Daily (or not-so-daily) Discovery

Gravity (The Taking, #1)
Gravity by Melissa West
Release Date: August 14th 2012
In the future, only one rule will matter: Don’t. Ever. Peek. 

Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed--arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die. 

Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know--especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

What's Left of Me (Hybrid, #1)
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18th 2012
NEVER LET ME GO meets HIS DARK MATERIALS in a beautiful, haunting YA debut, the first book in The Hybrid Trilogy. 

Eva and Addie live in a world where everyone is born with two souls, but where only the dominant one is allowed to survive childhood. Fifteen years old, and closer even than twins, the girls are keeping Eva, the ‘second soul’, a secret. They know that it’s forbidden to be hybrid, but how could they ever be apart? 

When a dramatic event reveals what really happens to hybrids if they are discovered, Eva and Addie face a dangerous fight for survival, neither wanting to be the one left behind…

On the Island
On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
Release Date: October 11th 2011
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

Anew (The Archers of Avalon, #1)
Anew by Chelsea Fine
Release Date: December 7th 2011
Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery...until she met a boy with a familiar voice. 

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet's determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he's kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer. 

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet's world becomes even more muddled. While she's instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she's impossibly drawn to Tristan--and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past...might just be the death of her. 


Story time: 2012, The Year of Books-to-Movies Adaptations?

You know what I realized while surfing the internet for good movies coming out this year? I realized that 2012 might actually be the year of the book-to-movie adaptations.

The amount of book-to movie-adaptations coming out this year is mind-blowing! Maybe it's just me but I never realized how many books are actually turned into movies. Am I right? Is this the year of the books-to-movies? Or have they always been this many and am I just now realizing it? I decided to make a list just so we can figure it out together (and maybe even stare awe-struck and open-mouthed at it).

*The titles link to Goodreads

1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close   

2. The Hunger Games
 The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)   

And here's a trailer I just had to post. Harvard Lampoon is releasing a book called The Hunger Pains: A Parody on February 7, which is, you guessed it, a parody of The Hunger Games. And this is the trailer that goes with it.

3. The Lucky One
The Lucky One

4. What to Expect When You're Expecting 
What to Expect When You're Expecting 

5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 2
Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)
6. Life of Pi
Life of Pi

7. The Hobbit
The Hobbit   

8. The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby   

9. I, Alex Cross
I, Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #16)

11. The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

12. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The Perks of Being a Wallflower

 So, there are at least 12 book-to-movie adaptations coming out in 2012. Some (like The Maze Runner) I left out because I wasn't sure whether they would actually be released in 2012. And I might have even forgotten a few.

So what do you think, is 2012 the year of the books-to-movies adaptation?

Movie Madness!

I'm always looking for new movies to watch, either in the cinema or on DVD. And I know, this isn't a book- related post, but then again, this blog isn't just a book blog. I just thought I'd share a few movies with you which have come out or are coming out this year that look really promising.  I'm really drooling over these movies. Care to join me?

Dun dun dun dun (suspense)

OK, so there is:

Underworld: Awakening (Release Date: 20 January 2012)
Underworld: Awakening Poster
I've been dying to see this movie ever since I've heard that it was in the works. Actually I wanted to see it even before that. Come on, these movies (four, if you count this one) are about vampires and werewolves and they're dressed in leather (or at least the lead is). But seriously, that's not why I like them. I like them because they're action-packed, they have an actual good story and Kate Beckinsale has done an amazing job of portraying a strong, kick-ass vampire with a good heart. (Whether it's beating or not is another matter).

The Vow (Release Date: 10 February 2012)
The Vow Poster

This movie stars Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. You might know Channing from movies such as Step Up, She's the Man and Dear John. And Rachel played the leading lady in the world-renowned The Notebook. She also starred in The Family Stone, Red Eye,The Time Traveller's Wife and other movies.  I honestly think she's an amazing actress. I've loved every movie I watched that had her in it and the plot of this one, while simple, intrigues me. I mean, a couple that gets into a car accident which leads to the woman losing 5 years of her memory. The exact 5 years that she's known her husband. What happens now?  While the trailer gave me an idea, I just have to see the whole movie!

The Hunger Games (Release Date: 23 March 2012)
The Hunger Games Poster

I heard about this movie before I'd even read the books. I knew that the books were big hits and I had wanted to read them years ago, but for some reason I didn't come around to it. But when I realized that there would be a movie (or movies, if everything goes well), I all but ran to read the books. I guess I'd always known I'd love them and I wanted to read them before seeing this movie. And now the movie's almost here! And it looks epic!

The Lucky One (Release Date: 20 April 2012)
The Lucky One Poster

This movie is actually based on a book by Nicholas Sparks of the same title. The funny thing is that I've had this book for a while, but when I watched the trailer I couldn't place it immediately, since I haven't read the book yet. Which is a shame, because it sounds really interesting. It's about a U.S. marine who finds a picture of a woman in the rubble while on duty in Iraq. And when certain things happen, he starts to believe that the picture brings him luck, even going so far as to keeping him safe. And...and afterwards he goes back to America to find this mysterious woman, his lucky charm. Isn't it romantic? Take one good look at the picture for this movie. Why, it's Zac Efron! So do I want to see this movie? Yes, I think so. And guess what, Zac is not the main reason.

What to Expect When You're Expecting (Release Date:18 May 2012)
What to Expect When You're Expecting Poster

I love kids. While I don't have them yet, I do want them someday. But that's not why I want to see this movie. What made me want to see this is that it looks hilarious. And realistic. And with actors like Cameron Diaz and Chris Rock on the scene I have no doubt that I'm going to enjoy this movie.

Brave (Release Date: 22 June 2012)
Brave Poster

This is actually a Disney Pixar movie. I love Disney Pixar. They brought me movies like Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars and Up. And a movie about a girl who defies the expectations of those around her to become the person she wants to be? Oh yes, I'm there.

Are you excited? I know I am.

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