Fallen (Lauren Kate): the cast

The readers who have visited my blog before, might have noticed that I am a BIG fan of Lauren Kate. She’s the successful author of the Fallen series and her newest book, Teardrop. The sequel of Teardrop will be released in November this year. But, to get back to the point: she’s amazing. And I am so happy to share the news that the whole Fallen cast is finally official! 

For those who haven’t heard of Fallen yet, or for those who haven’t read Fallen yet, here’s a short synopsis from Goodreads.

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.
Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.
Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.” 

Sounds good and romantic, right? 

So, thankfully IMDB made a beautiful list of all the actors! I think they look pretty awesome and I can’t wait until we get more news on the movie! Last time I saw/spoke to Lauren in Amsterdam, she said she was very critical of the script. The first few scripts made her cry, but the latest one was ‘okay’ she said. I’m sure the movie will be good!

Credited cast, sorted by IMDb STARmeter:
Addison Timlin Addison Timlin
Jeremy Irvine Jeremy Irvine
Harrison Gilbertson Harrison Gilbertson
Joely Richardson Joely Richardson
Ms Sophia
Sianoa Smit-McPhee Sianoa Smit-McPhee
Molly Zane
Juliet Aubrey Juliet Aubrey
Doreen Price
Lola Kirke Lola Kirke
Penn
Daisy Head Daisy Head

Divergent: the movie

So, in between all the exams, I decided to go see Divergent with two of my best friends. I didn’t have time to be excited for the movie, because I wasn’t supposed to go to the movie until next week, but I went anyway.

With bags full of food and drinks, we entered the cinema (packed with teens). We got some of the best seats and chatted about our expectations. I didn’t really prepare anything and didn’t know what to look for during the movie. I had no clue about what would be close to the book and what wouldn’t. Usually, I read some reviews before I see the movie (reviews without spoilers of course).

I don’t want to spoil the movie, and that’s why I’ve decided to do a quick, overall review about the movie in general. I will not zoom in on specific details or scenes, because a big part of the Divergent readers haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet.

I believe the camera man did a great job, I LOVED the way the movie was filmed. All the shots were great and very accurate to the feeling that I felt during reading the book. Also, the cast was perfect. I had some doubts about Four (way back), but Theo James did a great job! Shailene, Shailene, Shailene… I just can’t stop loving you! I do not believe that any other actress could have been a better Tris. And thumbs up the the other members of the cast, you made the movie really believable! 

Quick note: the movie wasn’t EXACTLY the same as the book (which is, apparently, impossible), but in general it didn’t really bother me. I did miss some characters that were featured in the book, but were left out of the movie. I believe they would’ve added some more debt to the movie. But then the movie would be three or more hours, and I’m sure some people wouldn’t really appreciate that (I don’t mind, honestly).

Overall: the movie was exciting, sweet, honest, surprising and just… AMAZING! I think every Divergent fan loves the movie too (at least, that’s what I hope for). I believe this is a BIG SUCCESS!

Be brave.

Exams and stuff

Dear readers,

As you might have noticed, I haven’t been updating for a while. This is caused by the fact that I’m very busy with school. Next week I have school exams and in May I have my final exams. I’m not sure whether I will be able to read books and post reviews about those books during this period of time.

I hope you guys understand it. I will try to review Under The Never Sky within 3 weeks but I’m not sure if that’s going to work out for me. 

Love, Nanouk

Vampire Academy: The Premiere

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Last Sunday I went to see Vampire Academy in Utrecht, because I won a ticket to go the the Dutch premiere. Officially, it will hit the cinemas Thursday 20 February, 2014. I hadn’t read the book when I went there, so I was really scared all the people who were there DID read the book. But luckily for me, they hadn’t.

The movie was funny, sexy and really exciting. It had so much humor, it contained surprising exciting elements and it only got serious for 10 minutes. I loved the fact that, while it was made by the directors of Mean Girls, it wasn’t just a chick movie. I found myself enjoying it more than I thought. But lets be honest: it just wasn’t the best movie ever made. It was fun, it was sexy, it was exciting and it contained some deeper thoughts, but it just wasn’t a movie I could take serious. 

Overall, the movie was OKAY. Really, if you don’t take it too seriously, it was actually GOOD. I even got more excited of reading the books, because the movie made it feel like just a normal high school with normal teens and everyday experiences. Except from the vampires and magic of course. Oh, yeah – besides from all the other fantasy elements – the look on vampires was really refreshing. To find out more about the movie, you can just click HERE.

After the movie was finished (2 hours later), I bought the book (movie tie in) and left the cinema, feeling satisfied. I came there with no expectations at all, and left very happy. I’m not sure whether the readers of the book will enjoy the movie too, because I haven’t read it yet. But if you have, please comment below! I’d loved to know!

Featured author of February: Heather Sunseri

Sometimes I am really excited about a book or an author without even reading one of their books. I didn’t know exactly how to feature that on my blog, so I decided to write about an author I haven’t read anything from yet every month. It’s called “featured author” and I hope that you guys will be introduced to some authors you don’t know (and actually I don’t know either). Anyway, it will be a surprise to both you and me.

HEATHER SUNSERI
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ABOUT HEATHER SUNSERI:
(I got this from her website, so all the credits to this text go to her of course!)

Heather Sunseri was raised on a tiny farm in the smallest of towns in thoroughbred horse country near Lexington, Kentucky. After high school, she attended Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and later graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in accounting. Always torn between a passion for fantasy and a mind for the rational, it only made sense to combine her career in accounting with a novel-writing dream.

Heather now lives in a different small town on the other side of Lexington with her two children, and her husband, Mike, the biggest Oregon Duck fan in the universe. When she’s not writing or working as a CPA, she spends her time tormenting her daughter’s cat, Olivia, and loving on her son’s Golden Retriever, Jenny.

BOOKS

I found out about Heather through either Goodreads or Twitter, I don’t know. But what I DO know is that I was mesmerized by the cover of her book “Mindspeak” (and its sequel Mindsiege) which I will introduce by getting the synopsis from Goodreads :)

Mindspeak (Mindspeak #1)

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Author: Heather Sunseri
Genre
: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Publication: Sun Publishing
Release Date: January 1st 2013
Pages: 396
Spoilers: No, just a Goodreads synopsis.

She was created for a purpose so revolutionary, someone was willing to kill for it.
Seventeen-year-old Lexi Matthews keeps two secrets from her elite boarding school classmates—she’s the daughter of a famous and controversial geneticist, and she can influence people’s thoughts.
But after new student Jack DeWeese heals her broken arm with an anything-but-simple touch, he forces Lexi to face a new reality—her abilities reach much further than speaking to the minds of others.
After Lexi’s father goes missing and she receives threatening emails, she can’t decide whether to fall into Jack’s arms or run and hide.
As Lexi seeks answers to what she and Jack are, she discovers a truth more unsettling than anything her science books can teach. And letting Jack into her life of secrets is not only a threat to her very existence, but it just might break her heart wide open.”

What I think: I think this synopsis sounds REALLY REALLY exciting and I’m sure going to read it! You can order it on Amazon for free at the moment, down below you can click the link to do so.

Mindsiege (Mindspeak #2)

ImageAuthor: Heather Sunseri
Genre
: Young Adult/Sci-Fi
Publication: Sun Publishing
Release Date: December 14th 2013
Pages: 372
Spoilers: No, just a Goodreads synopsis.

“An intruder has seized control of Lexi Matthew’s mind, putting those closest to her in grave danger.
When someone snakes into Lexi’s head and threatens Jack’s life at Lexi’s own hand, she must quickly decide: leave Jack and the web of lies and controversial medical science behind in order to protect him, or stay and fight to regain control of her own mind but risk Jack’s life.
Before Lexi can choose, she’s immersed into the underground world of the International Intelligence Agency, where she discovers the realm of cloning and mind control is much larger than she and Jack ever imagined and is growing bigger and more dangerous.
As the band of teenage human clones uncovers more of their supernatural abilities, a dominant force inside the IIA is at work to take over their powers. Can Lexi stop the person who has invaded her mind before the IIA captures them all, or will she sacrifice herself to save those she loves?”

What I think: I think this book sounds even better than the first one, and after reading other readers reviews, I’m sure the second book is even better than the first book (which is very rare).

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As for my first edition of featured author: I believe this one if very successful because even though I haven’t read anything from Heather Sunseri yet (next week this will be different), I do believe her books are amazing (Mindspeak has 3.99 stars and Miendsiege has 4.36 stars on Goodreads) and I recommend this book to people who LOVE young adult scifi with a fresh new thing in it!