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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Review: Swoon by Nina Malkin



Book description (via Goodreads): Sin is coming... Prepare to Swoon.Torn from her native New York City and dumped in the land of cookie-cutter preps, Candice is resigned to accept her posh, dull fate. Nothing ever happens in Swoon, Connecticut...until Dice's perfect, privileged cousin Penelope nearly dies in a fall from an old tree, and her spirit intertwines with that of a ghost. His name? Sinclair Youngblood Powers. His mission? Revenge. And while Pen is oblivious to the possession, Dice is all too aware of Sin. She's intensely drawn to him—but not at all crazy about the havoc he's wreaking. Determined to exorcise the demon, Dice accidentally sets Sin loose, gives him flesh, makes him formidable. Now she must destroy an even more potent—and irresistible—adversary, before the whole town succumbs to Sin's will. Only trouble is, she's in love with him. What do you do when the boy of your dreams is too bad to be true?"


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My Review:
Round 2 of reading Swoon! Didn't review it the first time so gonna do it this time. I really like this book, it has a good plot which is very different from what is usually put out there these days. I don't want to give too much away, but basically the book is about a girl named Candice or "Dice" for short, who moves to the town of Swoon from New York, and basically lives alone because her parents are only there on the weekends due to their work. Well her cousin Pen becomes posessed - and im sure by now you know who was possessing her lol. Anyway there is a ritual done where they think they are ridding him from Pen but instead they are actually releasing him into the world. Where he is out for revenge for a death of his gf or fiancee which happened in the 1700's and he was put to death for her murder, which he didn't commit. So since the people who were alive when that happened are dead by now, he decides he will just take the revenge out on their living relatives, very distant relatives seeing as it did happen in the 1700's. I do think guys would enjoy this book just as much as girls. It did have romance (which i love!) but it didn't have it in a conventional way. It was more like a "i love you because i have no choice" on Dice's part and a "i love you but i'm still gonna destroy everyone you care about and i dont care what you think of it" on Sin's part, but when they were alone together you still got the deep feelings they had for each other. Having never read about a character of Sin's kind, i have to say i was pleasently surprised by my feelings towards him. I did have my moments of wondering why in the world she was even bothering with him, but then the next thing i know i would be rooting for them, or him, to be the person he really was instead of a person filled with hate and anger. I will say going towards the end of the book some of the stuff said and such didn't make much sense to me, like i didn't understand where it was coming from or what they were talking about, but it didn't last long. So overall very good book, good characters, and now i'm on to book 2! Happy reading!


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Friday, May 11, 2012

Palomar Pictures Options The Immortal Rules and Blood of Eden Series by New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Kagawa


Palomar Pictures Options The Immortal Rules and Blood of Eden Series
by New York Times Bestselling Author Julie Kagawa

Los Angeles, CA; Toronto, ON – April 18, 2012 – Independent film production company Palomar Pictures today announced that it has optioned Blood of Eden, the newest series from New York Times bestselling young adult author Julie Kagawa. The Immortal Rules, the highly anticipated first book in the Blood of Eden series, will be published by Harlequin TEEN on April 24, 2012.

The Immortal Rules is set in a future world where humanity, decimated by a deadly virus, exists merely as a food source and slave class to an elite society of vampires. When a young woman, a survivor who dreams of the day humanity will rise up against their supernatural masters, is turned into a vampire, she is forced to choose between becoming what she despises or helping those who would destroy her.

Palomar principal Joni Sighvatsson was passionate about The Immortal Rules’ film potential and quick to secure film rights for the book and the Blood of Eden series. “It’s simply a great story with an electrifying heroine for the 21st century. It makes the series an ideal subject for a film adaptation," said Sighvatsson. "Julie’s ability to familiarize the reader with this complex world in a few pages demonstrates the cinematic qualities of her imagination and complements my own sensibilities as a film producer."

Julie Kagawa felt that Sighvatsson was the right producer to partner with because of his tremendous track record for getting his films made and his passion for her books. "Joni does not take on a project unless he really loves it," Kagawa said. "He's thoughtful and established, and I know he's going to make a great movie that respects my material."

Sighvatsson has acquired a solid reputation in the movie industry. With more than 40 feature-film credits under his belt, Sighvatsson has worked closely with a wide range of talent, both in front of and behind the camera. The trademarks of his projects are the pairing of visionary directors—such as David Lynch, Kathryn Bigelow, Nicolas Winding Refn and Julian Schnabel—with strong material. This has led to a body of work that is rich and diverse.

Natashya Wilson, senior editor for Harlequin TEEN, is thrilled that Kagawa's novels are finally coming to the big screen. "Julie writes in such a cinematic way, I have seen her books as films from day one. Her fans have been clamoring for Julie Kagawa movies for a long time and I am so pleased that they are finally going to get their wish fulfilled!"


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About Julie Kagawa
Julie Kagawa is the New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning Iron Fey series. Born in Sacramento, California, she moved to Hawaii at the age of nine. There she learned many things: how to body board, that teachers scream when you put centipedes in their desks and that writing stories in math class is a fantastic way to kill time. Her teachers were glad to see her graduate. Julie now lives near Louisville, Kentucky, with her husband and a plethora of pets. She still laughs whenever she sees a centipede. For more information on the Blood of Eden series, please visit BloodofEden.com.


About Palomar Pictures
Palomar Pictures is an independent film production company based in Los Angeles, California. Owner and principal Joni Sighvatsson is a veteran Hollywood producer whose filmography includes WILD AT HEART, BASQUIAT, KALIFORNIA and ARLINGTON ROAD. Since being acquired by Sighvatsson, the company has produced such films as K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson and BROTHERS directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal. Palomar Pictures’ most recent feature was the action thriller KILLER ELITE, starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. Palomar announced a financial partnership with Grosvenor Park LLC in the fall of 2011 for three movies, including an adaptation of Stephen King's Rose Madder.

About Harlequin
Harlequin is one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 113 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,200 authors from around the world. Harlequin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin’s website is located at Harlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 19 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information, please visit Harlequin.com.


For more information contact:
Aditya Ezhuthachan
Head of Development, Palomar Pictures.
310-440-3494
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Michelle Renaud
Harlequin Public Relations
416-448-7164
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Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
650-747-0796
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: Forbidden by Amy Miles




Book Description (via Goodreads):
Roseline Enescue didn't ask to become an Immortal, to have all of the guests at her wedding slaughtered, or be forced into marriage with a man whose lust for blood would one day ignite the vampire legend.

Willing to risk everything for a chance at a normal life, Roseline escapes to America. Terrified her husband Vladimir will find her, Roseline enrolls as a senior in Chicago's elite Rosewood Prep school. Mingling with humans is the last place he would look for her.

But her transition into the human world isn't easy. Mortal men flock after her while cutthroat girls plot her demise. Yet Roseline remains relatively unfazed by the petty hysteria until she falters into the arms of Gabriel Marston, reluctant MVP quarterback, unwilling ladies man, and sensitive artist in hiding.

Troubled by the bond that pulls her towards the mortal boy, Roseline tries to ignore him, but Gabriel is persistent. As their lives entwine, Roseline begins to realize that Gabriel is much more than he appears. His ability to toss a football the entire length of the field and grind concrete into dust pales in comparison to the glowing blue cross tattoo that mysteriously appears on his forearms.

Despite the forbidden bond between them, Roseline can't help wondering what Gabriel is: He's not human. He's not Immortal. So just what is he?


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My Review:

SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU DO NOT LIKE SPOILERS!
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This book will now be added to my "favorite's" list. I really, really loved it. The storyline was that type of story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and then just when you think you know what is going to happen its something totally different. For a little bit about what the book is about, its about a girl named Roseline who is married off to the guy every has come to know as Dracula and he slaughters everyone at the wedding and turns her, but they don't call themselves vampires, they call themselves "Immortals". Well Roseline is continually tortured and beaten by her husband (Vladimir) over like a 300 some odd year time span and she runs away to America from Romania where she lived with her husband and his equally evil brother. When she gets to America she joins high school to be normal and makes friends with a brother and sister, and ends up being basically the hottest girl in school, but not purposely. There she meets Gabriel and he is basically in love from the moment he lays eyes on her while she is very hesitant to get close to him for fear of putting him in danger. Well as the story progresses you find out Gabriel is not really all the way human himself but he doesn't realize it. And Roseline and Gabriel, can we say HOT? I think i was begging them to hook up while reading it than they were in the book! And i was totally not expecting the action in the end, which i totally loved, Nicolae turned out to be a good guy when through the whole book you think he is not one. I SOO cannot wait for the next book! If you haven't read this you really should its a really great and exciting read.


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