"No story lives on unless someone wants to listen. The stories we love best do live in us forever. So whether you come back by page or by the big screen. Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home." -- J.K. Rowling



Person: "What are you suppose to be?"
Me: *Points to ears* "I'm a dragon, duh!"

Please Don't Go, I'll Eat You Up I Love You So....

Friday, September 30, 2011

ERAGON - The INHERITANCE CYCLE by Christopher Paolini ~ A Look Back Interview Video!!!

"Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alaga√ęsia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle!"





I said it before and I will say again, I cannot believe that this series is coming an end and I cannot wait for the last book! It is going to be a bittersweet day when I read that last few pages of this book . . .I hope there will be a new series (besides The Books of Abarat which usually take five years between publications) that I will love just as much -

The Inheritance Cycle's final book, Inheritance comes out Nov 8!!

Thoughts???

Questions???

~Valen Steel

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Follow Friday (5)!

Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted my Parajunkee  and Alison Can Read! You follow, they follow and gain blogger buddies!!

'If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, myself of course and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. If you are interested in becoming a Feature click on the drop down link above FEATURES > Feature & Follow Friday and get on the waiting list! It is also required, that if you participate you must follow the hosts (
Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) and the two Feature blogs.'

This Weeks Question --

Q. What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?
This is a tough and great question!

I would love for there to be a remake of Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, but this time done right. Like have Guillermo del Toro or some other major fantasy director caretake it and make it amazing! Cast members??? Not a clue . . .

I would also really love to see Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty and the rest of the Gemma Doyle trilogy become movies, directed by someone who knows how to do a period piece, like whoever directed Kate Blanchett in Victoria: The Golden Age. It could be a great entertaining film that also recieves Oscar buzz! Cast members?? No clue either . . .

I also think that Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Andrea Cremer's Nighshade series would make absolutely brilliant TV shows, on HBO or Showtime or some big, good network!

Thoughts??

What books do you want to be films???

~Valen

Cover Lust (1): ARCADIA AWAKENS by Kai Meyer!!!

Arcadia Awakens by German author Kai Meyer not only sounds great, but this cover is brilliant! I love it! I want it! I'm lusting over it!

"To Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic and wholly unknown. But when her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her.

Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her. But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan. And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.

Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial bloodlust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone. Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love…or run as far and as fast as she can."

                              

Sicily, Italy. Love. Power. Or In Sicily, Love Can Set You Free. It doesn't say the latter, but Macht can also mean make, and since liebe means love, I thought it might mean, Love Can Set You Free?? It's not the literal translation, I'm only inferring.

Arcadia Awakens was releaed in Germany in November 2009, but doesn't come out in the U.S. until February 14, 2012...Hope I can wait til then, because I really enjoyed Meyer's Dark Reflections Trilogy and am sure that this series will be just as great!!

Isn't that cover smexy?!?

Your Thoughts Always Wanted!

~V

Review: THE BUTTERFLY CLUES by Kate Ellison!!


The Butterfly Clues is a well written drama about murder, mystery and love, mixed with just the right touch of wit and extremely interesting characters!!

Author: Kate Ellison
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Age Group: YA
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC (Netgalley & EgmontUSA)
Rating: BOTTOM OF PAGE

Description:

"Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.

But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind.

As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death."


The Cover: The cover is amazing! I really love it and whoever designed it did a brilliant job! It also actually has something to do with the story itself. 5 out of 5!!

Teaser Quote: "I think you're being slightly paranoid." Graham exchanges a look with Pike . . . "Have you ever experienced delusions? Hallucinations of any kind?" She pauses, asks in a gentle sing-song voice of principals and priests. " Have you ever heard any voices?"

"No - no!" The words push forward, my fists pound the table. " I'm not paranoid. I need your help. You - you have to help me." Page 215.

My Thoughts . . . .

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison is not the typical YA book or rather not the kind of YA book that is considered 'popular', but I would really like to see more books like this, because though it wasn’t perfection, it was extremely refreshing and interesting and honestly, really really really good.
Though something’s I found annoying, such as the sometimes jumpiness, the story threads, the police – actually I found them really annoying and Lo getting herself into rather crazy situations annoying (now that I think about it, I like them ‘cus they sorta reminded me of Veronica Mars) the book was a good, solid read!
Lo was a good protag. She was completely herself and a  unique character. Lo had OCD and some other problems that hindered her personally, but really added to her character. She had to perform rituals that are usual with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, like having to say names threefold, and this really played a key point to the story itself. I love it when the character's personality have an effect on the story! Lo was NOT a Mary Sue and was not a goody-goody. She stole and she lied, like, a lot and I liked it. I like when the reader gets to experience real and flawed characters, which she and most others were and though her lying may or may not have been due to her OCD, I loved that she did it because it added another layer to her character. Plus the stealing provided her with some sort of emotional connection that she was otherwise lacking. I also enjoyed that she dressed up like a stripper (hilarious), but that’s something you have to read to understand.  Lo was a lonely character who was determined to find the truth behind her brother, Oren and Sapphire's, mysterious deaths (while still having normal, teen problems), no matter what and everything she goes through, the reader feels as well and that is due to the simple, yet intriguing and realistic writing style.
Ellison writes in a simple way that is to the point, while still maintaining descriptions. The story moves along nicelly and only really ‘stalls’ a few times, but it doesn’t last long. Ellison is a really, good writer and I enjoyed the story more than I probably would have simply because of the way she writes! The writing/story is emotional and realistic and very strong. There was something’s I thought came too easily to the characters, some clues or hints or whatnot's, but the way it was written was so suspenseful that it didn’t matter, because I was engaged in the writing, as everything was built up to a climax with words.
For me the most powerful characters where the protag herself, Lo and her love interest Flynt. While Lo was this obsessive, stern, kind of controlling character, Flynt was her opposite, a very laid back guy, who is only ‘mature’ and serious around Lo. The pair were a very nice match romantically and character wise and I really liked that Ellison did not put in the overly dramatic angst, with no plausible outcome love story, but instead had a very nice and organic, yet still angst-y romance - They are teenagers after all :^))). Once again – refreshing. Her mom and dad were not the best parents (understatement), especially her dad and though nicely written, they were two characters I did not like, which is a good thing in this case.
In the end, The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison delivers, despite the sometimes bumpy ride. Though the story is serious in context, there is a lot of character wit that will having you laughing out loud, which I thought was very smart and needed for this story. It is a book that will hook you from the beginning. You will be reading non-stop, entranced with the writing, wanting to know what happens to the characters, what happens next and you wont stop until you have reached its, grand, pretty darn emotional ending!
Question: Should you read, read, read?

Answer: Yes, Yes, Yes!!

Story: 4/5
Pace: 3.5/5
Originality: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Ending: 4.5/5


The Butterfly Clues is 4 Hearts out of 5!!

Thoughts??
♥♥♥♥

Stephen King to Write a Sequel to THE SHINING??! PLUS a Film!

CNN reports --:

"There's a sequel to "The Shining," but it's going to come in book form first.

Stephen King, who crafted the novel that was adapted into the (terrifying) 1980 film, read from excerpts of "The Shining's" sequel, "Dr. Sleep," at a recent appearance at George Mason University, Slashfilm reports.

The novel reintroduces "The Shining's" main character, Danny Torrance, as a grown-up. In the sequel, Torrance is now 40, and working in a hospice for the terminally ill in New York. Torrance has special powers though, and will visit the patients as they're about to "cross over" to help them move on without pain.


As King explained to the crowd gathered at GMU, "I've always wondered what happened to the kid."
He went on, "People say to me sometimes, do you keep an idea notebook? And I don't. If you don't keep a notebook a kind of Darwinian process takes place, where the bad ones just go away. The good ones, the important ones, they stick around. I kept wondering, what's going on with Danny Torrance? Where did he go after this terrible experience? And little by little, this story began to form."

He added that it wasn't finished yet, but he was able to read a bit of the excerpt and gave a teensy bit of description.

"I knew that there were bad people in this story that were like vampires, only that what they sucked out was not blood but psychic energy from special people like Danny Torrance," King said. "And I came to realize these people were called The Tribe, and they move around a lot...They all have these kinda pirate names, because pirates is sort of what they are."" (http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/28/stephen-king-at-work-on-shining-sequel-dr-sleep/)


Video wont work for me anymore. Maybe for you??



What are your thoughts on a sequel to The Shining??

Are you a fan of Stephen King?

The book?

The film?

Let Me Know!!

~Valen

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New Amazon's KINDLE Color Tablet -- KINDLE FIRE Plus MORE!

Amazon is releasing a series of new Kindles, with the Kindle Fire leading!!

Amazon today announced its entrance into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire in addition to three new Kindle e-readers. You can check out the Kindle Fire's features at Amazon.com/KindleFire. It will be released on November 15. The full press release follows:

Millions of people are already reading on Kindles and Kindle is the bestselling e-reader in the world for four years running. Today, Amazon is excited to introduce an all-new Kindle family: three all-new Kindle e-readers that are smaller, lighter, and more affordable than ever before, and Kindle Fire – a new class of Kindle that brings the same ease-of-use and deep integration of content that helped Kindle re-invent reading – to movies, TV shows, music, magazines, apps, books, games, and more.

"We've now reached the magical two-digit price point for Kindle – twice: the new Kindle and Kindle Touch are only $79 and $99. Kindle Touch 3G is the new top of the line e-reader with free 3G – no monthly fees or annual contracts – and is only $149," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "Kindle Fire brings together all of the things we've been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers. With Kindle Fire, you have instant access to all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, the convenience of Amazon Whispersync, our revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser, the speed and power of a state-of-the-art dual-core processor, a vibrant touch display with 16 million colors in high resolution, and a light 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand – all for only $199. We're offering premium products, and we're doing it at non-premium prices."

New Latest Generation Kindle–Fits In Your Pocket–Only $79

The new latest generation Kindle is for readers who want the lightest, most compact Kindle at an incredible price. The latest generation Kindle features a new design that is 30 percent lighter at just 5.98 ounces, 18 percent smaller, and turns pages 10 percent faster. Kindle is now small and light enough to fit easily in your pocket and carry with you everywhere, yet it still features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight.

The new latest generation Kindle is only $79. Kindle is available starting today at www.amazon.com/kindle.

New Addition to the Kindle Family–"Kindle Touch"–Only $99

Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes – still with all the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch is also lighter, smaller, eliminates battery anxiety with extra-long battery life and holds thousands of books.

New "X-Ray" Feature

Amazon invented X-Ray, a new feature that lets customers explore the "bones of the book." With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon's community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Amazon built X-Ray using its expertise in language processing and machine learning, access to significant storage and computing resources with Amazon S3 and EC2, and a deep library of book and character information. The vision is to have every important phrase in every book.

The new Kindle Touch is only $99. Kindle Touch is available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/kindletouch and ships November 21.

New Top of the Line Kindle e-reader–"Kindle Touch 3G" –Only $149

Kindle Touch 3G is a new addition to the Kindle family for readers who want the top of the line e-reader. Kindle Touch 3G offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch – small and light, easy-to-use touch screen, storage for thousands of books, and extra-long battery life – with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle's free 3G connection means you never have to hunt for or pay for a Wi-Fi hotspot – you simply download and read books anytime, anywhere in over 100 countries around the world. Amazon pays for the 3G connection so there's no monthly fee or annual contract.

The new top of the line Kindle Touch 3G is only $149. Kindle Touch 3G is available to customers in the U.S. for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/kindletouch3G and ships November 21.

All Kindles have instant access to the Kindle Store with the largest selection of the most popular books people want to read. Millions of free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle devices, and Kindle customers can now borrow Kindle books from their public library. Kindle books are "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" – on Kindle, Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch 3G, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, PCs, Mac, Android phones and tablets, BlackBerry, Windows phones, and web browsers with Kindle Cloud Reader.

All three new Kindle e-readers also come with special offers and sponsored screensavers that appear when you're not reading. Customers enjoy special money-saving offers delivered wirelessly sponsored by AT&T, the Dove beauty brand and Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card by Chase. Kindle e-reader customers will also receive special offers in their own backyards from AmazonLocal, Amazon's local deals marketplace with discounts on local services, products, and experiences. Customers can also choose to purchase a Kindle without special offers and sponsored screensavers.

New Class of Kindle–"Kindle Fire"–Only $199

All The Content–Over 18 Million Movies, TV Shows, Songs, Apps, Games, Books, and Magazines

Kindle Fire puts Amazon's incredible selection of digital content at your fingertips:
•Over 100,000 movies and TV shows from Amazon Instant Video, including thousands of new releases and popular TV shows, available to stream or download, purchase or rent – all just one tap away. Amazon Prime Members enjoy instant, unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 11,000 movies and TV shows at no additional cost. Kindle Fire comes with one free month of Amazon Prime.
•Over 17,000,000 songs from Amazon MP3, including new and bestselling albums from just $7.99 and individual songs from $0.69.
•Over 1,000,000 Kindle books, including thousands of bestsellers, children's books, comic books and cookbooks in rich color.
•100 exclusive graphic novels, including Watchmen, the bestselling – and considered by many to be the greatest – graphic novel of all time, which has never before been available in digital format, as well as Batman: Arkham City, Superman: Earth OneGreen Lantern: Secret Origin and 96 others from DC Entertainment.
•Hundreds of magazines and newspapers – including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Wired, Elle, The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan and Martha Stewart Living – with full-color layouts, photographs, illustrations, built-in video, audio and other interactive features are available from the new Kindle Fire "Newsstand." Kindle Fire customers will enjoy an exclusive free three-month trial to 17 Cond√© Nast magazines, including Vanity Fair, GQ and Glamour.
•All the most popular Android apps and games, such as Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, Cut the Rope and more. All apps are Amazon-tested on Kindle Fire to ensure quality and Amazon offers a new free paid app every day.

Cloud-Accelerated Web Browser – "Amazon Silk"

The Kindle Fire web browser Amazon Silk introduces a radical new paradigm – a "split browser" architecture that accelerates the power of the mobile device hardware by using the computing speed and power of the Amazon Web Services Cloud. The Silk browser software resides both on Kindle Fire and on the massive server fleet that comprises the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). With each page request, Silk dynamically determines a division of labor between the mobile hardware and Amazon EC2 (i.e. which browser sub-components run where) that takes into consideration factors like network conditions, page complexity, and cached content. The result is a faster web browsing experience, and it's available exclusively on Kindle Fire. Additional technical details are available in the Amazon Silk press release, released today at www.amazon.com/pr. To see a video about Amazon Silk go to www.amazon.com/silk.

Simple and Easy-To-Use

Amazon designed the Kindle Fire user interface from the ground up to make it easier than ever to purchase, manage, and enjoy your digital content. Just like with Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire comes automatically pre-registered to your Amazon.com account so you can immediately start enjoying your digital content purchased from Amazon or shop for new content. All of your digital content is instantly available to enjoy and manage with a simple, consistent experience across all content types.

Free Cloud Storage

Just like Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire offers free storage for all your Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud. Amazon digital content is automatically backed up for free in the Amazon Cloud's Worry-Free Archive where it's available for re-downloading anytime.

Amazon Whispersync Now for Movies & TV Too

Just like Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire uses Amazon's popular Whispersync technology to automatically synchronize your Kindle library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across the widest range of devices and platforms. With the introduction of Kindle Fire, Amazon is expanding this technology to include video. Start streaming a movie on your Kindle Fire, and when you get home, you can resume streaming right where you left off on your TV – avoid the frustration of needing to find your spot.

Easy to Hold in One Hand

Just like Kindle e-readers, Kindle Fire was designed to disappear so you can lose yourself in the content. Weighing in at just 14.6 ounces, Kindle Fire is small and light enough to hold in just one hand and carry everywhere you go. The lightweight, compact design makes Kindle Fire perfect for web browsing, playing games, reading and shopping on-the-go.

Brilliant Color Touchscreen

Content comes alive in rich color on a 7-inch full color LCD touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution and 169 pixels per inch. Kindle Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology – similar technology as used on the iPad, for an extra-wide viewing angle – perfect for sharing your screen with others. In addition, the Kindle Fire display is chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic, which means it is incredibly durable and will stand up to accidental bumps and scrapes.

Fast, Powerful Dual-Core Processor

Kindle Fire features a state-of-the-art dual-core processor for fast, powerful performance. Stream music while browsing the web or read books while downloading videos.

Free Month of Amazon Prime


Right out of the box, Kindle Fire users will experience the benefits that millions of Amazon Prime members already enjoy – unlimited, commercial-free, instant streaming of over 11,000 movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video and the convenience of Free Two-Day Shipping on millions of items from Amazon.com.

Only $199

The all-new Kindle Fire – with all the content, Amazon's revolutionary cloud-accelerated browser, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync, 14.6 ounce design that's easy to hold with one hand, brilliant color touchscreen, and a fast and powerful dual core processor – is only $199. Customers in the U.S. can pre-order Kindle Fire starting today at www.amazon.com/kindlefire and it ships November 15.
Isn't this exciting new!?!?

I have been waiting for a Kindle color because I have the Kindle software with many books, but decided to only get a Kindle when it came with color and now its finally here --

I am def preordering my copy and can't wait to use it!!

Thoughts???

Do you have a Kindle?

Are you going to get one now??

~Valen S.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Andrea Cremer's NIGHTSHADE Prequels AND The INVENTORS SECRET Steampunk Fiction!!

Andrea Cremer, author of the Nightshade series has four new books deals!!

Here Be The Deets!!:

"Win, Win

Lots of good news today! But before that - don't forget that it's Banned Books Week. Here's a link to the most frequently banned/challenged books of 2001-2010. Support libraries, booksellers, teachers, authors, and readers. Read banned books!!!

First - winners of the 5K contest. Congrats to:
Adriana
Emily Rose
Hayden
@vampirefan2 (via Twitter)
@BecksterMay (via Twitter)

Email your mailing address to andreacremerwrites @gmail.com and I'll get your prizes in the post!
Second, I've been keeping some awesome news under wraps for a while and now I can share: more books are on the way!!!

 
The official deal announcement from Publishers Weekly:

Cremer Goes Steampunk for Philomel Jill Santopolo at Penguin's Philomel imprint closed a North American rights deal for two new books by Andrea Cremer, author of the imprint's bestselling Nightshade series. Santopolo acquired the titles—one is the first book in a new steampunk series and the other is a second prequel to Nightshade—from agents Richard Pine and Charlie Olsen at Inkwell Management. The steampunk series, the first book of which is called The Inventor's Secret, is set in an alternate 19th century in which the American Revolution never happened and the British rule the world. Inventor's Secret is currently scheduled for fall 2013. The Nightshade prequel, Rise, is scheduled for summer 2013. (The final book in the original Nightshade series is coming out in January 2012, and Philomel has another Nightshade prequel already scheduled for fall 2012.

Here's a rundown of my publication schedule:

January 2012 BLOODROSE
Fall 2012 RIFT (Nightshade Prequel 1)
Spring 2013 INVISIBILITY CURSE w/David Levithan
Summer 2013 RISE (Nightshade Prequel 2)
Fall 2013 INVENTOR'S SECRET

So exciting!"

What are your thoughts??

Let Me Know!!

~V

Saturday, September 24, 2011

My First ARC!! ABARAT: ABSOLUTE MIDNIGHT by Clive Barker!!


I received my first ARC, ever, yesterday and I swear, I went "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!" My first ARC is the best ARC I could have ever received, 'cus I have been waiting more then SIX WHOLE years for this book and to be given an ARC is amazing!

I was contacted by a book agent who stumbled across my posts and tweets about the Books of Abarat series and she asked me if I would be interested in receiving an advance copy of Absolute Midnight, by Clive Barker for review. I of course said yes, since Abarat is my third favorite series ever, just after Harry Potter and The Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray and tied with (surpassing) The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini and opening up the package in the mail yesterday, was amazing!

Well, it's not technically an Advanced Readers Copy, so much as the actual book, edited and all, but still, its amazing! The book hasn't even came out yet and I got a copy, for free ---- awesome sauce!!

Abarat: Absolute Midnight, comes out September 27, which is this coming Tuesday!

Will be devouring and savoring this book asap!

The Books of Abarat

Book One: Abarat


Book Two: Abarat - Days of Magic, Nights of War


Book Three: Abarat - Absolute Midnight


                            


Followed by The Dynasty for Dreamers

and

The Eternal!

Some captivating artwork, done by the author himself, from the series!











It is all, simply amazing.

Peace and Gravy,

~Valen

And if you have not read this series yet, then you really must. It is brilliant. I really can't describe it. Its both a literature and an art, masterpiece.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Follow Friday (4)!


Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted my Parajunkee  and Alison Can Read! You follow, they follow and gain blogger buddies!!

'If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, myself of course and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. If you are interested in becoming a Feature click on the drop down link above FEATURES > Feature & Follow Friday and get on the waiting list! It is also required, that if you participate you must follow the hosts (
Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) and the two Feature blogs.'

This Weeks Question --

Q. Do you have a favorite series that you read over and over again? Tell us a bit about it and why you keep on revisiting it?

I have honestly never been able to read a book series more then once. Ever. I am just never able to get back into the groove of  a series I've read before. But I have re-read two books and those are Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling and A Great and Terrible Beauty by  Libba Bray, each, one of the best books I have ever read. I love A Great and Terrible Beauty and its sequels. The Sweet Far Thing is  such a beautiful story and just thinking about it --- I can't wait for Libba's new fantasy period series, The Diviners!! Oh, I am  currently *trying* to re-read Abarat and Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker because I love those books and the third book in the Abarat Series, Absolute Midnight comes out next Tuesday, which I am very xcited for!!

Peace and Gravy,

~V

What series have you read more then once???

Follow Me & I Will Follow You!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Macy's WENDY Webseries Episode One "In A Dream"!!

WENDY Chapter 1: "In a Dream" 

Wendy hears Pete call to her long before she sees him. He's the boy of her dreams, but he's more real than anyone she's ever known. Chapter One of WENDY marks the magical beginning to Pete and Wendy's journey, from their dreamy first encounter to the song that draws her back to him. Featuring "Save Me," performed by Tyler Blackburn.*






Visually I think its great. It's a really nice looking show and it isn't bad, like I had anticipated, at all. Some of the acting is, eh... It certainly has its fair share of camp, but its good and I will def continue to follow the episodes! I liked it.

Thoughts?!?!?

~V

FREE Ally Condie's MATCHED Sequel, CROSSED Excerpt!!

"The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy.

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever"


I tried to put the actual excerpt on the post, but it was private, so here is the link which will bring you directly to the page and there will be module with the Crossed excerpt!

Link Is HERE!: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/09/13/crossed-excerpt-exclusive-first-two-chapters/
Enjoy!

p.s. I have never read Matched so if you have, let me know if its a good book and worth my time???

Peace and Gravy,

~Valen S.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Evangeline Lilly on Her Role in The Hobbit!!

"SFXspoke to former "LOST" star Evangeline Lilly about starring in the upcoming Real Steel but also asked her about joining Peter Jackson's two Hobbit films.

Asked how she was preparing for the role, Lilly said that "With every film, you have to educate yourself on the material and it's often things you don't know a lot about. Right now I'm studying Elvish and having conversations with people about learning how to be an archer, a swordsperson and how to fight like an elf instead of a gritty convict." [Laughs]

The actress says she has been a fan of the books since she was 13 and that she also was worried about the addition of her character Tauriel to the story.

"I am very concerned to this day that people will watch the film and I'll be the black mark on the film," she said. "I know how adamant the purists are and I'm one of them! That said, upon reading 'The Hobbit' again, as an adult, I can see why additional characters were needed to round out the story as an adaptation – especially female characters! 'The Hobbit' didn't include female characters at all and was a very linear story, a book for children, really. What Peter, Fran (Walsh) and Philippa (Boyens) have done is all in perfect keeping with Tolkien's world, while adding a third dimension to an otherwise very two-dimensional story."

Lilly added that she will be in and out of New Zealand for the course of a year to film her role.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled for a December 14, 2012 release, to be followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 13, 2013."

Courtesy of Comingsoon.net!!

Though I oppose changing things from book to film as a whole, Lilly is right about needing to round out the story and no female characters??? Yeah, that will not work and Lilly is the perfect actress for the role. I know both films will be beyond great and I can not wait to see them in theaters!

Peace and Gravy,

~V

What are your thoughts about Lilly's added role for the films??

And how Xcited are you for the films??

Very, huh?

ABC Family's Nine Lives of Chloe King Is Cancelled and Replaced With . . . .?

The Nine Lives of Chloe King has been cancelled . . .

Have to say, I'm not surprised, but I am still upset. I really liked this show and wanted there to be a second season or even just a full season.

Did  Jasmine and her mom actually die?

Did Chloe really kill Bryan??

Is that creepy redhead woman who killed Chloe, her mom, 'cus I always thought she was!?!?

Now, sadly, I will never know and that sucks . . . .

Its funny how how Nine Lives ended nearly the same way Kyle XY ended, with a revelation of a long, lost brother.

Anyways, The Nine Lives of Chloe, you were a great show, with even greater potential and you will be missed!

Nine Lives is reported to be replaced by ----

Strut, by Gilmore Girls writer Amy Sherman-Palladino, which is about a Las Vegas showgirl who marries a Texan and becomes a instructor for a misfit high school drill team as well as an action-drama called Intercept about college crime fighters.

Personally, both shows sound really dumb and I expect immediate cancellation, but only time will tell.

Til then,

Peace and Gravy,

~Valen

What are you thoughts of Chloe King being cancelled???

Let Me Know!!

Free LIESL AND PO by Lauren Oliver Excerpt!!


Liesl & Po
 
Liesl lives in a tiny attic bedroom, locked away by her cruel stepmother. Her only friends are the shadows and the mice—until one night a ghost appears from the darkness. It is Po, who comes from the Other Side. Both Liesl and Po are lonely, but together they are less alone.
 
That same night, an alchemist's apprentice, Will, bungles an important delivery. He accidentally switches a box containing the most powerful magic in the world with one containing something decidedly less remarkable
 
Will's mistake has tremendous consequences for Liesl and Po, and it draws the three of them together on an extraordinary journey.
 
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver comes a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Free THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson Excerpt!!

THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.

Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he’s not the only one who needs her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.


-The Readers Heartstring-: The Vampire Diaries Season Three Premiere!!


The season three premiere of The Vampire Diaries was better then I expected -- like, it was terrific. It skipped the cheese and went straight to the character. Stefan is bad, but he isn't evil. I mean sure, he killed Damon's girltoy, I mean girlfriend, Andy, and though I was hoping he wouldn't and hoping he would, I loved how they pulled off her death. It wasn't bloody or gruesome, he simply compelled her to jump off a studio balcony. Brutal. Horrible. And good television.

The romance and chemistry between Caroline and Tyler was very funny. It was quirky and smart and then after they teased each other, they start making out and yeah, it was good television.

Elena was moping around for Stefan, which  was of course unavoidable, but she was not annoying at all, like I thought she was going to be. Her mopin' was believable and I've got to say, she looks pretty good in a dress. That should become her new style. It was nice to see all of the teens actually acting like teens for once.

Damon showed some more heart in this ep after Andy's death and that was very nice. I like it when he is good. Being bad is overrated.

That being said ---

Bad Stefan, is awesome. Bad Stefan acutally has some serious depth and the last scene with him calling Elena, not speaking and holding back tears as she consoled him was very, very touching. And again, I say, good television! And oh yeah, Stefan is called the Ripper 'cus he rips his victims apart and then places their body parts back together. SICK!
Bonnie only made appearance via video phone, which annoyed me a lot, but hopefully she will be back soon. Vicky and Anna made appearances and it seems that Vick might be up to trouble and Anna might just be . . . .I don't know. Jeremy just keeps seeing them and he smokes weed again. Come on, Jer . . . .
Klaus is all evil torturing that guy from Seventh's Heaven who is a werewolf in TVD. He is apparently making his own army of hybrid vamps and werewolves. A bit lame and Twilight-ish, but hopefully they can pull it off.
Episode ends with Caroline doing the walk of shame from Tyler's room, getting caught by his mom, touching her purse which is laced with vervaine, which makes her burn and then she is shot in the back three times by her boyfriends' mother with wooden or vervaine bullets. She falls to the ground and then black screen and "The Vampire Diaries".

I really liked this ep and really hope that the rest of the season keeps up and stays terrific.

9 out of 10 Hearts!

Did you watch TVD SEASON 3??

~V

Veronica Roth's INSURGENT Cover Reveal?!?

The cover of Veronica Roth's Divergent sequel, Insurgent has been revealed!!

Simply put - Its awesome. I like it a lot better then the Divergent cover, which I def didn't hate, but also didn't really love. I really like the tree and the fact that though the cover is different then Divergent, it still has a connective scheme!

Could the tree be the symbol of Amity, the faction that Tris and others were heading to at the end of Divergent??? hrrrmmmm . . . Probably, but only time shall tell!

Only known facts as of yet about Insurgent:

Hardcover, 288 pages
Expected publication: May 2012 by HarperCollins

Pretty sure the page count is just a place holder. I hope. ;~))))

How exicted are you for Insurgent??

Did you read Divergent??

Let me know!

~V

The Secret Circle Series Premiere!!

The series premiere of the Secret Circle . . . . .was interesting. Actually, it was pretty darn awesome. The show has a different feel then The Vampire Diaries and I am thankful for that. It too dealt with the characters and created characters that had distinct personalities from the get go, who still had their own mystique.

The show has this vibe to it that is, for a lack of a better term, slow. I don't mean this negatively at all, what I mean is, Cassie Blakes' mother didn't die and now she is accepting witchcraft into her life; Cassie Blake's mother died and she is dealing with her death very realistically.

Everything is patient and develops magickally; organically.

Though it was different then the book by a lot, they did put some easter eggs for fans of the books into the ep, such as the fireplace and the soulmates, which if you read the book, you know what I mean!

I really like this show and it is officially, though it just had one ep, one of my favorite shows! It was so good. The scenery is obviously Canadian, obviously the same place where Kyle XY was filmed and I really liked that, 'cus I loved Kyle XY.

The only negative I have to say about the entire episode was the scene where Faye was calling on the storm. That scene had a tad bit of camp, but it was quickly gotten rid of. Other then that, I loved it!

I'm not going to say what happened in this ep, like I did with TVD, 'cus its a series premiere and I want you to not be spoiled, but seriously, this show was awesome! It was waaaay better then The Vampire Diaries series premiere, and saying that is something, 'cus TVD is one of my all time favorite shows!

The Secret Circle comes on at 9 p.m. on the CW every Thursday night and gets 9 out of 10 Hearts!

Did you watch TSC??

Let me know your thoughts!


~ Valen


The Vampire Diaries Season Three Premiere!!

The season three premiere of The Vampire Diaries was better then I expected -- like, it was terrific. It skipped the cheese and went straight to the character. Stefan is bad, but he isn't evil. I mean sure, he killed Damon's girltoy, I mean girlfriend, Andy, and though I was hoping he wouldn't and hoping he would, I loved how they pulled off her death. It wasn't bloody or gruesome, he simply compelled her to jump off a studio balcony. Brutal. Horrible. And good television.

The romance and chemistry between Caroline and Tyler was very funny. It was quirky and smart and then after they teased each other, they start making out and yeah, it was good television.

Elena was moping around for Stefan, which  was of course unavoidable, but she was not annoying at all, like I thought she was going to be. Her mopin' was believable and I've got to say, she looks pretty good in a dress. That should become her new style. It was nice to see all of the teens actually acting like teens for once.

Damon showed some more heart in this ep after Andy's death and that was very nice. I like it when he is good. Being bad is overrated.

That being said ---

Bad Stefan, is awesome. Bad Stefan acutally has some serious depth and the last scene with him calling Elena, not speaking and holding back tears as she consoled him was very, very touching. And again, I say, good television! And oh yeah, Stefan is called the Ripper 'cus he rips his victims apart and then places their body parts back together. SICK!

Bonnie only made appearance via video phone, which annoyed me a lot, but hopefully she will be back soon. Vicky and Anna made appearances and it seems that Vick might be up to trouble and Anna might just be . . . .I don't know. Jeremy just keeps seeing them and he smokes weed again. Come on, Jer . . . .

Klaus is all evil torturing that guy from Seventh's Heaven who is a werewolf in TVD. He is apparently making his own army of hybrid vamps and werewolves. A bit lame and Twilight-ish, but hopefully they can pull it off.

Episode ends with Caroline doing the walk of shame from Tyler's room, getting caught by his mom, touching her purse which is laced with vervaine, which makes her burn and then she is shot in the back three times by her boyfriends' mother with wooden or vervaine bullets. She falls to the ground and then black screen and "The Vampire Diaries".

I really liked this ep and really hope that the rest of the season keeps up and stays terrific.

9 out of 10 Hearts!

Did you watch TVD SEASON 3??

~V

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Follow Friday (4)!

Follow Friday!

Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted my Parajunkee  and Alison Can Read! You follow, they follow and gain blogger buddies!!

'If you are new to the #FF fun, Feature & Follow Friday is a blog hop that expands your blog following by a joint effort between bloggers. Feature & Follow Friday is now hosted by TWO hosts, myself of course and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it'll allow us to show off more new blogs!

How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them "hi" in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!

Now to make this #FF interesting we do a FEATURE blogger. If you are interested in becoming a Feature click on the drop down link above FEATURES > Feature & Follow Friday and get on the waiting list! It is also required, that if you participate you must follow the hosts (
Parajunkee & Alison Can Read) and the two Feature blogs.'

This Weeks Question --
Q. It's that pesky magic book fairy again! She has another wish: What imaginary book world would you like to make a reality?


Like Alison, from Alison Can Read said, Harry Potter, of course, is the obvious answer and though if I could make the Wizadry World real, I would in a heartbeat, I think I'm gonna have to contemplate this for a few seconds . . . .

hrrmmmmmm . . . . . .

(me, contemplating)

Too hard to pick one, so here is a quick list!

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling ~ One of the best, if not THE best fantasy world ever! Greatest childhood memories, tend to be Harry Potter related!
2. Abarat Series by Clive Barker~ Without a doubt, one of the best book series I have ever read. The world of Abarat is fantastical and scary and if you love fantasy, you must read it. If you don't love fantasy, then you must still read it!
3. The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini ~I'm not a big fan of epic fantasy, but this series has managed to trap me and I can not wait to read the final installment, Inheritance! The world of Alagaesia just seems amazing! Plus, dragons?? Dragons!!
4. Sweetly and Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings) by Jackson Pearce ~ I love how dark, yet beautiful this world and these books are and though I might be fighting for my life all the time, this is one intricate, marvelous world!

What world do you want to exist?

Let me know!

Follow Me - I Follow You!!

Peace and Gravy,

~V