Okay, after my initial uncertainty about the casting of Jace Wayland, this post by Cassie Clare, plus the linked interview with Hollywood Crush, make me feel a lot better. A lot. As I thought, he tested incredibly well with Lilly Collins, and CC talks about how she cried when she saw his audition tape. And look at this photo! Much better.
Posts By: Wendy Darling
Deadline (Newsflesh #2)by Mira Grant One year has passed since Shaun and Georgia Mason found more than they bargained for as they investigated the truth behind the Kellis-Amberlee virus, a mutated cure for human disease that led to the uprising of the dead. The events that transpired then have an enormous impact now as the high-profile bloggers from After the End of Times uncover a conspiracy that is even bigger than they ever imagined. A CDC researcher fakes her own death in a spectacular fashion and shows up at their headquarters, and soon the whole team is battling zombies, mutant dogs, and the ever-present ghosts of their past. When I finished this book late last night, my thoughts were “I have not a single criticism to offer. Not a single one.” And this still holds true. Without exception, every question and doubt I raised with Feed is answered here. The… Read more »
So. What do you think of today’s news announcing that Jamie Campbell Bower has been cast as Jace Wayland in the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments series? Happy with the choice? He’s most well-known for small roles in the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises, so this is a pretty big deal for this young actor. I didn’t really have a horse in this race, but this kind of an unusual choice–he must have tested spectacularly well with Lily Collins, who’s long been confirmed as the lead for Clary. We’ll see how this goes…though I do hope his people get him some better publicity shots to circulate soon!
Rivalby Sara Bennett Wealer I liked the first half of this book quite a lot. Kathryn and Brooke used to be best friends until something drove them apart–but what was it? The story starts off in senior year, told in alternating chapters between both girls’ points of view, then eventually goes back and forth between junior and senior years. This framework might sound complicated, but it actually works just fine, and the author does a good job of writing different voices for both girls’ narratives. The reader gets the usual insight of several events seen from two different points of view, and I found both girls to be fairly sympathetic and interesting in the beginning. I also enjoyed the immersion in the world of music and choir and opera. Sara Bennett Wealer has a musical background and her love and respect for music really show through her characters. I also liked… Read more »
Daimon: A Prequel to Half-Blood (Covenant #0.5)by Jennifer L. Armentrout A lot of authors release short stories as prequels or companion novels to their series, usually to keep fans jazzed between books or to entice you to try out the others. Some of these small bites are more successful than others, and I’m happy to report that the taste readers get from Daimon is enough to whet the appetite for more. Alex is a 17-year-old half-demon who has been living among humans with her mother for three past years. She doesn’t know why they’re hiding from The Covenant, but a brutal attack by relentless daimons forces her to go on run…possibly back to the very place her mother always told her they should avoid. This fast-paced, well-written short story does a great job of setting up the series. Alex is a smart, likable heroine with some mad daimon fighting skills…. Read more »
Ultravioletby R.J. Anderson Oh! This is so cool. That was my reaction late last night when I finished this book and the feeling hasn’t worn off. It gets a 5 star rating from me, which is only the second one I’ve given to a 2011 book. Ultraviolet is one of those sneaky books that makes you think you’re reading one thing and then all the sudden, whoosh, you’re off on a different adventure. I think many of us who spend a lot of time in the paranormal genre have come to expect a certain story structure from these types of books, but this one has no problem bending all the rules and leaping out to explore other dimensions. Be careful as reviews start to come in, however, because the less you know about this story, the more you’ll enjoy it. The book starts off with a bang: Alison has been institutionalized… Read more »
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s been an exceptional amount of quality YA literature coming out of Australia recently. I loved Rebecca Lim’s Mercy and I’ve been hearing about so many great authors that I’d love to delve into, including Melina Marchetta, Lucy Christopher, John Marsden, and countless others. (We, um, won’t hold a certain 18-year-old author against the whole country.) As such, I’m going to be participating in the Aussie YA Book Challenge 2011, hosted by my new GoodReads buddy Nic. There are great links on her post with lists of Australian YA authors of note. The goal: to read and review at least 6 books by Australian authors by the end of the year. Considering the Aussie names already in my existing TBR pile, this shouldn’t be a problem a’tall! I’m also hoping to participate in Go Aussie Book Tours, hosted by my other GoodReads buddy… Read more »