‘Hunger Games’ casts Thresh and Rue — EXCLUSIVE (via Inside Movies)

Rue looks absolutely precious! I am pleased with this casting, although I still wish they had been willing to cast some people of color and unknown actors in some of the bigger roles.

Hunger Games casts Thresh and Rue -- EXCLUSIVEThe Hunger Games adaptation has already found its District 12 tributes in Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss) and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta). Now, Lionsgate has set its sights on District 11: EW has confirmed exclusively that the studio has cast Hollywood newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg as Thresh and Rue in the adaptation of the Suzann … Read More

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New Release Tuesday, 4/05

It’s finally here! Today you can pick up Gayle Forman’s new book, Where She Went. You can read my review of the book here.

And once you’ve read the book, check out this video tour of NYC with the author:

Other new releases today are Holly Black’s Red Glove (book two in the Curse Workers series) and Cassandra Clare’s City of Fallen Angels (book four in the Mortal Instruments series). You can check out my review of Red Glove, which I loved, here.

Peeta and Gale Cast in ‘Hunger Games’ Movie

Well, it appears all of our leads have finally been cast for The Hunger Games. Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song) will be playing Gale, and Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are Alright) will be playing Peeta.

I’m still not thrilled with the choices for Katniss and Gale, both of whom I think are far too blond and fair, but I think Josh Hutcherson is a great choice for Peeta. He’ll be able to pull off Peeta’s self-deprecating humor,vulnerability, and charm.

New Release Tuesday: 3/29

Get excited, kids: Sweet Valley High is back today! Sweet Valley Confidential re-visits Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield at age 27. Jessica’s going through a divorce. Elizabeth is working as a journalist in NYC and dealing with the aftermath of her breakup with Todd. Oh, and the twins are estranged and haven’t spoken in some time. Still, I could never turn down a new Sweet Valley book! The preview posted on the book’s website promises that more of that guilty pleasure we all loved. Here’s an excerpt:

Like the twins of that poem, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield appeared interchangeable, if you considered only their faces.

And what faces they were.

Gorgeous. Absolutely amazing. The kind you couldn’t stop looking at. Their eyes were shades of aqua that danced in the light like shards of precious stones, oval and fringed with thick, light brown lashes long enough to cast a shadow on their cheeks. Their silky blond hair, the cascading kind, fell just below their shoulders. And to complete the perfection, their rosy lips looked as if they were penciled on. There wasn’t a thing wrong with their figures, either. It was as if billions of possibilities all fell together perfectly.

Twice.

At least they’ve gotten rid of the twins’ “perfect size six figures”, right? And I guess they don’t share a red Fiat Spider anymore, either.

I’ll definitely be reviewing this later in the week. Also look for a re-release of books 1-3 of the SVH series, now bound in one volume, at your local bookstore!

Review: Red Glove

I’m going to let you know up front that if you haven’t read White Cat yet, you should go do that tout de suite. It’s the first book in the Curse Workers series, and Red Glove is the second book. In this series, Holly Black sets up a world almost exactly like our own, but with one big difference: there are people called curse workers who each have a sort of magical power. There are emotion workers, luck workers, memory workers, dream workers, death workers, and rarest of all, transformation workers. A lot of fantasy books go overboard with the amount of cool magical shit they try to cram in, and they sometimes suffer for it. Much of the beauty of what Black has done here is that it’s so simple, but she’s fully thought out the consequences of curse workers existing. Everyone wears gloves all the time because workers give a curse with the touch of their hand, and you don’t know who could be a worker. A bare hand is risque and dangerous. There’s an anti-worker political movement and a worker’s rights counter-movement, and many workers have formed mobster families because working is illegal. The setting is modern, but these things make it feel very noir and gritty, as if parts of it came right out of the 1940s.

Cassel Sharpe is our protagonist, and at the end of the last book he uncovered a terrible secret about himself and his worker family.

Minor spoilers for Red Glove under the cut.

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New Release Tuesday, 3/22

New releases this week are Lauren DeStefano’s Wither and Anthony Horowitz’s Scorpia Rising, the final book in the Alex Rider series.

You can read my review of Wither here, and check out the book trailer! I thought it was excellent and I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the trilogy.