Book Mash [17]

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 spooky setting with a great cast of characters, paranormal elements with a classic horror feel, and writing that evokes the same creep as R.L. Stine and Stephen King.

What do you get?

TV Pilots in Review: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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 ;) 


Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Network: ABC
Premiere Date: September 24th 
Air Date: Tuesdays 8/7c

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The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.





Introduction

Krista: This was the second highest voted show for us to review! Yay! And it premiered last night. I'm a huge Marvel/superhero movie fan. While I haven't read the comics like Becca, I do love me some Avengers. Becca will probably give some insight into the S.H.I.E.L.D. comics...right, Becca??

Becca: Yep. For anyone who doesn't know, S.H.I.E.L.D is like the FBI of the superhero world. They don't have powers themsleves, but they're tasked with controlling the superhero population. They made a joke in the show about the acronym and what it stands for because in comics they change the meaning all the time.

Krista: So if you've watched this episode too, be sure to dish about it the comments! Now, onto the review!!

Sadly, Loki isn't in the show. But we'll survive. Onward!

Results: Which Fall TV Pilots We'll Be Reviewing

You chose which first episode of the new shows we should review, we have the results! 
To see the poll, visit the previous post here!


We were only planning on reviewing the top 4, but there was a 3-way tie for the fourth spot, so we'll be reviewing 6 instead! Which I'm kind of glad because I can't wait to talk about Reign and The Originals! 

1. Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Premieres 10/10 
2. Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: Premieres 9/24
3. The Tomorrow People: Premieres 10/9
4. Reign: Premieres 10/17
4. The Originals: Premieres 10/3
4. Sleepy Hallow: Premieres 9/16

As you can see, Sleepy Hallow already premiered, and Krista and I watched it, so we'll have that review up sometime this week (along with S.H.I.E.L.D). We're thinking of doing these reviews Twin Takedown style with gifs. Would you rather them be like that (where Krista and I have a convo) or more like a regular book review where one of us reviews it? 

S.H.I.E.L.D starts tonight! Who's excited?! 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels Ever!

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

No Sophomore Slump Here!! 

Find MeThe Evolution of Mara Dyer BY Michelle Hodkin
RELEASEd October 23rd 2012 BY Simon and Schuster


The main problem with the first book was the infestation of romance that seemed to overtake the coolest part of the book: Mara's hallucinations. But Hodkin fixed that really well in Evolution, and it by far surpassed the previous book. Now I just wish we didn't have to wait another year for the third one to be released *sigh*

Which Fall '13 New Shows Do You Want Us to Review?


We are TV junkies. I am certifiable in this arena, and I went as far to learn more about television in college. Thankfully I did land a job centering on TV for quite some time (shout out to The CW) and the best moment of my life is when Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy from TVD) picked me up after I interviewed him. Yes, it all happened. Some days I wonder if I created it all in my head. I wouldn't be surprised. My imagination is scary.

Digression aside, we're going to be watching all of the new dramas and most likely the sitcoms too on TV this year, and since we do movie reviews, we thought it would  be fun to review the pilot (the first episode of the new show) to see whether or not the show is something you should watch too. And if you already watched the show, you'll have our pretty opinionated take on it. When it comes to television, we don't hold back. 

Book Mash [16]

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 Krista.)



Combine a poor girl who falls in love with rich boy, a funny contemporary with money themes, and the wit of Jennifer Lawrence.

What do you get?

Waiting on Wednesday: Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill

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

Minders
Being Sloane Jacobs
by Lauren Morrill
Publisher:  Delacorte
Release Date: January 7th, 2014 

Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.


Why I'm Waiting...

Top Ten Tuesday: Our Fall TBR List

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

We Plan to Read These Soonish! 


Becca's TBR List

Find MeCrash Into You BY Katie McGarry
RELEASEs November 26th 2013 BY HARlequin Teen


I plan to start this one very soon! But don't kill me because I have to read Dare You To first (which I bought not long ago). We were lucky enough to get a copy of Crash into You in the mail by Harlequin, and I have already promised this to a fan / blogger once I finish because I know people who are DYING for this, and I wouldn't feel right keeping my hands on it ;) 

Stacking the Shelves + Weekly Recap in GIFs [53]

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

The book buying ban is not working! I blame it on the fact that we now live closer to a Books-a-Million, which is about 1 MILLION times better than Barnes&Noble. They just carry so many more books! Anyway -- the ban must start soon because our addiction is getting serious.


Book Mash [15]

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. (Most likely posted by Becca.)


Combine an incredible dystopian setting with characters you'll come to adore, a world where a natural element is depleted (in the film Solarbabies, there's little water, but this book lacks another element we need to survive), and military-esque elements that'll keep you on your toes. 

What do you get?

Books into Movies: If I Stay Casts Lead, City of Ashes Production Updates, and more!


Books into Movies news today will feature lots of casting updates, including some notable ones for The Fault in Our Stars and Mockingjay. Also is some surprising news about the fate of City of Ashes

Here are some of the books discussed in the post:

The Fault in Our Stars If I Stay (If I Stay #1) Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Continue reading for all the juicy details!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books We'd Love to See as a Movie or TV Show

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

Hurry and Green-light these babies! 


THE 5 BEST TV SHOWS (that should be made)

Find MeSweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
RELEASED May 1st 2012 BY HarperTeen


The Sweet Trilogy: When I worked for The CW, I was trying to push for this to become a show on the network (not that my lowly position as an assistant had much weight) but still, I tried! It has the perfect cast of characters and a premise (the son of lust!) that'll attract screaming girls everywhere. Love!!



Stacking the Shelves + Weekly Recap in GIFs [52]

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

Decatur Book Fest last weekend means more buys! I will be going on a book buying ban soon.


Book Mash [14]

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. (Most likely posted by Becca.)


Combine contemporary writing that's so addictive you'll want more, an adorakble lead girl and guy, and then a sweet older brother whose little sis always seems to tag along.

What do you get?

What We Heard at the Decatur Book Fest '13


Krista and I and our best friend Ashley went to Decatur, GA for the annual Book Fest! Instead of doing a recap of our activities, I jotted down notes at each panel to share with you some of the humorous and cool tidbits that you didn't get to hear (unless you were there of course). So in bullet point fashion, I'm going to list them off. And if some of them aren't as funny -- maybe it's a "you have to be there" thing -- which sucks because the point of this is to transport you to the fest. So close your eyes and imagine the sweltering GA heat (and a bit of spontaneous rain). Here we go!

  • SYLO by D.J. McHale: He read the first chapter of his book, and I happened to close my eyes to listen. He has the voice of the Sandlot narrator. No lie. He could read anything to me. Krista agreed, so it's not all in my head, promise. 

  • The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey: He walked to the stage wearing dark sunglasses (looking bad ass, mind you) and people began clapping. When they stopped, he waved his arms and said, "Don't stop." Immediately, I had a flash of Robert Downing Jr. His personality was infectious. 

Best 6 New Releases of...September 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. 


FIND ME

Read, Reviewed, Loved! Read Review

All Our Yesterdays

Upcoming Anticipated Read Goodreads

Antigoddess

Upcoming Anticipated Read Goodreads

The Dream Thieves

Upcoming Anticipated Read Goodreads

Thornhill

Upcoming Anticipated Read Goodreads

Fangirl

Upcoming Anticipated Read Goodreads

Continue Reading for Bonus Tidbits