Books into TV: 'Delirium' Casts Alex and Makes Changes From Book

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More casting news to break this week. Two of the leads have already been cast for Delirium, and now three more are coming in. Plus casting for ALEX! Also, Zap2It reveals the changes from book to TV, as we all know adaptions can't be completely true to the story. Continue reading for details!

Books into TV: 'The Selection' Casts Its America Singer

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Big news on the TV pilot front! The CW is recasting the pilot for its updated script of The Selection. The lead, America Singer, has been cast with a new actress replacing Aimee Teegarden. Who would that be? Well it's a newcomer! Yael Grobglas. Continue reading for more details!


YA Book Exchange Giveaway: Over 1,000 Books Up For Trade!

It's that time again! YA Book Exchange has reached over 1,000 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: 115 traders, 1,091 books up for trade, and well over 300 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 Jessica at the Crossroads for winning the last YA Book Exchange giveaway! She received Revel by Maurissa Guibord from her wishlist.

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Cover Love: Scarlette by Davonna Juroe

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

What if Little Red Riding Hood was real? 

Ninety years before the Brothers Grimm penned their version of Little Red Riding Hood, a historic, gruesome series of events shocked all of Europe. In 1765, an unidentified wolf-like animal ferociously mauled dozens of peasants in the Gévaudan region of France. 

Whispered rumors of unnatural creatures blended with age-old superstition, causing mass hysteria, and a werewolf was blamed for the carnage. Alarmed, King Louis XV sent his best huntsmen to rid the province of the beastly scourge, but this legendary massacre had only just begun. 

Scarlette, an 18-year-old peasant, lives under this dark threat, knowing the nightmarish monster lurks in the surrounding forest. A poor seamstress, she labors to make ends meet and is skeptical of supernatural gossip. 

Until her grandmother survives an attack. 

Scarlette learns her grandmother is infected by the bite of the animal. Desperate to save her, Scarlette begins to uncover the dark secrets of her village and finds there are those who wish to keep their pasts hidden. As time grows short, Scarlette is befriended by a local nobleman and a woodcutter who share an eerie history with the wolf. To save her grandmother, Scarlette must unravel the mens' connection and solve a long-forgotten crime. But as she pieces together the clues, Scarlette finds herself torn between the two men, both of whom desire more than friendship and together hold the key to the cure. 

Based on both the traditional Grimm and Charles Perrault versions of Little Red Riding Hood, this dark YA is set against the Beast of Gévaudan attacks, blending history with fairy tale and gothic romance. Unique to the genre, the novel revives the French fable of the girl-in-the-red-cloak with a new, shockingly real existence that blurs the line between folklore and reality.


Why I Love It

I don't do cover love posts often, so when I do...I mean it. And Scarlette by Davonna Juroe is no exception. I discovered this book last year when I did an interview of the wonderful author. She's basically awesome. And recently the book has gotten a fabulous updated cover!

Now, for an indie/self-pub book Scarlette's cover ranks at the top. But honestly, even if this was published by HarperTeen it would be gorgeous and drool-worthy. One of my all-time favorites by far!

I'm so excited to dig into this beautiful book next month, and I hope that you fellow readers will appreciate it's beauty and maybe try it out for yourselves! Plus, who doesn't love Little Red Riding Hood?

Books into TV: Delirium (Gregg Sulkin Cast as Julian)

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Now that the title character of Lena has been cast with Emma Roberts earning the role, it's time for even bigger news about the pilot for Delirium, which is being made by FOX! According to Deadline, Gregg Sulkin will play Julian! Continue reading for more details.

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Movie Review: Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures
Release Date: February 14th, 2013
Actors: Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters 


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Ethan longs to escape his small Southern town. He meets a mysterious new girl, Lena. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town.






Review

I have been eagerly awaiting this film ever since it was announced. I wasn't a huge fan of the book, but I thought that the movie could spice up the slow parts that made the book a very arduous read. In short, I was optimistic and hopeful that this movie could be even better than the novel, which I awarded three generous stars.

Well, the unthinkable happened. The movie actually made a slow and boring book, even more slow and boring. I honestly didn't think it could be done. But Beautiful Creatures succeeded on crushing my hopes in many ways.

Favorite YA Couples


In spirit of Valentine's day on Thursday, we decided to mention our favorite YA couples that have stolen our hearts and our sanity. These characters are the reason why we love the novel with such insane passion, and they're pretty much the reason why we must have the next. Share your favorites in the comments!

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Books into TV: Delirium (Emma Roberts Cast as Lena)

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More big news about the pilot of Delirium being made by FOX! Lena has been cast! Who is the lucky leading lady? Well that would be the wonderful Emma Roberts, best known for Nancy Drew and Scream 4. Continue reading for more details!


Movie Review: Warm Bodies



Warm Bodies
Release Date: February 1st, 2013
Actors: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer
Director: Jonathan Levine
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters 


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After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.




Review

This won't be too long of a review considering the movie is simple and cute. Going into the film, I feared that all the funny and amusing parts were shown in the trailer. Not the case! Warm Bodies delivers in acting more than actual plot -- which happens to be a pretty predictable showdown between zombies versus skeletons.

Nicholas Hoult flourishes as the curious, in-love zombie R. He grunts with expression, walks very, very slowly with zombie-like attitude and provides witty narrations that lead to every humorous moment. In essence, he is the true life force of the film.

Blog Tour: Q&A with Leila Rasheed, Author of Cinders & Sapphires

Today Leila Rasheed, author of Cinders & Sapphires, has stopped by Nawanda Files for an awesome interview! Read more about the novel below and then jump down for the interview!

Cinders & Sapphires
by Leila Rasheed
Series: At Somerton #1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: January 22nd, 2013

One house, two worlds...

Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.


Interview

Nawanda Files: What inspired you to write Cinders & Sapphires
Leila Rasheed: Someone once said ‘I write only when I am inspired and I make sure I am inspired at nine o’clock every morning.’ In this case the publisher inspired me to write Cinders and Sapphires: Emily Meehan at Hyperion  suggested it to Sarah Davies at The Greenhouse, Sarah suggested it to me, and I thought it sounded like  fun!

Who was your favorite character to write? 
Sebastian was a lot of fun.

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Books into Movies: Vampire Academy (Three Leads Have Been Cast!)

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Huge news in the books into movies front! Deadline has confirmed that Vampire Academy has cast all three lead characters! That's right.  We now have a Dimitri, Rose, and Lissa. Filming is expected to begin this summer. Continue reading to find out who the lucky actors are!

Best New YA Releases February 2013


It's February! The perfect time to cozy up with a book. I wrote a post over at the CW69 highlighting some of the best new releases this month. There's a top six -- including some pretty snazzy sequels. Plus, I quote a blogger and give you bonus tidbits about each book! So head over to the CW to find out what made the list!