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Make it a Movie Monday (15) Crewel Buzz Tour + Giveaway!

This meme is a way to discuss the books that have made their way to film, or to talk about the books we wish would be made into a movie. You are open to talk about any book out there in any way that you want. For example: Who would you have play the leads in the movie? Who would direct? Animated or live action? Etc. For more info about how to include your own Make it a Movie Monday (MiaMM) on your blog, click here.

This week my meme will focus on CREWEL by Gennifer Albin as the first stop in the Pre-BEA Buzz Tour! I’m not going to say too much about the book now, since it won’t be released until the fall, but I HAVE had the opportunity to read it. I found Crewel to be the perfect combination of Lauren DeStefano’s Wither series, mixed with a bit of The Matrix, plus a sprinkling of elements from What Dreams May Come. My rating? 4.5 out of 5 stars. Yes, it’s THAT good! Be sure to check out my full review later this summer!

By Gennifer Albin
October 16, 2012
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Ages 12 and up
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Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

Jenna’s Crewel Dream Cast:

Adelice Lewys – Bella Thorne
The main character. A very talented Spinster. Born October 8, 1997, Bella Thorne is best known for her role as  CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up!. She has appears in numerous other films and commercials since a very young age.

Amie Lewys – Madison Leisle
Adelice’s little sister. Too young to begin the testing of her talents, but excited about the “opportunity” none-the-less. Born June 2, 1999, Madison is most famous for her recurring role in the television shows, Ghost Whisperer and Grey’s Anatomy. She has also appeared in a number of independent films and short films.

jude-lawCormac Patton – Jude Law
Coventry Ambassador for the Guild and the Stream’s public image/”pretty boy”. Who doesn’t know Jude Law? Born December 29, 1972, Jude has appeared in countless highly successful films, most recently in the Sherlock Holmes series opposite of Robert Downey Jr. and in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. He’s the perfect age. The perfect hotness… Oh, yeah…

Maela – Anjelica Huston
A high-ranked Spinster whose job it is to training the Eligibles. She has it out for Adelice for some reason… I was so torn between Anjelica Huston and Catherine Zeta-Jones for this role. Older or younger? How to place Maela’s age?? Eventually I chose the “who looks more evil?” route and went with Anjelica Huston, age 61.

Enora – Jessica Alba
A Spinster and assistant to the Creweler. Also Adelice’s mentor. Born April 28, 1981, Jessica has been in more flops than hits, but she has a way of looking both exotic and beautiful at the same time, so I picked her for the role of Enora. Jessica is best known for her roles in Sin City and Fantastic Four.

Erik – James Preston
A Guild officer and Maela’s “favorite attendant”. Born June 30, 1988 is still a relative “new-comer” to Hollywood. He has starred in the vampire TV series, The Gates, and will portray James Dean in the upcoming Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean. He fits the description of Erik, from his fair hair to his overall build and stature.

Jost – Adam Gregory
A worker of “servant” status at the Coventry. The first person that Adelice meets and trusts. born December 28, 1987, Adam is best known for his roles in the Hannah Montana movie, 17 Again and the daily soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. While I cringe at his resume, I still can’t help but look into his eyes and see Jost. *swoon*

Pryanna – Keke Palmer
Another Spinster “hopeful” with whom Adelice’s life becomes tragically involved. Born August 26, 1993, Keke is a singer/actress who appears to be both exotic and exciting, I bet she could play Pryanna with finesse and flavor.

Thanks for reading my MAKE IT A MOVIE MONDAY!

Now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY!



Grand Prize: A Macmillan Anniversary Package!
Macmillan was kind enough to celebrate the one year anniversary of Crewel’s book deal with us. They’ve included some sweet swag as a prize, including an ARC of Crewel, swag, books and a 50th Anniversary Wrinkle in Time tote and t-shirt!

Prize #2: A signed ARC and bookmark of Crewel

Prizes #3 and #4: Signed Crewel bookmarks and buttons!


Open to US residents only.
Giveaway ends on June 3, 2012
(Exactly one year from the date Gennifer signed with FSG/Macmillan!)


Tiger’s Curse Author Event Coverage + Giveaway!


Last weekend was one of the greatest weekends in my life as a book blogger. That’s not saying much, since I haven’t been a blogger for very long, but it is still significant to me. Last weekend COLLEEN HOUCK, author of the best selling TIGER’S CURSE series visited my town not one but TWO days in a row. First, on Friday, May 18, she visited a Barnes and Noble just a few miles from my house, then on Saturday, May 19, she was at another location less than a mile from my work place. I was ecstatic to say the least, and felt a bit of pressure due to the fact that, as Colleen has claimed, it was thanks to my adamant requests (and those of my family and friends) that brought her here.

Funny story: On my way to the Friday event, I discovered (thanks to a limo and girl-in-fancy-dress sighting) that it was prom night here in town. As a result, the attendance that day almost entirely consisted adults, including me and my sister-in-law, Nanci from the blog This Crazy Life of Mine.  This was nice, as it made for a more intimate gathering. Colleen read a romantic scene from Voyage and the Q&A session was fantastic!

Colleen Houck shared the following tidbits of information at her signing:

  • The upcoming fourth book in the series, TIGER’S DESTINY, has had three different endings up to its most current (and presumably finalized) ending. The book will be released on September 4, 2012.
  • In January 2010, Colleen’s (self-published) Amazon Kindle ranking went from approximately #30,000 to #19 overnight – likely due to the Christmas purchases of e-readers.
  • After reading The Twilight Saga: Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer, Colleen felt the need to stalk Edward. After multiple unanswered pleas to the author to speed up the publishing of the final book, Colleen decided to write a book of her own to fill the void. Thus, Tiger’s Curse came into existence.
  • Colleen completed Tiger’s Curse on the same day that Breaking Dawn was published.

Then on Saturday, Nanci, Sarah from the YA Rebels, Alisha from The AMWriter and I attended the event in Tampa. This time, the room was full of both adults and teens. Colleen read from the exclusive B&N Limited Edition of Tiger’s Voyage (my sister-in-law got the last one in the store!) and answered questions. I also managed to procure one of the event posters from the store and had it signed by Colleen!

Needless to say, it was an awesome weekend for this Tiger Girl. I will be making a trip out to Portland, Oregon when Colleen holds her launch party for Tiger’s Destiny. You know I’ll be counting down the days until then… In addition, I will be promoting the book the entire month of September right here on the blog as part of my Month of the Tiger.

If you haven’t read the Tiger’s Curse series, yet. Perhaps NOW is the time:
Tiger’s Curse (Book 1) Hardcover | Tiger’s Curse Paperback

How about a giveaway?

Tiger's CurseThis weekend I had Colleen autograph TWO paperback copies of Tiger’s Curse to give away right here on the blog. TWO lucky winners will have the opportunity to win one of these beautiful books, plus a signed bookmark! Would you like to be one of the lucky winners?

If you have entered in the past, do not worry! Your entries have been recorded.

You must be 13 or older to enter.
Open to US and Canada only.
Ends at midnight on June 15, 2012.

Welcome to the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop!

giveaway hopThis week, Making the Grade is taking part in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Page Turners Blog. Here on the blog, we are giving away a June preorder to one lucky reader! (Open to US residents only.)

There are so many excellent books being released in the month of June, we’ve decided to leave it up to you as to which one you want to receive. Here are a few suggestions below, but your choice is not limited to these alone. As long as the book is $13 or under on Amazon and is released during the month of June, it’s eligible.

Snow White and the HuntsmanA Midsummer's NightmareAriseChosen Ones
Lies BeneathFor Darkness Shows the StarsThis is Not a TestSmart Girls Get What They Want


Congrats to the winner, Georgette C. (w/ generationgbooks) for winning a June pre-order of your choice! You have been contacted. Please email imakethegrade at gmail dot com with the title of the book you would like to receive and your mailing address. You have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

You must be 13 or older to enter.
Open to US only. Ends at midnight on May 31, 2012.