Cover Reveal: Rua by Miranda Kavi

I'm so excited to be a part of this cover reveal! Big thanks to BB Book Tours! Check out  the amazingly gorgeous cover of Rua below! 

Rua
 by Miranda Kavi
Release Date: September 3, 2012

A girl with an unknown destiny. A boy from a hidden world.  

When Celeste starts at a new school in a small, Kansas town, she hears whispering voices, has vivid nightmares, and swarms of blackbirds follow her every move. She is oddly drawn to aloof Rylan, the other new student who has his own secrets. 


The exact moment she turns seventeen, she wakes to a bedroom full of strange creatures, purple light emanating from her hands, and Rylan breaking in through her bedroom window. 
He knows what she is . . .

Intriguing and deeply romantic, RUA is page-turning YA novel with a supernatural twist. 


Books into Movies: Origin by Jessica Khoury (Optioned for Film)

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Another YA book has been optioned for the big screen! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie rights for Origin by Jessica Khoury were bought by Scott Steindorff and his production company, Scott Pictures. Continue reading for more details!




Books into Movies: Hold Still by Nina LaCour

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If you're a lover of YA books into movies, then you'll be excited to hear that Nina LaCour is trying to get her novel Hold Still to the big screen. She's doing it without the help of big studios and going the indie route. I love this! I'm a huge supporter of independent films! Check out a video and more below. 

Stacking the Shelves [13]

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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:

   Cinder Article 5 (Article 5, #1)
What's new on your shelves this week? Have you read any of these books?

Vacation Time! Will be MIA for the Week!

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Summer is winding down, which means I'm taking my last vacation before school starts! I'll be in Cancun all week!!! Unfortunately, Cancun is International, which means I won't get internet. Fortunately, I have posts scheduled for the week so there will still be some reviews, cover reveals, and books into movies news popping up on Nawanda Files! When I get back to the US I'll be able to reply to comments and visit all my favorite blogs!

Hope you all have a great summer and get lots of sun! (I know I need it, I'm ghostly). Don't forget your SPF !

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Kevin Zegers Could be Cast as Alec)

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Casting for The Mortal Instruments has been going full force. Alec is my favorite character in the books, so of course I've been anticipating his casting choice the most. According to Hollywood Crush and Just Jared, Kevin Zegers has joined the cast as the young Shadowhunter in love with his best friend, Jace. However, this has yet to be confirmed by the studio or Cassandra Clare. 


Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Sam Claflin Front-runner for Finnick)

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Finnick casting has been pretty crazy, but it appears that we may have a decision cropping up in the near future. Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) is rumored to have been offered the role. Lionsgate has yet to confirm it. Continue reading for more news!

Video Vault: Life of Pi Trailer

Ang Lee has adapted the bestselling novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel! The first trailer has been officially released. Check it out below!



The effects look amazing! I haven't read the book, but this movie seems like it will be epic. Ang Lee directed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, so this is sure to be beautiful.

 Have you read the book? Will you be seeing the movie? Comments below!

Waiting on Wednesday [12]: OCD Love Story

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


OCD Love Story
 OCD Love Story
by Corey Haydu
Release Date: 2013

Corey Haydu’s young adult OCD LOVE STORY, in which a girl with OCD bonds with a boy from her group therapy program only to push their budding relationship beyond it limits when her further descent into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder leads her to stalk the objects of her obsession, and she must choose: confront her past or forever be controlled by it.


I'm a sucker for good YA contemporary. Albeit, I have to be in the right mood for it, but OCD Love Story looks like one that can be enjoyed in any mood. I can't wait for its release!



What are you waiting on? Have you heard of this book? Comment below and don't forget to leave your links!

Winner: ARC Something Strange and Deadly

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Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! I've finally reached 1,000 followers and it's beyond crazy. I've only been blogging for a little over 6 months and I can't believe how far this blog has come. Look out for a follower giveaway in the near future ;) The lucky winner of my ARC of Something Strange and Deadly is...

Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Jena Malone confirmed as Johanna)

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There has been much speculation for who would be cast as Johanna. A week ago Jena Malone was offered the role. Today Lionsgate confirms that Jena Malone will be playing the young District 7 tribute. The confirmation occurred shortly after Josh Hutcherson accidentally revealed the news at the Teen Choice Awards. Continue reading for more details!


Books into Movies: The Host (New Image with Melanie and Jared)

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The Host movie adaptation has completed filming and is releasing promotional material before the March 29, 2013 release date. The teaser trailer is out and it looks pretty awesome. Plus, I'm a fan of all the actors! A new image still was released by the Host's Facebook page and it features Melanie and Jared. Take a look below!


Stacking the Shelves [12]

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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:

Tempest (Tempest, #1) The Unquiet Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)
I've finished Tempest and The Unquiet  already, and they both turned out to be great! 

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!

Twin Takedown: Tiger Lily Review

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Who says all twins have the same opinion? Twin Takedown is a feature at Nawanda Files where my twin and I review the same book. We don't always agree. Spoilers are like landmines in this review. Beware. 

Tiger Lily 
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Release Date: July 3, 2012

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Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

Introduction

Krista: So I'm a lover of Peter Pan. I've never hidden my love. I even have a shirt that declares it. So going into this book my thoughts were...this better not be some cliche teenage love story that turns the original into a trite version. So maybe I was expecting A LOT from Anderson.

Becca: So I'm a lover of Peter Pan...wait, you stole my intro, Krista! Darn. I can't say who's the bigger fan of J.M. Barrie or where my love transpired from. Simply put, I've seen the play (twice), own multiple copies of the book, and watch the 2003 movie every Christmas Eve. But you've been by my side for all of those as well, and I think we can both agree that staying true to J.M. Barrie's voice is what matters most. Which is why the 2003 movie reigns supreme.

Krista: I'm going to go out a limb...I'm the bigger fan. While girls were fawning over Eric from The Little Mermaid and Prince Charming from Cinderella, this was how I pictured my future husband...
Although I imagined he would reciprocate the kiss. Beat that Wendy!!

Becca: My Peter looked a little more like this.

Sorry, no red hair.

Books into Television: Lifetime Orders Pilot For Melissa de la Cruz Book

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Melissa de la Cruz is the author best known for the Blue Bloods series. A pilot of her new series Witches of East End has been ordered by Lifetime for the 2013 season. Continue reading for more! 


Review: The Dark Knight Rises

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Release Date: July 20, 2012
Actors: Christian Bale, Michael Caine
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In theaters
4/5 Robots: A Dark Epic Conclusion!

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Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.




I'm a huge fan of all superhero movies, and I love the new installments of Batman. However, going into this movie I was a bit biased. The second Batman, The Dark Knight, may have been a perfect superhero movie in my book. And so the bar was set high for the final movie of the trilogy. Did it meet my expectations...sort of.

The movie is epic. There is no doubt about it. The scale of this film is incredible. Honestly, the stakes were exponentially higher than any other superhero movie I've seen. I felt so depressed half the time because it just felt so...hopeless. It was a good tone for this dark film.

The villian. Well, those are some big shoes to fill. There will undoubtedly be comparisons to Heath Ledger's Joker, which I'm still convinced is the best villian ever in cinematic history. Did Tom Hardy's Bane rise to the occasssion? Again...sort of. He rose the stakes. I would say that if Bane and Joker had a showdown, Bane would probably beat the Joker's ass. But the Joker was more compelling to watch on screen. Bane, in his whole mask getup, was just boring.

CW Stars Best Tweets of the Week: July 7 - July 13

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At CW Atlanta, the "Best Tweets of the Week" features the sometimes hilarious and other times informative tweets from CW stars. Here, I'll highlight one and be sure to check out the rest at CW69
The lovely Candice Accola (Caroline) and Claire Holt (Rebekah) are from The Vampire Diaries. See more tweets from Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Matt Lanter, Stephen Amell, and more! Which was your favorite? I am a sucker for Joseph Morgan who plays Klaus in TVD, so the first tweet on the list stole my heart.

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Hodge, Magnus, and Jocelyn Fray are Cast)

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Casting for The Mortal Instruments is heating up! Jared Harris has been cast as Hodge. Lena Headey has been cast as Jocelyn Fray. And Godfrey Gao joins the cast as Magnus. Continue reading for pictures and Cassie Clare's take on the casting! 


Books into Movies: Beautiful Creatures (First Image of Emmy Rossum as Ridley)

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The movie adaptation for Beautiful Creatures is making serious progress. The filming has been completed and the release date is set for February 13, 2013! Images and promotional material will be trickling in until then. I'll try to keep everything up to date! Today, an image of Emmy Rossum as the fiery Ridley was released. Check it out below! 

Winner: Summer Lovin' Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! I'm almost to 1000 followers and honestly it's blowing my mind. Now the lucky winner of the Summer Lovin' Giveaway is...


Books into Movies: Legend (Video: Marie Lu Talks about Screenplay and more)

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Marie Lu sat down with MTV at Comic-Con to talk about her book Legend and the upcoming film. In the video she talks about the screenplay and casting. She says that the "screenplay looks great right now" which is awesome news! Check out the full video interview below! 


Waiting on Wednesday 11: City of a Thousand Dolls

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


City of a Thousand Dolls

 City of a Thousand Dolls
by Miriam Forster
Release Date: February 5th, 2013

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The girl with no past, and no future, may be the only one who can save their lives.
Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life.


By far my favorite cover for the 2013 debuts!  The premise is equally amazing. Have you heard of this book? What are you waiting on? Don't forget to leave your links!

Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Amanda Plummer Cast as Wiress)

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There are many new tributes to be cast in Catching Fire. Finnick and Johanna are of course the favorites of the new bunch. But if you've read the books then you know there are a few other memorable tributes, including Wiress. Lionsgate announced that Amanda Plummer has been cast as the veteran (and slightly crazy) District 3 tribute! 

Books into Movies: Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2 (Opening Scene Previewed at Comic-Con)


breakingdawnbella-squareComic-con is going strong this year, bringing us new clips, pics, and news of all the best entertainment. New Breaking Dawn character posters have already been revealed. Recently, a video of the opening scene from the movie has been posted online. It was filmed by a brave Twilight fan (since cameras were not allowed). You can even hear the fan being scolded at the beginning of the footage. But alas, they filmed on, so that we could feast our eyes on the scene! It's short, but promising. Check it out below!


Blogger Interview at Book Haven Extraordinaire!

Hannah at Book Haven Extraordinaire interviewed me about book blogging, Nawanda Files, and more over on her blog, which I was so excited about! She is basically awesome and her blog is equally amazing!


Big thanks to Hannah for having me on her blog!!




Stacking the Shelves [11]

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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:

The Possession of Cassie Quinn Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)

Books into Movies: Twilight - Breaking Dawn Part 2 (New Character Posters from Comic-Con 2012)

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I'm a huge nerd, so when it comes to comic-con I'm always green with envy. It is my personal goal to hopefully make it to the convention one of these years. But alas, I don't have the funds at the moment, so I have to sit home and vicariously watch the festivities through blogs and videos. There has been a lot of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 coverage at comic-con, including panels and poster reveals. Continuing reading for the new character posters and a great video of the fans at comic-con! 


Winner: New Blog Design Celebration Giveaway!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! And special thanks to Lea at Lea Christine Designs for my amazing new blog design. Every single day I seem to love it more and more. The lucky winner of this giveaway is...


Vote for Kaidan for YA Crush Tourney Today!




The YA Crush Tourney has been going strong for the past few weeks. Now it's time to show your support for the sexy and ultimate crush worthy boy - Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil! Continue reading for more details!


Video Vault: 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' New Trailer

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Oz: The Great and Powerful trailer has just been released! Of course, this same video was just released at Comic-Con in San Diego where lucky fans got a taste of the magical world. The film is a prequel to Wizard of Oz and follows Oscar Diggs (James Franco) on his journey into the Land of Oz where he meets three witches -- Glinda, Theodora, and Evanora -- who don't believe he's the famous wizard he says he is. Continue reading to see the trailer! 

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Casting - Simon)

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The leads are being cast for The Mortal Instruments, and today we learned that Simon will be played by Robert Sheehan. The Irish actor is from the British show Misfits, which is incredibly funny (mostly because of Sheehan's character).



Video Vault: 'The Host' Cast talk about On-Set Pranks and more

I'm so excited for movie adaptation of The Host, mainly because some of my favorite actors are in the movie. Okay, because Saoirse Ronan is in the movie. The poster and teaser trailer have already been revealed, so now we're all just waiting for the March 29th release date (which happens to be my birthday)!  Until then, check out a very funny MTV interview with Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons.


Also because I love trivia, here's a cool fact about the movie:
In the novel, when Melanie is forcing memories upon Wanda, she mentions Jared's reservations of their relationship because of their age difference. At this point she was 17 and Jared was 26. This is the exact age of the actors portraying these characters; Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons. 

I did not know Max Irons was 26! He looks way younger, and Saoirse is really talented for her age. Have you seen Hanna? That movie is kick ass times a million!

What do you think? Have you read the books? Planning on seeing the movie? And how much do you love Saoirse Ronan and Max Irons? Comments below!

Summer Lovin' Giveaway Hop!

Thanks to I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Tifferz Book Review for hosting this awesome hop!

Summer is all about romance, so for this giveaway you can choose a romance book from my favorite YA romances. Check out the list below:

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) The Selection (The Selection, #1) Obsidian (Lux, #1)
Everneath (Everneath, #1) The Fault in Our Stars Anna and the French Kiss

Paranormal Romance: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Dystopian Romance: The Selection by Kiera Cass
Sexy Romance: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Emotional Romance: Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Contemporary Romance: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Humorous Romance: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins