Stacking the Shelves [51]

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

Only a few this week! I should go on a book buying ban, but pre-orders are so hard to pass up. *sigh* at least they're pretty :)


Cover Reveal: Addicted for Now by Krista & Becca Ritchie


This cover is long overdue. Addicted for Now is part of the Addicted series. In short, it's about two addicts -- an alcoholic and a sex addict -- who have to find a way to make their unconventional (and pretty dysfunctional) relationship work amid their vices. Krista and I are the authors of this New Adult contemporary romance series, and we're very happy to be able to present the cover for the official sequel!

I'll talk about the cover and the process after we reveal it. So keep reading after the jump!

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

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

Secondary Characters that Stole the Show


Find MeInsignia BY S.J. Kincaid
RELEASED July 10TH 2012 BY Katherine Tegen Books


Wyatt Enslow: Besides being my favorite cyberpunk science fiction book, Insignia has a cast of characters as dynamic as Harry Potter. It was hard choosing just one, but I really connected the most to Wyatt. She was geeky and smart and a little introverted. She wasn't socially aware -- just like Hermonie, and she had a tough time making friends. I rooted for her the whole time. 



Our Reaction to the New Divergent Teaser and Trailer!

Yep, yep, yep! It's finally here! The first little clip of the Divergent movie premiered at the VMA's on Sunday and we have our official shots of the movie!! Plus the full trailer :D


Yes, I just GIF'd this post with a GIF from another YA adaptation. Holla! 

Check out the teaser trailer below. It's legit 13 seconds long so...don't be shocked the briefness! Because people, it's brief. Advice: Don't blink. The full trailer will be discussed afterwards.


1. First, I'm going to start off by saying that the only real way to do a commentary on this teaser (because it's so short) is to break it down into GIFs. Then we'll get onto the full trailer, which has some more shots to look at. 

Stacking the Shelves [50]

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

I know, I know...it's been soooooo long since our last Stacking the Shelves. But we have a good excuse! Becca and I have been in apartment-moving transition for well over a month and have finally unpacked the books and organized them on the shelves. So, I hereby reinstate STS on Nawanda Files!! And now to our haul these past couple weeks:


Giveaways + Cover Redesign: Addicted to You (AND) Cover Reveal: Kiss the Sky


We have three big announcements plus a pretty good giveaway at the end of this ;) Read the bullet-points for explanations about the three topics!

1. The cover for Kiss the Sky (which has already been revealed on Aug. 22nd, but we're showing it off here at Nawanda Files today for anyone who's missed it)

2. The newly redesigned cover for Addicted to You.

3. The cover for Hothouse Flower -- a NA standalone novel -- will be revealed on the 26th thanks to YA Bound. I believe you can still sign up to be a part of the reveal!

  • Kiss the Sky is our new standalone New Adult Romance that follows some of our favorite characters from the Addicted series. You don't have to read the Addicted series to read Kiss the Sky, but of course, you'd probably have more background of the characters, especially Connor Cobalt -- who can be enigmatic, pompous but extremely lovable in his own strange way. 
  • We've kept the details about the sequel Addicted for Now's cover pretty hush-hush in the very long process of designing -- but really, we're making sure that we have the best image possible that reflects Loren Hale. Krista and I have realized that the image we're going to use won't fit Addicted to You's cover in any way. So we've asked Hafsah, who did our first cover, to redesign this one. And Krista and I love it! We think the redesign fits better with the premise of the novel, and the tagline is definitely less ambiguous. We haven't updated it on Goodreads yet, and at Amazon, it's still processing, but the cover will show up soon. It should already be changed on Nook and Kobo. 
  • And lastly before we get to the covers, I just want to mention that Hothouse Flower will be released within a couple weeks of Kiss the Sky. And we're so excited to show off this cover. It's probably my favorite of the bunch. These two characters also appear in the Addicted series, but like Kiss the Sky, you do not have to read the other books prior to reading this one. 

So now that you have the reasons why we've done the redesign and a little more detail about our two standalone novels, are you ready for the covers? Continue reading to check them out :)

Twin Takedown: The Mortal Instruments 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. 


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Release Date: August 21st, 2013
Actors: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
Director: Harald Zwart
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes: 17% - ROTTEN

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When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.




Introduction

Krista: So if you're wondering why this review is being posted so late in the day, we can all thank Sony for that. Apparently they decided not to have midnight showings (at least in my city). Why? I have no idea, but I think it was a bad marketing move. Midnight showings are definitely for fandoms, and the Shadowhunter fandom is plentiful. But alas, the review is here and we're doing it Twin Takedown style.

Becca: A midnight showing actually would have salvaged this film for me. At least, a portion of it. Nothing is better than a good experience at a theater. And when fans come alive, dressed and excited, I'm more pumped for a film. Sadly, that didn't happen with this one. Besides three other girls, we were the only ones in the theater.

Krista: And as far as the book is concerned. We've both have read City of Bones, but that was my first and last novel in the Shadowhunter world. Becca read about half of City of Ashes. Also, it's good to note that I read the book about a year and half ago while Becca read it almost four-five years ago, so the storyline was much fresher in my head.

Becca: I literally only remembered two things. The shocker end. And the rave part at the beginning:


That's it. Nothing else came to mind. So I was watching this pretty fresh.

Krista: Now onto the review!!


Giveaways: YA Book Exchange [9] AND Ricochet Blast

Two Very Special Giveaways



Don't know what YABE is? Check out the amazing books up for trade HERE! (Panic by Lauren Oliver is up for trade right now!) There is also a Goodreads page as a place for questions and forum.

So almost one whole year ago (we'll reach the exact date in late October), Krista had this very crazy idea on an airplane, flying home after a Dallas wedding. She said, "I want to start a trading website. Something that's easy for every YA blogger, but anyone can use it." Of course I don't remember her exact words. But it went something like that. I am an extreme doubter. So I said, "That's impossible to do well, but you can try." And she did. And it worked! And it looked absolutely amazing! 

Because it's a huge undertaking, I actually manage it equally with her. It's a lot of work, but we love it. Trading has become a second main source of books for us and we've saved tons of money. We hope you have too! And in spirit of the website that is dubbed YA Book Exchange, we're holding a giveaway that's long overdue.

Books into Movies: Fallen Casts Its Leads, The Giver Casts Meryl Streep, and More!

More Books into Movies updates this time featuring some really cool casting news *cough cough* Meryl Streep. But somehow every time I think of that actress I remember this...


That never gets old ;) Katniss, FTW.

Here are the books discussed in the post:

Fallen (Fallen, #1)The Giver  (The Giver Quartet, #1)The Fault in Our StarsVampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Continue reading for all the juicy details!

Our Reaction to the New Vampire Academy Teaser Trailer

If you don't already know (shame on you) that Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy is being made into a movie -- You do now. And as of last night, an official teaser trailer has been released. 


Okay. Now that we have our happy dance out of the way (thank you Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone -- neither of which are sadly in this movie) we'll continue to what really matters. The trailer!!!!!


1. Ahhhhhhh! It's here and did you see the Weinstein Company's logo? They're bloody fangs. Yes!

2. And...that amazing song is You (Ha Ha Ha) by Charlie XCX

Waiting on Wednesday: Minders by Michele Jaffe

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

Minders
Minders
by Michele Jaffe
Publisher:  Razorbill
Release Date: January 30th, 2014 

A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist, MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching who?

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She's been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she'll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There's just one problem: Sadie's fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford's life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.


Why I'm Waiting...

Blog Tour (Excerpt + Giveaway): Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe

Over the Rainbow

Over the Rainbow
by Brian Rowe
Release Date: August 6th, 2013

A modern re-imagining of The Wizard of Oz!

Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious. 

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world's population have mysteriously disappeared. But that's only the beginning...

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.


Excerpt

I'm so excited to share an excerpt from a Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe! This is a modern retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Reviews are already coming in and it's supposed to be super unique! Enjoy the excerpt below! 



Continuing reading for the giveaway!

Movie Review: Elysium


Elysium
Release Date: August 9th, 2013
Actors: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley 
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Genre: Sci-Fi 
Rating: R
Current Location: In Theaters 
Rotten Tomatoes: 66% - FRESH


Set in the year 2154, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds.




Review

When this film first teased us with trailers, I honestly had no idea what it was. Matt Damon with a strange spinal attachment? Matt Damon with a shaved head? District 9 sequel? The last, sadly, is not true. In short, Elysium turns out to be much how the extended trailer tells us. Earth is poor and people are sick. While on Elysium, people are rich and healthy. Only citizens of Elysium are allowed special healing beds that will make your cancer go bye-bye in a matter of seconds. So did Elysium dare to entertain and awe the way District 9 did? Follow me after the jump to find out! 
TAGLINE: (There's no real tagline, but this is enough of one: From the director of 'District 9' Yep, I'm sold.)

Book Mash [13]

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. (Usually posted by Becca -- first time for Krista yay!!)

Combine a very imagery heavy writing style kinda like Melissa Marr with a dark world where real craziness happens (*cough cough* Snow White and the Huntsmen), and a story with likable characters in unusual, dangerous and...again dark situations.

What do you get?

Blog Tour (Excerpt + Giveaway): Sink or Swim by Jamie Canosa

Sink or Swim (Fight or Flight, #1.5)
Sink or Swim
by Jamie Canosa
Series: Fight or Flight #1.5
Release Date: July 21st, 2013

There are some things you just can't walk away from.

When sleeping in vacant warehouses and dark alleys becomes preferable to living at home, something is seriously wrong. But when word reaches Allie that her mother is facing a life threatening illness, she has no choice but to return to the place of nightmares. Leaving wasn't a choice, it was a necessity, and if returning hadn't been equally necessary, Allie never would have set foot back inside that hell-hole.

Dean is no stranger to hardship, but the day Allie walked out of his life, taking his heart right along with her, was hands-down the most frustrating. Six months later, she's back and Dean refuses to rest until he figures out exactly what the hell happened.

Now, Allie's drowning. Drowning in lies. Drowning in the truth. Drowning in pain, and anger, and fear. But there comes a time when every drowning person must decide whether they will . . . Sink or Swim?


Excerpt

I'm so excited to share an excerpt from a fantastic New Adult book, Swing or Swim. It has some mature language in it (it's college, of course) so be warned before you read. Enjoy!




Continuing reading for the giveaway!

Top Ten Tuesday: Wish These Books Had Sequels

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

I Want Another One! *Sequel please* 


Find MeWitchlanders BY Lena Coakley
RELEASED August 30th 2011 BY Atheneum Books For Young Readers


THOUGHTS: I am almost a hundred-percent sure this was meant to be a series, but it didn't sell enough to warrant the sequel. Which sucks because it's a brilliant high fantasy and deserves a lot more recognition. And that cover is so beautiful, don't you think? 



Books into Movies: 'TFiOS' casts Isaac, 'Obsidian' optioned to film, 'Maze Runner' news, and more!!

It's been so long since our last Books into Movies update, but good news is that means there's lots of super exciting news from amazing adaptations!

Here are some of the books discussed in the post:



Continue reading for all the juicy details!

Best New 6 Releases of...August 2013


Welcome to a 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. 


Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

The Bone Season

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

Doon

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

The Beginning of Everything

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

Two Boys Kissing

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

Just Like Fate

Upcoming Anticipated Read! Goodreads

Continue Reading for Bonus Tidbits 

Ricochet (Addicted #1.5) releases on Amazon. Help us celebrate!

Ricochet is finally here! Get excited :D 


After a month long wait, Addicted to You finally has a full-length companion novel that bridges the gap between the first book and the sequel. You can find it at Amazon! If you haven't checked out our author blog, then you may not have realized that the book is no longer a novella but actually a novel (80,000 words). And this definitely happened because of your enthusiasm. We also can't thank those of you enough who helped us promote Addicted to You. A great part of our success was from your support, and we're truly grateful. 

Anyone who has Twitter, if you could retweet or tweet about Ricochet's release, we'd love you bunches. We decided not to do any book blasts for this release, so the news has to be spread through word of mouth. 

Have you see the new cover for Ricochet yet? How about the full summary? Read below ;)

Friendly Warning: The cover is quite sexy, so if you're easily offended by provocative images, I'd suggest skipping from reading ahead.