Monthly Archives: April 2013

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Film News: Vampire Academy Headmistress Kirova cast

We have gotten the first casting news since February, and the character they chose to release was a slight disappointment given that what people really want, is news about Christian. However, clearly they’re starting small and the casting news should roll in considering they’re filming at the end of May.

Headmistress Kirova has been cast as Olga Kurylenko, she is most known for her role in the James Bond film Quantum Of Solace starring opposite Daniel Craig. She is younger than I envisioned  and I think she would’ve made the perfect Tasha, but I’m interested to see where the Preger team are taking this new development.

What do you think about this new casting information? Did you also imagine Kirova to be old?

 

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Review: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #3)

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #3
Published by Penguin, Razorbill on February 12th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 401
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
five-stars

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In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

As I said in The Golden Lily review I posted yesterday, I read these the day they were released but when re-reading them, wanted to share how much I love them.

After The Golden Lily, I was anticipating this release eight months later and boy…what a book it was. The Indigo Spell is filled with romance and sexual tension between Adrian and Sydney, and after what happened at the end of The Golden Lily, things were definitely going to be interesting. And they were. The whole gang at Amberwood- Jill, Eddie, Angeline- don’t get as much attention as they did in the previous books, although there are issues and storylines concerning them, the main focus is on Sydney, her Alchemist business and the romance between her and Adrian.

Sydney is an Alchemist, helping Moroi (Vampires) to cover up their existence to other humans because Alchemists believe they are evil monsters. She’s working at Amberwood  boarding school in Palm Springs to protect Moroi Jill and keep her in hiding. She previously feared the Moroi, but she’s finding herself growing away from those beliefs more than she ever thought was possible. Before, she’d freak out when a Moroi even tried doing magic, but as we saw in The Golden Lily, she actively joining in with magic. The Indigo Spell reinforces how harsh and controlling Alchemists are; they hate Moroi and think they’re unnatural, they’ll do whatever they can to stop themselves from working directly with them, lest they get tainted by the evil. Sydney was brought up with these beliefs, so of course they’re a little hard to shake. But the Alchemists are a web of lies, half of them keeping top-secret information from the other half of the organisation. Sydney soon realises, she’s not even sure what she believes anymore.

Things are sizzling between Sydney and Adrian sexual tension wise, but with Sydney refusing to go against her Alchemist beliefs, Adrian promises not to bring up his love confessions. Poor Adrian, he always seems to fall in love with complicated people. As much as Sydney refuses to acknowledge her feelings for Adrian, she still trusts him, and throughout The Indigo Spell, their relationship grows stronger. The romance is bumped up a notch compared to The Golden Lily, so watch out. Cute things, funny things, swoon worthy things, it’s all there! Adrian is as witty as ever, but even with his incessant jokes, he shows a lot of sweet emotion towards Sydney.

The Indigo Spell is also filled with funny elements, kooky characters and hilarious naming. Malachi Wolfe, which seems to be one of Richelle Mead’s favourite minor characters makes an appearance, sharing those far-fetched stories he loves to tell. I think he’s a hilarious character- he also has a Twitter account, follow @MalachiWolfe. Characters like Malachi are typical of Richelle’s writing style, which you might have guessed, I’m a fan of.

I’ve heard many people dissatisfied with Marcus Finch, a character Mead hyped up, but then confessed she changed things slightly for him– apparently he was meant to be another love interest for Sydney. I wasn’t particularly impressed by his character either, and he didn’t live up to expectations. He was completely different to how I thought he would be and I would have liked more to his character, however, I still really enjoyed The Indigo Spell.

Rating: 5 Stars

So, now another nine months to wait, as it’s been said The Fiery Heart ( Bloodlines four) will be released on November 19th.

I’m not sure I can take it.

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Review: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead (Bloodlines #2)

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #2
Published by Penguin, Razorbill on June 12th 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 418
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
four-stars

 

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Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.


Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

 

 I actually read this on the day it came out, but I didn’t have a book blog then. Recently I was re-reading it and wanted to share it’s awesomeness.

Bloodlines was the first book in this series, and whilst it was a fantastic book, it was distinctly missing romance. That is certainly not the case in The Golden Lily, we meet a certain barista called Brayden, who is very intellectual like Sydney. This relationship dynamic was utterly hilarious, both of them were completely clueless when it came to social cues, especially in a romantic social clues.

“I was going to have to research kissing.”

It wasn’t just about Brayden and Sydney though, I can confirm there is also Adrian and Sydney scenes that made me catch my breath. Adrian is so witty, everything he says has me laughing and the way he interacts with Sydney is adorable. He’s gotten Keith’s apartment and is sorting his life out considerably,  growing as a character nicely.

The secondary characters such as Eddie, Jill, Angeline are still up to their usual shenanigans, with Sydney cleaning up their messes. Jill has come a long way from Bloodlines, she didn’t rely on Sydney with every little thing and I liked her a lot more than I previously did.

Sydney also has more interactions with Mrs Terwilliger, with her initial alchemist views on magic being challenged. Sydney isn’t as repulsed by Vampires as she once was, and she’s realised that they aren’t as evil as the Alchemists made her believe. That doesn’t mean that she’s going to show that to her supervisors anytime soon, but she treats the Vampires like actual people, not evil monsters. Sydney’s developing as a character, she’s taking action to protect herself and not rely on others. By no means is she Rose Hathaway, but she isn’t sitting around waiting to be saved by the Guardians. Many people say they can relate more to Sydney than Rose, because people don’t tend to be able to relate to Rose’s overall badass personality. However, Sydney’s badass too and is very intellectual with cute quirks which made me smile.

Another book by Richelle Mead that I loved, the storylines are quirky and funny, like the entire book doesn’t take itself too seriously, but with serious undertones. This is where Richelle lulls her fans into a false sense of security, I have no doubt she’ll rip our hearts out in the next couple of books.

Rating: 4 Stars

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) review to come soon.

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Cover Reveal: Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Up From The Grave is the 7th Night Huntress novel and I really like the cover, it’s a bit different from the usual style, but it has the same model. It really annoys me when they keep changing the model because then all the covers look inconsistent. If you haven’t read this series yet, the first is Halfway To The Grave and I really recommend them.

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Embracing my Inner Geek (2)

Embracing My Inner Geek

Embracing My Inner Geek is a feature hosted by Queen Of Contemporary and enables bloggers to geek out once a week and ramble on about geeky and nerdish things.

I’m a geek and I’m proud. I don’t think that people celebrate their inner nerdiness enough, so when I saw this meme, I got pretty excited. I don’t like how geeks are sterotyped as people with glasses that are socially awkward and weird. It especially annoys me when geek girls are not considered attractive, and I think John Green (Nerdfighter over here!) got it right when he said:

Geeks simply like different things to others, and there’s nothing wrong with that, by no means are other people superior. People consider me a geek when I ramble about books that I obsess over. I discuss them with my friends, who luckily like the same things as me. We get super-hyped when a new release is coming out, especially a Richelle Mead release. We make little inside jokes, and smile at references; once in Geography, we had to make a divergent bar graph, which made us excitedly look over at each other. I really enjoy talking online about books and films with friends, over at Twitter and Goodreads.

Adorning my walls are pictures of films, which I get from monthly Cineworld magazines, including pictures of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence; and a poster of The Hunger Games. I also love The Lord Of The Rings–loyal fan of Aragorn always. My friend has the a replica of the ring with the inscriptions and I am insanely jealous. Plus, I like The Avenger Assemble, Wolverine and all the Batmans–especially The Dark Knight, with Heath Ledger playing The Joker.

When I get really excited about a film, I’ll stalk the official pages on Facebook and Twitter, for a glimpse of news. You can probably tell, as I put the news on frequent blog posts to share the amazingness. As well as books and films, I geek out over TV Shows, such as the Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Castle, Sherlock and Elementary.

I haven’t watched Doctor Who with Matt Smith, but I l adore David Tennant. If you love Doctor Who, let me just introduce you to Chameleon Circuit, who write songs about Doctor Who, they are insanely awesome:

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I haven’t been able to go to a convention, but I so desperately want to go to San Diego Comic Con. One day. One day I shall walk those floors.

So, don’t get insulted when someone calls you a geek, they just don’t understand. Ultimately geeks are more successful and win at life, you may have heard of the famous Bill Gates quote: “Be kind to nerds, chances are you’ll end up working for one”.

I’ve really enjoyed writing this post, so thanks Lucy and Happy Blogoversary!! Here’s to another AMAZING year of blogging! :)

I shall now leave you with this:

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Alex Pettyfer Strikes Again

You might have heard about Alex Pettyfer’s refusal to accept the role of Jace in the upcoming film City Of Bones. This is apparently because he wanted more ‘serious’ roles. This refusal was followed by the acceptance of his role in Magic Mike; an undoubtedly serious role. I understand that he’d played two teenage roles before and wanted a more mature role, but that’s suggesting YA is not mature, which is certainly not true in most cases.

If you thought that was the last you’d be hearing of Pettyfer, you’d be wrong. After Jace was cast, people were desperate for Alex to play Finnick in Catching Fire, then Four in Divergent and even Eddie Castile in Vampire Academy. I believe the only reason he got fan-cast as Eddie (who has one line in the first book ) was probably because both Dimitri and Adrian are described as nothing like Alex and they needed to cast someone as Alex, right? Which leads me to a burning question, what is the big obsession with Pettyfer?

Now it has come to my attention he has auditioned for the role of 50 Shades of Grey in a screen test. Another serious film choice I notice. However, fair enough Alex, go audition for a film adaptation of a poorly written book; because maybe if he stars in something so polar opposite to YA, people will stop going back to Alex for their YA casting ideas in. Every. Single. Book.

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Film News: Divergent, VA:BS and City Of Bones

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On April 20th Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, went to the set in Chicago for the first time. When she got there, they were setting up the knife scene and she got to watch the scene with the directors in the ‘video village’. This is pretty exciting, if you want to read the full blog post Veronica wrote, go here.

Now Divergent has officially started filming in Chicago, here’s a first look at the ‘knife scene’ with Shailene Woodley playing ‘Tris’

Shailene Woodley told EW entertainment that the cast get on really well:

“We’re hanging out on weekends, celebrating birthdays. Everyone just wants to get to know one another. It’s rare to get a big group together and not have any conflicts. It’s really kind of amazing.”

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We haven’t had any news about the Vampire Academy film since February, and people are starting to get ansty. However, we definitely know they’re auditioning for the roles, and it’s been rumoured that Michael Fjordback has auditioned for the role of Christian, which was confirmed by his tweet:

In addition, Jeff Berg has apparently auditioned for the role of Jesse:

This keeps me positive for news which should be released soon, as they’re filming at the end of May. When I read about these tweets, I wondered if the actors were meant to leak it, and Marci is certainly not happy about the tweets, I have to agree with Marci.

 

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At the LA Times Festival of Books Cassie Clare and Harold Zwart (director) discussed the City of Bones adaptation. Examiner reported the following quotes from the director and Cassie Clare:

“The hardest part was the back story. The challenge was explaining the mythology of the series…to make sure people who didn’t read the book understood the complexity of the Shadowhunter world.” – Harald Zwart on adapting the book to screenplay.

“It’s being developed by Universal Republic,” said Zwart. “We’re still talking to DJs and artists.” Clare would only offer that she was sent a list of artists by the production company and provided feedback about the music.

Clare said, “We talked on the phone, had conference calls and Skyped. Harald and I had some very passionate discussions.”

….Simon’s character bridges the gap. Clare said, “He is the character through which the audience learns about everything. Simon asks all the questions.”

Zwart added that he was committed to making a film version that was “unique to us and very real for the audience.”

Clare and Zwart also discussed the movie soundtrack.

“It’s being developed by Universal Republic,” said Zwart. “We’re still talking to DJs and artists.” Clare would only offer that she was sent a list of artists by the production company and provided feedback about the music.

In addition to watching the full theatrical movie trailer,

 fans also got a few insider movie morsels:

  • Clare provided a teaser about Aiden Turner, who plays werewolf Luke. “There’s a flashback where Luke looks much younger,” she said. “He looks pretty hot.”
  • There’s “extra Magnus” in the movie. Clare said, “In the book we know that Magnus showed up to heal Alec, but in the movie we actually get to see it.”
  • Zwart was so intent on remaining true to Clare’s vision that he once sent her 16 pictures of rocks to get her opinion on which one looked most like witchlight.
  • Clare was filmed as an extra in Magnus’ party scene. “I was a cat demon. Godfrey (Magnus) and I got our nails done together before the scene. We bonded,” she said. ”The party set was gorgeous.”
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Review: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Published by Penguin on January 12 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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Hardcover: 368 pages

Published: January 12th 2012

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

 

Hazel Grace was diagnosed with stage four thyroid cancer at the age of thirteen—there is no stage five. She immediately quit school and prepared for the worst, but with the help of a miracle drug, she’s been kept alive living with the unpredictable nature of cancer. At her cancer support group she meets Augustus, who is in remission, with the cancer already having taken one of his legs.

This book is incredibly emotional to read. I, like most people, have been deeply affected by cancer and found The Fault In Our Stars to be accurate and undeniably true. It’s not the typical cancer book—which I usually avoid like the plague—it’s witty, funny and gut-wrenching.

All of Green’s books are YA and he’s said in various interviews that writing adult fiction does not appeal to him at all, and he doesn’t ever want to write it. He worked as a student chaplain in a children’s hospital and that’s when he though of the idea for The Fault In Our Stars. This is probably why his characters are so bright and their situation thought-provoking, because John has met people in similar situations and didn’t under-estimate the teenager characters. For a man in his 40’s, he writes ‘teenager’s’ POV very well, as they’re not actually completely ‘normal’ teenagers, they’ve had to face a lot worse than most people face in a lifetime. Therefore, when people say the teenagers are not realistic enough, or are too insightful—of course Hazel and Augustus are not ‘normal’ teenagers, they undoubtedly have a different perspective on certain aspects in life.

I was completely out of my comfort zone by picking this book up, because when I read YA, it’s usually paranormal and I’m very selective about that. However, once I started reading it was very hard to stop, I’m a slow reader, and I read this in two sit-downs. I do not think it’s over-rated in the slightest, John Green’s writing is funny and astute. It expresses tragedy and humour at the same time without being disrespectful. John Green captivated me and made me contemplate certain matters and empathise with every single character.

Hazel was intelligent and fairly ordinary, which was what made her a realistic and likeable character, because it symbolises the fickle nature of life and the fact that cancer can affect anyone. Like most readers, she had a favourite book–An Imperial Affliction and this later became a large aspect in the book that helped her relationship with Augustus grow. Their relationship was authentic and nicely paced throughout, building on a series of events that made them become closer and understand themselves better, whilst at the same time trying to understand their views on life better.

This book made me cry and laugh-out-loud, it was a truly enjoyable read and I hope to devour more of John Green’s books in the future.

Rating: 5 Stars

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News: Bitten TV Series, Richelle Mead, Origin and more…

 

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Last week was the first couple of days filming for the Bitten TV Series based on Kelley Armstrong’s Women Of The Otherworld series. Laura Vandervoort has been given a wolf to adopt and Greyston Holt looks like he’s enjoying it so far.

 

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As well as preparing for her role in VA, Zoey has just revealed the cover for her rap album she’s doing with her mum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Danila growing his hair out! He’s done a recent review that has kindly been translated, in which he discusses the Vampire Academy Film, view it here.

 

 

 

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People were complaining that we haven’t seen much of Lucy, so here’s a beautiful picture of her in the sun, getting some exercise, although maybe not as hardcore as Zoey and Danila’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richelle has released a second excerpt from her new adult series Gameboard Of The Gods, I have a countdown on the right sidebar, safe to say I’m excited for it to finally come out! Read it here, and it should also have links to excerpt one as well. In addition, Richelle is doing a tour in parts of North America, so I would check that out at www.Richellemead.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer L. Armentrout has told us she’s done a shoot for Origin (Lux #4) with Pepe Toth. Who’s exited for more of Pepe? I certainly am! The blurb has just been released, so if you would like to read it and find out more about Origin, go here. If you have’t read The Lux series, I highly recommend them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Briggs has released a snipped from the Alpha and Omega series #4:

> The sound of music woke Anna up. She was alone in bed but the space beside her was still warm with her mate’s body heat. She rolled over, rubbing his scent on her skin.
> It wasn’t a human thing, she thought as she pulled his pillow over her head and breathed in deeply. But it made her happy. But the guitar player was quiet and the pillow muffled the music, so she set it aside.
> He played some flamenco for a bit, but the old guitar wasn’t a classical style and he gradual drifted into old . . .
> She lifted her head and grimaced.
> “Home on the Range” played with some chords that never had been used in the old West.
> Charles seldom played wrong cords unless he meant to.
> “All right,” she muttered, lifting her head to check the clock — four am. Charles was on Indian Time.
> Indian time, Charles had taught her without words, meant more than just being late. It meant doing things when the time seemed right, and taking the necessary time to get things properly finished. Sometimes that meant being a little later than others thought you should be. Other times it meant that you got up in the middle of the night to play music.
> Charles paid attention to clocks most of the time. But some days…
> Apparently he wanted his wife out making music with him, because Charles was only off-key when he wanted to be–and he knew how much she hated “Home on the Range” due to an embarrassing concert when she was ten and just learning the violin.
> “All right,” she called rolling out of bed, “I’m coming.”
> The guitar transitioned into “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and Charles started to sing.
> It made her giggle. “You sound like Elvis singing that,” she told him as she pulled on her clothes and hurried out to the living room. “But then so did Freddie Mercury.”
> Charles stopped playing as soon as she came out, setting the old guitar back into the loving arms of the padded hanger on the wall. He was barefoot and wearing nothing but a battered pair of jeans.
> He hadn’t turned on any lights but the waning moon hitting the snow outside sent enough illumination through the front window to make his face mysterious. The cool light danced over the play of muscle under his skin.
> “Go get your cello,” he said, taking down a small instrument case from the top of one of the bookcases. “We should play.”
> She shook her head at him, but trotted down the stairs and came up again with her instrument of choice. He was feeling playful, her mate.
> She leaned her cello against the couch and started for the dining room, but Charles was already bringing one of the chairs over and setting it down. She put her cheek against his arm and he leaned into her touch, then tapped her nose.
> “Music first,” he said, and he picked up a Native American flute and begin to play. It wasn’t one she’d seen before, so she had to listen for a few bars before she could pick out the key he was playing in. He took the melody and she harmonized with him to no song that she’d ever heard. He played it twice, until she made it all the way through without a flaw, then opened the side window.
> It was below zero outside and the wind whistled through the trees at a brisk pace–but she didn’t object. The house held enough warmth to keep her cello from getting cranky as they played to the night.
> She couldn’t see who listened, but Charles bowed formally to them, before shutting the winter out once more.

Sadly, it’s a Monday tomorrow, so I hope it’s a good one!

 

 

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Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Series: Divergent #1
Published by HarperCollins, HarperCollins Children's Books on February 28th 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 487
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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Divergent (Divergent, #1)This book was incredibly intense from beginning to end, there was always something happening and once I got roped in, I didn’t stop reading.

There are five factions in this dystopian world:

Abnegation—the selfless

Erudite—the intelligent

Candor—the honest

Dauntless—the brave

Beatrice was born in Abnegation, and is told never to ask questions, respect your elders, don’t look in the mirror and always help others–no matter the cost to you. She must wear gray robes, so she’s not separating herself from anyone or being individual and to not show much skin. To Beatrice, this never came naturally, and she found herself growing up constantly having to remind herself of these rules. They may seem weird, however Abnegation believe these rules make them utterly selfless. These five factions are how their community live in peace, with no murder and because all the council members are Abnegation, also no corruption.

Beatrice is sixteen and soon she will have the choice of leaving abnegation and joining another faction. That would mean never seeing her family again and being cast out. Before that decision though, her and other sixteen-year-olds to take a test. It is impossible to prepare for and informs their choice considering the type of person they are and how they react in certain situations, however, it’s not compulsory to choose that faction.

The world is so inventive and everything was explained well. With books in dystopian worlds, there’s always the risk of information-dumping, however, I never felt bombarded with information and I was always intrigued. Divergent is compared with The Hunger Games quite a bit, and I would recommend it if you liked The Hunger Games. I think it’s compared because Divergent has factions and lots of ruthless fighting, with corruption. The Hunger Games has districts with ruthless fighting and corruption. However, I believe Roth has brought something different to the table, and once I started to read, I realized that they are very different worlds with completely different characters, but they are both dystopian and that’s where the similarities lie.

I flew through the pages, and before I knew it, I was finished. Page after page, of action, humour and unpredictable things, I was so immersed I didn’t have time to make predictions about how it would end.

The characters were written really well, a few stood out that had a lot of depth and despite the fact this was in first person of Tris’s point of view, I felt huge empathy for other characters.

Tris was amazing, she was strong and took everything in her stride, even when I felt like breaking down and crying for her. She had to grow up a lot, because she wasn’t used to facing the corruption and violence in her comfort home of Abnegation. She was shielded from a lot and just seemed to be going through the motions in life, and then suddenly, she’s jumping from trains and fighting people every single day. Her character was so likeable, she was a little lost, but fighting for what she felt was right and had a witty humour that came out now and again.

The relationship with her father was regrettably distant, he was very self-righteous, but Tris had a lot of support from her mother, who had more secrets than she first appeared to.

Overall it was an engaging book with a strong teenage character, that first drew me in with it’s vivid world.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Book Light: The Other Marlowe Girl By Beth Fred

The Other Marlowe Girl by Beth Fred has been released early, it’s the second in the series and if you haven’t read it, below is the blurb from the first in the series:

When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy’s too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke.

Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn’t need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy’s party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he’ll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy’s arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she’ll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany can forget about work.

But will the airport be their final goodbye?

Available at: Amazon & Smashwords

They have such beautiful covers!

When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite bar. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he’s her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past.

Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband’s drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik.

Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her.
Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?
Available at: Amazon

 

If you would like to know more about the author:

Meet Beth Fred! That’s me! I’m a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I’m represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma’am, make promises they keep, and aren’t afraid to profess their undying love. It’s not breakfast if there aren’t carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can’t guess where I’m from ;) Wanna know more about me? You can find that here:

Email me: bethfred08(at)gmail.com

Blogger:  bethfred.com

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TV News: The full cast of the Bitten TV series

*Warning* Opinions ahead:

If you didn’t know, Kelley Armstrong’s Bitten series is being made into a thirteen-part TV series and the cast has just been announced.

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A few weeks ago, Elena was cast as Laura Vandervoort, who in my opinion is pretty, but slightly ‘Hollywood’ looking, with a tan and blonde hair. Elena is blonde in the book though, so I can’t really fault her except that she’s a bit young.  We’ll just have to see if she can act the part of Elena, which I’m sure she can.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clayton Danvers was cast as Greyston Holt. I’m wanting not to be judgemental, because these are real people and  let’s face it, no one is going to be as hot as the image in my head. I was thinking of an actor in their thirties and Greyston is 27, which is younger than in the books. I also imagined him to be rugged and muscle-y, because he’s a werewolf. Say, like a blonde Alcide! *Kidding guys*

“Like Elena, Clay was blond-haired, blue-eyed, and well built. While Elena was attractive, Clay was traffic-stopping gorgeous… and had all the charm of a pit viper.” (Industrial Magic)

Let’s hope he can act his way into gorgeous psychopathic!

 

 

 

 

 

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I was a lot less disappointed in the casting of play Clayton when I realised how much hotter Phillip is than Clayton. The actor playing Phillip–Elena’s human boyfriend– is John Greene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I absolutely love Jeremy in the books, therefore I was slightly discontented that they picked actor Greg Bryk who looks like nothing the way Jeremy was described.

In the books he’s half-asian/half caucasian with black hair.

“Although Jeremy could never be considered the best fighter in the pack, he possessed a
strength that was even more important for the survival and success of the modern
pack. Jeremy had absolute self-control. Being able to muster his own instincts and urges meant
he could see the problems the pack was facing and deal with them rationally, making decisions
untainted by impulse.” (Bitten)

 

 

 

 

 

Next is Logan who is being played by Michael Xavier:

 

Nick is being played by Steve Lund:

 

Actor Paulino Nunes was cast as Antonio is probably the one who looks most like I envisioned:

 

Natalie Brown has been cast as Phillips sister–Diane:

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Genelle Williams is Logan’s girlfriend:

 

Joel Keller as werewolf Peter:

 

These are the photos I scrounged up however, I would type their names into Google images and see for yourself because naturally, some images are more attractive than others. I’m not too disappointed with this casting–Clayton is the biggest disappointment and one of the most important castings in my opinion. However, they’re not in character and I’m sure by the time we come to watch it, they’ll look more like the part and hopefully, act the part well.

They’re filming this Spring and I’m really excited to see Bitten become a thirteen-part series.

Also, congratulations Kelley Armstrong, it’s not everyday an author gets their amazing book made into a series!

What do you think about the casting?

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Film News: VA:BL Update and Announcement

Many, many weeks ago, the Official Vampire Academy Movie page asked fans what questions that wanted answering for their Frequently Asked Questions page, and finally, they have written it for us:

 

It’s been awhile since our last update, so we want to take this opportunity to get everyone caught up on our progress and all the production news for the movie.

 

1.    Casting. This is the most asked about issue by the fans. So here’s the deal! Casting for the remaining characters for the first film is officially underway once again.

 

2     Locations. The final locations for shooting are now being decided by our director Mark Waters. The big news is we will be shooting the movie in Europe, mostly in and around the UK, with additional photography planned in Montana.

 

3.    Green light. The project was officially declared to proceed as of April 1. Our targeted (estimated) date to begin production is the last week in May.

 

4.    The Movie Crew has begun work with Mark in the UK, who is already in London. We are assembling an amazing line up of seasoned behind-the-scenes production talent for all the important work to be done. 

 

5.    The Weinstein Company is busy at work developing their plans to launch both the Official Movie Web Page and social media campaign and marketing for the film. We look forward to working closely with them in the near future, as they begin to roll out their exciting new plans.

 

As always, we will strive to update everyone on progress as events allow, and look forward with great appreciation for your continuing support, encouragement and inspiration, as we endeavor to bring this incredible series to the Big Screen!

 

All our Best,

 

Mike Preger

Don Murphy

Susan Montford

Deepak Nayar

 

Producers.

 

I’m incredibly excited for VA to start filming, but what I’m most excited about is that they’re filming IN THE UK. I’m fangirling massively, I hope that they’re filming near where I live, then maybe I can visit around the set. I’m not sure how the Vampire Academy producers would feel about us fans, well, fangirling outside where they’re filming, but hopefully, like City Of Bones, some of the cast would come out and sign the book for us.

Although, I’ve been thinking summer wasn’t the best time to film, because longer days, shorter nights, and nearly all VA scenes happen at night because Moroi find it most comfortable; have they just taken that detail out? Either way, they’re in my country and that’s still pretty cool. The people involved in VA:BL have been incredibly accommodating so far by updating us on the film, so much more than other book adaptations from what I’ve seen, thank you guys.

Also, they’re filming in May! So soon, and I wonder if they even have half the cast yet, maybe they’re just keeping it under wraps, I like to think they are, because it means any time they could spring a surprise cast at any moment. Hopefully.

What are you most excited for? The filming in general, more cast announcements?

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Film News: Divergent

I thought I’d give an update on the official cast for Divergent because with all the updates, it can get a little confusing.

Beatrice “Tris” Prior – Shailene Woodley
Shailene is known for her role in The Descendants alongside George Clooney and the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

 

Tobias “Four” Eaton – Theo James
He’s best known for his role in Underworld: Awakening, his cameo in The Inbetweeners, the film You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and his new series Golden Boy.

Jeanine Matthews – Kate Winslet

Known massively for her role in Titanic and Revolutionary Road.

 

Christina- Zoe Kravitz

She was in X-men: First Class in 2011 and It’s kind of a Funny Story.


Caleb Prior – Ansel Elgort

Was in a film called Carrie Ross, but apart from that, his IMBD profile is bare.


Eric – Jai Courtney

Is in the new Die Hard film: A Good Day to Die Hard and Jack Reacher.


Tori – Maggie Q

Known for Die Hard 4.0, Nikita and Priest.


Miles Teller – Peter

Known or his role in Project X, Rabbit Hole and is also in a 2013 film 21 and over.


Ben Lloyd-Hughes – Will

Known for his role in Tormented and Great Expectations.


Ben Lamb – Edward

Was in the tv series Silk and The White Queen tv series which is currently still filming.


Christian Madsen – Al

Known for Refuge in the Storm and The Brazen Bull.


Aaron Eckhart- Andrew Prior

Mostly known for his role in The Dark Night as Harvey Dent.


Ray Stevenson- we don’t actually know who he’s playing currently.

Was  in Thor 2011 and The Book of Eli.

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Review: Elixir Bound by Katie L. Carroll

Elixir Bound by Katie L. Caroll
Published by Self-Published on August 28th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 176
Format: eBook
Source: Given From Author
three-stars

 

  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
  • Published: 28 Aug 2012
  • ASIN: B0093CL4OM

Carroll has created an intricate fantasy world that is completely different from the usual books I read. Katora and her family live on a farm with her younger brother and sister, and their parents. Katora knows that she is going to inherit the farm and work there when she grows older. What she doesn’t know is that her father has the ability to heal people with a special Elixir plant. For many years and generations, one person in her family has had that plant at their fingertips, but when the Kase family need it most, there is none left. Katora and her companions must set off in search of her family’s Elixir, where it grows in the form of a plant. But, not only does she need to find the plant, she also needs to make the decision whether to become the next Kase healer and change the rest of her life’s course. She sets off on the journey with her younger brother and sister—Bhar and Kylene; a trusted family friend–Palafair, and Hirsten—a handsome boy who intrigues Katora and is the son of the powerful mapmaker.

Elixir Bound ‘s world is what I’d call historical fantasy, it’s not set in modern times and it didn’t seem to have modern technology. I enjoyed learning about this world and the quirky things it had. The idea of the maps was really interesting, you can put memories into it and people can watch them. Never before has Hirsten been able to put a memory in the map, it was always his father’s memories people saw, however, Hirsten and Katora realise there’s a connection between them that is more than initial attraction, that involves the maps, and I’m excited to see where that goes. In addition, the storm messages were creative, I’ve never read about anything like that before. People could send messages manipulating the weather to warn others.

The small anni demicks and tilli demick were really cute, they’re about up to humans knees and supposedly are servants, except the Kase family have been treating Palafair as part of the family for years. I don’t want to spoil anyone, but it’s adorable when Palafair dotes on a certain tilli demick.

I liked the horsemen, who were like Yeselda’s powerful minions, however, the antagonist didn’t really infuse me with fear, or make me scared for the characters. I found her slightly disappointing because she didn’t really have an effect on me either way.

Katora was to me, a very realistic character because she was faulted. She was strong, and independent, perfectly capable of being the leader of the group and always protecting people. But, she didn’t seem to be able to get close to anyone—especially Hirsten—which made for fantastic character development throughout the book and hopefully more in the series. It gave her the chance to grow, because on the journey, I felt like she changed a lot and became more mature, she more likely to let other people lead, yet still be able to lead well herself.

I didn’t find the love convincing enough, I’m glad it wasn’t insta-love and that Katora had her own battle about how she felt about him, but I never felt like they had enough tense/sweet/angry conversations, to be in love. I wanted more emotion from them, or something. That’s slightly unfair, because they travel for many months and then fall in love. However, I didn’t get that feeling from Katora; she spent so long trying to figure out what the feelings were, that her sudden realisation at love didn’t seem plausible. I wanted to see more of a connection or tension between the two characters. This was particularly disappointing because they were cute together in the small snippets I read and Hirsten was so sweet.

I enjoyed the intricate world, and Katora was strong and I felt she grew a lot, especially at the end. I did have a slight problem with Yeselda and I wasn’t as convinced by the love as I wanted to be, but I enjoyed the overall story and the characters and though it was an entertaining read.

Rating: 3 Stars

Buy at Amazon.co.uk

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March Wrap-up

So, this month I started reading Bitter Blood by Rachel Caine and gave up half way through, simply because I wanted to read something else. I’m going to carry on with this series, when I don’t have something more pressing to read, because I love Rachel Caine and I want to see where this series goes. However, this series is becoming BLAH to me, I wish she’d stopped it a while back,because there are some books in the series I would skip out. Although I absolutely love Mynin, Claire, Shane, Micheal, Eve, and the whole gang, I’m just becoming so bored by it all. It pains me to say.

I stopped reading Bitter Blood to read City Of Fallen Angels, which I really enjoyed and then started reading City Of Lost Souls, which I desperately want to finish but haven’t done so yet.
I wanted to post a review of The Indigo Spell, so I decided to post a review of all the others in the series before, because I wanted a complete review set. Therefore, I read Bloodlines, read my review here. And I’ve read The Golden Lily numerous times, so I need to post a review because I love it so much.

Then I read Lightning Rider by Jen Greyson, which I liked, read my review here. It has a badass heroine, sexy Roman hero and it was a sassy read. I got half-way through Frost Burned–I’m absolutely loving it, but I got caught up in work and crazy stuff going on and completely forgot about it. So, I read Divergent, which I also loved, it’s a fantastic dystopian fiction, review to come soon. Afterwards I read Elixir Bound by which I liked, I’m just writing a review for that now, it should be up reeeally soon. It’s a fantasy world with a strong heroine, and intricate world.

I ventured into watching Me and Mrs Jones, but there are only seven episodes because it got cut. The reason I watched it was because our future Simon ( Robert Sheehan) from the City Of Bones film was starring a main role in it and I wanted to see him act, plus he’s smoking hot. I loved him in misfits, I really think he can act amazingly. In Misfits he played a very cocky, joker-type role, but in Me and Mrs Jones he played a more serious role and I believe he’s going to be an amazing Simon. I also watched Little Manhattan with Josh Hutcherson, I don’t know how old he was when he starred in it but look:

Awwww, so cute, it’s a must-see for all Josh Hutcherson fans. I don’t know when the trailer for Catching Fire is releasing, but I know the actual film releases on November 22nd

Lastly, I went to see The Host, which by my previous post you should know I reeeeaaally liked, maybe even loved. It’s an adaptation of Stephanie Meyers book. Great acting, fun film, if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth watching and if you haven’t read it. Read it NOW.