the launch of Lacoste’s flagship store in Knightsbridge.

“I’m drinking lots of protein shakes. I’m going to the gym and doing weights in the morning, then, in the afternoon, I’m doing something called Krav Maga, which is a martial art.”

The actor, 23, who resides in Clapham, south London, adds: “If you live in a dodgy area like I do, then it could be a handy thing for me to have.”


 I'm so excited that production is starting to get under way for this movie! I'm growing more and more supportive with the choice for Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. Especially with the recent photos of him and his super blond hair!  I'm glad he's trying to gain some muscle too. I didn't picture Jace as scrawny as him.

What do you think? Do you like him or did you want another actor playing Jace? Comment below!

Books into Movies: Divergent (Filming Begins Later This Year)

Divergent (Divergent, #1)


If you haven't noticed there are lots of young adult books being optioned for movies. Many of them don't see pre-production but there are the lucky few that go on to hire directors and screenwriters. Some of these even take a standstill, as we've noticed with the long awaited Mortal Instruments movie. Luckily, Divergent seems to be moving at a good pace to become a film. Deadline reports that filming will begin within the year, and its predicted release date is 2015. 

Lionsgate-Summit’s feature adaptation of the dystopian teen tale, with screenplay by Evan Daugherty, is in pre-production now with plans to start filming later this year. If that proves a hit at theaters, the company also holds rights to the twentysomething author’s sequel Insurgent, which currently sits No. 1 on the Children’s Chapter Books list.

The same production company that brought Hunger Games to screen is also adapting Divergent. Evan Daugherty is signed on to write the screenplay. He is credited with the recently released Snow White and the Huntsman. Having just seen that movie, I thought that the script was the weakest part. Hopefully this isn't any indication of Daughtry's talents. I'm still rooting for a great adaptation of this book! 


Filming is set for later this year, which means that casting will soon be under way! Of course this is my favorite part of pre-production. So who would you want to be Tris and Four? Thoughts below! 

Stacking the Shelves [8]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to my shelves and sharing my excitement for them.

Bought (Kindle):
Obsidian (Lux, #1) Hourglass (Hourglass, #1) The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)

I'm still trying to cut down on book buying so I went to my kindle to feed my addiction and found some great deals! I'm pretty excited for Obsidian because I've heard such great things about it. 

What's new on your shelves this week? Have you read any of these books? Comment below and don't forget to leave your links!


Best Special Effects in a Book Trailer: Struck

I had seen Struck by Jennifer Bosworth around blogs, but it never really grabbed my attention. And then the book trailer happened. Literally this book trailer is epic. It has special effects that I have never seen in any book trailer before, and it makes the book look awesome! Buildings collapse from lighting storms! I'm sold. I will be reading this book. And isn't that what a book trailer is all about, enticing people to pick up the book? Well, this book trailer has done its job. So I have given my award for Best Special Effects to Struck.


What do you think? Does it earn your award for best special effects? Or is there another book trailer that beats it? Sound off below!


Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Casting - Potential Actresses for Johanna)

While casting for Finnick for the Hunger Games sequel seems to have gone nowhere, potential actresses for Johanna have surfaced! 

According to Indie Wire, Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki are the two hopefuls for the part.
Image Credit: MyCanon

Director Francis Lawrence is keen on finding the right actress to fit the part, and is looking at both big names and lesser known talents. Both actresses have been in discussions for the part, and we hear that Aggeliki could sign in the coming days, but nothing is certain just yet.

I don't really know anything about Zoe, but I think Mia is a wonderful actress. I'm all for an unknown being Johanna though! So I would be happy with either choice. 

What do you think of the news? If it comes down between Mia and Zoe, which would you rather be Johanna? Thoughts below!

New Amazing Blog Design and a Giveaway!

Notice anything different? Well you probably should. My old (and kind of ugly) blog design is no more! Welcome to the new and improved Nawanda Files, which is much cuter and way more attractive than I could have ever imagined. All thanks to Lea over at LC's Adventures in Libraryland! She is absolutely amazing, professional, and awesome to work with. If you're thinking about getting a new design or even a cool new button I would recommend Lea Christine Designs. Her talent seems to be endless :)

Also check out Lea's blog for a cool post on the makeover! 

Here is my rather sad and pathetic old design: 

The black header was AWFUL! I was too scared to fool around with it myself though. So Lea worked her magic and POOF.....

MY NEW DESIGN! 

I was thinking about taking a screen shot for it, but I realized that would be silly considering you're reading this on my newly designed blog :) I'm in love with everything about it! From my little robots, to the spaceships, to the astronaut girl, it's all incredible! 

I can't celebrate this awesomeness without having a giveaway! So I'm offering up a book of choice from The Book Depository for up to $15. 

The giveaway is International as long as The Book Depository ships to you. 
It will end 7/11

Enter the rafflecopter below

Books into Movies: Twilight - Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 (New Full Trailer)

That's right! It's here! Yesterday I brought you the 10 second teaser trailer. Now feast your eyes on the full trailer for Breaking Dawn - Part 2



Bella looks kind of badass. I'm officially excited!

What did you think of the trailer? Excited for the movie? Will you be watching it? Have you read the books? Thoughts below! 

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Casting - Isabelle Lightwood)

After so many fake-outs with the production for The Mortal Instruments it seems like progress is finally being made. Isabelle and Alec Lightwood have both been cast, but Isabelle is the only one revealed so far. So who is playing Isabelle Lightwood? 

She's a french actress who played in Showtime's The Borgias

Here's what Cassandra Clare says about the casting choice!
Jemima West. She’s beautiful (like whoa) and really talented. You can see her as Vittoria on The Borgias right now. She had a lot of Izzy’s toughness and directness in her audition. I like her.

Our Alec may well be a lot more known to you. He’s British, and …I’ll tell you who he is in the next post.

She also answers some questions from Variety on her blog. Check out the Q&A below.

“Will Jemima dye her hair/wear contacts to play Isabelle?”
She will surely dye her hair. Contacts probably, but some people/actors can’t wear them (Daniel Radcliffe never could, that’s why Harry always had blue-green eyes, allergies I think) so I cannot make promises about stuff that is basically “the costume department’s decision down the road in connection with the actor’s physical limitations.” I am assured they will do everything they can to make the actors fit the physical descriptions in the book, where appropriate.

“What was Jemima’s audition like?”

Really good! She did a scene with Clary, but she also did the scene where she talks about Alec being gay — “I love my brother, I’d do anything for him, but I can’t help him with this” and was lovely and passionate. I was like, That’s damn right, you love your brother! He’s a good guy! She convinced me.

“Can you tell us any of the other 
actresses/actors that are auditioning for the other parts?”

I asked and — no, I can’t. It’s actually I believe against union laws. If the actors want to talk about it, they can, but I can’t talk about it for them.

“When will you be able to tell us about Alec?”

Would that I knew. Golf ball, I’m telling you. Still, when I return from Internet purgatory, you can’t say it isn’t DRAMATIC!


Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are currently cast as the leads. I'm not too thrilled about Jamie, but I do like Lily Collins. I don't know much about Jemima, but from the image she looks basically how I pictured Isabelle. 

What do you think? Surprised by the choice?  Have you read the books? Will you be seeing the movie? Thoughts below!

Waiting on Wednesday [10]: The Madman's Daughter

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
Spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating

The Madman's Daughter
 The Madman's Daughter
by Megan Shepherd 
Release Date: January 2013

Goodreads | Amazon
London, 1894. Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns her father is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations were true. 

Juliet is accompanied by the doctor’s handsome young assistant and an enigmatic castaway, who both attract Juliet for very different reasons. They travel to the island only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: he has created animals that have been vivisected to resemble, speak, and behave as humans. Worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape the island, even though her horror is mixed with her own scientific curiosity. As the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

The cover for this book was just released this week! It's gorgeous! I cannot wait for it to come out in 2013. Have you heard of this book? What are you waiting on? 

Books into Movies: Twilight - Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 (10 Second Teaser Trailer)

The official second trailer for Breaking Dawn - Part 2  will be released tomorrow. Until then a 10 second teaser clip has hit the internet to offer a tease of what you will see on Wednesday. Bella is in it, and she looks surprisingly good as a vampire. Check it out. 



I'm going to admit I haven't read this book. Not because I hate Twilight, but because I don't read the last book in a series (yes, this includes Harry Potter). So this movie looks intriguing to me. I can't help but be kind of excited.

What do you think? Have you read the books? Will you see the movie? Sound off below!

Review: Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages
Release Date: June 15, 2012
Actors: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta and Tom Cruise
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In theaters
4/5 Robots: For lovers of 80s music!


A small town girl and a city boy meet on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.




I didn't expect much going into this movie. I knew it would be a musical with eighties music, but that was about it. I actually really enjoyed it! The best part has to be the music. As a lover of cheesy eighties rock songs, this movie was right up my alley. It was difficult not to sing along with the songs, but I think the audience probably appreciated I kept quiet. I don't have the best singing voice :)

Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx was really awesome. He surprisingly has great comedic timing. Another comedy gem was the lovely Catherine Zeta-Jones. She has a dance scene that is hilarious! I would recommend going to see it just for that. But I have to add a disclaimer, you really can't take this movie seriously. You have to buy into the cheesiness and over-the-top expressions and choreography. If you can do that then you'll have a good time watching it. If not, then this movie may play as a really corny show.

The singing was phenomenal. I loved the songs they chose and how they used percussion. For instance, in one scene there are strippers clanking their heels together to produce the beat. Overall, it was a fun movie, but maybe a little long. It was over two hours and there were a few scenes that kind of dragged. However, it's still a great musical that eighties music lovers will enjoy!

Bonus: Check out my favorite song mash up of "Juke Box Hero/ I Love Rock and Roll" from the movie!



Stacking the Shelves [7]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to my shelves and sharing my excitement for them.

For Review (from Netgalley):
Dust Girl (The American Fairy Trilogy, #1) The Assassin's Curse 

Bought:
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy, #1) Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - Already devoured this book. It is amazing!
  • Red Glove by Holly Black - I finally got the sequel to White Cat. Can't wait to start it! 

I told myself I wasn't going to buy any books for a whole month! Of course I failed! I couldn't pass up Shadow and Bone, and I've already finished it. I'm glad I went ahead and bought it. It's pretty awesome!

What's new on your shelves this week? Have you read any of these books? Comment below and don't forget to leave your links!

Here's the weekly recap. So much Books into Movies News last week!!! 





Books into Movies: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Logan Lerman and Cast Interview Videos)

Counting down to September 14th? The teaser trailer for The Perks of Being a Wallfower has been released and the movie looks amazing. MTV got some of the cast on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards to talk about the film. Check them out below!








I'm so excited for this movie! I love Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. Have you read the book? What do you think of the actor choices? Thoughts below! 

Video Vault: John Green talks BEA 2012

I have to live vicariously through videos, interviews, and photos of BEA 2012 since the trek to New York would take much more than my one piggy bank. I encourage everyone to read blogger interviews of their time at BEA. While it may summon some jealousy, I love learning about the exciting events that took place. 
Here are some great BEA recaps from bloggers:


John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, was of course attending BEA. Here's an awesome video about his time there. It's really interesting and there is a clip of Ally Condie, author of Matched, in a bubble like her book! It's pretty awesome. Take a look below. 



What do you think? Did you go to BEA? Or were you watching afar like me? Plus, how much to do you love John Green? Comments below! 

Cover Love: Mind Games by Kiersten White


This cover is too beautiful for words. I'm so freaking excited for the 2013 releases. I thought 2012 was good, but '13 has some of the best covers of all time. Kiersten White talks about the cover and has the image of the flap over at her blog!

Mind Games (Mind Games, #1)


Mind Games
by Kiersten White
Release Date: February 19, 2013

Goodreads | Amazon
In a world where psychics and mind-readers are the ultimate tools in corporate espionage, two teen girls try to save themselves and their future.


You can catch me ogling my desktop until 2013 :) 

What do you think of the cover? Do you like the premise? I don't know much about what the book is about yet, but so far it does seem intriguing. Thoughts below! 

Books into Movies: The Host (New Images)

This is honestly the day of movie news. Between Twilight and The Diviners, I'm getting overloaded with awesomeness. To cap it off, Entertainment Weekly has released two exclusive images of Jake Abel in The Host. Take a look!

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Entertainment Weekly also sat down with Jake Abel to discuss his role as Ian O'Shea. My favorite questions are below, but visit EW to read the full interview! 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So tell me about Ian. 
JAKE ABEL: Ian’s one of the last remaining humans, part of the human resistance that’s trying to survive this alien invasion. He and his brother escaped being captured together and found Jeb’s cave out in the desert, and that’s pretty much where he’s resided ever since. He’s been struggling to survive along with the rest of the people in our colony. When Wanda comes, there’s the initial mistrust and fear. But through her actions, she slowly starts to teach us things that we weren’t aware of, and because of that my feelings for her start to change.

It’s kind of like a love quadrangle. 
Yeah, a love box [laughing], between my feelings for Wanda, the alien inside the body, and Jared’s feelings for Melanie, the human who he’s known, whom Ian has never known. Ian has only known this alien.

I know Stephenie Meyer was on the set a fair amount. What was that like, knowing that you were interpreting something that had lived in her head for so long? 
The thing about Stephenie is that she’s highly collaborative. If you have ideas — and we had ideas about the sequels [to the book] — she was like, “Tell me! Tell me!” There were a couple of times I was like, “How ’bout this?” And she was like, “Well, I’ll think about it.” And that’s always so relieving as an actor, because we all want to bring something to the table, and we all understand that the film we’re making is the writer’s baby. There’s parts of you that want to honor their vision. There’s parts of you that have your own vision. And she welcomes that process with open arms. I got her blessing early on with what I was wanting to do with him, and because of that I was able to not think about it so much. She’s kind of the ghost on set anyway. Unless you go find her and have a conversation, she’s not coming up to you to give you notes or change your performance. She’s really, really great about that. 

So are you excited for this movie? I'm pretty sure I'll be seeing it since I love the actors. I haven't read the book because it's a lengthy one and I have to work up the courage to undertake it. Have you conquered The Host? Thoughts below!

Books into Movies: Twilight - Breaking Dawn (10 New Images)

Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is hitting theaters November 16th. This morning the poster with Edward, Bella, and Renesmee was released. Entertainment Weekly followed up with 10 new images, some of which have Renesmee. The actress playing her is adorable. Take a look! 


What do you think? I've never been really excited for a Twilight movie since the first one, but I think I'm actually excited for this. It may be because I have no idea what's going to happen (I don't read the last book in a series). So it's going to be a surprise for me! 

How many of the books have you read? What do you think of the pictures? And how cute is Renesmee? Thoughts below! 

Books into Movies: Twilight Breaking Dawn (Edward, Bella, Renesmee Poster)

I haven't read all the books in the Twilight saga, but I have seen all the movies. I'm excited for the final movie because we get to see Renesmee. Here's the first look from Entertainment Weekly of Edward, Bella, and Renesmee together! 


If that doesn't satisfy you, here are the three character posters released a couple weeks ago. 
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I actually think that the poster with Renesmee is kind of cute. I'm not sure why. I haven't read the last book, but I hope Bella gets badass as a vampire. What do you think of the posters? Have you read all the books? Sound off below!

Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Philip Seymour Hoffman Offered Head Gamemaker Role)

Image Credit: Georges Biard

There is so much Books into Movies News this week, that I'm scrambling to keep up. But the coolest news has to be that Philip Seymour Hoffman was offered the role for Plutarch, the Head Gamemaker in Catching Fire. He's not officially confirmed yet, but I can only hope! This information seems to be much more reliable than the rumors for Finnick casting.






One of the writer's tweeted: 

What do you think of the casting choice? Would you want Hoffman in the movie? Thoughts below!

Books into Movies: The Diviners by Libba Bray

Paramount has bought the movie rights for The Diviners by Libba Bray. This is exciting news for Libba Bray fans, myself included. While it may not be A Great and Terrible Beauty, I'm thrilled that a Bray story is on the road to being made into a movie.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
The Diviners
 by Libba Bray
Release Date: September 18, 2012

Goodreads | Amazon 
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies." When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

So who will be producing? The awesome team of Fake Empire: Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. They are the duo behind Gossip Girl

Libba Bray will be adapting the script, which is equally awesome. Authors are the best sources for adaptations. They wrote the book after all!

Paramount has made a preemptive purchase of The Diviners, a young-adult novel by Libba Bray. Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will be the producers. The book will be published in September by Little Brown, the first of a four-part series. It was a sizable purchase for the studio. Book is set in the 1920s and follows a group of young New Yorkers with mysterious powers who play a dramatic role in a battle of good vs. evil when a series of occult-based murders begin to terrify the city. The author will adapt the script and be exec producer. The hope is to launch a franchise.

What do you think of the news? Are you going to read the book? How big of a Libba Bray fan are you? Thoughts below! 

Indie Author Giveaway Hop!

Thanks to I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Krazy Book Lady for hosting this giveaway hop!

Welcome to my stop on the hop! I'm giving away ebooks of Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy and Wynter Chelsea: The Sublimity. My sister wrote them and they're amazing! Check the books out below and then fill out the rafflecopter to enter! 
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Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy
 by Becca Ritchie

Goodreads | Amazon
Few know of the demonic beings that plague our world, threatening to destroy it. But for two families, it is a familiar battle they have fought for ages.

The Wynters and the Chelseas live for the hunt, to kill those who prey upon the innocent. Four children, born of these two dynasties, are now in their teenage and young adult years. The three boys-Jack, the conjurer; Dustin, the telepath, and Trevor, prescient one-are all warriors, well aware that their destinies are sealed. Then there is 17-year-old Amanda, the one who has been protected and guarded all of her life-much to her great questioning and dismay. She is the special one, the empath and first girl born to the families. Burning with the fever to fight, Amanda constantly challenges the status quo, but to no avail.

When their parents inexplicably disappear, Amanda's dream of joining the legacy wins out, and she goes to battle with her brother and her lifelong friends. But as the four follow a dangerous path across the United States, a long-buried affection surfaces between Dustin and Amanda, and each must confront their hidden emotions...and ultimate reason for their existence.


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Wynter Chelsea: The Sublimity
 by Becca Ritchie

The true terrors of the Wynter Chelsea legacy are exposed, and is it everything Amanda thought it would be? As Jack Chelsea struggles to accept his position as leader, Killian steps in as a tyrannical replacement.  When the situation doesn’t seem like it can get much worse, Dustin distances himself from Amanda.  Both families soon find out that the Marathaca’s tricks might be a threat, but it’s not the only horror that is trying to trap them.

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Becca Michelle Ritchie grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia where she began writing at an early age. When she was 14, she completed Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy and published the novel at 17. Currently she attends the University of Georgia where she’s studying English and Telecommunication Arts.  Her second novel, Wynter Chelsea 2: The Sublimity was just released in late December of 2010.  She is currently working on promoting her series as well as writing the third installment.


Giveaway Details

There will be 3 winners who will each receive an ebook of Wynter Chelsea: The Legacy AND Wynter Chelsea: The Sublimity

Open Internationally
Giveaway ends 6/19
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The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell: Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

I'm so excited to  be a part of the cover reveal for The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell! The YA fantasy novel is set for release on January 10, 2013. It may be far away but it is one of the most anticipated novels of 2013. Until then, feast your eyes on the amazing cover and check out the giveaways!

The Cadet of Tildor
 by Alex Lidell
Release Date: January 10, 2013

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Having already survived six years at the Tildor's top military academy, sixteen-year-old Renee De Winter is determined to graduate, training day and night to compete with her male classmates. When the boys overpower her parries, she works harder. When a bully sabotages her gear, she fights without it. But when an underground crime group captures her mentor for its illegal gladiatorial games, she must choose between her career and her conscience. Determined to penetrate the group's inner circles, Renee will leap from academia to the crime filled streets, pick up a sword, and weigh law against loyalty.




I think this cover is very original. I actually really love it! The fantasy elements with the sword and the castle are cool, while the brownish colors remind me of gladiators and arenas. The synopsis also makes the books sound so interesting. I can't wait for its release! What do you think of the cover?



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Alex is a YA fantasy author, a Tamora Pierce addict, a horse rider, and paramedic. The latter two tend to hand in hand a bit more often than one would like. Alex started writing at 2 am. 2 am is when the night turns to introspection, when dorm-room conversations flourish to life. The ones where you ask "what if" - realizing that if an answer seems obvious, then you don't know the whole story. The ones where you sketch plans for your next project, your future business, your quest for peace in the middle east - or for teaching kids to read - and you know that you can succeed. If you just try hard enough.


Giveaway Details

Alex Lidell is doing two awesome giveaways. Check out the prizes below.

The Cadet of Tildor Swag Pack
Includes dog tags, a TCoT bag, and usb port

Teachers (Educators) Only
Scratch-Off vocabulary word cards. 25 each: laminated word cards, definition cards, scratch cards. 75 cards total.

Giveaways end June 15, 2012
Open to US addresses only
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Video Vault: Bloodlines and The Golden Lily (Adrian and Sydney Character Trailers)

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead is being released on June 12th! It's the highly anticipated sequel to Bloodlines.  In honor of the exciting day, here are character trailers for Sydney Sage and Adrian Ivashkov.





And of course, here is the amazing trailer for Bloodlines and a teaser trailer for The Golden Lily!




I think that the Adrian in the book trailer (the third video) looks much better than the Adrian in the character trailer (the first video). What do you think? Have you read Bloodlines or Vampire Academy? Comments below!

Stacking the Shelves [6]

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to your shelves and sharing your excitement for them.

For Review (from Edelweiss):
Over You   
  • Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (Thank you Harper Teen)

Only one book this week! I've been trying to cut back on the book buying. It's seriously an addiction. Looks like I have succeeded this week, but hopefully I don't relapse in a couple days :)

What's new on your shelves this week? Have you heard of this book? Comment below and don't forget to leave your links!