"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....

Monday, December 31, 2012

SR: FEARLESS by Cornelia Funke!!

"Jacob Reckless returns once again to the Mirrorworld--filled with profound characters, extraordinary creatures, and epic life-or-death treasure hunts that could only come from the mind of the master storyteller of our generation, Cornelia Funke.

Jacob Reckless has only a few months left to live. He's tried everything to shake the Fairy curse that traded his life for his brother's--legends such as the All-Healing Apple, the Well of Eternal Youth, the blood of a northern Djinn. And yet hope after hope is extinguished. After months of fruitless searching, Jacob journeys through his father's mirror one final time to deliver the bad news to Fox.

But there they hear of one last possibility--an item so legendary that not even Mirrorworlders believe it exists: a crossbow that can kill thousands, or heal one, when shot through the heart. But a Goyl treasure hunter is also searching for the prized crossbow. Jacob must find it first--and somehow convince Fox to do whatever it takes to save him."

Book Two in the Mirrorworld Series! First Book is Reckless --

Preoder Now: Here!

I think Cornelia is one of the best writers for the MG audience because her worlds are so lush and rich and her writing is amazin! It is not insulting or trying to be 'hip' (is that still a term? hrm.) but rahter it is smooth and lyrical.

Wonderful--

Naturally, I cannot wait for this book!

Wanna read Reckless?? Get it here!

Have you read anything by Funke?

Lemme Know!

~V

Sunday, December 30, 2012

SR: A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer!!

"On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, sixteen-year-old Nadia's mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren't as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That's their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather's survivalist compound in West Virginia.

Using practical survival techniques, they make their way through a world of death and destruction until they encounter an injured dog; Zack, a street kid from Los Angeles; and other survivors who are seldom what they seem. Illness, infections, fatigue, and meager supplies have become a way of life. Still, it will be worth it once they arrive at the designated place on the map they have memorized. But what if no one is there to meet them?"

SR Means SPOTLIGHT READS ~ Spotlighting . . . (Unreleased) Reads....aka Books -- yep.

Release Date: June 11th 2013!

Preorder HERE!

This really sounds great!

A simple dystopian - I like it!

Thoughts??

~V

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Watch: FREE First Minutes of Isaac Marion's WARM BODIES Film Now!!

"Summit Entertainment has released the first four minutes of Warm Bodies, the studio's February 1st release based on the novel by Isaac Marion and directed by Jonathan Levine.

In the clip, you'll meet the zombie known as "R" (Nicholas Hoult). After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world."


Brilliant book and the film looks fantastic as well!

So hilarious --

Cannot wait!

Have you read Warm Bodies??

'xcited??

Nope??

~V

SR: SPIRIT AND DUST by Rosemary Clement-Moore!!

"Daisy Goodnight can speak to the dead. It’s not the result of a head injury or some near-death experience. She was just born that way. And she’s really good at it. Good enough to help the police solve the occasional homicide.

But helping the local authorities clear cold cases is one thing. Being whisked out of chemistry class by the FBI and flown to the scene of a murder/kidnapping in Minnesota? That’s the real deal.

Before the promotion can go to Daisy’s head, she’s up to her neck in trouble. The spirits are talking, and they’re
terrified. There’s a real living girl in danger. And when Daisy is kidnapped by a crime boss with no scruples about using magic—and Daisy—to get what he wants, it looks like hers is the next soul on the line."

I cannot wait to read this book - It sounds great! The cover is simple, yet striking.

SR Means SPOTLIGHT READS ~ Spotlighting . . . (Unreleased) Reads....aka Books -- yep.

Release Date: May 14th 2013!!

Preorder Now By CLICKING HERE:

~V

Friday, December 28, 2012

SR: SEVEN WONDERS - COLOSSUS RISES by Peter Lerangis!

"One Boy
Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he's going to die.
One Mission
Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.
One Problem
The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven't been seen in thousands of years.
Seven Wonders
Because they're hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The thrills begin in The Colossus Rises, the first installment in the epic seven-book adventure series Seven Wonders, from master storyteller and bestselling 39 Clues series author Peter Lerangis. The highly anticipated series has received early praise from Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series, who says, "A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets, The Colossus Rises is Lerangis's most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can't wait to see what's next in the Seven Wonders series!" "

SR Means SPOTLIGHT READS ~ Spotlighting . . . (Unreleased) Reads....aka Books -- yep.
 
Preorder Now: http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Wonders-Book-Colossus-Rises/dp/0062070401

REVIEW COMING SOON!!

Are you excited for this book??

~ V

Thursday, December 27, 2012

HOLIDAY Giveaway! SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard!!

"This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own."

I really enjoyed this book and since I now have an extra copy, I will be giving away an ARC of Splintered!

If you like Alice in Wonderland or any type of retelling, you will LOVE this book!

Enter Below!

CLICK THIS LINK >>>> ME! To enter the contest!

Good luck & Happy holidays to all!!

~V

SR: THE GATHERING DARK by Christine Johnson!!

"A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.

Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.

Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.

But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions"

SR Means SPOTLIGHT READS ~ Spotlighting . . . (Unreleased) Reads....aka Books -- yep.

Release Date: 2-12-13
 
Preorder Now By CLICKING HERE!
 
Are you excited for this book??
 
Read any of Christine's other books?
 
Review Coming Soon!!
 

~V

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Review: A SHADE OF VAMPIRE by Bella Forrest!

"Available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/A-Shade-Of-Vamp...

"On the evening of Sofia Claremont's 17th birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake.

A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood.

She is kidnapped to an island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine.

An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

Sofia's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she is the one selected out of hundreds of girls to join the harem of Derek Novak, the dark royal Prince.

Despite his addiction to power and obsessive thirst for her blood, Sofia soon realizes that the safest place on the island is within his quarters, and she must do all within her power to win him over if she is to survive even one more night.

Will she succeed? ...or is she destined to the same fate that all other girls have met at the hands of the Novaks?"


The book was barely 150 pages so the review wont be very long.

The Bad: The major flaw for me was the length. The book was barely the size of a novella and there really could have been another 100 or so pages just so I could spend more time in the world getting to know Sofia and Derek and everything else. The story wasn't rushed necessarily, but it def could have used a more even pace for world and character development. However...READ MORE

SR: THE END GAMES by T. Michael Martin!!

"It happened on Halloween.

The world ended.

And a dangerous Game brought it back to life.

Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia, armed with only their rifle and their love for each other, the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of “Bellows”—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules.

And the brothers will never be the same.

T. Michael Martin’s debut novel (to be published May 7th, 2013) is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance."

SR Means SPOTLIGHT READS ~ Spotlighting . . . (Unreleased) Reads....aka Books -- yep.

Preorder Now By CLICKING HERE!!

This book sounds fantastic -

Creepy and emotional and such awesomeness.

The cover is so spooky, yet simple.

I really want to read it asap!

What do you think??

Is it right up your alley???

~V

Monday, December 24, 2012

Happy Belsnickel Day aka Merry CHRISTMAS!!

"Belsnickel (also Belschnickel, Belznickle, Belznickel, Pelznikel, Pelznickel, from pelzen (or belzen, German for to wallop or to drub) and Nickel being a hypocorism of the given name Nikolaus) is a crotchety, fur-clad Christmas gift-bringer figure in the folklore of the Palatinate region of southwestern Germany along the Rhine, the Saarland, and the Odenwald area of Baden-W├╝rttemberg. The figure is also preserved in Pennsylvania Dutch communities. The Belsnickel shows up at houses 1-2 weeks before Christmas. He is typically very ragged and mean looking. He wears torn, tattered, and dirty clothes, and he carries a switch in his hand with which to beat bad children. The children escape unharmed, but they are scared into being good so that Santa will bring them presents on Christmas. The tradition also exists in parts of Newfoundland, the prairie provinces of Canada and some communities in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina."



Happy Holidays to All!!!

Stay safe ---

~V

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holiday GIVEAWAY! SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard!!

"This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own."

I really liked this book and since I now have an extra copy, I will be giving away an ARC of Splintered!

If you like Alice in Wonderland or any type of retelling, you will LOVE this book!

Enter Below!

CLICK THIS LINK >>>> ME! To enter the contest!

Good luck & Happy holidays to all!!

~V

SR: THE ETERNITY CURE by Julia Kagawa!!

"Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike."

 
SR Means SPOTLIGHT READS ~ Spotlighting . . . (Unreleased) Reads....aka Books -- yep.

I am very very 'Xcited for this book!

I love the new cover a lot in it's simplicity, but it is a drastic change from the original cover template.

Perhaps trying to attract a broader audience or maybe a placeholder??

What do you think of the cover?

Yay or Nay??

RELEASE DATE: April 23 2013!!

Preorder Now By CLICKING HERE!


~V

Saturday, December 22, 2012

SR: JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman!!

"A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!"
SR Means SPOTLIGHT READS ~ Spotlighting . . . (Unreleased) Reads....aka Books -- yep.

Preorder Now By CLICKING ME!!

Are you a fan of Gayle Forman's other works??

'xcited for Just One Day??

~Valen 

Friday, December 21, 2012

TWILIGHT SAGA Named Worst Films of All Time!?!?!


"The moody, angst-filled paradigm for emotionally abusive teen relationships known as the "Twilight Saga" is finally at end, thanks to its final chapter hitting theaters this fall. But it has still managed to win a dubious award: worst movie of all time. The movie-lovers at Rifftrax have concluded their poll looking for the worst movie ever made, and with a resounding 35,593 votes, the cheese-tastic series about a gloomy vampire named Edward (Robert Pattinson) and his even-gloomier human love interest, Bella (Kristen Stewart), nabbed the top spot. And if the apocalypse does happen on Dec. 21, looks like it arrived right on time for all those Twi-hards out there. [Source]"

Wow.

A bit harsh, I say. I may not love Twilight, but they do have some really great moments and there are MUCH Worst Films.

Worst films....? ..... perhaps....aside from that awful Transformers 3. hrrmmm...

Eclipse was the best, but New Moon was my favourite. The fight scene in Breaking Dawn pt 2 was the best moment of the entire series. Twilight was the nostalgic, crazy beginning.

Do you agree with Twilight's latest title of "Worst Films of All Time"?

And which Twilight flick was your fave? Least fave?

Thoughts?

~V

p.s. 12-21-12, it is today and i for one am glad the world did not end!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

GIVEAWAY/Review: SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard!!

"This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own."

Release Date: 1/1/13 - CONTEST BELOW!

Preorder HERE Now: http://www.amazon.com/Splintered-A-G-Howard/dp/1419704281

The best part about this book was hands down the writing and if the writing, the key component to any book, is considered the best part, then you know that it is a fantastic book!!


Splintered by A.G. Howard was just that!

In this modernized, yet still reminiscent sequel/reconstruction of Alice in Wonderland, the reader is introduced to Alyssa, a fun and fierce protag that holds her own through every page she is on.

I loved this book!

Alyssa is a dreadlocked, skateboarding heroine who has the kind of personality that you root for, despite her flaws, for these flaws only make her a more realistic and authentic character. Her narrative voice was very engaging and very believable. She was someone you could actually know and someone you would actually like. The one flaw that I did not care so much for was Al letting Jeb constantly defend her. Alyssa was strong, but her dependency on the boys in her life did get a little tiresome. Which leads me to  . . .

IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta!

"They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender t
his unforgettable . . .
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE Film Is Officially Happening!!??!

"Universal Pictures has set Joe Roth (Snow White and the Huntsman) to produce their upcoming fantasy epic Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Deadline reports. Palak Patel is attached as executive producer.

The young adult fantasy novel was written by National Book Award Finalist Laini Taylor. The book was published in September of 2011 and is the first in a trilogy. It is officially described as follows:
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


In addition to his work on Snow White and the Huntsman, Roth is known for producing Alice in Wonderland and the upcoming
Oz The Great and Powerful and Maleficent." READ MORE NOW AT COMINGSOON.NET

I think Laini Taylor is a stunning novelist. She is so unique and brilliant and I cannot wait to see this film brought to life!

India Eisley pictured above is my personal choice for Karou. I think she is sorta perfect.

I was hoping for Guillermo del Toro would have something to do with it, because he knows how to make atmosphereic creature filled films, but alas no.

Fingers Always Crossed that it will be brilliant!!!

Thoughts???

Read this book???

I dare say, what are you waiting for!?

~V

Hm. GOSSIP GIRL Series Finale - Gossip Girl Finally REVEALED!!!

"After six seasons, the series that taught us about fashion, friends, and fake smiles will retire like an out-of-season handbag, but I beg you not to ruin your mascara with tears. (Also, tears are for the weak.) Instead, let us celebrate the morally reprehensible journey we’ve just taken and toast our frenemies from the Upper East Side.

I invite you to use this space to discuss the show’s series finale. At some point this evening — after your friendly Gossip recapper rediscovers the will to live in a world without the likes of Blair, Chuck, Serena, Dan…I guess Nate, too — this post will be updated to include a full recap of the action. . . ."

READ MORE NOW

For those who don't wanna know about the other twist and character cameos galore that were present, 'cus honestly, what is the point. This show lost steam years ago, without further ado, Gossip Girl is none other then . . . . .

Lonely Boy or better yet, Daniel Humphrey - Dan.

Plotholes, stupidness and a clamor of whhahahahahats........and seriously???

But still, OKAY. I will take it!

Thoughts???

Liked this show???

Or are you like me and pursued it inconsistently for a few years before accidentally hiding your TV...?

Kristen Bell had a cameo in the finale and throughout the series her voice overs were def the best part. Though they did get a little (lot) silly, but that was the writers, not her.

hrm.

~V

DANCE OF SHADOWS by Yelena Black!

"Dancing with someone is an act of trust. Elegant and intimate; you're close enough to kiss, close enough to feel your partner's heartbeat. But for Vanessa, dance is deadly – and she must be very careful who she trusts . . .

Vanessa Adler attends an elite ballet school – the same one her older sister, Margaret, attended before she disappeared. Vanessa feels she can never live up to her sister's shining reputation. But Vanessa, with her glorious red hair and fair skin, has a kind of power when she dances – she loses herself in the music, breathes different air, and the world around her turns to flames . . .

Soon she attracts the attention of three men: gorgeous Zep, mysterious Justin, and the great, enigmatic choreographer Josef Zhalkovsky. When Josef asks Vanessa to dance the lead in the Firebird, she has little idea of the danger that lies ahead – and the burning forces about to be unleashed."


I am currently reading this book!!

The cover is - wow.

Will let you know more about it soon-ish!!!

~ V

Release Day 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: TODAY 12-18-12!
 
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 ...... READ MORE NOW -
 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Veronica Roths' DIVERGENT Finale RESURGENT Cover Reveal!?!?!?!


 Resurgent - WITNESS THE END

"Futuristic Chicago has a population divided into factions; groups of people with unique cultural values, religions and behaviors. There are five different factions in the city:

  1. "Abnegation"-the selfless.
  2. "Amity"-The Peaceful.
  3. "Candor"-The Honest.
  4. "Dauntless"-The Brave.
  5. "Erudite"-The Intelligent.
Abnegation is the protagonist's home faction, and is unfriendly with factions Erudite and Dauntless. Beatrice Prior, called Tris after the Choosing Ceremony, was raised in Abnegation, where selflessness is held above all else. Despite her parents' teachings, selflessness doesn't come naturally to Beatrice. She feels lonely and constricted, surrounded by people who don't think like her. When she comes of age (16 in her case), she and her peers take an aptitude test to determine their faction of maximum compatibility. The test is made up of reality simulations in which actions taken reveal personality elements. To her surprise, Tris discovers that she is able to manipulate the simulation and make decisions not allowed by the algorithms. After she is finished, she is told that she is Divergent, meaning that she does not fit in any single faction. She has equal aptitude for three separate factions (Dauntless, Abnegation, and Erudite), and this terrifies her. Beatrice is told that she must never, ever tell anyone she is Divergent. Not even her parents can know the result of her aptitude test."

 
Another fanmade cover.
 
Pretty awesome!
 
YIKES!!!
 
I cannot wait for this book, no matter the title or cover.
 
What will it be . . . . .
 
Emergent, Convergent, Resurgent, Contingent, Tangent, Intelligent!?!?!  . . .
 
hrrmmmm.
 
Super excited?!!?
 
Thoughts???


~V

Sunday, December 16, 2012

17 AND GONE by Nova Ren Suma!!

"Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And… is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.

With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautiful, visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost."

I love, love this writer!!

Have you read Imaginary Girls??

You should!

~V

THE UPRISING by Lisa M. Stasse!!

"Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.

In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals,

Saturday, December 15, 2012

THE SELECTIONS' Sequel THE ELITE By Kiera Cass!!

"Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Looks Like THE HUNGER GAMES Is Becoming A TV Series?!?!

Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister's place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete.

"The CW has ordered a new reality show it describes as an "intense wilderness competition." While early reports trumpet it as "Hunger Games" without the murder, it seems more like an update of "Survivor."

On the hour-long show, 12 teams of two will be dropped into the wilderness without food, water or shelter. For a full month, they'll compete in tests of their ability to hunt, survive and capture one another.

Only one winner will emerge to collect a cash prize.

No premiere date has been set.
 
Will you care?"  SOURCE

Okay.

This will be cancelled in no time.

*sighs*

Thoughts???

~V

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Susan Ee's ANGELFALL Becoming a Film?!?!?

"Sam Raimi will be joining the ranks of producers hoping to find the next big film franchise based on a YA book as he has just acquired the rights to the post-apocalyptic angel themed novel ‘Angelfall.’

The book, by Susan Ee, has a very interesting backstory. Originally a self-published e-book, ‘Angelfall’ started off as a modified NaNo novel with Ee’s goal to write 80,000 words in 6 weeks. What came out of this self-challenge was an novel that ranked No. 1 on Goodreads’ list of best independent novels and was a finalist for the 2011 Cybils award for best young adult fantasy and sci-fi books before being picked up by Amazon Children’s Publishing and officially being released by them last August. Her second book in the series yet untitled is set to be released next fall.

Here’s a synopsis for ‘Angelfall:’
'Six weeks after angels of the apocalypse descend to demolish the modern world, street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back… even if that means making a deal with an enemy angel Raffe, a warrior who has been left bleeding and wingless. Having only each other to rely on for survival, the two journey towards the angel’s stronghold where she must risk everything to rescue her sister and he must decide whether to put himself at the mercy of his enemies for the chance to be made whole again.'" Read More - http://sciencefiction.com/2012/11/17/sam-raimi-to-produce-film-adaptation-of-angelfall/
 
Read the book??

Love it??

Hate it???

Cannot wait for the film?!?!

~V

Monday, December 3, 2012

J.K. Rowlings THE CASUAL VACANCY Becoming TV Series?!?!


"British author J.K. Rowling's first adult novel "The Casual Vacancy" will be adapted for the small screen, the BBC announced on Monday, unlike her Harry Potter adventures which went on to become one of the biggest film franchises of all time.

Public broadcaster BBC One and BBC Drama have commissioned the exclusive adaptation from The Blair Partnership literary agency which represents the author. The series is expected to air in 2014.

Rowling will collaborate "closely" on the project, with the number and length of episodes to be decided once the adaptation has formally begun.

"I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home," Rowling said in a statement.

Danny Cohen, controller of BBC One, said the project "highlights the ambition and scale of BBC One Drama, as well as the ability of modern television to attract the world's biggest talent and most exciting creative ideas."

The Casual Vacancy, which examines the clash of ideals, classes and generations in the seemingly sleepy English town of Pagford, has topped the bestseller lists in several countries, although it did not match the success of the Potter phenomenon."


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/rowling-adult-adapted-bbc-article-1.1212455#ixzz2E3CZJKLk

I cannot wait!

Have you read The Casual Vacancy??

Excited???

By why so long a wait ?!!  ---

Thoughts?

~V

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Awesome(!) Check It Now!: The Hillywood Show THE HOBBIT Parody!!

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In a hole in a ground, there lived a Hobbit...

But, what happens when Gandalf and a rowdy group of Dwarves barge in to Bilbo Baggins' quiet and peaceful hobbit hole? Just about everything Bilbo Baggins hates. Not only do the Dwarves bring the chaos, but they've also brought a contract. Bilbo is hesitant to sign but the Dwarves will do just about anything they can to force him to join the journey. Even if it takes a SHOT or two.

What happens in Middle Earth, stays in Middle Earth. Enjoy, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED PARODY by The Hillywood Show®! Thanks for watching and God bless.

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That was amazing and hilarious!!!

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Wowsers!

~Valen