Table Talk: A Beauty, A Year, and A Day Zero

Okay, there are a few things that are happening that are kind of a big deal for someone who is all kinds of fangirl.

First thing first. Let’s talk movies. A few days ago (or was it just yesterday?) the teaser trailer for Beauty and the Beast live action was released. And I know you probably all have seen it–what, with the advent of the internet and everything–but I’m going to add it here. Because I want to. Because it’s such a tease. Because I can.

And seriously? How can that not get you excited? I know it’s almost nothing. I mean, you see a door open, you hear voices, and then it’s pretty much over, but then you realize you’re pumped about it because it’s almost here and you’re trying not to get too excited because you have just under a year to wait but you’re excited anyway! << Yeah, all that. I’m so curious how this will play out. Will it stick pretty close to the animated story line? If it ventures a bit, how far will it venture? Will I like it? How can I not like it? << Yeah, that too.

We have Bill Condon as director. I liked The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 so that’s a good sign. And Evan Spiliotoupolis and Stephen Chobsky has also done great work, also a good sign. And we have a pretty darned good cast of characters as well so . . . all signs point to a really good movie. Fingers cross that it will live up to the hype, the expectation, the everything! Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney animation (despite the fact my twelve-year-old self couldn’t quite wrap my head around the timeline between when the Prince became a Beast and to the arrival of Belle. Seriously, I just coughed it up to magic and let it be) so I’m pretty excited about it.

Then there’s this video that pops on my Facebook feed with Ellen interviewing Lorelai (Lauren Graham) where she talks about how they’re almost done filming the last four 90-minute episodes of Gilmore Girls. And she talks about her book about the Gilmore Girls! You can watch that here. As excited as I am to hear that the release for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is near. I am also a bit sad because then it’s over. I mean, really over. I know we Gilmore Girls fans didn’t quite get closure at the end of Season 7 and we really wanted it, but now it’s so much near! You know, the … That’s All Folks! Will Rory and Logan end up together (because I really hope she does. Seriously, I was a hard-core Jess fan until I met Logan. You can read all about that here and here, that is if you totally dig my blog and want to visit Stars Hallow with me).

And then, a few days ago I stumble across this piece of news:


A novella to tie us over for the Arcana Chronicles, Book 4! And Book 4 should be released this fall! I am in love with this series. I’m irked a bit that this is a series and can’t be wrapped up in one book, without cliffhangers, but que sera sera. And while it is a series–because, you know, I can’t change that and I’m okay with that (because props to you Ms. Cole, you are doing an excellent job!)–I’m in for the ride. So, I am so stoked. Super stoked.

Talk about all kinds of fangirling! I did my fair share of squeeing, let me tell you. It’s big news. Big news! And it’s going to be a long wait to the fall for two out of three on this list. I can live with that until Beauty and the Beast is released.

Of course, there are many more fangirl moments spanning books, television, and  movies, but these three hit in a the course of eight days so … squee!

It’s going to be quite the year.

 

Biblio 411: First book of the new year …

… and I’m so excited!

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I just started it so this isn’t a review, but since I’m so excited I just ha to blog that I have it in my possession.

Dead of Winter, Arcana Chronicles #3 was loaded on to my kindle at 8p and I’m on Chapter 7. And I can’t put this down.

Kresley Cole writing continues to ensnare and creates a great story. I haven’t read anything else of hers besides this series, but I just might check out some of her other works.

And the good news? This isn’t the last book of the series. The bad news? This isn’t the las book of the series. This means there’s going to be another doozy of a cliffhanger, sighs.

Anyway, I reviewed the other two books here: Poison Princess & Endless Knight and watch for my review on this one.

Happy Reading!

Book Junkie 411: Endless Knight (Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

IMG_5033.JPG Oh my goodness! I just … this book … wow! Okay, I don’t know where to go with this one. I finished Endless Knight on Tuesday, but haven’t been able to bring myself to write a review because, well, I’m still trying to take it all in!

So, I reviewed Poison Princess in this post.

At the end of Poison Princess we realize that Evie is the Empress in the Major Arcana and they’re in a game till death. The tarot cards records their history. Endless Knight pretty much picks up where Poison Princess ends. Evie and Jackson has come to a common ground in this one and finally realize they love each other. A few days later, Death forces his hand and captures Evie, leaving their alliance to suffer through a crumbling mountain. Things get interesting during Evie’s time in Death’s lair. She finds out more about the games and we finally, finally see why Death is so fixated on her.

Cole does a really great job carrying the story out. Everything seems just right, almost like hitting all the right points at the right time. How the characters are introduced, how the alliances are formed, and then broken. I don’t know. It just flows. It doesn’t get to boring for me, which I appreciate. Sometimes, YA stories can drag on a bit, but Endless Knight seems to play out well.

But that cliffhanger! Gah! This is why I’m so torn about starting a series when book one just comes out. Those pesky cliffhangers leave me hanging until a year or sometimes even two years later! And most times, I can’t stand it. Like now. Book 3, Dead of Winter is set to release Jan. 6th, 2015 and it already feels like it’s so far away! I’m so thankful that it’s only a few weeks away, but what if there are more books?! Ack!

Okay, back on track InfoJunkie!

So, aside from the really awesome plot line, what also intrigues me is the fact that Cole hasn’t revealed all Arcana yet. There are still players in the game and we have yet to see who pops up and who doesn’t, which is sorta like a mystery, which I always dig. Also, there’s the fact that since these players are constantly playing, as in they are reincarnated for the next games, there’s a history that’s deeply rooted among all the players that I’m so interested in seeing. Each person’s history is tied t the card they represent which is awesome! In addition to that, usually when a card reading takes place, there are several ways to interpret it depending on the who you’re reading for so we don’t really know what meaning is being played in the character just yet. There are so many ways this plot can play out … I’m stoked!

So, we have several layers of story. We have the characters themselves and the lives they lived Before Flash and After Flash. We have the card the represent. We have the role in the game. And then we have the game itself. Talk about WOW!

I hope I’m making this more complex than it really is, because if it really is this complex I really hope Cole ties this all together with a solid ending.

And, just because I feel it needs to be said, Cole continues to push the borders of YA-Adult in this book so … just saying. Keep in mind that it is a bit edgy.

January can’t come soon enough … in the book world, that is.

(Edited to add:)

Favorite Scene:
When Death just got stabbed by Evie claws and confesses everything.

Okay, and I have to add this one, because I’ve been asking myself that same question as soon as I started reading this series:

Evie: “I just wanted to live on my farm and mind my own business. [Death] was the one who terrorized me, telling me he’d drink my blood from his sword and such. How was I supposed to react?”
Lark: “Have you asked yourself why he’d do that?”
Evie: “Oh, I have. And I’ve asked Matthew. And even Death himself! Do you know?”
Lark: “If I did, I wouldn’t tell you.”

Favorite Character;
Still Matthew and Death.

Book Junkie 411: Poison Princess (Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole

IMG_5031.JPGA little over a year ago, I previewed the book series The Arcana Chronicles in this post. It’s been sitting on my list for over I year. I’m sorry, I was distracted by KMM’s Fever Series, Kiera Cass’ Selection Series, Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices/Mortal Instruments, Deborah Harkness’ All Souls Trilogy Series, Tonya Kappes’ Charming Series, and even Karen Cantwell’s Ghostly Romance Series. Not to mention a whole bunch of movies, TV, and other books in between.

But its allure is still just as strong as it was last year and since I got caught up with all my other series, I took a crack at Poison Princes Sunday evening and ended up reading from 10p on Sunday night until 5a Monday morning. I couldn’t believe it! It’s the first time that I can remember that I lost track of time and lost an entire night’s sleep. Seriously. I’ve read and watched TV until the wee hours of the morning, but I’ve always made it a point to force myself to sleep by 4:15a, whether I’m in the middle of a plot climax or not. But I completely spaced on the time Sunday evening and when I went to check to the time I freaked out realizing my alarm was going to go off in 10 minutes.

So, as you can probably gauge from my reading marathon, this book is AWESOME! It’s a total page turner for me. I really ease.

This story has a solid plot. It didn’t drag or seem confusing. It moved right along. I just had to know what happened next. And when I forced myself to sleep at 5:05a, adjusting my alarm clock to give me at least a 30 minute cat nap, I had to skim the up coming chapters to figure out what happened next.

As I mentioned in my preview post, Ms. Cole basis her characters and plot on the Tarot deck. This is what intrigued me the most because I had never read a story where the supernatural element is tarot cards. There’s been witches, demons, werewolves, vampires, magic and such, but I’ve never seen one revolve around this particular subject. It was fascinating to read. There’s love, mystery, sadness, hope, action, and fun rolled into this unique story line and Ms. Cole does an excellent job weaving her magic into words.

She does a great job introducing the characters of this deadly game and I love how she allows us to get to know them. We get very familiar with them. Does that make sense? That’s the best way I can explain it. I just love the chemistry between Evie and Jackson. I really do. The characters are strong, almost immediately. I’m not sure if I’m explaining that correctly either. I mean, there wasn’t any character that “grew on me.” They were right out of the gate familiar in their own skins. Don’t get me wrong, there’s growth throughout the book, but it’s different from what I’ve experienced before.

In some ways I’m so disappointed that I missed the grand début of this wonderful series, but at the same time I am so glad I waited as long as I did. Ms. Cole has some doozy of a cliffhanger at the end of this one and I am so very glad I was able to jump into the next book immediately. I don’t know if I could handle a year or more’s wait to know what happened next. And even now, I’m more than half way through the second book, Endless Knight, and I can’t believe I have to wait until January for the next one!

I’m definitely adding this to my library. No question. Just a heads up though. It’s edgy for a YA audience. Ms. Cole really pushes on that YA-Adult border and since I can cross lines pretty easy, it doesn’t bug me. But it may bug some. By edgy I mean there’s swearing and descriptive imagery on certain apocalyptic images. Keep in mind it’s a game to the death and edgy. Compared to the Hunger Games and even Twilight, this book tops that. Just thought I’d mention that.

So, one book down, six more to go. Yay!

Favorite Scene:
I don’t have one moment in particular. They’re all very good. If anything, I really enjoy Evie’s interactions with Matthew.

Favorite Characters:
All of them! Okay, I’m being difficult. If I have a lovable favorite, it’s Matthew.  Followed very closely by Death. Yep. You heard me. I’m very intrigued in his story.