September 30, 2011
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
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.
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.
September 22, 2011
September 20, 2011
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
September 8, 2011
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! :)
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
According to Random.org, the winner of Hades is...
Nikki @ Close Encounters of the Night Kind
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
According to Random.org, the winner of Triangles is...
Darlene @ Darlene's Book Nook
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.