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