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So…Many…YA Blockbusters!

Summer is progressing and by now you’ve all read all the hot books that came out during the school year when you were too busy to do any fun reading. Now is the perfect time to get excited about all the new hot books and book-based movies that are coming out this fall! There’s an incredible number of them, you guys. It’s hard not to be a little overwhelmed…

Cover image of Allegiant. From Amazon.com

This is the blockbuster I am obsessing over. (Cover image of Allegiant by Veronica Roth from Amazon.com)

Your super-awesome month-by-month guide to fall’s monumental books and movies:

AUGUST

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – If you have not already heard a ton of buzz about this book, you have not been part of the internet world for the last two months. The cover reveal generated news story after news story. Why? Because it shows exactly what the title says: two boys kissing. This is not weird for those of us who have gay friends, but it is pretty monumental for a book cover. It’s part of increasing diversity of characters being shown on YA book covers that more truly reflect the characters in the books and also real life. Levithan is such an amazing writer of beautiful, heartfelt, loving stories. This one is sure not to disappoint.

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson - the FINALE in the fantastic Fire and Thorns trilogy.  We can’t wait to see what happens to Elisa! Expect a wait to get your hands on this title.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - the MOVIE! August 21, 2013. ‘Nuff said.

SEPTEMBER

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – You loved Eleanor and Park (if you’re a realistic fiction fan and you haven’t read it: go, now, drop everything else and just go get it) and Rowell is back with a whole new addiction in Fangirl. Expect the same quirk, the same singular characters, the same powerful writing style. Oh yeah, and another awesome cover design. LOVE!

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer – It has been over ten years since Farmer’s breathtaking The House of the Scorpion (Printz Honor Book, Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award Winner) came out. So it’s time for a sequel, right? Yes!

OCTOBER

Allegiant by Veronica Roth – Who else is going to completely jump up and down as soon as they get their hands on this book? It’s the end of the story of Tris, Four, and their world and WHAT WILL HAPPEN?!?!?!? Once we recover from finishing this epic trilogy, we can reread all the books and start looking forward to the Divergent movie.

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa – Kagawa has fast become one of the most celebrated YA authors of fantasty and sci fi. The Iron Fey series takes place in a pretty big world – and the books reflect that, with novellas and a spin-off companion series, that is sort of also part of the main series, with the fifth book The Lost Prince. So worth the wait for this one.

NOVEMBER

Catching Fire – the MOVIE! November 22, 2013. Again, what is there really to say except that it’s gonna be awesome.

(And I have to stop there because if I get into December it will just be too much excitement for one day (one word: hobbits).)

Like I said, so many blockbusters and exciting books and movies happening all at once! What fun!

Read-to-Screen: Beautiful Creatures

AHHHHHH OMG! Beautiful Creatures THE MOVIE is hitting theaters everywhere this February. Just in time for your Valentine’s (or Gal-entine’s) movie date. Many of us go crazy over whether a movie does a great book justice. I feel like this one might do the book justice, but the book is pretty cinematic – from the moment you first step into the Deep South with its ominous weather and the even more ominous dreams of main character Ethan Wate – so it may be easy to make it into a great movie.

beautiful creatures

Here’s the scoop: Beautiful Creatures, out February 13, 2013. Who’s in it? This, I know, is key. Whose faces are going to take on the faces of the book characters you love? Ethan, our heart-throbby Southern misanthrope, will be played by relative unknown Alden Ehrenreich. He’s a little older than 16-year-old Ethan, so we’ll see if that truly works. Pale, mysterious, and beautiful Lena will be played by Alice Englert, another pretty unknown actress, hailing from New Zealand. The most well-known star to be seen in the cast is Emmy Rossum, of Phantom of the Opera fame, as Lena’s bad-girl cousin, Ridley. Also, Jeremy Irons will be Gatlin’s spooky-creepy Macon Ravenwood.

In advance of the movie, why not prowl the internet for all things Beautiful Creatures, re-read the books, and read other books that are similar, until you are well and truly excited!

  • Start with author Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s website. Here, you can learn all about the writing duo, plus link to more info on the books.
  • There are killer trailers and sneak peeks at the official website for the movie.
  • Have you read To Kill a Mockingbird? There’s not a lot of thematic or plot overlap (besides the element of overcoming prejudice) in that American classic and the Beautiful Creatures series, but it is the book that Ethan Wate refers to in the beginning of Beautiful Creatures. Read it and get closer to Mr. Wate…
  • And speaking of novels set in the south, check out some other Southern Gothics, like Texas Gothic and The Splendor Falls, both by Rosemary Clement-Moore, both of which feature characters with startling supernatural ability. Dying for more on the supernatural (and you know there’s no shortage of that!)? Go to The Calling by Kelley Armstrong and Misfit by Jon Skovron.

 

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