Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Hello everybody! Waiting on Wednesday is an awesome meme hosted weekly by Breaking The Spine. It's a fun way to share upcoming books you're uber-excited about. Here's mine!

Legend by Marie Lu

The United States is gone, along with its flooded coasts. North America's two warring nations, the western Republic and the eastern Colonies, have reached a breaking point. In the midst of this broken continent and dark new world are two teenagers who will go down in history....

Born into the slums of Los Angeles, fifteen-year old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. A mysterious boy with no recorded image or fingerprints. A boy who should no longer exist. A boy who watches over his family until one evening, when the plague patrols mark his family's door with an X--the sign of plague infection. A death sentence for any family too poor to afford the antidote. Desperate, Day has no choice; he must steal it.

Born to an elite family in Los Angeles' wealthy Ruby sector, fifteen-year old June is the Republic's most promising prodigy. A superintelligent girl destined for great things in the country's highest military circles. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country--until the day her brother Metias is murdered while on patrol during a break-in at the plague hospital.

Only one person could be responsible.


And now it's June's mission to hunt him down.

The truth they'll uncover will become legend.

** This book just sounds plain amazing, intense and I can't wait to read it! It's also already in the beginning of a possible movie!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kawaga

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. 
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. 
But she could never have guessed the truth—that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face…and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

The Iron King is a fresh, delightful faery story that I was quite surprised to find myself sucked right into. Julie Kawaga has an original new take on the ever-popular topic of faeries, introducing the idea that the fey are born from the imagination and dreams of humans, whose belief allows them to survive in a wonderfully descriptive realm called the Nevernever. But with our rapidly progressing technological advances, a new kind of fey has been born, one created from the modern-day ideas and thoughts of twenty-first century humans. They are designed of iron, a substance usually deadly to normal fey. I found I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual twist in the story. Meghan is a amusing, strong narrator that kept me thinking what will happen next? each time I set the book down. The way the author describes all the characters, even the minor ones, made them feel very realistic to me, and a few of them were just laugh-out-loud hilarious. The mix of humor and suspense was
both fascinating and entertaining.
The Iron King is a book all faery lovers will definitely want to get their hands on. It is an entirely different, extremely satisfying, and subtlety romantic new series that readers will devour in a matter of days. I can't wait to get my hands on the next installment, The Iron Daughter!

Favorite Quote: "If the entire cheerleading squad turns into mice, Robin, I will be very upset with you. Mortal adolescents are blind and cruel. You know that. You mustn't take revenge, no matter how you feel about the girl. Especially now. There are more worrisome things on the move''.

Other Books: The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight coming November 2011! 


Friday, April 22, 2011

Mrs. Everdeen Cast!

That's right! Prim and Katniss's mother has been cast!

Her name is Paula Malcomson. She's been on many T.V. series such as ER, Sons of Anarchy, Deadwood and Caprica. I really have no opinion on her right now. Does she looks the part? Well, she looks like she could have the sort of haggard look I associate with Mrs. Everdeen. Other than that, I don't really know since I've never seen her acting. Hopefully she can pull it off!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

More Hunger Games Casting!!

Wow, there's just a sudden burst of casting for The Hunger Games over these past few days!! I'm pretty excited about all these new editions! 

First off,we have Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket. Some of her more well- known movies are The Next Three Days, Definitely Maybe, Spider- Man and Spider- Man 2, as well as the T.V series Scrubs. I personally like her acting and I think she can pull off Effie's bubbly personality pretty well.  

Next, there's, Leven Rambin as Glimmer. Leven's career has been mostly centered on T.V series like One Tree Hill and Grey's Anatomy, and as I've never seen her acting before, I'm not sure how well she'll do on the big screen. Glimmer isn't a major character, though, so I trust she can do it. Plus, in my opinion, she looks very much the part!


Jack Quaid, son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, was chosen to play Marvel. Now, this is Jack's first spot in the movie industry, which is no surprise given his actor parents. He doesn't really look like I expected Marvel to look, but hopefully he has inherited some of his parents skills! Because of his lack of movie acting, this picture is the only one I could find of him (with his dad).  

And last, but definitely not least, we have Willow Shields as Prim. She's been in very few movie productions, but director Gary Ross says she ''will make an amazing Prim''. Well, the director knows best I guess-- I was really rooting for Kiernan Shipka or Elle Fanning, who have a more delicate look about them and more acting experience. But I'm going to be optimistic! Prim is a very emotionally- challenging role to play, especially in the second two books, so I'm sure Willow Shields has lots of talent to take that on.


*There you have it-- the cast of The Hunger Games so far. I absolutely loved this series and I'm hoping hoping hoping that they'll do a good job on the movie. There's so many important scenes they could leave out ( if they leave out Rue and Katniss's scene I will cry)! But, who knows until we see the final product?

**Have a great day everyone and I'll keep you posted on upcoming casting news!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

Hello everyone! I'm happy to be participating in Teaser Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Mizb at Should Be Reading. The book I'm going to share a little snippet of is Inside Out by Maria V Snyder. This book is so amazing, I can't imagine how it slipped my notice before! 

"I do know I felt as if my heart had been shredded when I found you in our storeroom, unconscious and bleeding. And leaving you with Vinco in the holding cells was the hardest thing I've ever done."

I know, pretty cliffhanger-ish, right? I'm only doing that because this book is so awesome! Go buy it, borrow it, steal it-- just read it. It's that good:)

Have a fantastic Tuesday everyone!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Faithful by Janet Fox

Sixteen-year-old Maggie Bennet's life is in tatters. Her mother has disappeared, and is presumed dead. The next thing she knows, her father has dragged Maggie away from their elegant Newport home, off on some mad excursion to Yellowstone in Montana. Torn from the only life she's ever known, away from her friends, from society, and verging on no prospects, Maggie is furious and devastated by her father's betrayal. But when she arrives, she finds herself drawn to the frustratingly stubborn, handsome Tom Rowland, the son of a park geologist, and to the wild romantic beauty of Yellowstone itself. And as Tom and the promise of freedom capture Maggie's heart, Maggie is forced to choose between who she is and who she wants to be.  

Faithful is a eloquent, thoughtfully written historical novel set in Yellowstone National Park in it's developing years, when it was just beginning to be bulit up into a tourist-centered area. Janet Fox manages to capture Yellowstone's beauty and natural ruggedness while weaving in a graceful story of a girl stuck in the web of high society and it's many prejudices. Maggie, in the beginning is a frustratingly worldly young woman whose only thoughts are about finding the right sort of man to marry and how others perceive her. But as she leaves her home in Newport and ventures into the West she changes in ways she never could have imagined. She learns a great deal about her mother and the people in her life who made her who she was. 

Romance, mystery, self-discovery-- all are presented flawlessly in Faithful. Maggie goes from a snobbish, high-society rich girl to a independant young woman who sees with new eyes that love isn't something that can be bought or sold: it must be earned. A definite must- read for history and romance fans, Faithful is a novel that will have you sighing at the last page, wishing for a chance to see Yellowstone in person, and have adventures as wild and enchanting as Maggie's.  

Other Books: Forgiven, coming out June 2nd, 2011!




Rue and Thresh Cast!!

Excitement everyone!! We now have our Thresh and Rue! Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla (yes, Amandla) Stenburg were choosen to play the two tributes in the much anticipated movie rendition of The Hunger Games, coming out next year in March! I think they're perfect, especially Rue. I can't wait to see who will be cast next!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Woo-hoo! I'm so excited to be announcing the winners of my followers contest. Thanks you so much everyone who entered and supported me on this. You all are awesome, and I wish I could send you all a book! And without further ado, I give you the winners!!

Llehn has won herself a copy of Low Red Moon. Congrats!!

And Bea at The Bucket List is the winner of Mockingjay. Congrats!  

So there you have it! I'll be e-mailing the winners soon for their addresses! Thanks again everyone:)


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Check This Out!

Oh My Goodness! I just found the most amazing contest over at Book Lungs! It's a follower contest, and you can get some amazing stuff. I really don't need the competition (smiley face) but this is just too awesome to not share. Check it out here!

Last Chance for Giveaway!!

Hello all my lovely followers! As you may or may not know, I have a cool contest going on here to win a hardcover copy of Low Red Moon and Mockingjay! And it ends tomorrow, so hurry up and enter by commenting here! I'm super excited and wish you all good luck:)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, allowing bloggers to share the amazing books they are eagerly anticipating this coming year!

Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore

For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her sister as a siren, the highest calling a mermaid can have. But when her sister runs away to the mainland, reportedly to elope with a human, Esmerine is sent to retrieve her.  

Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily through the streets of New Sweeling. There, she will come upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood - Alandare, a boy, now a man, who belongs to a winged race of people. Together, Esmerine and Alandare put aside their differences to find her sister, and in the process discover a love that cannot be bound by land, sea, or air.
** I love mermaid stories, and I'm so hyped up for this one! The cover is just gorgeous and the plot sounds intrguing. Can't wait for June 7th!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

Waitng on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which allows bloggers to showcase the amazing books they can't wait to get their hands on.

Demon's Surrender by  Sara Reese Brennan

The Goblin Market has always been the center of Sin’s world. But now the Market is at war with the magicians, and Sin’s place is in danger. Thrown out of the Market she loves, Sin is thrown together with brothers Nick and Alan—whom she’s always despised.

Alan has been marked by a magician and is being tortured so that the magicians can get to Nick. As Sin watches Alan struggle to protect the demon brother he loves, she begins to see him in a new light—but she and Mae are locked in a fierce rivalry over who will inherit the leadership of the Goblin Market, and a decisive battle with the Aventurine Circle is looming. Mae’s brother, Jamie, is holed up with the magicians, his loyalties in question. And Nick—well, who knows what a demon might do to save his brother? How far will Nick go to save Alan—and what will it cost them all? Find out in this gripping conclusion to the trilogy Scott Westerfeld says is “full of shimmery marvels and bountiful thunder.” 

***I love these books and I'm so excited there's going to be a third one! It comes out June 14th!! So excited! The cover is probably my favorite so far-- very dramatic and stark with the orange sunset behind the dark guy:)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark

''LOS ANGELES, CA, April 4, 2011- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES are pleased to announce that actor Josh Hutcherson (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT) has been cast in the role of Peeta Mellark, with Liam Hemsworth (THE LAST SONG) joining the film in the role of Gale Hawthorne in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel. Both actors will star opposite Jennifer Lawrence, who it was recently announced will play heroine Katniss Everdeen.
Peeta accompanies heroine Katniss Everdeen into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the male tribute chosen from their native District 12, the most remote and marginalized district of all the subjugated districts of Panem. At the outset of the Games, Peeta publicly confesses his longtime feelings for Katniss, setting up one of the most fascinating fictional rapports of all time with his supposed arena rival.
Though Katniss and Gale have never had a romantic relationship, they share a transcendent bond, often of few words. When Katniss volunteers to participate in the 74th Annual Hunger Games in her younger sister’s stead, they both presume that bond will carry her far through the horrors she will face in the arena, and they each silently hope they’ll be reunited in safety on the other side of the ordeal.''    

Well... I can't really say I'm overjoyed at these actors. They're not exactly how I imagined them. I thought Peeta should be played by Hunter Parrish, and Gale should be played by an actor with a bit more experience. Liam Hemsworth's acting in The Last Song didn't really impress me all that much. And he thinks The Hunger Games is an ''action movie''. Yeah, that's quoted. I was so excited when Jennifer Lawrence got the part, but now, who knows? They could do completely wonderful and blow us all away. Thoughts?