I read my first Courtney Milan historical romance back in September. I’d heard good things about the author, but I have to admit (and I want you to picture me shamefaced, here, lots of shame) I’d simply never managed to make my way through my TBR pile to a Milan. But after reading her novel Unclaimed, I became a Courtney-convert. When I came across her novella “Unlocked” in the Kindle bookstore, I knew I was in for a delicious, 99-cent treat. The novella turned to be all that I’d hoped for and more. A story of love gone awry, second chances and new beginnings, there is no word better for this story than transfixing. From the stunning characterizations to the dark moments of reflection and beyond, Milan’s gift shines.
Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
"With depth of character, emotional intensity and the resolution to the ongoing mystery rolled into a steamy love story, this one is not to be missed."
"Kernan brings the last Cahill brother home to find love — and the solution to a mystery that holds the series together."
There’s A LOT of excitement about the upcoming Hunger Games movie (hey, we aren’t the only ones avidly devouring news about the movie’s casting or checking out this fashion site which is dedicated to all things Panem. And don't even get us started about the recently announced HG guidebook). But this film adaptation isn't the only YA book getting ready to hit the big screen. Today we’re headed beyond Hunger Games to take a look at seven other projects that we can’t wait to see in theaters!
This October 2011 series starter follows blue-haired and tattooed teen Karou, an art student by day and the Devil’s errand girl by night. However, her world is changed forever when Karou is finally given a clue to her origins. Taylor’s beautifully written novel was very well received by both fans and critics alike, so it is no surprise that there were film studios lining up to get the rights to this story.
Our fingers are crossed that Universal, which eventually got the rights to the book, will invest in some excellent location scouting for the movie, since the story takes place everywhere from snowy Prague, to sun-drenched Marrakesh and a fantasy world that comes directly from the author’s imagination.
Written by a 22-year-old author, this first book has already won the series a loyal fan base. In this dystopian universe, at sixteen teens must choose which faction of society they will live in for the rest of their lives. Each of the five factions represents a different value, and everyone gets a faction except the society’s outcasts, Divergents. In this novel, heroine Beatrice tries to make the transition from Abnegation, the selfless faction, to Dauntless, the brave faction, and is caught in a web of expectations and secrets, with the threat of failure — and becoming Divergent — looming close at hand. The tale was an RT Top Pick and nominated for a 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for YA protagonist. The series second, Insurgent, will be released in May 2012.
With this much buzz around the book and series, we were not shocked to learn that Summit Entertainment started negotiations before the book was published. Roth said of the news on her blog, “Yes, Summit: of Twilight and The Hurt Locker fame. And I’m crazy-excited! My experience with the people at Summit has been very positive so far—I think they have a great vision for the book, one that is close to my own. I also think they’re no strangers to taking risks, which is important to me. (coughDauntlesscough).”
You can keep up with all the latest Divergent movie news here.
Stephanie Draven recently released the latest in her Mythica series, "The Fever and the Fury", which puts a contemporary paranormal spin on two elements of classic mythology. In honor of the sixth Mythica story's release, we decided to take a look a look back at all the different creatures of Greek myth that the author has featured in this series ... and how she has made them her own!
Book One: “Midnight Medusa”
Greek Myth Element: Medusa. In classic Greek myth, after Medusa is caught with her lover, Poseidon, in Athena’s temple, she is punished by having her hair transformed into snakes. Now a hideous monster, anyone who looks at Medusa is turned to stone. Medusa eventually meets her end when Hercules beheads her.
Draven’s Take: “Midnight Medusa” heroine Renata is an artist who sculpts prisoners of war. Like those who see Medusa, the prisoners whose likenesses Renata sculpts all die soon afterwards. However, unlike Medusa, Renata’s powers do not lead to her unfortunate demise. Instead, she is kidnapped by a mysterious immortal with his own great powers. The two must reconcile their abilities while simultaneously figuring out their feelings for one another in this series starter.
With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!
Mainstream - John Grisham's upcoming novel, Calico Joe, has just been announced (much to the excitement of the author's fans). This newest tale is set in 1973 and takes place in the world of major league baseball with a focus on fathers, sons and sports idols. The novel will be in stores on April 10, 2012.
NEW SERIES ALERT
Did you spend the whole week with the Master of the Outback?
Here's what you missed on the RT website:
Fans of George R.R. Martin’s bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, and the TV series it spawned, HBO's Game of Thrones, will be thrilled to learn that another one of Martin’s series, Wild Cards, will soon be heading to the big screen. Producers of the movie are SyFy Films and Universal Pictures, and Martin himself will have a hand in the film as executive producer, which leaves me feeling that the film will stay true to the phenomenal books.
Wild Cards is a series of anthologies edited by Martin and includes several stories by the author. The series was started in the ‘80s and has recently been revived by Tor. Each book is an anthology of collected stories, and the entire series is tied together by an over arcing plot. The series spans decades and follows a community of mutant characters as they fight over control of the city, encounter aliens and endure a slew of adventures that span the entire series.
Author Linda Howard is a legend in the romance industry. Since 1982 she has penned hundreds of stories and has won numerous industry awards. On a trip during 2011, RT's Morgan had the privilege of speaking with the author about her work. Get ready to laugh when you watch this video because just as Howard's novels are laugh-out-loud funny, so too is this author as she explains her writing process and how her characters speak to her. During the interview, Howard also shares a bit about her life both as a writer and as a Southern lady and she gives away a few tidbits about her upcoming novel, a traditional western tale that she is co-authoring with Linda Winstead Jones!
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, which as most people know was imported from Sweden, has become an American phenomenon. So it’s no surprise that readers are anxious to get their hands on more novels from authors overseas.
To feed this demand, Grand Central Publishing is teaming up with Little, Brown Book Group U.K. for a new joint-publishing venture. Together, they plan to acquire and publish six mysteries in the crime, suspense and thriller subgenres which will be translated for American readers. The new project will be headed up by a director from each country.
Dan Mallory, the U.K. program director from Little, Brown said, “In recent years, fiction in translation, especially genre fiction, has enjoyed increased market pull in the English-speaking world. Now, in tandem with Grand Central, we're pleased to offer an utterly unique opportunity within English-language publishing: the chance for foreign writers to be published throughout the English-speaking world by a single company. In an increasingly globalized market, an author's international profile is more valuable than ever, and our new venture will enable us to coordinate our efforts and expertise in order to build those profiles and power those authors to brand status around the world.”
One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee.
The Way Life Was Forever by Carey Corp