Live Chat w/Lauren DeStefano on GR, Tue 19th

9:39 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

Join us on Tuesday, February 19th for a special discussion with author Lauren DeStefano! Lauren will be discussing her work, including her most recent book  Sever (The Chemical Garden #3)! 
[via Goodreads]
If you're a Fever fan and you'd like to chat with Lauren about her books, join the Chat Group on GR and prepare some questions for her! 

Billy Campbell has joined the DELIRIUM Pilot Cast!

5:28 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

According to TVLine.comThe Killing’s star is on board for the pilot, and what will hopefully be the TV Series. 
Campbell will play Thomas Fineman in the project, which is set in a world where love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. 
The pilot’s script was written by Karyn Usher (Prison Break), who will serve as an EP alongside Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.
Remember that in the Pilot alone we’ll have the entire Delirium plot, plus other bits and pieces from Requiem, so we’ll jump straight to the thick of the action! 

I love him as Thomas! What are your thoughts?

xo, Ella

REQUIEM Book Tour Schedule

11:54 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

Here’s Lauren’s complete schedule for the upcoming month. March 6th to 9th are dates from theHarperCollins’ Dark Days Group TourLauren will also be at the LA Times Festival of Books in April. We’ll update on that schedule once we have the definitive info. 

Tuesday, March 5
Bethesda Library
7400 Arlington Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814

Wednesday, March 6 
Provo Library
w/ guest appearance by Brodi Ashton Everbound 
550 N University Ave., Provo, UT 84601
7.00 PM

Thursday, March 7
University Books                     
Seattle, WA
*U District Location
6.30 PM  

Friday, March 8
Barnes & Noble Clackamas
12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97086
6.30 PM

Saturday, March 9
Tualatin Public Library
18878 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin, OR 97062
10.00 AM-12.00 PM

Eugene Public Library
100 West 10th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
4.00 PM-6.00 PM

Sunday, March 10
Mission Viejo Library
100 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
3.00 PM

Sunday, March 11
Rita and Truett Smith Public Library
300 Country Club Road Bldg 300 Wylie, TX 75098
3.30 PM

Tuesday, March 12
Hardesty Regional Library
Connor’s Cove Theater
8316 E 93rd St, Tulsa, OK 74133
7.00 PM

xo, Ella

TV Pilot News: Changes to be expected

11:53 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

Thanks to DeliriumFandom, I found this very interesting article about the changes the producers want to make to the Delirium storyline, in order to make it more appealling to viewers: 

1. Julian Fineman. In the novels, Julian is a character introduced in the second book, “Pandemonium.” His father is a public figure, leading the DFA — Deliria-Free America — cause against the Invalids. In the proposed television series, Julian is introduced right off the bat, as a sickly young man who lives next door to Lena’s best friend, Hana, and is confused by his powerful attraction to her, though she’s not particularly interested. Yes — Julian and Hana.

2. Lena’s mother. In the novels, Lena’s mother’s suicide makes Lena long for the cure and fear the dangers of love. In the pilot, it’s actually Lena’s father who she believes died because he was infected with “Deliria.” When she learns some shocking revelations about what actually happened to him, she’s driven to take drastic measures.

3. Ren. The pilot introduces a new character, Ren, another Invalid who is Alex’s best friend. Though Alex falls hard and fast for Lena, he’s oblivious to the fact that Ren’s feelings for him go beyond friendship. She’s a key part of the Invalid’s plan to resist the DFA, and ultimately goes undercover to infiltrate the government she’s planning to revolt against.

4. Pacing. The first episode of the TV series actually covers the entire plot of the first book, in addition to including information about Julian and the DFA that readers didn’t learn until the sequel. Of course, in order to cram all of that into 42 minutes, there are certain moments that are lost — particularly key bonding moments between Alex and Lena, like when he took her to his home in the Wilds, and the first time she was introduced to poetry. We’re hopeful that those things will come into play later.

The entire plot of Delirium into a single pilot sounds like a risky move, but I understand it completely. The producers wouldn’t want to waste any time getting to the thick of the action, and I get the feeling these changes won’t be so bad. 

The Julian plot is what I liked less, but again, it makes sense that they want to introduce him early in the story. 

A little video from Lauren!

9:50 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

The official Facebook page for the Delirium Trilogy posted this little video of Lauren giving us a shout out as we come closer to the release of REQUIEM!

She's such a sweetheart!

PS: Have you visited our new tumblr yet? It's still under contruction, but it's coming up nicely!

xo, Ella

Deliriously Falling's got a TUMBLR!

2:13 PM Posted by Ella Preuss

Hey guys!

Second post today, but I just wanted to let you know that we'll be moving the blog to our new (and lovely) tumblr soon!!!

Come check it out! 

xo, Ella

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1), by Rick Riordan

11:50 AM Posted by Ella Preuss

After a long time of not being in the Bloggy World, I decided I would make my return (however brief or extended it may be) now, so we can all wait for REQUIEM together!

Release Date: April 1st, 2006
Age Group: Middle Grade
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: Bought
Overall: 5 Monkeys
Interest: Series, Greek Mythology
Categories: Fantasy, 
Greek Mythology
Read in February 2013

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

My Opinion:
Ever since watching the film, I've wanted to read this book. Now I have more bookish friends who love anything Riordan, so I thought it was time for me to read this. I started it yesterday morning and finished it just a little while ago. I haven't read a book that fast in a long while! 

A lot of people compare this book to Harry Potter and I guess now I see why. Percy is a 12-year-old boy who keeps experiencing weird things in his life, and is forced to go to a summer camp for demigods to learn  (among other things) how to stay alive. Another comparison I made was the fact that this book also featured a trio of MC's: Percy, Annabeth and Grover (much like Harry, Hermione and Ron). 

But apart from those little things, TLT is a book that stands on its own, and is packed with excitement, magic and Greek mythology, something a geek like me loves! (I'm placing this book under the MG category, but a YA fan can be just as enthralled by it.)

The first chapter alone is a mind-boggling one, that traps you right into the story. I think that is just what books today are lacking, the ability to grab your attention in just the first chapter; instead, they make you wait until the third, fourth chapter to let you know what's really going on. 

Percy's voice is so rich, and his way of talking to the reader flows beautifully off the pages. I know this is a book I'll be giving to my little brothers in their future birthdays. Every character is as tridimensional as Percy, they all have their quirks, and there are so many of them! I was fascinated by the way Riordan crafted so many people and never once lost me along the way. I knew just who everyone was, and I started feeling different emotions toward each of them.

I especially enjoyed the descriptions in this book, going from the Half-Blood Hill and its Camp for Half-Bloods, to the layout of NYC and Las Vegas, and finally, the Underworld and the Olympus. Everything was beautifully detailed; the film didn't do this book any justice. 

The Lightning Thief is going to my favourites shelf right away!