The Hunger Games Movie Trailer

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I cannot wait for this film to be released. The Hunger Games Trilogy are probably the best young adult books I’ve read since Harry Potter. Collins’ tells an amazing story with rich, beautiful, and sometimes painful, details. Her heroine is not the bravest or strongest but she has the greatest will. Collins also reminds us that there isn’t always a “happy” ending to every story, that sometimes you have to settle for good enough, which in and of itself, is kind of happy. I will definitely be re-reading the series before March. Check out all of the movie info at imdb.com and the official site.




A new twist on an old story

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Snow White and the Huntsman…


I will admit that I was not enthused to hear that Kristen Stewart was playing Snow White in this newest film adaptation of the famous fairy tale. But even then I knew I’d probably go see it anyway. (After all, I have seen all three Twilight movies so far.) And anyway, I loved Snow White when I was a kid; it was one of my favorite stories to read in my giant fairy tale book.


But now, having seen the first official trailer, it looks like it is really going to be a good movie and I’m actually looking forward to seeing it. And, Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen = fabulous! (Not to mention Chris Helmsworth…)


The premise sounds interesting too. I’m thrilled to see Snow White as a bad-ass, fighting her own battles (with some help of course), rather than a sweet, simpering thing that has to rely on a man (or seven) to save the day. Here is the blurby (yes, that’s the official word) from the official Universal Pictures site


In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Helmsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Clafin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.


The film is currently set to release on June 1, 2012. Universal had originally planned for a December release but after Relativity announced that their film version of the tale, starring Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White, would release on June 29, Snow White and the Huntsman was moved to release almost seven months earlier than planned.


Update: Go here for info on Relativity’s Mirror, Mirror, release date March 16, 2012. It has Sean Bean!


Check out all the info on the movie here and here.


Long time, no post.

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So, yeah. I’ve been a little slack with updating the site since June-ish or so. Though to be fair, I wasn’t reading very much at all during those few months either, so I didn’t really have anything to update.


But, I started a new job in October (which I really really love so far yay!), and with the removal of work related stress from my life, I’ve been reading again. And so, I will be updating again.


I’m sure you are all on pins and needles waiting, so watch this space. In the meantime, enjoy one of my most favoritest Shel Silverstein poems, which was the featured quote of the day today on goodreads


“Listen to the mustn’ts, child.
Listen to the don’ts.
Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the wont’s.
Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me…
Anything can happen, child.
Anything can be.”

News from Janet Evanovich

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Usually you have to wait at least a full year for the next book in the Stephanie Plum series. But this year author Janet Evanovich is giving all Plum fans a special gift. Two Plums in one year!


Smokin’ Seventeen is released this coming Tuesday, June 21st. And according to the announcement made on Evanovich’s website and Facebook page earlier this week, we only have 5 more months to wait for the next Stephanie Plum adventure! Explosive Eighteen releases November 22, 2011.


And in other Stephanie Plum news, the current release date for One For the Money, starring Katherine Heigl, is January 27, 2012. Don’t pre-order your tickets just yet though, the release date has already been pushed back twice once. Lionsgate didn’t want to put the movie up against other summer releases like X-Men, Green Lantern and Harry Potter. Probably a good plan, Lionsgate.


The storyline will be changed somewhat from the book so don’t go in expecting Janet’s words to come alive. Evanovich sold the rights to the film years ago and did not work on the film.


Katherine Heigl plays Stephanie, “unemployed and newly-divorced, who lands a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business, where her first assignment puts her on the trail of a wanted local cop from her romantic past.” (source: imdb.com)


Morelli is played by Jason O’Mara (who has not been in anything I have ever seen), Ranger is played by Daniel Sunjata (he played a crime scene technician on several episodes of Law & Order: SVU), Lula is played by Sherri Shepard (who has been in a lot of things) and most importantly, Grandma Mazur is played by Debbie Reynolds (biggest star in the whole film as far as I’m concerned!).


I am looking forward to the film, but I’m keeping my hopes pretty low, just in case. But the news of two books in one year has me giddy with anticipation! Happy reading Plum-lovers!

Countdown to Smokin’ Seventeen

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Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

On Sale June 21st!

“Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.


Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, things get even more complicated for Stephanie when family and friends decide it’s time for her to decide between long-time off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop, Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert, Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both, and choose a former high school football star who has just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off”. And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.


With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.”


SMOKIN’SEVENTEEN
(hardcover)
A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich
ISBN: 978-0-345-52768-4 (0-345-52768-2)
Random House, Inc.


Check out evanovich.com to read an excerpt from the book, get a free bookplate, and take a look at Janet’s tour schedule to see if she’s coming to a bookstore near you.


Haven’t read the Stephanie Plum series? What are you waiting for, check them out!


One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Deadly
Four to Score
High Five
Hot Six
Seven Up
Hard Eight
Visions of Sugar Plums
To the Nines
Ten Big Ones
Eleven on Top
Twelve Sharp
Plum Lovin’
Lean Mean Thirteen
Plum Lucky
Fearless Fourteen
Plum Spooky
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen
Sizzling Sixteen
Smokin’ Seventeen