6 Sequels I'm Craving for in 2013

2012 has almost come to an end. With one month left it's time to reflect on such a great year. My ultimate favorite part of reading is finding the great debuts because now I have so many fantastic sequels to look forward to next year. So here are the ones that I'm absolutely dying to read in 2013!

Books into Movies: Angefall and Break My Heart 1,000 Times (Both Optioned for Film)

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Today we're reporting two books that have been optioned.  The post-apocalyptic angel book, Angelfall by Susan Ee has been optioned by Good Universe under Sam Raimi. You know, that guy who produced the Spider-Man movies. Yeah, him. Then we've got Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters, which have hired the directors from the new Bradly Cooper movie, Words. Continue reading for more details!

Interview with Faith McKay, Author of 'Prophecy Girl'

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Prophecy Girl
by Faith McKay
Series: Lacuna Valley #1
Release Date: November 20, 2012

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Ever since Samantha Winthrop's mother moved them to Lacuna Valley, supposedly in search of better weather, the list of strange questions she has no answers for has been growing out of control.

Does her little sister, Violet, have the ability to make things happen just by "praying" for them? Are Sam's dreams really predicting the future? Is she destined to marry the boy she just met, and what is the mysterious orb that he's guarding? Why does she get the impression that there are dangerous creatures watching from the woods?

While Sam should be focusing on answering those questions, there is one other that makes them seem almost irrelevant: Is her mother planning on killing her and Violet? 

Interview

What inspired you to write Prophecy Girl
I'd been writing different versions of Prophecy Girl for a long time. There was different inspiration for a lot of different parts to Prophecy Girl that all came together to make it the story that it is. The first thing I came up with was actually a supernatural race, but I won't tell you about them to avoid spoilers. It's funny that they were what inspired me to build the rest of the story because they're not in a lot of Prophecy Girl specifically, but we definitely get to know them more in later books.

From there, I came up with a lot of the other scenes and characters from life experiences. When I was in high school, I felt very isolated and trapped. A lot of that feeling was put into Prophecy Girl.

Books into TV at MTV: Blackwood vs. Unraveling

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After the news a few weeks ago that Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris was bought by MTV, it's not a surprise that they're adding another YA Book to their adaptation list. Blackwood by Gwenda Bond has been optioned by MTV. I feel a competition coming along between the two. My spidey senses think only one script will likely see airtime. The CW is having the same showdown between The Selection and Embrace this year. So let's dissect the warring titles, shall we?


5 Books We're Thankful For

In spirit of Thanksgiving, we've decided to talk about the books we're so very glad were written and published -- a process that takes a great deal of luck, talent and dedication from the author and a team of wizards. Leave a comment on what book you're thankful for this year!

Waiting on Wednesday: Transparent

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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

Like This, Try This: Featuring...The 4400, Daybreakers, and The Iron King


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Like This, Try This is a meme designed to introduce YA books that are similar to TV Shows, movies, and other books! It is usually featured on Tuesdays. 

Movie Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2



The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
Release Date: November 16, 2012
Actors: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner
Director: Bill Condon
Genre: Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters 


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After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.




Review

I must add a disclaimer that I have not read Breaking Dawn. I stopped reading the series at New Moon after my hate that Edward was missing from the majority of the book. I also started Twilight when it was first published (before the craze) so I didn't feel like waiting a whole year for Eclipse.

Now, onto the movie review. My first thought after the credits rolled: What in the hell did I just watch? Seriously. Where was the plot? What happened? Nothing. Here's the story of Breaking Dawn - Part 2 in three sentences.

Interview with Davonna Juroe, Author of 'Scarlette'

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Scarlette
by Davonna Juroe
Publisher: BumbleB Media, Inc.
Release Date: October 12, 2012

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Find the Beast ~ Find the Cure

Scarlette, an 18-year-old peasant, lives under a dark threat. A nightmarish creature lurks in the surrounding forest, killing the villagers one by one. When Scarlette's grandmother survives an attack, Scarlette learns that her grandmother hasn't suffered the bite of just any normal animal.

Now desperate, Scarlette searches throughout her province to find a cure. But there are those who want to keep their pasts hidden. As she begins to uncover the dark secrets of her village, Scarlette is befriended by a local nobleman and a woodcutter who share a gruesome history with the beast. To save her grandmother, Scarlette must unravel their mystery and solve an age-old crime. But as she pieces together the clues, Scarlette finds herself torn between the two men, both of whom want to be more than friends and hold the key to the cure.

What if Little Red Riding Hood was Real?

Based on both the Grimm and Perrault versions of Little Red Riding Hood and set against the terrifying, historic Beast of GĂ©vaudan attacks, this dark YA retelling blends two epic legends, giving the fabled girl-in-the-red-cloak a new, shockingly real existence.

Interview

What inspired you to write Scarlette
Once upon a time, during a snowy day in January 2010, I was drinking a hot cup of tea and working on an ultra hip Japanese cross-stitch pattern. (The Asian designer Kyoko MaruokaGeradraws inspiration from fairy tale scenes. The Little Red Riding Hood pattern happened to catch my eye, and I bought it right away to work on.)

While I was stitching, some questions came to mind: What if LRRH had really lived? And wouldn't it be cool to retell the tale but make the wolf in the story a werewolf?

Little did I know that those questions were about to take me on an epic journey. One where I'd discover the rich history of the Little Red Riding Hood story and stumble upon one of the most famous alleged werewolves of all time.

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Trailer + New Poster)

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It is finally here. A trailer! A real
life trailer with actual scenes! And...it is awesome. I love all of it. Continue reading to fall in love with it too!




Books into Movies: Beautiful Creatures (New Poster)

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A new poster for Beautiful Creatures was revealed! It features most of the characters in all their amazing costumes (except for Emmy Rossum - I'm still bitter about Ridley having red hair). Continue reading to see the poster and the tagline!


Books into Movies: Divergent (Casting Narrowed Down to Four Actors for Four)

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Casting has almost ended for the two leads in DivergentShaliene Woodley was chosen as Tris! According to Deadline, she is now in chemistry tests with four actors for the male leads. Of the four, Alexander Ludwig  and Colton Haynes, who were rumored to be in talks, are missing from the list. So who could be the new Four? Continue reading to find out! 



Books into Movies: The Host (Trailer + New Poster)

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It's been a while since we had updates on The Host movie, but fear not! It's still happening and will be released March 29th. A monumental event happened yesterday...the release of the trailer! Yes, a full blown trailer that will fully blow your socks off! Continue reading to watch the trailer!

Making History with Victoria Schwab: The Archived Vlog Tour + Giveaway

I'm so excited to have Victoria Schwab, author of The Near Witch and the upcoming The Archived, on Nawanda Files today! I've already read and fell in total, complete love with The Archived. You can read my mini pre-review here! Now onto a little about the book and the amazing vlog by Victoria Schwab!

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

The Archived
by Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #1
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: January 22, 2013

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Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.


Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

Introduction to Making History

YA Book Exchange Giveaway: Over 200 Books for Trade!


It's that time again! YA Book Exchange has reached well over 200 books for trade! If you haven't checked it out, you can see all the amazing books up for trade HERE! There is also a Goodreads page as a place for questions and forum.

The Current Stats: 35 traders, 225 books up for trade, and over 25 successful trades! And this is only in the second week and a half! You guys are amazing!

Bonus Entries: It's not a requirement to participate in the YA Book Exchange to enter, although current traders will receive bonus entries for their support. This giveaway wouldn't have been possible without them! And more participation means more giveaways in the future. Now every 200 books added to the directory will be another giveaway!

The Prize: All YA Book Exchange giveaways will have the same prize: A mystery book from the winner's wishlist. These giveaways will normally only last 7 days.

The Last Winner: Congrats to Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile for winning last week's YA Book Exchange giveaway!

Stacking the Shelves [25]

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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.

Books into Movies: Warm Bodies (Teaser Trailer)

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion has been adapted into a movie by Summit Entertainment. It's release date is February 1st, 2013! Until then, a trailer has been released featuring Nicholas Holt and Teresa Palmer, two of my favorite young actors! Plus a trailer cameo of Analeigh Tipton (the hilarious babysitter in Crazy, Stupid, Love).



Movie Review: Pitch Perfect



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Release Date: October 5, 2012
Actors: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and Rebel Wilson
Director: Jason Moore
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters 

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Beca, a freshman at Barden University, is cajoled into joining The Bellas, her school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their repertoire, The Bellas take on their male rivals in a campus competition.




Review

This review is going to be short and sweet. Did I like this movie? No. Did I want to? Yes. The problem lied with an unlikable lead character and a rather slow plot.

Beca is played by Anna Kendrick (one of my favorite actresses) and right from the start she was kind of a brat. She quickly turned into a full on angsty bitch. I was waiting for the explanation, hoping it was a good one for why the protagonist felt the need to ridicule anything that wasn't DJs and mashing sweet tunes. When we did finally learn the answer, it was too late, and I didn't sympathize enough with Beca's parents' divorce to really codone her bad attitude.

Waiting on Wednesday: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

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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

Like This, Try This...Featuring: The Vampire Diaries, Cube, and Anna and the French Kiss

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October Robot Recommendation

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October had a slew of fantastic books, but one stuck out from the rest, topping the list of my all-time favorite dystopians for being original, engrossing and beautifully written. Continue reading for the October release that's Robot Certified & Recommended on Nawanda Files.

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YA Book Exchange Giveaway: 100 Books for Trade!


YA Book Exchange has reached a 100 books for trade! As promised, another giveaway is being launched in honor of all the amazing participation. Seriously, we didn't expect as many people to be interested in this so quickly. If you haven't checked it out, you can see all the amazing books up for trade HERE! There is also a Goodreads page for a place for questions and a trading forum.

Currently we have 19 traders, over 100 books up for trade, and over 10 successful trades. And this is only in the first week and a half! You guys are incredible!

It's not a requirement to participate in the YA Book Exchange to enter, although current traders will recieve bonus entries for their support. This giveaway wouldn't have been possible without them! And more participation means more giveaways in the future. Remember, every 100 books added to the directory will be another giveaway!

All YA Book Exchange giveaways will have the same prize: A mystery book from the winner's wishlist. These giveaways will normally only last 7 days.