Fangirl Friday: HEIST SOCIETY MOVIE NEWS

Yesterday, Deadline announced that Lionsgate is acquiring rights for the popular Ally Carter series, Heist Society. Below is an excerpt from the article:

Lionsgate is separately acquiring for Brownstone Heist Society, the Ally Carter bestseller about a woman who has been part of a larcenous family and tries to go straight. That ends when her father is suspected of stealing a mobster’s art collection and she and a friend have two weeks to steal back the artwork and get it back to the mobster. For Banks, both of these are producing projects only at this point, and she will produce with Handelman.

I’ve been waiting for one of Ally Carter’s books to be made into a movie. They’re just so amazing. And to get some amazing, official news like this is so exciting! Though, it’ll be a while before any scripts, directors, casting, etc. are announced, it’s still exciting for any Ally Carter fans.

Waiting on Wednesday: Champion by Marie Lu

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Title: Champion, (Legend #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Dystopia
Pages: Hardcover, 384
Publication: November 5, 2013

Synopsis:
The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!


He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion? 


June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

First of all, LOOK AT THIS COVER. It’s absolutely stunning! Champion’s cover is probably my favorite out of the trilogy.
After finishing Prodigy, I wanted to scream and cry. The ending of that book was HEARTBREAKING. Not only was Prodigy an absolutely brilliant book, but the ending was a HUGE cliffhanger! November is getting closer, but it’s still soooo far away. I can’t wait to get my hands on the conclusion of this amazing series.

What are you waiting on?

In My Mailbox #13/ Stacking the Shelves #7

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Arclight by Josin L. McQueen
1984 by George Orwell
American Colonies by Alan Taylor
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
Hooked by Liz Fichera (from Harlequin Teen Panel)
Untraceable by S.R. Johannes (NetGalley)
Data Runner by Sam A. Patel (NetGalley)
The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (NetGalley)
What books did you get this week?

Waiting on Wednesday: United We Spy by Ally Carter

 

Title: United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6)
Author: Ally Carter
Genre: Action/Adventure;
Pages: 304, Hardcover
Publication: September 17, 2013


Synopsis:
Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

I’m SO excited for this book! I’ve been following this series for years, and for this to be the last book is extremely bittersweet. I can’t wait to return to the characters and the plot, but I don’t want this series to end! Ally Carter is an amazing writer, so I know this book will be fantastic. Additionally, I LOVE this cover. It’s so cute!
 
Any other Ally Carter fans out there?

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-Thon!

 

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)
 
Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
 
As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
 
Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

Fangirl Friday: LEGOLINER

Everybody brace yourselves… WE HAVE A DESOLATION OF SMAUG TRAILER.

First of all, THIS TRAILER IS SO WELL DONE. I mean, ASDFGHJKL.
 
It makes me even more excited for the movie. The action, the characters, the CGI are all fantastic. I had some problems with the special effects in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but I’m pretty confident with the effects in the second installment. I’m so excited to see Martin Freeman as Bilbo again because he was absolutely brilliant in the first Hobbit movie. In other, more coherent words, this movie is going to be freaking AMAZING.
 
What do you guys think of the trailer?
 
DAT LEGOLINER

Review: Icons by Margaret Stohl

Title: Icons
Author: Margaret Stohl
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: Hardcover, 428
Release Date: May 7, 2013

Synopsis:
Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol’s family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn’t know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside — safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can’t avoid.

She’s different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador’s privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn’t a coincidence. It’s a conspiracy.

Within the Icon’s reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions — which they’ve always thought to be their greatest weaknesses — may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts — in order to save the future.

Review: 
        Ever since this book was first announced I have been eagerly awaiting its release and this book was well worth the wait! The setting of this book was unique and really intriguing. While, at the same time Dol, Ro, Lucas, and Tima were so interesting in their own right that I had trouble putting it down. The only real problem I had was this book was that it was a little bit confusing in the first couple chapters, but once you get deeper into the story and things begin to be explained you really get sucked into the story! I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a interesting take on the science fiction/ dystopian genre! 

Top Ten Beach Reads

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is Top Ten Beach Reads. I absolutely love reading books beach side (or pool side); it’s so fun and exciting. To me, a beach read is a fun, light (a little romantic) book that will make me grin ear-to-ear.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)    Alphas (Alphas, #1)   Matched (Matched, #1)
1. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
3. I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
4. Alphas by Lisi Harrison
5. The Selection by Kiera Cass
6. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
7. The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan
8. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
9. Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys
10. Matched by Ally Condie

What are your favorite beach reads?

Review: The Elite by Kiera Cass

Title: The Elite (The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Dystiopia
Pages: Hardcover, 323
Release Date: April 23, 2013

Synopsis:
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 she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

When I first read The Selection a couple months ago, I was mildly impressed. It was a story that I had not expected. In fact, it became one of my favorite books. The Elite furthered my love for this story. It lived up to every one of my high expectations I had for this book.

The book starts off with one of my favorite things in the entire book– America and Maxon. But all this lovey dovey stuff doesn’t stop there. It’s peppered throughout the entire book, which made me extremely happy. This book further developed Maxon and America’s relationship in ways that I loved so much. You could see how much they loved and cared for each other. (And ohmygod Maxon is the best most fantastic fictional guy in the whole world)

The character development in this book was absolutely amazing. While the story developed, so did the characters. All the Elite girls became more three-dimensional. Instead of being just stand-in, static characters, they became real girls with real feelings. Not necessarily black and white, evil or good characters like we see in The Selection (I’m looking at you Celeste). I felt so bad for Marlee. I mean, I loved her story, but at times it was so incredibly sad.

There are only two problems I had with this book: Aspen and America. At the end of The Selection when he showed up, my first though was Oh dear God, not you again. Not only is Aspen an extremely two-dimensional character, but he’s super annoying and selfish. He won’t leave America ALONE. He sees how happy America can be with Maxon and how good it would be for both her and her family, but he doesn’t care. He even tells her that she can’t be a good princess! He thinks only of himself this entire book– what he wants and “needs.”

America is basically the same. She is extremely selfish during most of the book. I don’t know if my problems with her have to do with me hating Aspen, or just partially poor character development on the writer’s part. But here you have a super handsome and prince-ly Maxon Schreave offering you all his love and everything you could ever want, but America’s snuggling with Aspen in her spare time! One minute she’s in love with Maxon, the next she wants to run away with Aspen. Her indecisiveness is the worst thing in this novel. It doesn’t happen just once or twice; it happens several times. And to be honest, it was extremely annoying.

Despite those blemishes, I really enjoyed The Elite. It was just as amazing as I hoped it would be. Kiera Cass made me love the series even more than I already had.
5 Crowns of Illea out of 5

No Regrets Blog Tour

About the Book:

After a tragic accident, Araya Noelle is left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.

She is forced to give up her chance to be the youngest dancer accepted into Julliard & taking over their high society school by a graceful storm of determination is no longer an option. Instead of dwelling over her loss, she accepts the new future she’s been dealt. In a world as black as hers, there’s no room for bitterness, no time for regret. Sheltered from the outside world, Araya has become suffocated by a life she has no control over. Until Ryland Dare comes crashing into her life.

You don’t know true darkness until you’ve felt light…
Like a firecracker, showering her with colorful sparks of freedom, Ryland quickly sweeps Araya away from her grey existence. For the first time since the accident, living in darkness is no longer something Araya wants to do willingly. Unleashed by the shadows of her reminder, being with Ryland, Araya touches light. Together they will learn what it’s like to feel alive for the first time.
At the edge of darkness, a ray of light, will dare them both to HOPE.
DARE them to LOVE
DARE them to LIVE


Excerpt from The Edge of Darkness:
“I’m afraid I’m going to have this hanging on my conscious all day now.” he teased.
“That only seems fair.”
“Yes it does, but I have a better suggestion.” his voice slid over my skin like silk.
“Better for whom?”
“Go out with me.”
His proposal stunned me for a second and then I found my voice.
“So better for you?”
“I like to think of it as a mutual enjoyment.”
“I fail to see how.”
He shifted, and his breath hit my face in warm puffs. “Go out with me and I’ll show you.”

About the Author:

I find it hard to sum up my

life in a paragraph, but I’ll try.
  I am the author of Flutter, The Discover Series! Reading
has always been a passion for me, and writing as instinctive as breathing.
Every inhale is an idea; every exhale a creation.  The only thing I do better than writing you ask? Making beautiful girls. My daughter’s will always be my greatest accomplishment.
I was born in Denver, Colorado–but I will always think of sunny Arizona
as my home. I don’t have a big family, but I’m close with my sister, brother
& my mom. My mom is my hero, my inspiration, and I couldn’t have asked for a
more amazing person to be raised by.
4 things you should know about me: I’m very girly, but I can get down and dirty
with the best of them. I adore the color pink and things that sparkle
(including vampires), I am a firm believer that chocolate cures ALL and I like
even numbers (hence 4 things about me, not 5) Okay, maybe I cheated a little
with my list, shhhh.


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