Movie News: The Last Witch Hunter "Live Forever" Trailer





Do You Know What It’s Like To Live Forever?


Get ready to see Vin Diesel on the big screen this fall when he stars in the highly anticipated film, The Last Witch Hunter. Diesel's character will be out to destroy the most powerful witches that ever walked the earth. Kaulder [Diesel], the greatest soldier of the Axe and Cross, is joined with badass star power, including Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Julie Engelbrecht, and Michael Caine. Find out more about Kaulder’s immortality in the new spellbinding trailer and experience the larger-than-life action for yourself OCTOBER 23, 2015.


THE LAST WITCH HUNTER
In Theaters October 23 
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including KAULDER, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process.  In the moments right before her death, the QUEEN curses KAULDER with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today KAULDER is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to KAULDER, the QUEEN WITCH is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race. 
 
Cast: Vin Diesel, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Julie Engelbrecht, Michael Caine
Directed by: Breck Eisner 
Produced By: Bernie Goldmann, Mark Canton, Vin Diesel, Samantha Vincent
Release Date: October 23, 2015
Genre: Action, Fantasy
 
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Book Review: The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis



The One Thing
Author: Marci Lyn Curtis
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: September 8th 2015
Review Source: Disney-Hyperion

  

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie's rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she's still mourning the loss of her professional-soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

Then Maggie's whole world is turned upside down. Somehow, incredibly, she can see again. But only one person: Ben, a precocious ten-year-old unlike anyone she's ever met.Ben's life isn't easy, but he doesn't see limits, only possibilities. After awhile, Maggie starts to realize that losing her sight doesn't have to mean losing everything she dreamed of. Even if what she's currently dreaming of is Mason Milton, the infuriatingly attractive lead singer of Maggie's new favorite band, who just happens to be Ben's brother.

But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.

The One Thing is one of those books you’re hoping to love. You read the summary then expect to love the story. Then, by the end of the book you’re asking yourself, “WHAT?” Unfortunately, I had this experience with this book. Although it was explained and predictable, I still couldn’t click with the reason why Maggie, a blind girl, was able to see Ben and his surrounding. Maybe I’m just hard headed? But I’m not, since I love sad stories!

Due to an unexpected disease, Maggie lost her sight. Six months of torturing herself and the people surrounding her, Maggie finds herself in trouble. After one of her visits with her probation officer, Maggie falls and hits her head. From this moment, she meets a kid named Ben, and the funny thing is she is able to see him… and his surroundings.

The more I tried to like this book, the less it was working for me. Maggie seeing Ben is one thing, but seeing his surrounding is another thing. Then there is one part where Ben is really far from Maggie and yet she was able to see his every movement… Yeah, for a blind girl, she certainly can see a lot. With her dry humor it was really hard liking her. It really was tough feeling sorry for her.

The one thing I did love about this book is Ben. He is one of those kids that annoys you when you first meet. Next thing you know, he steals your heart. WHEN DID THIS HAPPENED?! With his charming charisma and uplifting spirit, it’s really hard not to fall in love with him.

The One Thing is not a favorite of mine. It was hard to enjoy but I did love Ben! Maybe I'm just a black sheep with this one? “Baah”.



Thank you for the copy, ReadingTeen!

Adaptation News: Warner Bros. Options 'Sky Is Everywhere' by Jandy Nelson!



I know many of you will be thrilled about this news: Warner Bros. and Di Novi Films have optioned the movie rights to The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson!


The Hollywood Reports: The move continues the studio’s relationship with Nelson as Warners previously optioned the author’s 2014 hit YA book I’ll Give You the Sun.

Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan will produce. Nelson will exec produce.

Sky, published in 2010, tells of a high school student who is dealing with the sudden loss of her sister. In her grieving state, she finds herself drawn to two men: her sister’s boyfriend, where the shared loss binds them in ways she doesn’t understand, and a new arrival who offers a bright hope for the future.

The novel helped launch Nelson, a former lit agent, and the book was translated into more than a dozen languages. It also was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and earned praise from fellow YA authors such as Gayle Forman.

Julia Spiro, the exec who is already overseeing Sun, will also shepherd Sky.

Sun, Jandy’s second novel, was published last fall and went on to become a New York Times best-seller and the winner of the 2015 Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, one of the literary world’s most prestigious honors for YA books.

Natalie Krinsky is currently adapting that novel, which Di Novi and Greenspan are also producing. Di Novi, a longtime producer, is in the middle of shooting her directorial debut, Unforgettable, a thriller starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson.

Nelson is repped by Paradigm and Holly McGhee of Pippin Properties.

Blog Tour: Firewalker by Josephine Angelini | Playlist & Giveaway



We are thrilled to be a part of Josephine Angelini's FIREWALKER blog tour.
The Worldwalker Trilogy is by far one of my favorite YA series hands down!

Visit Fierce Reads to visit all the sites on the Firewalker tour!




Firewalker
The Worldwalker Trilogy #2
Author: Josephine Angelini
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

 

You think I'm a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.

Lily is back in her own universe, and she's ready to relax with Rowan. True, she almost died in the Pyre that fueled their escape, and must hide her magic for the safety of the world, but compared to fighting the monstrous Woven and leading armies in the alternate Salem, life is looking good.

You think I'm a monster, but my choices, as ruthless as they seem, are justified.

Unfortunately, Lillian, ruthless ruler of the 13 Cities, is not willing to let Lily go that easily. If she can't persuade Lily to return to her world, she'll have to find a way to make her come back.

Picking up right where Trial By Fire left off, Firewalker is another sexy, fast-paced, heartbreaking thrill ride from internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini!

Read Yara's 5 star review of Trial by Fire (book 1 in The Worldwalker Trilogy)



Play Lists created by Josephine Angelini

I always feel bad when I put my playlists together. I have fringe taste when it comes to music and most of you will have never heard of 99% of what I have here.

I worry because I feel like you won’t be able to connect to me in music—even those of you who connect deeply to my writing—and it will make you feel farther from, rather than closer to, my stories. That sentiment goes double for this book. I had to do go deep-dish weird to make this world come alive in my imagination, but what sparks my imagination may not spark yours. I guess it just goes to show that everyone has some strange on the inside.

Firewalker playlist:
Pendulum by F.K.A. Twigs. She’s got such a witchy, sexy sound. Love it. It’s very Lily and Rowan. This song and Two Weeks got a lot of play while I wrote. Two Weeks has explicit lyrics so I’m not officially saying it’s on the playlist. But it’s on my playlist, if you ken.


Push Pull by Purity Ring. This song speaks to the tension between Lily and Rowan in the first act of the book.


Stranger Than Earth, also by Purity Ring, was another song that I listened to a lot. Alotta lot. Got me pumped up to write a ton of action sequences.

White Lies by ODESZA. There’s some lying going on in this book. Tough to do with a bunch of telepaths, btw.


The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. You’re never supposed to break the chain, but someone breaks the chain. ‘Nuff said.

Other People by Beach House. They aren’t going to keep in touch.

Gun by CHVRCHES. What Lily has to become.


No Name No. 5 by Elliot Smith. Oh, the sadness, the loneliness. Crossing the country.

Plague by Crystal Castles. The final fight. I imagine the Hive rising on the horizon when I listen to this song.


Never Mess With Sunday by Yppah. A “fade to black” song as the coven arrives at an unknown destination.

Trial by Fire Playlist:
Dreams by Fleetwood Mac. It would be what Lily would say to Tristan at the beginning of the book. More than that, I listened to the White Witch a lot while I was writing this. I heart Stevie Nicks.

Aereal Boundaries by Michael Hedges. Maybe what it feels like to travel through universes, weightless and disembodied.

Fineshrine by Purity Ring. When I was writing the scene when Lily claims Rowan in the cabin I must have listened to this song a hundred times. This whole album, Shrines, was my soundtrack for Trial by Fire. I listened to it on repeat pretty much the whole time. It’s witchy sounding and the lyrics are like spells.

Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush. Maybe what it feels like when Lily and Rowan fight as one.

Below It by Peter Broderick. Vulnerable and private—like Lily and Rowan feel the morning after the claiming.

Bridges by Broods. Lots of betrayal in this song. Ah, men. Trust is such a big issue.

Archangel by Burial. Another “witchy”, watery-sounding song that I played on repeat while writing the ritual scene in Rowan’s apartment. Sexy, but creepy.

Fascination Street by The Cure. Club scene. Also, Disintegration is one of my all-time favorite albums, so it needs a giant shout-out.

Recover by CHVRCHES. Lily wakes in Alaric’s camp. She’s different after the oubliette. Harder.
Saltkin by Purity Ring. Lily claiming an army.
Gorilla by Clams Casino. Dark and dissonant—this song was on repeat while I wrote the final battle scene.

Blog Tour: Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko | Interview | Giveaway



Chasing Secrets
Author: Gennifer Choldenko
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Genre: Historical Fiction
Released: August 4th 2015
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
 

Newbery Honor–winning author Gennifer Choldenko deftly combines humor, tragedy, fascinating historical detail, and a medical mystery in this exuberant new novel.

San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people . . . but not thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city—a side that’s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague.

The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco. So why is the heart of the city under quarantine? Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Why is Noah, the Chinese cook’s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true? Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart-stopping race to save the people they love.


INTERVIEW

1. Chasing Secrets tells the story of a plague outbreak in San Francisco in 1900. What inspired you to write this story?

One of the fun things about being an author is I get to read the books I’m interested in, and the books my characters are interested in. I was reading a nonfiction book about rats for Jimmy Mattaman, a character in my Alcatraz books, when I came upon a chapter about a plague outbreak in San Francisco. I’ve lived in the Bay Area most of my adult life, and I’d never heard about a plague outbreak, so I immediately wanted to find out more. That was the beginning.

2. When coming up with your title, was this something you came up with prior to writing the story, during writing the story, or after?

The title The Monkey’s Secret came to me early in the process. With every draft, it felt like a better fit. But then a picture book I wrote eighteen years ago, Putting the Monkeys to Bed, suddenly came back to life and landed on the Summer 2015 list. Random House didn’t think it made sense to have two such different books with “monkey” in the title. (Hot Key, the UK publisher of this novel, did not agree. They kept the original title, The Monkey’s Secret.) I happened to be in Europe on vacation during this monkey kerfuffle. And so I sent my editor titles from London, from Paris, from Amsterdam, but none of them were quite right. Chasing Secrets was not a title I came up with. It’s the first time in my entire career that I haven’t written my own title.

3. What was one of your favorite scenes to write? Why?

This may sound strange, but often the scenes that feel the best to write are the really sad ones. They come burbling out of me, and when they finally get onto the page, I feel intense sadness and a huge catharsis. My husband will see me crying over my keyboard and immediately become alarmed. “What’s the matter?” he’ll say. And then in the next breath, “Oh, I forgot. You’re having a good day.”

In Chasing Secrets, this scene is when Billy’s motorcar gets delivered. 

4. What do you admire about your main character, Lizzie? 

I admire how she truly believes that all wrongs can be righted. I believed that when I was thirteen. On my better days, I still believe.

5. Do you have a favorite line from your book?

A book is a friend you take with you wherever you go.

My sixteen-year-old daughter says that is the world’s corniest line. She’s probably right, but I don’t care because it is exactly how I feel about books. 

6. How would you describe Chasing Secrets in ten words or less?

Hidden plague outbreak uncovered by thirteen-year-old doctor’s daughter.


With more than 2 million books in print, School Library Journal has called Gennifer: “unsurpassed at interweaving plot with historical detail.” Gennifer’s Tales of Alcatraz trilogy is considered by Kirkus to be: “A cornerstone series in contemporary children’s literature.” Her novel Al Capone Does My Shirts received the Newbery Honor and nineteen other awards. It has been on the New York Times, Booksense and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists and has been translated into more than eleven languages. Her newest novel, Chasing Secrets, is due out in August. Gennifer is currently at work on two new novels. She lives with her loyal husband, irreverent daughter and naughty dog in the San
Francisco Bay area.


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In Celebration of THE DARK RITUALS: win a Paranormal Readers Survival Kit!




In Awakening, the first installment in the Dark Rituals series, a former healer turns to the Death Arts to seek revenge.

Seventeen-year-old Colina was born a healer. But after a horrific event forces her to leave her clan, she becomes desperate to learn the dark magic of the death dealers, mages who draw their power from the spirits of the dead. Colina was taught to fear and hate death dealers, but becoming one of them is the only way for her to get the revenge she seeks—and the only way for her to survive.

Colina asks a young death dealer named Luke to help her, but he’s reluctant to train her in the Death Arts. Little does she know convincing him to teach her will be the easiest part of her journey. To become a death dealer, Colina will need to undergo three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. At the same time, she’ll have to deal with her growing feelings for her mentor. Too bad the first ritual involves him strangling her to death.

As Colina undergoes the trials, she discovers an untapped darkness within herself. If she survives the horrific rituals and gains dark power, what will she become?

Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads. Awakening is the first book of four and was named Wattpad’s Best Suspense Story of 2014.
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#TheHobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Theatrical Event + Trailer




Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures have just announced the official dates for The Hobbit trilogy extended edition in theaters! They’ve also released a trailer for the event which you can watch below!

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