Book to movie review: “Beautiful Creatures”

The people who’ve been reading the blog for the past two years know that, with the exemption of “Beautiful Redemption“, I have been a very big supporter of the “Beautiful Creatures” series. I quite frankly bawled at the end of “Beautiful Chaos”.

When news of the movie adaptation came out, I was understandably excited, especially when Jack O’ Connell was first cast in the role of Ethan. Then he got replaced by Alden Ehrenreich, and I was a little bummed.

BUT THEN! Emma Thompson and Jeremy Irons got cast as Sarafine and Macon, respectively, and I felt myself getting excited for the movie adaptation again. Add to that the fact that the movie had some pretty impressive trailers, and I was quite pumped to see it over the weekend.

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Book review: Melissa Marr’s “Carnival of Souls”

From 2007 to 2011, Melissa Marr was a constant presence on bestseller lists, thanks to the five books that make up her “Wicked Lovely” series.

Through “Wicked Lovely,” “Ink Exchange,” “Fragile Eternity,” “Radiant Shadows,” and “Darkest Mercy”, Marr introduced readers to the world of the Faery Courts, where mythical creatures plot and plan against each other and struggle against the machinations of Bananach, the embodiment of war.

After achieving so much success writing faery tales — “Wicked Lovely” peaked at number two on the New York Times Bestseller Lists, while “Ink Exchange” was a Locus Recommended Read — one wouldn’t fault Marr if she kept on doing so.

However, her latest book, “Carnival of Souls”, is certainly something different. Marr takes a break from the world of the fae and introduces readers to The City, a place populated by daimons and where danger, deception, and violence is the norm.

But will Marr’s decision to take on a new world that readers may not be familiar with prove to be a wise one? Will “Carnival of Souls” blaze a new path for Marr, or would she have been better off sticking to what worked in the past?

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Ronreads interview: Lysley Tenorio

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I feel like I have to start this out with an apology.

Lysley Tenorio is a nice guy, who was very accommodating even after a day full of interviews. He answered every question I had, and they were great answers too! He would often be quiet for a few seconds, really digesting the question in his mind, I guess, before replying.

What I feel I need to apologize for is that could have done better. I feel like I could have asked better questions and dug deeper, but this was an off day for me. Everybody has them, I guess.

In this interview, Lysley Tenorio talks about growing in a multicultural neighborhood in California, getting the emotions rights, and why he loves working with the short story.

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Book review: Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung’s “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade”

I’ve had my copy of “Avengers: The Children’s Crusade” for almost a year now, but it was only until recently that I finally started reading it, mostly spurred on by the release of Kieron Gillen and James Mckelvie’s take on the teenage superheroes.

As I clearly spelled out in my review of the Young Avengers Ultimate Collection, I loved how Heinberg and Cheung took on these superpowered teens. I loved the art, I loved the characterization, and I loved how everything about it still felt so fresh even if it’s been more than half a decade since it was published.

I personally went into “The Children’s Crusade” with quite a bit of expectation, as I knew about bits and pieces of it, thanks to Tumblr. I knew that it would feature multiple superpowered teams, from the Avengers to the X-Men, and I knew that there would be a Wiccan/Hulkling kiss somewhere in there. But were those expectations met? Or is “The Children’s Crusade” a bit of a let-down?

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Scholastic Asian Book Awards looking for entries

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The Scholastic Asian Book Awards (SABA), a joint initiative of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic, is currently looking for entries.

The Scholastic Asian Book Award is awarded every two years to an unpublished manuscript (original or translation) targeted at children aged six to 18 years, written by writers of Asian descent, living in Asia, who are 18 years of age and above.

All submissions must be in English, and a chapter book or novel of 6,000 words or more. The story must be set in Asia and should not be accompanied by illustrations. Entries are limited to one submission per writer.

Entries must be submitted, complete with six copies of each manuscript. The manuscript must be typed double spaced in Times New Roman font, size 12. An official entry form must be attached to each submitted entry. Submissions can be made by mail to: SABA Secretariat, National Book Development Council of Singapore, Geylang East Public Library, 50 Geylang East Avenue 1, Singapore 389777.

The closing date for the 2014 SABA is Oct. 21, 2013, 5 p.m., Singapore time. The results will be declared in May 2014, at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. For more info, visit www.scholasticbookaward.asia.