New Still of Thomas from ‘The Maze Runner’

Here’s a brand new still of Thomas from The Maze Runner. The film is based on the bestselling young-adult post-apocalyptic novel by James Dashner and hits theaters September 19, 2014.

thomas_maze_runnerHere’s a Tweet from the official Maze Runner Twitter account:

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New ‘Divergent’ Behind-The-Scenes Still With Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller

Check our this new behind-the-scenes still from the set of ‘Divergent‘ showing Shailene Woodley (Beatrice Prior) and Miles Teller (Peter Hayes) fighting. Divergent, based on the bestselling novel by Veronia Roth, is available on DVD / Blu-Ray on August 5th. The second book is the series, Insurgent, is currently being filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. The Insurgent movie is set to hit theaters March 20th, 2015.

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Thanks to PagetoPremire

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New ‘The Giver’ Footage Appears in OneRepublic’s “Ordinary Human” Music Video

If you want to see new footage from The Giver, then check out OneRepublic’s new music video for “Ordinary Human” below! The Giver is based on the bestselling young adult novel by Lois Lowry.

THE GIVER SYNOPSIS:

The haunting story of THE GIVER centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. THE GIVER is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

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Stuff Young Adult Readers Say — Part 1

This Is Teen created this hilarious (and spot-on!) new video called ‘Stuff YA Readers Say.’ I think anyone who reads young adult novels can relate to most—if not all—of these. Enjoy!

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Do You Have This Book Nerd Problem?

The folks over at Epic Reads created this funny video that I think all us book nerds can related to. Amiright? What are your other book nerd problems? Do you forget to eat because you’re caught up in a great read? Get burnt at the beach because you lost track of time reading? Maybe you’re super protective of your books and get a little crazy if someone sets a drink within 100 feet of your favorite novel(s)?

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Veronica Roth Talks Final ‘Divergent’ Story ‘Four’ to THR!

Divergent series author Veronica Roth talked in-depth with THR about the final Divergent story, Four, and moving on.

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Here’s an excerpt:

Where did the idea for this new book, Four, come from?

It was originally intended to be a couple e-books that would be released in the lead-up to the release of Allegiant. But the stories ended up being very long, and I think everyone involved felt they could be something more than a couple e-books.

Had you always planned for Allegiant to be from both perspectives?

No, I really wanted to whole series to be just in Tris’ voice, actually. But when I wrote Allegiant, everything had become so much more complicated than I anticipated, so I really needed an additional perspective to take readers into the parts of the world that Tris wasn’t going to go into. And then there was this great opportunity to show Tris and Four experiencing the same thing and having different reactions, or experiencing different things and reacting to each other.

Read the entire interview here!

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Book Review for ‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass

Book Review for ‘The Selection’ by Kiera CassThe Selection by Kiera Cass
Series:
Published by HarperCollins on 2012-04-24
Genres: Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Royalty, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Synopsis

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The Selection by Kiera Cass is a fun, light read that I just didn’t connect with or fall in love with. I do plan to read the second book in this series, in hopes that I can find the connection, though. Some things I did like about this novel were the dress descriptions (some of them sounded absolutely enchanting), Aspen’s selflessness, and the kindness America showed toward her maids.

But I’m not going to beat around the bush here: I’m sick to death of protagonists who prattle on throughout the entire book about how plain they are in comparison to other girls, and how they’re nothing like other girls who wear makeup and style their hair and/or wear heels, etc., only to have various men fall in love with them. I get the message: Be yourself. Boys will like you if you be yourself. That’s great and all (and true), but there are ways to make characters be themselves that are so much stronger than having them continuously compare themselves to other characters and go on (and on and on and on) about how they’re oh-so-different from them, how they’re a special, unique snowflake. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve read a YA novel with a female protagonist who hasn’t mentioned that she’s oh-so-plain and doesn’t like the things normal girls do (like makeup or hair dye or dresses). There is nothing wrong with girls liking dresses and makeup, etc. And I get that this is a method of making your character stand out, seem special, but being “plain” is just getting really overdone.

Other than being kind to her maids and being able to sing, I can’t think of a personality trait of America’s that made her remotely interesting. And I feel like the parts where America hit and scolded Prince Maxon were awkwardly thrown in to make her seem all bad-ass and feisty, to blind readers from the fact that she’s quite whiny, meek and—dare I say it?—weak. (Still annoyed at how easily America backed down when she attempted to tell Prince Maxon about Celeste ripping her dress; she conveniently wasn’t so bold and feisty all of a sudden?) And I cannot stand when characters almost faint for no apparent reason. America is merely thinking about Aspen when she suddenly becomes overwhelmed and has to run from her room and attempt to make her way outside. When the guards stop her from going outside, she actually nearly faints. I have never in my life met a human being who faints as easily as the characters in YA novels do.

Though this novel is set in a dystopian world, you never actually feel like it is. Not a lot to say here except that I hope there’s more world-building in the second book. It was seriously lacking in this one.

The love triangle was . . . well, your typical YA love triangle. Nothing much to say here except that two gorgeous men are vying for plain ol’ America Singer’s love. The America Singer who prefers jeans to dresses, no makeup, and who feels above every other girl in The Selection because she didn’t change her hair color and because she chose to keep her makeup light and natural.Yup.

Maxon and Aspen. I prefer Aspen. Maxon bored me. My apologies, I meant Price Maxon. Anyway, I prefer a character who has suffered a little, who has depth and understands both the bad and good sides of life. Aspen just seemed more like a man, while Maxon reminded me of a little lost boy.

That brings me to the end of this review. These were my honest thoughts and hopefully I find time to read the second book in this series soon. I feel like I need to know that these characters get stronger and that the story gets richer.

Rating Report
Plot
3 Stars
Characters
2.5 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
Cover
4.5 Stars
Overall: 3.5
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7 Young Adult Quotes to Inspire You!

Here are seven quotes from young adult novels by Gayle Forman, Veronica Roth, Lauren Oliver and more that will inspire you.

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Hulu Will Air ‘Delirium’ Pilot Starting June 20th!

Beginning June 20th HULU will be playing the Delirium pilot! I am a HUGE fan of Lauren Oliver‘s Delirium series and am really excited for this.

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