Happy Halloween!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Elena's Book CafeHappy Halloween! Don't forget about the 10 Days of Halloween being hosted by Book Infinity and Elena's Book Cafe. 10 Days of Halloween is an event with great giveaways, interviews, guest posts and more. For more about the event and a list of the blogs involved go to their websites HERE or HERE. Hurry because today is the last day! Enjoy!

Also, I found this on crazied.com and thought it was hilarious! I hope you enjoy your Halloween!

Sunday Sequels

Sunday Sequels is a meme created by Amber Skye at Reading Addict! Every Sunday I will make a post about a sequel I can't wait to read. This week's Sunday Sequel is about Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting.

The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.
As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

I can't wait for Desires of the Dead! This sequel to The Body Finder(my review is posted HERE) is due out on March 15th, 2011. I'm excited to be reading about Jay again, he was my favourite character in The Body Finder because he is the perfect boyfriend! Also, if you live in Washington, you may be able to meet Kimberly and maybe get a signed copy of Desires of the Dead! On her website she has one event left after her book tour this year. She will be in Richmond, WA from March 11-13th, 2011. Check out her website HERE and look out for Desires of the Dead next year!

Giveaway Updates in November

I had a look at the Book Contest Directory and found some great giveaways! Enjoy :)

  • Testimony Giveaway at WV Stitcher. This contest ends at midnight on November 1st. US only!

  • Take Me There Giveaway at See Scout Read. This contest also ends on November 5th! US Contest only!

  • The Three Loves of Persimmon Giveaway at Tea Mouse Book Reviews. Ends on November 14th. This contest is international!
  • November Giveaway at Reading is Dreamy. This contest ends on November 20th and includes winning two books, a bear, a bookmark and pencils. This contest is international!

  • There are six pre-order contests at La Femme Reader. The contests end at different times from November 1st to November 15th!

  • Check out the Giveaways for the Blogaversary of Reading the Best of the Best. Click HERE for the fantastic contest!

  • Check out the fantastic giveaways going on at Dark Faerie Tales. There are about twenty giveaways including: Virals, Enchanted Ivy and many more! Go to the website HERE.

In My Mailbox + Affiliate News :)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie. In My Mailbox is a list of the books I have bought, borrowed, or won from that week.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble
The Key by Jennifer Sturman
Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

Out of all of these books, the one at the top of my to read list is City of Bones. My friend lent it to me, and she says I need to read it. After that, I can't wait to read Once a Witch! It looks fantastic!

Affiliate News!

I now have an affiliate, Amber Skye from Reading Addict! This week she interviewed the author of Water Wars, Cameron Stracher, made a Waiting on Wednesday post about Mercy by Rebecca Lim and reviewed Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot. Amber has had a busy week, go and check out new things on her blog!

Film Friday!

Friday, October 29, 2010

I have come up with my own meme, Film Friday. Every week I will talk about a movie that is being adapted from a book. I will update you with news of the upcoming film and hopefully give you either an official trailer or a fan made trailer. This week's Film Friday is about the movie adaptation of the best selling novel, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

When I heard that The Hunger Games was going to be adapted into a movie, I was extremely excited because it's my favourite series. I'm still excited, but the more I think about it, the more I think that there is no way a movie can be made that will be as brilliant as the book. I don't know if someone will leave the movie theatre with the same sense of love, pain, and pride for the characters the book left me with. So far, no one knows too much about the movie. Here is what I found out during my research:

There have been many rumours that Gary Ross will direct the movie. Also, his name appears as the director on the movie's IMDb page. Gary Ross is known for movies such as Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, Big, Lassie and The Tale of Desperaux. Although the writer/actor/director/producer has only been involved with twelve shows, it may be beneficial to have a relatively unknown director. He might bring fresh and new ideas to the table.

I think the same is true for the lead actress. The person who is going to play Katniss Everdeen needs to be relatively unknown. She also needs to look strong and have a strong personality. Rumours have been floating around about actresses who are being looked at for the role, but I am having a hard time with all of them. I don't think anyone can be Katniss Everdeen. Some of these include:
  • Kristen Stewart- I do not want to see her as Katniss. She already had her shot with Twilight, and those movie's did not turn out as good as the books!

  • Malese Jow- I had never heard of her until I researched the movie and I found out she is in the CW series, Vampire Diaries. According to an interview with Hollywood Crush, she really wants the role and is a huge fan of the books. I don't think she looks anything like Katniss.

  • Kaya Scodelario- I had never heard of her either...She is in Moon, Clash of the Titans and is playing Catherine in the upcoming movie, Wuthering Heights, which is due out next year. So far, she is my favourite of the actresses for Katniss, but I still don't think she is the best pick out there. Obviously, I'm hard to impress with this!

  • Chloe Moretz- Chloe has acted in (500) Days of Summer and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. There is no way she can be Katniss, in my opinion. She looks too young(she's only thirteen) and she doesn't look anything like Katniss.

Peeta is my favourite character in the books, so it will be hard to impress me with any actor who isn't the exact replica of the Peeta in my mind. Sadly, that isn't going to happen. So far, there has been one main actor in the news. Many people like him, apparently, and he looks like a good contender for the role. Alex Pettyfer has the right hair and eyes, but I just don't see him as the cute, sweet, sensitive boy with the bread. Do you?

Here is a fan-made trailer for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKaB744-Fk0&feature=related

Review: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Title: The Body Finder
Series: The Caster Chronicles
Book #: One
Author: Kimberly Derting
Pages: 336
Published: March 16th 2010
Reading Level: Young Adult

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat left for her. But now that a serial killer is terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, Violet realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved by her hope that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.

(From goodreads.com)

First post!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hi! I'm new to blogging, so this is my first post :). I plan on posting my first review this week, so look out for that! For now, here is a little about me:

I am a high school student who loves to read. I want to review books and spread the word about new releases and authors. If you have a book for me to review or any comments or questions, please email me at emellark@gmail.com