Sunday, July 22, 2012

Weekend Wrapup (2)

Hi guys! I know it's been a stretch since I've done a Weekend Wrapup, but I have been roaming the country, reading my eyeballs out, organizing stacks of books, entertaining family and trying to keep all of those crazy little balls in the air. But I'm back, baby!! Here's what has been going on with me lately plus some book acquisitions, literary and movie news and an sneak peek of reviews to come of a few books I was lucky enough to read this week. So, enough we go!

I've been trying to keep my library and digital ARC intake extremely low since the book extravaganza that was BEA. (Really, how can I justify bringing a single book into this house when I have enough books to keep me hopping until next year's BEA?) Well, apparently, somehow I found a way...


So, my hold for The Walking Dead: Compendium One came through this week. I have been waiting on this one for-ev-er! I was going to release it like a good girl, but come on! It's zombies...and The Walking Dead...and a compendium...Had to get it.


Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen!

Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.

Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

A reckoning is coming...and not everyone will survive.

I really enjoyed Crave and couldn't help myself (self-control issues, anyone?) when I saw the second installment in this series, Covet, on NetGalley. Crave was a brisk, fun read and I anticipate Covet will be more of the same. I can sneak this one in my huge TBR pile, right? Right.

Okay, friends, here are the books I've recently read and not a dud in the lot of them!

This was a really great few weeks of reading! This a diverse group of books, but I liked/loved each and every one!

A standout for me in this group was Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (already released). It is a comtemporary thriller/treastise on a modern marriage which is not necessarily in the genre I have been reading lately, but it was a non-stop page-turner for me. I finished it in about a day. Considering that Gone Girl logs in at over 400 pages and none of it fluff, that should tell you how compelling of a story it was to me. Gone Girl is going on my "Required Reading" list today and is officially a Steph's Stacks Fave for 2012.

34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues (release date 9-4-12) was another five-star read for me. It is a contemporary YA novel revolving around the death of a girl and the impact this has on her friends. It was very compelling and funny and moving. If you can get your hand on an ARC, do it. You'll thank me later.

I listened to Sisters Red (already released) on my Audible app and loved it! I was lucky enough to meet Jackson Pearce at BEA where I picked up a copy of the latest in this series, Fathomless (release date 9-4-12). Although I have had Sisters Red on my wishlist for quite some time now (for that awesome cover alone!), I hadn't picked it up yet. Well, after BEA, I sprung into action and I'm so glad I did! Pearce has quite a way of creating true Kick Ass Heroines and creating beautiful relationships, romantic and otherwise. I am, for sure, her newest number one fan.

Something Strange and Deadly (review) combines two of my favorite genres, Steampunk and zombies, creating a fun, fast-paced read!

In the mood for some bookish news? Well, you're in the right place, friend!

Entertainment Weekly exclusively premired the trailer for the much-anticipated prequel the The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The Kill Order (out 8-14-12). They are also featuring an exclusive excerpt for those who can't wait!
Diana Gabaldon's beloved Outlander series has been picked up by Sony Pictures TV, according to Deadline, and has tapped Ron Moore (veteran of amazing series such as Battlestar Gallactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Roswell and HBO's Carnivale) to write the series adaptation. No word yet on when and where we can glue ourselves to the tube to watch the adventures of Jamie and Claire, but I will keep you posted!
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime has ordered a pilot of Melissa de La Cruz's The Witches of East End for tentative airing in 2013. In addition to Cruz's spooky series, Lifetime is also producing a pilot based on Iris Krasnow's novel The Secret Lives of Wives, an investigative look at sustaining a long-term marriage told from the wife's POV. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this all goes over better than the CW's recently cancelled The Secret Circle did last season...
San Diego Comic-Con 2012 was held this past week and for those of you who might think it is still just about comic books or graphic novels these days, you couldn't be more mistaken. This modern day Comic-Con is where ALL of the coolest geeks hang out once a year including movie geeks, sci-fi geeks, TV geeks and people like yours truly, book geeks (and proud of it!). To check out some great pics of many of your favorite authors like, Stephanie Perkins (Lola and the Boy Next Door), Marie Lu (Legend), Marissa Meyer (Cinder), Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl series), Cornelia Funke (Reckless),  and Andrea Cremer (Nightshade series) check out Publishers Weekly's pics here. (Oh, I wish I could've been there, but I am checking out Comic-Con NY in October...)

The 2012 Prime Time Emmy nominations came out this week and many of my favorite series and movies based on some of my favorite books are strong contenders this Emmy season. HBO's Game of Thrones (based on his A Song of Ice and Fire series) garnered six nominations (including one for my crush-man, Peter Dinklage AKA Tyrion Lannister). Also book-related and nominated: Dexter, Game Change, Hemingway & Gellhorn, and Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.

Many more of my faves were nominated as well (love you, Downton Abbey, 30 Rock, American Horror Story, Modern Family and Homeland!). It's going to be near impossible for me to chose winners this year and keep up my winning streak (Come on! Every adult male in Modern Family was nominated? How can I choose?) Great nominations all the way around. It should be interesting to see what happens on award day. Full nominations list here courtesy of USA Today.

Well that's all of the Steph's Stacks scoop for this week, friends! Be sure to check in next week for another Weekly Wrapup. In the meantime you can look forward to more book reviews, breaking news, movie scoop and book deals!

Have a wonderful week!


  1. Gone Girl sounds so good & now it's sounding even better! Glad you found a new fave! Skimmed through the first couple pages of Zom-B & it sounds really good so far! I'm going to have to check out 34 Pieces of You. <3

  2. Hey, Steph! WOW. You sure have been busy!! I've been wanting to read "Crave", and now that I know it has a sequel, I'll have to get it ASAP. Of the books you've read, the only one I've read is "Fallen". I've read the sequels to that one, though -- "Torment" and "Passion". I just got the last one in the series, "Rapture", and I've got to start on it... I'm really happy that the Outlander series has been picked up by Sony Pictures!! I've heard so much about it!! I haven't read it, but I do have some of the books. "So many books, so little time..." (Frank Zappa quote) Anyway, thanks for suah a GREAT wrapup!! I can't wait for the next one!! : )



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