5 Reasons Why You Should...Watch the Morganville Vampires Webseries

I swore the next post wouldn't be about a TV show, but whadya know...it's going to be about a TV series. Technically, it's a webseries -- so maybe I can ward off the guilt that way. If you like vampires, great acting, and YA adaptations, this is a must for you.

5 Reasons Why You Should . . .

Watch The Morganville Vampires Webseries


SHORT BACKSTORY
Morganville Vampires is a series by Rachel Caine. It follows 16-year-old Claire who attends college and live in a house with three other older students. And...there are vampires. Only these are the bad kinda vampires and not the ones you have crushes on. Rachel Caine used a kickstarter to launch and produce her series into webisodes that premiered this October. Basically -- she's a badass author.


5. The 1st season is already available on Youtube. I've provided the linkity link here: MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES WEBSERIES. I also made it in all caps in case you missed it. This is important information after all. Right now, you can watch the first six episodes. I believe this is the entire first season. It's a bummer that they run only about 8 minutes each. But...it's worth it!

4. You will like it even if you've never read the books. Admittedly, I have never read any of the Morganville books. But Becca is obsessed. She claims it's her number one favorite vampire series (that's a huge proclamation). And while, I've never read the books, I'm still enjoying the series SO much. It has the fun banter, the cute guys (a must!), and some cool twists. I also love that it doesn't take itself too seriously -- especially since it's a vamp show. 

3. There are ships! I have already called dibs on ships. Even if it's only eye flirting and great banter. The fact that Claire is 16 and all the others in the house are older, makes it really interesting. Claire + Shane = OTP. 

2. The acting is AMAZING. The main four actors need to be booked on the CW or ABC Family STAT. They all have great comedic timing and make what could be a really corny scene -- super awesome. I'm also going to talk a bit about the production value. It's not Hollywood quality, but it's actually really good for being a kickstarter. I expected something much more choppy and unwatchable (like plenty of bad indie films I've seen). But it's all really engaging and enticing. It also has a campy 90s feel that I'm digging. 

1. Michael & Shane are basically a Young Sam & Dean Winchester. Michael and Shane are played by Ben Easter and Jordan Farris. I kid you not, these two guys are basically young Jensen Ackles and young Jared Padelecki. It's...incredible. I want them to go mainstream so badly!!!

P.S. I didn't include any gifs with this one. Because all of the gifs on Tumblr are super amazing and artsy and deserve to be reblogged and liked there. I've included a link to my favs below: 


REALLY GREAT GIFS ON TUMBLR


Have you seen The Morganville Webseries? Have you read the books? Sound off below!!

5 Reasons You Should...Watch The 100

I've been trying to come up with some cool post ideas. And I've decided to focus on "5 Reasons" posts. Just listing out the top 5 reasons you should watch, read, or listen to whatever I've discovered recently. We'll start with a TV show since I haven't begun my binge reading yet (that will happen in a few days). 

P.S. These posts might be infrequent or frequent depending on how busy I am.

5 Reasons Why You Should . . .

Watch The 100 on The CW


SHORT BACKSTORY
The 100 is a sci-fi show on the CW that's like Battlestar Gallactica and Lord of the Flies only its not. Basic Premise: A group of 100 juvenile delinquents get sent to an abandoned Earth to test if it's survivable. Sure it is! If you don't mind crazy radiations that's mutated the animals and "grounders" trying to slaughter everyone. Sounds fucked up? Because it is. Proceed below.

5. The 1st season is on Netflix. Didn't watch season 1? I envy you. Now you can binge-watch the entire thirteen episodes on Netflix. It's seriously awesome. What's even more awesome--the second season is already topping the first. Sure, we're only two episodes into the new season. But it's still kickass. 

reaction animated GIF

4. It's based off a YA book by Kass Morgan.  I am all for supporting YA book adaptations. The better they do on screen, the more likely studios and producers will keep adapting them. KEEP EM COMING!

3. The character arcs are superb. It's not just following a main protagonist. This is really an ensemble show with multiple arcs. The writing is amazing. The acting is great. There's nothing else you can really ask for. Also -- the females are all very well portrayed (most of the time even stronger and smarter than the guys *looks at you Raven*)


2. Bellamy & Octavia. Are you a fan of brother/sister bonds in TV? How about little sister/older brother bonds? How about little sister/super protective older brother bonds? Bam! This has that times ten. It's a really rocky relationship with tons of depth and backstory. I love it to the millionth degree. 


1. The Romances. I'm not going to lie. Not all of them are great *side eyes Clarke and Finn* but for the most part, you will have pairs you root for. And isn't that what great television is about? Being able to love something enough to choose a side. Who do I ship? Octavia & Lincoln (OTP!). Bellamy & Clarke. Finn & Nobody! He should really be with Raven, but that guy is a d-bag to her so he should die alone. Yeah, this show is good enough to provoke the crazy fangirl in me. 


Are you already watching the 100? If not, go watch it NOW! You won't be sorry. 

Ranking the New Fall 2014 TV Shows

For September, I thought it would be fitting to do another TV post, since fall television is about to begin. *cues the drum roll* As a self-proclaimed TV Junkie, this is usually my favorite time of the year. This year, however, is really filled with some ho-hum looking new shows. I can't name one that I'm super super excited for. Not like last year. The Originals -- yes! The Tomorrow People  -- double yes! Once Upon a Time in Wonderland -- hell freakin yes (also RIP)!

While most shows this year look like duds *cough cough Scorpion* There are some that I'm a bit excited for. So let's break it down.

Here are a list of the news show, separated by Network with their premiere date attached.

NBC
Mysteries of Laura - Sept. 24
Bad Judge - Oct. 2
A to Z - Oct. 2*
Marry Me - Oct. 4
Constantine - Oct. 24
State of Affairs - Nov. 17

FOX
Utopia - Sept 7*
Red Band Society - Sept 17*
Gotham - Sept 22
Gracepoint - Oct 2
Mulaney - Oct 5

CBS
Madame Secretary - Sept 21
Scorpion - Sept 22
Stalker - Oct. 1
The McCarthys - Oct. 30

ABC 
Forever - Sept 22*
Black-ish - Sept 24
How to Get Away with Murder - Sept 25
Selfie - Sept. 30
Manhattan Love Story - Sept. 30
Cristela - Oct. 30

The CW
The Flash - Oct. 7
Jane the Virgin - Oct. 13

*indicates that I have already seen the pilot, whether the show already aired or I saw an early release of the pilot


I Rank The New Shows

So I'm basing these rankings on their concept, cast, and trailer. I'll try not to be biased based on the shows that I've seen the pilots for...okay, who am I kidding, I'm going to be super biased. Note: That I love the CW and I'm not much of a crime show fan, so the rankings will reflect my personal television tastes. 

I also didn't spend the time writing summaries, so if you want a synopsis of the shows, you can find the list at TV Guide.

I'm Back! (Sort of) & The Post Where I Pimp Out Witches of East End

So you may have noticed that I haven't posted on Nawanda Files for months. That's crazy! I've been a book blogger for 2+ before my indefinite hiatus (unannounced) back in June. The truth is, blogging is super time consuming and I just haven't had enough free time to devote to it. Right now, Becca and I are focusing on writing and promoting our books, so book blogging has sadly taken a backseat.

And also, somewhere last Spring blogging felt a little more like work than it once used to. I tried really hard to climb out of the blogging slump, only to be sucked back underneath it.

So...I'm back to say that I really want to try to blog more (but may only a couple times a month). I truly do love blogging. Nawanda Files has opened up so many doors to friendships and the bookish world. I can't begin to imagine what my life would be like if I didn't start this blog two years ago.

My posts maybe more book adaptations-centric since I have soft spot for books into TV and books into movies. Which brings me to today's post...

WITCHES OF EAST END


If you're not watching this show, you're not living. In all honesty, I was super hesitant to start it. For one, it's on Lifetime. And what I know about Lifetime is soapy drama movies with terrible acting. Secondly, I started the pilot and I wasn't sold. The script was a little...cheesy. 

But I'm here to tell you WATCH THE WHOLE FREAKIN SEASON. I binged on Netflix and it's beyond addicting. The writing gets better, the plots get jucier and the actors are really amazing. 

Big cheers to Melissa de la Cruz for writing a great series with a great adaptation! 

And now for the gifs. Because if my words don't persuade you, these will...

 

Killian: Daniel DiTomasso might be the sexiest actor on TV right now. He's originally a model and this is his first big gig. Not too shabby! And he can act, you guys! He's one of the best parts of the show. Hands down. 


Freya and Killian: The romance really develops nicely. It starts out as a hate-flirting kinda thing, but it's clear how much chemistry they have together. 

 

Girl Power: If you're a fan of Charmed and you miss the sister bonds, then this is the show for you. All the women on the show are incredible and each have their own inner-strength and amazing (sexy!) storyline. 

 

The Plot: It's seriously phenomenal. And it's how I got my sister to watch the show. Basically: there are four witches and they have all been cursed. Wendy: Only has 9 Lives (like a cat). Joanna: Has immortality, but her two daughters always die in their twenties and then she has to birth them again and repeat the process (heartbreaking!) Frey and Ingrid: Are Joanna's daughters cursed to always die young and forget their "past" lives when they're reborn. So yeah. It's pretty cool! 

 

Frederick: He's new to season 2, but I am a huge Christian Cooke fan, so I'd thought I'd throw up this gifs. *swoon*

 

The humor: There are lots of funny moments and the show is way less cheesy than I thought it was. Wendy is my favorite just because she brings the sassy and the humor so well. 

Alrighty...that's it. Hopefully you'll at least try out the first episode. It's really a fantastic show with a great cast, and I hope that it continues on for more seasons. 



*I did not personally make any of the gifs, if you find one that is yours and you'd like me to take it down/give you credit. Just shoot me an email :) 

If You Love the CW...

So this is a quick post for all those CW lovers out there (myself included). Becca, who is a co-blogger here on Nawanda Files and my twin, is a writer over at the CW Atlanta. Every once and a while I like to pimp out her articles. Today is that day, my friends.


Preach, Klaus, preach!

Check out her posts over at CW ATLANTA

My favorites include her post about the four new shows (there is also a poll to vote for your favorite) and her the 100 recaps




Freebie Friday [9]

FREEBIE FRIDAY:

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winners:
Congratulations...Jennifer and Sandra. Vicious Deep and A Touch Scarlet will be shipped to you soon! 


To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 


ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
September Girls by Bennett Madison - Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Othersphere by Nina Berry -- Like New
The Ward by Jordana Frankel -- Like New

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

MOVIE REVIEW:

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

I saw it! And gah! There were so many amazing moments. I have to say with all the negative reviews from the critics, I was expecting a terrible movie. But, alas, it wasn't terrible. Was it perfect? eh...not really. But it was still very entertaining.

The highlight of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was (shocker) the romance between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey.

Real life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprise their roles and they have some insane chemistry. Oh, and if you haven't seen the SNL skit where they suck face and do this...

then you're missing out.

Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down But Didn't

TOP TEN TUESDAY

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

So I've chosen 5 books instead of 10 today because I wasn't feeling too inspired. And these books are ones that I almost put down, maybe because of a slow beginning or it took me a while to warm up to the writing style. But ultimately I was so glad that I didn't give up on it because it turned out to be really good :)

1. Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

This was my first book by Maggie Steifvater and it really took some time for me to get used to her writing style. It's very lyrical, and at times I wanted to put it down for a book with more action, but I stuck with it. And I'm glad I did! I began to fall in love with the characters and the emotional journey they were taking.

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1)

Book Haul...The One with the Gorgeous Dress

BOOK HAUL...THE ONE WITH THE GORGEOUS DRESS



May had brought me so many great books (and the end of April too). I pre-ordered all of these lovelies and was so excited to open them up and caress their shiny covers.

Biggest surprise: I did not realize how large a book Since You've Been Gone was. It's supposed to be awesome, so it's going to be lots more of awesome ;)


Books into Movies: Allegiant, Outlander, and more

BOOKS INTO MOVIES NEWS: 

Bringing you the latest news on book adaptations into movies and television shows. From casting to filming and more! 

Outlander

NEW TRAILER



Based on Diana Gabaldon's bestselling book, the Outlander television show seems to be ripe for all those romance lovers. Me! I've never read the book, but I'm a glutton for some sexy men on TV. And can we talk about Sam Heughan who plays James Fraser? Here's a visual reference: 


So much swooooon!

Waiting on Wednesday: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Lailah (The Styclar Saga, #1)

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY:

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

Lailah
by Nikki Kelly

The cover for this book looks creeeepy. It's already freaking me out! Combine vampires with angels and some other paranormal elements and this seems to be one of the few vamp books releasing in 2014. Which is why I'm eagerly awaiting it. Plus, lots of the early reviews have been stellar and they all mention how this book is incredibly unpredictable. Sounds like a winner! And...you know...that cover *shudders*

Lailah by Nikki Kelly releases October 7th, 2014. Keep reading for the blurb and links. 

Top Ten Book Covers I'd Frame As Pieces of Art

TOP TEN TUESDAY

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

GAHHH! SOOOO PRETTY!!

These covers are basically art and we all need to pause for a moment of silence to thank the cover designers. I bow down to you all! 

1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Probably my most favorite cover out of any book. I could stare at it all day. I took the cover changes for this series pretty hard. :,(

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier


MOVIE REVIEW:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I have this love-hate relationship with Captain America. On one hand, he is my least favorite superhero out of the Avengers. He's so self-righteous and sometimes his character comes off as...bland. Put him in a room with Iron Man and/or Thor and he's easily overshadowed.

But it's really not Chris Evan's fault. That's just Cap's personality. So I try to give him some slack. And on the other hand, I like Captain America's vulnerability. He's more like a regular guy than the other superheroes. He seems way less invincible than Thor.

Going into Captain America 2, I had very LOW expectations. I wasn't a fan of the first movie. I found it tedious and really boring. But holy crap, was I surprised by this movie! It seemed to fix all the problems I had with CA1. No sappy, forced romance. No long winded exposition areas.


As soon as Nick Fury gets attacked by police officers, all bets were off. It was exciting, action-packed, and more unpredictable than the first movie.

**Slight spoilers from here on out**

TV Discussion: How I Would Fix the CW

TV DISCUSSION: 

While Nawanda Files is primarily a book blog, we also like to discuss TV and Movies. Our favorite movies involve dramas with emotional stories, and our favorite TV shows usually land on the CW. 

8 SIMPLE STEPS TO MAKING A PERFECT 2014-2015 TV SEASON ON THE CW

First of all, if you have no interest in television, then feel free to just skip this post all together. It's long and there are some pretty strong opinions about ships (the fangirl kind, not the ones that float in the water). You've been warned.

Alright, if you're a TV junkie like us, then you know that this TV season is coming to a close in a few weeks and the upfronts are happening mid-May. What are upfronts? This is when the networks reveal their schedules for the fall season. Becca works for the CW Atlanta, so she actually gets to attend a live showing of the CW upfronts. Who's jealous *points to self*

But the coolest part about CW upfronts is learning which pilots will be picked up (and ultimately, which shows are canceled). Becca and I usually have bets going on, and we frequently talk about TV programming. We're weird like that ;)

The CW is our favorite of all networks, and this year they've had some hits and misses *ahem, The Originals* So I have some steps that I think will solve ALL of the issues and kinks with the shows and lineups. I, of course, am not a professional programmer, but merely a fangirl with some super big opinions about TV.

This post is timely since Supernatural: Bloodlines  just aired its backdoor pilot last Tuesday. I have some very specific thoughts about this show below.

Freebie Friday [8]

FREEBIE FRIDAY:

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winners:
Congratulations...Montana. The Assassin's Curse will be shipped to you soon! 


To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 


ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
September Girls by Bennett Madison - Like New
A Touch of Scarlet by Evie Marie Mont -- Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Othersphere by Nina Berry -- Like New
The Ward by Jordana Frankel -- Like New

Top Releases for May 2014

THIS MONTH'S TOP RELEASES:

There are so many books I'm so excited for, and I wanted to highlight the ones that I'm either pre-ordering or counting down the days to. I'm a little behind (still reading my April pre-orders) but hopefully I can squeeze some time in for my absolute favs! 

The One (The Selection, #3)1. The One by Kiera Cass

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen.

America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

I'm pretty obsessed with The Selection series, and even went a little fangirl crazy at the events of The Elite. I wasn't too pleased (my shipper heart was breaking) but I'm in so much love with Cass' addictive writing style that I will read anything she writes. Plus, I need to know how this love triangle ends, which is why it tops my list for May.

Releases May 5th, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Talon by Julie Kagawa

Talon (Talon, #1)

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY:

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

Talon
by Julie Kagawa

I must confess, I've never read a Julie Kagawa book. But Becca is a huge fan of her Iron Fey series, so I'm pretty excited about Talon. I like dragons more than fairy books, so this seems to be more up my ally. Plus, the cover is so sleek and cool. No corny looking dragons on the cover! So much love, and big kudos to the editorial department in charge of this cover.

Talon by Julie Kagawa releases October 28th, 2014. Keep reading for the blurb and links. 

Top Ten Books if You Like The Vampire Diaries and The Tomorrow People

TOP TEN TUESDAY

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

FOR TVD FANS AND TPP FANS

We're pretty obsessed with the CW over here at Nawanda Files, so I chose two very different CW shows for this Top Ten Tuesday. The first 5 books are for anyone who loves The Vampire Diaries. The vamp show has some of the best drama and thrills. But if you're more of a Tomorrow People fan then maybe you're into sci-fi -- those would be my last 5 suggestions. 

1. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

This is a must. If you've never read Sweet Evil then you are missing out big time! There's a huge paranormal element: The main characters are Nephelum that have to carry out the sins of the Dukes (i.e. Lust, Wrath, Envy, etc) The romance is spot on, and you'll fall in love fast.

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1) Obsidian (Lux, #1) Hemlock (Hemlock, #1) 

Freebie Friday [7]

FREEBIE FRIDAY:

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winners:
Congratulations...Angie. Witchstruck will be shipped to you soon! 


To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 


ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
September Girls by Bennett Madison - Like New
A Touch of Scarlet by Evie Marie Mont -- Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Othersphere by Nina Berry -- Like New
The Ward by Jordana Frankel -- Like New

Ranking the Future 2014 YA Adaptations

Ranking the YA Books into Movies for (the rest of) 2014:


I'm a little obsessed with books into movies, especially YA adaptations. I've been so crunched for time that I haven't been able to do any "Books into Movies" posts this year. Divergent and Vampire Academy have already come out. VA flopped in theaters and Divergent was left with a mixed audience. Though they are pumping up gear for the Divergent sequels. And has anyone heard about the rumors to split the third book into two movies? No? Yes? I've heard lots of dissention from fans. After watching The Hobbit: Part 2 and realizing it only contained 5 f'ing chapters from the book, I'm joing the side of "do not split up a book into 2 movies pleeeeease" and then we have to file a disclaimer *unless it's Harry Potter

There's still plenty of YA adaptations coming out this year that we should all be looking forward to. TFIOS, anyone? I'm going to rank the 2014 YA movies in order of excitement. This is also my prediction in how well they will do in the box office. 

1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman


First of all, watch this trailer...


Now, tell me you didn't cry. If you didn't, you need to go see a therapist. You are made of stone, my friend. In all honesty, I've never read this book but the movie looks perfectly cast and scripted. The parents look so original. Rocker parents? I love it! And the emotion that I know will come from this film is already seeping into the trailer. It's my pick to win it all. Bonus Points: Casting an unknown for Adam. Perfection. 

Freebie Friday [6]

FREEBIE FRIDAY:

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winners:
Congratulations...Lisa, Jen, and Vero. Halflings, Blythewood, and Taken by Storm were shipped to you. 


To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 


ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
September Girls by Bennett Madison - Like New
A Touch of Scarlet by Evie Marie Mont -- Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb -- Like New
Othersphere by Nina Berry -- Like New
The Ward by Jordana Frankel -- Like New

Paperbacks
The Book of Spells by Kate Brian -- Brand New
Die for Me by Amy Plum -- Like New
Personal Demons by Lisa Desroachers -- Like New
On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs -- Like New
Evermore by Alyson Noel -- Like New
The Possession of Cassie Quinn by Kathryn Knutson -- Like New
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain -- Like New
Isle of the Night by Veronica Wolff -- Like New
The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan -- Like New
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke -- Like New
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi -- Like New
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington -- Very Good
Timeless by Alexanda Monir -- Very Good
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova -- Very Good
Switch by Carol Snow -- Very Good
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow -- Good
Thirst: Vo. 1 by Christopher Pike -- Used
Meridian by Amber Kiser -- Used
Evernight by Claudia Gray -- Used
Dirty Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolariz -- Used, has library sticker

Hardbacks 
Legacy by Molly Chochran -- Brand New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Brand New
Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie -- Brand New
The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian -- Like New
Gone by Michael Grant -- Like New
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton -- Good

Book Boyfriend of the Day: Evan from The 5th Wave

BOOK BOYFRIEND OF THE DAY:

Evan
"The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey

Obviously, I'm so not over this book, so I decided to feature one of my favorite characters from The 5th Wave. I could have chosen Cassie as Heroine of the Day, since I loved her immensely, but I thought I'd shake it up with a book boyfriend. Plus, Evan is described as a younger version of the guy on the Brawny paper towel--um...yes, please!

The 5th Wave is a post-apacolyptic book with an alien invasion, so you'd be surprised to find any romance in this one. But there is, and it's my favorite kind. It's the romance that stems from survival, which seems to bring the most unlikely people really really close together in a short amount of time. It's why I think insta-love has no place here. When you're trying to live another day, things happen at a different kind of pace.

Evan is enigmatic, and I can't say much about his character without spoiling everything. But what I can say is he's protective, hot, alpha, and has an emotional depth you wouldn't peg from the beginning. If this book gets made into a movie, this will be the casting choice that I'll be most excited for.

Favorite Quote (also a bit spoilery): 
I could have chosen a non-spoilery quote but this is my favorite so...whatever. Here it is: 

“I am a shark, Cassie," he says slowly, drawing the words out, as if he might be speaking to me for the last time. Looking into my eyes with tears in his, as if he's seeing me for the last time. "A shark who dreamed he was a man.” 

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That I'd Like To Own

TOP TEN TUESDAY

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

I WANT THESE! WANT! WANT! WANT!

1. A Library in My House

This is a long term goal. When I die, I will die in my library with my books. Bam! I would also like a spiral staircase and one of those moving staircases. Basically...I would like heaven, please ;)

Now that's a cool idea. A floor-length window looking out on a gorgeous view in a library! This space is obviously meant to enjoy a book, and not to show off. Could use some comfy floor furnishings though :)

Book Haul...The One With Leprechauns

BOOK HAUL...THE ONE WITH LEPRECHAUNS

I've been in internet hell/perguatory or whatever you want to call it for a full week. This is where I bow down to all the bloggers who seem to schedule posts weeks in advance. Obviously, I am not that awesome.

Usually book hauls/stacking the shelves are on the weekend, but my days are all confused and turned around with being gone for a week. So it's MONDAY BOOK HAUL! Holla!

I have lots of awesome books plus a Wendy Higgins book that I am salivating to read. Seriously, I'm drooling ;)  
  • See Me by Wendy Higgins 
    • Hello, there are leprechauns in this book! And it's written by the same author that brought us Sweet Evil. There is no doubt I'll be devouring it soon. 
  • Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
    • I pre-ordered this one a little while back. The cover is gorgeous, and the concept seems to be the star-crossed lovers theme...maybe. It sounds awesome!! 
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer
    • I've read the first two books in the series, and needed to get on with the third. I've heard nothing but fantastic things. And if it's as good as Scarlet, then I know I'm in for a treat. 
  • Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    • I've been meaning to read this one for a REALLY long time, but I've always passed by it in bookstores. I thought I'd snag me a paperback and change that ;) 

Have you read any of these books? Have you heard about them? Sound off below!

Freebie Friday [5]

FREEBIE FRIDAY:

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Where we're giving a book away every week off our shelves.

Last Friday's Winner:
Congratulations...Gabby! Five Summers was shipped to you.


To enter the giveaway this week. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
US Residents only. 


ARC (Advance Reader Copy)
Blythewood by Carol Goodman -- Like New
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
September Girls by Bennett Madison - Like New
A Touch of Scarlet by Evie Marie Mont -- Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb -- Like New
Othersphere by Nina Berry -- Like New
The Ward by Jordana Frankel -- Like New

Paperbacks
The Book of Spells by Kate Brian -- Brand New
Die for Me by Amy Plum -- Like New
Personal Demons by Lisa Desroachers -- Like New
On the Prowl by Patricia Briggs -- Like New
Evermore by Alyson Noel -- Like New
The Possession of Cassie Quinn by Kathryn Knutson -- Like New
The Dark Divine by Bree Despain -- Like New
Isle of the Night by Veronica Wolff -- Like New
The Forrest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan -- Like New
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke -- Like New
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi -- Like New
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington -- Very Good
Timeless by Alexanda Monir -- Very Good
The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova -- Very Good
Switch by Carol Snow -- Very Good
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow -- Good
Thirst: Vo. 1 by Christopher Pike -- Used
Meridian by Amber Kiser -- Used
Evernight by Claudia Gray -- Used
Dirty Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolariz -- Used, has library sticker

Hardbacks 
Halflings by Heather Burch -- Brand New
Legacy by Molly Chochran -- Brand New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Brand New
Unleashed by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie -- Brand New
The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian -- Like New
Gone by Michael Grant -- Like New
Taken by Storm by Angela Morrison -- Like New
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton -- Good

What I'm Reading [1]

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

WHAT I'M READING...

2014 has been a year of writing with much less reading for me. But when I do start a book, it feels super special and so I want to shout it from the rooftops. 

Dorothy Must Die
by Danielle Paige

I've been waiting for this book for...forever. So when my pre-order came in the mail, I was all kinds of happy.


It already sounds like such an amazing concept. Dorothy is evil. Amy must venture into Oz to kill her. What?! Yes. I'm so down for this. Combined with some really great reviews from other bloggers already, and I think this could be a winner.

I'm starting it today, so I'm pumped. I'm ready. Reading is a go.

Have you read Dorothy Must Die? Have you heard about it? Sound off below!

Movie Review: About Time


MOVIE REVIEW:

About Time

So freakin' good! If you're looking for a romantic comedy that's so real and heartfelt, then you need to watch About Time pronto! Oh yeah, and there's some time travel in it. But it makes this movie so much more original and extraordinary.

First, let's begin with Domnhall Gleeson who plays Tim. This is the same redhead who played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter films. I'm so thrilled to see him in a lead role, and one where he can show off his comedic side. He plays awkward-funny to perfection.

Rachel McAdams plays love interest Mary. She's so much different than her normal characters. Bookish, a little nerdy, and a perfect match for Tim. I LOVED the fact that Rachel McAdams was paired with a normal guy for a change. (But let's be honest, Domnhall is still pretty cute even if he's no Ryan Gosling.)

Battle of the Heroes: Kaidan Rowe vs. Daemon Black

BATTLE OF THE HEROES:

Kaidan Rowe  v.   Daemon Black

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)This might be the most epic of all battle of the heroes. I'm pitting two paranormal guys against on another to see which one has the better sex appeal and will ultimately be more compatible...with me. Yes! These battles are so insanely biased that they are almost laughable. But guess what? You have a chance to take the same quiz and vote for your favorite hero at the end. So it's Kaidan Rowe from Wendy Higgins' Sweet Evil trilogy vs. Daemon Black from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series. As a disclaimer: I've read the first two books in the Sweet trilogy but only the first book (Obsidian) in the Lux series. Now...let's begin with some background info of the guys.  

Kaidan Rowe

He's a Nephilim, half angel and half demon, and also the son of the duke of Lust. Yes, you read that correctly. L. U. S. T. Prepare for some sexy times people because Kai will literally have your heart racing and your panties a meltin'. He's a bit of a jerk at first, and also a drummer of a band. Sexy! But he soon warms up to sweet Anna and shows that he's more than just the guy who sleeps with his groupies. 

Daemon Black

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Daemon is an alien. Yep, an alien. But not the green guys you see in cartoons. Nope, he's more along the lines of the WB's hot Roswell type aliens. And oh, he is one giant jerk. The kind of bad boy that makes you want to slap him one minute and then jump his bones the next. Like Kai, there's so much underneath his rough exterior.

Major plus points for having the female love interest (Katy) be a book blogger. She gets marked by Daemon after he saves her, and now evil guys are after her so Daemon has to protect her. Oh man, oh man, there are so many swoony scenes in this book. JLA knows how to write sexy, snarky, and just plain awesome! And most of the epic moments come from Daemon black. His powers: Element manipulation (if I remember correctly), super speed, and panty dropping. 

Waiting on Wednesday: Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

The Treatment (The Program, #2)

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY:

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

Trust Me, I'm Lying
by Mary Elizabeth Summer

There's just something about this book that I'm so drawn to. Maybe it's the cover. Or the fact that they're pitching it as a YA Ocean's Eleven. Con artists are the best. I haven't read Heist Society but Trust Me, I'm Lying looks like it could garner the same kind of praise.

Plus...plus...the main character is named Julep! WTF. I don't know why I love that but I do! It's so unique and kooky that I can't help but be drawn to it. The only downside: the release date is October. That's a hella long wait.

Movie Review: Vampire Academy


MOVIE REVIEW:

Vampire Academy

Since we've been off hiatus we've seen a few movies (not Divergent -- that will happen next week ;) ). Oh....Vampire Academy. Where do I even begin? This had the potential to blow me away. BIG TIME. But there were some things that seriously fizzled out or were just plan weird choices by the producers. First let's focus on the good because unlike critics, I don't necessarily think this was a terrible movie. There were just some problems that made it straddle a B- and C+ for me.

The good? The casting, I felt, was pretty spot on. Zoey Deutch kicked ass as Rose Hathaway, and I don't think anyone else could have delivered those kinds of lines with that kind of Rose spunk. She was perfect. [Side Note: Becca and I also got some major Ellen Page vibes from this actress. We loved it!!] Another great casting choice was Lucy Fry as Lissa. The two of them together had a very organic friendship.

Now, the romance. Surprisingly, the standout was Dominic Sherwood as Christian. He played the bad boy to a tee.

Danila Kozlovsky embodied Dimitri, but I wasn't swooning as hard for him as I was in the books. The problem? That hair! Why, oh why, did the producer choose to make his hair long? I think that will be the question of the year...maybe even century (for me, of course, I'm sure all of you have better things to question). There was also another problem with the romances, which I will get to in a second.

Mini-Hiatus: We'll be back mid-March!!

Hi everyone! You may have noticed that we've been slacking a little on blogging. That's because we're moving homes, and packing/taking care of all the details is eating up most of our time. And the free-time that we do have is devoted to our author blog.

So...unfortunately we're going to have to take a mini-hiatus until we're all moved in and settled down. We'll be back in full swing mid-March with our battles, freebie fridays and sexy sundays.

We'll see you then <3 <3

Battles of the Worlds: The Hunger Games v. Divergent

BATTLE OF THE WORLDS:

The Hunger Games  v.   Divergent

This is another "which world is too terrible to live in" battle. Only I'm pitting too very popular books against one another. As a disclaimer, I've only read the first two books in the Hunger Games series and only the first book in the Divergent series. HOWEVER...I have read spoilers about how each series ends. So I will take into account some things that happen in the later books -- but I can't promise to be an expert on them. Wikipedia is my friend...and source :)  

The Hunger Games 

We all know about this world, right? 12 Districts. The lower the number, the shittier the district. Every year a reaping takes place and that district sends a boy and girl to compete in "The Hunger Games" for a chance to win money, food, and to boast that they are the baddest mofo in town. Oh, and that game is to the death. But, no biggie! 

Divergent 

 Oh, Divergent. How do I explain this world properly? First off, there are 5 factions: Abnegation, Candor, Eurdite, Dauntless, and Amity. When you're sixteen, you must choose which faction you belong to and then become initiated into it. And if you're fucking crazy enough to choose Dauntless, then just to give you a heads up--if you can't jump out of a moving train then you'll become factionless on the spot. Oh...and you're going to have to beat each other up on a regular basis. *shugs*


Now that we have a little background of each world, it's time to decide which one would be more terrible to live in. To do this, I'm going to rank them on how I would survive in the world. These battles are insanely biased. Proceed with caution.