Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kismet Book Tours and Giveaway (at bottom of blog): Karen Ann Hopkins Delights with Embers

There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evil rises.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war—one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil—and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NEW Into the Woods Images--Johnny Depp's Wolf Looks Like the Mad Hatter, no?

Entertainment Weekly has revealed some new images from Rob Marshall's Into the Woods. With an already star-studded cast, the musical promises to be one of the biggest films to close out 2014. When I first saw the trailer in theaters, I thought it was odd that only Johnny Depp's hand was shown; however, I can admit that I wasn't too intrigued as Depp has recently played too many zany characters. He used to be one my favorite actors (beginning with A Nightmare on Elm Street), but he has become too entranced in being the oddball that I'm afraid he's forgotten his true self. He is simply becoming one of Tim Burton's outlandish characters in every role he chooses. But I digress. Here are some of Entertainment Weekly's newly released photos of the film.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Release Date: September 15, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Rick Yancey returns with the sequel to The 5th Wave, which followed Cassie's fight for survival after the fifth wave of an alien invasion. Brave and intuitively skilled, Cassie outsmarted aliens who had overtaken teen bodies. To protect her brother, she didn't let anything stand in her way, until she met Evan Walker, who saved her on the road and appeared like the perfect guy. Of course, she realized by the end of the book that Evan wasn't what he seemed, but it was too late for Cassie. She was already in love. Now, we pick up with the survivors, including Ringer, who leads the way toward changing the future.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Goosebumps Most Wanted Special Edition #1: Zombie Halloween by R.L. Stine

Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher and ARC: Scholastic

Any person who considers himself/herself a reader began with Goosebumps. For me, it was Goosebumps around ages nine and ten, and I then I moved up to the Fear Street series around thirteen. R.L. Stine was my reading life. Now that I'm almost thirty-one (yikes), I still see kids (and adults) buying the Goosebumps series. My little cousin loves them, and my high school students swear by the series in their literacy narratives. There's no denying the staying power of an author across so many generations, and R.L. Stine is the prince of horror (sorry, but I have crown Stephen King as, well, king).

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner

Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Point-Scholastic
Arc: Scholastic

Today's teen girl is obsessed with two things: beauty and social media. The prevalence of beauty blogs and vlogs is not only a celebration of confidence but also of a lack thereof. Scroll down to any comment below a video, and you will see encouraging comments and cyberbullying. For sixteen year old Torrey, her YouTube vlog is her life, and it cost her sister's. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

New Rebellion Posters from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I

The Hunger Games Explorer has released seven new rebellion posters for the film set to hit theaters on November 21st.

Hit the jump for more photos.

Yolo by Lauren Myracle

Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Arc: Abrams Books

We are only at the very beginning of a new school year, but already, seniors are preparing to graduate, leave high school behind, and begin a new life as a college freshman. Most here in South Carolina will stay close to home, but there are those few that will leave friends and family behind for a new start and a new identity. This is why the new book Yolo, a continuation of the Internet Girls series by Lauren Myracle, is so appropriate right now.