Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Hunger Games Movie News!

As everybody knows, The Hunger Games is being made into a movie. How exciting is that?

Over the past few months we have been getting news on who is going to be staring in The Hunger Games. Now we have pictures!

Over two months ago we got the pictures of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. As of yesterday we got the pictures of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne. All of these Pictures are in Entertainment Weekly.

What are you guys doing home reading this? Go out there and get that magazine!


Blog Hop and Feature, & Follow Friday

We, here, at Pretty in Fiction are brand-spanking-new to all this blog-hopping fun. We are very excited to have you all vist us on our page, so welcome!

We would like to thank Parajunkee, and @ Alisoncanread for hosting the amazing Feature, & Follow Friday.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Title: Love Story
Author: Jennifer Echols
Publisher: MTV Books
Publish Date: July 19, 2011

I have been waiting for months (months!) to finally read Jennifer Echols' new book Love Story. I started my obsession with Jennifer's writing when I happened upon her book Forget You one day while searching for something to keep me occupied for a while.

Forget You definitely delivered and turned out to be one of those stories you just can't help but think about over and over again. While you're working, cleaning, cooking. I found myself thinking about it even while reading other books.

So that's when I decided to read some of her other books. One after the other I was blown away. All of her characters, even the ones in the cutesy romantic comedies, are well written, all with issues most everyone can relate to.

Love Story is no exception.

Erin Blackwell is a rich girl from the south—so rich in fact, her grandmother owns a horse farm (Yeah. That kind of rich!).

Anyway, Erin is a Freshman in a college in New York City. Like all freshman in the honors program, she is forced to take a creative writing class. Although since she is trying her best to start a writing career, this works for her.

What doesn't work for her is that Hunter Allen (officially my favorite name ever! How awesome is that name? Seriously!) is enrolling in her creative writing class. And guess what? Not only does she know Hunter from his time working on her family farm as a stable boy, but she has written him into her first creative writing assignment as the hero and love interest.

Yeah, it's THE awkward situation of a life time. And there's nothing she can do but sit back and wait for Hunter to humiliate her by telling the class and their teacher that her story is about him, effectively ruining her chance to be taken seriously and win an internship at a publishing company.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Review - Quest for the Scorpion's Jewel

Title: Quest for the Scorpion's Jewel
Author Amy Green
Pub. Date: July, 2011

Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosQuest for the Scorpion's Jewel is a Christian-based, high fantasy novel set in the fictional lands of Amaris and Da'armos. The first book of the Amaris Adventures series by author Amy Green, Quest for the Scorpion's Jewel follows Jesse, a fifteen-year-old boy with a bum leg, as he sets out on an adventure he could only have dreamed about before.

Every five years, Selen, the king of Amaris, gathers together the bravest of the brave, the smartest of the smart, and the most dedicated young citizens (ages 12-18), seperates them into squads of four, trains them up, and then sends them out on a dangerous mission for King and Country.

Jesse is not one of these Youth Guard members, but when three of them (one of them gravely injured) show up on his doorstep late one night, that is when Jesse's adventures begin.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Once Upon a Readathon

A few days ago I heard about the Once Upon a Readathon and figured, what the hey? I'd join up and try to get a few books read. I've been slacking on my reading lately, so why not? Maybe it'd help me step up and start cutting down my To Read list.
Well, it started today at 12:00AM. And like a true procrastinator, I haven't decided what books I'll be reading yet. But, last night, I did decide to start with Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles.

I've read both books currently out in Simone's Perfect Chemistry series (Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction) and I fell in love with them. Alex and his brother Carlos are incredible. I'm waiting anxiously to read about their little brother Luis in the third book in the Fuentes brother's series (Chain Reaction).

So when I saw the sample for Leaving Paradise sitting there on my Nook last night I decided I needed to read it.


So far all I know about it is that Caleb is in a juvenile corrections facility for a hit and run and drunk driving. And Maggie, the girl Caleb hit with his car (she also happens to be his twin sister's best friend and next door neighbor. Talk about awkward...), has been in physical therapy for the past year trying to regain her ability to walk.

When Caleb gets out of juvy early for good behavior, he comes home to all the difficulties that come with being in jail for a year. His friends and ex-girlfriend don't understand what he's been through, the entire school blames him for what happened to Maggie, and Maggie herself hates his guts for hitting her with his car and then leaving her all alone in the middle of the road.

But Maggie's not having such a great time coming back to school, after a year in physical therapy, either. After everything she went through to walk again, she still walks with a limp. Her legs are all scarred up from the accident. Her classmates pity her or make fun of the way she walks.

She feels like an outsider.

And so does Caleb.

It's this one thing, this one similarity, that brings Caleb and Maggie closer than either of them ever would have thought possible after that fateful accident.

If I enjoy Leaving Paradise, I'll probably read the sequel, Return to Paradise, as my second #OUreadathon book. After reading Simone Elkeles' other books, I'm sure I'll get through both of these books in no time.

So that means I have two books on my list so far.

If you have any other suggestions let me know!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Review: The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

Love this cover!
Title: The Vampire Stalker 
Author: Allison Van Diepen 
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. 
Publish Date: June 2011

How many of us have fallen in love with a fictional character?

Be honest?

It's one of the downfalls—if you want to look at it that way—of reading. You spend so much time with these characters that you become completely invested in their lives. Is the hero going to defeat the villain and get the girl? Will the bad guy win in the end? Will—gasp—the main character even survive the final conflict?

Everyone wants, or at least almost everyone, wants a happy ending for the characters that have become a part of their lives after all that reading. Readers can't help but become attached. At least, if the writer does their job properly, that is.

And sometimes those characters become such a fixation in a reader's mind that you care about their fate maybe a little more than is necessarily sane.

But that's alright, we all do it.

Nothing proves that the whole lot of us readers are crazy more than Allison Van Diepen's book The Vampire Stalker.

Review: Delirium, by Lauren Oliver

Title: Delirium
Author: Lauren Oliver
Pub. Date: February 2011
Sample the first chapter here!
It's been my experience over the years that a novel written mainly on the subject of love has not resulted in the production of one of the best stories I have ever read, or even, for that matter, one that I'd thought was very good (though there have been good ones, don't get me wrong). A story, in my opinion needs more at its base than just love. Perhaps I'm too critical of love stories, but I know I'm not the only one out there who feels this way, and regardless the point I'm trying to make is this: When I picked up a copy of Lauren Oliver's Delirium, I had my reservations.

Still, I found the story line intriguing enough (partially due to my current dystopian kick. I am a sucker for that kind of stuff), so I decided to give it a chance.

A girl, Lena Haloway, lives in a future where they have managed to find a cure for love, or amor deliria nervosa, as they call it -- "The deadliest of all deadly things." (Delirium, p.4, and others.) In this future, at the age of eighteen every citizen of the United States is eradicated of this "disease" whether they are willing, or not (as some cases may be.). At the start of this book, Lena has ninety-five days until her procedure, and she cannot wait. They say the cure is happiness, and Lena wants to be happy; she wants to be safe. Since the death of her mother (who killed herself because of the disease when Lena was six) that is all she ever wanted -- until she fell in love.

Interesting, if not a little too love focused, right?

Thursday, July 7, 2011

We're on Facebook now!

Hey Pretty Peeps!

Just a quick update for ya. We're on Facebook now, so go and check us out!

Later guys!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: Wild Child by Mike Wells

Title: Wild ChildAuthor: Mike WellsRating:
This eBook is FREE! Get your copy here.

Wild Child is a fast paced novella by author Mike Wells. Honestly I found this book to be a great, rough read with lots of potential, which is why I give it 3.4/5-stars.

The story is about Kyle Dunlap (Jr.) and his best friend, Briana Fox, who, while swimming in the lake in their town, meets with a horrible accident. Gravely injured, Briana manages to fight her way to a mysterious spring hidden deep under the lake that washes away all her wounds and leaves her in a euphoric high—but the cure is far from permanent.

In an attempt by Kyle to determine why the spring had this effect, a pair of government agents learns of this strange water, and now will stop at nothing to have it in their grasps. Kyle must choose: tell the agents what they want to know, and possibly lose his best friend forever, or protect the secret of the spring.

Hello , Pretties !

This is my pretty welcome to all of you ! Hope you're all enjoying our blog so far , but as you can tell , we're just getting started. As the description says , we're four cousins who have most of the same interests in books , so we'll be updating periodically with very opinionated reviews for all of you to read ! I , sappfyer (courtney) , will be taking any kind of book requests to do a review on for you. So follow us , and let's see if we have some similar tastes ! Until then , my pretties !

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Review: Hollowland by Amanda Hocking

Title: Hollowland
Author: Amanda Hocking

Eeek! Pretty cover alert!

This was the first book by Amanda Hocking that I've read, but now I have added all of her other books to my to-read list.

Hollowland was a great example of my-kind-of-zombie-book. There was tons of action. It was like zombie attack after zombie attack, but not in a I'm-not-learning-anything-about-these-characters kind of way.

There was plenty of emotion in there, as well. I mean how could there not be. It's about a nineteen year old girl looking for her missing brother during the zombie apocalypse!

Hey, Pretty readers!

Because that's what I think we should be called, but I digress.

Welcome to Pretty in Fiction! The blog where you can read all about the fictitious goings-on of all your (well, our) favorite books, movies, television shows, and, yes, even video games. Courtney (Sappfyer), Jesse, Taylor (Tabular), and I look forward to seeing your pretty faces (or, words. You know, whatever works.) here, as wells on our personal blogs, if you dare: [Note that if you're a lurker, we can see you, too. We're that good. ;)]: WORDSofNERDS,  Pretty While i Read,  The Nonsense Journals, and  for your reading pleasure....

Anyway, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you stay tuned for more.

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