Review: Native Son by Richard Wright

Synopsis: Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic. Set in Chicago in the 1930s, Wright's powerful novel is an unsparing reflection on the poverty and feelings of hopelessness experienced by people in inner cities across the country and of what it means to be black in America. Source

Plot: I had to read this book for school, so I didn't pick this off of the shelf out of interest. That doesn't mean I wasn't riveted by this book. I have to talk about the controversy behind this book. My school board voted for the unabridged version and that created some parents to get other parents to have their kids read another type of book. (The alternative was A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.) The unabridged version of the book has certain scenes that were cut out in the abridged version. I am glad that we read the unabridged version because you weren't blinded from anything. You had all the facts laid out in front of you and you made you decision on whether or not you like Bigger Thomas. The abridged version might have wavered those feelings. The plot did cultivate discussions throughout my class and created the classic topic of race. Along with race, the novel deals with poverty, murder, rape, and prison. The plot was definitely unique, but was graphic as well as frustrating.

Characters: Bigger Thomas-I hate him. I could never like him and it was hard to get through the book when you didn't even like the main character. There is no way I can think of him as a protagonist because he never did anything good. He used people, hurt people, killed people, and only thought of himself. Even in the ending, he twisted his reasoning around to make sense of what he had done. I couldn't believe how ignorant he was to not only what he had done, but to his and others beliefs.

Cover: I wish the book had more details than just Bigger. On the shelf, I would have skimmed over it without a second thought. I guess this book doesn't need an interesting cover because it is a classic.

Overall Rating: I gave this book a three out of four. This book is a classic and I have to commend Wright for the spectacular writing style and development of the book. I always say this, if you can make me hate the person who it is intended for, you have a talent. It takes a lot to make someone completely hate a fictional character, so when it is done, this book deserves commending. It is a great book to have for a school or book club because it arises controversial topics in a stylish way. I recommend anyone looking for a good classic read to read this.
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Review: Prom (2011)

Synopsis: Intersecting stories unfold as high-school seniors prepare for their prom. Source

Plot: Disney has pleased me with this movie. I wasn't expecting real teenage drama in the movie. I loved that it wasn't all happy go-lucky the whole time, even though Disney did give us it's sort of predictable "everything goes wrong and then it turns out spectacular" plot line. However, the actors were entertaining and had small quirks to keep you smiling through the whole thing. The plot line was a little corny at some points, where you knew this had to be a PG movie, but they did have to play it safe because of that. I liked the fresh faces for most of the cast and can't wait to see more of them.

Actors: Aimee Teegarden (Nova Prescott)-I loved her. She did play the all-around good girl, but she was a strong presence. She grew throughout the movie and played with the right emotions. I haven't seen her in anything else, so I can't compare her to past works. However, she is in Scream 4 from what I hear, so check her out. I do think she's got great potential though and she gives a great performance in here.
Thomas McDonell (Jesse Richter)-He was good about being the rebel. I did like him because it wasn't the obvious bad boy. He had reasons and a background for his behavior. He didn't play coy with his feelings for Nova and that was a nice progression to see throughout the film. Again, I haven't seen much of him either, but he is another actor to watch out for.

Poster: The poster reminds me of a 80s teenage film. It is so beautiful and puts most of the key points of the film into the poster. Your eyes see the feet, but you forget about the little pictures and don't see what some characters are wearing to prom and so on. One of the best posters I've seen this year.

Overall Rating: I give this movie a three out of four. It was a great film and a new development from Disney. I'll suggest anyone who wants a good summer film or cheesy romance to go see this. It was corny and predictable in a few areas, but was very enjoyable.
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Trailer

Can't wait to see this at the midnight premiere!
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Vampire Diaries--Season 2, Episode 20: "The Last Day"

We open up with Elijah discussing with Stefan and Elena about how the curse will be broken. If Klaus goes through with breaking the curse, Klaus will be a true hybrid. He only has the vampire part of him right now. Elijah reveals that Klaus has to drink he blood of a doppelganger until her death. Elijah has a potion for Elena to drink. She will die, but be brought back.

Elijah asks why Elena wants to do this. She replies that Klaus will hurt people if she doesn't sacrifice herself. Jenna tries to hurt Alaric with a crossbow because she thinks he is still Klaus. He tells her about their first night together which causes her to believe it is really him.

Tyler visits his mom in the hospital after he hears that she has had a terrible accident. Got to say I'm excited he's back! Matt is still spazzing out that Caroline is a vampire. I have a bet with a friend that she will stay with I'm regretting my side. Matt and Caroline's mom try to work through what to do, but Caroline's mom tells him she shouldn't have brought him into it and tells him that she will handle it.
Damon tells Elena that he seems to have no say in the decision of her sacrificing herself. He tells her that he can't lose her and Elena reassures him that he won't. Before Elena can leave, Damon vamps out and forces Elena to drink his blood. Stefan attacks Damon after finding out what he had done and Damon essentially stabs him. Jenna, Alaric, and Elena nurse Stefan back into health after Elijah tells Damon that the elixir is now useless and Elena will not forgive him anytime soon.

Tyler and Jules run into Caroline. Caroline and Tyler talk about how they each are and why Tyler never said goodbye to her. They each are knocked unconcious by Klaus' witch and warlock.

Damon and Alaric run into Klaus. Klaus threatens Damon to not do anything he'll regret. Damon tries the charm with "postponing" Klaus' sacrifice. Klaus tells him that he has his witch, his vampire, and his wolf. All he needs now is the doppelganger and the sacrifice will happen that night.

Stefan takes Elena to a waterfall and tries to talk to her about her having her last day as a vampire. Say what? Damon goes to Alaric's to try and kill Klaus' wolf. Katherine reveals to him that Klaus nabbed Caroline and Tyler for his vampire and wolf, and locked them up in the tomb.

Stefan tells Elena that the worst part of being a vampire is getting out of control and that he's still trying to deal with it. Klaus asks Katherine what she has been doing with compulsion, but gets nothing from her. Klaus asks Katherine to take off her bracelet and to go walk over to the window in stand in the sunlight where she burns. Klaus tells her to get out of the sunlight, relieving the thought she might be lying about being compelled.
Damon is attacked by a warlock when he tries to go to the tomb, but is saved by...Matt? Matt tells Damon that he wants to help Caroline because he loves her. Damon knocks him out with his gun.

Caroline tells Tyler about the curse and what Klaus will do to them. Tyler tells Caroline that Jules helped Tyler come to terms with what he was and none of it matters now. Caroline confronts him about why he did not say goodbye. Tyler replies that she hated him and deserved better than him. Caroline reassures him that she doesn't hate him. Damon saves the day and Tyler is told that Matt knows about Caroline being a vampire.

Elena tells Stefan that she doesn't want to be a vampire and that she's too young to know what she wants to do. Klaus is ready to take Elena when Stefan and her get home. Elena tells him that he doesn't need to get hurt. They both say their 'I love yous' and a meaningful kiss before Elena goes off with Klaus. Stefan tells Damon that Klaus took Elena.

Tyler starts to go through the transformation, where he almost attacks Caroline and Damon. Damon stays with Tyler to watch over them while Caroline and Matt get away.

Klaus gives Elena to a witch and realizes Damon was invited in. Klaus tries to push Damon with talking about his feelings towards Elena. Klaus shows Damon that he captured Jules just in case one of the Salvatore brothers rescues Caroline and Tyler. Klaus tricked Damon into coming for him to be his back-up vampire.

Caroline and Matt get into Tyler's family cellar to protect themselves. Elena goes into the sacrifical circle where she finds Jenna who is going through the transition of becoming a vampire, where she will be the back-up vampire instead. Katherine asks Damon what is on his hand and reveals that it is a werewolf bite.

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Wanted Wednesdays: Torment (Fallen #2) by Lauren Kate *Q&A with Lauren Kate*

Hell on earth. That's what it's like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts - immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students -Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.

At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn't told her everything. He's hiding something - something dangerous. What if Daniel's version of the past isn't actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else? The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series . . . where love never dies. Source

I read Fallen, the first installment in the series and I was hooked. I wanted more after it ended, but my sequel curse prevailed for this series too. I can never get my hands on the sequels in the series. The third, fourth, even the seventh, I can get easily, but first...forget it! Anyways, I need to get my hands on Torment. My friend had read it and can not stop gushing over it. Me being the hopeless romantic, I need to see what happens between Daniel, Cam, and Luce! Of course, the mysteries and secrets too, but more romance...sign me up! The fallen angels' history is well thought and indepth where you know that Lauren Kate didn't just pick up some random myths she heard and thrusted them into the series. I love her development of each character and how not everything is a happy ending at the end of each book, but still have drama. She connects the books to one another and I really need the sequel! I can count the reasons as to why I need this book, but having it on here should show how much I want it!

I emailed Lauren Kate months ago asking for an interview. With her busy schedule, she couldn't respond to many emails, but she didn't leave me or anyone else empty handed. She sent out a mass email to her fans that sent her emails with questions people have asked. I'm glad to share her answers with you guys, but these do contain spoilers!


What drew you to the idea of fallen angels?
I’ve been writing love stories for as long as I’ve been writing. To me, the most complicated romances make the most interesting narratives, so I’m always looking for new obstacles to throw in my lovers’ paths. When I was getting my masters degree in fiction, I was studying biblical narratives and came across a line in Genesis (6:1-4), which describes a group of angels who fell in love with mortal women. Putting this reference together with a mention in Isaiah and another in Palsm 82, biblical scholars conclude that these angels were actually cast out of Heaven for their lust. Which means—you could say—that these angels chose love over Heaven. Isn’t that a great set up for an incredibly complicated romance? I started thinking about what kind of mortal girl it would take to attract an angel’s attention. And what it would be like for her to find herself in this position. What kind of baggage would an angel have? What would her very over-protective parents think? From there, this whole world unfurled in my head with fallen angels, demons, reincarnation, and the war between good and evil all battling for a piece of the action.

Who is Luce based on? What does she look like to you? Which character are you most like?
The physical traits of Luce (pronounced Loose) are based on my oldest, closest friend—the dark wavy hair, hazel eyes, tiny teeth, etc. When I first started writing her, I pulled some personality traits from this friend, but as I continued with her story, Luce veered away from my friend into an identity of her own. I share some traits with her—like her stubbornness and tendency to get swept away by romance. But if I had to which one I’m most like (though this is hard to imagine), I might be a crazy combination of Arriane and Penn.

As for the settings of the schools in the books, everything is fictional, but like the characters, they’re based on a compilation of things I’ve experienced.

Did you struggle in coming up with any of the characters?
Daniel was the most challenging, mainly because the full truth of his character has to come to light very slowly over the course of the entire series in order for the books to work. The reveal at the end of the first book was probably one that most readers saw is book about fallen angels after all! But there's a much bigger, game-changing reveal about Daniel to come later in the series. It's challenging for me to know what's coming and only be able to show the reader so much at this point. Daniel's character is difficult enough as it is! But I like to think of him as a work in progress, a developing story, and someone who, above all, knows Luce better than anyone else (including herself), and has her best interest at heart.

Who is the good and who is the bad guy? Why did these angels fall? Why did you kill Penn? What’s up with the Outcasts? Why did you end the book with so many unanswered questions??
That is the blessing and the curse of writing a series! I wish I could give you all the answers now, but please believe me that I have a reason for withholding some of the details! For those of you going crazy with questions—I promise, Passion is your book! It’s got all the juicy details in it! In the meantime, check out the Sword and Cross Case Files at to learn a little bit more about who's who.

How long do the books take you to write?
Because Luce’s story is so emotional and so intense, I like to “go there” with her and stay inside her head without coming up for too much air. I write fast and furious every day for about two months to get out a first draft. Then I take a break and usually go back for another month or two of heavy revision.

Do you have a playlist of songs for Fallen?
Not officially, but a few songs I listened to a lot as I was writing:
Drunken Angel by Lucinda Williams
You Look So Young by the Jayhawks
Not Dark Yet by Bob Dylan
The First Dance (the whole album) by Bridezilla.

I heart those of you who send me playlist suggestions, so feel free to pass them along.

How can I read those extra scenes from Fallen that I’ve heard other people talk about?I wrote six supplemental chapters to Fallen, which have been included in various editions of the paperback or the Torment hardcover, depending on where you buy your book. In the US, Barnes and Noble, Target, Walmart, Borders, and Amazon each include a different supplement. In the UK, Waterstones includes one in Torment, and in Australia, Big W includes one. For now, each supplement is only available through the bookstore/retailer who selected to publish it, but at some point down the road these excerpt will also be available all together either in an e-book or in a compilation book. I’m sorry if this is frustrating for some of you who want to read them all right now. But someday, I promise, they’ll all be available to everyone. J

What about your other book, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove?
Betrayal is my first novel and was as much of a guilty pleasure to write as I hope it is for people to read. It’s a dark, funny, gothic story about one girl’s twisted path towards Queen Bee-dom. It’s a Cruel Intentions meets Friday Night Lights meets MacBeth (told from Lady MacBeth’s point of view), set in the contemporary south. People read Fallen and they ask me whether I went to a school like Sword and Cross. Not even close! Actually, it’s the school in Betrayal that is a thinly veiled version of my utterly enormous and insanely Texan high school. All the things Natalie cares about in Betrayal are very close to my high school heart.

Like Fallen, Betrayal is richly southern gothic—Fallen is set in Savannah and Betrayal is set in Charleston, South Carolina—so the same sort of wonderfully oppressive southern scenes are important to both books. But where Luce is struggling to find her place in a new, unfamiliar school, Natalie is a girl at the top of her game—and she won’t let anything compromise that. Like every complex character, they both have some pretty remarkable skeletons in their closet. Natalie is a bit naughtier than Luce, but I imagine they would be friends. Actually, Nat’s kind of like a type-A version of Arriane.

No plans (yet) to write a sequel to Betrayal, but you never know!


Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
I've been writing stories since I was in middle school, so I love talking to people who are interesting in writing. One question I get often has to do with what to do when you get stuck, and the clearest advice I can give about that would be to look at the scene from a different angle and write through it. Say I'm trying to write a scene about two people having an argument at sunset and can't figure out how to make it interesting or fresh. Sometimes, when it takes me a while to get warmed up, I'll imagine how someone else--my husband, my best friend, someone I recently argued with--might see the same sunset. What would they notice about it that I wouldn't, or vice versa? Write a whole paragraph about the sunset instead of just a sentence. Then go back and look at what is strongest image you came up with. Which image reflects something new about your characters? Save that image, cut the rest. Eventually, those strong images will pop out first in your mind.

To those of you who are working on a novel or have finished one and are sending out your work: stick with it! I don’t think you can ever be too young (or too old!) to start sending out your work. In addition to Fallen, I have another novel I have been working on for eight years now and I know that someday I’m going to finish it! I couldn’t even begin to count how many rejection letters I’ve received over the years from agents, publishers, editors, and contest judges. What kept me writing was the support of other friends who are writers—and a dogged determination to someday get my writing published. There were times when I never thought it would happen, but now I’m so glad I kept writing. Find a writing-buddy, share your work, revise it over and over again, read it aloud, stay true to yourself and your voice, and don’t give up. An English or a Writing program are great ways to read widely and meet other writers. You can get a lot of great practice writing and revising in an academic program but I wouldn’t say the degrees you earn are necessary. If you’re looking for an agent, Writers Marketplace (the book) is a great place to start. There are also tons of publishing blogs out there with suggestions for agents. It’s mostly about finding someone whose tastes and sensibilities match yours.

To those of you who have asked, I’m sorry that I can’t agree to take a look at your own writing and offer feedback. I would love to have the time to do that, but I have to start working on my next book!!

And to anyone whose writing about angels, some of my favorite scholars are Harold Bloom, Jeffrey Burton Russell, Milton, and Dante. And of course the Bible and the extra biblical texts like the books of Enoch and the Dead Sea Scrolls.


When did you start writing?
I wanted to be a ballerina until about was about 15 and was told I didn’t have the right feet, ever since then, I’ve wanted to be a writer. When I was younger, I wrote often and across a lot of genres—poetry, songs, stories, lots and lots of diary writing. I started focusing mainly on fiction by the time I was in high school, and longer stories came more naturally to me than short stories. I majored in creative writing in college, and went on to get a masters degree in fiction—but I don’t think those things are necessary to being a good writer. Practice, curiosity, voracious reading, and diligence are more important than any degree. I finished writing my first novel right when I graduated college—but nothing ever happened with it. It look another six years before I had a book accepted for publication.

What are your favorite books?
I’ve always been a reader. I can’t go on vacation for a weekend without at least five books. Growing up, my favorite author was Roald Dahl, and I think I read each of his books ten times. My favorite children’s/YA writers are Lois Lowry, Frances Hardinge, Meg Rosoff, Maureen Johnson, Phillip Pullman, and John Green. A few of my favorite adult books are To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Can I get a signed copy of Fallen or Torment or an advance copy Passion?
I am sorry that I don’t have nearly enough books to send one to all of you who ask for them! I’m trying out a new service for autographed books so you are welcome to go to and order one. I also very much appreciate all of you who are interested in reviewing my books online and I encourage you to sign up for Random Buzzers on the Random House website to get on the mailing list for advance copies of their books. Maybe you’ll get a copy of Passion before it comes out! Email

How many Fallen books are you writing? What's the publishing plan for the series? When is the next book coming out?
Fallen is the first book in the four-book series—though Passion (the third book) will explain many of the things that have happened before the narrative of Fallen began. For those of you worried about the cliffhanger at the end of Torment—don’t! Passion picks up right where Torment left off. It’s told from both Luce and Daniel’s points of view and is going to be SO COOL. The final book, which I’m working on now is called Rapture. It brings back all the characters we’ve met over the course of the series and ends with a stunning climax.

Here’s the publication schedule for the final two books: Passion in the June 14, 2011, and a final book, Rapture, in the spring of 2012.

*The books are available in most bookstores, online, and also on Kindle and on audio! They audio version is really cool.

Will there be a movie?
The film rights for all four books were optioned by Disney/Mayhem Productions in December of last year. Mayhem is Disney edgier production company, for anyone who has concerns about Disney being purely for younger kids. I got to have lunch with the Disney people and they seem really excited about getting the movie going. I don’t have any new information yet, but hopefully there is more to come! I will keep you posted on my blog. For those who asked, I love Lucy Hale for Luce, Liam Hemsworth for Daniel, and Emma Stone for Arriane. (Also, there is no connection to the other movie called Fallen, which came out in 2008.)

Do you have any readings/signings coming up?
My US tour in June will take me to Miami, San Francisco, Dallas and Atlanta (details/dates/stores coming soon on my blog). I’ll be in Singapore and Manila in July, Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, and also Auckland NZ) in August, Brazil and the UK in September! Check back on my site for updates.

I am keeping track of the places where readers are asking me to visit, so keep asking! Someday I would love to be able to make it to your neck of the woods.

Follow me on twitter for more updates: @laurenkatebooks

Tell me more about the cover art! Where can I buy that dress!
Many people have asked about my involvement in the cover art. I actually had nothing to do with it (which is a lucky thing for all of us)—and no, I am not the girl on the cover! She’s a model from Brazil (though I don’t know her name), the artist’s name is Fernanda Brusi Goncalves, and the cover was designed by a very talented team of designers at Random House. I did a little grateful grovel when I finally got to meet them a few months ago. I’m sorry I don’t know who designed the dress, though I’ve been told Morgan LaFaye has a very similar one in her wedding collection (which also comes in black!).

When my editor first emailed me a jpeg of this art, it took me about thirty seconds to wrap my mind around someone else’s image of the world and Luce’s character, but quickly after that, I fell in love with it. I had the same reaction to the Torment and the Passion cover. And I want all of the dresses!

Hope you enjoyed the Q&A Lauren gave us!

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The Gathering Review

"Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home- and her reactions to them are somewhat. . .unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy- her paw-print birthmark."

Once I found out that Kelley Armstrong was going on with her Darkest Power series, I was so excited. Then I found out that there was totally new characters, and I was doubtful. But she did not disappoint.

Plot: Overall, I really liked the plot. It didn't really get anywhere, and absolutely no questions were answered, but as long as she has two more books, I love where the book is going.

Main Characters: I love Maya because she is so head strong and stubborn. Sometimes she makes you want to scream because she is too stubborn, but it all works out. I can't help but think of Derek when Daniel comes into the story! They just seem the same to me and I love him! Rafe is a whole other story though. Throughout the whole thing, you have to work really hard to figure out what he's all about.

Cover: I have to say, I miss the necklace theme, but this works nicely for this story, seeing as a necklace would make no sense.

Overall Rating: How can I not give my favorite series 4 nail polishes? Though, so far, it can't op the original three, I still love it. Plus, I got a lot of goosebumps when the "Genesis Project" happened to be mention and she had no idea what it was about, but I did. Loved this book, and it was exciting all the way through. Just don't expect any question to be answered.

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Quick Interview with Adrian Phoenix

I got the chance to have a quick interview with Adrian Phoenix, the author of the Maker's Song series and Cajun Hoodoo series:

I just got done with In the Blood, so I wanted to ask, for the fans, what the rest of the series has in store for Heather and Dante?

More dark discoveries, more intrigue among nightkind, mortal agencies, and the Fallen. Dante has to face both his past and his destiny and hope to keep his sanity in the process. His and Heather’s relationship deepens and she has choices of her own to face. We see more of Von, Lucien, Heather’s sister Annie, and meet new characters.

Do you have any new events, interviews, or releases coming soon?
Yes, thanks! Black Heart Loa, the second book in my Cajun Hoodoo series will be released June 28th, and I’m currently working on book 5 of The Maker’s Song: On Midnight Wings. I have several interviews coming up (along with book giveaways) in May, June, July, and August. Check my blog for dates and blog locations.

How did you get into writing?
I started writing in junior high school and just kept with it. I’ve always loved books and reading and decided to start writing my own.

Can you tell the readers about what Pocket After Dark is about and how you contribute?
Pocket After Dark is an interactive website put up by Pocket for urban fantasy and romance readers where authors can interact with their fans, post new content, chat on messageboards, etc. They also give away a lot of free books and have live chats, exclusive blogs, video, and photos. I’ve posted a short story, I make announcements and blog, and venture onto the messageboards. LOL.

What do you have coming ahead for the Hoodoo series and the Maker's Song series?
I have more books in The Maker’s Song series coming up and I hope to have more in my Hoodoo series. It all depends on the market at the moment.

Are you considering or working on any new projects?
I do have new projects in mind—urban fantasy, steampunk, and a Supernatural-esque type of book as well. I don’t know which will happen yet. Time will tell.

Lastly, do you have anything planned for this summer?
Aside from attending a workshop on the Oregon coast in July and writing, nope. And that’s fine with me.

Follow here to see my Sunday Brunch interview with Adrian Phoenix over eating, reading, and love!

If you want more from Adrian, here are some sneak peek chapters and contact info:

You can read a chapter from the book that started it all in The Maker’s Song series. Here’s a link to a sample chapter of A Rush of Wings.

With Book Four, Etched in Bone, Dante faces his destiny and searches for a way to accept it on his own terms. To make his life, his own, at long last, and with Heather at his side. The former FBI agent is more than his partner and lover, she is also his anchor, his beacon, guiding him back from the edge of madness when his shattered past rises up and swallows him. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer.

Here’s a link to the first two chapters of Etched in Bone.

Here’s a link for the first chapter of Black Dust Mambo.

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Upcoming Movie: Anonymous (Fall 2011)

I saw this last night at the Water for Elephants release and I thought it will be a great movie. Apparently, the movie will not be released until late this year. I will follow this movie because I absolutely adore Shakespeare.

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Review: Water For Elephants (2011)

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Synopsis: Based on the acclaimed bestseller, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS presents an unexpected romance in a uniquely compelling setting. Veterinary school student Jacob meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds -- including the wrath of Marlena's charismatic but dangerous husband, August -- Jacob and Marlena find lifelong love. Source

Plot: I have read the book, so I went in with a good inclination of what the movie would have in it. I was a little sketchy on how some situations will be played out since it was PG-13, but I was ready for it. I did love the movie throughout. It was beautifully done and the location they chose was perfect for the backdrop of the film. I do have to say that each actor was phenomenal in their performances, but there seemed to be a lacking of chemistry in some scenes. I feel like the movie was rushed, even in two hours. I wish that it was longer, so Jacob's and Marlena's relationship could grow and you learned the real reasons behind August's actions, which they never do mention it. I will say that I did cry many times throughout the movie and it was very emotional throughout.

Actors: Rob Pattinson (Jacob)-Of course, I have too start with this guy first! I absolutely loved him. He embodied Jacob and wasn't really him I was looking at, but his character. I loved him in the scenes when he was ith Rosie. I couldn't help but smile through the whole scene because you could tell how happy he was working with her in the movie and as actors.
Reese Witherspoon (Marlena)-She was stunning as always. I felt such sympathy for her, she was stuck in an destructive manner. You knew when you were watching that one of them would have to die. It was too destructive. I wish that we could go deeper into her character's thinking and see what she was thinking. She was amazing in the scenes with August, you could see her love for him, but her longing to be free. She didn't want to hurt him, but she wanted to be happy.
Christoph Waltz (August)-I'm so glad he was in here. I didn't really know him at first, heard his name here and there, but never really knew him. After this movie, he deserves an Oscar for his performance. I'm not trying to be cruel, but he had the best performance in the whole movie. He grasped the character, August, so well and brought him to life. I hated him, but I felt his pain and sorrow for being able to control what he was doing. I cried for him because of what he was going through, but hated him for what he had done in some scenes. I loved him and want to see more of him.

Poster: Very beautiful. I love how they have the key characters. (Yes, Rosie is a key character.) It captures the esscence of what Marlena and Jacob want. A spectacular life, but it comes with a price.

Overall Rating: I give this movie a three out of four. That is a very good thing though. My only whining is over how fast paced the movie was and you go from them seeing each other to them expressing their love to one another. Other than that, the whole cast was perfect and amazing. The location was beautiful and it is an ending that leaves you satisfied. I would recommend anyone looking for a good flick to go see this movie. It is worth the money and it makes you think.
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Vampire Diaries--Season 2, Episode 19: "Klaus"

Elena is with Elijah when he awakens and his first word is "Katerina." Cute, yes, but very suspicious. There is something wrong though and he races out of the house. It is then understood that since Elijah wasn't invited into the house, he was pushed out. Elijah wonders if Elena can be trusted. She hands him back the dagger they killed him with. There is a flashback to 1492 where we see Elijah being introduced to Katherine by Klaus.

After Elena leaves with Elijah to confirm a trust with him, Stefan realises they are both gone and tells her to come home over the home. Elena says she knows what she is doing and to respect her decision. Elena hands Elijah the phone and they make a stop at the Lockwood home for clothes. As the episode progresses, we learn the ultimate secret...Elijah and Klaus are brothers! Elijah says that his family is apart of one of the original families in which vampires were created. He then reveals that other than the dagger, nothing can kill an original. Therefore, an original walking out in the sunlight doesn't hurt them. Why does Klaus need to break he sun/moon curse then if he can walk in sunlight? It's fake.

Stefan goes to see Jenna because Klaus, in Alaric's body, is going to see her. He is too late though and Klaus is already in the house. Klaus asks Jenna if she believes in vampires and says he's obsessed with him. Stefan pushes Klaus against the wall and tells Jenna to go with his vampiric face. Elena leaves Elijah for a moment to comfort Jenna and tells her that not only do vampires exist, but everyone around her knows about it.

Klaus made up the curse, but still needs the doppelganger. He wants every immortal (witch, vampire, werewolf) looking for her to release a true curse that's on Klaus. Elijah's mother was having an affair with another man and had Klaus. Elijah's dad killed her lover and his whole family, which created a war between the two species (werewolf and vampire), which is still ensuing. Klaus is half werewolf, but witches dormant that side, however, Klaus wants to bring it forth. The only time to break the curse is during the full moon when he's changing. That is also when he is at his weakest and can be killed.

Damon and Stefan start to fight when the topic of Elena's love comes into play and Stefan finally brings up that Damon is in love with her. Stefan says he will never have her trust and that breaks Damon. Their fight mirrors that of Klaus' and Elijah's fights together. They stop once Elijah and Elena come in and tell them that Elijah knows how to keep her alive and the sacrifice will go on with Bonnie's help. Elijah says he will help if he gets an apology from both Stefan and Damon. Stefan apologizes while Damon tells them to go to hell and walks out. He almost kills his "girlfriend" in a fit of rage and tells her to leave before he does.

We see lastly a witch and, presumably, Maddox, cast a spell which releases Klaus from Alaric's body. They open a large box and out walks present-day Klaus.

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Review: In the Blood (Maker's Song #2) by Adrian Phoenix


Vampire. Rock star. Begotten son of the fallen angel Lucien. Dante Baptiste still struggles with nightmares and seizures, searching for the truth about his past. It is a quest as seductive as his kiss, as uncontrollable as his thirst, and as unforgiving as his determination to protect one mortal woman at any cost.


FBI Special Agent Heather Wallace now knows the extent of the Bureau corruption that surrounds her, but worries she is losing the battle. And when Dante and his band Inferno come to Seattle on tour, Heather can't help but be drawn back to the beautiful, dangerous nightkind. But what Heather and Dante don't know is that new enemies lurk in the shadows, closer than they think...and even deadlier than they fear.


Shadowy government forces have pledged to eliminate all loose ends from Project Bad Seed -- and Heather and Dante are at the top of the list. Elsewhere, the Fallen gather in Gehenna, intent on finding their long-awaited savior, the True Blood nightkind whom Lucien DeNoir would die to protect. And a damaged and desperate adversary, with powers as strange and perilous as Dante's own, plots to use Dante as a pawn in a violent scheme for revenge. But only one of these lethal forces holds the key to Dante's past -- a key that could finally unlock the secret of his birth and the truth of his existence...or destroy him completely. Source

Plot: I love this series from Adrian Phoenix. Ever since reading Rush of Wings, I always had a little soft spot for Cajun. I'm glad to say that In the Blood has made an amazing sequel. I loved how the book didn't revolved around Heather's and Dante's relationship. There was enough romance to keep your heart singing, but, at the same time, it wasn't like Adrian tried to act like that was the only important issue. She flipped to each character to keep you updated on what was happening with each. I'm glad she uses third-person for the series because it makes it that much easier. (Plus, the location titles help a bunch.) I like this series mostly because the romance scenes are so...sentimental and rare that when they show up, it lasts you through the mystery and action. The ending will definitely have you pumped for the third installment.

Characters: Heather-Heather is a admirable heroine. She worries not only about Dante, but her sister and friends. She doesn't keep her mind focused on Dante, but it does take up most of her thoughts. That's not a bad thing though. Both of them have had so much drama and struggling in their lives and it's nice to see that they found someone to go to.
Dante-I almost couldn't bare Dante's pain. I felt so bad that he was in constant pain. It's hard to read how much pain he's in. When it's not a migrane, it's a seizure. It keeps going and all I want is peace for him. And, then the three or four groups who want him fo their own selfish reasons? Angered me. I just want him to find peace. Hopefully, he does soon.

Cover: I love the covers for these. I wish their was more going on in this one, but it is pretty nonetheless.

Overall Rating: I give this book a four out of four. I loved this book and can't wait to read the rest of the series. If I had to pick one flaw, I craved for more romance. Yes, it does last you, but sometimes you want that little peck or beautiful "say nothings." However, every time Heather and Dante woke up they asked about each other. If you love romance and mystery, I think that this is a good adult series for vampire and romance lovers.
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Vampire Diaries--Season 2, Episode 18: "The Last Dance"

Klaus is still in Alaric's body. *sighs* Great. He compels Katherine to tell him everything that she knows about the other's plan for Klaus. She tells him as much as she can, but doesn't know everything that's going on.

He meets the gang back at the Salvatores' house which is now in Elena's name, so only the people who are safe can come in. Elena tells the others about how a girl told her that a hot guy wants to dance with her at the '60s decade dance. (There are way too many events for this small town.) Klaus also finds out that Bonnie is strong enough to kill Klaus.

Matt is still having a hard time with tricking Caroline that he forgot everything from her compelling when really he drank vervain so that she couldn't compel him.

Jeremy asks Bonnie at the dance if she's absolutely sure she wants to do this and why she wants to do this. Damon overhears them and talks to Bonnie about it. Jeremy tells Stefan about it and Stefan tells Elena. Obviously, Elena confronts Bonnie about the issue and Bonnie asks Elena if she would have done the same for her. When Elena doesn't answer, Bonnie tells her that that is exactly why she has to save her, even if it means killing her.

Bonnie and Elena follow Alaric when he tells them that Jeremy is in trouble. When he leads them into an empty hallway, Elena guesses on who Alaric really is. They flee after Klaus reveals to them that his soul mission tonight is to kill Bonnie. They meet up with Damon and Elena goes off to find Stefan like Damon said.

Damon asks Bonnie if she's ready to kill Klaus. When Stefan and Elena come back, Damon tells them that Bonnie is doing what she has to do and they see she if fighting Klaus. After a few blows, Bonnie is killed by Klaus and he disappears. Elena and Stefan try to find a pulse, but can not. Elena breaks down and Damon tells them to leave and he'll deal with the body.

Damon puts Bonnie in the house where she received her powers and Jeremy comes to visit her. She awakens and Jeremy tells her that she will stay with her. Damon reveals to Elena that Klaus had to think that Bonnie was dead. He tells her that she faked it, but whenever it is between Elena and Bonnie, he will always pick Elena. (Can I say true squee worthy moment?)

At the last scene, we see Elena go into the basement where Elijah is still dead and takes out the stake.

Tell me what you think about what Elena did and any other intense moments from this episode!

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Harry Potter DVD Release (FINALLY!)

Finally! The DVD has finally come out for HP and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. My sister and I have been patiently squeezing our stress balls waiting for this thing to come out! Now, we can sleep well tonight because it has.

There is a double-disc which I'm excited about. Here is some of what is expected of the features:
"The 2-disk DVD comes with a special features disk which gives us an insight both into the technical sides of filming (the Seven Potters sequence is disected both in terms of special effects and performance) and the behind-the-scenes bonds that have been created over the years between the cast who have all grown up together.... Watching Rupert, Tom, James and Oliver talk about their memories, while on a golfing weekend, allows the watcher to look back as well, sharing with them a sense of finality, with happy memories but also an acknowledgement of the sadness of parting...."
As well as looking at the cast and seeing how the movies were shot, viewers also get a look into deleted scenes in the DVD like the departing scenes of Dudley and Petunia. Other special features are a soundtrack for the movie, "a film about Dan, Rupert and Emma's running competition while on location shooting the Snatcher chase," and a trailer for the Wizarind World of HP.

If you want something more simpler, you can look at the single-disc DVD which just includes the movie and additional scenes. And, for deeper HP fans, there is a three-disc Blu-ray combo pack and a box set of the seven movies so far! You can buy any of these over here.

If you've bought it, please tell me what you think of it!

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Official 'Abduction' Movie Poster

As always, I loooove looking at that face! Tay Tay is finally a man, baby!

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Review: The Replacement (The Replacement #1) by Brenna Yovanoff

Synopsis: "Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs." Source

Plot: I went into the book with a clear head. I heard good things about the book, but, for me, it did resonate when I read it. It was way too hard to get through this book. I dreaded reading it. The plot was good and the writing was amazing, but it was dragging. The one thing that frustrated me with this book is that they wouldn't say what he is! Right when I got to around page 150, I had to stop. They still did not reveal what he was and I couldn't take anymore of it. I think that if I knew what he was from the beginning, I would have enjoyed the book more and understood what was going on. They kept dragging about how sick Mackie was and what he was, but never actually said it soon enough. I had to find out from spoiler sites what he was.

Characters: Mackie-He was definitely a great character. He was going through immense pain and didn't know his true self while everyone knew it. It was nice to see a character who was still isolated even though he had friends, but also had a life for the most part. Excluding his personality, I felt like Mackie was a little cliche. He liked the popular girl, but then started liking the outcast. Been there, read that. And, he kept dwelling in his pain and what he was. I know that is the key to the book, but it was hard to read over 300 pages about a guy who doesn't like their life.

Cover: The cover was what mainly pulled me in. I always thought (still do!) that this cover was extremely gorgeous and interesting. It's not every day you see a baby cradle with weapons hanging over it. This cover is undeniably one of the best I've seen.

Overall Rating: I give this book a two out of four. Before you boo me, I got really frustrated with this book. Now that I have found out what he is, I will probably go back to this book. Right now, I will give this book a two out of four, but I promise I will give this book one more shot in the future, but I don't know when. Probably when I go on a road trip or have spare time, but, for now, I'm done with it.
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Wanted Wednesday: Halo (Halo #1) by Alexandra Adornetto

"Three angels- Gabriel, the warrior; Ivy, the healer; and Bethany, the youngest and most human- are sent by Heaven to bring good to a world falling under the influence of darkness. They must work hard to conceal their luminous glow, superhuman powers, and, most dangerous of all, their wings, all the while avoiding all human attachments.

Then Bethany meets Xavier Woods, and neither of them is able to resist the attraction between them. Gabriel and Ivy do everything in their power to intervene, but the bond between Xavier and Bethany seems too strong.

The angel’s mission is urgent, and dark forces are threatening. Will love ruin Bethany or save her?" Source

I've seen different reviews for this book and I wanted to try this out to see my take on it. I love angels and fallen angels books, so I want to give this book a chance.

It seems interesting because it's a girl angel instead of a guy. I've only read the Fallen series by Lauren Kate and the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, so I have read nothing but good stuff about angels and fallen angels.

Yes, the cover does draw me in a lot. But, I will give this book a clear mind when I start to read it. I've seen the one stars and five stars and all the stars in between on Goodreads, so I have not read any of them even though I usually do.

So, hopefully, I can get my hands on it soon!

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First Official Trailer for 'Abduction'

OMG! I have to see this! I was a little iffy at first, but as the trailer progressed, I was like "maybe..." and right when I saw the ending with the exploding house...SOLD! This thing better come out fast because I'm so seeing it! Lily Collins looks amazing in here and I can already see Taylor becoming a legendary action star.
P.S. Why didn't anyone tell me Sigourney Weaver is in here?
P.P.S. Did you know that there's an actress in here whose character's name is Lautner? Coincidence? ;D I think so!
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*LATE UPDATE* Vampire Diaries--Season 2, Episode 17: "Know Thy Enemy"

I missed the first episode last week...I know, I know! I try and keep up with VD recaps for you guys as much as I can. Since I wasn't able to watch this week's episode, I don't think it's right I try to explain the episode. Here's the recap I grabbed from The Vampire Diaries Wiki:
"The episode starts immediately where the last ended.

Isobel said that it is nice to see Elena again and asked Jenna to let her in, but Elena said no and closed the door. Jenna was devastated by finding out that Elena knew that Isobel is alive all along, and went upstairs and started to cry. Later, Alaric came (Stefan and Damon told him about Isobel), but soon after Jenna exited the house. Then John told Alaric that "if he was honest with her, nothing of this would have happened". Then Alaric punched him. Elena told him that this is all his fault.

Meanwhile, Caroline phoned Stefan and told him Matt now knows about vampires, but she can't find him anywhere. Soon after, Stefan came to the Gilberts' house and talked with Elena. John called them to go downstairs. Isobel was there, and John had invited her in. She told them that she has information about Klaus. She didn't find him but she heard rumors that the doppelganger exists. She said that she also has a safehouse for Elena, but Elena refuses it.

Bonnie, Damon and Jeremy went to the Martins' house to pick up the grimoires.

Isobel came to her new house along with Frank. Katherine was also there. Isobel told her that she's been busy by talking with Klaus to spare Katherine. She also told him that she didn't find Klaus but she found one of his warlocks, Maddox." [click to continue...]
You can watch the full episode here!

Remember to watch this week's episode, The Last Dance, tomorrow at 8/7 EST!

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The Gathering

"Strange things are happening in Maya's tiny Vancouver Island town. First, her friend Serena, the captain of the swim team, drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Then, one year later, mountain lions are spotted rather frequently around Maya's home- and her reactions to them are somewhat. . . unexpected. Her best friend, Daniel, has also been experiencing unexplainable premonitions about certain people and situations. It doesn't help that the new bad boy in town, Rafe, has a dangerous secret, and he's interested in one special part of Maya's anatomy- her paw-print birthmark." So, the Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong is my all time favorite. I don't know how good it will be without my favorite people I'm used to, but I'm sure it will be really good! Check it out in stores on April 12th! Sweet Daydreams, Brooke
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"Destiny awaits Bianca and Lucas. . .
Bianca and Lucas have always believed they can endure anything to be together. When a twist of fate not only transforms Bianca into a wraith but also turns Lucas into a vampire- the very creature he spent his life hunting- they are left reeling. Haunted by his powerful need to kill, Lucas can only turn to one place for help. . . Evernight Academy. Bianca is determined to remain with him. But with the vampire leader of Evernight raging a war against wraiths, her former home has become the most dangerous place she could be, despite the new powers her new ghostly transformation has given her. A battle between wraiths and vampires looms, and Bianca and Lucas face a terrifying new reality. They've overcome every obstacle life has thrown at them, but is their love strong enough to survive the challenges after life?"

So, one thing this synopsis is missing is the word conclusion or finale or end. I still can't get myself to except that the Bianca-Lucas story is over!

Plot: Overall, the plot was pretty good. I think Claudia Gray spent a little too much time in the beginning, and rushed the big ending, but other than that, the plot was great.

Main Characters: Who here loves Lucas? *raises hand* I love Lucas! He is sarcastic, sweet, loyal (and not to mention pretty good looking if I do say so myself.) Bianca has the perfect guy ever! Then there's Bianca. So, she's stuck in her pj's the rest of her life. So, she sees no way to ever be technically alive again. Does that stop her from being optimistic? Of course not!

Cover: I love the color scheme! Grey makes the hot pink stand out, and for some reason, it looks so cool. It's cool how it matches with the other covers, and it's sad to think it will be the last...

Overall Rating: I am going to give this book a 3/4. I loved it, but it seemed as though the ending was too rushed and not explained enough. Though, I doubt any ending with the words "final book" on it could ever make me happy. Definitely read this A.S.A.P! If you haven't started the series? Read the first, Evernight, and have fun!
Sweet Daydreams, Brooke P.S. Claudia Gray is coming out with a new, really interesting looking book called Fateful. You can read about here: It comes out September 13, 2011 for you Claudia Gray fans, Titanic fans, or just plain bookworms out there!
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Music Monday: CMAs Winners

The music scene is kind of silent right now, except the fact that the Annual CMAs were on last night. I did not watch them because it went on too late. I know people have mixed views on country, so I won't make you listen to any of it, but here are the winners from last night's awards.

Entertainer of the Year
Brad Paisley

Song of the Year
"The House That Built Me" – Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin

Single of the Year
"Need You Now" – Lady Antebellum

Album of the Year
Revolution – Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert

Vocal Duo of the Year

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum

Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally

New Artist of the Year
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year
"Hillbilly Bone" – Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins

Music Video of the Year
"The House That Built Me" – Miranda Lambert

I just did the most major awards, but that doesn't mean that the other awards are not any less important. If you want to check out the whole CMAs, click here!
P.S. To quench some of that Twilight thirst you might be having, here's a video of Rob Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon presenting at the CMAs:

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Quick Interview with Cassandra Clare

I am so glad to say that Cassandra Clare has graced Black Nailed Reviews with a quick interview over her upcoming release of the fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels, and her writing process. Here is my interview with her:

City of Fallen Angels will be in third person, so what are some things we will see from each character?
Well, all my books have been in third person so far! From Clary we'll see her adjusting to Shadowhunter training, from Jace, some pretty low points, from Simon some serious internal struggles. I would say everyone is tempted, and everyone falls prey to that temptation. No one's really safe.

How will CoFA build on the rest of the series?
It really kicks off a new cycle. What it has is this set of relationships that are in place, and then it proceeds to explode some of them and build on others. But it's not a continuation of the same story. There's a different villain. There's a different scope to the conflict. A lot of the conflict is internal. The characters are very much struggling with who they are and what they want.

What was the most exciting scene to write in CoFA?
Without giving spoilers? I'll honestly say in a lot of ways, the last few pages.

How was it expanding on Simon's life as a vampire?
Fun. Simon hates being a vampire. He doesn't like blood. He thinks it's gross. He's just kind of annoyed by the whole thing, which is fun to write, because the whole dark, brooding vampire thing goes so against Simon's grain, which is basically cheerful and ironic.

With the first movie under way, are there any scenes from City of Bones you want to be in the movie?
Well, keeping in mind I've no control over it, I wouldn't want to lose the greenhouse kiss or Magnus' wild party.

Is there anything you worry about with the book being made into a movie?
Sure, but I have actually watched my friends go through this — having their books made into movies — and one thing I've learned is you seriously cannot get bent out of shape about every little new development. Nothing's forever in Hollywood until the cameras roll. Until then, I regard all news as provisional.

Lastly, is there any advice you would give to upcoming writers?
Read. Read a lot, read out of your comfort zone, read good books and bad books. Just read.

Remember to buy City of Fallen Angels on April 5th! Over Eat Read Love, I talked to Cassandra Clare about her life in the categories of eating, reading, and love.

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Summit Optioned Rights For Immortals/Riley Bloom Series

Summit has snatched up another pararomance book series. Alyson Noel has announced on her official blog that "Summit Entertainment has optioned the dramatic rights for all 10 books in both The Immortals & The Riley Bloom series."

I have been reading the series and I have been liking them so far. I have only read the first three, but am getting to the rest very soon. I am really excited to see this on the big screen, but a lot of readers and fans seem to compare the books with Twilight. The absence of adults, secluded new girl, mysterious new guy, and so on. I have noticed the similarities as well and while it seems pretty similar, I'd still see these movies. But, I do think that because of those similarities and with Twilight coming to an end, Summit needs a new edge and since Mortal Instruments are coming out soon, they need to move quickly.

Tell me what you think of these news and who you think should play what!

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