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10 Unlikely Young Heroes That Won Our Hearts

Some young heroes who have made their debut in literature are not the perfect, cookie-cutter hero. Here are ten unlikely young heroes that won our hearts while they were out saving the world.

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5 Popular YA Reads You Didn’t Know Were Adapted to Screen

Since the success of The Hunger Games film franchise, YA book adaptations have become increasingly popular. But not all book-to-screen adaptations do well, or even make it beyond the early stages of production. As such, some can fall under the radar. But no need to fear; we’ve compiled a list of five book adaptations you probably had no idea existed. Just because these films and TV series aren’t widely popular doesn’t mean you won’t love seeing your favorite characters on screen!

1. Delirium

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Delirium is a YA dystopian novel by Lauren Oliver, set in an alternate United States where love is considered a disease. At the age of eighteen, people are administered “the Cure,” where they are then assigned a partner with whom they will have kids and grow old. Lena Haloway has ninety-five days until her treatment, but after meeting Alex, a boy from the Wilds, Lena’s world is turned upside-down as she breaks the rules—and falls in love.

Fox was originally set to adapt Lauren Oliver’s beloved series into a TV series of the same name, but ended up rejecting the pilot and cancelling the show before it hit screens. Luckily enough, Hulu aired the pilot episode—starring Emma Roberts as Lena—on their platform for a limited time in 2014.

While the episode has since expired from Hulu, you can still find clips from the show on YouTube.

 

2. Maximum Ride

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James Patterson’s popular Maximum Ride series follows Max and her flock of other mutant kids, genetically modified to have wings and a variety of superpowers. They try to live as normal a life as possible, even as they are chased down by ‘Erasers’ and are recruited to help save the world, all while running from the people who experimented on them.

Despite the popularity of the book series, Maximum Ride the movie received little buzz when it was released in 2016 on Digital HD. It appeared on Netflix on-demand following its released, but has since been taken down.

While the movie is relatively underwhelming, it’s always fun to see your favorite characters onscreen. If you’re hoping to check it out, the movie can still be found on select providers such as YouTube, Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Prime Video.

3. Ruby Red

 

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Kerstin Gier’s YA trilogy follows Gwyneth Shepherd as she unexpectedly travels back to 18th century. It’s there she meets Gideon, another time traveler who, as they journey through time, helps her discover who she can and can’t trust.

If you’re an avid YA reader, you’ve probably come across this series at one point or another. But have you heard about its 2013 film? All three books were adapted to screen…but in German. If you don’t happen to speak German—no need to fear! Ruby Red is still available on Amazon Prime with the option for English subtitles.

 

4. Throne of Glass

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Sarah J. Maas’ widely-acclaimed YA series Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, a young prisoner in the salt mines who is recruited by Prince Dorian to compete as his champion to become the next royal assassin. If she wins, she will serve the king for three years, before being granted her freedom.

Hulu announced they would be developing the series, Queen of Shadows, named after the fourth Throne of Glass book, back in September 2016, however, no new information has been released, leaving fans to speculate whether production has been stalled or even cancelled.

5. That Summer and Someone Like You

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The 2003 How to Deal film combines two of Sarah Dessen’s YA books—That Summer and Someone Like You—into a single adaptation.

Someone Like You follows two best friends, Scarlett and Halley. Soon after the death of Scarlett’s boyfriend, Michael, she discovers she’s pregnant with his child. Meanwhile, Halley begins hanging out with Michael’s best friend, Macon, whose reputation as a bad-boy gains disapproval from Halley’s mom. Over the course of the book, Halley must juggle supporting Scarlett through her pregnancy, while exploring her new relationship.

Meanwhile, That Summer follows Haven, whose father is getting remarried while her older sister Ashley plans a wedding of her own. But when Ashley’s ex-boyfriend re-enters her life, Haven must come to terms with the past, as well as the future.

How to Deal interweaves these stories into one, using the characters of Someone Like You with plot elements from both works. If you’re a Sarah Dessen fan eager to watch the film, you can do so on Hulu, Sling TV, and Amazon Prime Video.

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9 Books with Animal Sidekicks for National Pet Day

Don’t have a pet to celebrate National Pet Day with? Not to worry—we’ve got plenty! These nine reads, all complete with a furry friend or two, will make you feel a little less lonely this National Pet Day.

1. Fleetfoot – Throne of Glass

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If you’ve read Sarah J. Maas’ bestselling series, Throne of Glass, you’re familiar with Celaena’s dog, Fleetfoot. The series follows Celaena Sardothien, an 18-year-old assassin currently a slave in the Endovier salt mines. Dorian Havilliard, the Crown Prince, offers her freedom, but only if she competes to become the new royal assassin. If she wins, she’ll serve the king for three years, before earning her freedom. 

Fleetfoot is not only a fan favorite of the book, but is a cornerstone of friendships in the book; not only is she a gift from Dorian, but she’s also looked after by those in Celaena’s circle. If you’re looking for yet another reason to read Maas’ debut series, Fleetfoot is it!

2. Winn-Dixie – Because of Winn-Dixie

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Because of Winn-Dixie is a classic children’s book many of us have either read or watched the 2005 movie version. If you love dogs, and are looking for some nostalgic feels, this book is for you. Winn-Dixie is not only a friendly companion for ten-year-old Opal Buloni, but also teaches her to be brave and to face life’s challenges head-on. The book might be for kids, but its lessons about companionship and being a kid are timeless.

 

3. Hedwig – Harry Potter

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Naturally, we had to add Hedwig to the list. Gifted to Harry by Hagrid, Hedwig is a snowy owl that not only delivers mail for Harry, but serves as his faithful companion through thick and thin, and even fights in the Second Wizarding War. This is an owl with a lot of personality, and is probably one of the best characters of the series. Yes, Harry Potter is full of magic, good and evil forces, and a deeply-developed world that exists alongside our own—but Hedwig is the frosting on the cake!

4. Barf – The Merciful Crow

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Don’t let his name fool you; Barf is actually a very lovable cat. 
The Merciful Crow follows Fie, a future chieftain of the Crows. Considered the lowest caste, the Crows are looked down upon, even as they are expected to remove the bodies of those who’ve died from the plague. After faking their deaths, Prince Jasmir makes a deal with Crow’s chief: if they help him take the throne from his power hungry stepmother, he’ll protect the Crows when he becomes king. After removing the supposedly-dead bodies of Prince Jasmir and his Hawk guard, Fie decides to take the royal family’s cat as payment for her work, thus naming him Barf. Considered to be a part of the family, Barf is viciously protected by Fie in the midst of finding themselves hunted by the Oleanders, their brutal enemies.

5. Shiloh – Shiloh

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Shiloh is a heartwarming children’s book and Newberry Medal winner centered around Marty Preston, who falls in love with a beagle near his home. When he discovers that the dog belongs to someone else—Judd Travers, a drunk who likes to abuse his dog—Marty decides to protect Shiloh at all costs.
Who can resist a story about friendship between a boy and his dog? If you’re looking for a book about loyalty, a dog, and a young boy’s golden heart, this one’s for you, whether you’re revisiting your childhood or reading Shiloh for the very first time.

6. Buttercup – The Hunger Games

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Everyone knows Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, but do you remember her sister’s furry companion? While there’s animosity between Katniss and Buttercup, Prim lovingly cares for him over the course of the series. In a series focused on the brutal Hunger Games—a competition where two teenagers from every district fight to the death—it’s a wonder Buttercup manages to stay alive. By the end of Mockingjay, Katniss even manages to accept and get along with the cat, if only for Prim’s sake. 
If you’re eager to see Buttercup in action, you can read about him in The Hunger Games or watch him in the movies!

 

7. Patrick – Gone

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Patrick is Lana Arwen Lazar’s beloved yellow lab, the only prominent pet mentioned in the Gone series.
When everyone over eighteen suddenly vanishes, the children and teens of Perdido Beach are left to fend for themselves. As the kids struggle to maintain order and determine the cause of what they colloquially refer to as the “FAYZ,” some discover they have powers that grow stronger by the day. 

Lana is often suspicious of others and tends to keep to herself, with only Patrick for company. While many of the dogs in Perdido Beach are eaten when the kids start to go hungry, Patrick is left alive, if only for fear of Lana’s wrath. He is the first one that Lana uses her newfound healing powers on after he protects her from a mountain lion, and remains by her side for the rest of the series.

 

8. Starlight, Belle – The Saddle Club

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If you were a ‘horse girl’ back in the day, you might remember reading The Saddle Club, a widely popular children’s series centered around three middle-school friends who ride at Pine Hollow Stables. When main characters Carole and Lisa help Stevie with a math project, it not only solidifies their friendship, but prompts them to start their very own club—The Saddle Club. 

Though the girls ride numerous horses, Carole eventually gets her very own horse, Starlight, for Christmas, while Stevie buys Belle. The series focuses on friendship, a love of horses, and juggling riding with school, continuing with Pine Hollow, which follows the girls into high school.

9. Total – Maximum Ride

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Despite being a dog, Total is as much a part of the Flock as anyone else. In a series centered around six mutant kids, all left with wings and various superpowers after being experimented upon, it’s only natural that their dog is as abnormal as they are. In The Angel Experiment, Angel saves Total from the Institute and brings him into the Flock. While Total might not have wings (at least not at first), he does talk, making him a fun and quirky character that provides some lighthearted relief to the trouble the Flock gets into over the course of the series.

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5 Fantasy Books Coming Out in March

What can I say? I love fantasy, and I love sharing new book releases. So is it really a surprise that I’m making this list? If I can find a way to share my love of the genre with other people, then I won’t hesitate to do exactly that.

Here are five fantasy books coming out this month.

 

1. House of Earth and blood by Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas has written books like Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses which I openly adore, so it goes without saying that I am extremely excited for her newest book House of Earth and Blood, which is currently being marketed as the first book in her Crescent City series. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following excerpt: “Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.”

Release: Out now

 

 

2. Tevinter nights by Patrick Weekes

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So, this is a bit different from some of the books that make the monthly fantasy book list here. Tevinter Nights, edited by Patrick Weekes, takes place in the famous video game universe of Dragon Age. The lore of the universe is in depth and nuanced, and there are so many stories and points of view to follow within the world of Thedas. The book’s Goodreads page provides the following description: “Ancient horrors. Marauding invaders. Powerful mages. And a world that refuses to stay fixed. Welcome to Thedas. From the stoic Grey Wardens to the otherworldly Mortalitasi necromancers, from the proud Dalish elves to the underhanded Antivan Crow assassins, Dragon Age is filled with monsters, magic, and memorable characters making their way through dangerous world whose only constant is change.” This book is actually a collection of short stories, so there is definitely a great deal to explore here.

Release: March 10th

 

 

3. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

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This book has definitely been hyped up in the past few months. Cassandra Clare’s Chain of Gold is the first book in a new series. The book’s Goodreads page reads as follows “Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague. James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.”

Release: Out now

 

 

4. The kingdom of back by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu’The Kingdom of Back promises a tantalizing read with its Goodread’s summary: “Two siblings. Two brilliant talents. But only one Mozart. Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish—to be remembered forever. But even as she delights audiences with her masterful playing, she has little hope she’ll ever become the acclaimed composer she longs to be. She is a young woman in 18th century Europe, and that means composing is forbidden to her. She will perform only until she reaches a marriageable age—her tyrannical father has made that much clear. And as Nannerl’s hope grows dimmer with each passing year, the talents of her beloved younger brother, Wolfgang, only seem to shine brighter. His brilliance begins to eclipse her own, until one day a mysterious stranger from a magical land appears with an irresistible offer. He has the power to make her wish come true—but his help may cost her everything.”

Release: Out now

 

 

5. The empress of salt and fortune Nghi Vo

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Nghi Vo’s book The Empress of Salt and Fortune has a shorter description than the previously addressed books, but I find that this has me intrigued. The book’s Goodreads page states: “A young royal from the far north is sent south for a political marriage. Alone and sometimes reviled, she has only her servants on her side. This evocative debut chronicles her rise to power through the eyes of her handmaiden, at once feminist high fantasy and a thrilling indictment of monarchy.” This book will be released at the end of March, so we’ll definitely have something to look forward to! 

Release: March 24th

 

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