*Make sure to click on the pictures to see a bigger version of Jennifer Lawerence.*

To get a closer look at the big image of the cast, here are the enlarged versions of those!

For more information about these pictures, head on over to the original website by clicking here. (FYI: The website is in french.)

Also here are some of the images from CapitolCouture.pn website that launched last week. They have supplied a set of images that show what kind of footwear the characters in the films will be wearing and I couldn't get the Gif to work on here so I've added stills of the Gif instead. Enjoy!

Here are some mazing new reads from inkpop.com of aspiring young authors. There are some fantasy, mystery, romance, even some paranormal reads available. Books like "Carrier of the Mark" and "Sweet Evil" have both been discovered on this website! So maybe the next book you read inkpop, could be the next big read in the young adult market!

The truth is, she never had a choice.

Abandoned on the streets of London, Deirdra’s constantly in and out of orphanages. At age fifteen she finds herself in the last place she expects—an exclusive boarding school in Ireland. And if that wasn’t enough, the headmaster’s daughter shows her a possible lead to the mystery that surrounds her abilities.

Things aren’t always as they seem, and the mystery regarding her powers goes deeper into history—and into the future—than she thought. Clues start to seemingly unearth themselves and all signs point to India, where strange happenings have been going on in the shadows of night. And Deirdra’s mother suddenly starts to become less of a fantasy figure and more of a reality.

Deirdra finds herself stuck between what she thinks is right, and what other people want her to do.

The game’s afoot and she is destined to meet some rather unlikely allies as she uncovers the truth about her powers. But does she really want to know the truth, or will curiosity kill this cat? - inkpop

Even Heaven lies.

Gabriella Long is stuck in the small, backwater town of Claideamh. Her only chance of escape is college next year. Enter James De Le Mare, the charismatic new kid with his heart-melting quotations. Exam year is never easy, and James' frequent unexplained disappearances certainly aren't helping. As the pair grows closer, Gabriella begins to suspect that James is withholding information from her about his past.

In search of answers, Gabriella vows to confront De Le Mare once and for all. Little does she realize an ancient world awaits her just beyond the truth. In a place where angels fail, demons rise and a sacred symbol threatens to ruin them all, how can one mere mortal possibly compete? Will Gabriella’s attempts to find answers from the gods protect or destroy her? Is James hiding more than he appears?

After all, secrets are just honey-coated lies. - inkpop

Life is never simple. It's never easy.

And before you know it...

It's over.

Imagine. Imagine being young and carefree. Imagine your childhood. The one you so dearly adored.

Now imagine that of a young girl's, born and bred in the filthy slums of Pakistan. A girl who has lived through the overwhelming intensity of poverty and its morbid obscenity yet she survives, with a loving family at her side. She learns that happiness can exist regardless of the extent one’s wealth, as long as you are with the ones you love. Thus was born the reason of her life and her only sustenance. But, when death steals away the family that she so dearly loves, what is left for her?

Nothing but an ordinary yet strangely expensive family heirloom.

In a web of lies, deceit and turmoil, Isra discovers that the heirloom— a beautiful red amulet— is not the ordinary object that she previously believed it to be. It is a portal, containing the ability to travel to and from the Inbetween— the land between the Heavens and the Earth. For generations, there have been two Keepers of the Amulet: a girl and a boy. Destined for companionship, the two keepers must find one another and, together, return the amulet to the Inbetween, lest creatures wander beyond the borders into realms that are not their own… - inkpop
In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren. It's a great way to showcase the books you've gotten over the week, whether they are bought, borrowed or you got them for free from a contest or the library. Either way, it's to show your love for books and how excited you are to received them!
I've been absent on the last few IMM Sundays mostly because I haven't had the time, but I'm back to the meme! So here is what I've racked up since my last IMM.

1. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
2. You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay
3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Marilyn Kaye
4. Skinned by Robin Wasserman

5. Veiled by Silvina Niccum
6. Lucky by Rachel Vail
7. Vesper by Jeff Sampson
8. Lure by Stephanie Jenkins
9. Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
10. Mrs. Ames by E. F. Benson
11. Cloaked (with Bonus Materials) by Alex Flinn
12. Dangerous Angels (with Bonus Materials) by Francesca Lia Block
13. Daimon: A Prequel to Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
14. Zombies Don't Cry: A Living Dead Love Story by Rusty Fischer
15. The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood, The Duchess of Northumberland
16. Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson

And then for review I have...
1. Girl Meets Boy by Kelly Milner Halls
2. Spin by Catherine McKenzie
3. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
4. Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
5. Saving June by Hannah Harrington
6. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
7. My Very UnFairy Tale Life by Anna Staniszewski
8. New Girl by Paige Harbison
9. Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
10. Bessica Lefter Bites Back by Kristen Tracy
11. Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen by Donna Gephart
12. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
13. Child of the Mountains by Marilyn Sue Shank
14. Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are suspicious and afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life. - Goodreads
Title: Incarnate
Series: Newsoul
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 31st 2012
Format: eBook
Pages: 234
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Source: NetGalley
Rating: ❤❤❤½
Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

The idea about reincarnation is beyond awesome and adding such things as dragons and other creatures drew me in easily; let alone that cover *sigh!* Oh graphic designer of HarperCollins, you have gone above and beyond with it! Kudos to whoever you are haha. Anyway, this book was interesting. It left me uninterested at some points and other times excited to keep reading. Less the latter for a good chunk of the book sadly. This was one of those highly anticipated reads I had on my list for 2012. One of 5 books I had expectations for this year. I didn't really start to connect with this book till about Chapter 15, which for myself alone, is a bad sign. I felt like the protagonist was just there, not there "there" in the world (I know tongue twister). She felt more as a background voice to the story than a leading lady is suppose to for a novel. But don't think I hate the character, I loved Ana, just that she didn't find her voice in the world till the end of the book, so that was a relief.

So by Chapter 26, that's when I felt the book finally took a hold of me! Ahhh gotta love surprises that sneak up on you. I love how things progressed by this point. It felt more fluid with the writing, the emotions of the characters, and the plot overall. It was too drawn out early on with the details of how it arrived here, which is okay because there are some stories I've had to read for class in college that were super drawn out (thankfully I haven't seen anything like that in YA literature yet lol). But I felt some thing should of just been wrapped up early on and resolved or something to that extent. Felt like I was going in circles, which isn't enjoyable at times.

As I reached the last three chapters of the book, I was blown away! This is the most important part, because so much is finally answered, well not every big secret, but the ones that needed to fill in blanks about Ana, about Janan, and Menehem. I'm glad this was left to the end of the book, because it wouldn't have worked as well if it was in the middle. I'm not a fan when authors do that because it takes away the suspense and that curiosity of a good unraveling of a mystery.

Now about the characters….

I was drawn in by Sam than anything else. He is compelling and made me want to know him increasingly more than the main character, which I also find as a bad sign too. I wish this wasn't the case.

Anyway, the connection between Sam and Ana seemed to lack in certain ways the first 15 chapters in. I just felt like that spark that unites two people together, whether forbidden or not, in literature is something that lingers in the air to let you know it's fueled with passion. Not so much for these two. I could understand with the position Sam is in, but the way they both handled it really didn't sit well with me. I just feel like with how "old" Sam is, wouldn't he at least have one really good romantic bone in his body at this point? That's all I'm asking and that's all I'm lacking.

Also it was are tug and pull on the romance too. Do they kiss, do they not kiss? This was silly. I can understand since Ana had no experience whatsoever with the opposite sex in that manner, but jeez! Sam was such a tease to her. Yet in light of the situation they were both in, I could also understand. I just hope in the sequel this doesn't happen too much.

I do have to say that I enjoyed the creatures of this world, A LOT! They were some of my favorite parts, especially the Dragons. Hands down, really cool in how the author put her own unique spin on them (i.e. they spew acid, which kills people and eats through everything!)

Now for the sylph, good character to add, but I felt they were too flat. Either they should have been way more evil or some twist should of happened to make it a more rounded creature. I wanted to go further into such a malevolent situations when Ana came across them. I actually craved for something more intense. But couldn't find it with these. That was my only real let down of the book. It needs more incriminating versions in the sequel.

Overall, I've enjoyed this book. It may not be entirely for me, but I do feel others may enjoy it more. I will however read the sequel, because I've got this BIG feeling that it'll go deeper, give us more action, and a more passionate romantic scenes that the characters deserve. I also sense maybe something way more cool brewing. I can't wait to see what Jodi Meadow brings to the table and what's in store for Ana and her friends. © 2012
Currently on Amazon for the Kindle, a great free that is available is "Evernight". Includes bonus material and is a pre-order! You can't get "Evernight" on the NOOK sadly and is the original version but also $7.99 for that ebook.

Also for both devices, you can pre-order for $0.99, "Cloaked", which has bonus materials for the NOOK. It'll include a sneak peak into the next book by Alex Flinn, "Bewitching". This offer is good till January 31st! So get it will you still can!

Above is the official picture of what it'll look like as Cinna is suggesting that District 12 tributes come out all lite on FIRE! One of the more important moments and twists of the book. Can't wait to see how this is pulled off!
Here we see Katniss in the tube, ready to go off to the arena for her quest to win and defeat the other tributes of 11 other Districts. May the odds be ever in her favor.
An atmospheric and beautifully written adventure, from the award-winning author of INGO.

Morveren lives with her parents and twin sister Jenna on an island off the coast of Cornwall - an island that in the long distant past was devastated by a tidal wave, its halls and people lost. Only some of those taken by the sea may not have been lost at all! Now, as Morveren and Jenna's relationship shifts and changes, like driftwood on the tide, Morveren finds a beautiful teenage boy in a rock pool after a storm. Going to his rescue, she is shocked to see that he is not human but a Mer boy. With Jenna refusing to face the truth, Morveren finds herself alone at the worst possible time. Because when the worlds of Air and Mer meet, the consequences can be terrible! - Goodreads

*This is the official and final cover for the book in the series! For more information, be sure to click on the image above and it'll take you on over to the original artist page!*
Major sites all over the internet have gone on strike due to SOPA and PIPA, the hot-button anti-piracy legislation. Experts expect strike to last 150 seconds, and agree this is a "near eternity" in internet time. Congress is about to pass what has been called the internet censorship bill, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. The Senate is scheduled to vote on its version of the internet censorship bill on Tuesday, January 24th, and unless there are 41 senators to voice their opposition to allowing the bill to proceed, it is expected to pass. Legislation called the PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House are purported to be a way to crack down on online copyright infringement. In reality the bill is much broader. It would empower governments and corporations to take down virtually any website, create new liabilities and uncertainties for web innovators, and make the web less safe. According to the varied and multitudinous reasons large numbers of sites and individuals are opposed to the bill, it betrays basic American tenets, such as free speech, prosperity, and national security. On top of all that, cybersecurity experts say it wouldn't stop copyright infringement. The legislation is backed and largely written by the MPAA, as they have said in media reports. They have also spent millions in lobbying dollars to pass this legislation. - SOPA Strike!

Join me and other sites like Reddit, MoveOn, Modzilla, TwitPic, cheezburger, Fail blog, Dailywh.at and more in showing that our own government is making a huge mistake in censoring the internet. The reason is because it's such a strong bill it could shut down sites as big as Twitter and Youtube... maybe even Facebook, Blogger, and Wordpress! When January 18th hits, I'm avoiding the internet for 24 hours. Will you do the same?

Also here is a list from "List of Those Expressing Concern With SOPA & PIPA", which include the top 30 websites against this bill: American Express Company, AOL, Discover, eBay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Mozilla, PayPal, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, Zynga Game Network, Boing Boing, BuzzFeed, ClearBits, CloudFlare, ConsumerBell, Copyblogger, Creative Commons, Curse, Daily Kos, deviantART, Disqus, DreamHost, Dyn, Embedly, ESET, and 50 others!

Also on that list of major CEO's and big named people: Marc Andreessen (Netscape), Mitchell Baker (Mozilla Firefox), Sergey Brin (Google), Dennis Crowley (Foursquare, Dodgeball), Chad Dickerson (Etsy), Jack Dorsey (Twitter and Square), Caterina Fake (Flickr and Hunch), David Filo (Yahoo!), Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn, Paypal, Socialnet), Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post), Chad Hurley (YouTube), and hundreds of others!
Currently, SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) is moving through the House of Representatives at a dangerous speed. The parent companies of many major news networks (FOX, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, and MSNBC) support this bill and refuse to draw attention to the bill in the hopes of no one realizing the dark side SOPA. It's working. While the majority of Americans oppose this bill, many Americans either have never heard of SOPA or have only heard the "good side" of SOPA. Google, Facebook, and Wikipedia are debating having a "blackout" to force the media to cover the story and raise awareness about this disgustingly under-reported bill. The sites would either make their sites unavailable for a length of time or redirect the site to one with an explanation of SOPA. Reddit has already scheduled its own "blackout" day, Jan. 18th and the decision has incredible support among its users, but this one website is not enough. This is a disgusting violation of free speech and will destroy the Internet as we know it. Keep the "WORLD" in the World Wide Web and show these sites that we are behind their decision to force media to cover SOPA! - Change.org
For those that haven't seen the exclusive trailer when it first appeared on EW.com last week, here is your first chance now to see it as embedded on my blog. Enjoy!

Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other.
*Just like to forewarn, that this is just my opinion and mine alone.  You can agree, you can disagree, no side is either wrong, but this is in regards to the major dilema that has built up recently with book reviewers vs. authors. So please, with patiences, I offer you my side of which I viewed this whole chaos ensued mess. Thank You.*

So the Young Adult book community has hit some snags lately. Mostly with a few fiascos in regards to negatives reviews having being attacked by Authors, Agents, Editors, etc... of the industry. A few have proved that they are chill with it (i.e Julie Cross is awesome!). But in an industry that one would assume garners professionalism, sometimes brings out the worst in those when wounded with a negative review.

For myself, I've learned over the years to take criticism from people I don't know that well to those that I've gone to school with... to not take it completely to heart or at least with a grain of salt. On the other side of the coin, those that I'm closest to (i.e. - friends & family), their opinion shall matter. Thankfully to three years in AJROTC during high school, being told what to do, swallow pride, and accept a minor here or there public humiliation that I've handled gracefully, it taught me to roll with the punches and respect a chain of command that I worked with five days a week.

Anyway, because of my experience and the common sense in general, I can see where the line in the sand should be drawn with book reviewers and authors/editors/agents/etc... who wish to interact with us, in our world. This is more so with negative reviews.

Should they comment on such things? No. Why? Because they are asking for more than they should in regards than what is needed in the first place from a reviewer, who 9 times out of 10 is not paid, but willingly reading the book or received it from the publishing house with and exchange for an honest review in return. The review is not going to change, especially with some of the people I've met in the last 6 months of book blogging, they just won't budge and I respect them 100% for that commitment to stand by with what they said, even if myself agrees or disagrees, I respect that completely.

Now not all of those in the publishing world may not feel the same, but that's life. If it were easy, it would be like a scene out of that movie Pleasentville and we would have only fire departments rescuing cats out of trees and sock hop poodle looking dresses for girls. Seriously, that would be scary, because everyone would be too chipper, YIKES! haha

So if the said author comes across a review that makes their skin crawl or they want to punch the reviewer or anything along those lines, they should NEVER interact with that review, let alone touch it with a ten-foot pole because that is how the REVIEWER felt, not the author.

But as of lately, some just won't understand that there is a line of professionalism to master in grace and tact in regards to a negative review.

1) Just don't even go to any site that offers a book to be reviewed. If you take criticism, even negative ones, horribly, stay away from Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, LibraryThings, etc... this is how resentment build in the author or worse, they may actually try to reach out. That in itself is a no-no!

2) Roll with the punches. Seriously, just shrug it off and move along after reading negative reviews. Even if it's just one, that's just one opinion. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of other reviewers out there who may have ❤'ed your book and are praising it 5 stars as we speak! So don't just fixate on that one review, it's not worth it.

3) Use it as constructive criticism. You know how in grade school/college, how educational professionals would grade out papers and then return them with marks? Some come back with harsh words and more? Well this is just like that, but from the masses that are readings, not just one person. Take those comments or lines that point out the book's flaws and use it for good. Maybe you might even gain a broader audience if you do this... maybe you might do better the second time around... maybe even get a more highly anticipated word of mouth book in the book blogging community! Take those venomous words that scathed and turn it into something positive. A diamond out of the rough!

4) Don't Comment, PLEASE! After certain insanity from Goodread reviews being bashed through the social network called Twitter, it's starting to grow thin on everyone who reads and reviews books on there. Having authors comment left and right, left alone those that bash a reader, really not only offends that reader, but EVERYONE they know and then everyone they know and so on. That'w how i found out about a certain Agent mouthing off about a negative review, which by the way was just one star, but I absolutely ❤'ed, mostly because it was well constructed of what the reviewer didn't like, what she felt made no sense, and so forth, but in a very mature fashion. It wasn't even scathing. She did however said she read about halfway through the book, skimmed the rest and then went on to write her review. At least she read as much as she did, because people who get PAID to review books 9 times out of 10 actually skim through the entire book about 95% of the time, because they have no time to read a full book! So if the want to get made at anyone and speak their mind, even though it's the hand that feeds, they should take it up with those people, not use, the book reviewers who review books for free because we love books.

All in all, commenting can cause major backlash and worse from readers. Some are dead set on what they said, some are afraid of an author lurking, while others fear to post online because they won't want to become the next victim of a negative review attack. So please, authors/agents/editors/etc... don't comment on reviews!

5) Don't go around blaming the reviewer. That's just as bad as a reviewer blaming the author. Don't. Ever. Do. It! Blasting a tweet about it or emailing your other author friends, is just wrong and sends the wrong message with the way you stand behind your book: immature and not worth anyone's time. There are other ways to handle the situation. For instance, maybe avoiding that reviewer from now on. It's better than storming off, ranting and raving online about how "mean" the review was or how "unfair" they were about the book or how they didn't give it a "real" chance.

Look when a reviewer doesn't like the book it was never about the author, it was just mostly about how we never connected to the story or the characters rubbed us the wrong way or even how one word didn't sit right with us (i.e. - derogatory words don't sit well with most!). Also who knows, maybe that reviewer had a bad day, week, month or they are not feeling that genre of books at the moment (especially if they are reviewing an ARC received from the publisher), so never hold a grudge because it can come back to haunt you in was that can send your career going down in flames. I've seen it and it's not pretty.

6) Don't over analyze it. It's just a book review and nothing more, nothing less. It's not an out right attack or anything on anyone, well some could be (I've seen a few give or take), so never get bent out of shape. Move on and make a clean break.

Also on a different side of the topic... just my own two cents... it'll be an out there idea, so hear me out for a second.... I think for those that write scathing reviews, I feel a warning should be placed before the review itself, kind of to warn those that may take issue with it. I feel like a bunch of miscommunication has happened too much lately in the review community and we all can't read minds, let alone through a computer haha. So maybe if it's really ranting on about the book or slamming, put a warning. You don't have the censor yourself, just let the audience know what they are in for and it lets them decide if they wish to read or not to read the review. This alone could maybe help authors AVOID negative reviews that get commented on because someone didn't like it or felt offended. At least then you can say, "Hey I did warn everyone... it's on you if you read it. So don't complain about it", but that's just my opinion and nothing else. We'll agree to disagree on this odd take I have lol

Anyway... as I've learned, never judge a book by it's cover (but it's hard when a cover is so damn pretty! lol), but more so when in life, dealing with murky waters. Some people may come off nice, but is actually a raving b***h/a**hole in real life beyond their work. And people that come off mean at work or such, can actually be some of the nicest people you may meet. No one is perfect, we are all human and forget sometimes to check the drama at the door when we get offended and such, but sometimes we just need to let it slide, walk away, breathe, and sleep on it. Cause tomorrow it can be an entirely different story.

*I'm also not going to keep my fingers crossed that the drama is over (even though I hate drama, arugh!) but it would be putting all my eggs into one basket if I hoped for that too much. I can at least hope that it'll subside for the next few months...

Also here are some on the site pictures of the set, wardrobe/make-up, etc... which gives us an inside scoop of what is going to happen!

These pictures above are of the inside from a house that is from District 12's Seam!

Above are three picture of the hair department making colorful wigs for the Capitols people!

And to top it off, here are some fan made images of District posters and 75th Hunger Games Arena Guide!

For the rest of Districts 4 - 12, head on over to the Tumblr page of the original owner who created these lovely posters: Abrilventura
So recently this past month, 'Me, My Shelf, and I', did a blog post about comparing books to other books. And you know what: I LOVE that entire post. It was so beyond awesome that it inspired me to talk about this topic too.

The post was about how TOO many book reviewers, whether on GoodReads or their Blog (maybe even other websites!), have gone above and beyond to comparing every single Young Adult book they read to.... wait for it... TWILIGHT!

For myself, I'm very tired of this comparison that sooooooooo many make. It's like saying, 'Hey the wheel is awesome! And you know what? birds are not. They remind me of the wheel because they move!', I know really out of left field, but you get my point. It's like everyone needs to back off a little on the 'Twilight' hype and realize that it's okay to compare books, but doing it over and over again to the same one is getting a little old.
One good example, I won't name names because that is beneath my character as a respectful human being, but I saw two book reviews for 'Carrier of the Mark', being compared to 'Twilight'. If anyone knows, that book has 1) no Vampires (especially ones that sparkle!), 2) it's based out in Ireland (no where near the states), and 3) the paranormal theme is way more intricate than that of 'Twilight'.

Another book that gets repeatedly cracked on and ripped apart as a comparison to 'Twilight' is 'Hush, Hush'. The books in my eyes is no where near the same, let alone the same universe lol First off 'Hush, Hush' is about fallen angels, no vampires in the series (let alone sparkle). Another reason people feel the need to compare is because they are both paranormal romance books. Until I see word for word exact and even located in Washington State, then the books are not the same. Just because both books have characters that fall in love with bad boys of the paranormal world, doesn't mean it's coming from the same molded idea.

I'll admit, I like the 'Twilight' series since January 2007 (the books, not the movies haha). And it's a good one, not the 'OMG it's so awesome!', but it's good. So because of that I don't feel the need to run around stating that the next book I read of paranormal Young Adult is like 'Twilight', mostly due to the fact that I always read with an open mind and give every book a fair chance when reviewing it too. I never try to find comparisons nor do I stack it up unless it's the exact same theme from another book (i.e. - same mythological creatures, etc...).

If you've got hate for 'Twilight', I don't have issues with that, because everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I just think it's in poor taste to just stack it up against other books and holding the series on the what version of a pedestal (good or bad) that the book series is in general. It gives Young Adult books a bad name, but it's not the first YA books to ever have been made, let alone with love triangles.

How would people like it if I compared Harry Potter books to every book about magic in it? Not cool, right? Same thing with 'Twilight'. Young Adult is such a wide spread of genres in it and sometimes a few books have similar running themes.

Now the only time I feel people should totally compare books is if that book is being turned into a movie or television show. That in itself is good. This shows that the reader cares about their book and about what the director and script writes bring to the table when making the characters come alive on the screen. And I'll admit it, I've compared 'Eclipse' to it's movie counter part and felt that the connection in the books were stronger than that of the movie (it's the eyes in those actors that don't portray the emotions!).

And I'll probably do it again when 'Unearthly', 'The Tiger's Curse', and 'The Mortal Instruments', is finally being produced (I know I am currently with 'The Hunger Games' lol).

My point is, I just wish those die hard fans or not so favored fans of the 'Twilight' series, take a set or two back and remember that not all books are the same, no two are created from the same author, let alone going to live up to everyone's standards if they do just that, comparing.

*sigh* There is only so much I can say I guess as a book blogger in a world so big, but I hope on some level this changes for 2012. It's a new year, can't we all just give peace a chance? Or at least be open-minded enough to give all books a chance to not be compared too much?
So Jodi Picoult is transitioning from adult fiction to young adult fiction. This will also by her first time co-authoring with her daughter Samantha van Leer. Below is a general gist of what to expect from the book when it hits shelfs on June 26th 2012.
Melding ordinary life with fantasy, the novel will center on Delilah, a teenage bookworm who can’t get enough of one book in particular. When one day the hero of that story, the handsome and kind Prince Oliver, literally speaks to Delilah, she learns that Oliver is actually a complicated teen boy who’s trapped in the book against his will and hates that his life must follow a predetermined plot. As Delilah fights to free Oliver from the pages, a romance blooms between them, and their journey tests everything they know about destiny and their place in the world. - EW.com