Friday, March 30, 2012

YA Movie News

So who saw The Hunger Games?? I've already seen it twice! I really thought they did a good job and it was a great adaptation of the book. The things I missed were seeing more struggle from Katniss with her feelings for Peeta and more admission that she was playing the game, the gift from District 11 in the arena to Katniss and more working for sponsors from Katniss. I think they could have played up the reality TV aspect with the sponsors and the supposed love story. I also thought the end was somewhat rushed. Overall though I thought it was great and I adored Peeta and thought Katniss was great!

Enough Hunger Games talk! Here's what's happening in YA movie news:

-Remember that Percy Jackson & The Olympains: Sea of Monsters movie in the works? First they cast Nathan Fillion as Hermes nd now they've added Anthony Stewart Head, who is taking over the role of Chiron. I wasn't thrilled with the first Percy movie, so why does the sequel keep making casting decisions that pull me in?? Not fair at all!!

-Deadline has the first photo from The CW's The Carrie Diaries. What do you think?

-Indiewire has a list of YA books that could be the next big thing in Hollywood and their production status. It's a pretty cool list and I hope those movies that are in development get made! I love seeing books hit the big screen!!

-Mirror, Mirror opens this weekend. I think this movie looks like it could be cute, but I'm not sure if I'll see it in theaters. Anyone else?

-Cartoon Network has a TV series based on How To Train Your Dragon coming this Fall. I know this will be popular with my tween readers, who loved the movie and the books! Thanks to Cynopsis Kids for the news!

And this week's trailer is for the Rise of the Guardians based on Willam Joyce's books.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Erebos Blog Tour

Welcome to the Erebos Blog Tour! Erebos is a new YA book by Ursula Poznanski from Annick Press.

About the Book: An intelligent computer game with a disturbing agenda.

When 16-year-old Nick receives a package containing the mysterious computer game Erebos, he wonders if it will explain the behavior of his classmates, who have been secretive lately. Players of the game must obey strict rules: always play alone, never talk about the game, and never tell anyone your nickname.

Curious, Nick joins the game and quickly becomes addicted. But Erebos knows a lot about the players and begins to manipulate their lives. When it sends Nick on a deadly assignment, he refuses and is banished from the game.

Now unable to play, Nick turns to a friend for help in finding out who controls the game. The two set off on a dangerous mission in which the border between reality and the virtual world begins to blur. This utterly convincing and suspenseful thriller originated in Germany, where it has become a runaway bestseller.

Sounds pretty cool, right?

I love asking authors about libraries, and Ursula was no exception! Here's what she had to say and I just love her story!!

I have been frequenting libraries fromvery early on and got my own card when I was about four years old. My love forbooks soon led to a strong career aspiration: I wanted to be a librarian. I was quite desperate when I found out that this would be impossible, for a terrible and unchangeable reason: I had the wrong name.

I guess I have to explain that. See,I’m Austrian, and in Austriawe speak German (kinda). The German word for “librarian“ is "Bibliothekar." The female version – and all the librarians I knew were female – is "Bibliothekarin." My four-year-old ears never heard anything else than "Bibliothek-Karin," which would mean"Library-Karin." My parents failed to baptize me Karin, although it was a really popular name at the time. But alas, my first name was Ursula, and I was convinced that I didn't meet the basic demand for the profession of mychoice, and never would.

In the end I found something else I could do with books – surprisingly most of the other professions seemed to beallowed to all kinds of different names – but it took me quite a while too vercome the disappointment.

I love it! I'm glad you were able to find a career in books!!

Check out the Erebos trailer and find it at your local library!

Follow the Tour:
March 25: YA Bookshelf,
March 26: Bookosaur,
March 28: The Pen Stroke,
March 29: I Read Banned Books,
March 30: Between the Covers,
March 31: Tahleen's Mixed-Up Files,

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Galahad Legacy Scavenger Hunt Blog Tour

I am thrilled to be participating in the Scavenger Hunt Blog Tour for Dom Testa's latest book, Galahad Legacy. While Galahad Legacy is the final book in the series, each book can be read on their own. This series is full of adventure and great for science fiction fans.
To celebrate the release of The Galahad Legacy, Tor is hosting a scavenger hunt. Following the participating blogs, readers can discover excerpts from the book and even have a chance to enter to win prizes! Check out the entire Galahad Scavenger Hunt lineup! And now for your special excerpt for today's stop:

“Denied,” Triana said with a slight smile. “No rest for you.”
“You’re a tyrant. But welcome back anyway.”
“Thank you, Roc. I missed you...I think.”
The computer expelled a pouting grunt. “I’m overwhelmed by your sentimentality. Don’t think for a moment that my circuits don’t have feelings.”
“Oh, I’d never make that mistake,” Triana said. “But this has nothing to do with you, believe me. It’s just that the week I was gone—it was a week, right?—is still somewhat jumbled. I don’t remember missing much of anything. There wasn’t time for that kind of thinking.”
“Well, I look forward to your report. Especially when you explain exactly what that thing is you brought aboard.”

Please visit Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf for the next excerpt from the second chapter of The Galahad Legacy.

Intrigued?? Want to read more? I have a chance for you to win the entire series thanks to Tor!
-One entry per person
-Ages 13+
-Contest ends March 27 at midnight CT

Friday, March 16, 2012

YA Movie News

I may be busy with committee work and reading, but I can't leave you without your YA Movie News-especially since there are so many exciting things happening!:)

-Nathan Fillion has been cast as Hermes in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters. This news made my nerd heart so happy! Anytime you can cast Nathan Fillion, I'm all for it! I hope the second movie stays closer to the books than the first film did though.

-Jeremy Irons has joined the cast of Beautiful Creatures as Uncle Macon. Anyone else think this movie cast is getting epically awesome??

-The Mortal Instruments movie seems to be heading in a good direction as Constantin Films has hired a director, Harald Zwart. According to MTV, production on the film is set to begin August 15.

-The CW has added to the cast of The Selection filling out the love triangle on the show with William Singer.

-The CW also added a cast member to The Carrie Diaries-adding actress Chloe Bridges as Carrie's nemesis Donna Ladonna.

 -Are fairy tales the next big thing? Not only is there a Beauty and the Beast TV show for The CW, but ABC has a Beauty and the Beast retelling in the works as well. Plus with shows like Once Upon a Time and Grimm and two Snow White movies out this year, fairy tales seem to be staying popular.

-Entertainment Weekly has a slideshow featuring the cast of Ender's Game.

-Frank Portman's novel, King Dork, is making it's way to the big screen.

A new Hunger Games clip has been released-featuring the evil President Snow!

Friday, March 9, 2012

YA Movie News

-The Hunger Games is almost here!! Are you getting excited? A new clip was released featuring Cinna and Katniss:

If you're a huge Hunger Games fan, you'll want to know that you can log onto Yahoo! Movies on Monday March 12 at 5:30 PT to watch the red carpet premire!!

-Have you checked out the Hunger Games Official Illustrated Movie Companion? I just got it from my library and I'm loving the outfits of the capitol!!

-And the Catching Fire movie is gearing up! The screenplay is finished and Suzanne Collins is looking it over. The movie is set to be in theaters November 2013.

-Austin Butler is set to play the male lead, Sebastain Kydd, in The CW's The Carrie Diaries. Thanks to Shelf Awareness for the news!

-According to IMDB, The Twilight: Breaking Dawn Teaser Trailer is set to debut with the Hunger Games.

-YA Novel Before I Die by Jenny Downham has a big screen adaptation coming-at least in the UK. The title has been changed to Now Is Good. Hopefully a US release is coming soon!

-Did you see this spoof of The Hunger Games to promote the release of The Muppets DVD? I just love The Muppets!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Nominate for a YALSA Award-Including Printz!!!

Look at that shiny Printz seal!! Isn't it so pretty?? Wouldn't you love to see some of your favorite books of the year get some award love? You can help!

Did you know that anyone can nominate a title for the YALSA Book and Media Awards? (Ok, well not publishers or authors-but anyone else!) You can nominate your favorite survival films for Fabulous Films for Young Adults, or nominate your favorite 2012 read for Best Fiction for Young Adults, or nominate the best audiobook you listen to this year for Amazing Audiobooks. Did you know you can even nominate a title for the Printz Award? Yep, field nominations from anyone are encouraged for all these awards and more!! And it's easy to nominate a title-just fill out the form on the YALSA website, tell a little about the book you're nominating-and that's it-your nomination is off to the committee!! You don't want your favorite books being overlooked by a committee and not getting some award love come January, do you? Kelly at Stacked has a great post about what happens when we fail  to do our part in field nominations-and remember-anyone can nominate a title !!

And speaking of committees, bear with me this year as my blogging gets a bit light, OK? I'm very busy with committee work, but I promise to blog about library programs, librarians musings, and of course books! Maybe just not as often as I have in the past. And I really want you to be part of my committee experience-so nominate away!!! :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Embrace Tour: Guest Post by Jessica Shirvington PLUS Giveaway

As a librarian, of course I love libraries! But I really love hearing from other readers and authors about why libraries are important to them. Today I'm happy to introduce you all to debut author Jessica Shirvington. Jessica is the author of Embrace. As an author, Jessica is no stranger to libraries-yay! Not only do I get to host Jessica talking about libraries, but today is the release date for Embrace! Send your congrats to Jessica and keep an eye out for Embrace at your library or bookstore! Happy release day Jessica-and thanks for loving the library!!

Libraries – part of my daily life.
From the outset, I knew I wanted to write a book that was based on mythology and folklore, but I didn’t want to just choose any old tale and run. A lot of my research for Embrace concentrated on varying academic opinions, religious interpretation, and the broad debates on particular elements of retold history. It is here that I believe many great ideas are discovered.

I was lucky enough to have extremely knowledgeable parents-in-law in many aspects of theology, so my first port of call was to them. They loaded me up with books by various scholars and theologians who explored different views on the role of angels and their capacity within the universe. It was the perfect place to start. But the thing about research is once you start, you quickly discover, it only helps to have as much knowledge on the subject as possible.

Naturally, I hit the internet. It’s a great place to start looking for references, but the truth is there is just so much out there on angels (including a lot of misleading information) that the Internet can become more of a hazard than anything else. Often the best comments and opinions I have found are only small sections in much larger books covering a range of different topics. So inevitably I find myself at the library more often than not.

For some reason the second I enter the front doors, I gain a little more clarity, a little more studious dedication and before I know it, somewhere between exploring the stacks of books for something that might jump out at me and scanning for the books on my prepared list of references, the day has swiftly left me behind. Sometimes I’m happy to visit my local library where I know my way around and where I like to sit (yes, I have a spot). Other times, I need more range and I find the big university libraries are the best for this – huge places to navigate, but the range is brilliant.

It doesn’t matter how much is at the press of a finger on the internet, nothing compares to the vast amount of books and the simplicity in being able to pick them up, skim through them, and move on to the next. A day at the library is always a success – mind you, I often get so sidetracked that I leave with material I never went in there looking for. But that’s part of the charm as well.

I know just what she means-I always end up with handfuls of books after browsing the library shelves! Check out your local library for a copy of Embrace and follow the tour on Facebook!

Want to win a copy? Fill out the form below! Good luck!!
-Ages 13+
-US Address Only
-One entry per person
-Contest Ends Sunday March 11 at midnight, central time

Saturday, March 3, 2012

YA Movie News

Did you see the first clip from The Hunger Games?? I can't wait!! Suzanne Collins also posted a letter to fans saying she's "really happy" with the film!

-My favorite news of the week: Fox 200 has hired Brian Percival of Downton Abbey director fame (and many other Masterpiece episodes!) to direct a film version of The Book Thief. I think this is perfect-anyone else?? Thanks to Shelf-Awareness for the news!

-Remember how the Harry Potter DVDs went in the vault and can't be purchased? Well that's about to change with the release of the Harry Potter Wizards Collection. No news on what's inside, but it better be cool-the set costs $500!

-Emmy Rossum is in final negotiations to play Ridley in Beautiful Creatures! I think this would be a great casting job and I'm getting very excited for this movie!

-The CW has a pilot based on the novel The Carrie Diaries and cast AnnaSophia Robb as young Carrie. Thanks to Cynopsis for the news!

-The CW also has a pilot based on the novel The Selection. They recently cast Ethan Peck as the Prince and Sean Patrick Thomas as an advisor to the Queen. Thanks to Cynopsis for the news!

-Sherlock Holmes seems to be a big draw right now, and CBS is jumping on the bandwagon. They have an updated Sherlock Holmes starring Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as Watson-yep, a female Watson! I'm not sure if this can compete with the BBC's Sherlock, but I'm willing to give it a try. Thanks to Shelf-Awareness for the news.

-In other Hunger Games news, there's a game coming to Facebook and the poster was released this week. I don't play Facebook games, but I'll play this one!

-Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume is getting the big screen treatment and Entertainment Weekly has your first look. This movie was directed by Blume's son, and the two worked together to co-write a script. This is the first big screen version on any of Blume's novels.

-Amy Tintera used to work in Hollywood-and now her novel will be turned into a movie by Paradigm, the company she used to work for. Her debut novel, Reboot, sold to HarperTeen. Keep an eye out for it!
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