Friday, May 10, 2013

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Actor Ben Kingsley talks about his character, Mazar Rackham, in the upcoming Ender's Game movie.

Divergent fans, here's an early look at actress Shailene Woodley as heroine Tris.

Woodley has also been offered the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster in the movie adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.

The first trailer for the newest adaptation of Romeo & Juliet has been released. The movie, which opens July 26 in the UK but doesn't yet have a U.S. distribution deal, stars Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld.

Here's a shot-by-shot analysis of the new trailer for Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Warning: spoilers if you haven't read books two and three.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters hits theaters this August. And even if you're not a big YA fan, it's still got Nathan Fillion as Hermes! And Stanley Tucci, who is Caesar Flickerman in the Hunger Games movies, here stars as Dionysus. See the trailer here.

YA Review

On April 9, Sherrilyn Kenyon hosted a prom-themed launch party for Inferno, the newest installment of her Chronicles of Nick YA series. Readers were so anxious to read what Nick and the gang were up to that I saw them reading the book not only while standing in line to get it signed but also while sitting at one of the tables as music played loudly and other people danced. The previous night, people were watching their clocks, waiting for midnight so Inferno would download to their e-readers. That, my friends, is a dedicated group of readers.

I recently finished reading in Inferno, and it has all the things that readers have come to expect from the Chronicles of Nick series -- danger, Nick's never-ending supply of snark, appearances by other favorite characters such as Big Bubba Burdette, owner of the local computer repair and gun shop (which also gives hosts classes in surviving zombie attacks), and the typical high school issues every boy faces -- namely, girlfriend trouble.


  1. The trailer for this new version of Romeo and Juliet is very nice. The movie looks like it will be a very good period rendition of this work. I'm looking forward to it and Catching Fire. There is so much good "stuff" out there in YA Land.

  2. I am looking forward to CATCHING FIRE.

  3. I can't wait for Catching Fire.

    Divergent also seems interesting because of the movie's cast. The books are on my to read list.

  4. I haven't read a YA since the Hunger Games trilogy but I always seem to enjoy the YA's that I've read. Thanks for the review.

  5. Great review! I read the first one in the series and really enjoyed it. I need to catch up. I have not read The Fault In Our Stars but have heard wonderful things about it. Very emotional.
    I am very excited about Catching Fire!
    Thank you for sharing!

  6. Trish, thanks so much for the updates on Catching Fire and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. We will definitely be seeing both movies!!