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In The Forest Library (by yanadhyana)
Jeff Bridges has been working on getting The Giver, Lois Lowry’s classic Newbery winning dystopian, into the theaters for well over a decade. In that time, we’ve had wildly popular YA dystopian franchises like The Hunger Games and Divergent cleaning up at the box office, and getting audiences of all ages enthralled with repressive, controlling governments and the intrepid teens who fight against them.
While those book series (and the slew of imitators that followed them) certainly owe a huge debt to Lowry’s book, the movie adaptation of The Giver ironically seems destined to sink in those book adaptations’ wake at the box office.
As a longtime fan of Lowry’s book, I am the prime audience for The Giver, and perhaps one of the most forgiving and open-minded viewers. But even to me, it felt visibly late to the game, uninspired, and almost repetitive. I wanted so badly to love it, but often found myself bored and looking for cues from my memory of the book that might signal it was about to wrap up.
The thing is, it’s not exactly the movie or the book’s fault. The story, while slightly updated from the book, is as thought-provoking as it was when I read it as a teen, the acting is spot-on, and the visuals and sets are for the most part impressive (save for a few wildly distracting blurry effects that result in more nauseating confusion than atmosphere). The overall underwhelming feeling is a timing issue. Watching The Giver in 2014 is like watching a live action performance of Mallory Ortberg’s incisive and hilarious parody of YA dystopian sameness, “It’s A Bunch of Years After The War And Everything Is Different.” Sorting/assignment/reaping day? Check. Sameness and oppression? Check. One teen who is so special and different he/she could take down the entire system? Checkity check check. SIGH.
(via THE GIVER Movie Review | Alice Marvels)
Alchemists: the worst camp counselors ever. #silvershadows #freesydney #teamsydrian #sydrian 
(via Book Review: SILVER SHADOWS by Richelle Mead | Alice Marvels)


THE “WE LOVE BOOKS. WE LOVE BLOGS.” PROMO.I say we like there’s more than one of me, but there’s not. It’s just me. And I love books. And I love blogs.So here’s the thing - if you are a book blog with a focus on YA, reblog this post, and I’ll be rounding you all up in a giant masterpost of promos that I will then share with all of our followers. Because I like you, and without you, this blog couldn’t exist.I only ask that you reblog instead of like because some of you run your blogs as sideblogs and so I will then know which blog to use, or run multiple blogs, and it just makes things easier.I will stop cataloging blogs in two weeks (August 26) and will have the promo up on September 1st. Please reblog by then or you will not be included.Thank you and keep spreading the YA love![EDIT] While I appreciate you following the blog (and I do I do I love it!), if you choose not to follow it for whatever reason and want to be on the list anyway, go ahead and reblog. I ain’t gonna hate just ‘cause you want your dash clean.

This is such a great idea!


"This summer, I will marry the girl of my dreams in a library. Here is our Save-The-Date."

How cute is this? Library card save the dates!

ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER is almost here! To celebrate, we choose between Team Anna, Team Lola and Team Isla (and by extension, Team St. Clair, Team Cricket and Team Josh). #readisla


Happy World Cat Day! Check out our favorite fictional cats!

(via World Cat Day: Our Favorite Fictional Cats | Alice Marvels)

The Gladers try to figure their way out of the Maze in the new MAZE RUNNER movie trailer

(via THE MAZE RUNNER Trailer (SDCC Exclusive) 11 Stylish New Posters | Alice Marvels)
We finally spotted Chuck in the new @MazeRunnerMovie trailer! #shuckyeah
(via THE MAZE RUNNER Trailer (SDCC Exclusive) 11 Stylish New Posters | Alice Marvels)
“They’re going to keep coming back until they kill us all.” - Teresa #themazerunner

(via THE MAZE RUNNER Trailer (SDCC Exclusive) 11 Stylish New Posters | Alice Marvels)
Teresa shows the guys how you deal with a griever. #mazerunner
Alby won’t let Thomas leave the Glade. #mazerunner move trailer

Our visual recap of our favorite parts from the new  MAZE RUNNER trailer
(via THE MAZE RUNNER Trailer (SDCC Exclusive) 11 Stylish New Posters | Alice Marvels)
Ever wonder how Margaret Stohl gets her writing mojo going? Check out her guest post on inspirations + enter to win a copy of IDOLS!
(via IDOLS Blog Tour & Giveaway: How I Get My Writing Inspiration by Margaret Stohl | Alice Marvels)
Today we have the lovely Mary E. Pearson stopping by the blog to share her playlist for THE KISS OF DECEPTION + you can enter to win a copy!

(via THE KISS OF DECEPTION Playlist by Mary E. Pearson | Alice Marvels)
Watch the pilot for DELIRIUM on Hulu for a limited time!