"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, November 30, 2012

SHIVER's Maggie Stiefvater and Her Words of Advice!!


I'm Maggie, professional novelist by day and artist by night. All of my life decisions have been based around my inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or technical editor (all of which I've tried), but are highly prized traits in novelists and artists. I've made my living as one or the other since I was 22. I now live an eccentric life in the middle of nowhere, Virginia with my charmingly straight-laced husband, two kids, and neurotic dogs. I'm the author of the Books of Faerie (LAMENT and BALLAD); the bestselling SHIVER trilogy (SHIVER, LINGER, FOREVER), and THE SCORPIO RACES .



Brilliant and true words of advice, from a brilliant writer!!

Love Maggie's books???

Join the club -

~V

HEX HALL Author New Book Series: SCHOOL SPIRITS Cover Reveal!!!

"Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. But since her sister, Finley, disappeared while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need a break from the Brannick's age-old calling. Izzy is determined to prove herself, however.

She and her mom head to Ideal, Mississippi, a town that's not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings have been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy's cover is to act like an average teenager and investigate. But the unexpected accessories to Izzy's high-schooler disguise are friends.

For a girl who's always been on her own, it's strange to suddenly have people who care about her. And with a warlock vying for her attention and a quirky boy at school making Izzy lose her focus, being a normal teen is tough. Could this boy Dex be linked to the ghosts? And does he know something Izzy doesn't?

Rachel Hawkins' delightful spin-off brings the same wit, romance and charm as the best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance."

Knew this was happening, but had no inkling when.

Very excited about this!!!

I loved the Hex Hall series and cannot wait for this new series!!

Thoughts???

Have you read Hex Hall???

~V

Listen to THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Soundtrack FREE Online!!

"Based on the book of the same name, The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins, a curious young Hobbit, as he journeys eastwards with the wizard Gandalf and a troupe of thirteen dwarves. Their goal is to reach the Lonely Mountain and reclaim a stolen treasure guarded by Smaug, a cruel and terrible dragon.
 
The journey leads them from Bilbo's home in the Shire through Rivendell, an Elven colony, and then into the Misty Mountains. There "they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum." Seemingly by coincidence, Bilbo acquires a golden ring that was previously owned by Gollum. This ring, although unobtrusive, is a "ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities" by rendering its wearer invisible.
 
As they continue eastward, the travellers eventually reach Mirkwood, the realm of the Silvan Elves."

Click the link below to listen to the amazing soundtrack!!! Stunning -

http://www1.rollingstone.com/hearitnow/player/hobbit.html


And preorder the soundtrack HERE!: http://www.amazon.com/The-Hobbit-An-Unexpected-Journey/dp/B009O07NDY

Are you going to see the The Hobbit???!

Midnight premiering it???

I am!

So excited! Cannot wait!

Smeagol Out -

~V

Thursday, November 29, 2012

HUNGER GAMES's Suzanne Collins NEW Book is THE YEAR OF THE JUNGLE!!!?

"Our friend Sheila Marie Everett, a publicity trade manager here at Scholastic, wanted to break some exciting news for you! Read on for the details!

I am so thrilled to share some BIG news for Suzanne Collins readers! Today Scholastic announced the publication of Year of the Jungle, an autobiographical picture book by Suzanne Collins coming in Fall 2013, illustrated by acclaimed picture book author-artist and television writer/animator James Proimos. Year of the Jungle is for ages 4 and up and is based on the year Suzanne Collins’s father served in Viet Nam when she was in first grade.

Suzanne Collins explains, “For several years I had this little wicker basket next to my writing chair with the postcards my dad had sent me from Viet Nam and photos of that year. But I could never quite find a way into the story. It has elements that can be scary for the audience and it would be easy for the art to reinforce those. It could be really beautiful art but still be off-putting to a kid, which would defeat the point of doing the book. Then one day I was having lunch with Jim [Proimos] and telling him about the idea and he said, ‘That sounds fantastic.’ I looked at him and I had this flash of the story through his eyes, with his art. It was like being handed a key to a locked door. So, I just blurted out, ‘Do you want to do it?’ Fortunately he said yes. That afternoon, on the train ride home, the book started unfolding in my head. There’s a natural humor and sense of fun to his drawing style that makes the story approachable. As the emotional life of the main character evolves into darker places, the pictures beautifully keep pace with it, but they never lose that Proimos quality. His art made telling the story possible.”" Click Here To Read The Rest: http://oomscholasticblog.com/2012/11/big-news-for-suzanne-collins-fans.html


What are your thoughts???

A good book to read to your children?

Will you pick it up yourself???

Want some more Hunger Games!?!?

~V

Review: JUSTICE by Jade Varden!!

"When you build an entire life on a foundation of lies, it only takes one truth for the whole thing to come crashing down. I never invited the truth in. I never went searching for it. I never had any reason to suspect that the two people I loved most were dishonest with me every second of every day.

I made one bad decision, and in a single day my entire world changed. If I'm ever going to discover the truth about myself and my parents, I have to trace all the lies back to their source. I have to try to find the truth that they're hiding.

The more I discover about myself, and my past, the more I realize that lies really are better than the truth. But now that I know the lies are all around me, I can't stop until I've discovered them all. I'll pull each lie away, one by one, and examine it to see what's underneath...until this house of cards crumbles into dust at my feet.

I just hope I can survive the crash."



This book was a quick read - only 152 pages.

For the most part I enjoy Justice by Jade Varden. I know that it is  a  series so things will def be further explored, explained and executed later.

Rain was a interesting character and from the premise I was expecting a darker book, but it was pretty clean considering she is at a place surrounded by wealthy kids who have access to many things they otherwise would not, but that was okay. Rain was a well-developed character that had a clear voice that I really, really liked. She was not annoying and understood what she had to do to discover who she really is.

This book is littered with mysteries and it was pretty addictive! I mean I finished it in less than two hours, because even though somethings seemed a bit too coincidental, the unfolding of characters motives, histories and discoveries of lies were just fun! I wanted to know what happened  next.

This book does have a love triangle potential, but luckily the author avoids it, by making Rain pick who she likes best, pretty early one. So you dodge a speeding and annoying bullet there, at least for now. It is only the first book in a series so it will more than likely be explored some more.

The side characters, especially those like Carsyn were fun and well-developed and in the few pages, you did get an understanding of who they are and that is always good..

The writing was fast paced and descriptive without being overbearing and allowed for novel to transiton along pretty fast.

I enjoyed Justice by Jade Varden and will def check out it's sequels.

3.5 Hearts out of 5!!

Thoughts???

Buy Justice NOW!!: http://www.amazon.com/Justice-Deck-Lies-Jade-Varden/dp/1475243979/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

~V

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review: LIZZY SPEARE AND THE CURSED TOMB by Ally Malinenko!!

"MEET LIZZY SPEARE a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)

Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?

In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote."



I received this book a little while back, but due to the sad destruction of my KindleFire, I was not able to read it. However, I am glad to say that I finished reading Lizzy Speare a few hours ago and I really wish I had been able to do so earlier!

This book was great! It was witty, humorous, creative and at times, dark-ish.

It was such a fun read that honestly, anyone of any age would enjoy. It's filled with the fantastical in a urban fantasy-like setting that has all the heart of a Harry Potter novel. Honestly.

I don't like to ever give anything away that is not in the premise of the book, but this book had so many fun and magical moments that I really just wanted more. This novel has a purpose and meaning and some of the prose in this book is very powerful, especially in regards as it for a younger audience. The messages of deciding who you are and loving who are so true and wonderful. Kids should read this.

Lizzy herself was a wonderful protag. She was intelligent and questioned the things around her, people's actions. Even though she was afraid at times she remained brave and I really liked that about her,  though was still being a believable child.

I liked that the side characters had their own stories aside from what was happening with Lizzy and how it helped move the book to its very powerful and emotional ending.

It was a very, very nice and touching that was great. It was bittersweet.

In the end, Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb was a wonderful novel about innocence, growing up and discovering your worth and realizing that though there maybe many doors in the world, you make decision to open the one meant for you!

I give Lizzy Speare 4 out of 5 Hearts!

Buy your copy NOW!: http://www.amazon.com/Lizzy-Speare-Cursed-Series-ebook/dp/B0098TBGHU

Thoughts??

~V

p.s. I truly, really, really (!) hope that this book is picked up by a film  studio and becomes an awesome animation!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Review: THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken!!

"When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her--East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living."
 
Release Date: December 18th!
 
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken was an intriguing dystopian that had me flipping through the pages without stop!
 
Though I had did have some issues with the believability of this dystopian society, particularly the adults involvement or lack there off (no outrage, mom & dad?), Bracken's prowess as a writer is what managed to lock me in and keep me hooked and somewhat terrified, especially in regards to Ruby's camp. What a krazy place!
 
Ruby's world is pretty intense and this is YA dystop at it's top pick. I really enjoyed reading Ruby's interaction with other characters and the group of allies she forms was reminiscent of Harry Potter with the notion of a group of kids coming together to stop authority. Though Ruby's story has next to no light moments that the reader can laugh at, it was a nice band of misfits.
 
The disease that is afflicting the kids was pretty interesting, but was never thoroughly explored and explained in enough details to allow me to fully understand how some people die and others don't. I hope this is explained in later books and was not dropped in The Darkest Minds just because the author didn't feel a need to explain it. I believe it is the former.  
 
Ruby was a top heroine and though she wasn't as tough as Katniss, she was no Mary Sue and she knew how to survive! She was a strong and complex protag with a very intriguing history and mind. Her 'abilites' though oddly labeled, were pretty awesome! This book reminded me of X-Men in that regards, but Bracken takes the 'supernatural' aspect and makes it her own.
 
My favorite part? Not a silly at first glimpse/breathe/touch romance! It is awesome to see dysoptian not relying on a love story to have (what they believe to be) strong female characters!
 
In the end I really, really enjoyed The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and cannot wait for the sequels!
 
The Darkest Minds gets 4 Hearts out of 5!!
 
Thoughts??
 
Are you gonna read The Darkest Minds???
 
Lemme Know!
 
~V

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Review: BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards!!

"A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths."


Black City by Elizabeth Richards was a fast-paced novel that combines YA's hottest trends; vamps and crappy futures a.k.a dystopian!

I love dystopian. I honestly do not think there will ever be enough ways to describe a  scary and crap future ran by evil governments and in Black City's case, Darklings, but only if they are good and believable. And while Black City was a little more fantastical, therefore not that believable, it was very very good!

I really enjoyed this novel and cannot wait for it's sequel Phoenix!

Though once again this novel was a case of instalust (real word, look it up!) I did find myself buying Ash's and Natalie's romance a lot more than most love at first bite .. . . err, sight, stories. This is entirely because of Richard's writing and her terrific way of creating such intriguing characters. Though Ash, who is a 'nipper' is def one of those tortured bad boys in the lieu of Jace from TMI (don't care for those kind of characters) his tortured broodiness WAS believable, so I wasn't annoyed by him, at least not that much. His struggles with his emotions, with who is, who he wants to be and who he can't help but be, truly makes you feel for him and connect with him. His conflictions were raw and touching and he has been through and does some serious dark things to stay a live.

I also really liked Natalie. She was a strong character who could hold her own and I enjoyed that about her. Though her romance with Ash and the 'mystery' were a little predictable, I couldn't help but enjoy being inside her head. I also liked her mother who was in one word; evil. She was a fantastic character! But my favorite character was probably Rose. That man was evil, with a capital E! He oozed hidden craziness and he was just plain wicked! Fantastic character because of fantastic writing!

The writing in this book was terrific, especially in regards to the characters and the construction and descriptions of the world and society. I loved the prose and how authentic everything felt even though a lot of it was so fantastical. In the end I really enjoyed Black City and cannot wait for it's sequel, Phoenix!

I give it 4 Hearts of 5!!

Buy Black City Now!!

If you like Immortal Rules and the film Priest, this book is similar to these!

Thoughts????

~V

Friday, November 23, 2012

Stephenie Meyer Writing New TWILIGHT SAGA Books!?!?!

FACT: As of October 2010, the series has sold over 116 million copies worldwide with translations into at least 38 different languages around the globe. The four Twilight books have consecutively set records as the biggest selling novels of 2008 on the USA Today Best-Selling Books list and have spent over 235 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list for Children's Series Books

"Just when you thought it was over, it’s not!

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer refused to commit to the rumor that she may write additional volumes of her already elaborate teen vampire saga at a press conference for the final film in the series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. She did say, however, the idea of more blood, sex and tears in future books wasn’t impossible either.

In fact, she admitted to having already thought through the entire story. “I planned out where

Review: ASHES OF TWILIGHT by Kassy Taylor!!

"Wren MacAvoy works as a coal miner for a domed city that was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal blood line of England when astronomers spotted a comet on a collision course with Earth. Humanity would be saved by the most groundbreaking technology of the time. But after nearly 200 years of life beneath the dome, society has become complacent and the coal is running out. Plus there are those who wonder, is there life outside the dome or is the world still consumed by fire?

When one of Wren's friends escapes the confines of the dome, he is burned alive and put on display as a warning to those seeking to disrupt the dome’s way of life. But Alex’s final words are haunting. “The sky is blue.” What happens next is a whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Wren unwittingly becomes a catalyst for a revolution that destroys the dome and the only way to survive might be to embrace what the entire society has feared their entire existence."

Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Taylor is half environmental commentary, half dystopian thriller and entirely good! Wren was a good protag who I enjoyed for the most part. I did not like her romance storyline that much because I felt it all happened way too quickly. After a couple dozen pages or so, maybe even less, Alex and Wren are already proclaiming their love for one another and I just did not buy it. I guess love at first sight does exist, but when sooooooooooooooo many YA books have that element it loses it's effectiveness/romantic appeal, extremely quickly. But other than that I liked Wren and thought for the most part she was strong female character.

The description and the prose of the novel were both pretty good. The descriptions of the tunnels and the world beneath the Dome were realistic and nicely described, without being overbearing. I could feel the suppression and claustrophobia of the world in the tunnels, and understand both Alex and Wren's needs to escape and find out more. The fear of not being sure how much longer you'll be able to live because of the lack of energy sources were genuine, simply because of the exploration through the writing.

While I thoroughly enjoyed Kassy's take on the dystopian/post-apocalyptic future, the novel did remind me of other books such as The City of Ember and Pure by Julianna Baggott. However, which that being said, Kassy does create her own world and her spin on the 'mole people' was fresh enough through it's characters and mysteries, that it wasn't annoying like it could have been in lesser hands.

Overall, Kassy Taylor's Ashes of Twilight was a  thrilling and pace building novel about survival, with characters trying to find the truth about the world they live in and themselves. I'm very interested to read the sequels!

Buy Ashes of Twilight Here: http://www.amazon.com/Ashes-Twilight-Trilogy/dp/0312641788

Have you read Ashes of Twilight??

Thoughts??

~V

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Elizabeth Richards' BLACK CITY Sequel PHOENIX Cover Reveal!!



 

"Weeks after his crucifixion and rebirth as Phoenix, Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law permanently relegating Darklings to the wrong side of the wall or Natalie will be killed.

The decision seems obvious to Ash; he must save Natalie. But when Ash learns about The Tenth, a new and deadly concentration camp where the Darklings would be sent, the choice doesn’t seem so simple. Unable to ignore his conscience, Ash votes against Rose’s Law, signing Natalie’s death warrant and putting a troubled nation back into the throes of bloody battle."

Love this cover!  Sensing a theme here, and I really like it!!
 
Review for Black City soon . . . .
 
Thoughts?
 
 
~Valen
 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Stephenie Meyer's New THE HOST Film Trailer!!

"Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love. Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human."



100%  better than the first trailer! Looks good. Saoirse Ronan is one the best actors out there so I cannot wait to see her performance!

What do you think?

Lame??

Drool worthing??

Eh . . . . .

~V

Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT Film Casting Alert - Tobias 'Four'!?!?

 "In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance."
 
 
 
So what do you think???
 
Liking the possibilities?
 
Yes?
 
No?
 
Who do you want as Four?
 
~V

2nd New Trailer for BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Film!!

"Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann and Zoey Deutch star in the supernatural love story set in the South, telling the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together, they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history and their town."




Looks awesome!!

Great trailer, but like City of Bones trailer, gives waaaaay too much away.

Cannot wait to see it!

What do you think???

~V

Thursday, November 15, 2012

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: THE CITY OF BONES Trailer!!

"In the series' first book, the #1 New York Times bestseller "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray, discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother, Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures."



Wow...!!???

Love it?

Hate it?

Yip yip!!! .... ????

Gotta say, not loving it.

Poorly edited. Seems rather cliche and cheesy....

PLEASE OH PLEASE, LET ME BE WRONG!!!!

May a better trailer present itself soon.

And why for crying out loud is Jace wearing a hood for most of  his scenes? It is not cool and mysterious. It is stupid. Especially when he is in a night club.

But let me cool down....

First 30 seconds were really terrific! I was excited. After than things got a bit sloppy for me.

The trailer was made only two days after the film wrapped filming, and honestly you can tell. This is the first trailer and it should have mystique. I'm not Twilight's biggest fan (or much of a fan for that matter) but if the people behind those films know anything, they know how to make trailers. They make brilliant teaser trailers and then trailers that slowly build up to the big trailer that lets fans know that 'this' is the book they've read and loved.

For the City of Bones trailer I feel they def gave things away waaaay to quickly and didn't make a heart pounding and tongue thirsting trailer like they could have.

Remember the original Twilight trailer???

That had everyone going crazy for more, 'cus it was a tease that gave enough away to want more.

This trailer, just gave it away.

Looks good, will without a doubt see it in theaters, but from what I've seen, I'm a bit (lot) disappointed.

And Lily Collins?? Beautiful, stunning girl. Acting ability from this trailer --- not so much.

Only time will tell!

Thoughts???

~V

p.s. and Valentine's white hair lackage?? I - can't even . .. . ...