Weekly Fangirl Round Up!

Nerd Girl News

 

A new trailer and poster has been revealed for Love, stomach Rosie, medicine starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.

Naomi Watts joins the cast of Insurgent, page as Four’s mother.

Cassandra Clare announces that there will be Simon Lewis short stories in the near future.

 

A new full-length, extended trailer for The Giver has been released!

 

The leader of Candor has been cast, welcome Daniel Day Kim to the Divergent family!

The new trailer for Gayle Forman’s If I Stay movie adaptation is released, and includes scenes from the prologue.

Watch the first trailer for the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ The Best of Me.

Michael Gambon, aka Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter movies 3-8, has been cast in a role in JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy! Find out the rest of the casting here!

Check out the first two chapters of Robert Galbraith’s (aka JK Rowling) second novel, The Silkworm, and make sure to preorder it through your indie bookstore!

Will the Song of Ice and Fire series by one book longer than anticipated? George RR Martin’s editor suggests this might be so!

Star Wars Episode 7 adds two fantastic ladies to the cast: Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) and Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)! Fun fact: Gwendoline was recently cast as Commander Lyme in Mockingjay!

Want to learn Dothraki? Well, with this new companion software, you can!

Set photos have been leaked from the upcoming Star Wars movie, and it looks like we’ll see a bit of the Millennium Falcon!

JJ Abrams has an interesting response for the leaked Star Wars Episode 7 photos.

Both John Green and Nat Wolff talk about the upcoming adaptation of another of John’s books, Paper Towns.

George RR Martin wants to put you in A Game of Thrones…and kill you. Find out how it could be you!

Rumors are abound that Benedict Cumberbatch could be starring in a Dr. Strange movie!

Ant-man gets a new director in the form of Peyton Reed!

Teen Wolf fans: the official trailer is finally here!

The cover for Abbi Glines’ new novel has been revealed! Check it out!

The Fault in Our Stars opens up to a huge box office weekend, aims to beat out Shailene’s other blockbuster hit this year, Divergent.

The DUFF has officially begun filming, check out all the photos we’ve seen so far!

A trailer for Maggie Stiefvater’s Sinner has been released!

Sherlock Season 3 has hit Netflix (along with Orange is the New Black) and it includes bonus features!

Posts and Vlogs

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend Book Challenge

Fictional Crush of the Week: Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments Series

Five Reasons to Read Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Favorite and Least Favorite Moments of City of Heavenly Fire (Spoilers)

May Book Wrap Up

California June Book Events!

Vlog: Monday Missions 8

Vlog: HUGE May Book Haul

Tuesday Top Ten: Most Anticipated Summer Book Releases

“Yes, Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books”: A Response 

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March Book Wrap Up!

Books Pledged to Read in 2014: 150 Books

Am I On Track: Nope, site I’m still behind. 5 books. I’m seriously so slump-y this year, store guys :(

Books Read So Far: 32

Total Books For March: 14

Remember, as always, to click the book title in order to read the review!

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 

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The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

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Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott

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Reboot by Amy Tintera

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Divergent by Veronica Roth (re-read)

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Finding It by Cora Carmack

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Rebel by Amy Tintera

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100 Sideways Miles (ARC) by Andrew Smith

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Paper Towns by John Green (re-read)

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The Transfer by Veronica Roth (re-read)

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Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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The Ring and the Crown (ARC) by Melissa de la Cruz

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Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend (ARC) by Katie Finn

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Landry Park by Bethany Hagen 

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How was your month? What was your favorite book of the month? What was your least favorite? How are you doing on your challenge? Share in the comments!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, pill hosted by Should Be Reading.

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The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

Remember, clicking the book cover will take you to the review. If it doesn’t take you to a review, that means either A, you clicked on a book under the ‘currently reading’ or ‘reading next’ or B, I haven’t written the review yet!

What are you currently reading?

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Sasha and Katie keep recommending it like crazy and J.D. Netto sent me a copy so I gotta buckle down and read this!

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I just bought this at the bookstore this week so I also need to buckle down and read this.

What did you recently just finish reading?

Its been two weeks since I did one so I’ve read a bit.

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Pretty much died when I got this as an e-ARC off Edelweiss. Died of happiness.

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Re-read because I remember not quite enjoying the book the first time I read it but then when I re-read it, I still didn’t quite enjoy it. Its just not one of my favorites by him. They just announced a movie, using the same team as TFiOS and Nat Wolff as Quentin, and John Green as a producer but meh. I’d rather read An Abundance of Katherines.

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After watching the Divergent movie, I just felt like I wanted more and more Four.

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I got this as an ARC on Edelweiss too and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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This book was beautiful. The history and the fantasy of it, the tension. I truly enjoyed it. It’s the Book of the Week tomorrow!

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As part of the Fierce Reads Street Team, I was assigned Katie Finn’s novel. I quickly learned that Katie Finn is none other than one of my favorite authors, Morgan Matson, and I zipped through this book. I canNOT wait to share this with you all!

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

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I absolutely fell in love with Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart this year so its time to get on board with his fantasy writing. And its time to get back on actual fantasy. I feel like I haven’t read some in awhile.

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What are you reading this week? Share in the comments!

Paper Towns Book Review

Paper Towns by John Green

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You Can Find the Book At:

GoodReads

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Author Website

GoodReads Summary:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, ask Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

My Review:

When I first started reading John Green a few years ago, this was one of the first ones I had picked up. The first one I had read was An Abundance of Katherines, which still remains my favorite of his. Back then, Paper Towns didn’t impress me as much as his other works so I decided to give it another try.

I still found it kind of lacking. For me, in this particular book, it was really hard to get John Green out of my head. It didn’t feel like it was Quentin’s voice. It always felt like John’s voice and it was kind of frustrating. I watch a lot of Nerdfighters and Vlog Brothers and just John Green videos on YouTube, and I felt like it was John the whole time so it was hard to get into Quentin as a character. I know that authors put themselves into characters-I definitely do that-but it was highly distracting in this book.

I also just didn’t think it was that great of a story. I was kind of like Q’s friends, and sort of frustrated at his obsession with Margo. She seemed sort of…I don’t know. I just didn’t like her. She was so mysterious and she left these clues and everyone was fascinated by the idea of her but not actually her, you know? It was kind of “been there, done that.” I feel mean right now haha because I don’t tend to give less than positive reviews but I just wasn’t that impressed with this book. I felt like Margo was a one-dimensional character and I really wanted her to surprise me. The direction in which her story ended up just didn’t surprise me and I like a good book to surprise me. His other books have done that before, and this one just felt predictable from the beginning.

That being said, there is a lot of good about this book because John Green is a really great writer and he has a way of capturing teen voice in a way that not many authors can do (Andrew Smith!!!!!) and he definitely does that in Paper Towns as well. It always seems to me that John Green never really left his teen years behind, but in a good way. He remembers what its like and it comes across in the page. He gets the emotions and the hormones and the humor and all of it. Its great. And there were parts of the book that I really liked, like the after-prom party and the road trip and that sort of thing. There were parts that had me laughing like crazy. There were almost, like, short stories within the bigger story that I enjoyed more than the story as a whole. Not one of John Green’s strongest, not in my opinion.

Rating:

3.75 out of 5 Stars

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme, cheapest hosted by Should Be Reading.

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The three W’s are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll be reading next?

Remember, price clicking the book cover will take you to the review. If it doesn’t take you to a review, that means either A, you clicked on a book under the ‘currently reading’ or ‘reading next’ or B, I haven’t written the review yet! 

What are you currently reading? 

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I got this in the mail a few days ago, and I’m excited to read it. It comes out April 1st so I want to read it before it comes out. I’m about 100 pages in and I’m really enjoying it so far. Its so different from what I’ve read from her before. Its so….historical, but also magical at the same time. I am seriously loving it so far.

What did you recently finishing reading? 

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This book blew my mind. Seriously. Read my review, read the book.

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After seeing the movie in a prescreening, I needed to reread the book. I felt like the movie was really close to the book, and I couldn’t remember if I was close or not. A re-read made me love the movie even more.

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I re-read this book too, to really give Cora Carmack a try again. I have “Finding It” too, so maybe I’ll keep going. Its just not quite what I expected. I really liked it until about 75% of the way through. Sigh.

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I was looking to see when the sequel of Reboot came out, and noticed that you could download a review copy of Rebel on Edelweiss, and got SUPER excited and busted my way through it.

What do you think you’ll be reading next? 

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I’m not super thrilled about this book but Jennifer L. Armentrout tends to surprise me at every turn so I want to give it a chance, even though its not something that I would normally read. I want to have faith in her.

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When I read this book awhile back, it really didn’t jump out at me, not like An Abundance of Katherines or Will Grayson, Will Grayson, etc. But that was awhile ago and with the announcement of John Green’s appearance at the Festival of Books, I really want to re-read it and give it a chance that maybe I didn’t in the past.

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What are YOU reading this week? Share in the comments! 

Fandom Friday-John Green and His Books

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, link with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, sildenafil or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

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Today’s post comes from an awesome follower of mine, Alara:

Hi! My name’s Alara and I’m 13 years old. I’m Turkish but I currently live in Dubai and am a major fangirl, being part of many (emphasis on the many) fandoms.

And here is her Fandom Friday:

John Green and His Books

So, this Friday’s fandom is John Green. Okay, not exactly a fandom but I had to include all his books.

John Michael Green, born August 24, 1977 is 36 years old, the son of Sydney and Mike Green and has a brother named Hank. He’s married to Sarah Urist and has 2 children, Henry and Alice Green. He’s written some truly fantastic books and I really recommend them. His fans are called Nerdfighters. Oh! And John and Hank have a Youtube channel: vlogbrothers. Check it out!

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John has written six books, The Fault In Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines, all of which he has written individually. He’s also written Will Grayson Will Grayson in which he has collaborated with David Levithan and Let It Snow in which he collaborated with Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. His book, The Fault In Our Stars is actually being turned into a movie starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort and it’s going to be being directed by Josh Boone. It’s currently being filmed in Pittsburgh and is said to be finished in either 2014 or 2015.

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John Green seems to prefer realistic fiction as his writing genre although there’s always something interesting that he adds to his stories. His characters are all very well thought out, making them so much more realistic, and his plots always take an interesting twist that either makes you cry or laugh. There’s almost always a certain air of mystery to his books and, a piece of advice, don’t trust the back of his books. They make the book sound much duller than it really is.

My personal favorites (not in any specific order) are The Fault In Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns.

The Fault In Our Stars: Despite her cancer miracle Hazel Grace Lancaster has never been anything but terminal. Things take a sudden plot twist with Augustus Waters appearing at Cancer Kid Support Group.

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Looking for Alaska: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter has an obsession with famous last words and goes off to Culver Creek Boarding School with the intention of seeking a Great Perhaps (François Rabelais, poet). There he meets the utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into The Great Perhaps and steals his heart. After. Nothing is ever the same.

Paper Towns: When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night, on what is to be a campaign of revenge, he follows her. The next day she’s vanished. But there are clues. And they’re for Quentin.

All three of these books are packed with suspense, energy, laughter, tears and, God, are they hilarious.

I had already joined multiple fandoms such as, The Hunger Games and Divergent and through those fandoms I met fangirls from other fandoms like The Mortal Instruments and… surprise, surprise, The Fault In Our Stars so after I’d finished the book and my sobbing marathon I was totally overwhelmed by his perfection so I bought all his other books and was not once disappointed.

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I’ll admit, I haven’t been a Nerdfighter for too long but in the months that I have been part of this great fandom it’s become so much of my life. The Nerdfighters are all so friendly and passionate about John and his wonderful books. They’re also very supportive and have been dedicated for so long. Not to mention, John and Hank are hilarious and so nice. I can’t imagine life without this fandom.

John Green is quite different from other authors in which he is so realistic about so many things and I think the reason he’s got so many fans is that all his books are so easily relatable to. It feels so great to have someone out there that seems to understand you. He’s also, without a doubt, very inspirational. And, to quote TFIOS, his books just fill you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. No, his books are actually that wonderful and if you haven’t already read any I feel sorry for you but I really, really recommend them! Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!

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I hope you all enjoyed this edition of the Fandom Friday!

Don’t forget you can check out previous Fandom Fridays here!

Happy Weekend everyone!