"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....

Thursday, July 19, 2012

First 80 Pages FREE of ENDLESSLY by Kiersten White!!!

"Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate.
The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands.
So much for normal."

Have you read Paranormalcy and Supernaturally??

Love it??

Have you heard of Kierstens' new book Mind Games??? (So excited for that one!!)

Link Below To Free First 80 Pages!!!:

http://browseinside.harperteen.com/index.aspx?isbn13=9780061985881

 
~Valen Steel

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Casting Alert - Jocelyn, Hodge and Magnus Bane!! yes!

"Lena Headey (300, "Game of Thrones"), Jared Harris ("Mad Men," Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Godfrey Gao (All About Women) have joined the cast of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which has also added that subtitle to its official production name.

Headey will play Jocelyn Fray, Harris will play Hodge Starkweather, and Gao is set to portray Magnus Bane. They join the previously-announced Lily Collins as Clary Fray, Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland, Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis, Jemima West as Isabelle Lightwood, Kevin Durand as Emil Pangborn and Robert Maillet as Samuel Blackwell. . . .
Read More"



Firstly, Lena as Jocelyn is perfection!!!

Secondly, this is exciting and great!

Thirdly, Jared and Godfrey are also brilliant!

Things are really coming a long.

Yerp.

What do you think?

Perfect?

Yay - Nay?

Who was your ideal pick???

~Valen

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Castin Alert - Wiress!!!

"If any of those tributes move, she’ll execute every last motherf------ one of them. Amanda Plummer — best known as the jittery coffee shop robber in “Pulp Fiction” — has joined the cast of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the sequel to this year’s blockbuster, Lionsgate announced Tuesday.\

The 55-year-old New York-born actress will play the part of Wiress, an eccentric former surviving tribute who’s thrown back in danger alongside Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).

Plummer, who won a Tony Award in 1985 for her potrayal of the title role in the Broadway production of “Agnes of God,” also had memorable turns in 1991’s “The Fisher King” and 1993’s “So I Married an Axe Murderer. . . (READ MORE)

Once again, a perfect choice!!
She is spot on -

What do you think???

Yay - Nay???

~V

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Casting Alert - Finnick, Beetee and Mags!!?

"The tributes for the Hunger Games of The Hunger Games were stocked mostly with young actors unknown to most audiences. But as the casting sweepstakes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire really begins to (forgive me) catch fire, it appears that Lionsgate hopes to dial up the star wattage a bit for its wildly anticipated sequel.

Variety is reporting that Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Tony Shalhoub (Monk), and Melissa Leo (The Fighter) are the latest actors to top the shortlist to play the new tributes in Catching Fire. (Some SPOILERS follow for those who have not read Suzanne Collins’ novel.) . . . .(READ MORE)" *Entertainment Weekly*





If these three actors are cast in the role, I really do think they will be perfect!! It is exciting and cannot wait to see who gets cast for every role!!!

What do you think??

Who are your ideal choices???

~V

Saturday, July 14, 2012

THE FORSAKEN by Lisa M. Stasse!

As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.
The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.






"THE UNITED NORTHERN ALLIANCE
 
SIX YEARS LATER


AS OUR BUS APPROACHES the Harka Museum of Re-education, I peer out the window at the soldiers standing out front in the sculpture gardens. The sculptures are just broken remnants, long ago smashed under combat boots. The flagpole flies our nation’s flag, an eye hovering over a globe branded with the letters UNA, the abbreviation used by everyone for the United Northern Alliance. 

The driver parks on a circular driveway in front of the museum’s entrance, and I look up. Marble columns sweep fifty feet toward a pediment that still bears old scars from rebel mortar attacks. 

There’s only one day left until I’m forced to take the Government Personality Profile Test—GPPT for short—which is why our class is on this field trip. The trip is meant to show us what happens to kids who fail the test.

A heavyset woman in a gray uniform stands up near the front of the bus as the door opens. It’s Ms. Baines, our Social Reconstruction teacher. She ushers our class out of the vehicle and into the hot sun. We stand on the asphalt, a diverse throng of kids. Everyone, rich or poor, orphan or not, goes through the same public school system in the UNA.

“This way, class,” Ms. Baines orders. We follow her up a wide stone staircase, toward the massive front door of the museum that beckons like a hungry mouth. Inside, it’s dark and cool.
The Harka Museum once held some of our state’s greatest works of art. Now, like most museums, it’s a shrine to our government and its leader, Minister Roland Harka. Instead of paintings, the walls display digital maps of the United Northern Alliance’s global conquests. Armies are rendered as colorful dots, and battles as pixelated cubes.

Being in this museum makes me think about our nation’s complicated history. At sixteen, I’m too young to remember what a real museum was even like. I only remember reading about them, before most books and digital media were withdrawn from circulation. That happened when I was eight, two years before my parents got taken, and just three years after the formation of the United Northern Alliance—a merger of Canada, the United States, and Mexico into one vast, chaotic nation.

From what my mom and dad told me, the citizens of those countries weren’t in favor of the alliance. But food was scarce after a global economic meltdown, and people were turning to violent crime. So the government leaders made the radical decision to create the UNA.

When angry citizens rebelled, military police used lethal force to stop the demonstrations. The demonstrations turned into riots, and then into total anarchy as people turned against their own government.

Every week our building would shake as a car bomb detonated somewhere, and I’d often fall asleep at night listening to the crack of gunfire. That was when Roland Harka, a charismatic four-star general, took office by force and appointed himself prime minster of the UNA. For life.  . . .(READ MORE)

I love this cover and the book sounds fantastic!

Have you read it???

~V

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

THE CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare Cover Reveal!!! wow.


In Clockwork Princess, Tessa and her companions travel all over the world as they race to stop the clockwork army before it’s too late. As Jem’s health worsens alarmingly and his friends search desperately for a cure, can Tessa choose between the two boys she loves—even if it means never seeing the other one again?

Wow. This is amazing. Just amazing!!

One of the best, if not the best book series covers ever!

Cassie Clare is one lucky gal!
Thoughts???

Wow, right?

~V

Monday, July 9, 2012

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Casting Alert - Plutarch Heavensbee!!

"Hooray for official "Hunger Games" casting news vs. casting rumors! After weeks of speculation, Lionsgate announced Monday (July 9) that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for the Hunger Games.
So, who is Plutarch Heavensbee exactly? Without going into heavy spoiler territory, Heavensbee takes over the Gamemaker reins from where Seneca Crane (played by Wes Bentley) left off. Though he didn't appear in the first movie, he makes a memorable appearance in Suzanne Collins' first book during Katniss' session with the gamemakers when she shoots her arrow into an apple on their dining table, causing a very surprised Heavensbee to fall backward into a punch bowl. In "Catching Fire," we find out a lot more about him — and that his motivations for wanting to be Gamemaker and getting to know Katniss better are complicated, to say the very least.

Similar to the casting of Donald Sutherland as President Snow, the enlistment of Hoffman instantly adds gravitas to the film. Heavensbee is a complex, layered character that requires a seasoned pro of Hoffman's caliber — one who can convey a sense of mystery with a touch of likable villainy as well. Not to say that Heavensbee is at all a villain: He's just complicated. . . (Read More) MTV)

Perfection!

I have not a single complete with this choice - just great!

What do you think??

Is Hoffman how you envision Heavensbee??

Lemme Know!

~V

Currently Reading: THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas!

"After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined."


Cover: The U.K. cover is SOOOOOO much better then the U.S. cover to the right, right???

Thoughts So Far: I'm enjoying it. Celaena is an interesting protag who seems to have a lot more depth than she is letting on. A romance is clearly blooming and I wonder how the author is going to make it turn out. Also, she can kick ass!

Keep on the look out for Throne of Glass. I'm liking it - as of now. . .

Thoughts???

You've read it??

Want to???

~V

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Spoiler Free Review: SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman!!

Seraphina by debut author Rachel Hartman is an intricate tale filled with exquisite world-building, rich, lush characters and political drama that is a powerful match to the fantasy that readers will be expecting and will love.

Author: Rachel Hartman
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Age Group: YA
Sequel: Untitled
Publisher: Random House
Page Count: 480
Source: Netgalley


"Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page."


The Cover: Never judge a book it's cover, is the saying. Well, I did. I love this cover. It's brilliant. I want a giant poster of it to hang on my wall. 6 out of 5 Hearts!

Teasers: "I wasn't much of a runner; each step seemed to drive a spike into my knees, and the hem of my gown, sodden with dirty snow, clung to my ankles, nearly tripping me. I ducked left and jogged right, sliding on bloody ice . . . I climbed a ladder onto someone's work shed, hoisted it up after myself, and used it to climb down the other side . . .Basind's breathe rasped close by my neck; his hand hit my swinging satchel,  but couldn't quite get a grip on it. I burst out of th ealley into bright sunlight. People scattered before  me, crying out in surpise . . . we'd emerged in he middle of a cluster of men in black-feathered caps: the Sons of St. Ogdo." Pg 333-334.

My Thoughts . . .


To be honest, the book had a rocky start for me, simply because not a lot was happening. The world was being introduced and set up as well as the many, many characters, the physical and the mentioned. It was just a lot to take it, a lot to remember and to try to understand, but once that happened and the main plot of the story was revealed, things really kicked in and I was able to enjoy the world, the characters and the writing.

And did I enjoy!!

This book was fantastic. It reminded of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, which I adore, in the sense that this was an alternate old timey reality that was mixed with odd technology, though the technology of Seraphina's world is a great deal simpler when compared to Lyra's world.

Which brings me to our protag -

Seraphina is the MC of this novel, which only makes sense since the novel is her namesake and she was, thankfully, a huge breathe of fresh air for the YA world.

For those of you who are tired of love being the main point of your YA reads know this: this book is about love. It's about love for a mother, a father, a uncle, the people and one's self.

This is not a love story between a boy and girl, but with that being said, there is a romance for Seraphina in these pages -

Seraphina was strong, yet unsure. Brave, yet unwillingly so. She was intelligent, yet human (sorta) and realistic. And she was in love, yet it did not make her weak, did not detour her from her tasks and she changed through this love in the BEST way possible.

I very much enjoyed the romance and it was clear from the get-go that this would be one simply because of the bickering and stubbornness of these characters. It reminded of Hermione and Ron, only not that extreme.

Like previously mentioned, the main plot of the story took a while to unravel itself and once it did it was very captivating. The plot was all mystery, politics and fantasy.

Seraphina lives in a world where the dragons or the Saar, were once in war with humans and though mostly everything is good, there is still a lot of unease between the races, ALL of the races, including the Saar's less then intelligent cousins, the Quig.

(Side Note: The Quig . . . .eck!! They are just gross. Gross. Gross.)

Most people still silently fear or dislike the dragons and the same goes for the dragon towards the humans. The dragons are rather emotionless and think more like one would think a robot would, while the humans are of course emotional beings and just cannot connect with the scientific and stone logical Saar.

Saar think that the humans are pathetic sacks of emotional flesh and the humans think the dragons are just animals with a secret agenda to one day take over the world.

There was a main villain and a few side baddies that Seraphina had to deal with and for the most part I loved all of the evil doers. However, and this is a big however, I did not like who the main villain was revealed to be since they were in disguise. I liked who the main villain really was, just not who they were pretending to be. It just was not realistic to me. When the MV was revealed, I was just like, "Really...?" but then the MV started causing mayhem immediately afterwards, so I guess it payed off. I shall spend some belief, but only some....

This novel does deal with dragons, so by nature is a fantasy novel if anything but the fantasy of this world was . . .natural.

I believed in everything. It all made sense and all seemed plausible within the confines of the world and story. There was no wizards or faeries (yet!), but the subtle fantasy of the world was always present, especially with Seraphina and her 'visions'.

The visions?

Too spoilery to really mention, but they were just so awesome and grotesque!

I loved it.

Perhaps my favorite part of this novel was the writing, which did take a minute to get in to, but once I did, it just made everything richer. I loved the world and the complexities of the government, the religion and the characters.

Hartman's writing style is very mature and complex for YA and based on that, I could have easily seen this book as a real treat for adults. It was just refreshing to see a really captivating and at times, challenging novel made for teens.

I would def say that this novel is age group defying and good for all who want a intriguing read.

It was great.

There is one particular scene that takes place in the dark washroom involving blood and a knife and it was just scary!

It was great and dark and scary.

But -

Though I loved the writing style, things did get somewhat confusing. One moment we are in a memory that Seraphina is having and the next we are in present day . . . or so I think. Around one or two times, I was not sure if Seraphina was having a flashback or if the event that was occurring in the novel was actually happening at the present moment.

I did a little rereading and was still, a tad confused, but it truly did not deter me from the story in the slightest.

Like mentioned before, things did take a while to get in to and I read on due to my own stubbornness, which in the end paid off, but I'm not sure if everyone will do the same, which I hope they do, 'cus it is worth it.

In the end, Seraphina by author Rachel Hartman is a complex and thrilling story of magic, murder and memories that I greatly enjoyed and cannot wait for everyone to read!!

Fin!

Advice: Push through the first 50 or so pages, 'cus it is worth it.

Question: Should you read?

Answer:  Thuuluu Yes!!

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


Seraphina gets 4.1 Hearts out of 5!!

Thoughts??

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Cassandra Clare's THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS Film Gets Two New Cast Members!!



"Kevin Durand (Real Steel, I Am Number Four) and Robert Maillet (Sherlock Holmes, Immortals) have joined the cast of The Mortal Instruments, Variety reports. They'll star opposite Lily Collins, Jaime Campbell Bower and Jemima West in the Constantin Film and Unique Features production."





Durand and Maillet are set to play the villainous Pangborn and Blackwell.

Thats All Folks!!

Nothing major - yet.

Keepin' you up to date!

~V

Friday, July 6, 2012

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES First Look - Elena as a Vampire!!



These new photos featuring Elena as a vampire, show her up close and cozy with each Salvatore brother. The photos come from this years Comic-Con TV Guide preview, that hints, teases and highlights all of the best and juicy details of this Fall's returning genre shows!

And I cannot wait.

Vampire Diaries is def my favorite show on TV, followed by Game of Thrones and American Horror Story, respectively.

Oh and Pretty Little Liars is in the mix as well.

What are your thoughts on the pics??

Cool??

Or does it just look like Katherine??

And how will Elena's transition into vampirehood be??

One thing is for certain - it's gonna be bloody brilliant!!!

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, October 11th at 8 p.m. on The CW!!!

~Valen

Veronica Roth's INSURGENT Sequel, CONVERGENT Cover Reveal!?!?!


One Choice Can Restore You . . .

The Praise:

"“Promising author Roth tells the riveting and complex story of a teenage girl forced to choose, at age 16, between her routinized, selfless family and the adventurous, unrestrained future she longs for. A memorable, unpredictable journey from which it is nearly impossible to turn away.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )

“This is one fast-paced read that sticks in your head for days after you put it down, both because of its video-game-like scenes and its thought–provoking premise.” —Hollywood Crush, MTV.com (MTV )

PRAISE FOR DIVERGENT:“You’ll be up all night with Divergent, a brainy thrill-ride of a novel.” (BookPage )"

I was looking around for any new deets on Veronica Roth when I stumbled upon the pic featured above and I freaked out at the awesomeness of it, before realizing, "Wait! Divergent # 3 doesn't even have an official title, so there is no way this could be real....! Right??"

And after about 2 minutes of investigation, I discovered that yep, I was right. No title or cover has been released and we have well over a year for the third book in the Divergent series to even be set free in the world.

As in Fall 2013 -

Yet still, we can dream ....

And Looky!!

It is pretty, pretty!!!

What do you think about this faux cover/title???

And what do you think the REAL title will be??

Convergent???

Emergent???

Resurgent??

Or fan fav, Detergent??!

Only time shall tell,

Peace and Gravy,

~V

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Follow Friday (7-5-12)!!


The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View 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!
Q: Jumping Genres: Ever pick up a book from a genre you usually don’t like and LOVE it? Tell us about it and why you picked it up in the first place.

This is a great and very tough question . . . . so my answer is I guess so - - -

The Sookie Stackhouse Series, which I loved, at least the first few books.

I haven't read any other book like that, though I'm not quite sure what kind of genre it would be considered. Perhaps, adult paranormal??

Either way, I haven't read any books similar to that series, though I know there are MANY more like it.

Other genre/books that I don't usually read, but loved would be Dan Brown novels such as The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol.
  
Peace and Gravy,

~V

First Look of OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Film!!!


"The film imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot--fame and fortune are his for the taking--that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity--and even a bit of wizardry--Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well."

This not only sounds utterly amazing, especially with the brilliant actors, but this poster is stunning!!!

I cannot wait to see this!!

What do you think??

~V

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Its Official!! THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Has Cast It's Johanna Mason!!

"They can't hurt me. I'm not like the rest of you. There's no one left I love."


―Johanna Mason

"Johanna Mason an axe wielding tribute hailing from District 7, participates in the 75th Annual Hunger Games. She is known for pretending to be weak as a means of tricking of other tributes into underestimating her."

After much speculation and casting rumors, Lionsgate has officially offered the role of Johanna Mason to actress Jena Malone!!

Though I would have had other picks (Kristen Bell or Mia Wasikowska), I do think that this is a very good choice and I am very, very, very excited to see Jena bring Johanna to life!!

What do you think???

Who was your ideal Johanna??

Jena- Yay or Nay?

Lemme Know,

~V

J.K. Rowling's THE CASUAL VACANCY Cover Reveal!!!

"When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?"



Have to admit, that this cover is really boring.

Yet, interesting.....

Yet, similar to something you would find in a dollar store.....

Either way! Cannot wait to read it.

Your thoughts on the cover???

Boring???

Wanted more???

Perfect!?

~V

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The First Chapters of Kiki Hamilton's THE TORN WING For FREE!!

"BOOK TWO of THE FAERIE RING Series:

London 1872

Tiki’s greatest fear suddenly becomes all too real: the fey have returned to London seeking revenge. As war escalates in the Otherworld, Queen Victoria’s youngest son, Prince Leopold, is attacked. In order to protect her family and those she loves, Tiki needs to know the meaning of an fáinne sí, the birthmark that winds around her wrist. But will she be brave enough to face the truth?

A bloody escape, a deadly threat, a shocking revelation… Available October 2nd, 2012

THE TORN WING, Chapters 1 & 2, by Kiki Hamilton

It is awesome!!

Hope you enjoy.

Did you read The Faerie Ring??

Love it?

Hate it?

~V