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Which means, I totally should, right?

If you’re a reader, then you’ve probably come across that book that stays with you and leaves you unable to think but you want to rant and/or rave about it to the closest person. I’ve come across three such books that rendered me useless afterwards. I refuse to review them because I couldn’t do a proper job of it. I refuse to read them again because that’s a scary idea. Maybe after I’ve rambled at you, dear reader, you can help me find my courage to do so. These books are definitely worth a second read.

a conspiracy of kings

Title: A Conspiracy of Kings
Author: Megan Whalen Turner
On Goodreads, I rated it: 4/5 stars

Megan Whalen Turner is a fantastic author!! I discovered her back in seventh grade and like many other fans, I’ve been waiting for her next book to release after this one. This one, it just, was everything and nothing of what I expected. I WANTED MORE GEN. I got Sophos. Who is a very endearing character but GEN. After my *extreme* initial disappointment I enjoyed the story completely, especially towards the end because while it had a few cliffhanger strings to keep us wanting, it was a stand alone by (I love those books that can be part of a series but are completely satisfying without needing a sequel) so more GEN. I mean SOPHOS. I became attached to this young king. So read it. All of the books from Megan Whalen Turner are satisfying, brilliant, page-turners.
mockingjayTitle: Mockingjay
Author: Suzanne Collins
On Goodreads, I rated it: 3/5 stars
Mockingjay, Mockingjay, how shall I put this? I loved you, I hated you, I fear you. Emotionally it was everything I could have expected but plot-wise it was a bit lack luster. Going at a neck-breaking pace I fear I felt detached from most of the characters for the most part. I’ve not yet resigned myself to some of the fates of these much loved characters. I had a love/hate relationship with the ending. Collins is a brilliant author though and I absolutely loved her previous series, The Underland Chronicles. So I’m definitely eagerly awaiting her next book series.
the fault in our starsTitle: The Fault In Our Stars
Author: John Green
On Goodreads, I rated it: 3/5 stars
A friend highly recommended this and my curiousity got the best of me so I picked up Mr. Green’s book not too long ago. I’d read Paper Towns (one of Rosey’s favorite reads!) a while ago and while it was stirring, I can’t say contemporary is my thing. Sadly such was the case with this book. I had a hard time liking Hazel and I found it quite predictable but I’d be heartless if I said it didn’t twist my heartstrings a little. Augustus and Isaac were more likeable and I appreciate the very real take on terminal illness that didn’t pull back at all with its punches. With a lot of touching moments at the end of the book, I can say this is worth going to sleep at 4am. Great book, easy to recommend.
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I would save this post for Tuesday but Bookmarks is taking part in the Uprising Blog Tour (look at day 1 and day 2 for a taste of what’s to come), which is exciting and will be more interesting than what I have for you today. There are a couple new(ish) pieces of information I’ve been stockpiling for you, including the Divergent movie, Suzanne Collins, and the last book in the Delirium trilogy, Requiem.

Firstly, Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games and The Underland Chronicles, has admitted to beginning another YA series! There’s not much information on it besides the fact that it’s being considered a real possibility, and she says she’s focusing mostly on adapting Mockingjay into two movies.

Second, casting is out for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Divergent by Veronica Roth. Cool enough when said like that, but interestingly, they both feature the same actress/actor duo. Shailene Woodley will be playing Hazel in the upcoming TFIOS movie and Tris Prior in Divergent, while Ansel Elgort will play Augustus Waters in TFIOS and Caleb Prior, the brother of Tris, in Divergent. [Mini Divergent/Insurgent spoiler to follow] An interesting acting shift will have to happen to go from backstabbing brother to sweet awesome love interest. [You’re safe now]

Third, Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy was completed a few weeks ago, with final book Requiem finishing things off. Though I haven’t managed to finish it yet (sorry!) I’ve heard some disappointing things about the last installment. Apparently the ending wasn’t as impressive as many people had wanted . . . Make up your mind for yourself, I’d say.

Lastly, remember I’ve got an author interview with Jessica Therrien ready to go for Tuesday, which you definitely don’t want to miss.

Hope you enjoyed the surprise post,
Rosey

PS: This was my 70th post! Crazy! Thanks to everyone who’s been reading Bookmarks and especially Tally, who is also about to celebrate her 70th post, I see. Plus, Bookmarks’ 9 month anniversary is just around the corner!


I know I spend an awful lot of time talking about music on my book blog, but today I want to talk a little bit about why books and music go so well together. I am planning on doing this by showing the similar plot lines of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (and the rest of the trilogy) to “He Loves Anna” by Waltz for Debbie. We’ll see how well I actually do.

Actually, after some (fairly halfhearted) searching on the great Grooveshark and then the entire of the known www, I couldn’t find any video/audio for this song, so that will not be part of this post. If you have a Last.fm account (which I don’t) you seem to be able to add it to your library here. (I don’t know what that means but it is possible.) You can listen to a sizable chunk of it on iTunes here, or purchase it for 69 cents if you’re really that dedicated (the band could probably use the money). Due to the lack of listening ability, I will here post the lyrics, as transcribed by me, because the only online lyrics I can find are definitely not to the song I’m talking about.

He loves Anna, big mistake
‘Cause she is no goddess
I love Mikey for a while
But he went to pieces.

She was the princess’ life you know,
Until it all went bad
He’ll be okay, he’ll never rest a day, he’s got it all the wrong way
I’ve seen it all before
It’s all the same once more
I will be a doll
He loves Anna big mistake
‘Cause she is no goddess
I love Mikey for a while but he went to pieces.

She made him long for the greatest love
Then he was left again
He’ll never be okay, he’ll never rest a day, he’s got it all the wrong way
I’ve seen it all before
It’s all the same once more
I will be a doll.

He loves Anna, big mistake
‘Cause she is no goddess
I love Mikey for a while
But he went to pieces.

You and Cameron had a life
‘Till I made you want me
There’s no difference where we end,
We all tried to make it.

He tells me I’m everything
And I tell him okay.

He loves Anna, big mistake
‘Cause she is no goddess
I love Mikey for a while
But he went to pieces.

You and Cameron had a life,
‘Till I made you want me
There’s no difference where we end,
We all tried to make it.

So, pretty much sub in Katniss for Anna, Peeta for Mikey and Gale for Cameron and you’ve pinned down the love triangle for all three books. Peeta loves Katniss for a while but goes to pieces after he gets jacked, Gale and Madge could’ve made a lovely couple but Katniss made him want her. Also I love the “There’s no difference where we end/we all tried to make it” because isn’t that what the games are all about? Also the “It’s all the same once more/I will be a doll” is great because it can be taken that way and also “It’s all the same/ once more I will be a doll” which is pretty much the “I don’t want to be a piece in their games” spiel. (Sorry if you haven’t read the books, you either have no idea what I’m talking about or you have just received a terrible amount of spoilers.) I also love the “he tells me I’m everything/and I tell him okay” bit because that’s pretty much Katniss and Peeta’s relationship for the first book.

I think I did alright. Maybe. Do you have any other examples? I’d love to hear.
Rosey


With the second Hunger Games movie coming up in a year-ish (sigh), I thought I’d share with you some of the clothes sets I’ve created on Polyvore in the past couple years. They’re not quite as . . . interesting? Eye-catching? Elaborate. They’re not quite as elaborate as what the costume designers for the official film think up, but I did most of them before the movie came out, so who was I to know that all my ideas were about to be topped? I hope they’re not too boring for you after that fire dress from the interview.

First off, Johanna Mason’s set. She was possibly (okay definitely) my favorite character in all of the books except for maybe Finnick on occasion. (I’m assuming that you’ve already read the books and know who I’m talking about because it seems like most of humanity has devoured the trilogy. If not, I apologize, and feel free to find a different post or just enjoy the sets for the fashion.) (Also, to be clear, these are not the clothes that the characters would choose for themselves, they’re the clothes that the stylists that live in my brain would choose for them.)

Jo's Clothes

Oh, look another one. I really dig Johanna, okay?

Johanna Outfit

And now an Annie, because who can resist the ocean color motif? Not I.

Annie Formal

And an obligatory Katniss/Peeta featuring possibly the most overused line from all of THG.

Dandilions

I think I’ve assaulted your eyes with enough of my fashions for one day, but suffice it to say that as they turn on the propaganda promotional hype machines, I am getting more and more impatient to see if they botch or rock this next movie.

Also, completely different note, but cool things are happening in Nerdfighteria, including a movie of The Fault In Our Stars and a book release on behalf of the much missed Esther Earl.

Also, our site appears to be experiencing some layout/coding difficulties. We’re attempting to work those out, but don’t worry if we look a little wonky for now/the rest of time.

Happy Tuesday,
Rosey


We here at Bookmarks appreciate a good series, especially a YA one. But, once the trilogy has ended, the writers don’t just disappear. Many of the authors I’ve grown to love and posted about on the blog are working on new books or new projects that we sometimes forget to look up.

John Green recently rented Carnegie Hall for the one-year anniversary of his #1 bestselling book The Fault in Our Stars. He’s also expecting a second child, and yesterday got to interview the President, who chose not to comment on the debate between naming his new daughter Eleanor or Alice. He also continues to vlog on a variety of channels, most notably his Vlogbrothers channel. In fact, he vlogs so many places that I had to make continues a link. That’s saying something.

Peg Kehret is writing another book (no title released yet, but here’s a picture of her editing). She also continues to win awards left and right while supporting her two major causes, animal rights and the fight against polio. She also posts amusing and good-hearted stories on Facebook pretty much daily.

Addison Moore is close to releasing Ethereal Knights, well-known Ethereal told from the other two points of the love triangle. She’s also gearing up for a spring release of the last Ethereal book, Elysian, as well as the second Countenance book, Evanescent. Busy girl! She continues to blog about her books and her experiences while writing them.

Jessica Therrien has had her new baby, Matthew, for about three weeks! Huge congratulations to her! She’s also pretty close to the release of the second book in her Children of the Gods series, Uprising. She also blogs about life as an author and now life as a mom.

Maggie Steifvater‘s new book, The Dream Thieves, is in the works, to be released September 17, 2013, following a successful release of the first in the four-book series, The Raven Boys. She’s joining a middle-grade series (something like 39 Clues, where multiple authors work to make them string together in some way), so look for reviews in the distantish future. She’s also wildly hilarious and blogs on various platforms, and says funny things on Facebook.

Finally, Suzanne Collins is releasing a new kids picture book, Year of the Jungle, about her experience when her father went to war. Scholastic says it should be out in Fall 2013.

Congrats to all the fabulous authors, and happy Friday,
Rosey