Freebie Friday [2]

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...Lori! Transparent by Natalie Whipple will be shipped to you this week.


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)

No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz -- Brand New
Blythewood by Carol Goodman -- Brand New
Fragments by Dan Wells -- 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
Five Summers by  Una LaMarche -- Very Good

Paperbacks

The Book of Spells by Kate Brian -- Brand 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
Die for Me by Amy Plum -- Like New
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- 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
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

Battle of the Heroes: Ettiene St. Clair (Anna and the French Kiss) v. Cricket Bell (Lola and the Boy Next Door)

 Éttiene  St.  Clair   v.   Cricket  Bell

"Anna  and  the  French  Kiss"  by  Stephanie  Perkins                                                                                                                                                                                "Lola  and  the  Boy  Next  Door"  by  Stephanie  Perkins


There are two guys that outrank most heroes in YA contemporaries. And both have been spawned from the mind of Stephanie Perkins. Not saying she's a genius...okay, I kind of am. The amazing thing about these heroes is that they're both incredibly different and yet both incredibly swoon-worthy. There is a huge debate in the YA community about which guy is ultimately superior, so it seemed fitting to pit them against one another in the first "Battle of the Heroes". But since these are contemporary books...it's "Book Boyfriend" style. Were going to see which guy is more swoon-worthy. 

Let's start with Éttiene St. Clair

He's the lovable Brit that swoops Anna of her feet in Paris. Yes, he speaks French. Yes, he has a British Accent. He's basically 100% charm. There aren't many "nice guys" in romances that have spectacular personalities. Most fall under the "nice-guy-but-boring" category. Not St. Clair. And did I mention, he's cool enough to be referred to by last name only? 

Now let's look at Cricket Bell

Cricket is the boy next door. The guy that's super nice but also an awkward geek at heart. He loves inventing things (as any descendant of Alexander Graham Bell would) and he has a soft spot for Lola. Things are complicated by Lola's older boyfriend, but he's the type of guy who will wait *swoon*. He's also extremely tall, which is pretty damn sexy. 

Now you may have your own opinion who's the best. But since I'm the judge today, we're going to use my super biased test to see who's the winner. 

Villain of the Day: The Darkling from Shadow and Bone

THE DARKLING

"Shadow and Bone" by Leigh Bardugo


I'm not sure if there's anyone more sinister, yet so compelling as The Darkling from Shadow and Bone. He's introduced in the book as a mysterious figure. Someone you can't quite pin down. Is he bad? Is he good? Well, the one thing you know is there's something deeper to his character.

What else do we know: He's extremely attractive. He's freakin' powerful as f*ck. And he basically dominates any room he walks into. Yeah. We love him.

I don't want to spoil anything else, so I'm just going to urge you to read the book! Seriously! You won't be disappointed. He's such an original character that literally leaps off the pages as soon as he's introduced. Thanks to Bardugo's incredible writing, she's turned a villain into someone we love to hate and hate to love.


Favorite Quote: 

“The problem with wanting," he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, "is that it makes us weak.” 

Top Ten Tuesday: Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In

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

I DO NOT WANT TO LIVE HERE!

I thought it would be fitting that I do this Top Ten Tuesday this week, since last week I battled Wither v. Article 5 to see which world would be more terrible to live in. (Wither won by the way.) Anyway, I'm going to include dystopian worlds with fantasy worlds, because I consider them pretty f*cking terrible too. 

1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Women die by age 20. Men die by age 25. If you don't die, you might be captured and sold into prostitution and/or polygamy. Or, if you're really lucky you could just get shot on the spot "assassination style." So yeah, this world would be so much fun to live in.


P.S. this post is going to be littered with "no" gifs to illustrate just how much I wouldn't want to live in these worlds. And proceed...

2. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

The Moral Statues have taken over the Bill of Rights. You have to abide by laws like "no being born out of wedlock" and "no owning salacious paraphernalia." Break a law and it could be the end of you. Even if you don't break a law, you're ruled by unimaginable fear. No, thanks. 

3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Toklein 

I'm sure 80% of the time middle earth isn't being run down by scary freakin' monsters, but I also know that I'm a big chicken and I would not enjoy that other 20%. Plus, I need toilets. 

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Is there really anything good about this world? I would be the unlucky person drawn for the games (just sayin'). And then I would die because I have no murdering skills and I can't shoot a f*cking bow. Obviously, my parents did not teach me the things that matter. But even if you live in District 1 or 2, it's still fake. It still sucks. There's not much redeeming about it, not even by the end of Mockingjay. Rebellion just causes war. People die. And there's never really going to be an HEA. For anyone. Boo. 

Cover Reveal: Always Tomorrow by Laura Beege

ALWAYS TOMORROW

by Laura Beege


Eeek! So gorgeous! And don't you love the birds? It reminds me of Tris' tattoo from the Divergent movie posters. Continue reading for details on the book!

Movie Review: Short Term 12

SHORT TERM 12

So this is the first movie review back from hiatus, and it has earned a spot in my top favorite indies. If you love emotional movies with such realism that scenes are painful to watch, then this is a movie you need to rent (or buy) ASAP. 

Short Term 12 is about Grace, played by Brie Larson. She works at a foster care facility for at risk teens, and she has a troubled past as well. It isn't until Jayden, a girl with a similar history, shows up at the facility that Grace starts to confront these issues. 

This movie is HEARTBREAKING. There were so many times that chills literally ran up my arms. The actors (all of them) are phenomenal and paint such an emotional depiction of each and every character. There were numerous times that I could feel them all breaking apart.

The romance was organic and real. The realism in this movie is so incredible that it almost feels like you're a voyeur, creepily peeping in on someone else's broken life. It was difficult to sit through at times, but it engrossed me in a way that I couldn't stop watching. 

Overall, one of the better indie movies I've seen with a heavy subject matter. With superb actors and a stellar script, it's one to watch. A-

Freebie Friday [1]

A weekly feature on Nawanda Files where you can win a book off our shelves. 

Freebie Friday is going to be a weekly feature here on Nawanda Files. Right now, our apartment is overflowing with books. We just don't have the space for them. So we're going to give a book away every week off our shelves.

To enter. Pick a book from the list below and enter it into the rafflecopter. 
The giveaway will be open until next Friday. 
US Residents only. 


ARC (Advance Reader Copy)

No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz -- Brand New
Blythewood by Carol Goodman -- Brand New
Fragments by Dan Wells -- Like New
A Touch of Scarlet by Evie Marie Mont -- Like New
Transparent by Natalie Whipple -- Like New
Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark -- Like New
Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb -- Like New
Five Summers by  Una LaMarche -- Very Good

Paperbacks

The Book of Spells by Kate Brian -- Brand 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
Die for Me by Amy Plum -- Like New
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith -- Like New
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith -- 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
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



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Battle of the Worst Worlds: Wither v. Article 5

WITHER  v.   ARTICLE 5 

"The  chemical  garden  series"  by  Lauren  DeStefano                                                                                                                                                                                           "The  Article  5  Trilogy"  by  Kristen  Simmons


I've been on the search for the "worst" worlds in YA fiction. Not "worst" as in poorly written. On the contrary, these worlds are so deeply descriptive and fleshed out that I can almost feel what it would be like to live there. And...it wouldn't be pretty. Seriously, some dystopian books have such terrible freakin' worlds that I'd be terrified if someone plopped me down in those pages. Of the terrible worlds I've come across, there are two that rise above the others: Lauren DeStefano's Wither and Kristen Simmons' Article 5. Today I'm pitting them against each other to determine which world is more horrible, more terrifying, and downright nastier. 

Let's start with Wither. 

Here's a world in which men die at 25 and women die at 20. Right off the bat, I'm f*ucked if someone puts me in this world. (I'm 22). At the beginning of the book Rhine, the lead female, is abducted and sold into polygamy. The girls that didn't get purchased...well those girls died. Reminder: This isn't a "best" worlds battle. 

Even though Rhine is now living in luxury, everything around her is a little morphed, a little fake. Here's where Lauren DeStefano's imagery really envelops the reader. Rhine lives in a mansion, has her own servants, and dresses in fancy clothes, and yet it's still incredibly terrifying. It's almost like watching someone in a glass cage. 

Now let's dissect Article 5.

 In Kristen Simmons' world, the Bill of Rights has been replaced with a Moral Statues. The laws are well thought out and researched. (You can see them all at Kristen Simmons' website.) This is one of the most believable and realistic dystopian worlds I've ever read. Some laws include:
  1. Not being allowed to own immoral media/paraphernalia (this includes romance novels! -- again, I'm f*cked). 
  2. Must wear gender specific clothing
  3. Abiding by curfew unless married
  4. Avoiding infidelity
  5. Article 5: No children out of wedlock
Ember, the heroine of the story, was born out of wedlock. And in the beginning of the book, her mother is charged and taken away. Ember herself is then taken to a reform school for girls. The school dishes out cruel punishments and kills anyone who tries to escape. Even if you comply with the laws and don't get taken away, fear devours this world. Everyone is ruled by it. It takes immense skill to wave the Big Bad and the catalyst into something intangible as fear. Simmons' does that and beyond. 

If I could choose a "feeling" to give to the story, it's almost like living in The Walking Dead without the zombies. You're scared every second that something is going to turn around and bite you, but here the corrupted military are the savage beasts.

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. Biased? Yes. Accurate? Maybe. Fun? Hell yeah!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Treatment by Suzanne Young


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

The Treatment

by Suzanne Young


Suzanne Young's The Program might just be one of my all time favorites...ever. It's a science fiction book with a heavy focus on the love story (my favorite!) and we get a look inside a world conflicted with a suicide epidemic. When a book can be thought-provoking, entertaining, and sexy, it's like the Holy Grail in my opinion. Which is why I'm pining for The Treatment, the sequel in the series.

And we can all take a moment to appreciate the cover! So much better than the first one. I love when sequel covers improve :)

Top Ten Tuesday: On My Reading Wishlist

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

I WANT TO READ ABOUT THIS!

1. VIKINGS

After binging on the History Channels' Vikings series, I'm so craving a YA book about the Nordic people. I'd even request a female lead as badass as Lagertha. Seriously, the woman kicks butt. 

2. SKATEBOARDING/X-GAMES STYLE

Kind of like Lords of Dogtown. And it would be cool if the book was in a male POV a la Shawn White. Or you know, a girl BMX rider. That would be sweet! 

Heroine of the Day: Wren from Reboot

WREN

"Reboot" by Amy Tintera


This girl is badass with a captial B. If you haven't read Reboot then I urge you to go to your bookstore or find it on Kindle. The plot is fantastic, but what leaps this dystopian over all the others is Wren. She's one of my all time favorite heroines for being fearless and strong and yet learning how to be vulnerable. It doesn't hurt that there's an organic love story thrown in the mix. 

So here's the breakdown. Wren's a reboot. She's was dead for 178 minutes before being brought back to life. This makes her an emotionless super soldier. 


Only she's described as being really short...and blonde. So I guess she looks more like this...

We're Back With a Beautiful New Blog Design AND Big Changes!


Becca and I have returned to the YA blogosphere in style! Thanks to the beautiful new design by Hafsah at Icey Designs


Our holiday hiatus was longer than expected, but that's in large part due to our new book coming out. KISS THE SKY -- January 24th. A New Adult Romance that can be described as Friends meets the Real World. (See how I slipped that in ;)) 

We've also been trying to revamp Nawanda Files for 2014. I was unfortunate enough to come down with a case of blogging slumps back in 2013. So to avoid the virus this year, we're going to steer the blog towards a fangirling platform with less reviews (although we will still have NA book reviews on Sundays, the occasional YA book reviews, and plenty of movie reviews).

Why is this? We realized we just don't have as much time for reading as we used to. And the time that we do have, we'd prefer to read books we want to read rather than books we're obligated to review. Which is why we're closing our review request doors this year, but we're still open for promotional events :) 

So here are some more cool NEW features you can expect from us this year: