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Maze Runner Film Poster The first time I read THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner, I thought to myself: this would make such a great film. The combination of the fast plot and the action-packed scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. So to me, it was no surprise when I found out that the book had been optioned for film.

I’m super excited that THE MAZE RUNNER film is finally coming out. Not only did I enjoy the book, but Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien had been cast as the lead! Dylan O’Brien’s character is my favorite on the show, so I’m excited to see him jump from the goofy sidekick to the leading man.

I’m not a huge fan of YA film adaptations, but THE MAZE RUNNER is one of the few films that I’m actually excited about. Every poster and trailer I’ve seen so far has been awesome!

The Trailer

When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

In Theaters September 19th

Rated: PG-13
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee
Directed By: Wes Ball
Produced By: Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen

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I have a bunch of half-written reviews piling up on the blog. Every now and then, I revisit these sad, unfinished post and try to add more to them. But it’s gotten to the point that it’s been just too long. Here’s a list of books that I tried and failed to write longer posts for…

Read But Not Reviewed

With or Without You by Brian FarreyWith or Without You by Brian Farrey

Summary: Eighteen year-old Evan and his best friend, Davis, get beaten up for being loners. For being gay. For just being themselves. But as rough as things often seem, at least Evan can take comfort in his sweet, sexy boyfriend Erik–whom he’s kept secret from everyone for almost a year.

Then Evan and Davis are recruited to join the Chasers, a fringe crowd that promises them protection and status. Davis is swept up in the excitement, but Evan is caught between his loyalty to Davis and his love for Erik. Evan’s lied to keep his two worlds separate. Now his lies are about to implode…and destroy the very relationships he’s been trying to protect.

I ended up enjoying With or Without You by Brian Farrey, even if I couldn’t get into it at first. I remember that the whole time I was reading, I was getting really impatient with Evan. I knew that he was going to get found out eventually, and I had to rein in my urge to yell and the main character to just own up to his secrets already. Read more »

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Sinner by Maggie StiefvaterSINNER by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3.5
Publication Date: July 1st 2014 by Scholastic Press
Rating: – Exceeds Expectations |

Book Summary: Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

Book Review Overview:

  • It’s been a while since I read Forever, but I was able to jump into SINNER without getting lost
  • Cole and Isabel still have kick-ass chemistry
  • Couldn’t put it down

I fangirled when I first heard about SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater. The ending of Forever had left me aching for more Isabel/Cole, and I was a little bummed out that their ending had been so open. Luckily, Maggie Stiefvater had blessed me with this companion novel in which Cole St. Clair returns to Los Angeles to find Isabel Culpeper. But returning to LA also means returning to his rock star lifestyle – the lifestyle that ultimately had led to his downfall. Cole returns to the spotlight despite the risks in order to also return to Isabel’s life.

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You are my courage, as I am your conscience. You are my heart - and I your compassion. We are neither of us whole, alone.
- Diana Gabaldon, Drums of Autumn

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