YA WATCH (2/25 - 3/3)


Title: Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Release Date: November 13th, 2012
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Pages: 384
Edition: Hardcover
Cover Judge: Eh, I would've liked it a lot more if the glass thing had been broken but no one was in it. It'd show that she finally escaped instead of that photo-shopped looking girl just standing there.
Note: A lot of people liked these books! I barely made it through Matched.
Goodreads: Link

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 Title: Rift
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: Philomel (Penguin)
Pages: 448
Edition: Hardcover
Cover Judge: HER DAGGERS LOOK SO BADASS. It's an alright cover, matches with the rest of the series, but i've only read Nightshade so I can't judge it as a whole.
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Before Calla Tor, there was Ember Morrow

Sixteen-year-old Lady Ember Morrow fulfills a family obligation by joining her friend Alistair in the Conatus Guard and begins training to help with the order’s true mission, to seek out and stop evildoers and their unnatural creations.

  Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: December 18th, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 496
Edition: Hardcover
Cover Judge: This seems like the type of cover that will make more sense after reading the book so therefore, I like it! Also I LOVE HER DEBUT NOVEL, Brightly Woven. LOVE.
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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have been cursed with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby has spent nearly half her life desperately trying to hide the fact that she’s outwitted the camp’s sorting system—that she isn’t powerless, or safe. She’s one of the dangerous ones… and everyone knows what happens to them.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of teens who escaped their own camp, pursued along the way by terrifying bounty hunters. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close to him. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Before the end, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

 Title: The Essence
Author: Kimberly Derting
Release Date: January 1st, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: --
Edition: Hardcover
Cover Judge: Hmmm...I don't know how I feel. It's better than the first one, definitely. I just don't know why The Pledge has a sequel when it wrapped up PERFECTLY.
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Clarie Legrand's YA debut WINTERSPELL, a retelling of the Nutcracker in which a seventeen-year-old girl journeys from 1899 New York City to a hidden land of Cane to rescue her father from a mad faery queen, only to find herself falling in love with a cursed prince as she struggles to conceal a deadly secret that could destry -- or save -- them both, to Zareen Jaffrey at Simon and Schuster's Children, in a two-book deal, at auction, by Diana Fox at Fox Literary (World English)

In a bit of serendipitous deal-making fit for a Hollywood movie, former Paradigm assistant Amy Tintera's old employer sold film rights to her debut novel, Reboot, which has also just sold to HarperTeen. Kari Sutherland bought North American rights to the book, winning a four-way auction, after Paradigm's Lucy Stille closed a preempt on the film rights from Fox 2000. The novel, the first in a series, follows two teenagers who die and are then "re-booted" in order to serve as soldiers in a futuristic world which is at war; the pair fall in love as they attempt to save their own kind. 

Katherine Tegen has won at auction two novels by Robin Schneider for her eponymous imprint at HarperCollins. The first, scheduled for publication in winter 2014, is called Severed Heads, Broken Hearts; it takes readers through a year with prom king Ezra Faulkner, whose charmed life collides with two misfortunes: he witnesses his girlfriend with another guy, and he shatters his leg – and his professional tennis ambitions – in a catastrophic car accident. Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House did the deal for North American rights for the two novels.

Catherine Onder at Disney-Hyperion has bought a four-book middle grade series, Oh My Godmother, by debut authors Barbara Brauner and James Mattson, to be illustrated by Abigail Halpin. The first book, scheduled for summer 2013, centers on Lacey Unger-Ware, a modern-day middle-schooler who becomes a reluctant fairy godmother. Joseph Veltre at Gersh Agency represented the authors and Emily van Beek of Folio Literary Management represented the illustrator in the deal for North American rights.


Emmy Rossum, star of Shameless, has joined the exciting upcoming adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, according to Variety! The film, an adaptation of the first novel by co-authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, follows two star-crossed teenage lovers — a local boy and a mysterious new girl — who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town. The film already has tapped Alice Inglert, Jack O’Connell, Viola Davis and Emma Thompson to star. Rossum will play Ridley, Inglert’s cousin who turned into a dark witch on her 16th birthday – making the two girls enemies.

We have another cast member for the upcoming pilot ‘The Selection,’ being made for the CW, which is an adaptation of the novel by Kiera Cass. Thomas will play “Sylvan Santos, a close adviser to the current queen and an expert in royal etiquette who advises the participants in the competition.

Earlier this week Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights [TV]) nabbed the female lead America and today Ethan Peck (In Time) grabbed one of the male leads. Ethan , grandson of legendary Gregory Peck, plays Prince Maxon who is at the center of the competition that the story follows and is essentially the prize.

(Like I said before, I didn't like this book at all but the show might be amazing! I'm liking the cast so far and the CW has a knack for making good Book to TV adaptations with The Vampire Diaries)

Missi Pyle (The Artist), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community) and Mary Birdsong (The Descendants) have been cast as the Three Fates for Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Sea of Monsters. The trio will play the Three Fates sisters who determine the events of every mortal’s life and bicker over the single eye they share, but are given a modern twist for the movie in that they will also be taxi drivers. It has already been announced that Logan Lerman would be returning to his role of Percy Jackson.

Percy Jackson Movie was awful but Percy Jackson book? AMAZING.

Fox 2000 has set Brian Percival (Downton Abbey) to direct The Book Thief. The Marcus Zusak novel was adapted by Michael Petroni (Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Karen Rosenfelt (Twilight Saga) is producing, and a summer production start is being eyed. 



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