Behind the Blog: Get to Know the Creators

Okay, well, we almost are equal, considering we're identical and all (trust us, our parents even get us mixed up, most often on the phone). In spirit of our 22nd birthday weekend (our b-day was Friday, woop woop!), we decided that it'd be fun to share our differences. Especially since we write a little similar and have some of the same jokes -- sometimes it probably seems as though we're the same person. We're not. We promise, there's actually two of us. And this is Becca writing just to be more specific :)

So without further wait. Here's the super-duper list of things that you might not know about us.

Best 6 New Releases of...April 2013

Welcome to a new monthly feature on Nawanda Files that Becca originally started at the CW Atlanta, where we pick our top 6 new releases each month. These can be books we've read and reviewed, books we've read with upcoming reviews, or books that we're just craving for. 

The Rules

Read, Reviewed, Loved! Read Review

Sweet Peril

Loved! Review to come! Goodreads


Loved! Review to come! Goodreads

Life After Theft

Loved! Review to come! Goodreads

That Time I joined the Circus

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

THE Program

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

Continue Reading for Bonus Tidbits 

Book Mash [2]: The Birthday Edition

A new 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. 

Before we get into this week's Book Mash--we've got some news. It's our birthday! If you didn't believe that we're twins, you can believe us now! We're turning 22. Not as exciting as 21, but still awesome. We'll have a post about our B-Day and twinish things on Sunday, so you can look out for that! I also included a Batman & Robin gif because of my love for comics, and they are quite the duo! Now onto Book Mash...

Combine a ghost girl with only one boy who can see her, a ritzy California setting, and mean girl bullies that'll make you squirm. What do you get?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

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

The Unbound (The Archived, #2)
The Unbound
by Victoria Schwab
Series: The Archived #2
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: January 28th , 2014

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.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe. 

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

Why I'm Waiting...

The Archived was one of the first books I read in 2013, and it remains on my top favorites of the year list!  So I'm counting down the days until the sequel, even if the 2014 date feels so far away. And hello...those covers are GORGEOUS!

Have you heard of this? What are you waiting on? Don't forget to leave you links in the comments!

Books into Movies: 'Divergent' Casts Will, Edward, Al--and Filming Begins!

More casting has officially hit the web! Will, Edward and Al (Dauntless initiates) have been added to the lineup. Now that Tris and Four are cast, filming will now be underway. Continue reading for more details!

Streamline Book Birthday Bash: Giveaway and Interview with Author, Jennifer Lane

by Jennifer Lane
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: March 27th, 2012

Seems like Leo Scott has it all: looks, brains, and athletic talent. He's captain of his high school swim team with a bright future in college and beyond. But Leo has secrets. His mother's crippling car accident has devastated his family and left Leo to deal with his father's abuse, battered and alone. 

Leo's girlfriend Audrey Rose is poised for her own share of success. As one of Florida's top high school swimmers, Audrey dreams of college swimming stardom. But there's an obstacle to her glorious rise to the top. Her number-one supporter--her father--is in prison for murder. 

Part murder mystery, part tale of young love in a military family, this gripping story takes readers on a journey from Pensacola to Annapolis. Leo and Audrey must band together to rise above the adversity they encounter and find their true selves in the process. When everything's on the line . . . streamline.


What inspired you to write Streamline?
Streamline was my first novel, so I followed advice to “write what you know” by writing a story about swimming and psychology in the YA/NA age group. I’ve swum all my life, and I’m a psychologist who loves doing therapy with young and new adults because there’s so much change and growth.

Hot men in uniform also inspired this story about the US Navy. ;-)

How long have you been writing?
I enjoyed creative writing as a child, and did some scientific writing for psychology research, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I started writing novels. I find writing so therapeutic!

Stacking the Shelves [40]

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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Book Mash [1]: New Feature

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

           The Host (The Host, #1)    

What do you get when you combine High School bullies and telekentic powers minus hardcore sci-fi?

Waiting on Wednesday: Alienated by Melissa Landers

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

Alienated (Alienated, #1)

by Melissa Landers
Series: Alienated #1
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: February 14th , 2014

Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Why I'm Waiting...

Hello? Aliens! Yes, please! After the conclusion of a little TV show called Roswell, I'm definitely in search of an alien fix. And that cover...well it makes me wish this book didn't come out in 2014! That's injustice, waiting that long.

Have you heard of this? What are you waiting on? Don't forget to leave you links in the comments!

Books into Movies: 'The Fault in Our Stars' Offers Shailene Woodley Lead Role As Hazel

Breaking news about the movie adapation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars! Hazel has been cast! And she's a familiar face. Some may hate the news, others may rejoice. Shailene Woodley, the same actress who will be heating up the screens as Tris in Divergent has been offered the role for Hazel. Continue reading for more details!

Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

Oz the Great and Powerful
Release Date: March 8th, 2013
Actors: James Franco, Mila Kunis 
Director: Sam Raimi
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: PG
Current Location: In Theaters 


When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking-that is until he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well. When small-time magician Oscar Diggs pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard-and just maybe into a better man as well.


Regardless of negative reviews, I believe most people who adore Wizard of Oz will want to take a look at Oz the Great and Powerful purely for being able to see the yellow brick road, Emerald City and all the other wonderful things that make Oz so special and close to the heart.

There were things to be admired in the film prequel, but there were also elements that didn't quite reach the mark. Let's start with the good. Sam Raimi the director of Oz and also the Spider-Man trilogy was able to show us the wonderful world -- this time with appealing graphics. Krista wished there was less CGI, but I had no problem watching roses bloom at ultra speed. However, we never really got to see the flying monkeys up close, and they didn't seem as terrifying as they did in the original. Perhaps because these were CGI?

Books into Movies: 'Daughter of Smoke & Bone' Lands a Screenwriter

Huge news on the movie front for Daughter of Smoke & Bone. A screenwriter has been chosen! Yes! This means we are another step closer to its production. Now with Joe Roth set to direct and a writer at the helm, we are one step closer to casting. This is huge news in light of Divergent film spicing up the hype train with the recent cast of Four. Could Smoke & Bone be next to for huge fandoms? Time will tell. Continue reading for details on the screenwriter!

YA Book Exchange Giveaway: Over 1,200 Books Up for Trade!

It's that time again! YA Book Exchange has reached over 1,200 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.

Continue reading to enter the giveaway!

Books into Movies: 'Divergent' Casts Four, Peter, and Eric!

There has been so much speculation about who will play Four. Literally, thousands have auditioned and I've posted plenty of articles about the rumors. But the one guy who was chosen as the lead male...well he wasn't even whispered about! But I'm actually blown away by the choice. So continue reading to find out who will play Four!

Books into TV: 'The Selection' Adds Another Prince and Casts the King & Queen

The leads have been cast already, but now filling out the ensemble are Queen Amberly, King Clarkson, and a surprising addition that diverges from the book. That's right--Maxon has a brother! Continue reading for more details!

Books into Movies: 'The Maze Runner' Casts Gally, Alby, and Newt

The Maze Runner casting has officially begun! Gally, Newt, and Alby have all been cast. Some fans speak out against the Alby casting, and the director responds! Continue reading for more details!

Books into Movies: 'Divergent' Casts Caleb, Christina, and Tori

Casting is speeding up! According to The Hollywood Reporter, three roles have now been cast, including Tris' brother. And casting updates for Four have been leaking in. A certain actor has been tweeting about his screen tests. Continue reading to find out who may and will be heating up the screen next March!

Books into Movies: The Maze Runner Offers Lead Role

The Maze Runner casting has officially begun! The lead role of Thomas has been offered to a British actor. More news is sure to come, considering the movie is scheduled for less than a year away! Continue reading for more details!

Stacking the Shelves [39]

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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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Interview with Diana Paz, Author of Timespell

by Diana Paz
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Release Date: April 1st, 2013

In TIMESPELL, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of her inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette’s Paris and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution.


What inspired you to write Timespell
My biggest inspiration for Timespell was being able to bring history to life. I adore reading historical novels and I thought it would be fun to put modern day girls in an era that would force them to into unexpected situations. 

When did your writing career begin? 
Even though I’ve been writing since… well, it feels like I’ve always written stories! But despite that, my career really began when my publisher offered me my first contract, which was in May of 2012. I began writing Timespell back in 2010,  so I suppose that counts too!

Books into Movies: Arclight, The Fault in Our Stars, and Many More!

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A multitude of books are being adapted into movies! Today, I'm bundling all the news in one post to satisfy those books into movies cravings. We've been hearing a lot about books into TV with The Selection and Delirium, but now's the time for some movie news! Continue reading to learn more about your favorite books hitting the big screen, including: Arclight, The Fault in Our Stars, and Pure

Books into TV: 'Delirium' Casts 'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner as Hana

The leads have now all been cast for Delirium! Like The Selection pilot, the FOX in-development series is seeing lots of change-ups from the book. Hana is one of them that has a minor change in her direction. But luckily, the casting is amazing! Continue reading to find out more.

Books into TV: 'The Selection' Finds Its Aspen

All the leads are now cast! With the final addition of Aspen, the second male lead in the love triangle, the casting is now rounding out. A huge change on the ethnicity of the character from book to TV. Continue reading for more details!

Books into TV: 'The Selection' Casts Its Celeste

Both America and Prince Maxon have already been cast with Yael Grobglas and Michael Malarkey. The villain of the books will now be joining them! Continue Reading to find out who will be playing mean girl, Celeste! 

Stacking the Shelves [38]

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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Best New YA Releases March 2013

Hello March! As Spring Break draws near, maybe you're looking for a brand new YA read. No problem! I wrote a post over at the CW69 highlighting some of the best new releases. Check out the TOP SIX of the month, including some fan favorite series. Bonus Tidbits feature books into television and film news, author scoop and reviews. So head over to the CW to find out what made the list!

Books into TV: 'The Selection' Casts Its Prince Maxon and Changes the Character

 photo ca97364e-8edc-4b3e-907b-f4cd9b902276_zps8edf2d8a.jpg After the news about Yael Grobglas being cast as American Singer, we've all been waiting for the bigger news...Prince Maxon and Aspen. Now, we don't have to wait any longer because Prince Maxon has been cast in the newly updated pilot! Plus, huge hints on his character--which is completely unlike the Prince Maxon we know from the books. Continue reading for details!