Movie Casting | The Darkest Minds (by Alexandra Bracken)

asIt was announced yesterday that Amandla Stenberg has been cast as 16-year-old Ruby Daly – the female protagonist in The Darkest Minds trilogy. Best known as Rue in The Hunger Games, Amandla has been gaining quite the collection of YA roles! She is set to play Maddy in ‘Everyting, Everything’ (based on the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon; Check out my review here), as well as the lead character in the movie adaptation of A.C Thomas’ ‘The Hate U Give’*, a book inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Both movies are due out within the next 12-18 months.

Want more information on The Darkest Minds? Check out my review here! I’ll be doing a re-read later this year (or early 2017, depends on my availability) and continuing on with ‘Never Fade’ & ‘In The Afterlight’ (books 2 & 3). TDM is a 5 out of 5 star rating on Buzz On Books!

** The Hate U Give by A.C Thomas is now available for pre-order on Amazon, and is due for release in June.

Review | The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

Format: Paperback, 512 Pages
Published: May 7th 2013
Genre: Dystopian, Futuristic, Action
ISBN: 9780142425831
Age Range: 13+
Rating: 4/5

When I first heard that Rick Yancy was publishing another YA series, but focusing more on the apocalyptic side of things, I was intrigued. Doing books (and movies/tv shows) that are about an apocalyptic event, rather than the aftermath (dystopian), can occasionally fail to be properly executed.

After the book was released, I frequented a bookstore checking for the new Richelle Mead and Kelley Armstrong titles, and each time, The 5th Wave was always a recommendation of one particular book seller.  Now, I have a variety of lists, and depending on my moods and tastes, books can be raised or dropped depending on a few things. Interest, reviews, and what I consider to be, harping: Constantly telling someone they need to reach or watch something, to the point that you no longer have an interest in it.

This is exactly what happened with The 5th Wave. Each time I went into this store, no matter how I tried to explain otherwise, or ask for other recommendations, this person would not let it go. It got to the point where I began shopping online in order to prevent myself from being accosted, and I lost all interest in ever wanting to read the book, because of the consistent badgering.

Now clearly that’s changed, as you’re sitting here waiting for me to get to the *actual* review portion of the post. Late last fall, I attended an event with Rick Yancy’s publishing house, and the way that the book was presented and discussed, suddenly piqued my interest again. It took me a few weeks to go and buy it, and then actually get to it as well, but I have to admit, it was actually well worth the hype.

Cassie Sullivan is alone. Her brother Sammy has been taken; her father is dead. She is completely and utterly alone and can trust no one. On her journey to find and save her brother, she is attacked, and believes herself dead. Until Evan Walker rescues her. As she heals, and begins to find herself trusting and even loving Evan, things are not what they seem.

The aliens who’ve taken over earth? They’ve disguised themselves as us. With this terrifying realization that  you can no longer tell alien and human apart, Cassie agrees to let Evan accompany her to find Sammy, and nothing more.

But, it wouldn’t be a dystopian YA novel, if the storyline ended with the rescue of Sammy and nothing further. With an intriguing love-triangle (of sorts), a cast of characters that tug at your heartstrings, and the idea that this is a novelized (and better) version of ‘War of the Worlds’, it’s a book that I’ve now begun recommending to all my friends to read. A movie is scheduled to be released sometime in 2016 starring Chloe Grace Moretz as Cassie.

Sequel’s: The Infinite Sea (2014); The Lost Star (2016)

The Descendants Movie

Happy Friday Buzzers! I can’t wait to tell you about this book/movie combo!

In present-day Auradon, Ben, the teenaged son of King “Beast” and Queen Belle, is poised to take the throne. He offers a chance for redemption to the trouble-making teenaged descendants of defeated villains exiled to the remote Isle of the Lost. The villains’ descendants have been granted permission to attend prep school in the kingdom with the Disney heroes’ kids.

So, I warned you guys this was coming! I hope you were all able to catch the TV premiere of The Descendants movie. If you haven’t, make sure you read The Isle of the Lost (Descendants, #1)

As I told you all in an earlier blog post, Isle of the Lost is the prequel novel to the movie which gives you all the ground bases of the characters and their life. You can pick this book up in most book stores and the movie is now out on DVD so you can get both pieces (perfect birthday gift duo!)

I really enjoyed this movie. Don’t get me wrong, it is a little childish for a lady in her 30s to be watching BUT it is made for kids and I work with kids so I think it is my job to keep up on what is popular. Let me tell you, this is going to be popular. Think High School Musical popular. It is going to explode.

Add some of the favourite Disney Channel actors, to the favourite evil Disney characters but give them a dash of nice and this is what you get. There is singing and dancing and even a little puppy love!

This movie is not for everyone, but I love Disney and this is one I will definitely be adding to my collection.

Femme Friday | Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Divergent Series) by Veronica Roth

When it was first recommended to me to read Divergent and Insurgent (Allegiant wasn’t out when I started them), I was very hesitant. A coworker knew how much I’d enjoyed The Hunger Games, and was convinced I’d like this just as much.

I knew at the time that there was some (aka a lot) of hype surrounding the books – with people even going as far as saying they were the next Hunger Games, or Twilight. I also knew that there was a movie on the way, and I’m very picky about making sure I read a book before seeing the movie – Personally I’ve always liked reading the book better, but I think that the reading imagination is light years beyond what you see in a movie. But that’s another post for another time.

The character of Tris stands out in a way that is slightly different from other YA female leads. She shares similar characteristics with Katniss, Rose and even Paige from previous Femme Fridays, but she’s also extremely unique. She’s more than willing to put herself into danger countless times, in order to stand up for what she believes to be right. Her love interest, Four (aka Tobias) is also presented in a highly respectable way to younger readers – Roth showcases that while Tris does have a relationship with Tobias, she ultimately does not have to sacrifice her morals in exchange for love.

I’ve read some blog posts and internet articles saying that Tris is a very wooden character, and in a way I can see what bloggers are talking about. She is a very different character than what we’d normally find in YA books. And that’s what I like best about her. Tris spends the entirety of the series trying to find herself, and figure out her place in the universe. She searches to make her life, and the lives of those around her, better. Although she can be selfish, Tris proves time and time again that she is willing to go the ultimate distance to ensure that those she loves, are protected and taken care of.

YA Book News: Book to Movie Edition

I could not believe the list of YA books that they are turning into movies! If you haven’t been keeping up, or don’t have a full list, let me give you an update!

AlthoughFallen (Fallen, #1) I haven’t read this book yet, it has been on my TBR list for a long time. It was added to my list while I was reading a collection of angel/fantasy novels. This will have to be pushed up a little to make sure that I read it before the movie is set to be released. No date has officially been set, but most of the information I have found says they are currently in production.

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Paper TownsJohn Green, what else needs to be said about this novel and soon to be movie! Set to be released July 31st 2015 (although alternative sources are saying June 19th 2015) we are all eagerly awaiting Green’s second novel to hit the big screen. I took this off of my TBR list after the sobbing happened with The Fault in our Stars. I am not a crier so not knowing what the cry rating was of this novel I decided I best wait to see what people were saying. Looking at it’s reviews and awards, at this point I still don’t think I want to read it. I may watch the movie though. Buy It Now

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendReleased about 4 years ago this book made a big splash with it’s controversial subject matter. People were angry and offended that a book would designate someone an “ugly fat friend.” Despite knowing this book existed I never really thought of it as one that I NEEDED to pick up. It has always remained on my to buy list (the list that starts my TBR list) but hasn’t made it much further than that. With the movie releasing Feb 20th 2015 I feel like this book deserves my attention before the movie so it will be bumped. Welcome to my TBR list Kody Keplinger. Buy It Now

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

Set to be released March 4th 2016 is Random Rigg’s “Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children.” What makes me most excited about this book is the fact that it is being directed by Tim Burton. With Burton as the director, and the original being as creepy as it looks, I feel like this film has great potential.

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Noteworthy upcomings with little information:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – 2016

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – 2016

Wither by Lauren Destefano – 2016

The Diviners by Libba Bray – 2017

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – 2017

Matched by Ally Condie – 2016

Books that are upcoming that need no introduction:

Mockingjay Part 1 – 3rd movie to the Hunger Games series (Nov 21 2014)

Mockingjay Part 2 – 4th movie to the Hunger Games series (Nov 2015)

Insurgent – 2nd movie to the Divergent trilogy (March 2015)