Cover Reveal, Finale, and Mindblowing Sequel: Allegiant and Never Fade

Have you read one of my most favorite dystopian series Divergent or experienced mind fuckery in The Darkest Minds?

Allegiant (Divergent #3)

Today’s show with Ryan Seacrest shared in his interview last week that Veronica Roth finally revealed the cover for her Divergent finale Allegiant:

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

I was actually impressed by the fan-made covers compiled in Pinterest before the official cover was revealed but this final one still had its fair share to stand out. Without putting in an exact sign of Abnegation or Dauntless or combination of both, Roth decided to stick with her theme to define a breathtaking farewell for Tris and Tobias (Four) with the tag line “Once Choice Will Define You”.

Allegiant will be available in the market on October 22nd and Divergent movie adaptation shows March next year starring Shailene Woodley as Tris and Theo James as Four. Here’s the latest fan-made trailer for you:

Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2)

Second off is The Darkest Minds sequel Never Fade. If you’re into psychological, supernatural world with a heroine just like Ruby then you would be one of those swooning to get their hands on this when you loved her first time around.

From The Darkest Minds #1: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

The second book will show us how Ruby goes through her challenges even more as she’s claimed her supernatural powers within her. Stronger and more mature, this kick-ass monster and heroine’s survival must be exciting.

The hot new cover resembles a star as compared with the Psi symbol from the previous book. Pretty isn’t it? Great job Alexandra Bracken and the team! Mark your calendars and grab it once it’s available in your library or stores worldwide! 🙂


Never Fade will hit the stores on October 29th. 🙂 Read the exclusive excerpt here at EW.

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Hot New Book Releases For May 2013!

From Dan Brown, Rick Yancey, Rachel Caine to Amy Plum‘s new stand-alone and installments, here are my top choices:

Young Adult/Sci-fi/Fantasy


The 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

Fall of Night (The Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine

The Rithmatist (Rithmatist #1) by Brandon Sanderson

If I Should Die (Die for Me #3) by Amy Plum

Reboot (Reboot #1) by Amy Tintera

Mystery/Thriller


Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown

Romance


Zane (Alluring Indulgence #2) by Nicole Edwards

Until I Break by M. Leighton

Lost and Found by Nicole Williams

Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2) by Samantha Young

Pieces of You (Shattered Hearts #2) by Cassia Leo

Enjoy!

The Innocents, Novel by Francesca Segal, Optioned for a TV Series

Costa Novel winner of 2012, The Innocents is one of the novel options for the upcoming television dramas this year according to Telegraph. “It has been optioned by the same production company that made Channel 4’s Any Human Heart,” the daughter of Erich Segal, the American author, tells Mandrake.

“It’s very exciting. I’m not sure who I would like to see play the leads but a lot of people online have suggested Keira Knightley,” says Segal.

Here’s a sneak peek of The Innocents novel loosely based on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence:

What if everything you’d ever wanted was no longer enough?

Adam and Rachel are getting married at last. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year.But then Rachel’s cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold. Beautiful, reckless and troubled, Ellie represents everything that Adam has tried all his life to avoid – and everything that is missing from his world. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many.

About the Author

Francesca Segal was born in London in 1980. Brought up between the UK and America, she studied at Oxford University before becoming a journalist and writer. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, and The Jewish Chronicle, amongst others. She has been a features writer at Tatler, and for three years wrote the Debut Fiction column in The Observer.

Awards received:

Winner of the 2012 Costa Prize for First Fiction.
Winner of the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the 2013 Sami Rohr Prize
Long-listed for the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction

To learn more about Francesca Segal and her works, visit: http://www.francescasegal.com/

Books Beauty’s Liebster Award Nominees!

Thanks so much to Strung Out On Books for nominating me as one of the Liebster Awardees! For your information, Liebster Award is given and passed onto new interesting blogs! The fun never stops because when you’re nominated by a blogger, you’ll nominate 11 blogs in return and so on. 🙂 Here are the mechanics:

Recipients of the Liebster Award must:

  • LIST 11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOU.
  • ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED OF YOU (BY THE BLOGGER THAT NOMINATED YOU).
  • NOMINATE 11 OTHER BLOGS FOR THE LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD AND LINK TO THEIR BLOGS.
  • NOTIFY THE BLOGGERS OF THEIR AWARD.
  • ASK THE AWARD WINNERS 11 QUESTIONS TO ANSWER ONCE THEY ACCEPT THE AWARD.

Eleven Random Facts About Me:

  1. I love all sorts of animals especially dogs
  2. I’m not obviously talkative but I am once you get to know me better
  3. I once played piano seriously at a summer class during my primary education years but wasn’t able to pursue it now
  4. I sing once in a while as a hobby
  5. I have a rocker heart – I have a thing with rock bands’ talents
  6. I have an impulse buying syndrome especially with books, clothing, makeup, bags and other beauty products
  7. I have way too much social network accounts
  8. I eat any kind of food – I’m not picky as long as I know they’re safe to eat
  9. I am terrified of snakes, spiders and other many legged bugs e.g. centipedes etc
  10. I have a tendency to make our dogs spoiled brats
  11. I laugh out loud

My Answers to Strung Out On Books’ Questions

  1. If you could only read one book over (and over and over) again- no other books could be read- what book would you choose? I’d read Legend by Marie Lu. It’s the first book I read in a dystopian setting and I’ve finally found my heart to these worlds because of it. I loved it.
  2. What was the first significant song or book you’ve read/listened to? Pretty Wings by Maxwell – I think it’s brought me so much meaning and emotion when I heard it
  3. How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging since 2010 but haven’t continued my first blogs unfortunately due to hectic schedules at school
  4. What’s your favorite activity, excluding blogging? Shopping!
  5. Do you have a favorite thing to post about? My faves are movie/book features
  6. How do you come up with post ideas? I do research on big publishers, entertainment websites and also authors
  7. Do you stick to one general topic/genre/theme? No. I’d blog about any genre/theme that I read or experience to also expand my audience
  8. What’s your favorite store? The Beauty Bar
  9. Do you prefer TV shows or movies? Depends. I’ve loved TV shows ever since I’m a kid but I also love watching movies. I think I can’t compare them!
  10. What’s the last movie you watched in a theater? Iron Man 3
  11. If the internet sudden disappeared(for whatever reasons), how would you react? I’ll be depressed! My work is on the internet!

My Questions For My Nominees

  1. What is that biggest goal in your life to date that you wish to accomplish?
  2. What made you blog?
  3. Who/What inspires you to work better or succeed in school?
  4. Who’s your ideal Hollywood actor and actress?
  5. What’s the greatest gift you ever gave to a person?
  6. If ever you’re given a chance to go backwards in life, what age would you want to be at and why?
  7. What supernatural powers do you wish to have and why?
  8. What are the things you collect?
  9. What’s the weirdest thing have you done to date?
  10. What’s the book you’ll recommend for me to read?
  11. If you’re not reading, what are you doing on your spare time?

My Nominees

The Skeptical Reader
Book Gossips
YA Book Stop
Book Hub Inc
Unlikely Librarian
YA Big Bookworm
Okaay Then
Teacups And Bookends
My Teeming Pocket Of Thoughts
Sunshine Mac
YAdultReview

Random Reads 01: Because I Need To (Because You Are Mine) by Beth Kery

Welcome to the first Random Reads hosted by ImLovingBooks! I’ve decided to join because it’s fun and it can also help sweep out my TBR shelf!

Random.org picked out a number for me and it’s Because I Need To by Beth Kery. Fortunately since I already have a lot to read for May, this was a short read and it’s quite good! Let’s check this out:

Buy book on Amazon: Kindle

Synopsis

Ian’s mysterious past continues to cast a shadow over his relationship with Francesca—once again changing the rules of attraction—as national bestselling author Beth Kery’s Because You Are Mine continues…

After time away, Ian pursues Francesca once again. She can’t resist him, despite his secrecy…. As their relationship deepens, Ian begins to take pleasure in teaching her his strengths while she tempts him with the beauty of spontaneity and the rush of letting go of control. And for a while, they do let go…

It’s intoxicating and it’s exhilarating as they indulge themselves in the sweet, addictive fruit of passion. But as Francesca knows, when pleasure gets this intense, the quick burn-out can be devastating. For Ian’s secrets have tested Francesca yet again, leaving her to despair that the one man with whom she has become obsessed is the one man she may never really have.

My Thoughts

Also seen on Goodreads.

Honestly I didn’t read the synopsis at all before reading this so I didn’t have idea about it. My friend just gave me a copy when he saw me reading Fifty Shades of Grey and he thought I might like this too and , this one I think is yes damn short but hotter right from the start. The first chapter started off head-on steamy – no buts and ifs. The lead characters Francesca and Ian Noble has nice chemistry along the spice of possession and punishment – Ian being the dominant and Francesca the submissive type. Francesca is an artist, her painting Cat was what got Ian’s attention when they met at a cocktail party and that’s when the sexual relationship began. Ian’s the wealthy businessman and Francesca’s just a simple woman earning enough from her works – same concept on most BDSM relationships however Beth Kery has done a good job to keep an 8-part series short yet can give you the type of adult romance you wanted.

It’s not too fast paced, not too slow. It’s got the right speed to put the bittersweet moments between Francesca and Ian. I actually liked how Ian make things special for Francesca by not only satisfying her in bed but letting her feel like a treasure for him as he shows her how he values her talent, passions and drive in life. Ian could be the most wicked in bed but he’s also got a soft side to touch Francesca’s delicate heart while controlling himself to not fall in love with her.

Take note, I haven’t even started the previous parts but I somehow understood where Francesca and Ian came from which was a good sign!

See you in our next Random Read and feel free to join too!

Upcoming Movie Adaptations You Should Watch This Year!

Welcome to our first episode of Beautiful Finds Wednesdays! Now since movie adaptations are becoming more and more of a hit, featuring it at an episode launch would be the best.

Beautiful Finds Wednesdays share anything that makes life fun and beautiful – whether it be a thing, an event, a person that makes me smile or just one of my inspirational discoveries. It will only be a feature. Reviews are posted on a separate category.

Books to Movies

Movie adaptations are films that have been derived or inspired by a novel (mostly bestselling or most intriguing) that have hit the market. However, while the film is meant to follow exactly what’s in the novel, it’s just not possible at all because it won’t even fit in the whole 2 hours maximum for instance. Definitely we should just expect the movie to be awesome as it’ll always have its own angle to both fit the novel and make the movie a blockbuster hit. For instance, movie adaptations that have rocked the theaters are: Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games and much, much more. Here are Books Beauty choices for this year:

World War Zdirected by Marc Foster, starring Brad Pitt, James Badge Dale, Mireille Enos; based on the novel by Max Brooks (June)

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Watch trailer

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters – directed by Thor Freudenthal, starring Logan Lerman, Nathan Fillion, Alexandra Daddario; based on the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan (August)

After the success of The Lightning Thief last 2010, here comes the sequel. In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece and to stop an ancient evil from rising. Watch trailer

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – directed by Harald Zwart, starring Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan; based on City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (August)

When her mom is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, a seemingly ordinary teenage girl, Clary Fray, finds out truths about her past and bloodline on her quest to get her back, that changes her entire life. Watch trailer

Carrie – directed by Kimberly Peirce, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer; based on Stephen King’s bestselling horror Carrie (October)

A sheltered high school girl unleashes her newly developed telekinetic powers after she is pushed too far by her peers. Watch trailer

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – directed by Francis Lawrence, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth; sequel to The Hunger Games based on The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (November)

As Katniss and Peeta embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games. Watch trailer

That’s all for this Wednesday and see you all next week! 🙂

Book Review: Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen


Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Short reaction: Great lesson about family, acceptance and opening doors to others
Rating: 4 out of 5
Buy book on Amazon: Paperback / Kindle

Synopsis

Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

My Review

Also seen on Goodreads.

I never felt so bored at majority of the chapters; good thing it got better at 80%. This is the second book that I read from Ms. Dessen’s work and despite the boredom, I liked how she created realistic stories and life lessons:

Lock and Key‘s pacing was slow especially on the parts where it revolved around Ruby Cooper (the daughter Ruby) and coping with her new life. Chapters felt so long and wordy. I might have given it 2 stars at worst if I didn’t pursue it. My conscience however told me I should continue because there’s something Ms. Dessen is going to show me. And it did show me something. A beautiful lesson.

What made me give it 4 stars?

It’s realistic. Ruby, our protagonist faces the biggest struggle of surviving alone since her mom left her in her junior year along with her sister’s disappearance years prior to that. No sane seventeen year old and yet attractive girl can stay like that forever while dealing with school, work, making up with bills, maintaining the household, keeping the relationship with boyfriend, etc. Ruby thought she can make it but even drugs and alcohol won’t fix a thing especially her emotions. Having a boyfriend didn’t make it better otherwise. But as she was sent under the custody of her sister Cora whom she didn’t see in years and now married, she’s gone through a lot of changes – living a wealthy lifestyle, changing herself for the better and trying to understand people around her especially her sister. Her learning to forgive herself, her mother and her sister made her somehow whole again to open her doors and trust again.

It’s about family. I have a weakness when it comes to reading about family e.g. keeping it whole and strong, treasuring every moment of it. Ruby’s family is already broken yet as the story develops, Ms. Dessen showed us how to appreciate life and family with others – new friends, a pet, a brother-in-law or a neighbor. I liked Jamie’s character (Cora’s husband) – how he makes people appreciate life by teaching them how to be happy and special to someone else, how to go through life with learning and acceptance, how to hope and make someone hopeful. He portrayed the best character! He touched my heart by how he cared for Ruby despite her attitude. He understood where Ruby and Cora came from and he’s willing to give them the life they wanted to have not only with his wealth but with his love and value for family. Another characters I loved were Nate’s and his little prodigy brother Gervais’. They’ve been a big help to make Ruby whole again by accompanying her to school, helping her and letting her feel appreciated even if they also have their own struggles. In fact, the unexpected romance was a nice breather!

I’m so glad I finished it. 🙂 I know I got bored a couple of times but the ending was worth it.

Really, we should let our locks be opened by giving those people who care our keys to our happiness then in the end, it’s all win-win because we might also make them whole and happy.