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Jun 28,2011

Landmark from ‘Twilight’ movies destroyed in Forks

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A popular spot for “Twilight” fans to have their pictures taken in Forks is gone.

The façade of Forks High School came down this month as the building is demolished to make way for a new school.

The Peninsula Daily News reports a campaign to raise $287,000 to save the 86-year-old façade raised only a few thousand dollars. It was one site in the Olympic Peninsula town visited by fans of the teen vampire-romance books and movies.

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Jun 03,2011

Alternate Ending for ‘Eclipse': In Stephenie Meyer’s Words

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Twilight fans may be surprised to know that Stephenie Meyer at one point outlined an alternate ending for Eclipse, the third book in the series. At the time, Meyer explains that publishers worried the series would go stale if there were too many books so the plan was to cut it off at three.

While Meyer already had ideas about her characters’ stories well beyond a third book, she consented to work out an ending for Eclipse that would have brought the series to a close. In August of 2010, Stephenie gave an interview currently available on where she talked about the thought process that went into that alternate ending, but ultimately declined to give its major details.

That’s because she says there’s still a chance that she might write out the alternate ending and make it available for her fans. She’s just worried that fans will then see that ending as the real one and the book ending as fake, and she’s cautious about anything that would disrupt her story’s continuity for her fans. Here’s what she had to say about it.

“See if I tell them, I can’t write. And so that becomes…’cause then you’ve destroyed it. But um, there was a certain point in time not as much faith in the series and I was told to end it at three. And I’d never planned to do…you know I was…There were three books right? There were supposed to be three books and there was no idea of it going on, and in my head it was this long series. And so it was like: ‘No, we should end this.’ Because you know if you go on too long sometimes series lose their steam or whatever. And the story was just so wide open then. There was so much that wasn’t done and so to have ended it there, it would have had to be a radical ending. Um, radically different. There [were] some fantasy elements that I don’t think people would’ve seen coming. I don’t think they would have responded well. My mom hates it! Hates the ending. My sister was cool with it. And you know I could see that because there were things…Some people, the way they’re tied to the characters are dependent on certain aspects of those characters, and now I’m gonna sound really really bad but it messed with that for some people. But then once I started thinking about it I was really intrigued by that conversation. There was this really dramatic scene and Bella doesn’t know what’s going on and the visuals in it were really strong for me. And so then I wanted to write it. You know back when nobody cared about the books and I could do whatever I wanted, I was like Bree it was gonna be on the website. That was the plan all along. I would write up this alternate ending, but will people throw rocks at me if I write this? There’s a possibility! Oh and then people will think: ‘Oh this is the real ending and that’s the fake ending.’ When it’s not you know…this is just an alternate. This is the way it could’ve gone. But it didn’t and I like it better how it is.”

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Jun 02,2011

My Review of ‘Starcrossed’ By Josephine Angelini

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Here is my last review from the Dark Days of Supernatural that is coming out this summer. ‘Starcrossed’ by Josephine Angelini, if I were to sum up in one word I would say…interesting.

This not the first book I have read where the supernatural subject was demigods but this has certainly been entertaining. Its about a girl named Helen who does not know what she is until a certain family ‘The Delos’ comes to town. And the first time she meets Lucas Delos, she wants to kill him. And that my friends is where my word “interesting” comes to mind. When I first read the synopsis:

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

I was thinking about starcrossed lovers and then they are facing obstacles to be together, you know one of the typcial love stories. What I read is not what I expected AT ALL! Without giving any spoilers…yes..if you have read my reviews by now you will know I am known for not giving it away. ;-) I will say this story definitely had me interested to know where she is going with the story and how it will end up. As to how it will end up…I still don’t even know because this book left a major cliffy to make sure you keep on reading the next in the series. Opps I guess I did give something away. Sorry!

It’s like when you think you got the story figured out, you get thrown into another loop to try to figure out. I swear I am on mystery overload here and I am not sure if its good thing or bad thing. Then when you get to the ending, which is NOT the ending by the way only it is just the beginning and you question yourself if you caught all that?

The whole book YES I MEAN ALL 487 PAGES of it kept me on my toes as to wanting to know how it all turns out and hopefully all my questions I have formed in my mind gets answered. Yeah this book really did just remind me of the show ‘LOST’ where you get sucked in and soooo much stuff is happening and then you have questions you want answered and hope they get answered because of all the stuff that is going on which essentially feels like you are lost but your still there. You know what I mean?

Yeah so…Josephine…if you ever read my review please, please, don’t leave anything out when you conclude this series. Seriously because I am already DYING to read the next book. And if any of my readers of this site reads this book you will know EXACTLY what I mean! ;-)

You can buy your copy HERE

Jun 01,2011

My Review of ‘Hereafter’ by Tara Hudson

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I got to read another book from the Dark days of Supernatural and here is my take on ‘Hereafter’ by Tara Hudson.

First let me tell you what this book is about without spoiling it. It’s about a girl named Amelia who is dead. She doesn’t remember anything else about the life she had, her family, or even her last name. She has just been wandering around lost not communicating with humans or other ghost for years. One day changes all that when she meets a boy named Joshua.

Amelia finds Joshua drowning and dying in the river that she is near. She is trying to save him but doesn’t know how since she is a ghost. Even though Joshua is dying he can see her and by some miracle he survives. This book takes you on Amelia’s journey with Joshua who is the only person who has allowed her to feel something in all the years she has been dead.

This definitely is not a book just about discovery and love because there are also villains in the story that want to take everything away from Amelia including Joshua. But it takes us on her path of finding out the truth about herself. After reading this, I can say it has left me wanting more because there is so much that I still want to know because it hasn’t been made clear yet.

What I can say is that I was sucked in from the beginning till the end and I cannot wait for the next book in the series to see what will happen next with Amelia and Joshua. ;-)

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May 27,2011

My Review of “Die For Me”

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As I posted earlier about the books coming out this summer here, I decided to review another one I had read and hopefully I can tell you about some others later too.

If you liked ‘Twilight’ then you will like ‘Die For Me’ by Amy Plum. In some ways it really made me think of ‘Twilight’ but it was its own unique story.

Its about a girl named Kate who moves to Paris to live with her grandparents with her older sister Georgia because their parents died in a accident. Kate never believed that she would ever have a happy life again until she met Vincent. Vincent isn’t an ordinary boy and he isn’t even quite human. I know your probably wondering…what is he? Now did you really think I was gonna give that away. *tsk tsk* I will give you a hint he is not a vampire. ;-)

I will admit I read alot of supernatural books but this type of supernatural was a first. Now your probably wondering why I thought it reminded me of ‘Twilight’, there is a few examples I can give.

1. Kate is a girl who has what we would call an “old soul” who likes to read, doesn’t think she is pretty, basically reminding me of Bella.
2. Vincent comes with a family not blood related but they are really close and share common interest if you know what I mean like the Cullens and we have Ambrose who just makes me think Emmett and Gaspard that makes me think of Jasper.

Anywho…Kate is not sure if she could fall for Vincent and she knows there is something not right and when she find his obituary, she wants answers. But will learning the truth about Vincent and knowing what it is like to be a part of his world be enough for her to stay?

I thought that Amy wrote Kate’s character very realistic and didn’t just jump into that normal thing we see..they met, they fell in love, there was conflict, then happily ever after. Ok now that I wrote it down, it was somewhat like that but there was definite struggles in between. ;-)

I would definitely have to say because of the supernatural subject she chose, it definitely left me wanting to know more. But it is definitely a cute love story with its angst and conflict something definitely worth checking out especially if you loved reading ‘Twilight’ like me. ;-)

You can buy your copy HERE

May 24,2011

My Review of the Book ‘Divergent’

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As most of you all know by now ‘Divergent’ has been picked up by Summit Entertainment and the book only came out a couple of weeks ago. (If that’s any indication to go pick it up and give it a read, I don’t know what is. ;-)) I had a chance to read the book and since I was talking about Harper Collins books that were coming out for the summer here, I decided to give my take on it.

When I first read the synopsis, the first thing that popped into my head was this was going to be something similar to ‘The Hunger Games’. I mean you have a girl named Tris who lives in factions and doesn’t know anything outside of this like ‘THG’ you have Katniss who lived in districts. Both making a choice that would alter their lives forever so you can see why that was my first initial thought about the book. Boy was I ever wrong.

Veronica Roth has this way with her writing that she sucks you in like you are there facing the journey along with Tris. There are moments where you want to shout out because you are so happy with what just happened and at times you just want to cry or scream bloody murder. It’s always a great feeling when a book pulls you in like that and this book is 487 pages which I read in about a day. (Yeah I got sucked in alright! :-))

Without spoiling it too much…The story is about a girl who lives in factions but when she is of a certain age all the children must decide which faction they want to live their life in. She can choose to stay with her family (the faction she grew up in) or she can choose to go somewhere else. For Tris, she makes a choice that alters her for the rest of her life. It is a choice she is not sure if it was the right one or if it was the choice that needed to be done so she can understand what needs to be done in the future. *cues creepy music* Duh,Duh,Daaaaaahhhhh

I know I must seem real vague right now but when you read the book, I think you will be glad I decided to review this way. I know if I read any reviews that gave out to much detail it would spoil the journey you go on with Tris. And that in itself would take the fun out of why I suggest you read this book. All I will say is that I am *impatiently waiting* for next of this series because Veronica has me DYING to know what happens next. ;-)

And for those die hard romantics out there…yeah you…there is something in there for you as well. *winks*

You can buy your copy: HERE

May 23,2011

Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 2 Gets Official Release Date

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This just in from Little Brown:

Yen Press, the graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced that it will publish the eagerly-awaited second volume in the graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight on October 11, 2011. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 will be released as an e-book and in hardcover for $19.99 ($22.99 CAN) with a first printing of 350,000 copies.

A visually arresting retelling of the story that has captured the hearts and minds of countless fans, Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2 contains selected text from Meyer’s original novel with illustrations by the talented Korean artist Young Kim. Kim’s unique artistic style which combines Asian and Western comic techniques are showcased in this black-and-white graphic novel with color interspersed throughout. Meyer consulted throughout the artistic process and had input on every panel.

“Knowing how beautifully Young Kim rendered the Twilight universe in the first volume, I couldn’t wait for this next one,” remarked Meyer. “Her illustrations of characters and settings gorgeously capture the world and are very close to what I saw in my mind’s eye while writing Twilight.”

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May 18,2011

‘Speak’ Becomes an E-Book

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Since it was first published in 1999 by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak has reached millions of readers. Now Macmillan is hoping to attract millions more with the digital debut of Speak and the release of a new paperback edition from Square Fish. Twelve years after its debut, with more than 2.5 million copies sold, a 2005 movie adaptation starring Kristen Stewart, and after being translated into 20 languages, the novel still speaks just as loudly now as it did then.

“The release of the ebook is an exciting milestone for Speak,” says Anderson. “A new generation of readers is discovering the story for the first time. A new generation of parents is realizing the power of the book to start conversations and strengthen their families. I am thrilled and honored that Speak will continue to help teens find their voices, and help adults understand the need to listen, when kids speak up.”

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May 13,2011

The Dark Days of Supernatural

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Do you crave the dark world of paranormal romance, supernatural thrillers, and otherworldly mysteries? Well Harper Collins has announce the release of their new summer series, the Dark Days of Supernatural which includes 7 new books from 7 authors.


Author: Aprilynne Pike

Synopsis: “I don’t do patrols, I don’t go hunting, I just stick close to you. You live your life. I’ll keep you safe,” Tamani said, sweeping a lock of hair from her face. “Or die trying.”
Laurel hasn’t seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.
But just as life returns to normal, Laurel realizes that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.

Book Excerpt: HERE


Author: Veronica Roth

Synopsis: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

Book Excerpt: HERE


Author: Amy Plum

Synopsis: My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.
Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.
Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.
Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.
While I’m fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family’s—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

Book Excerpt: HERE


Author: Ellen Schreiber

Synopsis: The morbidly monotonous Dullsville has finally become the most exciting place on earth now that Raven is madly in love with her hot vampire boyfriend, Alexander, and a crew of vampires has taken residence in Dullsville’s old mill. Raven discovers Jagger’s plan to open a new club, the Crypt, right here in Dullsville. But is it her dream come true or her worst nightmare? Raven and Alexander have to figure out what the nefarious vampire has in store for Dullsville’s teen and vampire population. Can Raven convince Jagger to listen to her plans to make the Crypt the morbidly magnificent dance club it could be? Will it be safe for mortals and vampires alike?
And as Sebastian and Luna’s relationship heats up, Raven wonders about her own amorous fate: Will Alexander ever turn her? Does he crave her and does he want to spend eternity together? And what does she really want?
With cryptic secrets and cravings, this eighth installment in the Vampire Kisses series is a romantic and mysterious thrill ride.

Book Excerpt: HERE


Author: Kim Harrison

Synopsis: I’m Madison Avery, in charge of heaven’s hit squad . . . and fighting it all the way.
When Madison died the night of her prom, she knew her life would never be the same. Now she has a powerful amulet, a team of rogue angels by her side, and the ability to flash forward into the future to see the shape of destiny. And of course, now she’s finally with Josh—a perfect boyfriend who doesn’t even mind that she’s dead.
But being dead has its disadvantages, too. Madison feels caught between the light and the dark, and between her real life and her timekeeper status. When Madison has the opportunity to get her body back—to be alive again—she faces her most difficult decision yet. If she claims it, she could return to being a normal girl—and have a chance at a real relationship with Josh. But would having the one thing she wants most in the world also mean giving up everything she’s worked so hard for?

Book Excerpt: HERE


Author: Josephine Angelini

Synopsis: How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Book Excerpt: HERE


Author: Tara Hudson

Synopsis: Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.

Book Excerpt: HERE

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May 05,2011

Top 10 Baby Names for 2011: Inspired by ‘Twilight’ and ‘Teen Mom’

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Phenomena such as Twilight and Teen Mom have shown the true, semi-shocking breadth of their influence in the government’s analysis of baby-naming last year.

Isabella and Jacob, names of the female protagonist and her handsome werewolf from Twilight, reign supreme on the list for the second straight year. (Sorry, Team Edward.) True, Twilight’s Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner — i.e. the first actor you think of when wondering whose abs you could do your laundry on — isn’t entirely responsible for the popularity of the name. We know this because that appellation has been in the Top 10 for the past 12 years, but this is only Isabella’s second year to make the cut in recent history, arguably courtesy of author Stephenie Meyer.

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