YA Book Exchange Giveaway: Over 800 Books Up For Trade!

It's that time again! YA Book Exchange has reached over 800 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: 94 traders, 805 books up for trade, and well over 250 successful trades! 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 Terri Matlock for winning the last YA Book Exchange giveaway! She received Touched by Corrine Jackson from her wishlist.

Ranking the 8 CW Pilots In-Development: We Talk About It!

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The CW has officially ordered all of its pilots for the 2013-2014 TV season. Of the eight pilots, two are adaptions of YA Books! One is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. All are either high concepts or sci-fi's. Whatever they choose, it looks like next year the CW is going to be quite awesome. Continue reading for how Becca and I rank the 8 pilots.  

Blog Tour: Interview with Laura Lam, Author of Pantomime

Today Laura Lam, author of Pantomime, has stopped by Nawanda Files for an awesome interview! Her upcoming YA Fantasy is already highly buzzed. Read more about the novel below and then jump down for the interview!

  Pantomime
Pantomime
by Laura Lam
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: February 5th, 2013

R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.


Interview

What inspired you to write Pantomime

Pantomime came about in a very roundabout way. I originally thought of the character as an adult and wrote most of an adult book with Micah Grey. Then, when I was stuck, I decided to write the backstory of Micah as a teenager, just for me and for fun. That took on a total life of its own and became Pantomime.

From a larger picture, I’m very interested in diversity in YA, have always loved circuses, and I loved the idea of taking a psudeo-Victorian society and giving them a bunch of possibly magical technology they don’t understand and playing around with that.

When did your writing career begin? 

I have an undergraduate degree in creative writing, so I suppose it started then because that’s when I became more serious and actually wrote. Even so, it was in fits and starts until the end of 2009 after I graduated and moved from California to Scotland, when I was stuck in a very boring job and day dreamed up a plot. Pantomime was the first book I completed and I subbed to Angry Robot in March 2010 for their Open Door Month. I had the book deal in March 2011 after completing a revise and resubmit.

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

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Ranking the 6 CW Pilots In-Development

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The CW has already ordered The Selection for pilot again this 2013-2014 TV season. Surprisingly  they have chosen another YA book to be adapted to pilot. Kass Morgan's The Hundred has been ordered for development. Very shocking considering the book isn't even scheduled to release until Spring 2014! Continue reading for details on The Hundred and how I'd rank the pilots at the CW

Books into Movies: If I Stay (Chloe Grace Moretz Cast In Lead Role)

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Amazing news for fans of Gayle Forman's If I Stay, a 2009 tearjerker about a girl in a coma, deciding whether she wants to stay and live or leave. Not only is a director in talks but Mia has been cast! According to Variety, Chloe Grace Moretz will  lead the movie, produced by Lionsgate. Continue reading for more details!

Books into TV Movies: Awkward by Marni Bates

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Since there has been such great books into movies news and books into tv news, I thought I'd post something about Marni Bate's Awkward that got optioned back in October. The Disney Channel has their sights on making it a television movie! Who didn't love Disney Channel's movies growing up? Continue reading for more details! 

Books into Movies: Divergent (Kate Winslet in Talks, Actor Test for Caleb, and Interviews)

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Casting has been heating up these past few weeks. More actors are testing for Four. Now someone has confirmed that he tested for Caleb! Continue reading for an interview with Shaliene Woodley (that makes be kind of furious) and the best news there is...hint, hint, it's about KATE WINSLET... 

Books into TV: The Selection (Pilot Ordered by The CW)

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Earlier FOX ordered Delirium to pilot, now another YA book has been ordered to TV. That would be The Selection by The CW. Sound familiar? That's because this is the second time the CW has ordered Kiera Cass' book about a dystopian beauty/ marriage pageant. The first pilot was cast and filmed but ultimately passed on for series. Here's to hoping the second time is the charm! Continue reading for details!

Books into TV: Delirium (Pilot Ordered by Fox)

divergentlarge crop What a surprise! Delirium by Lauren Oliver has progressed one more step in the process to become a network television series. What does this mean exactly? The script will be turned into a pilot! Actors will be chosen, sets will be constructed and the magic will happen. Now, this doesn't mean Delirium has a place on Fox's Fall '13 lineup yet, but the project is one step closer to a coveted spot. Read more for tweets from Lauren Oliver, who's currently attached to the show and the logline!

Waiting on Wednesday: Indelible by Dawn Metcalf


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

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Indelible
by Dawn Metcalf
Series: Indelible #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 30th, 2013

Joy doesn’t know who “Ink” is, but she suspects it might be the guy who tried to stab her in the eye. Ever since that night at the club, Joy keeps finding cryptic notes, messages, and threats for Ink. Trying to disentangle herself from this bizarre case of mistaken identity, Joy discovers the truth about the mysterious Indelible Ink and other members of the Twixt, unexpectedly pitting them both against a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, and a scheme to end the Age of Man.

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

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One Year Blogoversary: Giveaway!

Krista has relinquished the task of writing this post to me -- Becca. Partly because she's busy reading False Memory right now and partly because she's planning to fix the formatting anyway when I finish. She's neurotic like that. I know everyone says, "I can't believe it's been a year!" But I think Krista and I both feel like it's been so much longer than that. We were "followers" before we started our own blog. Some of our favorites are no more -- like iswimforoceans. But we never expected anyone would read what we wrote. I predicted that maybe like five people would stop by, and we certainly never believed we would be reading ARCs. That really has been a perk to blogging because we started this, first and foremost, to be more connected to the YA community, which is pretty much the most fantastic thing since the invention of television. 

Keep reading for the creation of the blog, bloggers we adore, our favorite reviews and tweets this year, and the biggest giveaway we've EVER done! 

Books into Movies: Catching Fire (New Image Stills)


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There has been a crazy amount of Catching Fire news, but since this is such a huge franchise and widely popular we have to be selective on what we post, or else this blog would turn into a Hunger Games fansite :) So we're going to update with the image stills and if you want to know detailed HG information then I would suggest heading for to The Hob. Which has a great day-by-day update on everything Hunger Games. 

Lionsgate released an official poster and some hi-res stills. So continue reading to check those out!

Golden Globes 2013 - My Review

I realized about a week ago that one of my very first posts on Nawanda Files was a Golden Globes 2012 review almost a full year ago. In honor of that, I thought I'd whip up a  review of last night's Golden Globes. So bookish people, bear with me while I transform into the movie-obsessed freak that I am.

My experience watching the awards season last year was pure annoyance. I'm not a fan of Meryl Streep or The Artist so when both seemed to sweep the awards, it drove me utterly mad. Last night the Globe's kicked off the season so much better. I have to say, I'm holding out hope for the Oscars this year.

Let's dive into some of the highlights of last night. First off, if you don't know the Golden Globes are much more of a laid back affair than the Academy Awards. The attendees sit at tables and get to drink and be pretty loose. So it's a lot more fun! Ricky Gervais has been the King of hosting the award show with his outlandish jokes. But in 2012, it wasn't as great as the times before. Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, from SNL, were phenomenal last night! All the jokes were hilarious.

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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.

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Blog Tour Stop: The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski (Excerpt + Giveaway)



The Edge of Never
The Edge of Never
by J.A. Redmerski
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: November 15th, 2012

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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

Books into Movies: Divergent - 3 More Actors Will Test for Four (Casting)

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The race to find Four is still underway! Shaliene Woodley has already been cast as Tris, so many actors are now screen testing with her. Two more guys have been added to the four currently in the running, and one actor will test with Shaliene twice. Continue reading for details!

YA Book Exchange Giveaway: Over 600 Books up for Trade!

It's that time again! YA Book Exchange has reached over 600 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.

Sierra @ Yearning to Read also wrote an amazing post about YA Book Exchange. If you're curious about a trader's experience with the site, check out her post HERE! Thanks, Sierra!!!

The Current Stats: 75 traders, 633 books up for trade, and well over 150 successful trades! 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 Montana @ The Book Belles for winning the last YA Book Exchange giveaway! She received The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin from her wishlist.

Stacking the Shelves [30]: Christmas Edition!


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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.

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This is a 2-week stacking the shelves with loads of books that Becca and I got from Christmas. Plus, the review copies we found in the mail once we returned to college this week!

Interview with A.E. Rought, Author of Broken

Today, I'm so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Broken! A.E Rought has stopped by Nawanda Files for an interview about her book, writing, and of course her favorite book into movie adaptation. Learn more about Broken below and then jump down for the interview!

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by A.E. Rought

Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: January 8th, 2013

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Imagine a modern spin on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein where a young couple’s undying love and the grief of a father pushed beyond sanity could spell the destruction of them all.

A string of suspicious deaths near a small Michigan town ends with a fall that claims the life of Emma Gentry's boyfriend, Daniel. Emma is broken, a hollow shell mechanically moving through her days. She and Daniel had been made for each other, complete only when they were together. Now she restlessly wanders the town in the late Fall gloom, haunting the cemetery and its white-marbled tombs, feeling Daniel everywhere, his spectre in the moonlight and the fog.

When she encounters newcomer Alex Franks, only son of a renowned widowed surgeon, she's intrigued despite herself. He's an enigma, melting into shadows, preferring to keep to himself. But he is as drawn to her as she is to him. He is strangely... familiar. From the way he knows how to open her locker when it sticks, to the nickname she shared only with Daniel, even his hazel eyes with brown flecks are just like Daniel's. The closer they become, though, the more something inside her screams there's something very wrong with Alex Franks. And when Emma stumbles across a grotesque and terrifying menagerie of mangled but living animals within the walls of the Franks' estate, creatures she surely knows must have died from their injuries, she knows.

Interview

What inspired you to write Broken?
The book was more of a feeling that needed an answer, than a single moment of inspiration. I had to find a story dark and aching and twisted enough to purge that feeling. Plus, I’d wanted to play with a reimagining, and Gothic fiction gave me the best stormy nights and shadowy characters to create that atmosphere. From there, Frankenstein, with a dose of Body Parts was the best fit.

When did your writing career begin?
I’ve always been writing, even in school. I didn’t turn any serious through to publication until January of 2000. My first adult romance novel sold to Samhain a couple year later. Somewhere in there my focus shifted to embrace YA, the genre I read all the time.

Best New YA Releases January 2013

It's 2013! What does that mean? Tons of new books this January!! Becca wrote a post over at the CW69 highlighting some of the best new releases this month. There's even an honorable mention list. So head over to the CW to find out what made the list!