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February 22, 2011 posted by Christina

yaFlicks News Round Up #3

When Hollywood is looking for the next big thing, they often turn to the world of literature for inspiration.

With so many of our favorite YA book titles leaving their prized places on our bookshelves for a stint on the silver screen, it can be hard to keep track of them all.

Here’s the latest news from Hollywood, from the big screen, to your screen.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Release Date: March 23, 2012

Director: Gary Ross
Producer: Nina Jacobsen
Casting Director: Debra Zane
Studio: Lionsgate

Casting and other rumors: If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from keeping an eye on book to movie news is that IMDB.com is full of lies. It’s a bit like wikipedia, anyone with a pro account can edit the information about casting details etc. As of yet none of the characters have been cast yet.

Names such as Hailee Steinfield, Chloe Moretz, Alyson Stoner (ugh please no), Alex Pettyfer (double ugh no) and Elle Fanning have been thrown around but so far all of those are just rumors.

There was also a story going around that the movie would be filmed in North Carolina, which according to Lionsgate is also untrue.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: 2012

Director: Scott Charles Stewart

Casting and other rumors: The same deal with people sabotaging IMDB applies to The Mortal Instruments movie. As of yet only Lily Collins is an official cast member, who will be playing the lead character Clary Fray.

The most talked about casting rumor is of course Alex Pettyfer as Jace, which as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fan of the idea (for reasons such as too old, too many franchises already etc). At the moment it’s still a rumor, though he has mentioned that he’s read the books, the script and has spoken with director Scott Charles Stewart. We’ll see.

Other (probably false) rumors include Gaspard Ulliel as Alec and Darren Criss as Magnus.

I Am Number Four

Release Date: 18 February 2011 (out now)

Director: D.J. Caruso (Disturbia)
Producer: Michael Bay (Transformers)

Starring: Alex Pettyfer (I know, I know, I’m mentioning him again, but he’s actually in this one!), Dianna Agron (Glee) and Teresa Palmer

I wasn’t a fan of this book but thought the movie had promise. From the few reviews I’ve read it’s not getting a great response. A few cheesy lines, key information lost in the translation of book to screen and too many explosions (well, come on, Michael Bay is involved, there were bound to be explosions). But, I know some people did enjoy it, I’m hoping to check it out soon for myself and find out.

Bits and pieces –

The adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s sci-fi novel The Host is making slow progress by announcing earlier this month that Susanna White has signed up as the director.

Looks like Selena Gomez has been cast to play Hannah in the adaptation of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher which has been an unpopular choice with fans.

Emma Watson has confirmed she will be starring in The Perks of Being a Wallflower which will start filming in the summer

The movie rights to Veronica Roth’s Divergent have been picked up by billionaires Meg Ellisson. It’s not clear yet which studio will be working on the project buy Summit and Columbia Pictures are possibilities

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and directed by Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet) is set to be filmed in Sydney, Australia and in 3D, which not everyone is thrilled about. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Tobey Maguire as the narrator.

October 3, 2010 posted by Christina

I Am Number Four Movie Trailer

The trailer for the movie adaptation of I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore has just been released! It stars Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker) and Dianna Agron (Glee) and is set for release February 2011.

September 21, 2010 posted by Christina

Pubsicle Giveaway!

As part of our new Pubsicle feature, the lovely people at Penguin Australia have given us three prize packs to giveaway!

Included in the prize pack is a copy of I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore, Saltwater Vampires by Kristy Eagar and The Eternal Ones by Kristen Miller.

All you need to do is leave your details in the field provided and you’re in. This one is open to everyone. Best of luck!

The Nitty Gritty:

  • Simply fill out the form below with your name, email, and mailing address. We randomly draw the winners using random.org.
  • Giveaway is open to everyone/international.
  • Ends on September 27, 2010.

September 15, 2010 posted by Ivy


Flavor of the week : Orange Penguin Delight

Pubsicle is a weekly meme that combines our two favorite things – ice cream and books. We hand the reigns over to some of our awesome publishers as they highlight what upcoming releases they’re excited about.

Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller

Haven Moore has always known she’s different: there are the talents that can’t be explained; the knowledge of places she’s never been; and then there are the visions that overwhelm her – terrifying visions of a life that ended tragically two decades earlier and more than a thousand miles away in New York City. The citizens of Haven’s rural, highly religious community, believe that she’s been possessed by a demon. But this is no demon: it’s reincarnation.
Haven journeys all the way to Manhattan in search of clues about her past life and a decades-old murder. One wrong move could lead her into the clutches of the sinister villain at the center of a conspiracy much larger than she could have ever imagined. But if she makes the right choices, Haven will find the answers she’s been seeking her entire life.
This is an epic and thrilling romance set in the snake-handling churches of Appalachia, the dusty ruins of ancient Rome, and the grand mansions of Manhattan. The Eternal Ones tells the story of the first battle in a war between undying love and eternal evil.

Release Date: 30/8/10

Kirsten Miller grew up in a small town in the mountains of North Carolina. At seventeen, she hit the road and moved to New York City, where she lives to this day. Kirsten is the author of the acclaimed Kiki Strike books, which tell the tale of the delinquent girl geniuses who keep Manhattan safe.

Website: www.theeternalones.com


by The Compulsive Reader

by Frenetic Reader

Where to buy:

Angus & Robertson for Aussies

Book Depository

I Am Number 4 by Pittacus Lore

We were nine, three are dead, I am number four.
Nine teenagers and their guardians are hiding on Earth … protected by a charm that means they can only be killed in numeric order, three are already dead. John Smith is Number Four. And his mortal enemies are hunting him down.
The only way to keep off radar is to keep moving, never staying in one place for long. Finally in the firing line, all he can do is adopt the guise of a student and pray his unusual gifts – his legacies – stay hidden long enough for him to settle into this new community.
But others seem to sense his otherness and when small-town life sucks him into its intrigues, it’s only a matter of time before his true nature is revealed. And that means there’s no space for love, friendship or a future if it means protecting not only himself, but the other five …
Reminiscent of Smallville and Heroes, here finally is a thriller with awesome pace, mindblowing special effects and a breathtaking high concept. It demands to be read in one sitting.

Release date: 30/8/10

Pittacus Lore is a Loric Elder, from the Planet Lorien, which is three hundred million miles away. He is approximately ten thousand years old. He has been to earth hundreds of times, and he is here now.

Website: www.iamnumberfour.co.uk/


Christina’s Review

by Dave Brendon

Where to buy:

Fishpond for Aussies

Book Depository

Saltwater Vampires by Kirsty Eagar

He looked to the sky, praying for rain, a downpour, some sign from the heavens that he should refuse the abomination contained in that flask. But all he saw was the bloated white face of the moon smiling down on him …
And the sky around it was cold and clear and black …
They made their circle of blood. And only the moon witnessed the slaughter that followed.

For Jamie Mackie, summer holidays in the coastal town of Rocky Head mean surfing, making money, and good times at the local music festival. But this year, vampires are on the festival’s line-up … fulfilling a pact made on the wreck of the Batavia, four hundred years ago. If their plans succeed, nobody in Rocky Head will survive to see out the new year.

Release date: 30/8/10

Kirsty Eagar grew up on a cattle property in central Queensland. After studying economics, she worked on trading desks in Sydney and London before changing careers, wanting a life where she could surf every day. She travelled around Australia in a four-wheel drive, worked as a cook and personal trainer, and began writing fiction. Kirsty is married with two daughters and lives on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Website: www.kirstyeagar.com

More Info:

Read how the book cover of Saltwater Vampires was made here:

Part 1

Part 2


by Lost in Stories

by InkCrush

Where to buy:

Fishpond for Aussies

Book Depository

Visit Penguin Australia’s online space for Teens at Between the Lines.

I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore
Book Reviews
July 27, 2010 posted by Christina

I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore

“In the beginning we were nine.
We left when we were very young, almost too young to remember. Almost. And now . . .
Three are gone.
We are here to keep our race alive, which was almost entirely obliterated. We’re just trying to survive.
Six are left.
But we are hunted, and the hunters won’t stop until they’ve killed us all.
They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
I am Number Four.
I know that I am next.”

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore (the pseudonym for authors Jobie Hughes and James Frey) has been touted as one of the most exciting new releases for this year – the book’s film rights were secured months before release and is due out in February produced by Michael Bay (Transformers) and Steven Spielberg.

Lorien is one of the eighteen life sustaining planets in the universe. Life, similar to that of Earth has been thriving there for millions of years with the people there developing technologies much like our own. These technologies however almost destroyed their planet (like what is happening here on Earth) so the people of Lorien reform their ways and swap the pollutants for eco-friendly and sustainable living. On this planet there are two types of people – the Garde who develop powers called Legacies and the Cêpan who protect them.
Then the Mogardorians show up. Dark, ruthless creatures that have come to wage war on Lorien to take control after they sapped their own planet of resources. An ugly clash takes place while the people of Lorien were caught off guard and the battle is lost. However, 9 children, and their Cêpan guardians, are shipped off the planet to Earth, to bide their time and return when they can fight to save their home.

Confused? Stay with me, stay with me…

Ten years on the Mogadorians are after the 9 children and they must be killed in order. Three are dead and John, is fourth in line. He’s been on the run all his life but now the stakes are higher, he must remain hidden till his powers develop so he can finally fight back against those who took everything from him.

Once you get past the disorientation that comes with starting a sci-fi or fantasy book you settle into the story and get quite absorbed in John’s story. It’s exciting and suspenseful with more than one occasion that felt like “Ohmygodohmygod, what? What? WHATS HAPPENING?” this book really knows how to get you into the feel of the chase.

There are a couple of plot holes (like, how come a whole planet of adults with Legacies can’t defeat the Mogardorians but 9…now 6 kids will?) and times where things were a bit predictable or convenient but overall I did enjoy it though it didn’t live up to my excitement.

Like most YA novels, there is a love story, but this one made me cringe. After arriving at a new school John falls in love with the very beautiful, nice, caring, smart, artistic, apparently flawless, Sarah. Their relationship doesn’t feel believable and within the space of three months have developed a lifelong devotion that is based on not much other than their “love”.The dialogue between John and Sarah made me roll my eyes, particularly when John gives his big reveal about his identity; she just looks him in the eyes and believes him. Just like that. No questions or doubt. She just loves him more. Gag.

I had conflicting feelings about John himself as a main character. We’re in his head the whole time and you sympathize with his situation and see that generally he’s a pretty good kid. But….toward the end I felt very frustrated with him, once his powers surfaced it’s like he lost any survival instinct and more than once I felt like yelling, “JUST RUN JOHN, RUN!” where he put himself and the people around him in danger when it really wasn’t necessary…..but I guess, then we wouldn’t have a story.

On the other hand, John’s guardian Henri and best friend Sam were great characters that you warm up to. Henri has been John’s surrogate dad for the last 10 years and always displays a sense of wisdom and kindness whereas Sam is a quirky guy who ironically is fascinated by aliens and U.F.Os.

Despite its flaws I Am Number Four still has its merits such as the non preachy approach to sending an environmental message. There’s great skill in the way atmosphere is built up, there’s a sense of fear and suspense that’s only seen in your nightmares. It’s a sci-fi book but not to the point that it will only appeal to sci-fi fans, it’s got plenty of action and as the first of a planned six book series it’s off to a decent start.

Pages: 448

Publication Date: August 2010

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

Teaser Quote: “He tells me I need to jump. I stand on legs that are wobbly and still hurt, and just before I jump, I turn and see the three Mogadorians are standing on the porch across the street. They are staring at me, and their swords are gleaming.”