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Video: ‘Vampire Academy’ trailer is out! Yeah!

Good day dear friends and readers,

I’ve got some news for you, ‘Vampire Academy’ trailer is out! And it’s going to be badass!

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click on the link below to watch it!

http://movies.yahoo.com/video/vampire-academy-theatrical-trailer-002006684.html

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Video: Rose and Dimitri for ‘Vampire Academy’ film

the vampire academySome of you know, from my post a while back, I’ve read a book (series of books) called ‘The Vampire Academy Novel’ by Richelle Mead. In this past week, Facebook and the rest of the online word has revealed that a film will be made, and actors were revealed as well.


Screenplay By Daniel Waters, Produced By Michael Preger, Don Murphy and Susan Montford. Mark Waters will direct the movie, which will be out in 2014.

Lucy Fry will play Lissa, Zoey Deutch will be Rose, and Danila Kozlovsky will be Dimitri. I’m very glad that Danila was chosen for this role – he is a Russian actor, and will be perfect for this role of Dimitri (who is Russian as well).

Here’s a great fan-made video, in honor of Rose and Dimitri:

New Reading Material: The Calling

the calling by Kelley ArmstrongAnd last for tonight, but not least – and definitely not the last book I’m reading, is ‘The Calling‘ by Kelley Armstrong. Her second book in the ‘Darkness Rising’.

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the mark of what she truly is -a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly everyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home.

This book contains more action, and movement comparing to the first book. As in all love triangles, sides must be drawn. Shall it be the sweet, caring, attractive best friend who has been there through tick and thin? Or, rather, the sexy bad boy who is actually willing to sacrifice everything for those he loves?

And here’s a fun quote:

“Yes,” I said “You were saved by a girl. Horrible, isn’t it?”
He slid out and looked down at my bare legs.

“Not just a girl, but a half-naked one. Now that’s hot. If I’m still unconscious, don’t wake me, okay?”

Just one more: Read the rest of this entry

New Reading Material: The Gathering

the gathering by Kelley ArmstrongHere’s another book that has made it to my ‘To read’ list during January, it also made it to ‘Read’ shelf as well! The Gathering is the first book in the series of ‘Darkness Rising’ by Kelley Armstrong. She’s a new author to me, but after this book I’ve added her to favorites! Here’s the scoop:

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

This one keeps you going, and for me it only took about three nights (once again) to finish it and get started on the next one – The Calling – her second book in the series.

Here’s a fun quote from the book: Read the rest of this entry

New Reading Material: Hexbound

HexboundMy poor book “The Lady, the chef, and the courtesan” is still on my bookshelf… I’m stuck on page 71…and just cannot go on with it. It is definitely a slow read! Anyways…

I’ve made it to the second book of Chloe Neill’s ‘The Dark Elite‘ series – Hexbound!

Firespell was good – and I think I’ve read it in three evenings! Hexbound was my next choice, since it arrived at the same time with Firespell.

Here’s what this one’s about:

They say absolute power corrupts absolutely. Turns out, even a little magic can turn you to the dark side. That’s why Lily has to learn how to control her newly discovered paranormal abilities, on top of avoiding the snobs who think they run her school, nursing a crush on a cute sophomore with a big, werewolf-y secret, and fighting the good fight with her best friend Scout as they take on Chicago’s nastiest nightlife—including the tainted magic users known as Reapers.

Then Lily’s invited to a private meeting with Sebastian. He’s hot, powerful, and offering to help her harness the magic flowing in her veins in a way no one else can. He’s also a Reaper. Lily can’t hide her suspicions. But she’ll soon find out that the line between good and evil isn’t always clear… Read the rest of this entry

New Reading Material: Firespell

firespellI couldn’t help it, and got another Chloe Neill‘s book “Firespell”. It’s a novel from her ‘The Dark Elite” series. Here’s a scoop:

When Lily Parker’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, Lily was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s.

As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily is surrounded by an ultra-rich bratpack. She’s pretty sure her spoiled, petty, fashion-obsessed classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face, and surviving them and their cruel practical jokes is proving even tougher than the homework…

But on top of being the punchline to every joke, Lily’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building. All building have their creaks and groans – but Lily could swear that she’s being watched. Read the rest of this entry

The Lady, the Chef, and the Courtesan (cont.)

20130105-233729.jpgAs I’ve previously stated, I started reading a new novel by Marisol called “The Lady, the Chef, and the Courtesan”. I’ve got more quotes that I’d like to share with you all:

Etiquette is actually a very simple skill that requires little  more than the ability to put oneself in someone else’s place and to observe what is needed of one in any situation. Think of it as a way of living inspired by thoughtfulness, consideration, and respect for others and for oneself under any circumstances.

I wonder how many people study etiquette these days…. Read the rest of this entry

New Reading Material: The Lady, the Chef, & the Courtesan

20130105-233729.jpgMy latest book on the shelf is “The Lady, the Chef, & the Courtesan” written by Marisol.

It is about the story of a young Venezuelan woman who is unsure whether she should choose love over tradition.

After her grandmother dies, she is bequeathed a set of journals which explain how her grandmother missed her own chance for romantic joy.

Interspersed with the tales of fleeting romantic bliss are recipes and rules of conduct for well-behaved ladies.

I had this book on my shelf for some time, and got it pretty much for the catchy title.

When I just started reading this book, comparing to Chloe Neil’s writing and all her jokes and sarcasm, this one seemed too dull and a slow read. But it’s got some nice lines, such as this one:

Although her love for the woman whose wisdom had so often guided her life reached deeper than the roots of ceiba tree.

Or this one – it made me laugh, thinking of mother and I:

Every word spoken to her by her mother was like a spark charged with static, every conversation like a simmering pot of water that might come to a boil if not carefully watched.

I’ll find some other good ones and post them…I think it’s interesting to share them. What do you think?

It’s available on Goodreads too.

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What’s on your bookshelf?

Some of you may have read my post about Chloe Neill’s series of ‘A Chicagoland Vampires Novel’ that I’ve been reading, and today I wanted to share with you some news about her latest book ‘House Rules’ which will come out on February 5th of 2013.

Here’s a cool snippet from the ‘Biting Bad’ book (it’s from the same series but will be out on August 6, 2013) that Chloe is working on:

“Would it be wrong to wear pajamas to a guard meeting?”

“It would be inappropriate,” Ethan said. “But I think you’re more than excused from leathers or a suit tonight.”

“Sweatpants?”

“You’re dating the Master of the House.”

I took that as a “no” on the sweatpants.

Don’t you just love Merit? Her relationship with Ethan is amazing, and what they’ve been through is quiet a list..

For those who are new to this series, here’s a little preview of her novels: Read the rest of this entry