From Books to Movies (1)

In case you’ve missed the excitement going around, this week the Book Thief released an official trailer while Divergent released a teaser trailer. Watch the trailers below:


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Also, this Sunday the MTV VMAs will be showing an exclusive peek of Divergent before the movie’s world premiere.

What are your thoughts?

Is there a movie based on a novel that you’re looking forward to?

Review: Save Yourself by Kelly Braffet

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Author: Kelly Braffet
Publisher: Crown
Page Count: 310
Format: Uncorrected Proof
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Source: Read It Forward
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother’s girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can’t quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn’t understand and doesn’t fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point.

Meanwhile, Layla’s little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She’s become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents: Layla’s bad-girl rep proves to be too huge a shadow for Verna, so she falls in with her sister’s circle of outcasts and misfits whose world is far darker than she ever imagined.

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

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Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Page Count: 432
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Library
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

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?

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Teaser Tuesday (5)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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“Ha. Ha. Hahahahahaha.”

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

The dead are all around us, Freddie used to say. So don’t you go being afraid of the dead, Violet. And if you aren’t afraid of the dead, then you aren’t afraid of dying. And if you aren’t afraid of dying, then the only damn thing you have to be afraid of is the Devil. And that’s the way it should be.

– Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

If you take part in TT, feel free to share your thoughts as well as links in the comments below!

Stacking The Shelves (3)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created and hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. It gives bloggers the chance to show their readers books they’ve bought, borrowed or received during the week.

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LIBRARY

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea  by April Genevieve Tucholke – I put this book on hold a couple of days before it came out and it arrived a lot sooner than I excepted! Still, I’m excited to dig into this.

AUTHOR

The Robinsons’ Dark Matter by Michael Raymond – I was graciously asked by the author to review this novel.

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NETGALLEY / EDELWEISS

4 to 16 Characters by Kelly Hourihan
Forbidden: Discover the Legend  by Tina Smith
Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid
White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

What book(s) have you picked up this week?

Review: Black Chalk by Albert Alla

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Title: Black Chalk
Author: Albert Alla
Publisher: Garnet Publishing
Page Count: 318
Format: Paperback
Release Date: June 3, 2013
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Rating: Three-stars

Book Summary: In the Oxfordshire countryside, a student walks into a classroom and starts shooting. Nate Dillingham, friends with shooter and victims alike, is the sole survivor and only witness. Easily led and eager to please, his recollections weave around others’ hopes until he loses track of what really happened that day. After eight evasive years on the road, he comes back to Oxford, meets Leona, and plunges into a world of candour and desire. But Nate’s defences are deteriorating and Leona shares too much of his past…

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Waiting on Wednesday (3)

twdTHE WAKING DARK by Robin Wasserman

Release Date: September 10, 2013
(Goodreads) (Amazon)

They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn’t even know why she killed—or whether she’ll do it again.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander’s, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world; West, the golden boy at war with himself; Daniel, desperate for a different life; Cass, who’s not sure she deserves a life at all; and Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, fate, and in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far. They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves.

Red rose growing through soil against spooky treeALMOST DEAD by Rebecca A. Rogers

Release Date: September 15, 2013
(Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Flora Mackey is not exactly thrilled to wake up from a car accident and find out she’s a ghost. Making this lifelike hell even worse is being trapped with her arch enemy and collision partner, Laney Tipps. The two normally couldn’t get along if their lives depended on it, but now they have no choice.

After recovering from the initial shock of seeing their lifeless bodies—and that they can’t escape each other—Flora and Laney have to find a way out of the twisted, gray realm. But they quickly learn that the farther they stray from their motionless corpses, the weaker they become. Luckily Sara, a spirit guide, shows up to help. Sara informs them they’ll have to wait for someone in their city to die so they can take their place in the land of the living. 

What’s scarier than waiting in purgatory? Time. If Flora and Laney don’t return to the physical world and leave clues for their families that they’re still alive, they’ll never be found. Which sucks, because once their bodies give out, their souls will be permanently stuck in the afterlife.

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.