Stacking the Shelves [55]

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

This stacking the shelves is long overdue. We haven't had one in almost a whole month, and I'm sure I forgot to include some books. But here are the new lovelies on our shelves:

For Review

Othersphere (Otherkin, #3)   Secret (Elemental, #4)

Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful for These Things

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

Thanks for existing!


FAMILY


This is a given. Krista and I have a huge Italian family, and when we're all together, there's no shortage of laughs or smiles. Family is the foundation of my whole life, and I couldn't imagine not having any of them around. It's why leaving my childhood state is so hard. 

Books into Movies [143]: Trailers, Releases, and more!

A reoccurring feature at Nawanda Files that covers the latest news on book into movie adaptations. Features casting, filming, post-production news and more! 


VAMPIRE ACADEMY

NEW TRAILER

The full-length trailer has now been released! Watch it below!


Blog Tour + Giveaway: These Broken Stars by Amy Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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These Broken Stars
by Amy Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound #1
Release Date: December 10th, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion

It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone. 

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. 

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.


I'm so excited to have Amy and Meagan on Nawanda Files today! And they're here to discuss the outfits from their GORGEOUS cover!! Also be sure to continue reading for a chance to win These Broken Stars and some cool swag.




BEHIND THE SCENES: A LOOK AT THE OUTFITS ON THE COVER OF 
THESE BROKEN STARS


There’s no question that we owe our cover designer, the hugely talented Whitney Manger, a huuuuuuge debt of gratitude. We honestly had no idea what the cover of These Broken Stars was going to look like, but from the moment we saw the first comps, we knew we were in expert hands.

As if we needed any extra reassurance, the amazing team at Hyperion showed how committed they were to getting it right when they asked us to send through as much information as we could on the characters’ appearances, so they could be sure to get it right. You do see covers sometimes where the characters just don’t look right at all—not just unlike the way you imagined them, but literally wearing the wrong things, or with the wrong hair color, or worse. We went to work arming our wonderful design team with everything they needed to get it right!

Lilac

Lilac’s part of the upper class, and they go through historical fads almost as often as they brush their teeth. At the moment our story starts, faux-Victorian is all the rage, so Lilac’s dress has plenty of volume. Of course, a smart girl like Lilac isn’t going to let herself be bound up or slowed down by any of the practicalities of a genuine Victorian dress, and there’s no need, since nobody really knows what they should look like anyway.

Get Addicted Tour Kickoff! Addicted For Now is almost here!


The Get Addicted Tour is here! Becca and I are co-authors of a New Adult Romance series called the Addicted series. It begins with Addicted To You, and Addicted For Now is the upcoming sequel that releases November 30th!

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)   Addicted for Now (Addicted, #2)

This tour will feature lots of fun things! What can you expect? Excerpts, Teaser Posters, Funny posts about the making of the series, and some serious ones about how it all came together. Continue reading for the full schedule and links to the giveaway!

Nominations for Best December New Releases!


Every month, I will be posting the SIX best YA New Releases at the CW Atlanta. And hype and blogger opinions are a huge part in the choosing. Because I can't read every December release before the month reaches us, I need YOUR help. 

Have you read any December YA releases? Which ones are you head-over-heels in love with? What books are you waiting anxiously for? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 


When I finish the CW article, I'll post a link so you can see which six books made the cut. And there will be a poll so you can see what new release readers are craving the most. Thanks for your input! 







Books into Movies [142]: Trailers, News, and More!

A reoccurring feature at Nawanda Files that covers the latest news on book into movie adaptations. Features casting, filming, post-production news and more! 


DIVERGENT

NEW TRAILER

The full-length trailer has now been released! Be warned, it shows many clips of the major scenes. If you want to be completely un-spoiled then you might want to forgo watching it.


Waiting on Wednesday: Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

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


Sweet Reckoning
by Wendy Higgins
Series: The Sweet Trilogy #3
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: April 29th, 2014 

It’s time. 

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.


Why I'm Waiting...

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

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

Wish these covers were better!


SPARK BY BRIGID KEMERER

Find Me

RELEASED AUGUST 2012 BY KENSINGTON

I adore the Elemental series, but the covers confuse me. None of the four guys look like the Merrick brothers, and the guy in blue (who I assume is Chris) looks adopted compared to the others. And there are supposed to be identical twins. No, none of those guys are identical. This missed the mark in terms of capturing the essence of the book and the characters. 

We're Going to YALL Fest! Will You Be There?


We're going to the Young Adult Book Festival this Saturday at Charleston!! If any of you lovely readers/bloggers will be there you may spot us. We're identical twins so we're kind of hard to miss :) 

Becca and I are so excited to attend this fest. There are so many great authors attending (even Veronica Roth!). Here are the authors and panels we're most looking forward to: 

Twin Takedown: Ender's Game 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. 



Ender's Game
Release Date: November 1st, 2013
Actors: Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford
Director: Gavin Hood
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In Theaters
Rotten Tomatoes: 61% - FRESH

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The International Military seek out a leader who can save the human race from an alien attack. Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind, is recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth.





Introduction

Krista: Unlike Becca, I've never read Ender's Game. So my take on the movie is purely from the movie standpoint. I can't really say how well it was adapted, so Becca will take care of that commentary :)

Becca: But I read Ender's Game when I was about ten. And I never reread the book, so my knowledge is fuzzy at best. I do remember some scenes quite well though.

Krista: Going into this movie, I didn't have many expectations. Compared to other YA movie adaptions, this one seems far less hyped. But let me tell you, it's one that you should really check out if you have the time. Now, let's get into review--twin takedown style.

Books into Movies [141]: Casting, Posters, and more!

A reoccurring feature at Nawanda Files that covers the latest news on book into movie adaptations. Features casting, filming, post-production news and more! 


VAMPIRE ACADEMY

POST-PRODUCTION NEWS

With a February release date, Vampire Academy is gearing up with more promotion. Fandango made a list of "9 Secrets of Vampire Academy." Here are my two favorites:
The film nearly didn’t happen. When the project came to producers Don Murphy and Susan Montford at the height of Twilight’s popularity, they resisted reading Richelle Mead’s books, fearing vampire overkill. When their fellow producer Michael Preger wore them down, they realised what they’d missed. “Eventually we read it, and it was amazing. We knew we had to be involved in it,” says Murphy. And anyway, vampires are immortal, adds Montford: “So there is no vampire overkill!”
Um...so glad they read the book! It's nothing like Twilight (except, you know, the vampires). Hopefully it will translate well on screen.