Friday, October 31, 2014

Morganville Vampires Series with Cast and Set Photos

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The final episode in the Morganville Vampires web series is set to be released today! Yay! So far I have watched the first four episodes and have really enjoyed them! I hope that if you haven't had a chance to watch them you make time soon! And if you did watch it and enjoy be sure to let your friends know to watch it too!

Today, I have a little more information about the web series and also so cast and set photos! Hope you enjoy!!

Nothing is strange about the direction or production of Morganville: The Series. A show with a little more bite than most because well... the Morganville Vampires own their town and everyone in it and there’s not really anyone stopping them. And for fictional characters they are not backing down or backing off the new girl in town. Everyone’s suspect to Claire Danvers.

Which makes it all the more sweet to see the behind-the-scenes movies and photos, because the reality of this webseries is a long haul many books have made transitioning to another format. A realness steeped in long nights, insane shooting schedules (only 10 days!) and a fun-loving cast who were and are dedicated to making Morganville: The Series a wonderful treat for fans this Halloween season!

If you loved Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vamps in their book form; she is really hoping you love how Morganville: The Series captures the spirit and heart of her vampires in a whole new way. She cannot be more pleased with the results and wants especially the Kickstarter fans to know it wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity and faith in the project. And could not be more thrilled that Geek & Sundry believed in the project enough to match your giving and hosting Morganville: The Series on their awesome youtube channel.

To find out more, check out these sites for the scoop on Rachel Caine, The Morganville Vampires Books and Morganville: The Series.

Morganville: The Series – The show stars fan favorites Robert Picardo as Oliver (Star Trek: Voyager) and Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) as Amelie, as well as Lindsay Seidel (Claire), Jordan Taylor Farris (Shane), Haileigh Todd (Eve), Ben Easter (Michael), Nikki Donley (Hannah), Afomia Hailemeskel (Monica), Jessi Mechler (Gina), Taylor Murphy (Jennifer), Gregory Connors (Brandon) and Chase Ryan Jeffery (Myrnin). It is directed by Blake Calhoun, known for his award-winning and groundbreaking digital series Pink and Continuum, the show was filmed on location in Texas on a Blackmagic camera.

Rachel Caine –  is a fictional character herself … a pen name of writer Roxanne Conrad. Since 2003, Rachel has written in the adult Urban Fantasy genre (the Weather Warden, Outcast Season, Revivalist and Red Letter Days series) as well as in Young Adult fiction (the Morganville Vampires series and award-winning novel Prince of Shadows). She is the author of more than forty novels and many short stories, and is regularly featured in anthology collections, most recently the Charlaine Harris edited Dead But Not Forgotten.

Summary -- Morganville - a brave teen (Claire Danvers) moves to the very isolated West Texas town to attend the local university, only to (a) run afoul of the local mean (very mean) girls, and (b) move to the safety of off-campus housing with three strangers. But the plot thickens when she discovers that her new housemates aren’t crazy: Morganville really is run by vampires. 
They own it, and every one in it. And now ... they own her.

Now, who wants to see some cast photos?

Photo credit: Tez Greenwood and was taken at MCM London Comic Con. Ben Easter (Michael), Shane (Jordan Farris), Claire (Lindsay Seidel), Rachel Caine, Oliver (Robert Picardo), and Amelie (Amber Benson) all pose for fans.

Photographer: Julio César Cedillo

Photographer: Julio César Cedillo

Photographer: Julio César Cedillo

So who's ready to watch The Morganville Vampires?? OH, and if you haven't read the books, I highly recommend them!!

Review: Red Glove


Author: Holly Black

Title: Red Glove
Pages: 325
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: McElderry Books
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

The cons get craftier and the stakes rise ever higher in the riveting sequel to White Cat—now in paperback!

After rescuing his brothers from Zacharov’s retribution, Cassel is trying to reestablish some kind of normalcy in his life.

That was never going to be easy for someone from a worker family that’s tied to one of the big crime families—and whose mother’s cons get more reckless by the day. But Cassel is coming to terms with what it means to be a worker, and he’s figuring out how to have friends.

Except normal doesn’t last very long. Soon Cassel is being courted by both sides of the law and is forced to confront his past—a past he remembers only in scattered fragments, and one that could destroy his family and his future. Cassel will have to decide whose side he wants to be on, because neutrality is not an option. And then he will have to pull off his biggest con ever to survive….

Red Glove is the perfect Halloween read.  It’s chock-full of suspense, creepy houses, and magic all rolled into one!  This is the sequel to White Cat, which I recently posted a review on, so if you haven’t read White Cat yet be warned.  There will be some spoilers in this review for that book.  

That being said, let’s move on to why I loved this book so much!  For starters, the family’s been reunited and Cassel’s mom is out of jail, giving us a first glimpse into her and Cassel’s relationship. Despite his mom being in jail for a majority of White Cat, there were so many references to Cassel’s childhood growing up and the impact his mom had on him, that I wanted her to make an appearance sooner.  She’s exactly how I pictured her to be, from the memories Cassel recalls in both White Cat and Red Glove of her.  What I didn’t expect was Cassel to let her back into his life so easily in Red Glove.  It’s a show of Cassel’s character though that he does this, because it isn’t the first time he has stood by his family when they didn’t deserve it.  Ultimately this leads to a big part in the book later on that I won’t give away, but that you definitely want to read through for!  Character development is a big aspect of Red Glove, and I loved that we got to see Cassel figure things out for himself for a change, instead of being guided by his brothers and told what to do all the time.

Another thing I really liked about Red Glove was HEX, because it really gave the reader a good look at the events taking place in the outside world, and showed how the rest of society was dealing with the whole workers and non-workers controversy.  I don’t know if this is what Holly Black was going for when she wrote the series, but the idea of workers and non-workers coexisting in society seemed to parallel segregation and the Civil Rights movement.  For me, this helped me connect with the series that much more, because it felt more realistic.  

What stopped me from giving Red Glove 5 Cows as opposed to 4 is the ending.  I understand endings aren’t meant to be perfect, and I know Holly Black is one of those writers who doesn’t believe in the fairy tale ending and has mentioned that in countless interviews, but I still hated it.  There’s not much I can add to this without giving it away, but I will say this: I was really pulling for one of the main characters, and the ending killed that dream for me.  Said character turned out to be a big disappointment! 

All in all, I wish there was another book in this series, or even a spin-off series, that takes place in the Curse Worker's world, because I really loved the world building Holly Black did in White Cat and Red Glove. It had a shadowhunters feel to it, and I feel like Holly could have expanded this series into something much bigger and similar to what Cassandra Clare did with Mortal Instruments. Who know, maybe another one is in the works? Until then, I'll have my fingers crossed!  


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Nerd Blast: Catalyst


The explosive conclusion to the series reviewers have likened to Ender’s Game and “Hogwarts-in-Space”

This exhilarating, explosive, and heartrending conclusion to the Insignia trilogy brings Tom and his intelligent, passionate, and brave young friends stunning tests and dangerous confrontations and through to an impossible future they could never have predicted.

Tom Raines and his friends are eager to return to the Pentagonal Spire to continue training for the elite Intrasolar Forces, but they soon discover troubling changes: strict new regulations and the revelation that the Spire is under new military control. What begins as an irritating adjustment soon reveals a dangerous shift in reality. Those now in control are aligned with corporate sponsors and their ruthless agendas. And when the military academy begins welcoming new cadets with suspicious neural processors, the first step in a plan with horrifying worldwide ramifications, Tom is desperate to stop it, even if that means keeping secrets from his closest allies.

Then a mysterious figure, the other ghost in the machine, begins fighting against the corporations, but with methods even Tom finds shocking. And when the enemy comes for Tom, how much can Tom endure in the battle to save himself? He must decide if he can still fight when the odds of success seem to be sliding from his grip.


S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland, that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex came out in July of 2013. The final book in the INSIGNIA trilogy will come out in Fall of 2014.


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (65)


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!
Not only is this my first Top Ten Tuesday post, but it’s also a great topic this week!  I’ve been brainstorming for a while now on a second Halloween costume (I need two this year) and I hadn’t picked one yet, so typing up this post helped!  I think I’ve finally narrowed it down.

Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want to be for Halloween

  1. Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games): I actually WAS Katniss last year for Halloween, complete with a bow and arrow and the mockingjay pin of course!:)
  2. Lena Duchannes (The Caster Chronicles): I keep picturing myself dressed as Lena in the gorgeous gown she had in the film adaptation of “Beautiful Creatures”
  3. Cinder (Lunar Chronicles): I already have the PERFECT pair of gloves for this costume!  Still working on how I could make myself look like a cyborg though.  
  4. Clary Morgenstern (Mortal Instruments)
  5. Tris Prior (Divergent): Dauntless Tris, not Abnegation Tris
  6. Kaye Fierch (Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale): I’ve always secretly wanted to be a fairy for Halloween!
  7. Arya Drottningu (The Inheritance Cycle)
  8. Theresa Gray (The Infernal Devices): This Halloween costume would be BEAUTIFUL! Now I just need to get my hands on a long evening dress from the Victorian Era…
  9. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter): Who HASN’T wanted to be Hermione Granger at one point or another?  And come on! You get a wand! (which I am not ashamed to admit, I already own!)
  10. Max (Maximum Ride series): Who WOULDN’T want to be one of the bird kids and get their own set of wings? This would make for an awesome Halloween costume!  I’m keeping it in mind for next year!

If you didn’t already guess, I picked Kaye Fierch as my second costume for Halloween this year!  Now to buy some green face paint!


Monday, October 27, 2014

Morganville: The Series Episodes 1 & 2 Released

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Hey y'all!!

You might remember that on Thursday I mentioned that the trailer for the Morganville Vampires web series was released. Well, today, not one but two episodes have been released!! I am super excited to see one of my favorite vampire series on screen! I was lucky enough to talk to Rachel Caine at the RT Convention about her series and she was very excited about it. She told me that it would eventually be on Netflix but I'm not sure if that's still part of the plan. Regardless, I will be watching it!  

 You can watch the first two episodes by clicking the links below.

Episode 1 - "Glass House" :
Episode 2 - "Bite Me" :
I haven't been able to watch them yet but I plan to watch them this evening when I get home!
The first season will be a total of 15 episodes and they plan to have the last episode air on Halloween! Each episode is between 8-12 minutes so you can watch them on your break at lunch!
Has anyone watched them yet? If so, what do you think? Are you excited about the rest of the series??
Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: White Cat

: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
Pages: 310
Release Date: May 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: McElderry Books
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn't fit in at home or at school, so he's used to feeling like an outsider. He's also used to feeling guilty; he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.

But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas and a plan to con the conmen.

Admittedly, I’m already a huge fan of Holly Black (who I was lucky enough to meet in person a few weeks back) so I was really excited to start reading White Cat.  Prior to receiving the book though, I hadn’t actually heard of it before, so I read the description on the jacket cover to see what I was in for.  I’m a lover of all things fantasy, so at the promise of black magic and mobsters in White Cat, I knew I would like it.

I come from a big Italian family, so I found the concept of this modern day group of mobsters working with curses extremely fascinating.  Only Holly Black would be able to combine two elements like dark magic and mobsters, and make it work.  At the YA conference I recently attended, Holly discussed how writing fantasy can be difficult, because you have to recognize the limits of using magic.  In this book, the curse workers have to touch the person they’re trying to ‘work’ in order to cast a curse on them.  This becomes the limit of the magic in White Cat, because the society they live in knows about curse workers and expects people to wear gloves in public.  At times, this can get quite funny in the book, because they compare taking off your gloves in public to taking off your pants or shirt, in that it’s extremely private and something one should only do in the comfort of their own home. 

Another aspect of White Cat I enjoyed, was that it was also a mystery.  I can’t say I’ve ever read anything in the fantasy genre that included a good murder mystery! It’s nice to see a mix of genres sometimes, especially when it’s written well. 

The only reason I struggled with giving this 4 cows, is because the beginning was pretty confusing.  The book used words like the mark, the con, and blowback, without explaining what any of them meant in the curse worker’s world.  It left the reader to figure this out for themselves, and to be honest, I didn’t catch on to the idea of blowblack until I got at least halfway through the book.  I did stick with 4 cows though, because everything gets cleared up and you understand it more, as you read further into White Cat. 

I’d highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Castor Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I just finished reading the 2nd book in the Curse Worker Series after White Cat, which is called Red Glove, and that review will be going up soon!  So stay tuned if you are interested in hearing more about this series by Holly Black.  In the meantime, start reading White Cat! You won’t be disappointed!  


Thursday, October 23, 2014

That Awkward Thursday (26) Ignore the Negative and Focus on the Positive

That Awkward Thursday is a feature hosted by Wholly Books where it's not only okay but encouraged to share your awkward moments!

That Awkward Moment I decide to ignore all of the negativity and talk about some positive things that happened this week...

Disclaimer: This post is going to be all over the place. I apologize in advance.

As I was thinking this week on a topic for my That Awkward Thursday post, my first thought was of course to comment on "the incident". I'm sure you all know the incident I am referring to (this article). But I thought about it some more and realized what's the point of commenting? I have absolutely nothing to add to the conversation that someone else hasn't already stated. So I'm not going to talk about that.

The next topic idea I came up with was one in reference to this article. Yet another example of someone trying to make me feel bad for my reading choices. FYI: I'm currently reading Blood of Olympus and it's fabulous! :) I've commented on this before so I don't feel there's any reason for me to rehash it now. Obviously, I think I should be able to read whatever I like without someone judging me for it.

Well, Ashley, are you going to talk about anything in this post or are you going to simply continue to talk about what you are not going to talk about? Ya know, I'm glad you asked. As a matter of fact, I am going to talk about something in this post. 

There has been a lot of negative things going on in the blogging world so I would like to take a minute to mention some of the good things that are going on. 

First, it is less than one month until the release of Mockingjay: Part One and there's a new teaser trailer! The trailer makes me even more excited for the movie!

Second, the cover for Kasie West's next book was revealed and it's adorable! I love, love, love Kasie West!

Third, the Morganville Vampires web series released a trailer. I can't wait to watch this web series!! The Morganville Vampires is one of my favorite vampire series so I am super excited!

UPDATE: I found this gem a little bit ago and just had to add it to this post! The cover for The Heir is beautiful! I am dying for this one!!

Here's the cover and you can read the description and watch the trailer here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (55)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Title:  Red Queen 
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: Orion
Release Date: February 10, 2015

Goodreads Description:

A thrilling new fantasy trilogy for fans of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES.

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

Why I'm Waiting: I love this cover! It really intrigued me. The concept of the novel sounds really intersting and I can't wait to read it.

What are you waiting on??

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (64)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Top Series I Need to Start

1. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

2. Trail by Fire by Josephine Angelini

3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

5. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

6. Pawn by Aimee Carter

7. Legend by Marie Lu

And that's all I can think of at present! I'm sure there are a ton more!! 

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