The Officially Official ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2′ Trailer is Explosive

23 Jul

Based on the first official Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 trailer (not to be confused with the teaser trailer), the final installment in the franchise is going to be action-packed.

And full of speeches. And explosions. To be honest, we’re not entirely sure it wasn’t directed by Michael Bay.

It’s time to get your re-read on, the final Hunger Games movie hits theatres on November 20.

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Watch All These Videos (Read: Trailers + First Looks) from San Diego Comic-Con

13 Jul

Another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, but not before gifting us with plenty of videos for book and comic book adaptations (be they officially released or sneakily obtained).

You can watch the trailers and first looks below in order of excitement — plus one bonus literary weather report from Andy Richter — because in Narnia there’s always a 100% chance of heavy-handed Christian metaphors.

Deadpool – Leaked Trailer

(Pssst, the trailer has since been pulled, but you can watch it over yonder.)

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We’re Gonna Need an Even Bigger Boat: Cassie-la Swims Through ‘Big Ass Shark’ by Briar Lee Mitchell

10 Jul

Big Ass SharkBig Ass Shark by Briar Lee Mitchell
Genre: Fiction, horror, sharks, who needs regular sized sharks when you can have big ass sharks?
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Summary: Wannabe actress Misty’s life is turned upside down when she has a horrifying chance encounter with an enormous white shark, the long thought extinct Megalodon. Armed with a giant tooth and a video of her near death, Misty gets embroiled in a dangerous adventure involving a reporter, several scientists, an insane billionaire, some shark hunters and a park ranger. Not to mention a big ass shark named Ghostie.

I know what you’re not thinking: “But Cassie, last year you promised for Shark Week you would review Sharcano, a story about sharks made of liquid hot magma.”

Well sorry non-existant person, but try as I might I could barely make it through the prologue. To put things into perspective, I was able to finish the novelization of Jaws: The Revenge, which is about a shark following a widow to the Bahamas because her son broke a magical gourd. Yeah.

Not only was I pressed for time because Shark Week came an entire month earlier this year to coincide with actual summer and the plot of Jaws, but when something has that many similes in the first few pages, uses the phrase “the icing on the fight cake” and refers to animals as “meat trains” I have to concede defeat.

Thankfully, I had a backup.

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The Official ‘Goosebumps’ Trailer Will Give You – You Guessed It – Goosebumps

8 Jul

Watcher beware, you’re in for a scare (but probably not), because the Goosebumps trailer has arrived.

The film, based on the children’s horror series by R.L. Stine and those non-literal ghost writers, stars Jack Black as the author himself, a grumpy curmudgeon whose characters have the ability to enter our world.

Just like in real life?

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s June 2015 Book Haul

2 Jul

Old But New to My Shelves

June 2015 Book Haul

1. The Knife of Never Letting Go: Chaos Walking Book One by Patrick Ness
2. Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper by Charles Perrault
3. Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein [assembled from the original text] by Mary Shelley

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s June 2015 Reading List

1 Jul

June 2015 Reading List

Black Box by Jennifer Egan
This short story, originally released through a series of tweets intended to be “mental dispatches” from the narrator, tells the story of a female spy in the not-so-distant future.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
When I first began reading about shape-shifting Nimona, who becomes sidekick to villain Lord Ballister Blackheart, I thought I was reading a comedic fantasy. And then it hit me with all the feels. A must read for everyone.

Lady Killer by Jamie Rich
This series from Boom Studios tells the story of a 1950’s housewife who is actually a deadly assassin. Apparently I could not get enough of bad ass females this month.

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‘Nimona’ is Getting Adapted by Fox Animation!

12 Jun

Nimona Webcomic

Webcomic turned graphic novel Nimona is all set to become an animated series!

The rights to the story (written by Noelle Stevenson) about a shapeshifting girl and her “supervillain” boss/bestie have been nabbed by Fox Animation who will helm the adaptation.

If you have not read Nimona yet do yourself a favor and read it now. Seriously. Right now. At least start with the first three chapters which are online for free.

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