"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....

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tessa Gratton's THE BLOOD KEEPER Cover!!!!!


"A stand-alone companion novel to BLOOD MAGIC, coming August 28th, 2012 from Random House Children’s Books.

Paranormal romance fans who are looking to up the ante will be drawn to this tale of horror, fantasy, and romance. For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It’s all she’s ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she’s connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions. Mab will do anything to keep the ancient practice alive and guard its secrets. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab’s magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power."

First and foremost - This cover?!?!?

LOVE IT!

So awesome....

I read Tessa's first book Blood Magic and loved it!! I have never read anything like it and was surprised by the fact that the element of blood wasn't just a title zinger, but was actually relevant and pretty prominent in the novel. Tessa goes there -wherever there is..... ;~)))

I still remember the amazing first chapter by heart: " I am Josephine Darly, and I intend to live forever."

I just love it....

I read the book long before I had  blog, but I think I am now going to review it so I can share my thoughts on it's awesomeness!!


Thoughts????

~V

Friday, March 30, 2012

BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver Becoming a Film: Gets Director and Writer!!!


"Gina Prince-Bythewood is in negotiations to direct Before I Fall, Fox 2000’s adaptation of the best-selling book by Lauren Oliver. Jon Shestack (Dan in Real Life) is producing.
The story in the book is told through the eyes of a high school senior who experiences slightly altered versions of the hours leading up to her death in a car crash. Over the course of the story, she falls in love, making surprising discoveries about her friends and family as she races to change the outcome. She also connects with a depressed, bullied girl whose life she holds in her hands.

Maria Maggenti initially adapted the script, though Prince-Bythewood will now do a rewrite.

Bythewood is making herself at home in the Fox family. She is best known for directing and writing the 2008 Fox Searchlight drama The Secret Life of Bees, which starred Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. She also is developing as a directing vehicle I Know This Much Is True, based on the 1998 Wally Lamb novel."

This book was heartbreaking and amazing....

Cannot wait....

Hope it turns out good!!

Thoughts?

~V

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo Trailer!!





Book One of the Grisha Trilogy!

"Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee.Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart."

Not going to lie.

This book sounds amazing!!!

I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

Sounds so awesome.......

Thoughts??

~V

Monday, March 26, 2012

Libba Bray's New Book Series THE DIVINERS!?!?!?


"Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first."
This is old news, but I recently saw the cover and though I'm not sure if it's a placeholder or the actual cover, I'm still xcited and cannot wait for this sure to be spectacular book!!

Thoughts??
~V

The Official BREAKING DAWN PT 2 Trailer!!! Features Vampy Bella....


Opening in theaters on November 16, the Bill Condon-directed final installment in "The Twilight Saga" stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel, Rami Malek, Angela Sarafyan, Marlane Barnes, Lisa Howard, Patrick Brennan, Noel Fisher, Guri Weinberg, Lee Pace, Toni Trucks, Bill Tangradi, Erik Odom, Valorie Curry, Joe Anderson, Olga Fonda, Janelle Froehlich, Masami Kosaka, Sebastiao Lemos, Amadou Ly, Ty Olsson, Wendell Pierce and Carolina Virguez.



The trailer is eh, whatever...

Teaser.....

Well see....

~V

Sunday, March 25, 2012

THE HUNGER GAMES Film Makes World History and Beats TWILIGHT!!! yes...


"This is going to be one of those historic weekends that people will be talking about and referring to for years to come, as filmmaker Gary (Seabiscuit) Ross' adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (Lionsgate), starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland, exceeded all expectations with an estimated three-day opening weekend of $155 million in 4,137 theaters, an average of nearly $37.5 thousand per site.

While the Thursday midnight take of $19.7 million may have been lower than the last few "Twilight" (but it still beat the first Twilight film, which only made $7 mil at midnight) movies--midnight screenings only took place in 2,565 theaters--it made up for it on Friday, expanding into over 4,000 theaters and bringing its first 24-hour total to $68 million, followed by an estimated $51 million on Saturday and a projected $36 million for Sunday.
The number of records it set or surpassed with that $155 million opening are vastly impressive, not only being the highest March opening and biggest opening for a non-sequel (besting Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in both cases), but in just two days, it became Lionsgate's highest grossing release ever. Going by that estimate, it's the third-biggest opening domestically for a movie behind last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, as well as the third-highest per-theater average for a wide release behind "Deathly Hallows" and the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus 3D movie.

Internationally, The Hunger Games brought in another $59.2 million as it opened in 7,700 further theaters in 67 other markets where it ended up number 1 in nearly every country. Australia brought in $9.7 million, which is comparable to blockbusters like "Transformers" and "Harry Potter," Russia grossed $6.5 million, followed by Germany, France, Mexico and Scandinavian markets, which brought in roughly $3.7 million each. This means that The Hunger Games brought in $214 million globally in just three days." COURTESY of Comingsoon.net

This is great news!!! The best - ever!! 'Cus it means that Catching Fire is def going to happen and then both of the Mockingjay films!

I really loved this movie, but I am concerned about Catching Fire. Where The Hunger Games was an introduction to the Games for Katniss, in Catching Fire she is a seasoned pro, well as pro as one can get when fighting to the death, but still, it is an entirely different book from HG, which means it should be a different film. Gary Ross did an astounding job, but I hope he understands that where HG was a discovery/survival book, Catching Fire is all about politics and action, which means no docudrama style directing aka shaky camera. It's all action, fighting, explosions and fire and should be treated as so.

I have faith, but just do not wanna see Hunger Games pt 2, but ACTUALLY Catching Fire...

Fingers always crossed -
~Valen

Friday, March 23, 2012

THE HUNGER GAMES Film Midnight Premiere Review!!!


So, I saw the Hunger Games last night, or this morning (?) ----

huuumhhmmm, er-

So, I saw the Hunger Games film at the midnight premiere and after the onslaught of trailers, including, The Host (this trailer was awful) Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Twilight: Breaking Dawn pt 2, I was thrown into a 2 hour 22 minutes adventure, that I thoroughly enjoyed.


WARNING WARNING WARNING: Red text are spoilers - Read at your own risk.

First and foremost, Jennifer Lawrence's performance as Katniss Everdeen was amazing. Brilliant. She did such a horribly awesome, captivating and stunning job and at being this person, at bringing Katniss to life. She was perfect. She was - just wow.....

Though I was expecting, for some reason, a big budget action movie/ a film shot in that style, the film was actually almost like a documentary. It was shot in a way that allowed the viewer to actually experience the film through Katniss perspective at many points through out and that really did add greatly to the emotion and made you hold your breath anticipating what you know was about to happen next (if you read the books).

I found my self sitting utterly still, holding my breath, waiting and watching quite often - It was a very intense film.

The movie took it's time developing and though somethings where a little choppy and glossed over, when you sum it all up, it did not take away from the overall experience of the film.

When Katniss is in the tubes being sent up to the arena - I swear, that was crazy. The countdown was over 30 seconds long in real time and it was just - wow. Like I said, this film was intense.

The direction of the movie was very, very well done. Gary Ross truly did know what was he was doing, truly did know these characters and truly, brought them to life in the best book to film adaption in recent history (excluding HP, of course). Excellent job!

The sent of the games was genius. How they create everything - from the fire to the Mutts was brilliant! It was brilliant! And scary....I mean, I hope nothing like that ever, ever exist. Also, all of the Tributes were perfect. Glimmer, Clove, Cato, Rue, Foxface, Marvel - all just perfect and many of them perfectly crazy. Also, the way they show the Tributes dying, especially in the beginning - again, I was holding my breath.

The chase scene with the badass Mutts --- Holy Shiitake Mushrooms, that was scary!!! That was amazing and had my heart pounding.....
The style of the Capitol was pitch perfect and amazing. Everyone was crazy and awesome and very Lady Gaga looking! I'm actually surprised she didn't have cameo leading around a herd of her 'Monsters'.

Cato's scene at the end was great. It was sad and a honest, brilliant performance that had you feeling for this horrible character as he said, "I Was Already Dead." That was just amazing and powerful. But still, he died and I can't say I felt sorry for him.

The cave moments/kisses between Peeta and Katniss were great. I really, really liked them.

Greatness.....

This movie was just so good. I loved it and cannot wait to see it again and for Catching Fire to come out!

Though I love this movie and will be seeing it again, it was not perfect. Nothing is ever perfect, but there were somethings that I felt could have been done differently/better......

WARNING WARNING WARNING: Red text are spoilers - Read at your own risk.

Things That Are Different/ I Did Not 'Love':

There were somethings in the film that were changed, such as Madge being completely thrown out and the Avox Girl, barely making a glimpse.

Katniss receives the Mockingjay pin from Prim, after getting it randomly from a woman at a market and giving it to Prim who gives it back.

Katniss doesn't sing the full lullaby to Rue after she dies, though she does sing it to Prim in the beginning, so that sorta makes up for it.

It is implied that Katniss's father died in a coal mine explosion, but never actually stated.

There is more screen time for other characters such as Gale, Caesar Flickerman, and President Snow, none of which I had a problem with.

The Hovercrafts do not snatch up the bodies in the Arena.

The special effects at the showcase, when Katniss and Peeta are dressed in fire, was really horrible special effects. The entire stadium and the audience looked really, really fake - the CGI could have been WAAAY better.

The initial beginning with the unsteady camera was both really good and not so much. I liked the shaky camera/ documentary effect, but things were just too rushed and too slow at the same time. I think the lack of music to add t the atmosphere had something to do with that - things just felt awkward, while still being good.....?? hmmmm.......

The presentation of Katniss's nickname, Katnip, was awkward and felt very random.
Though I liked Katniss mom, I felt she didn't get enough screen time, but then again, of course she couldn't.

I'm sure there are other things, but none of them were that big and I can not think of anymore at the moment.

Overall, this movie was brilliant.

It was intense and dark and stylistic and just great.

You will love it. You just will.

I know I did.

The Hunger Games film gets 8 out 10 Hearts!!!
Catching Fire, hurry up!!!

Thoughts??

Hate it?
Love it??

~V

The Teaser Trailer for Stephenie Meyer's THE HOST!!!?!


Open Road Films has debuted the teaser trailer for writer/director Andrew Niccol's The Host, opening in theaters on March 29, 2013.

Based on the best-selling novel by "Twilight Saga" author Stephenie Meyer, The Host is a riveting story about the survival of love and the human spirit in a time of war. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy. Humans become hosts for these invaders, their minds taken over while their bodies remain intact. Most of humanity has succumbed.



Horrible, right........?

~V

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

First Official TWILIGHT BREAKING DAWN Pt 2 Teaser Trailer!!!


Opening in theaters on November 16, Part 2 is again directed by Bill Condon from a script by Melissa Rosenberg. Based on the fourth novel in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series, the anticipated movie stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.



I am realllllly hoping this movie does not dissapoint....

Official Full Trailer Premieres at Midnight During The Hunger Games Film Which I Will Be Attending!!!

~V

Monday, March 19, 2012

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Season Finale!!! 'A' Is Revealed!!! And IT is . . . .


On the season 2 finale of ABC Family's hit show, Pretty Little Liars, the big reveal of the shows omnipresent antagonist has been unleashed and it was . . . . .  . . . . .. .
Earlier on I def saw it coming....

Then I thought it was Jenna...
For  a while I thought it was Melissa, Spencer's sister....That girl is crazy, she did something.
Then I thought it might be Spencer's mom, because of the whole Alison blackmailing her family and all......

But nope.....the first person I ever thought it was, but slowly stopped believing it was, WAS --- MONA!!!!

.......or was it?!?!?
After Mona knocks Spencer out and owning up to being 'A' she quickly, but surely tells Spencer that she is either going to die or join the "A-Team" . . .

This makes me think that there is def more then one sneaky little 'A' running around causing trouble......and they are apart of the "A-Team".....

What is Jenna up to and who was she talking to in the park?????
Melissa was clearly the Black Swan, right?!?!?!
And why was Lucas talking to Jenna and the Black Swan???? Is he an 'A'????

What. On. Earth. Is. Going. On......?!?!?

Also, did anyone notice the girl in the red dress during the masquerade???? When Caleb ad Mona appear, there is a girl in the background with a red dress, long blonde hair and gold mask......I think she was the one who visited Mona at the end of the episode...All they showed was a red side and though many might think it might be Vivian Darkblooms's red coat I think it was the girl with the red dress at the ball....and I think that girl is Hanna's new stepsister, Kate Randall. And I think she is apart of the exclusive "A-Team".....
But we shall see this summer, when Pretty Little Liars season three premieres on June 5!!!!

p.s. This season ended how the first season began...with a body bag leaving Allison's house....Was it Maya?!?!? Can't wait to find out!!

Til then,

~V

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Follow Friday!! 3-8-12

Gain New Blog Followers

Q: Have you ever looked at book's cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.

A: Hhhmmmmm. Well, I remember seeing Harry Potter in stores when I lived in Germany at like age 6 or 7 and thinking it looked dumb.....well, we all know that is not the case. Recently -- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi . The cover is def not that appealing or give any hit to how awesome the book is, like, at all. The US version of Philip Pullmans His Dark Materials is another example of not so great covers, but great books.

~V

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ally Condie's MATCHED Series REACHED Cover and Interview!!!


Without a doubt, the best cover of the series!!

Awesome!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: There was a huge, huge bomb dropped about Xander in Crossed. Any chance at redemption in the final book?

ALLY CONDIE: Absolutely. There is always a chance at redemption until the last page…and sometimes even after that!

Whose point of view will we be getting this time? Are you switching it up again?
I am switching it up again, because it’s time for Xander to get to share his story as well. So there are three points of view — Cassia’s, Ky’s, and Xander’s — telling this final installment of the trilogy.
There are still so many mysteries about the Society and the Rising. Will all our questions be answered?
Many of the biggest questions will be answered in this book — but I don’t dare say that they ALL will. But you will certainly find out more about the state of the Society, and what the Rising really is, and what that means for the main characters.

What did it feel like to put a period on the trilogy?
It was both wonderful and a bit sad. Sad because I’m finished with the story for now, and because I will miss these characters and this world. But it also felt very good to write scenes that I’ve pictured writing for several years now (since I began Matched) and to see Cassia, Ky, and Xander all the way through to the finish.

What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the final revisions for this final book. But I also have an idea for another novel to begin after I’m finished with revisions. I’m very excited about the concept and the world and characters. It will be fun to explore something and somewhere new!

Any updates on the movie adaptation?
We are hoping to see a screenplay soon. I can’t wait!

Will you ever return to writing about the Society?

Right now I’m excited about my new idea (and several others), but I would never say never! Cassia, Ky, and Xander’s stories do feel finished to me–not that other things can’t happen to them, but those stories will play out off the page and in the readers’ minds. The books belong to them now.

Thoughts???

~Valen

The Howling Turtle's HUNGER GAMES Read-A-Long Chapter 18!!!


This is The Hunger Games read-a-long hosted by Larissa @ Howling Turtle and Sharon @ Obsession With Books in celebration of the movie coming out March 23rd!

For me, Chapter 18 of The Hunger Games novel is perhaps one the most pivotal moments in the book, if not the most pivotal. It is sad, heartwretching, adrenaline pumping and character defying, sparking Katniss to realise what she is meant to do and become the girl on fire!!
Enjoy!!!
"The boy from District 1 dies before he can pull out the spear. My arrow drives deeply into the center of his neck. He falls to his knees and halves the brief
remainder of his life by yanking out the arrow and drowning in his own blood. I’m
reloaded, shifting my aim from side to side, while I shout at Rue, “Are there more?
Are there more?”

She has to say no several times before I hear it. Rue has rolled to her side, her
body curved in and around the spear. I shove the boy away from her and pull out
my knife, freeing her from the net. One look at the wound and I know it’s far
beyond my capacity to heal, beyond anyone’s probably. The spearhead is buried
up to the shaft in her stomach. I crouch before her, staring helplessly at the
embedded weapon. There’s no point in comforting words, in telling her she’ll be all
right. She’s no fool. Her hand reaches out and I clutch it like a lifeline. As if it’s me
who’s dying instead of Rue.

“You blew up the food?” she whispers.

“Every last bit,” I say.

“You have to win,” she says.

“I’m going to. Going to win for both of us now,” I promise. I hear a cannon and
look up. It must be for the boy from District 1.

“Don’t go.” Rue tightens her grip on my hand.

“Course not. Staying right here,” I say. I move in closer to her, pulling her head
onto my lap. I gently brush the dark, thick hair back behind her ear.

“Sing,” she says, but I barely catch the word.

Sing? I think. Sing what? I do know a few songs. Believe it or not, there was
once music in my house, too. Music I helped make. My father pulled me in with
that remarkable voice — but I haven’t sung much since he died. Except when Prim
is very sick. Then I sing her the same songs she liked as a baby.

Sing. My throat is tight with tears, hoarse from smoke and fatigue. But if this is
Prim’s, I mean, Rue’s last request, I have to at least try. The song that comes to
me is a simple lullaby, one we sing fretful, hungry babies to sleep with, It’s old,
very old I think. Made up long ago in our hills. What my music teacher calls a
mountain air. But the words are easy and soothing, promising tomorrow will be
more hopeful than this awful piece of time we call today.
I give a small cough, swallow hard, and begin:


Deep in the meadow, under the willow
A bed of grass, a soft green pillow
Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes
And when again they open, the sun will rise.
Here it’s safe, here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.
Here is the place where I love you.
Rue’s eyes have fluttered shut. Her chest moves but only slightly. My throat
releases the tears and they slide down my cheeks. But I have to finish the song for
her.

Deep in the meadow, hidden far away
A cloak of leaves, a moonbeam ray
Forget your woes and let your troubles lay
And when again it’s morning, they’ll wash away.
Here it’s safe, here it’s warm
Here the daisies guard you from every harm
The final lines are barely audible.
Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true
Here is the place where I love you.


Everything’s still and quiet. Then, almost eerily, the mockingjays take up my
song.

For a moment, I sit there, watching my tears drip down on her face. Rue’s
cannon fires. I lean forward and press my lips against her temple. Slowly, as if not
to wake her, I lay her head back on the ground and release her hand.

They’ll want me to clear out now. So they can collect the bodies. And there’s
nothing to stay for. I roll the boy from District 1 onto his face and take his pack,
retrieve the arrow that ended his life. I cut Rue’s pack from her back as well,
knowing she’d want me to have it but leave the spear in her stomach. Weapons in
bodies will be transported to the hovercraft. I’ve no use for a spear, so the sooner
it’s gone from the arena the better.

I can’t stop looking at Rue, smaller than ever, a baby animal curled up in a
nest of netting. I can’t bring myself to leave her like this. Past harm, but seeming
utterly defenseless. To hate the boy from District 1, who also appears so
vulnerable in death, seems inadequate. It’s the Capitol I hate, for doing this to all
of us.

Gale’s voice is in my head. His ravings against the Capitol no longer pointless,
no longer to be ignored. Rue’s death has forced me to confront my own fury
against the cruelty, the injustice they inflict upon us. But here, even more strongly
than at home, I feel my impotence. There’s no way to take revenge on the Capitol.
Is there?

Then I remember Peeta’s words on the roof. “Only I keep wishing I could think
of a way to . . . to show the Capital they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a
piece in their Games.” And for the first time, I understand what he means.

I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them
accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a
part of every tribute they can’t own. That Rue was more than a piece in their
Games. And so am I.

A few steps into the woods grows a bank of wildflowers. Perhaps they are really
weeds of some sort, but they have blossoms in beautiful shades of violet and
yellow and white. I gather up an armful and come back to Rue’s side. Slowly, one
stem at a time, I decorate her body in the flowers. Covering the ugly wound.
Wreathing her face. Weaving her hair with bright colors.

They’ll have to show it. Or, even if they choose to turn the cameras elsewhere
at this moment, they’ll have to bring them back when they collect the bodies and
everyone will see her then and know I did it. I step back and take a last look at
Rue. She could really be asleep in that meadow after all.

“Bye, Rue,” I whisper. I press the three middle fingers of my left hand against
my lips and hold them out in her direction. Then I walk away without looking back.
The birds fall silent. Somewhere, a mockingjay gives the warning whistle that
precedes the hovercraft. I don’t know how it knows. It must hear things that
humans can’t. I pause, my eyes focused on what’s ahead, not what’s happening
behind me. It doesn’t take long, then the general birdsong begins again and I know
she’s gone.

Another mockingjay, a young one by the look of it, lands on a branch before
me and bursts out Rue’s melody.

My song, the hovercraft, were too unfamiliar for this novice to pick up, but it
has mastered her handful of notes. The ones that mean she’s safe.

“Good and safe,” I say as I pass under its branch. “We don’t have to worry
about her now.” Good and safe.

I’ve no idea where to go. The brief sense of home I had that one night with Rue
has vanished. My feet wander this way and that until sunset. I’m not afraid, not
even watchful. Which makes me an easy target. Except I’d kill anyone I met on
sight. Without emotion or the slightest tremor in my hands. My hatred of the
Capitol has not lessened my hatred of my competitors in the least. Especially the
Careers. They, at least, can be made to pay for Rue’s death.

No one materializes though. There aren’t many of us left and it’s a big arena.
Soon they’ll be pulling out some other device to force us together. But there’s
been enough gore today. Perhaps we’ll even get to sleep.

I’m about to haul my packs into a tree to make camp when a silver parachute
floats down and lands in front of me. A gift from a sponsor. But why now? I’ve been
in fairly good shape with supplies. Maybe Haymitch’s noticed my despondency and
is trying to cheer me up a bit. Or could it be something to help my ear?
I open the parachute and find a small loaf of bread It’s not the fine white
Capitol stuff. It’s made of dark ration grain and shaped in a crescent. Sprinkled
with seeds. I flash back to Peeta’s lesson on the various district breads in the
Training Center. This bread came from District 11. I cautiously lift the still warm
loaf. What must it have cost the people of District 11 who can’t even feed
themselves? How many would’ve had to do without to scrape up a coin to put in
the collection for this one loaf? It had been meant for Rue, surely. But instead of
pulling the gift when she died, they’d authorized Haymitch to give it to me. As a
thank-you? Or because, like me, they don’t like to let debts go unpaid? For
whatever reason, this is a first. A district gift to a tribute who’s not your own.
I lift my face and step into the last falling rays of sunlight. “My thanks to the
people of District Eleven,” I say. I want them to know I know where it came from.
That the full value of their gift has been recognized.

I climb dangerously high into a tree, not for safety but to get as far away from
today as I can. My sleeping bag is rolled neatly in Rue’s pack. Tomorrow I’ll sort
through the supplies. Tomorrow I’ll make a new plan. But tonight, all I can do is
strap myself in and take tiny bites of the bread. It’s good. It tastes of home.

Soon the seal’s in the sky, the anthem plays in my right ear. I see the boy from
District 1, Rue. That’s all for tonight. Six of us left, I think. Only six. With the bread
still locked in my hands, I fall asleep at once.

Sometimes when things are particularly bad, my brain will give me a happy
dream. A visit with my father in the woods. An hour of sunlight and cake with Prim.
Tonight it sends me Rue, still decked in her flowers, perched in a high sea of trees,
trying to teach me to talk to the mockingjays. I see no sign of her wounds, no
blood, just a bright, laughing girl. She sings songs I’ve never heard in a clear,
melodic voice. On and on. Through the night. There’s a drowsy in-between period
when I can hear the last few strains of her music although she’s lost in the leaves.
When I fully awaken, I’m momentarily comforted. I try to hold on to the peaceful
feeling of the dream, but it quickly slips away, leaving me sadder and lonelier than
ever.

Heaviness infuses my whole body, as if there’s liquid lead in my veins. I’ve lost
the will to do the simplest tasks, to do anything but lie here, staring unblinkingly
through the canopy of leaves. For several hours, I remain motionless. As usual, it’s
the thought of Prim’s anxious face as she watches me on the screens back home
that breaks me from my lethargy.

I give myself a series of simple commands to follow, like “Now you have to sit
up, Katniss. Now you have to drink water, Katniss.” I act on the orders with slow,
robotic motions. “Now you have to sort the packs, Katniss.”

Rue’s pack holds my sleeping bag, her nearly empty water skin, a handful of
nuts and roots, a bit of rabbit, her extra socks, and her slingshot. The boy from
District 1 has several knives, two spare spearheads, a flashlight, a small leather
pouch, a first-aid kit, a full bottle of water, and a pack of dried fruit. A pack of
dried fruit! Out of all he might have chosen from. To me, this is a sign of extreme
arrogance. Why bother to carry food when you have such a bounty back at camp?
When you will kill your enemies so quickly you’ll be home before you’re hungry? I
can only hope the other Careers traveled so lightly when it came to food and now
find themselves with nothing.

Speaking of which, my own supply is running low. I finish off the loaf from
District 11 and the last of the rabbit. How quickly the food disappears. All I have
left are Rue’s roots and nuts, the boy’s dried fruit, and one strip of beef. Now you
have to hunt, Katniss, I tell myself.

I obediently consolidate the supplies I want into my pack. After I climb down
the tree, I conceal the boy’s knives and spearheads in a pile of rocks so that no
one else can use them. I’ve lost my bearings what with all the wandering around I
did yesterday evening, but I try and head back in the general direction of the
stream. I know I’m on course when I come across Rue’s third, unlit fire. Shortly
thereafter, I discover a flock of grooslings perched in the trees and take out three
before they know what hit them. I return to Rue’s signal fire and start it up, not
caring about the excessive smoke. Where are you, Cato? I think as I roast the
birds and Rue’s roots. I’m waiting right here.

Who knows where the Careers are now? Either too far to reach me or too sure
this is a trick or ... is it possible? Too scared of me? They know I have the bow and
arrows, of course, Cato saw me take them from Glimmer’s body, but have they put
two and two together yet? Figured out I blew up the supplies and killed their fellow
Career? Possibly they think Thresh did this. Wouldn’t he be more likely to revenge
Rue’s death than I would? Being from the same district? Not that he ever took any
interest in her.

And what about Foxface? Did she hang around to watch me blow up the
supplies? No. When I caught her laughing in the ashes the next morning, it was as
if someone had given her a lovely surprise.

I doubt they think Peeta has lit this signal fire. Cato’s sure he’s as good as
dead. I find myself wishing I could tell Peeta about the flowers I put on Rue. That I
now understand what he was trying to say on the roof. Perhaps if he wins the
Games, he’ll see me on victor’s night, when they replay the highlights of the
Games on a screen over the stage where we did our interviews. The winner sits in
a place of honor on the platform, surrounded by their support crew.
But I told Rue I’d be there. For both of us. And somehow that seems even more
important than the vow I gave Prim.

I really think I stand a chance of doing it now. Winning. It’s not just having the
arrows or outsmarting the Careers a few times, although those things help.
Something happened when I was holding Rue’s hand, watching the life drain out of
her. Now I am determined to revenge her, to make her loss unforgettable, and I
can only do that by winning and thereby making myself unforgettable.

I overcook the birds hoping someone will show up to shoot, but no one does.
Maybe the other tributes are out there beating one another senseless. Which
would be fine, Ever since the bloodbath, I’ve been featured on screens most than I
care.

Eventually, I wrap up my food and go back to the stream to replenish my water
and gather some. But the heaviness from the morning drapes back over me and
even though it’s only early evening, I climb a tree and settle in for the night. My
brain begins to replay the events from yesterday. I keep seeing Rue speared, my
arrow piercing the boy’s neck. I don’t know why I should even care about the boy.
Then I realize . . . he was my first kill.

Along with other statistics they report to help people place their bets, every
tribute has a list of kills. I guess technically I’d get credited for Glimmer and the
girl from District 4, too, for dumping that nest on them. But the boy from District 1
was the first person I knew would die because of my actions. Numerous animals
have lost their lives at my hands, but only one human. I hear Gale saying, “How
different can it be, really?”

Amazingly similar in the execution. A bow pulled, an arrow shot. Entirely
different in the aftermath. I killed a boy whose name I don’t even know.
Somewhere his family is weeping for him. His friends call for my blood. Maybe he
had a girlfriend who really believed he would come back . . .

But then I think of Rue’s still body and I’m able to banish the boy from my
mind. At least, for now.

It’s been an uneventful day according to the sky. No deaths. I wonder how long
we’ll get until the next catastrophe drives us back together. If it’s going to be
tonight, I want to get some sleep first. I cover my good ear to block out the strains
of the anthem, but then I hear the trumpets and sit straight up in anticipation.
For the most part, the only communication the tributes get from outside the
arena is the nightly death toll. But occasionally, there will be trumpets followed by
an announcement. Usually, this will be a call to a feast. When food is scarce, the
Gamemakers will invite the players to a banquet, somewhere known to all like the
Cornucopia, as an inducement to gather and fight. Sometimes there is a feast and
sometimes there’s nothing but a loaf of stale bread for the tributes to compete for.
I wouldn’t go in for the food, but this could be an ideal time to take out a few
competitors.

Claudius Templesmith’s voice booms down from overhead, congratulating the
six of us who remain. But he is not inviting us to a feast. He’s saying something
very confusing. There’s been a rule change in the Games. A rule change! That in
itself is mind bending since we don’t really have any rules to speak of except don’t
step off your circle for sixty seconds and the unspoken rule about not eating one
another. Under the new rule, both tributes from the same district will be declared
winners if they are the last two alive. Claudius pauses, as if he knows we’re not
getting it, and repeats the change again.

The news sinks in. Two tributes can win this year. If they’re from the same
district. Both can live. Both of us can live.

Before I can stop myself, I call out Peeta’s name."



So.

Xcited.

Yes.

~V

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Follow Friday Hosted by Alison Can Read!!!


Q: What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

A: WAAAAY Too Many To Name All.

1. Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray - Don't know who would star in it, but if done right, it WITHOUT a doubt has the potential to be Oscar worthy...beautiful series.

2. Eragon (Inheritance Cycle) - Needs to be remade and done right, by someone who actually knows how to stick to the source material and make it EPIC...coughcough...peter jackson....perfect.

3. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver - Stunning, beautiful and haunting. Live changing. Thats why.....

No actors in mind for roles. Never know who can actually pull a character off, so...

Thoughts?

~Valen Steel

An Exclusive Clip of THE HUNGER GAMES Film!!! Cannot Wait.....




"Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which "Tributes" must fight with one another until one survivor remains."
Awesome!!

~V

Andrea Cremer's NIGHTSHADE Series Prequel RIFT Free Online!?!?!



Though I will always LOVE the original cover schemes over these new ones, Rift's cover is a pretty awesome and much much better then the other changed covers.

"Sixteen-year-old Lady Ember Morrow fulfills a family obligation by joining her friend Alistair in the Conatus Guard and begins training to help with the order’s true mission, to seek out and stop evildoers and their unnatural creations."

Sounds heck'a awesome! Cannot wait to read!

Here is an excerpt of the free sneak peek!:

"Ember brought her sword down without warning and her aim was true. Her blade whistled through the air, hitting its mark and smoothly halving her adversary.Her enemy might only have been a kirtle she’d outgrown and put to use by stuffing it with straw. Even so, the kirtle now lay in pieces and bits of golden debris floated in the air around Ember as if celebrating her victory. With a yelp of joy she twirled around, brandishing her sword.She held up the blade, letting its surface catch the sunlight. She was pleased, not only because she’d destroyed her poppet but also because her success meant she’d given her weapon the care it needed. Her sword was bright and sharp. The blade showed no signs of rust though she had to keep it hidden in the small niche she’d dug in this hollow, where it couldn’t be fully protected from the elements.Ember brought the sword up once more and swung it down in a broad arc as her body turned, following the path of the blade. The effortless stroke ended abruptly when her sword met resistance. The sound of steel on steel rang in her ears a moment before the shock of impact jolted up her arm.“I thought I’d find you here.” The familiar voice made Ember’s shriek of horror transform to one of delight. Though his clothing had changed, Alistair Hart had not. His ebony curls still shone in the sun and his eyes still rivaled the spring sky.She began to lower her sword, but Alistair stepped forward. His blade rasped, pressing into hers and forcing her to push back. He smiled at her. “Tsk. Don’t lower your defenses, Em. Is that how you’d respond to an ambush?”


Thoughts???

Xcited???!

~V