The Hunger Games #MockingjayPart2 NYC Premiere Recap & Giveaway

Pageturnersblog had the opportunity to participate in the Lionsgate Studio Red Carpet experience for Mockingjay Part 2 in NYC on November 18th.  Lionsgate has been extremely gracious in allowing fansites and blog sites to participate in the marketing of the HungerGames franchise.  Last night was no exception.  The event was hosted at the Loew’s Lincoln Center theater in New York City.  The Red Carpet experience, as representatives of the press or fansites is an extraordinary opportunity to watch the hard working actors, producers, directors and writers celebrate their work and share the excitement of opening night.

Along with the excitement of the red carpet where you can capture photos with famous movie and television actors, you also get to experience the film in an opening night setting.  Mockingjay Part 2 delivers the stunning conclusion to the four film journey of Katniss Everdeen and the Victors of the Panem Games and the struggling resistance against the harsh Capital Rule of President Snow.

Not wanting to give away any spoilers; the final installment in the HungerGames movies, Mockingjay Part 2 provides the emotional rollercoaster of protracted conflict, death, survival and the horrible impact of war. (You can read Stacey's review HERE)

One of the best things about experiencing a Red Carpet event for a film opening is the interaction between the talented people involved in the writing, producing, directing and acting in the film.  PageTurnersBlog had a copy of The Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins signed by most of the cast and actors who attending last nights press screening.  With the exceptions of Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lawrence, we have signatures from the cast, Francis Lawrence the Director of the Mockingjay films, Jon Kilik, Producer, and Nina Jacobson, Executive Producer and the Film Executive responsible for bringing The HungerGames franchise to the world.


We have 1 cast signed copy of the book Mockingjay and a set of movie posters (several full size posters as several smaller posters 15 or 16 in total) to giveaway to one lucky winner. The book is signed by members of the cast and the team who brought the movie to life who were at the NYC Premiere. This giveaway is US only, please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter and all of our other standard rules apply.


Movie Review:The Hunger Games #MockingjayPart2

When Lionsgate announced the double feature of Mockingjay parts 1 and 2 I knew that's how I'd see Mockingjay Part 2 on the big screen. I was excited to see them back to back as if they were one movie (well as close as you can get with the credits and the small break between movies). And I'm so glad I got to experience this.

Mockingjay Part 2 picks up pretty much where part one leaves off with Katniss in the hospital healing from Peeta's attack. The movie then follows the last half of the book almost to a "t." It was perfect! Oddly, my only issue was I wanted more surprise, I knew everything that was coming because it did say so close to the book. (Yeah, I know, I can't have it both ways lol.) But it was truly the perfect end to the series and tribute to the books. I think it really brought the messages that Suzanne Collins (read her thank you letter to the whole Hunger Games Family) was trying to present in the books to life on screen. It was really poignant to me given the resent circumstances as well.

I also found myself hoping that things would end different for characters. I was going well maybe this time he'll make it up the ladder. It was just as hard to watch the deaths this time around as it was reading them the first time around. And I also got everything I was hoping to see come to life (see list here), maybe not in the way I was expecting, but in an even more perfect way. My favorite scene is with Katniss and Peeta sitting in a window seat, PERFECT!

All in all, it's a great end. It's a great movie. It's a great story. It's full of action and emotion and everything that had me balling at the end of the book. Thank you to Lionsgate and the whole Hunger Games Team for bringing these books to life in a meaningful and appropriate way. As a fandom, we may not have always liked the changes or understood why choices were made, but seeing the 4 movies one long story, I get it. You have stayed true to the characters and Suzanne's message, themes and story and I will be forever grateful for that. As this chapter ends I know we're all looking forward to see whats next and I for one will be along for that ride.


A Mad Zombie Party Blog Tour: River's Phobia

About A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

The battle rages on.

Ali Bell and Cole Holland's crew of zombie slayers thought they'd won the war against Anima Industries, the evil company responsible for capturing and experimenting on zombies in an effort to discover the secret to immortality. In the last epic clash, the slayers lost many of their crew and closest friends. But Frosty, the ice man himself, has not recovered from one casualty in particular—the love of his life, Kat Parker.

On the path to self-annihilation, Frosty receives a message from beyond—Kat's spirit returns, insisting he partner with rogue slayer Camilla Marks. Frosty will do anything for Kat. Except that. Camilla is the one who betrayed them all, leading to Kat's death.

But when Anima rises from the grave to become a force the slayers may not have the strength to overcome, Frosty, Camilla and all the slayers will have to work together to survive. And one broken slayer will learn that sometimes, the line between hate and attraction is blurred…and the road to redemption isn't through revenge, but in letting go of the past and grabbing hold of the future.
About White Rabbit Chronicles

Inspired by the classic Alice in Wonderland, The White Rabbit Chronicles series features romance, high-action zombie slaying, and shocking twists that will leave readers gasping for more.
Start at the beginning!

Alice in Zombieland: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Book Depository

This blog tour is about phobias. Each stop will either feature a character's phobia or the blogger's phobia and possibly both. Today we learn a little more about what River's greatest fear is.

Mine, well I know I don't do well in confined spaces, I'm always looking for the exits when I'm at a party or a concert, but not something that really keeps me up at night. Don't think I have a fear of heights...

I guess mine is probably what most people fear, being alone. I don't mind it most of the time, but it'd be nice to find that special someone. But my fear I don't think come's close to River's. I'm not sure how I'd handle trying to survive each day to save the one person I love the most just to get out and have to protect them 24/7 from Zombies. Yeah, I don't envy River.

Leave a comment down below what your biggest phobia is and if you've ever tried to over come it.

The team at HarlequinTEEN is generously offering up a complete set of the White Rabbit Chronicles to one lucky winner! Three additional winners will each receive copies of A MAD ZOMBIE PARTY. Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada. This is NOT a PTB sponsored giveaway, please read and follow all rules and regulations on the widget. 

About Gena Showalter: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Harlequin Website

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.

Bidding #TheHungerGames Goodbye: What I Hope Comes to Life in #MockingjayPart2

Yesterday we talked about all the things that The Hunger Games movies have brought to life from the book. Today, we're talking about all the things we hope is brought to life in Mockingjay Part 2.

If you have gotten your tickets yet, you can catch a special double feature tonight (11/18) early showings tomorrow (11/19) and it hits theaters officially on 11/20! Visit TheHungerGames.movie to get your tickets (and other Hunger Games fun) now!

Real/Not Real - Peeta's de-hijacking: 
Jackson has devised a game called "Real or Not Real" to help Peeta. He mentions something he things happened, and they tell him if it's true or imagined, usually followed by a brief explanation.
~ Mockingjay, pg 625 ebook trilogy edition
So after, when he whispers "You love me. Real or not real?"

I tell him, "Real."
~ Mockingjay, pg 699  ebook trilogy edition

Real/Not Real is one of the most heart breaking "games" to come out of the series. I can't even imagine what it must be like for Peeta to have to slowly figure out what is real and not real about your own life. I'm curious to see how they play this out in the movie. Will they show more of his treatment or will we just get the "game" as the story unfolds.

Peeta and Katniss' Growing Relationship:

If you've been with the series from the start, the big question always was, Gale or Peeta. When you're 17 years old, as Katniss is when the book start, you can see why she could possibly end up with either guy. But on the other side of this is you have a girl who has not really been allowed to be a child, she's had to be the head of her house hold since she was 11 years old. And because of this, she doesn't see herself has anything but a provider. She doesn't see that she turns heads at school, she doesn't realize how much of an influence she can have. So because of this, she's totally blind to any feelings that Peeta or Gale have for her before entering the games and Peeta sharing his feelings on live TV. In Mockingjay we meet a slightly older Katniss who's starting to realize that she could love either of these boys, but as things move forward she finds herself always going back to Peeta. I'm can't wait to see how this all plays out on screen since it's all in Katniss' head in the book.

The End of the Rebellion:

AHHH this is so hard to talk about without spoiling too much. But we'll leave it as the rebels and District 13 prevail. The events that lead to the Capitol's downfall and what happens after this are pretty crazy! Again because the story is all in Katniss' POV, we lose some of whats going on that she can't be a part of. I'm REALLY hoping the movies continue with bringing in some of the Capitol story and show whats going on when Katniss isn't there.

Life After The Rebellion:

Pic via Nina Jacobson's Twitter
Without spoiling too much, District 12 gets a rebirth and are beloved characters start over. I wonderhow they are going to show this. The book does have an epilogue, will this be done a la Harry Potter or will they do something different. I'm DYING to see the end!

Enjoy a few TV Spots while you wait to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 in theaters!


Bidding #TheHungerGames Goodbye: What the Movies Made Real

As people look back at book to movie adaptations of books, The Hunger Games Series will be a standard that people look to. They are an amazing set a movies and truly bring the story from book to screen in an amazingly profound way.

As we prepare for the end of this amazing series of movies, lets take a minute to look back at the iconic words that jumped off the page and into cinematic history.

Katniss: Where to start, we live in her head through three books, but because we're in her head, we don't get to see her through other people's eyes, we just get her distorted view of herself. In the movies we get a larger view of Katniss making her a stronger more well rounded character.

Effie Trinket:

Effie Trinket, District 12's escort, fresh from the Capitol with her scary white grin, pinkish hair, and spring green suit.
~ The Hunger Games page 15 of ebook trilogy edition

The best change from book to movie was keeping Effie in Mockingjay Part 1 to help Katniss become "The Mockingjay" She's a character that's pretty flat in the books, yes she has some good one liners and is the first face from the Capitol that we meet and we kind of already hate because she's from the capitol. But movie Effie, she's an amazingly complex and well created character. Elizabeth Banks and the screen writer and directors make her a character that is loved and shows the humanity of the Capitol. The look of heartbreak on her face during the second reaping for the 75 Hunger Games is tragic and heart breaking and shows Effie's growth in a single moment.

 The Capitol: 

The train finally begins to slow and suddenly bright light floods the compartment. We can't help it. Both Peeta and I run to the window to see what we've only seen on television, the Capitol, the ruling city of Panem. The cameras haven't lied about its grandeur. If anything, they have not quite captured the magnificance of the glistening buildings in a rainbow of hues that tower into the air, the shiny cars that roll down the wide paved streets, the oddly dressed people with bizarre hair and painted faces who have never missed a meal. All the colors seem artificial, the pinks too deep, the greens too bright, the yellows painful to the eyes, like the flat round disks of hard candy we can never afford to buy at the tiny sweet shop in District 12. 
~ The Hunger Games pg 40 ebook trilogy edition

The Capitol is based in a world we know, but is SO beyond anything that we could ever really imagine, and yet the creators of the movies have totally brought the Capitol to life. Everything from the crazy hair and make-up to the lavish life stiles shown at the Victor's Party at President Snow's palace, everything is larger than life and perfect.

Behind the Scenes of the Hunger Games:
Because the books are told in a first person narrative totally from Katniss' point of view, we don't  really know what's going on behind the scenes during the Hunger Games.We know who's doing color commentary of the games during their broadcast because of Katniss' having watched the games in the past. So she tells us what she thinks is going on, but they are just guesses. The movies totally bring this to life with showing Seneca Crane and President Snow during moments that Katniss could never know anything about. It totally rounds out the movie and I'm SO glad they chose to include this viewpoint in the movies.

Rue's Whistle: 
"I'm usually up highest, so I'm the first to see the flag that signals quitting time. There's a special little song I do," says Rue. She opens her mouth and sings a little four-note run in a sweet clear voice 
~ The Hunger Games, page 132 of ebook trilogy edition

These simple words "a little four-note run" were totally brought to life by the movie. Without these movies, they would have stayed those simple words, but they now have life and have been totally transformed.
The Hanging Tree Song:
I have not sung "The Hanging Tree" out loud for ten years, because it's forbidden, but I remember ever word. I begin softly, sweetly, as my father did.

"Are you, are you
Coming to the tree
Where they strung up a man they say murdered three.
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met up at midnight in the hanging tree."
It's a hauntingly moving song, but without melody it is stuck on the page. Jennifer Lawrence's haunting rendition of the song as crafted by composer James Newton Howard totally brings The Hanging Tree to a whole new level.

These are just a few of the ways the international best selling book was transformed and brought to life by the world box office hit movies. The Hunger Games is a perfect example of what can happen when a beloved book gets the right treatment and its world is expanded and made better by a movie.
Lionsgate just put out this awesome featurette talking about the phenomenon that is The Hunger Games. It's a great look back that propels us forward into Mockingjay Part 2


New @Divergent #Allegiant Trailer & Posters!

If you've been a fan of the Divergent Movie Series, you know that November = Epic Trailer release and Lionsgate continues the tradition today with the release of the new Allegiant Trailer: The Truth Lies Beyond. The Teaser Trailer was released in September, but this new trailer shows more and has us going over the wall!

The trailer premiered on Buzzfeed along with the new beyond the wall teaser poster (left)

Yesterday, People premiered the bellow character posters of Tris and Four.

What do you think of the new posters and trailer?

Cover Reveal: UNHOOKED by Lisa Maxwell + ARC & 6 Book Giveaway

Today Lisa Maxwell and a few Blogger friends are revealing the cover for UNHOOKED a YA Fantasy releasing in February 2016! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an awesome book pack and an ARC of UNHOOKED!

On to the reveal! 

Author: Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pub. Date: February 2, 2016
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks

From “talented wordsmith” (Publishers Weekly) Lisa Maxwell comes a lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain, and bloodthirsty beasts.

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home. Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. Gwen’s only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer.

But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey. And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn’t so crazy after all…

Gwen discovers that this new world she inhabits is called Neverland, but it’s nothing like the Neverland you’ve heard about in stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through your fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.

Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, with time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to finally face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But can she save Neverland without losing herself?

About Lisa: 
Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep (Flux, Fall 2015) and Unhooked (Simon Pulse, Spring 2016). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.

Find Lisa: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr | Instagram | website

Giveaway Details:

As a thank you to the lovely authors who blurbed UNHOOKED Lisa is giving away…
(1) winner will receive Sara Raasch’s books, Snow Like Ashes & Ice Like Fire. Ellen Oh’s books Prophecy & Warrior. Christina Farley’s books Brazen & Silvern. AND an ARC of Unhooked! US Only.