Thursday, February 24, 2011

Authors Playlist

Many authors have their own music playlists that they listen to as they write.

(This trailer was created by Maggie with hundreds of paper cut-outs and multiple photographic frames per second. Music composed & performed by Maggie Stiefvater & Kate Hummel.)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Get a Free Copy of Elixir by Hilary Duff

Here is another giveaway, this time for a signed copy of Elixir by Hilary Duff, with Elise Allen. I will be giving away 5 signed copies!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Perks of Being a Wallflower Movie

By Katey Rich
Published: 2011-02-10 07:36:59
Emma Watson And Logan Lerman Confirmed For Summit's Perks Of Being A Wallflower It was nearly a year ago that we first wrote the news about Harry Potter's Hermione Emma Watson and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief's Logan Lerman starring in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky's iconic young adult novel. For some reason it's taken all this time for the news to become official, but Summit Entertainment has sent out a press release saying the project is still on, and Chbosky himself will be writing the adaptation and directing it as well.

It won't be Chbosky's first effort for the screen-- he also wrote the screenplay adaptation for the movie Rent-- but he'll be joining a pretty rare crowd of authors given the chance to write and direct adaptations of their own work, and for a major studio no less. In Wallflower Lerman will star as Charlie, the very definition of a mixed-up teenage kid who falls in with a crowd of older outcasts, including step-siblings Patrick and Samantha (Watson). The book is told in first-person as a series of letters to an unnamed person and a lot of narration takes place inside Charlie's head, just two of the many, many obstacles that stand in the way of Wallflower making as fraction a good movie as it did a book.

Having Chbosky involved should calm down the book's legions of fans, and hey, Summit knows a thing or two when it comes to adapting well-loved young-adult novels for massive audiences. But I'm still really skeptical about how this movie might work out, especially with pretty and confident Lerman playing Charlie, not at all the scrawny outcast I'd imagined. Watson is plenty talented to take on the role-- she'll be shooting this summer, presumably during her summer break from Brown-- but even the talented Hermione isn't enough to convince me this will work as well as I want it to.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson

I would never have picked this book up if it hadn’t been for creating a sci-fi list and
reading the blurb. It is an amazing book that puts forth so many ethical questions applicable in today’s society.

Exactly who is Jenna Fox? Well, many teens will find her search for identity similar to
theirs, except . . . Jenna has the complication of bio-technology.

After a terrible car accident, Jenna Fox, a seventeen-year-old girl, awakens from a year-long coma to find out that she doesn't remember anything of herself or her accident. Jenna doesn't recognize the world she lives in: a new house in a new state, with parents who seem to adore her but control her every movement. Slowly, Jenna starts to learn things again, and discovers truths her parents want to keep hidden from her--truths that involve her own identity. This is a science-fiction book set in a not-so-distant future
Besides Jenna's search for identity, the main theme is science and the bioethical implications of human manipulation of DNA. How far will you go to save someone you love? How far is it ethically acceptable to go, to save a human life? It is a uniquely written book. As Jenna looks up new words in the dictionary to register their meaning, the reader is also drawn to analyze words more closely and to discover new meanings of these words. Through Jenna's eyes, we learn of a different world, one that could reasonably exist in a not-so-distant future, if scientific developments continue at today's pace.

Rating 5 out of 5

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

13 Reasons Why--a movie

Selena Gomez Has 13 Reasons Why
Source: Deadline February 8, 2011

The Jay Asher novel 13 Reasons Why (also spelled Th1rteen R3asons Why) has been picked up by Universal for development with Selena Gomez attached to star, Deadline reports.

The novel, a bestseller released in 2007, is described as follows:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list. Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Gomez would star as Baker, appearing throughout the film in post-mortem flashbacks.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Salt by Gee

Review from

Long ago, Blood Burrow was a part of a larger place called Belong. The city was a peaceful place until strange men arrived in ships who called themselves "Company". Soon they started taking over but with the help of a man named Cowl the people were able to rebel and drive Company out of the city. Cowl made himself the king of the people but Company would soon return and take complete power over the people and Belong.

Since then Company holds a tight grip on the people and tries to brainwash them into believing that by working for them they will be rewarded. In the mysterious territory of Salt, the men from the dark and poor territory of Blood Burrow are taken for the good of"Company" and sent to work in the mines. What they do in Salt is unknown and a person can expect the worse if they are sent to Deep Salt. Once you are sent there you will never come back...alive.

Hari, a young boy from Blood Burrow witnesses the horrific event of his father Tarl, being taken by Company Whips who are sending him to Deep Salt. Hari vows to save his father and to kill whoever stands in his way on his quest to save Tarl.The lavish citizens of Company live away from Blood Burrow in beautiful mansions. A young girl from Company name Pearl escapes in the middle of the night with her servant Tealeaf. Pearl refuses to stay and be forced to marry for the sake of her family.

Hari and Pearl cross paths in the story and they both learn that although they are from complete opposite sides of their world, they have a special connection.

I have many mixed thoughts about this book. First, I would like to say that I liked the general idea of the story. A dystopsian set novel with two young adults from different sides of society, fighting to bring peace to their world. One of my problems with this book was the style that the author chose to write this story. I felt that there was too much exposition, that it went to the point where the writing felt "Forced". There was no constant flow in the writing.

Hari and Pearl mostly "speak" through their minds and the format of the text in the book made it difficult to tell which parts were dialogue and which parts were narration of the story. I did like the idea of these characters having the ability to communicate with their minds and having the ability to manipulate others thoughts, including animals. But as I said before, the format of the text in the book made it a bit of a challenge.

The dark tone that the author created was exceptionally good. It helped bring the dystopian setting to life and certain parts even made me cringe while reading. For those who love dystopian or dark stories, definitely check this out!

I enjoyed this book and found it a quick read. It didn't leave me with the feeling that I couldn't wait to read the next, but it was enjoyable.

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