Blog Hiatus! We'll be back in January!


Hi lovelies! Obviously you may have noticed that Becca and I have been posting less and less lately. Our New Adult book ADDICTED FOR NOW just released Nov. 30th, and we're both writing two more books for Jan/Feb releases. 

In addition to writing, we're busy this Holiday with family and so it's just unfeasible to keep up with Nawanda Files during the holidays. Because you know, we want to be able to have time to do things like this...

 But we're planning to be back in action in January with lots of reviews. So this is definitely a temporary hiatus (our first one ever!). And we're also hoping to get a new blog design for the new year, since it will be our 2nd year blogging in January. So we'll have some changes in 2014. 

It's not goodbye. Just a see you later ;) 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

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



The Half Life of Molly Pierce
by Katerina Leno
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 8th, 2014 

A mysterious and visceral page-turner about a seventeen-year-old girl who unravels the secrets of her alternate personality, reminiscent of the film Memento.

You live and you remember.
Me, I live and I forget.
But now-now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she's missed bits and pieces of her life. Molly suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and since she was a little girl, she's played host to Mabel, a completely separate and individual personality. When Mabel is in control, Molly experiences the blackouts she's been so scared of. But now Mabel is letting Molly in on her secrets; she's letting Molly remember. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led...and the love that she can't let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.


Why I'm Waiting...

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Return to You by Julie Cross


Return to You
by Julie Cross
Series: Letters to Nowhere #3
Release Date: December 15th, 2013
Publisher: Long Walk Press
How many dreams can you chase at once?

Even with bad boy, TJ, disrupting their morning workouts, Karen and Stevie’s daily battles with each other are sure to bring both of them closer to a national title at next month’s championships. It’s the kind of feud that creates winning results. 

Until a fall from the uneven bars shakes Karen’s rock-solid confidence. Not only does she balk every time she so much as attempts a routine, she’s also facing all this without much support from Jordan. After receiving some bad news, Jordan’s reluctance to listen to reason causes Karen so much frustration she begins to avoid him, needing space to deal with her own issues. He needs someone to force him to make the right choice, he needs his dad to intervene and Karen knows this, but is torn between her loyalty to Jordan and her concern for her coach’s son. Even though both paths lead to the same person—Jordan—it feels like she’s choosing between two different people.

And then there’s the growing tension between TJ and Stevie. They’re obviously on the verge of either ripping each other’s heads off or ripping each other’s clothes off. It’s hard for either Jordan or Karen to tell where those two are headed. Tension is building from every possible outlet and there’s bound to be an explosion of some kind in the very near future.

This series is one of my favorites in contemporary. Gymnastic, love, and loss. It's powerful and sexy all the same time. Here's the cover for the newest book in the series: Return to You.




COVER REVEAL



Out of all the books in the series, this has to be my favorite cover! The guy looks exactly how I picture Jordan, and...he's pretty hot ;)

Stacking the Shelves [55]

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

This stacking the shelves is long overdue. We haven't had one in almost a whole month, and I'm sure I forgot to include some books. But here are the new lovelies on our shelves:

For Review

Othersphere (Otherkin, #3)   Secret (Elemental, #4)

Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful for These Things

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Thanks for existing!


FAMILY


This is a given. Krista and I have a huge Italian family, and when we're all together, there's no shortage of laughs or smiles. Family is the foundation of my whole life, and I couldn't imagine not having any of them around. It's why leaving my childhood state is so hard. 

Books into Movies [143]: Trailers, Releases, and more!

A reoccurring feature at Nawanda Files that covers the latest news on book into movie adaptations. Features casting, filming, post-production news and more! 


VAMPIRE ACADEMY

NEW TRAILER

The full-length trailer has now been released! Watch it below!


Blog Tour + Giveaway: These Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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These Broken Stars
by Amy Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.


I'm so excited to have Amy and Meagan on Nawanda Files today! And they're here to discuss the outfits from their GORGEOUS cover!! Also be sure to continue reading for a chance to win These Broken Stars and some cool swag.




BEHIND THE SCENES: A LOOK AT THE OUTFITS ON THE COVER OF 
THESE BROKEN STARS


There’s no question that we owe our cover designer, the hugely talented Whitney Manger, a huuuuuuge debt of gratitude. We honestly had no idea what the cover of These Broken Stars was going to look like, but from the moment we saw the first comps, we knew we were in expert hands.

As if we needed any extra reassurance, the amazing team at Hyperion showed how committed they were to getting it right when they asked us to send through as much information as we could on the characters’ appearances, so they could be sure to get it right. You do see covers sometimes where the characters just don’t look right at all—not just unlike the way you imagined them, but literally wearing the wrong things, or with the wrong hair color, or worse. We went to work arming our wonderful design team with everything they needed to get it right!

Lilac

Lilac’s part of the upper class, and they go through historical fads almost as often as they brush their teeth. At the moment our story starts, faux-Victorian is all the rage, so Lilac’s dress has plenty of volume. Of course, a smart girl like Lilac isn’t going to let herself be bound up or slowed down by any of the practicalities of a genuine Victorian dress, and there’s no need, since nobody really knows what they should look like anyway.

Get Addicted Tour Kickoff! Addicted For Now is almost here!


The Get Addicted Tour is here! Becca and I are co-authors of a New Adult Romance series called the Addicted series. It begins with Addicted To You, and Addicted For Now is the upcoming sequel that releases November 30th!

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)   Addicted for Now (Addicted, #2)

This tour will feature lots of fun things! What can you expect? Excerpts, Teaser Posters, Funny posts about the making of the series, and some serious ones about how it all came together. Continue reading for the full schedule and links to the giveaway!

Nominations for Best December New Releases!


Every month, I will be posting the SIX best YA New Releases at the CW Atlanta. And hype and blogger opinions are a huge part in the choosing. Because I can't read every December release before the month reaches us, I need YOUR help. 

Have you read any December YA releases? Which ones are you head-over-heels in love with? What books are you waiting anxiously for? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 


When I finish the CW article, I'll post a link so you can see which six books made the cut. And there will be a poll so you can see what new release readers are craving the most. Thanks for your input! 







Books into Movies [142]: Trailers, News, and More!

A reoccurring feature at Nawanda Files that covers the latest news on book into movie adaptations. Features casting, filming, post-production news and more! 


DIVERGENT

NEW TRAILER

The full-length trailer has now been released! Be warned, it shows many clips of the major scenes. If you want to be completely un-spoiled then you might want to forgo watching it.


Waiting on Wednesday: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

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


Sweet Reckoning
by Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #3
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 29th, 2014 

It’s time. 

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


Why I'm Waiting...

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Wish these covers were better!


SPARK BY BRIGID KEMERER

Find Me

RELEASED AUGUST 2012 BY KENSINGTON

I adore the Elemental series, but the covers confuse me. None of the four guys look like the Merrick brothers, and the guy in blue (who I assume is Chris) looks adopted compared to the others. And there are supposed to be identical twins. No, none of those guys are identical. This missed the mark in terms of capturing the essence of the book and the characters. 

We're Going to YALL Fest! Will You Be There?


We're going to the Young Adult Book Festival this Saturday at Charleston!! If any of you lovely readers/bloggers will be there you may spot us. We're identical twins so we're kind of hard to miss :) 

Becca and I are so excited to attend this fest. There are so many great authors attending (even Veronica Roth!). Here are the authors and panels we're most looking forward to: 

Twin Takedown: Ender's Game Movie 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. 



Ender's Game
Release Date: November 1st, 2013
Actors: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford
Director: Gavin Hood
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes: 61% - FRESH

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The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.





Introduction

Krista: Unlike Becca, I've never read Ender's Game. So my take on the movie is purely from the movie standpoint. I can't really say how well it was adapted, so Becca will take care of that commentary :)

Becca: But I read Ender's Game when I was about ten. And I never reread the book, so my knowledge is fuzzy at best. I do remember some scenes quite well though.

Krista: Going into this movie, I didn't have many expectations. Compared to other YA movie adaptions, this one seems far less hyped. But let me tell you, it's one that you should really check out if you have the time. Now, let's get into review--twin takedown style.

Books into Movies [141]: Casting, Posters, and more!

A reoccurring feature at Nawanda Files that covers the latest news on book into movie adaptations. Features casting, filming, post-production news and more! 


VAMPIRE ACADEMY

POST-PRODUCTION NEWS

With a February release date, Vampire Academy is gearing up with more promotion. Fandango made a list of "9 Secrets of Vampire Academy." Here are my two favorites:
The film nearly didn’t happen. When the project came to producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford at the height of Twilight’s popularity, they resisted reading Richelle Mead’s books, fearing vampire overkill. When their fellow producer Michael Preger wore them down, they realised what they’d missed. “Eventually we read it, and it was amazing. We knew we had to be involved in it,” says Murphy. And anyway, vampires are immortal, adds Montford: “So there is no vampire overkill!”
Um...so glad they read the book! It's nothing like Twilight (except, you know, the vampires). Hopefully it will translate well on screen.

Blog Tour (Excerpt + Giveaway): Now or Never by Jamie Canosa

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Now or Never
by Jamie Canosa
Series: Fight or Flight #2
Release Date: October 21st, 2013
Publisher: Self-Published

To move on,
Leave the past behind,
And build a new life with Jay.

That’s all Em wanted. After everything they’d been through together, they were both overdue their ‘happily ever after’. Too bad the world doesn’t work that way. Memories last longer than dreams and Em’s fears continue to plague her both day and night, interfering with that new life she so desperately craves.

To start over,
Secure a future,
And give Em the life she deserves.

That was Jay’s plan, but the past isn’t done with them, yet. While Em still struggles to overcome the ghosts of her past, Jay is forced to come face to face with his. When the skeletons in his closet step back into the light, Jay must decide what he will do—and what he will sacrifice—to protect Em from them. 

Against all odds, Em and Jay are on the verge of having everything they’ve ever wanted. They’ve fought for it before, but is their love strong enough to endure any more heartache? The time has come for each of them to choose for themselves whether or not they will allow the past to continue to corrupt their future. And, together, they must decide, will it be . . . NOW OR NEVER?


The sequel to Now or Never, a New Adult Romance by Jamie Canosa is here! I'm so excited to share an excerpt from the book. And guys...look at that cover! Gah! I'm in so much love already. Continue reading for the excerpt and a cool giveaway at the end.

Blog Tour (Interview + Giveaway): If Only We by Jessica Sankiewicz

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If Only We
by Jessica Sankiewicz
Release Date: October 27th, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

They say all it takes is one wrong move and you lose the game. One false step and you’re trapped. One slip-up in your choice of words and you ruin a friendship forever. That is what they say. They say I lost.

I do not believe them.

At the end of the summer after graduation, Adrienne wonders what happened to cause her life to be in ruins. She isn’t getting along with her mom, her stepsister isn’t talking to her, and, to top it off, the boy she’s been in love with doesn’t want anything to do with her. She believes the turning point was a choice she made at graduation. When she wakes up the next day, she has been transported back three months to that moment, the one where everything started to fall apart.

Adrienne realizes she has been given a second chance—and this time she doesn’t want to mess anything up. Reliving the entire summer, though, turns out to be a lot harder than she thought. As the same days and weeks go by, she starts to see how simple decisions can make a huge impact on the world around her. Despite knowing some of what lies ahead, there are some things she didn’t anticipate. She thought she knew what mistake led her to where she ended up the first time. She was wrong.

And by the time summer is over, she discovers what was really at stake.


Interview

I'm so excited to have Jessica Sankiewicz at Nawanda Files today! She's a well-known blogger over at Thoughts at One in the Morning, and she's here to answer some questions about her recently published novel If Only We, which I cannot wait to read!


What can readers expect from your novel If Only We?


A range of emotion and hopefully an eye-opening experience. It's not just about time travel or second chances—it makes you think about choices you make.

Addicted For Now: Get Addicted Promo Tour Sign-Ups


As most of you may know, Krista and I wrote a New Adult Romance series, and the sequel to Addicted to You (ADDICTED FOR NOW) will be released November 30th! A tour will run in December for reviews and such thanks to YA Bound (so keep on a look out for that tour sign-up if you want to review Addicted for Now as part of a tour).

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)    Addicted for Now (Addicted, #2)

Book Mash [19]

A feature on Nawanda Files that is math...for books, where we mash up new and old releases with books, tv and movies. What equals our favorite reads? Find out in the simple equation below. (Posted by Becca)


        

Combine a group of dynamic people with powers, a lead girl that you love (and again, more powers!), and lastly, persecuted individuals who show both the good and bad side of extraordinary abilities.

What do you get?

Giveaway: YA Book Exchange Turns One! Let's Celebrate!

YA Book Exchange is One-Years-Old! 

Let's Celebrate!



Don't know what YABE is? Check out the amazing books up for trade HERE! There's also a Goodreads page as a place for questions and forum.

Wow. I can't believe it's been a whole year. YABE has expanded and grown faster than Nawanda Files -- and we love it! We love hearing about a good trading success story and knowing that the site has truly been of use to bloggers and readers. So thanks to anyone who has used the site. We hope it has been of use to you as much as it has been for us. We love to run it. And we're constantly working on improvements. (Notice the new pub date addition?)

Krista and I manage YABE, and we're excited to celebrate the site's first birthday! How are we going to do it? With a YABE wishlist giveaway, of course. But this is no ordinary YABE giveaway.

It will last longer.

There will be more winners.

And it's just cooler to say YABE is a year old! Woot Woot! 

Waiting on Wednesday: A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

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


A Mad, Wicked Folly
by Sharon Biggs Waller
Publisher: Viking
Release Date: January 23rd, 2014 

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
            
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?


Why I'm Waiting...

Books into Movies [140]: Trailers, Casting, and More!

A reoccurring feature at Nawanda Files that covers the latest news on book into movie adaptations. Features casting, filming, post-production news and more! 


HOW I LIVE NOW


BOOK TRAILER

This book adaptation of Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now completely slipped by me! And when I stumbled upon the trailer, I started remembering how powerful this book really is. Combine an amazing lead (Saorise Ronan) and I'm doubly thrilled for this movie. Watch the trailer below.
 

Stacking the Shelves [54]

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

This stacking the shelves is long overdue. We haven't had one in almost a whole month, and I'm sure I forgot to include some books. But here are the new lovelies on our shelves:


TV Pilots in Review: Reign

We're reviewing six new 2013 pilots this Fall TV season! We'll be dishing about the good, the bad, and the hotties on the small screen. Twin Takedown style, of course ;) 


Reign
Network: CW
Premiere Date: October 18th
Air Date: Thursdays 9/8c

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Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. 






Introduction

Krista:
Before the show, I remained skeptical that the CW could do a historical show. I mean, the production value has to be spot on, and how do you make a chaste time-period into something sexy? The CW seemed to prove me wrong on every aspect, so much so that this was my favorite pilot this year.

Becca: I agree. There was a lot that could go wrong. CW and horses? I don't think that's ever been done before. Castles? This isn't a WB backlot. How much is this going to cost? Can they pull it off? Well, I'll give you a hint on our feelings. We watched this pilot back in June (when critics received a copy), and we watched it all again last night. And I never once wanted to fast-forward or shut off my tv, even though I had already watched it all before.

And I'll put this into perspective. We had previously seen The Tomorrow People, The Originals, and half of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland in June. When they premiered in October, we fast-forwarded TTP and OUAT. The Originals was kind of new from what we'd seen, so we watched it. But Reign wasn't that different. And yet, we felt compelled, entranced, addicted to watch the entire thing again. It's that good.