September 30, 2011

Friday Links (2)


4 New Kindles (Amazon) 
Kindle Fire: Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi - $199
Kindle Touch 3G: Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally - $149 (with special offers)
Kindle Touch: Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - $99 (with special offers)
Kindle (2011): Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - $79 (with special offers)

It's official--Stephen King is working on Dr. Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. (StephenKing.com)

HarperCollins signed a fantasy trilogy called The School for Good and Evil, a debut novel by Soman Chainani about ordinary boys and girls who are trained to become extraordinary fairy tale heroes or villains. And It's already been picked up for a movie adaptation. (Deadline.com)

25 Famous Authors with Learning Disabilities (Bachelors Degree Online)

Because some classics are painful enough to ruin reading forever, check out Books that Deserve to be Banned. (Salon.com)

Theatrical Trailer for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran. (youtube.com)

September 27, 2011

The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2) by Pittacus Lore

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I'm ready to fight.

When I was in the middle of reading I Am Number Four, I remember thinking to myself how—if I managed to get through it—I probably wouldn’t pick up the second book. Well, thanks to the completely unfair use of the dreaded cliffhanger, here I am with the sequel.

The Power of Six picks up where the first book ends. We find Four, Six, and Sam on the run from the law and the Mogodorians, though now we get to see what life is like for Marina, AKA Number Seven—a member of the garde living with her Cepan (or guardian) in a convent in Spain. What makes Marina different from Four and Six, is her Cepan’s complete disregard to train her and acknowledge the war that’s closing in on them. Though much of the story is from Marina’s point of view, there are alternating chapters so we never miss what’s going on with Four.

What I liked about The Power of Six is the same thing I liked about I Am Number Four—it’s plot-driven and packed with action. Though not a well-rounded novel, the action was enough to keep me entertained.

What I didn’t like is that the dialogue is unnatural, the romance feels forced, and the writing is repetitive and disjointed. Oh, and if you happen to be a fan of the relationship between John and Sarah, you’re going to be very disappointed in the steps the authors take to create drama.

Six is one of my favorite characters and I would have preferred to read from her point of view instead of from Four. Even though half of the book is about him, I really didn’t learn anything new about his character except that he manages to show poorer judgment than in the first book. I also find him tiresome, especially every time he debated with himself (with the same weak argument, I might add) which girl he should choose. And if there was an award for which literary character makes the dumbest decisions, Number Four would definitely be a major contender.

Marina (Number 7) is interesting enough. I really like that her upbringing is different from the other characters that have been introduced thus far. Even though she has far less experience than the others, she’s smart, she’s determined, and she’s likable. I look forward to seeing how her character, and the characters of the other members of the garde that were briefly introduced, develop as the series progresses.

Overall, it’s the action that earns it a rating of three and manages to keep me coming back. I know I’ll be reading the third book in the series if only to see where the authors take this story next. Lorien Legacies is a planned six-book series, so I’m curious how they expect to stretch it out that long.

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September 22, 2011

Friday Links: Book News Around the Web


Fan of Orwell's 1984 and/or Huxley's Brave New World? Here's an old cartoon strip that I just recently discovered comparing the two. I just had to share! "Orwell feared the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance." - Good stuff. :)

20 Most Awe Inspiring Writer's Rooms - From Mark Twain to Stephen King (via Bachelor's Degree Online)


Did you hear? British author Philippa Gregory — famous for The Other Boleyn Girl— announced she's releasing a series consisting of four young-adult historical romance novels. Read what other popular adult-novelists, including Jodi Picoult and Harlan Coben, are bringing to the YA genre. (via USA Today)

Amazon and Overdrive Media recently announced their plan to finally allow library lending for Kindle--Yes! (If you haven't tried Overdrive, available on many library websites, it's a great place to get e-books, audiobooks, and even some videos). (via PW)


Carrie Bradshaw returning to the small screen.. as a teenager. CW takes on prequel series, The Carrie Diaries. (via Observer)


Current Giveaways around the web:

Dark Mirror by M.J. Putney and Choker by Elizabeth Woods @ Recovering Potter Addict - International - Ends Oct 2

5 Copies of Past Perfect by Leila Sales @ A Musing Reviews - U.S. Only - Ends Oct 4

ARC of Seers by Heather Frost @ A Reader of Fictions - U.S. and Canada - Ends Sept 27

The Death Cure by James Dashner @ Goodreads First Reads - U.S. - Ends Sept 23

Amazon Kindle Giveaway @ Daddy by Default - U.S. and Canada - Ends Sept 30

ARC of Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder @ Official Maria V Snyder - Ends Oct 22

Book Lovers Prize Pack @ A Life Bound by Books - U.S. - Ends Oct 1.


Heard of any book news or giveaways that didn't make the list, I'd love to hear about it. :)

September 20, 2011

Nicholas Sparks pens his first TV series

Best-selling author, Nicholas Sparks has had many successful books turned into hit movies. And in the case of The Last Song, a movie turned into a book (since technically he wrote the screenplay first). He stole our hearts with his tear-jerkers (in both written and film version) and now, one year before the expected release date of the most recent ‘based on Nicholas Sparks novel’ movie—The Lucky One, starring Zac Effron, and at least one other book in the pre-production stages, news emerges of a TV Series?

Correct! According to Deadline, Nicholas Sparks “has sold an original story idea to ABC for a drama series, which will be produced by ABC Studios and Twilight producer Temple Hill.”

Unfortunately, it’s not a series based on a current Nicholas Sparks novel, but hey, it’s a Nicholas Sparks script.

The TV series is a supernatural drama entitled, The Watchers and tells the story of a fallen angel looking for his mortal love. Though fallen angels make up a growing portion of the books that are published these days, there aren’t many TV shows with a fallen angels theme.

And if it’s anything like his books, someone will probably die at the end.

September 9, 2011

Two Latest Breaking Dawn Posters

The release of Breaking Dawn never felt as close as it does today with two new movie posters released and a new trailer set to premiere on Tuesday at 4:30 PM Pacific Time.



I like how the first poster features Edward and Bella with their wedding rings.
And, of course, it's nice to see Jacob with the wolf pack--it makes him look a little less lonely.

Breaking Dawn Part I opens in theaters on November 18.


A look at previous Breaking Dawn posters:


The first teaser poster was just that - a tease.
A promise of a movie to come but there really wasn't much to it.

The second one at least had characters

September 8, 2011

Ladybird, Ladybird trailer and giveaway link



As part of the 'Ladybird, Ladybird' Book Trailer and E-Book Release, Crimson Oak Publishing Co. will be giving away five $50 American Express gift cards.

You are allowed two entries! Go, enter & don't forget to put A BookLover's Diary as the blog that referred you! :)

Giveaway Link


More info:
Ladybird, Ladybird’s target market is Young Adult ages 13 and up. The setting for this book is rural, country America, a part of our nation that has changed little in the last fifty years, and a place the author, Abra Ebner, calls home. The country feel of this book melds well with late summer/harvest reads going into the fall holidays. Ladybird is a Paranormal/Ghost Romance with turbulent, yet poetic undertones. It will be released in Hardcover in September and E-Book this week (Nook, Kindle, iBooks). Hardcover Books will be available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and independant retailers, and are currently available for pre-order.

September 7, 2011

Winner of Hades

First of all, I want to say thanks to Feiwel and Friends for this ARC of Hades by Alexandra Adornetto, and also to everyone who entered the giveaway.

According to Random.org, the winner of Hades is...

Nikki @ Close Encounters of the Night Kind

Congratulations, Nikki!


Please Note: You will have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address. Failure to do so will result in your forfeiture of the prize and I will randomly choose another winner.

September 6, 2011

Winner of Triangles

First of all, I want to say thanks to Atria Books for this ARC of Triangles by Ellen Hopkins, and also to everyone who entered the giveaway.

According to Random.org, the winner of Triangles is...

Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook

Congratulations, Darlene!


Note: You will have 48 hours to respond with your mailing address. Failure to do so will result in your forfeiture of the prize and I will randomly choose another winner.