New Series Alerts…

The second to last week of the month usually is not a big release week, and this one is no exception. There is only one new YA series getting a start this week, and it is the Starglass series by Phoebe North. The first book is also called Starglass.

starglassSynopsis…

The generation ship Asherah coasts through space, bound for a planet its passengers have never even seen. On the eve of their arrival, sixteen-year-old botanist Terra discovers that her orderly society has fractured. Walking home one night through the long-abandoned engine rooms, she witnesses the murder of an innocent man. Now, called on by the Children of Abel, a group of rebels intent on destroying the High Council, Terra must prove her mettle–assassinate the ship’s rising captain. In order to carry out her task, Terra must betray her father, deceive her teacher, and challenge everything the Council has ever taught her was true.

The rebels think that Terra has nothing left to lose. But when she falls for Silvan Rafferty, the boy that she’s meant to kill, Terra learns that “doing your duty” isn’t always as easy as it seems.

What is everyone reading this week? I am still on the YA binge, and I have Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver on the go. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is very different, but I find myself liking it quite a bit so far.

This and That…Movie Edition

There seems to be a lot going on in the PNR/UF movie side of things in the last couple of days, both good and bad. This is just a quick round-up of what I have been seeing lately…

Well, first off, the big cover reveal for Veronica Roth‘s third Divergent book, Allegiant, took place this morning. Much hoopla was involved. Also Ryan Seacrest. That one still makes me shake my head, but dude looks like he would go to the opening of an envelope if it bought him some attention. Anyways, Allegiant will look like so when it hits the shelves on October 22nd.

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Also from the Divergent-verse, it seems that things are looking like a go for the sequel, Insurgent. A screenwriter has been chosen, and things are progressing. With the amount of hype surrounding pretty much every aspect of this series, I am not surprised, but it is still good to get confirmation. I actually got excited when I saw a picture that included Theo James‘ (Four’s) forehead. In my defense, there is also an ear. Nerd.

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Aaand, it seems that there being a second Mortal Instruments movie is a sure thing, since City of Ashes has just been greenlit. The director of the first movie, Harold Zwart, will be returning, and production will start this fall. Yes! My fear is always that the studios go into these movies with half a commitment, and take a wait and see attitude (for example, will there be a second Beautiful Creatures movie? Never heard anything more). At least this shows faith in the product. Nice.

Filming starts for the Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters at the end of this month. All of the stars are in rigorous training right now to get into fighting shape, and author Richelle Mead has been very pleased with what she has seen so far. According to a chat she recently did, she said that all of the important stuff from the books has made the translation to the script, and that things are looking good. Olga Kurylenko has just been cast as Headmistress Kirova – I did picture the Kirova as an old hag, not a Bond Girl, but that could work, too.

It seems, on a less positive note, that Fox has passed on the Delirium pilot starring Emma Roberts. Based on the Lauren Oliver trilogy of the same name, the cast had been very active trying to drum up fan support, but it was still not enough to get Fox to bite.

The Selection from Keira Cass seems to be up in the air, too. The first pilot was passed on last season by the CW, but it was given a second chance with a new cast and new focus. And that new focus is way, way heavy on the sex/intrigue. According to an article in The Examiner…

          The Hunger Games influence is still very very strong in this show — but they’ve given it a heavy injection of Game of Thrones as well. There’s a lot of sex and raunchiness, even by The CW’s standards, and tons and tons of cynicism. Everybody is plotting against everybody else, everybody is making alliances and cutting deals and nobody trusts anybody. Mostly it’s a chance to see Tony Head play a king again, so soon after Merlin.

Kiera Cass stated herself in a Tweet that it is everything the article stated – and more – and that the way things are going, an R rating wouldn’t be strong enough. Huh. Didn’t see that coming.

And finally, the trailer for the upcoming Ender’s Game has been making the rounds. Now, I have to admit, I know nothing about this. It wasn’t even on my radar, but I have seen much love directed its way on the other blogs, so I thought the least I could do was post the trailer.

A Deal, a Pilot…and the Future of B&N

So, this is just a random grab-all post that covers what my net nosiness turned up today.

  • Harlequin Teen has signed one of its bestselling authors to a seven-figure deal. Julie Kagawa, who writes the Blood Eden and Iron Fey series for the imprint, has inked a multibook contract for a new series. Harlequin said the new books will offer a contemporary story featuring “mythical creatures.” Agent Laurie McLean at Larsen Pomada Literary sold world rights to Natashya Wilson. The first book is the seriesis set for 2015. Iron Fey unfolds over five books and three novellas and has, Harlequin said, been published in over 20 countries; film rights to Blood Eden, the second book of which is coming in May 2013, have been optioned by Palomar Pictures.
  • The Fox Network has ordered a pilot based on Lauren Oliver’s popular Delirium trilogy, just ahead of the March 5 release of book three, Requiem (Harper). Writer/executive producer Karyn Usher (Prison Break) wrote the pilot that was approved, and The Mazur Kaplan Company (as in Mitchell Kaplan of Books & Books) is executive producing along with Chernin Entertainment and Twentieth Television.In addition to soon being able to watch Delirium on the small screen, fans of Oliver’s work will get a bonus short story, “Alex,” if they buy a copy ofthe first printing of Requiem.Delirium Stories, originally published as digital novellas, will also be released in paperback on March 5, as will an e-book that focuses on the leader of a rebel group in the Wilds, Raven. An original digital story about Lena’s best friend, Hana, came out last February.
  • Barnes & Noble has reacted to an article in the Wall Street Journal that quotes B&N retail group CEO Mitchell Klipper as saying the bookstore chain will have 450 to 500 stores in 10 years by stressing that the company’s management “is fully committed to the retail concept for the long term.” A spokesperson noted that B&N has been closing about 15 stores annually for 10 years, a figure that includes a number of unprofitable stores as well as some relocations.

    “The numbers reported today by the Wall Street Journal are consistent with analysts’ expectations,” the spokesperson said. B&N has cut back on store openings in part because developers are opening fewer malls as well as the impact of the sale of digital books .In the last 12 months, B&N closed or announced closing of such high profile outlets as New York City’s Greenwich Village on 8th Street, two outside of Dallas, and ones in Austin, Chicago, and Seattle. The closing of the B&N at Union Station in Washington, D.C., was much lamented. Then came a reprieve, which fell through; it will close at the end of next month.

Sometimes I wonder if the next generation will even know what a bookstore is at all. If huge American cities cannot support a brick and mortar store, what chance is there for the smaller markets to keep theirs?

Cover Lover – 14 New Titles

There are quite a few to show this time around, and many of them came from Goodreads.  Some came from authors blogs and websites, as well.  This first one is from J.D. Tyler‘s Alpha Pack series.  Black Moon is due out on December 4th.

Through the Ever Night is the second book from Veronica Rossi‘s Under the Never Sky series, and it is due out on January 8th.

This next one is from a new series starting at the end of this year by Coreene CallahanKnight Awakened is the first book of the Circle of Seven series.

The Program, from author Suzanne Young, is due out on April 30th of next year.  It is the first book of the series also called The Program.

I thought this one was pretty.  Rise is the second book from Andrea Cremer‘s Nightshade spin-off series, due out on January 8th.

I still have the last two of these to read.  I am so, so far behind.  Born of Fury is the next book in Sherrilyn Kenyon‘s The League series, due out next year.

Lilith Saintcrow (as Lili St. Crow) will release Nameless on April 4th of next year.  It is the first book of the Tales of Madness and Beauty series.  And I want that chick’s hair.

I didn’t even realize that there was a fourth book due out for Kimberly Derting‘s Bodyfinder series until I saw it posted on Goodreads.  This one is called Dead Silence, and it will be released on April 16th.

Yasmine Galenorn is really good about upping her new coverart early.  This one is the cover for her upcoming Otherworld novel, Haunted Moon.  Look for it on January 29th.

Kate Cross‘s second Clockwork Agents book, Touch of Steel, will be out on December 4th.

This next one…frightens me.  Badly.  A Touch Menacing is the third book of the Touch Mortal series from Leah Clifford, due out on March 5th.

Lauren Oliver‘s third and final Delirium book, Requiem, will be released on March 5th.

Almost done.  The first book of Claudia Gray‘s upcoming Spellcaster series, also called Spellcaster, will be released on March 5th.

And this last one is from Rebecca MaizelStolen Nights is the follow-up to Infinite Days, and it should be hitting the shelves on February 5th.

Which one is your favorite?  Mine is Andrea Cremer’s Rise, while A Touch Menacing is still scaring me.  Good lord, the eyes!

From Page to Screen…

From Harry Potter to Twilight to Hunger Games, pretty much every time I turn around now I hear about a new one of “my” books being somehow adapted for the screen, be it motion picture or television.  I was looking at my Young Adult books, and pretty much every second book is in some stage of movie development.  I am a faithful fan of The Vampire Diaries, just bought the Blu-rays for True Blood, and just might have to get into Game of Thrones.  I can’t wait for the last two Twilight movies, and I plan a marathon of all the Harry Potters when the last one comes out next month.  So, I started digging a bit to see what else is on the horizon for paranormal/urban fantasy adaptations.  Man, I can’t believe just how many there are, and I am sure that I haven’t even scratched the surface…

I am pretty sure there is no one left alive who doesn’t know that Suzanne CollinsHunger Games Trilogy will be heading to the big screen.  It is in the post-production stage right now, and is scheduled for a March 2013 release, and it will star Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland, among others.  The first one hasn’t even opened yet, but the second movie, Catching Fire, has already been given a release date of November 22nd, 2013.  And, like Twilight and Harry Potter before it, there is even a rumor that book three, Mockingjay, may actually be split into two movies.

There have been rumors for quite a while about Cassandra Clare‘s Mortal Instruments series being made into a movie, but things are definitely a go now.  It is in the pre-production stage, but principle casting is taking place. So far Lily Collins is confirmed for Clary, and for a while it looked like Alex Pettyfer was going to be Jace.  However, it appears that Jamie Campbell Bower has won the role.  Filming will begin in January, and it is thought to be a late 2012 release.

Now, there was some big news recently on the adult book front, as well.  Prolific author Sherrilyn Kenyon has not one, but TWO deals in the works.  She will partner with Amber Entertainment to produce a movie based on her Chronicles of Nick series, starting with the first book, Infinity.  And if that isn’t enough, there is also plans for a tv series based on her signature Dark-Hunter series.  Very little info is known as yet about either project.

Around the same time the Kenyon news came out, it was also announced that Dreamworks is looking to develop its own fantasy franchise starting with all five books of Karen Marie Moning‘s Fever series.  This is not the first time these MacKayla Lane books have been optioned, as it was originally a 20th Century Fox property.  This sounds promising, however.

For the last year or so, I have seen references to a Diana Gabaldon Outlander movie.  As of late last year, it was still in the “in development” stage, with both Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler rumored to be attached to the starring roles.  Right now, it is the script stage, but it is being listed as a late 2012 release.  I could totally work with Gerry, but Heigl?  Meh.

Getting bored yet?  There is a ton more to go.  For the last couple of years, there have been whispers of a Richelle Mead Vampire Academy movie (or movies).  It seemed like momentum would be building, and then just sort of…vanish.  Looks like things are back on track (as of now), since this is being shopped as a 2013 release.  No clue on whether it is to be considered a one-off movie, or the beginning of a series (what with there being six books in total).  Here’s hoping things work out this time around.

Following on the huge success of Twilight, Stephenie Meyer is going back to the movies with her other, more adult sci-fi series.  The Host, which will be hitting the theaters on March 29th, 2013, is the first book of the series of the same name.  At least, Meyer has outlined two subsequent books, titled The Soul and The SeekerDianna Agron, Luke Wilson, Shiloh Fernandez, and Ian Sommerhalder (yes!  Please?) all auditioned for various roles, but the only confirmed actor is Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), who will be starring as Melanie Stryder.

It looks like Kiersten White‘s trilogy, starting with Paranormalcy (followed by Supernaturally and finally Endlessly), is also a go.  It was actually optioned before it was even published, and the first time director is Ray Kay (yep, really), known for directing music videos from the likes of Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

It was only a matter of time before the next two were given the movie treatment.  First up is Fallen, from author Lauren Kate.  Disney Pictures picked up the rights for Fallen, plus the expected three books to follow, in the middle of last year.  Casting is going on now, and as of even last month rumor was pointing to actress Lucy Hale playing Lucinda Price.  Meanwhile, Maggie Stiefvater‘s Wolves of Mercy Falls series (starting with Shiver), has been optioned by Warner Brothers.  Not much info is available on this one as yet, but Entertainment Weekly did point to it as one of the upcoming adaptations to keep an eye out for.

We will have a bit of a wait for this one, but Veronica Roth‘s dystopian trilogy, starting with Divergent, will be coming to the screen sometime in 2015.  There is little info available as yet, since things are in the very early stages, but on the book front the second title will be Insurgent, and should be available next May.

2013 will also see the release of Incarceron.  Based on the Catherine Fisher series, it is supposedly set to star Twilight’s Taylor Lautner in the role of Finn, a prisoner of Incarceron who knows nothing of the outside world.

And buzz is building about Matched.  Based on the first of three books from Ally Condie, Matched is also still in the early stages.  Movie rights were picked up by Disney, and things are now listed as being “in development”.

There is also talk about the Trylle Trilogy from self-publishing star Amanda Hocking, Beautiful Creatures from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and the House of Night series from P.C. Cast all being in various stages of development, along with Firelight from Sophie Jordan and Delirium from Lauren Oliver.  But things can change quickly, as shown by Melissa Marr‘s Wicked Lovely.  Two months after Kimberly Peirce was tapped to direct, things just sort of…went away.  It is now in the process of being shopped around, so things are back to square one.

So, even though Harry Potter has ended, and Twilight is nearing the finish line, it looks like we will have no shortage of adaptations to keep us running to the theaters for a long, long time.