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A Eulogy – The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Poster

It never even saw the light of production, heard ‘cut’ yelled across set, or heard a scream in a sound stage. The follow up movie to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, has been shut down before it even started production. Due to low numbers from the first film, Sony has decided to ‘delay’ production of City of Ashes…indefinitely.

We here at justjmac are indefinitely saddened by this delay. Besides one or two slightly corny bits it was a quite pleasant movie to watch. Now, I don’t know if one could follow it if they hadn’t read the books but still… they should just go ahead and make it for our sake.

le sad.

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SNEAK PEEK: Theo James as Four

Hold on ladies, try not to scream or faint but…
Dear word look at Theo James as Tobias “Four” Eaton, the mysterious–and super dreamy–Dauntless leader that takes a special interest in Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley). in the film adaptation of Divergent. 

DIVERGENT

Uhm….you’re welcome.

Reminder:  if you’re at work or school, try to keep it together.

PS: Holy hell, I can’t wait for the shirtless scenes. I am just a plain sucker for tattoos.

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Title Revealed for Book 3 of the Divergent Series

 

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Allegiant! That’s the title of the 3rd and final installment of Veronica Roth’s hit series, set to release October 22, 2013.

“You gotta have the -ent (ending),'” Roth, 24, told USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt when he interviewed her about Insurgent last year. Roth has been Jokingly called the 3rd book in the series “Detergent” when discussing the book on her blog. She’s so funny, that Veronica Roth.

We are going to have a lot Divergent activity this year with the new book coming out and the Divergent movie, which is currently being filmed in Chicago.

So what do you think of the name? A hit or a miss?

 

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The Fault In Our Stars

This is a good book. Different, for me, but a good book.

 Shailene Woodley, John Green, divergent, the fault in our stars, movies

What’s it about, you say?

Meet Hazel (who’s middle name is Grace) and she’s like 16 or 17 with stunted terminal cancer (you’ll understand later). Basically, she’s kind of manic depressive but you can’t really blame her…

Anyway, she starts going to a cancer support group for kids with cancer and it’s in a kind of ironic place (no spoilers) and she’s got a half blind bud there named Isaac. One day, Isaac brings a friend. Friend’s name? Augustus (or Gus- your choice.) After Augustus shows up, nothing is the same.

I’ll give plot hints:

Cancer. Indiana. Hot Guy. Natalie Portman. Novel. Amsterdam. Death. Top Model. Oxygen Tank. Red Dawn. Ann Frank. Champagne. Love.

Basically, you need to read it.
I haven’t outright sobbed because of a book in years and this book left me, in bed, at a 11pm on a Friday night, bawling my eyes out.

…Straight up heaves.

The author is hilarious, as well. I mean, he’s a little too liberal sometimes but all and all he is pretty funny.

OH and watch out, because there is a movie coming and it’s going to star Shailene Woodley  as Hazel. She’s a good crier as we have seen in ‘Secret Life of an American Teenager’ so you know the movie version is going to rock.

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ATTENTION ZOMBIE LOVERS: Introducing Warm Bodies

I’m no stranger to zombies…  So, when I was told, by a fellow book lover, to read Warm Bodies, I was all over it. But I was hesitant, would it live up to my standards? Blood, guts, cardio, a sleeveless cross-bow hunter; you know, “the basics”.

Well, needless to say, my standards were surpassed! Isaac Marion knew what he was up against when he wrote his break through novel!

I picked this little number up next to Twilight in the YA (young adult) section at my local book store. When I started reading, I expected the typical YA novel: teens, hormones, and little to no cursing. Boy was I wrong. And I was told so…

Isaac wrote this book, never intending for it to be placed next to Stephanie Meyer‘s cult classic in YA, as he went on to tell me. But he didn’t mind the promotion. I’m sure he didn’t… Look where we’re at now! Warm Bodies is due to be released February 1, 2013!

Warm Bodies follows R (Nicholas Hoult), a newly turned zombie. As a reader we  are placed in R’s head as he narrates his thoughts and feelings. We’re told all he can remember of his name is that it started with an R.

R lives in an airport, but because he’s not fond of his fellow zombies he secludes himself in an airplane. The only friend figure R has, is a large, older man named M.

Bonies are the leaders, they live in the basement of the airport. Bonies are described to look like, just what their name says, bones. They hold what R believes to be a “church service” out on the tarmac and perform “weddings”. The Bonies dictate who will get a “wife” so-to-speak, and a child, even though R wants nothing to do with either of them, he is assigned a family, anyway.

As a zombie, R says he only seeks to eat someone’s brain, because it’s his only way to live. Yes, I’m referring to nourishment, but also living. R is rewarded with the person’s memories as he eats their brain. This is how R is introduced to Julie (Teresa Palmer).

R saves Julie from being eatin’ by the rest of his pack and becomes infatuated with her. R needs to know more, he wants to remember what it was like before, before all this happened. He feels connected and protective of her. So, he clings to Julie, and promises himself that he will protect her, even though he doesn’t belong to the world anymore. As the book continues (without giving anymore away), Julie and R take a few thrilling rides, all the while, R is starting to actually feel alive again, and the Bonies are NOT happy about it.

This book made me laugh right out loud! Which was completely unexpected! It made me cry, tears, actual tears. It also made bile rise in my throat. My emotions were all over the board when this book was over with. I would recommend this read to anyone, over the age of 18. (I say 18, because of the amount of F bombs)

Take a look at the trailer below and sound off your opinions in the comments!

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A Little Guest Post

No- it wasn’t a guest poster here at JustJmac. But I, Jmac, was a guest postee over at Divergent Nation, a Divergent fansite.

Sometimes, in my free time, I do a little outside freelance work and I also post  for another fan site. 

After reading Divergent by Veronica Roth, I decided to let my the imaginative juices flow and I wrote a little “What if?” scenario.

If you haven’t read this book yet, you really should but also, you will not understand a word of what I am talking about. If you have read it then please, enjoy.

This picture makes a WHOLE lot more sense after the jump.

It’s the day of my aptitude test and for this pretenses, I’m just going to throw myself into Amity. I hate it, so don’t worry. No one can just be that happy and loving always (clearly I’m not going to test into that faction). I walk into this glass box with a dentist like chair crammed into it. Along side this metal monstrosity is a little machine. As I sit down I notice that my dress is getting a little big on me. I guess all that forced happiness is really burning some calories.

 Tori, the woman who’s administering my test, is Dauntless and has a pretty wicked tattoo of a bird on her back…it kind of looks like a Mockingjay. I mean… what?

Anyways, after some idle chatter about what’s going to happen I am mentally thrown into a simulation. It starts with me in this room with a dog, (we all know what it looks like, Tris has been here.) Now, knowing me I wouldn’t run because, as I look around, there isn’t anywhere to run and let’s be honest, we all know there is no way I could outrun a dog. I forgot to add that during the first part of the test, I used to the knife to cut the brie cheese and have a little food; I was hungry. Anyway, I’m no Beatrice and I’m not about to lie down. So I just stand there as it creeps toward me. I wouldn’t blink and I wouldn’t flinch. Go big or go home.

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Have a blessed day!

Jmac:)

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Dive–rgent Into This Book

 For months my fellow blogger Sarah, had been twisting my arm to read this book, Divergent by Veronica Roth. I had been all “ya, ya, ya, I’ll get to it.”

 It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read it, I just kept putting it off.

Sometimes it’s scary to start a new book series that people recommend because what if I won’t like it and then I have to deal with telling them that it sucked?

What’s funny is that all I read is based on recommendations through my group of reader buddies and I’ve loved everything… (my mind is a conundrum, I know)

Digression.

So,  finally it was winter break and headed back to my mother’s house for the holidays.

Ok, I have to explain something. Jmac got a Kindle for Christmas. I didn’t expect it and I had a lot of mixed emotions when unwrapping it. You see, my dream in life is to have a room in my house that has bookshelves floor to ceiling on all four walls.

Yes folks, I want a library…with a fireplace and a really comfy dark brown leather couch.

You know, nothing specific.

Anywho, a Kindle really hinders me building a library. I love books and love toting them around in my purse but at the same time a Kindle is nice to have because my purse is all of a sudden 4 lbs lighter since it relieves me of carrying 3 books around.

I’ve resolved to buying a hard copy of the book if it’s something I love.

Divergent had been my first book bought on the Kindle and now, it also resides on my modest bookshelf in my apartment.

This book has an intriguing plot and an interesting lead character, Beatrice Prior. Ms. Roth did an excellent job getting the reader to really understand her lead character and even the stock, supporting characters.

She also did an excellent job with the lead male character.

Talk about a fictional hottie.

This story is a based in a fictional dystopian Chicago. What’s dystopia you say?

According to dictionary.com

Dystopia: /dɪsˈtoʊpiə/ [dis-toh-pee-uh] noun

a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
 
Beatrice is a sixteen year old girl trying to decide the rest of life while hiding a secret that could get her killed. Roth’s story follows her through this tumultuous coming of age, if you will.
 
Here is a great summarization you might find on the back of  a book cover because I’m going to have a hard time telling this story without giving the whole story away.
 
 
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris, and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together, they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes-fascinating, sometimes-exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret: one she’s kept hidden from everyone, because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly-perfect society, she also learns that her secret might be what helps her save those she loves . . . or it might be what destroys her.
 
 
Sounds good, huh? I have read it three times. It was read in two and a half days. I didn’t stop reading through two plane rides, a lay over, and a car ride back to my house. Went to work, got off and read it for another four straight hours. I couldn’t put the book down. It sucks you in and leaves you wanting more.
Unfortunately, one has to wait until May 1, 2012 for the second book in the series to make its appearance. which is, coincidentally, right when the 5th Mortal Instrument book comes out.
 
May will be a month of reading.
4/5 thumbs up
 
Similar books you may have read: The Hunger Games
 
-Jmac:)
 

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