Hollywood is still enamored with book adaptations and there are a slew of them to look forward to this fall. This week we got the first look at the trailers for two highly anticipated adaptations: GONE GIRL and IF I STAY.
Gone Girl is based on Gillian Flynn’s 2012 runaway bestseller. The film adaptation stars Ben Affleck, Rosalind Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sela Ward. The trailer hit the Internet today. Let’s take a look:
This is a David Fincher directed film based on a favorite book, and starring Ben Affleck – I’m pretty confident I’ll see this one opening weekend. Look for Gone Girl to hit the big screen October 3. I highly suggest you pick up the book first! I hear Gillian Flynn wrote a whole new ending for the movie- wow!
If I Stay is based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 book, and the movie trailer debuted on MTV today. If I Stay stars Chloe Moretz, Mireille Enos, and Jamie Blackley. Here’s the trailer:
If I Stay is directed by R.J. Cutler and from what I’ve seen from photos so far the casting looks pretty great. (And the trailer gave me chills) The book If I Stay is one of the first books that got me hooked on YA back in 2009 so I really hope the movie does the book justice.
Look for If I Stay to hit the big screen August 22. Bring tissues! And read the amazing book first to see why you need to bring the tissues.
Happy Book Birthday to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s DON’T LOOK BACK!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense novel coming to you from Disney Hyperion.
I don’t read a lot of mystery, but the DLB synopsis calls out to me, and I may already have this book on my library hold list. It has a big mystery with a twist, amnesia/ unreliable narrator, and romance. And Armentrout’s books are so addictive that doesn’t hurt either.
Today I have an excerpt to share to give you a little taste of DON’T LOOK BACK:
I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or
friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.
Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,
wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.
Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as
sharp gravel dug into my feet.
My bare feet?
I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.
Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t
wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of
My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I
stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.
Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.
Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.
Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails
were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my
chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale
flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to
remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.
A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of
my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly
scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S
Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.
The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on
his shoulder before he looked at me.
“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a
deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high
school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said
gently. “Are you okay?”
I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the
motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”
“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer
about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing
“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.
His smile strained. “What’s your name?”
My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his
question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”
He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”
I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.
And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.
“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my
arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”
Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the
Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police
cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and
wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.
Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.
“Everything’s going to be okay.”
But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could
everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?
ABOUT DON’T LOOK BACK:
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews
“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Are you as excited as I am to read this book? If you’ve already read it, what did you think?
Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re talking about all the Bookish Things (that aren’t books) that we want to own! This was a fun exercise, because I’m usually just all about the books. I found lots of great gift ideas though!
1. E-Reader cover - It’s hard to find vegan e-reader covers, and I love the one I have, but can’t help but be tempted by this pretty one. Source
2. Bookshelves - This Stacked Teacup Bookcase is fun. Source
3. Book Jewelry - This shop has a lot of cute bookshelf necklaces! Source
4. Book Mug - A banned books coffee mug! Source
5. Book Stationery - Lots of great literary greeting cards! Source
6. Book Art - This would be great in a child’s bedroom, or in my own library of course. Source
7. Book Accessories - How handy is this Personal Library Kit? Source
8. Book Bag - Lots of great literary tote bags can be found here, like this Little Women bag. Source
9. Phone Case - Vintage library card inspired case! Source
10. Reading Lamp - Love this book rest reading lamp. There are lots of other great bookish items at the LAPL store. Source
What are the bookish items you have your eye on?
Mailbox Monday is a weekly event where we share our latest book arrivals. Link up and find new mailboxes to stalk at the Mailbox Monday blog!
Well, time flies and we are already halfway through April. This week I have jury duty, it’s tax week, I’m in spring cleaning mode, and I’m unfortunately in a mini reading rut. (I blame Gilmore Girls, my current TV addiction)
Here’s my week in books:
Pointe by Brandy Colbert – I really need to have Ballet week for all of these ballet books I’m acquiring! Pointe is about dance, eating disorders, and a mysterious abduction. And it sounds intense, and everyone’s raving about it!
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran – A coming of age novel set in the 90s about a teen who reinvents herself with a new persona and a job as a rock journalist.
Rumble by Ellen Hopkins - Hopkins tackles religion in her latest – an atheist falls for a Christian girl, and is mourning his brother’s death.
The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher by Dana Alison Levy – This MG book is about a big family that includes two dads, four adopted boys and lots of pets.
We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt – This book is about sisters and secrets!
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier – Born Confused first came out in 2002 and it’s coming back with a new cover to go with the forthcoming sequel Bombay Blues. Looks like a good coming of age.
Summer State of Mind by Jen Calonita, audiobook performed by Eileen Stevens – This is a summer camp story and companion novel to Sleepaway Girls. Thanks Audiobook Jukebox and Blackstone Audio!
What’s new in your mailbox?
Better Nate Than Ever is a charming and laugh out loud funny debut from Tim Federle. I bought a copy of this book for my nephew recently and thought it looked so good I had to pick up a copy for myself too. Federle draws from his own Broadway experience to tell the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who runs away to New York to pursue his acting dreams.
Book: Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle, Simon & Schuster Audio, May 2013
Book Info: Audiobook borrowed from Overdrive’s eMedia Library. Running time: 5 hrs, 54 mins. Read by: Tim Federle. Also available in e-book or paperback, 304 pages from Simon & Schuster.
The Playbook: Thirteen-year-old Nate lives in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, and dreams of starring on Broadway. He gets his chance to sneak away and audition for E.T. the Musical on Broadway, with a little help from his friend Libby. The author talks about the inspiration for the book here:
Nate the Great – I loved how Nate is so brave to go after what he wants! The parent in me was scared to death of him traveling to NYC all by himself, but the kids got guts. One of the scenes that had me laughing out loud is when Nate read all the parts in E.T. the Musical for his Elliot audition.
Empire State of Mind – Nate feels right at home in New York, and is taken in by the cheap pizza and clothing stores, and the multitude of cupcake shops. And Broadway of course! Federle really makes you feel that love at first sight emotion Nate feels about New York.
Supporting Characters - Nate goes to his first acting audition ever and meets all types of child actors, stage moms and snooty casting professionals.
We are Family - Nate’s family includes his parents, older brother, and estranged aunt. Nate’s family aren’t really supportive of his acting bug, hence the running away to New York. Their story evolves throughout the book though, and I’m interested to see how the family supports Nate going forward.
Questioning - Nate is bullied at school by kids calling him homophobic names. I like what Nate has to say about his sexuality, and that he’s still figuring things out:
(My sexuality, by the way, is off-topic and unrelated. I am undecided. I am a freshman at the College of Sexuality and I have undecided my major, and frankly don’t want to declare anything other than “Hey, jerks, I’m thirteen, leave me alone. Macaroni and cheese is my favorite food – how would I know who I want to hook up with?”)
Screenplay – Tim Federle writes such a fun story and makes Nate so endearing. There are recurring jokes, highs and lows in the audition process, travel, money, clothing and cell phone woes, and heartwarming surprises. The book is consistently entertaining, and Federle has a witty and strong voice.
Voice Acting– Author Tim Federle also performs this audiobook and does a bang-up job. It makes sense that he’s such a natural considering his theater background, and he really brings the story to life. Federle uses different voices for all the many characters and makes the story even more hilarious. Federle brings a great energy to the story with his performance. This would be a fun book to listen to on a family road trip too. Listen to a sample:
Encore! - The Better Nate Than Ever series continues with Five, Six, Seven, Nate, available now. I can’t wait to read it!
Curtain Call: Read Better Nate Than Ever if you like: musical theater, New York, middle grade books, and you love to laugh.
Attention audiobook fans! May 15th is the kick-off for SYNC Summer 2014! We are almost one month out! For 12 weeks every summer, SYNC offers 2 FREE YA and Classic audiobook downloads, including a current title paired with a related classic title that may even be on your summer reading list.
This is a wonderful program sponsored by Audiofile Magazine and the audiobook publishers to introduce the joys of listening to the YA audience. I know I’ve said this before, but this program is one of the reasons I’m hooked on audiobooks.
The audiobooks are in MP3 format so they work for both Mac and PC. All you need is Overdrive Media Console to download and your favorite listening device. Each download will be available for 7 days so don’t miss out! After you download the audiobooks though you can listen to them at your leisure.
I recommend you text syncya to 25827 now so you are all set to receive alerts when the latest titles go live. Read more about the program at SYNC.
There are some really great titles to look forward to this year!
May 15 – May 21
WARP: THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer, Narrated by Maxwell Caulfield (Listening Library)
THE TIME MACHINE by H.G. Wells, Narrated by Derek Jacobi (Listening Library)
May 22 – May 28
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge, Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden (Harper Audio)
OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, Performed by Michael Sheen and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)
May 29 – June 4
CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, Narrated by Emma Galvin (Hachette Audio)
THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Richard E. Grant (Harper Audio)
June 5 – June 11
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill, Narrated by Meredith Mitchell (Tantor Audio)
JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare, Performed by Richard Dreyfuss, JoBeth Williams, Stacy Keach, Kelsey Grammer, and a full cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
June 12 – June 18
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein, Narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell (Bolinda Audio)
THE HIDING PLACE by Corrie Ten Boom, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill, Narrated by Bernadette Dunne (christianaudio)
June 19 – June 25
I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by Ally Carter, Narrated by Renée Raudman (Brilliance Audio)
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery, Narrated by Colleen Winton (Post Hypnotic Press)
June 26 – July 2
FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK by Matthew Quick, Narrated by Noah Galvin (Hachette Audio)
OCTOBER MOURNING: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Lesléa Newman, Narrated by Emily Beresford, Luke Daniels, Tom Parks, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Christina Traister (Brilliance Audio)
July 3 – July 9
TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)
July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio)
July 17 – July 23
THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)
July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)
July 31 – August 6
DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy, Narrated by Andrew Eiden (Scholastic Audio)
THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE by Stephen Crane, Narrated by Frank Muller (Recorded Books)
August 7 – August 13
LIVING A LIFE THAT MATTERS by Ben Lesser, Narrated by Jonathan Silverman and Ben Lesser (Remembrance Publishing)
THE SHAWL by Cynthia Ozick, Narrated by Yelena Shmulenson (HighBridge Audio)
You can even preview samples of the titles with this handy Soundcloud playlist:
Which titles are you most excited for? Happy listening!
Hey, New Adult fans! I’m happy to tell you about a new book arriving this June. Make It Count by Megan Erickson is the first book in the Bowler University series and is a humorous romance about a girl who falls for her math tutor.
Check out the cute & sassy cover of Make It Count:
About Make It Count:
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.
Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…
But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.
Make It Count excerpt:
Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.
“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.
She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.
She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.
Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.
His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”
Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”
His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.
But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”
See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”
He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”
Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.
About the Author:
MEGAN ERICKSON grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.