Lost In A Book

Did I Forget How To Read?

I don’t mean literally, of course, but I am asking the question aloud because I haven’t read a full book in a year!

How on earth did this happen? I have no idea. I have many titles on my Kindle, yet they (as well as my Kindle itself) are collecting dust. I know I pledged to “read like a normal person,” and not simply inhale everything in one sitting, but I seem to have gone from one extreme to the other!

I don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but let me say this: I am going to get my reading swag back!

I’m going to start by finally finishing Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, by Cassandra Clare. She initially released these stories one “chapter” per month, piece meal style. And somewhere, 2-3 parts before the end, I just trailed off. I didn’t suddenly get busy or lose interest, I just stopped reading. And then several other books were released that I had pre-ordered. They were delivered to my Kindle, where they remain.

So, I am going to get back to reading. I don’t have a number or anything, but I’m going to read regularly again. Reading is a nice escape, and now, more than ever, I think we all need that escape from the real world! I’ll check back in with everyone in a couple of months to let y’all know how things are going!

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Another YA Week Of Happiness!

divergent

Every so often, there comes a week when there are so many goodies happening with my YA book fandoms, that I just can’t seem to wipe a smile off my face. This is one of those weeks!

Last night, The Maze Runner official movie poster and first trailer made its debut. After I finished reading The Hunger Games trilogy, and as much of the Divergent, The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series as was available at the time, I took more recommendations from my Tumblr family on what to read next. They told me to pick up The Maze Runner trilogy and I did. I also chose the series because it was 100% completed.

I’ve posted before that I hate getting into a series only to have to wait a year or two for the next book to be released. (Looking at you, Veronica Roth and Cassandra Clare!) So The Maze Runner checked all those boxes. There was even an available prequel book, which I finished reading about a month ago.

So, I was all set for the first trailer to finally grace us with its presence! That day ended up being yesterday and oh boy, am I pumped! I figured the trailer would be shown before the Divergent movie (and it still might), so last night was a treat.

The Divergent movie opens later this week and I will be seeing it twice this weekend. Once on Thursday with my brother, and again on Saturday with my friend Shannen. Both of my tickets (and my brother’s) are free, thanks to Viggle, Swagbucks, and Shopkick. I’m tellin y’all. If you’re not taking advantage of these programs, you’re missing out! (Well, except for Viggle.)

So yes. I’m excited about this week! I’m up to my armpits in Divergent news, pictures, interviews, and hype. The red carpet premier is tonight! And I’ve also done my fangirl duty with The Maze Runner trailer as well. I put the first leaked version of it on my Tumblr, and created a handful of GIF sets to please the Gladers.

Ahh, my book life is good.

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Not Impressed with Barnes & Noble’s Pre-Order Process

McKayla Maroney is not impressed with Nook

I got an assist from Olympic gymnast, McKayla Maroney for this post. As I’ve stated before, I’m not the biggest fan of how pre-orders go down in today’s marketplace. That was reinforced Monday night, as I had to wait over 9 hours for my pre-ordered book to finally download onto my Nook Color.

When books from Cassie Clare or Veronica Roth are released (at midnight), I immediately download them and start reading. My tradition is that I don’t even go to sleep those nights. I just keep reading until I finish and then I crash. Yes, I am a binge reader.

So a wrench was thrown into my plans when midnight came and went, Tuesday, and I didn’t have Allegiant on my Nook Color. I refreshed. I logged out. I turned my device off and back on. I did everything I could think of, but the book would not download.

After an hour, I was desperate. I was able to start reading it on my desktop computer, which is so unnatural. I want to be wrapped up in blankets, in my bed, so I can get lost in the story. But noooooooo!

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First Footage From ‘Divergent’ Movie!

I posted about one of my YA book/movie faves, The Mortal Instruments, yesterday. So, I thought I’d follow it up, today, by talking about the screen adaptation of Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James, and based on the trilogy by Veronica Roth (whom I met last year). They finished filming a month ago, or so, and now the first footage is getting its premiere during the MTV Video Music Awards.

But the Divergent Facebook page and MTV wanted to give us a short sneak peek before the awards show and all my fangirl feels reignited. Oh, YA Gods, why do you tease me in these ways?!

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17 Thoughts After Seeing The Mortal Instruments Movie *Spoilers*

The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones Movie Poster

If you follow me on Twitter or have read my blog for a while, you know that I’m really into the YA (young adult) book genre. It all began with The Hunger Games, then I moved onto Divergent, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Maze Runner, and more to come!

I was beyond psyched when they announced filming for The Mortal Instruments. As I’d just fallen in love with both the books and movie for The Hunger Games, it was almost too good to be true! It kinda was. While I am obsessed with the books, Harry Potter and THG has really spoiled me in terms of high quality book-to-movie adaptations.

The Mortal Instruments wasn’t an abomination, by any stretch of the imagination, but I certainly was expecting better. Let me share some of my thoughts after my first time seeing City of Bones. They’re in no particular order; just what happens to pop into my head as I write this post.

1. Waaaaaaay too much lovey-dovey stuff. The Twilight effect is real, and I didn’t like that it was the main focus in this movie. I know that stuff sells, but there was so much more to City of Bones, in terms of character and plot development, that didn’t happen because it was all about the love triangle. Ugh! Part of the reason I enjoyed the book so much was that they walked me through what the Shadowhunter world entailed, step by step, as Clary was learning herself. A lot of that was skimmed over, or ignored, in favor of stupid love/tension scenes.

2 I don’t know why people were complaining so much about Clary’s hair. It was red, at least. Unlike Valentine’s, which was not white like it was in the book. *shrug*

3. I thought the actual City of Bones scene was cool. Like the Silent Brothers themselves, as well as the Bone City imagery. Stunning.

4. I liked seeing Jocelyn fighting to get away from the demons, while warning Clary to stay away. We could only assume how it went down, in the book, but we got to see it in the movie. Nicely done.

5. I understand some things have to change when you make a book into a movie, but I really missed Simon being turned into a rat, and kidnapped because the vampires thought he was one of theirs. Maybe it wasn’t in the budget, but I missed that. A lot of the Simon-ness I came to love in the book, wasn’t in the movie. He and Magnus are my favorite characters. So, I want more of them!

6. Also, what’s with Simon’s eyesight getting better after getting saved from the vampires? That was weird. And the 2 bites on him that Clary saw? Is that really how it happened? (I need to re-read the book. No, rat-Simon bit a vampire & that’s how he started to change.) Why didn’t they even revisit that observation again? Clary saw it. Wouldn’t she go to someone, like Hodge, and be like “Hey, I saw these 2 suspicious looking bites on Simon. Can someone check them out?” I don’t even know. But since he needed to achieve “darkling” status somehow, I guess that was as good as any. Still meh.

7. When they announced Jemima West was cast as Isabelle, I was not impressed, but having seen the movie, I thought she did a great job and I like her in that role. She owned it!

8. WHERE WAS CHURCH THE CAT?!?! (This wasn’t really serious. Don’t mind me. I’m a cat person.)

9. Not enough Magnus Bane. But really, there’s never enough Magnus Bane. He is amazing. The end.

10. Not a fan of Kevin Zegers as Alec. I thought seeing him as Alec would change things, but it didn’t. I don’t think he fits. But I also don’t think they did a good job developing his character. If you didn’t know he was in love with Jace, you wouldn’t be able to tell from the movie. He just seemed like he was mad Clary came around and kept putting their lives at risk. (Which he should be!)

11. Did anyone else catch that Hodge told Valentine to lie and tell Clary and Jace that he was both of their fathers? That takes all the fun out of everything! The audience isn’t supposed to know it was all a lie until City of Glass, dammit! The best part of being a fan of the TMI series is seeing people read the first book and freak out at the end, while we secretly laugh at them. Harald Zwart stole that from us!

12. THE FINAL FIGHT SCENE DIDN’T GO DOWN AT THE INSTITUTE! Like, that was a huge change! More budgetary reasons? I mean, it wasn’t a terrible change, but it did catch me a little off guard.

13. Why was Clary back in her run-down apt at the end? She was supposed to go live with Luke while her mom was in a coma, right? Or did I make that up? Like I said, I need to re-read the book…

14. Luke is hot. Really hot. I could have used a lot more scenes with him in them.

15. There wasn’t enough Simon/Jace back and forth banter. Their interactions were some of the best part of this entire series. City of Bones could have used a lot more of this and less of the love crap.

16. Little things, like how they didn’t explain how glamours, and other things worked, irked me. I had a friend with me, who hadn’t read the books. She said she would have been really lost a few times if I weren’t there to explain things. People should be able to follow, without a ton of questions, if they haven’t read the books.

17. I know it was announced long ago that Raphael wasn’t supposed to be in this movie, but I still missed him. I loved the book scene of how he tricked them into going into Hotel DuMort to get Simon.

So, there you go! My kneejerk and spoilery account of the City of Bones movie! I know this list is long and makes it look like I hated it, but I swear I didn’t! I mean, I didn’t LOVE it, but I did enjoy it. I do plan on seeing it again, so we’ll see if anything changes after a second viewing!

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Walking In A YA Wonderland

The Mortal Instruments Official Movie Posters

The past couple of months have been quite eventful in the land of all my young adult literature fandoms. My cup runneth over, y’all! I’ve pretty much in nonstop super fangirl mode for the past week. So many exciting announcement and reveals are happening!

Let me give you the rundown right quick!

1. The Hunger Games started its own official Instagram account. Check it out: instagram.com/thehungergames! On there, they’ve begun hinting that something is going to go down on May 14th. Eeeekkk!

2. Continuing the Instagram theme, The Mortal Instruments’ Instagram page was teasing official character posters all week. We got to see Simon, Valentine, and Magnus Bane’s posters. So exciting!
TMI Instagram account teasing character posters

3. Over in Divergent land, a lot was happening as well! Veronica Roth revealed the cover art for the final book in the trilogy, Allegiant, on the Today Show. It comes out on October 22nd and I can’t wait!

4. Keeping it in Divergent-land, it looks like the sequel is already in the works! Deadline Hollywood reported that Brian Duffield had signed on to write the script for Insurgent, the second book in the trilogy. This is an extremely good sign as Divergent has only been filming for a few weeks! What a vote of confidence!

5. Divergent isn’t the only one of my beloved series to get the greenlight towards a sequel movie adaptation, though. In Cannes, it was just announced that The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes (book #2) is being put into production and will begin shooting later this year.

6. The Mortal Instruments‘ prequel series, The Infernal Devices, also has a script in the works. This news didn’t break in the past week, but it’s still fresh enough in my mind to make me include it in this post! Oh yeah!

7. And lastly, let me tell you about the most recent book I’ve read, The Maze Runner. Filming is set to get underway on Monday, in New Orleans. Some really amazing concept art has bee premiered by Entertainment Weekly. It was even more detailed and chilling than I even imagined it! Now, I’m not paying too much attention to the cast and production of the movie just yet because I’m not done reading the series. I still have to start/finish The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and prequel book, The Kill Order. I’d rather do so while creating the characters in my own head. Then, I’ll re-read the series later after getting up-to-speed with movie filming.

Sooooooo, that’s why I’ve been smiling ear-to-ear this week! The worlds I escape to, when real life is just too much, had a lot happen recently and it really brightened my spring!

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