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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Compulsion by Martina Boone, Book Trailer Reveal & Giveaway

Hello & welcome today's COMPULSION book trailer reveal & giveaway! I'm so thrilled to be apart of today's reveal with author Martina Boone. Before I share today's trailer reveal, be sure to read a little bit about the book, then watch the trailer, grab the key code below it and enter to win some amazing prizes!

by Martina Boone
Coming October 28th
Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson had been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

"Darkly romantic and steeped in Southern Gothic charm, you'll be compelled to get lost in the Heirs of Watson Island series." -- #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout

"A fresh twist on the Southern Gothic — haunting, atmospheric, and absorbing.” -- Claudia Gray, New York Times bestselling author of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU and the Evernight and Spellcaster series 

"Compulsion is a stunningly magical debut with a delicious slow burn to be savored. I want to live in this story world!" -- Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil Trilogy from HarperTeen

My Keycode: CCJSICV

About the Author

Martina Boone was born in Prague and spoke several languages before learning English. She fell in love with words and never stopped delighting in them. She’s the founder of, a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers site, and, a site devoted to encouraging literacy and all this YA Series.
From her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband, children, and Auggie the wonder dog, she enjoys writing contemporary fantasy set in the kinds of magical places she’d love to visit. When she isn’t writing, she’s addicted to travel, horses, skiing, chocolate flavored tea, and anything with Nutella on it.
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The Giveaway

Get all the giveaway details and enter to win HERE. To make it easier, I've also included what Martina said below:

  1. We’ll start with a set of prizes in the Compulsion Prize Vault. All giveaways are international.
  2. You can grab a key code from one of the participating websites, and enter it in the Rafflecopter formon this page, or fill out the Google form to enter with additional key codes. We will combine entries from both forms to select winners.
  3. Whichever form you complete, your mailing address will be required and will need to be correct. With this many prizes, we will not be able to email winners and wait for them to respond. We will not be responsible for lost or misdirected packages.
  4. You’ll get extra points for adding Compulsion on Goodreads, joining the mailing list for future giveaways, and sharing the book trailer with your friends..
  5. For each 300 views of the Compulsion book trailer on my YouTube channel before 10/1/14, we’ll randomly select winners for all the prizes in the Prize Vault and unlock new prizes at random from Prize Lockup. On 10/1/14, we’ll start unlocking additional prizes for pre-orders.
  6. ALL prizes in both Prize Lockup and the Compulsion Prize Vault will be given away at random on or before 11/1/14. If we run out, I’ll add more to ensure that there will be a minimum of TEN book prize packs (mixed signed and unsigned) given away on 11/1/14, plus additional Compulsion swag.
Want to automatically be entered for ALL prizes left in both vaults? Every single one? 
Pre-order Compulsion.

Provide an order or receipt number when you enter, and we’ll automatically add you to EVERY giveaway from then on. Even if you’ve previously won, you will still be eligible for more prizes. So if you see a prize you want, go order Compulsion soon!

The Giver, Movie Review

On Monday I was invited by Walden Media to attend a live stream event for The Giver movie. As some of you know, I was a little hesitant about this movie, because of the modernization the trailer showed. If you've read The Giver, you know this is a classic book with a timeless feel to it. I didn't think it was something a movie could capture. I am so glad I was proven wrong on that. 

During Monday night's live stream premiere, Jeff Bridges's invited Lois Lowry to join he and the rest of the cast on stage. There he invited her to say a few things. She mentioned that 18 years ago Jeff Bridges had approached her about doing The Giver movie. 18 years later the movie is made, and she said it was made at the right time. I loved hearing that, because it made me realize this was a movie that was out of a love for the story.  I agree with her statement. I think this movie was made at the right time now.

With some recent adaptation box office flops, I was sceptical about this movie. I feel too many movie studios who adapt a book to the big screen miss the purpose of the story, or fail to convey what the readers of the book love about the story. It seems like few adaptations that are made, are created by people who love the story just as much as the reader does. That's not something I felt was the case with this movie. This movie captured the basics of what I loved about the book. 

This movie was one that surpassed my acceptations. The modernization I feared that would ruin the movie, made the movie. With a recent rash of movie adaptation flops, The Giver is one that stayed true to the basics of the book. It made me feel the same emotions I had when I read the book, and brought those same thoughts I had while reading it to the surface while watching the movie. 

The movie had a cast of characters that delivered a brilliant performances, and brought a beloved story to life. Cast wise, I don't think they could have chosen a more perfect cast to bring these characters to life. Jeff Bridges was The Giver. His role was so well done, as was everyone else's, including Brenton Thwaites, who plays The Receiver.

I totally agree with Lois's quote. This movie is filled with wonderful moments, and the performances by the entire cast were great. The best performances by far were of that of the The Giver and The Receiver. The sequences through which The Giver shares the thoughts and emotions through out the history of man kind were moving. The movie captured the essence of human nature, just as the book did, both good and bad. As a movie goer, you see and understand why there is a place that is created where everyone is equal, and emotions are void. But through the Giver and the Receiver, you also see the importance of being able to feel those emotions, and understand why the Receiver makes the crucial choices he does. The sequences towards the end of the movie were the most moving to me. 

As I mentioned above, all the thoughts and I feelings I had when I read The Giver where ones I had while watching the movie.  Yes, some things are different than the book, but that is what an adaptation does. If done correctly, it captures the essence of the book, and changes some things to create a story that both fans of the story, and those who haven't read it, will enjoy. Which in my opinion was done elegantly in this movie. 

This was a beautiful movie that conveyed the same powerful, and important message the book did.

I had the chance to take my youngest sister to the live streaming event with me. The Giver is one of her all time favorite books. She shared the same sentiments about the movie I had. I'm looking forward to seeing this movie again. It's a great family film, and one I will be taking my kids to see. 

 If I had to rate this film, I would give it a 4/5 stars. 
*Thank you to Walden Media for inviting me to the live screening of the movie premiere.

Check out The Giver Red Carpet Highlights from Monday night's Premiere.
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The Last Hours By Cassandra Clare; Cassie Discusses The Last Hours

Cassandra Clare discusses The Last Hours on her latest Tumblr post. Here's what she shared:
Hi cassie! I am a huge fan of your books and i was wondering about your upcoming book series TLH. I looked it up online but I cannot seem to be able to find much on it. There is probably a limit of things you are willing to mention about the series, so I was wondering if you tell me what has been already released about the series? — thislittlebookowl
There is a limited amount I can say, especially this far in advance — and keep in mind things can always change. But this is pretty much what we know so far, the illustrated version:
The Last Hours is a new Shadowhunters series set in 1903. It deals with the next generation after Will, Tessa and Jem as well as Charlotte and Henry’s children, Tatiana Blackthorn’s children, the Lightwood kids, and many more. 1903 is right around the time the Victorian era tips over into the Edwardian era — beautiful clothes, fabulous history and so much more that I’m excited to write about! (I’ve even been keeping a crazy Pinterest board for inspiration.) The title is taken from the book Great Expectations, of which the series is a retelling: those of you who’ve read The Midnight Heir installment of the Bane Chronicles probably have some ideas about certain of the characters!
You have been in every line I have ever read, since I first came here, the rough common boy whose poor heart you wounded even then. You have been in every prospect I have ever seen since — on the river, on the sails of the ships, on the marshes, in the clouds, in the light, in the darkness, in the wind, in the woods, in the sea, in the streets. You have been the embodiment of every graceful fancy that my mind has ever become acquainted with. The stones of which the strongest London buildings are made, are not more real, or more impossible to be displaced by your hands, than your presence and influence have been to me, there and everywhere, and will be. Estella, to the last hours of my life, you cannot choose but remain part of my character, part of the little good in me, part of the evil. — Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
There will be three books: Chain of Thorns, Chain of Gold, and Chain of Iron — also a reference to Great Expectations.
(“Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day." — Great Expectations)
The books will interconnect with The Dark Artifices trilogy as two separate trilogies that are also the stories of the Blackthorns, Herondales and Carstairs, much like TMI and The Infernal Devices interconnected despite taking place in different time periods and locations. The exact order of publication isn’t decided yet. Lady Midnight, the first of the Dark Artifices, will certainly be the next Shadowhunter book coming out, and I’ll keep you up to date on the publication order when it’s nailed down.
I hope you’re looking forward to reading about Jem, Tessa and Will and their immediate families and descendants as much as I am looking forward to writing about them! In the meantime, I thought you might like to see/get to know a few of the prominent characters. Cassandra Jean drew these for me back when I was still solidifying some of the plot outlines and character details. You can also find most of these names on the family tree and identify their connections. Let’s start with …

Cordelia Carstairs. Daughter of Jem’s Uncle Elias. Bit of a scapegrace and ever since she was ten she’s had a sort of a crush on
James Herondale, who is parabatai with 
the always-delightful Matthew Fairchild. James is totally in love with and has a very odd relationship with Tatiana’s Blackthorn’s ward 

Atlantia by Ally Condie, Waiting on Wednesday #221

By: Ally Condie
Published by: Dutton
To Be Released on: 11/4/14
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Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

I am a huge fan of Ally's and can not wait for her new release! Talk about a fabulous cover. This is one pre-order I hope gets shipped early. Read more about Ally's stand alone book here.

What book are you waiting on?