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Final Divergent Installment to Air on TV



The Divergent series is a much-loved bookverse. The series sold millions of copies worldwide and millions of people grew to love the book's Heroine Tris Prior.

The third book in the series also devastated and angered readers worldwide.

Here's why.

**SPOILERS AHEAD IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FINAL BOOK**




So if you've already read the book you know, like many of the others in this YA world, that Tris dies.

Ouch.

After spending three full books growing to learn about Tris, about her life and her struggles. After watching her lose her family and friends, and growing to love and adore this character. She dies.



Aside from the crushing of your soul. Not a whole lot is really accomplished from this.

Arguably, the character's actions are well suited to her character. I couldn't even count the number of times I screamed at her to stop lying to Four. Countless times she sneaks off, purposely putting herself in harm's way in order to protect the others.

It really should have been no surprise that this was how the series chose to end.

Yet somehow this turn of events caused a HUGE disturbance in the force.

It's probably safe to say that this knowledge is one of the reasons that the Allegiant film didn't perform as well as expected in its 2016 theatre release. Also, potentially one of the main reasons the final installment has now been adapted to a Made for TV Movie. 



That's right. MADE FOR TV MOVIE. It will be joining the ranks of Lifetime specials and Disney Original Films. When you have a successful Franchise it's supposed to head the opposite direction!

Case in point High School Musical's 3rd installment saw a widespread, and successful theatrical release.

Star of the Trilogy and Tris Prior herself Shailene Woodley has said she is not interested is doing Ascendent as a Television production. So will we be seeing a new face on Tris? Or will the studio drop the resolution all together? 

Amidst the uproar of fans over this turn of events in the series, one of the films stars likes the twist in the book regarding Tris' demise. He's been quoted saying.

“I thought it was a natural — I thought it totally made sense. Her whole philosophy in life is selflessness and giving. She’s almost like a semi-Christ figure in that way. She’s endlessly selfless, and it seem like an obvious, natural course for her to give her life for the sake of others,” - Theo James (Four)

With the Television release of the probably unneeded (and might I add, non-existent in the book wold) Ascendent on the horizon, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Did you love or hate the ending of the Allegiant novel?

Did you see the 2016 film?

Will you be watching the premiere of Ascendent in its Television debut?

Let me know in the comments below!


A Mortal Song (Release Blitz)





A Mortal Song
By Megan Crewe
382 pages | September 13th 2016 | Another World Press









Sora's life was full of magic—until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji's spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother's last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents' true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world's natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she's ever known.

With its breathtaking action, heart-wrenching conflict, and unexpected romance, this vivid standalone YA fantasy will delight fans of Julie Kagawa and Laini Taylor.







Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say "eh"), she tutors children and teens with special needs, and she's spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and spirits and other what ifs since before she knew how to write words on paper. These days the stories are just a lot longer. 

Megan's first novel, GIVE UP THE GHOST, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her second, THE WAY WE FALL, was nominated for the White Pine Award and made the International Reading Association Young Adults' Choices List. Her Fallen World trilogy (THE WAY WE FALL, THE LIVES WE LOST, THE WORLDS WE MAKE) is now complete and she has a new trilogy forthcoming in October 2014, beginning with EARTH & SKY. Her books have been published in translation in several countries around the world. She has also published short stories in magazines such as On Spec and Brutarian Quarterly



The Diabolic (Review)

The Diabolic
By S.J. Kincaid
416 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2016
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers



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*Trigger Warning for Violence



The Diabolic is one of the best books I've read in 2016! That's saying a lot because I'm an avid reader. It's rare a story can break into my five-star list. It is extremely rare that I read a standalone book and think, I need more. Frankly, I NEED MORE.

The cover art was beautiful to start and the story followed through with the intrigue.

I do not understand the comparisons of this book to The Red Queen or the Hunger Games. I will say that the only similarity I've really found is the parallel with some gruesome deaths.

There's your warning. This story is not for the faint of heart. This kick-ass heroine does just that, kicks some serious ass. The protagonist Nemesis is a trained killer born and bred to kill. There is a lot of violence in the book and if you're not a fan of that it can be pretty gruesome. I would almost compare it to a Game of Thrones level, but for Young Adults.

This story was a unique blend of dystopia and science fiction. The world was painted beautifully and I could see the story coming to life around me right from the first page. It is addictive. Once you start, you won't want to put it down.

I love how it was gritty and included diversity without having to spell it out for you. This is how it should be done!

If you think you can hack it I absolutely recommend this book for fans of Dystopian and Sci-Fi. You won't regret it.

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for this ARC.



S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex was released in July of 2013. The final book in the trilogy, Catalyst, came out October 28, 2014. Her standalone novel The Diabolic will be released in fall 2016.



Boy Robot (Review)

Boy Robot
By Simon Curtis
Expected Publication November 15th 2016 | Simon Pulse 



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*Trigger warning for violence and rape








Boy Robot, is a sci-fi/thriller that challenges the one hard truth we all search for. Who are we? What are we? It embraces this existential crisis and brings diversity to a whole new level. 

In a sci-fi world where Robots are not quite human they are left questioning just how human they are and what this means to their existence. They are in a fight to the finish for their very survival. 

I will say the book changes in POV is less than seamless and this is a pet peeve of mine. I always want to know without a doubt who is speaking and when the changes are unclear, I find the story increasingly difficult to follow.

However, I still enjoyed the story as a whole and I loved the gritty approach to this concept.

This book addresses some extremely sensitive and difficult issues in a way that feels real. Reading it does not feel preachy or separated it feels extremely true. You can't help but to walk away form this story feeling a little more enlightened. 

This being said I wouldn't quite classify this as a typical young adult book, more appropriate for a 17+ age range, and probably more applicable to an adult audience. 

Thank you Simon & Schuster Canada for an ARC of this book. 




Simon Curtis is an actor, singer, and songwriter. He has appeared on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, and his music has been featured on Billboard.com. Boy Robot is his first novel



Keeper (Free Promo)

Keeper (The Morphid Chronicles)
By Ingrid Seymour
372 pages | July 1st 2014 | Pendreams






*Free on Amazon Sept 5- Sept 9







Samantha thinks of herself as human, ordinary, and a little too full around the hips—a super cute look for a future chef, if you ask her. And she’s sort of right, except about being ordinary…oh…and human. She also won’t be full around the hips for very long, not with the inevitable metamorphosis coming her way.

In her oblivious existence, all she can think about is going to culinary school, away from her uncaring, bordering-on-hateful parents.

But all that is about to change when Greg—an otherworldly, amazing-looking guy—saves her from an unexpected magical attempt on her life and informs her that he is her Keeper, compelled to protect her even at the cost of his own life. Oh, and by the way, that she isn’t human, after all.

The attempts on her life become commonplace and secrets and threats from a dark, forgotten past reveal themselves and send her life into turmoil.

As Samantha tries to come to terms with this new reality, she must rediscover herself and face the possibility of being the key to the survival of a dying race.





Ingrid Seymour is the author of IGNITE THE SHADOWS (Harper Voyager). When she’s not writing books, she spends her time working as a software engineer, cooking exotic recipes, hanging out with her family and working out. She writes young adult and new adult fiction in a variety of genres, including Sci-Fi, urban fantasy, romance, paranormal and horror.

Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She is a dreamer and a fighter who believes perseverance and hard work can make dreams come true.

She lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, two kids and a cat named Mimi.


Season of Decay (Cover Reveal)

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The Season of Decay
By Michael W. Garza
YA horror

Our world decayed and a new world arose from the ashes of the old.

The Canaan tribe formed from the ruins of their oppressors, struggling to build a new world for themselves, challenged by the rise of a threat within and a familiar foe at their doorstep.

Mia’s position among the tribe has put her at odds with Rowan and their former way of life. Rowan is determined to strike out on his own, but his loyalty to Mia has become a constant battle. The lives of all the members of the Canaan tribe hang in the balance as the council struggles with a path forward. A horde of the dead push toward Canaan driven by the infected, and Mia must choose between the people she loves and the tribe she has sworn to protect.

Evolution always finds a way…



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Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes that everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.

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