Exclusive interview with the stars of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

Exclusive interview with the stars of ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

“The Fault in Our Stars,” the film adaptation of John Green’s best-selling novel, is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. Its popularity among teenagers since the book’s release in 2012 has led to the excitement for its big screen release on June 6. Narrated by 16-year-old cancer patient Hazel Lancaster (Shailene Woodley) as her life changes when she meets 17-year-old Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) in a support group, “The Fault In Our Stars” is more than just a love story, but a lesson about how to enjoy life no matter the circumstances. The Circuit’s Online Arts & Entertainment editor Jennifer Schonberger was one of four people who got the chance to participate in a round table interview with John Green, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Miami on May 7.

tfiosHow did you get the film going in the right direction so it wasn’t too clichéd or melodramatic?

Shailene: The luckiest thing for us is that John Green made a book that wasn’t melodramatic or exaggerated or underplayed. So our only job was to pay homage to the book and try and bring it to life in the most authentic way possible.

John: When I was writing the novel, I tried really hard to find a way to be honest, which means not being afraid to be emotional, but it also means not being melodramatic. That was the line I tried to ride and I thought that everybody did a great job with that in their performances.

Nat: (Holds up paper in which he wrote, ‘We wanted the movie to be funny as well as sad.’) I was ready for that question.

Shailene: He’s going to hold that exact thing up, by the way, for every question.

Nat: I think any story that’s good and truthful will be funny and sad, because everybody’s life is both funny and sad.

What influence did the community have on you and the movie overall? 

John: It started with the community influencing the book. The online community that surrounds the videos my brother and I make helps me every day because they remind me of what teenagers are interested in, how teenagers express themselves, and that teens, despite what we may hear in mass media, are actually really intellectually curious and thoughtful. So it started there, but they influenced the movie because we had a healthy fear of fans of the book. We didn’t want them to be mad at us.

Ansel: People always ask me if I was scared to take on this role. Yeah, I was. (laughs) This is a really important role, and Augustus Waters is a really important character, and I didn’t want to mess that up because the book was good how it was. So who am I to come in here and ruin that for someone? But I’m very glad because now that I’ve seen the movie, I watch it as objectively as I can and I think that we did a good job making it.

John: I really think it honors the book and if I didn’t think that, I wouldn’t be here. We wouldn’t be on this tour.

Shailene: I wouldn’t be here either.

Nat: I would. (Everyone laughs.)

John, what was your biggest fear when they came to you to make TFIOS into a movie?

John: I said no initially. I said no to a lot of people. One person said to me “we can’t have too much cancer.” But that’s what the movie’s about. The whole idea of the book for me was that it was going to be about sick people, and not about healthy people learning lessons from sick people, because I hate that. I think that dehumanizes sick people: to say that they exist so that healthy people can learn lessons in life. It’s a great testament to everyone at this table and also to the director Josh Boone and to everyone involved in the movie that [the movie came out as well as it did]. And to the people at Fox, it goes against everything that you are told about the movie-making business to make a movie where the female romantic lead, who’s supposed to be aspirational, has tubes in her nose and where the male romantic lead is an amputee.

Shailene: In the movie poster–and this is a studio film, not an independent film–they touched me up just a little bit, maybe a lot a bit. But still if you look at it, I’m not wearing eye shadow, I had a little bit of brown mascara on, that’s my natural lip color, and I’m wearing a cannula [a medical tube]. In every single scene in this movie, I’m wearing a cannula except for in the very beginning. That doesn’t happen in movies. To have a female lead look the way that Hazel looks in this movie, I think is kind of redefining the paradigm in which cinema looks at females. And I feel so proud about it and so lucky.

John: Even the way she dresses in the movie, she doesn’t dress provocatively.

When you met with actual cancer survivors before filming, what impact did that have on the film?

Ansel: I think that after reading the book, the whole idea is that the illness doesn’t define these characters. And when we meet the people who have cancer in real life, it only supports that.

Shailene: What I thought was really amazing in so many ways was that very rarely did I actually talk about cancer with them. They were very open about what they were going through, but still we would just talk about what anyone else would talk about. For me, it was really beautiful because it was the first time that I had ever spent that much time around somebody who was going through something like that, and it completely validated in a sense the way that you [John] wrote Hazel and Gus. Hazel and Gus would say things like ‘Cancertastic,’ not making fun, but making light of it and being able to speak real about it.

There are a lot of tears in this movie. As actors, is it ever hard for you to cry?

Ansel: It doesn’t matter if it’s written, it’s if it feels right. Like when Augustus was at the gas station, yelling that he didn’t want to live anymore and all that stuff, it’s the worst feeling ever. He feels useless and he feels like he shouldn’t be around anymore. So that’s obviously when he would cry. In those kinds of moments, it’s easy and it just comes out.

Shailene: You submit to the truth of what the characters are going through.

Nat: I think part of this movie that was good is that we all became so close, so some of the scenes really felt emotional. Like the eulogy scene was actually emotional to film.

John: That’s why I can’t be an actor (laughs). I can’t submit completely, and I think being able to do so is a beautiful talent.

What influence would you say literature had on the writing of the book and the making of the movie?

John: I drew a lot on Gatsby, with the green light– Monica’s green car. At one point Gus says a line like “that car looks like all the dreams that we were foolish to hope,” and that was directly from Gatsby. I also like writing about characters who read a lot because I know that the people who read my books are often predisposed to read a lot. I know that “The Fault In Our Stars” is not as good as Gatsby; I don’t want to sound like I’m very pleased with myself. But I do love to write in the context of other books, because I love other books, and I love being a reader.

Shailene: [to John] I think you have every right in the world to be very pleased with yourself.

John: Aw, thanks buddy.

Nat: Also because the way he looks is nice.

John: Oh yeah, cause I’m handsome.

(Everyone laughs.)

Do you think you will ever write “An Imperial Affliction”?

John: No, I’ll never write “An Imperial Affliction,” I don’t think. That’s the great thing about books that don’t exist; they can be better than books that do.

What do you think was the hardest scene to film as actors?

Shailene: I thought the egg scene was pretty hard, only because it’s so fun and light. A moment like that is so important in a movie like this because it’s so real and so genuine and it’s so light and free. For me, it’s harder to laugh in a scene than it is to cry, so that was a little bit tricky.

Nat: I thought the trophy scene was hardest for me because you’re balancing the reality of that scene.

Ansel: For me it was the gas station scene, just because there’s a lot of pressure on that one. It’s tough. The hard part of our job sometimes is submitting fully to the moment. I think it wasn’t till the third or fourth take that I actually went there. It’s an emotional scene.

The movie followed the book almost perfectly, but how did you decide which scenes to put in and take out from the book?

John: I think [Michael] Weber and [Scott] Neustadter did an amazing job, the guys who wrote the screenplay. They understood what was dramatically necessary and how to make it into a two-hour movie that was going to feel like the book. I thought they made perfect choices, so I didn’t have any notes when they sent me the script. I was like ‘I want to be mad about something, but I can’t be.’

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Bay graduate composes music, releases demo

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BY ILANA SPERLING

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

After recording a radio broadcast of a celebrity softball game at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Bay alumnus Jeremy Tache drives for four hours down to Boca Raton to meet with his music producer and record his demo in the studio.

Marketing himself as “the other JT,” Tache released a self-promoting website and three songs on April 16.

“For me, music is an escape, an outlet for everything,” he said. “I love just sitting down and writing a song because it’s a way to express anything I’m feeling in a creative way.”

Tache, who is a freshman at UCF, has a sports talk radio show called Tache Talks, plays on the club baseball team, and composes his own music on the piano.

“I’ve always had a pretty busy schedule,” Tache said. “In high school I was involved in musical theater, baseball, and newspaper and it was always a challenge figuring out how to manage my time. In the end, I always found a way to do it because I was passionate about all that I did. I think the same applies now.”

In middle school, Tache went to Broward Arts Camp, where he met his musical mentor Jacob Jeffries and discovered his passion for composing songs. He has written close to 30 songs is now working with Grammy-nominated producer David Ruttenberg.

“It’s kind of a surreal ride so far. Nothing is set in stone as far as this going anywhere, but getting in contact with a producer of the status I’ve been working with has been a really cool experience,” Tache said.

Mr. Ruttenberg is a writer for Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), which is one of three performance rights organizations for artists. He said that like himself, Tache is serious about his work.

“Working with Jeremy is actually a treat. He’s an accomplished performer and can really craft touching, meaningful and clever lyrics that truly affect the listener,” Mr. Ruttenberg said.

Inspired by artists such as John Mayer and bands like A Great Big World and All Time Low, Tache said he has taken aspects of his favorite singers and bands and incorporated them into his own pop rock sound.

“I have a lot of different inspirations. I think you can hear that in my music,” he said. “My favorite artist of all time is Bruce Springsteen but my music doesn’t necessarily reflect this. Jacob Jeffries was a huge influence on me because he’s the one who taught me how to be a songwriter and how to compose a song.”

After releasing his website and demo recently, Tache said he is happy with all of the positive feedback he has received.

“When I met with the producer, I expected him to [just] give me advice, but he listened to my songs and told me he would love to work with me,” Tache said. “What’s been really cool is having a few different people tell me that they’ve shown my songs to friends and family members and that they’ve enjoyed my music, too. Getting feedback from people who I don’t know has been the coolest part.”

Tache said the website has presented him with an amazing chance.

“Having a legitimate audience is really exciting and getting the opportunity to share my music via this website is definitely a very rewarding feeling,” he said.

Senior Dominic Santiago has been friends with Tache since he joined American Musical Theater two years ago.

“He writes about his experiences. Knowing the people he was writing about and all the interactions he was having made me enjoy his music. It was something we could laugh about,” Santiago said.

Santiago said it has been amazing watching Tache grow as a musician.

“Jeremy has always been a really great guy and the fact that he went to UCF and got a producer and has his own website is a great step for him. I’m just looking forward to whatever else he can do,” he said.

Looking toward involving himself in the music industry in the future, Tache said he hopes to have an impact on pop music.

“I would love to be the performer, but I understand how the music business works and I understand that good strong writers are important, too. I am totally looking forward to the opportunity to send my songs in to different labels for different artists,” he said.

Mr. Ruttenberg said he expects Tache to be successful.

“Jeremy’s future is incredibly bright,” he said. “There is certainly more than a few slots open to him in the entertainment industry. My gut tells me that there’s no limit to Jeremy’s future.”

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Book Review: Why We Broke Up

BY CAMILA ZIADI

“Why We Broke Up” is a novel written in the form of a letter, in which high school juniorMin (short for Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom) Greenwrites a letter to her high school senior ex-boyfriend Ed Slaterton, co-captain of the basketball team and math whiz, explaining why it is they broke up.

This novel, written by Daniel Handler, known for writing under his pen name Lemony Snicket, is illustrated by Maira Kalman. The colorful illustrations throughout the novel engage the reader and make the story unique from other novels, as well as facilitating the reader’s understanding.

The story is easy to relate to, and accurately and beautifully depicts what young teenage love and lust is like. The end of the story has an unexpected twist, and leaves the reader craving more. Although the book is quite long with 354 pages,the reader will not be able to put down this romantic, thrilling, dramatic, heart-breaking, comedic piece.

The letter is cleverly written, including flashbacks as well as events occurring in the present. Throughout the letter, Min makes several allusions to movies, some fictitious and some real. At first, the references to the movies are interesting, but after a while, they become boring and difficult to understand and follow.

Although this young adult novel may seem like another corny, sappy love story, it has a lot more depth and meaning, and some of Min’s words will leave the reader pensive, deciding what it is Min truly means.

Min writes Ed a letter, and along with a letter, she plans to return to him, in a box, memorabilia from their relationship lasting from Oct. 5to Nov. 12: two bottle caps, a lobby card (a poster used to advertise a movie), a box of matches, a pinhole camera, a rubber band, a pennant, a toy truck, a recipe book, a protractor, a comb, and a pair of earrings, among other items that Min collected throughout their relationship. Maira Kalman illustrates all of these items.

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Movie Review: Rio 2

BY MEREDITH SHELDON

FEATURES EDITOR

The family of five witty, blue birds is back again traveling on an adventure through the Amazon rainforest in the recently released animated comedy “Rio 2.” The engaging and colorful sequel, which premiered on April 11, is a successful combination of comedy, romance and music, keeping the audience entertained for the full duration of the film.

Believing they are the only five blue Macaw birds remaining on the Earth, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids venture to the Amazon to explore the forest and find a protective shelter. Upon arrival, they discover their preconceived assumptions are wrong and hundreds of their family members are residing in an exclusive section of the forest.

Jewel reconnects with her family members in the forest and helps her kids adapt to the new surroundings in the wild while Blu struggles to assimilate. Throughout this emotional and physical conflict, Blu encounters problems with the vindictive Nigel (Jemaine Clement), his rival from the original “Rio” movie. Blu’s frustrating experience adapting to his new life adds a humorous element to the film.

Directed by Carlos Saldanha, the film maintains a unique animation style, similar to Fox’s previous productions of “Madagascar” and “Ice Age.” Not only is it a comical and endearing movie, but it is also visually appealing. The 3D effects and the vibrant, vivid colors of the characters pop out on the screen drawing in the viewers’ attention.

Besides animation, another prominent feature in the uplifting sequel is the music. R&B and soul musician Janelle Monae composed the catchy opening song “What is Love.” The musical elements, which were not incorporated in the original “Rio” movie, truly add to the overall exciting mood of the film, which prompts viewers to dance and sing along.

Pop singer Bruno Mars stars in the film as the voice of Roberto, one of the blue birds. Mars’ powerful and beautiful voice contributes to the compelling musical renditions in the film.

Jamie Foxx, Jake T. Austin, Will.i.am and other actors reprise their former roles in the sequel. Hearing the familiar voices from the original movie come back to life again in the sequel was entertaining.

The excitement of “Rio 2” continued off screen at the World Premiere party in Miami on March 21. Live from the Fountaine Bleu, stars such as Jake T. Austin, Anne Hathaway and George Lopez strutted down the blue carpet boasting about the new film. After watching the premiere in the same theater as the directors, animators and cast, it was obvious how much passion and work the creators put in to producing the film.

“Rio 2” is a hilarious, family-friendly comedy that sparks laughter and excitement. The compelling musical elements and the colorful animation combine to create an enjoyable movie experience. For those who were fans of the original movie, this is not one to miss.

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Latest phone apps take up students’ time

BY CHASE OCHRACH

Sophomore Lauren Macari can play Flappy Bird for hours on end without stopping. Even when she loses, it just entices her to want to keep trying.

Flappy Bird, along with Candy Crush, are two gaming apps that are trending right now.use

Macari said her cellphone game addiction is Flappy Bird.

“I am absolutely addicted to Flappy Bird because I want to beat the game so badly and I haven’t yet so I get extremely frustrated but I love the game anyway and the bird is so enticing,” she said.

Sophomore Valentina Espana said she loves to play Candy Crush.

“I am sort of addicted to Candy Crush. I definitely get so excited when I move up in the levels. Currently I’m on level 73 and it took me a couple months to get there,” she said.

Sophomore Maria Santana is another who is in the Flappy Bird camp.

“I have started to become obsessed with the game and I can play it for hours,” Santana said.

Junior Alexis Diaz said she loves to play Candy Crush and it’s her No. 1 cellphone game addiction.

“I’m obsessed with playing Candy Crush and I get so excited when I move up and I get extremely frustrated when I lose a level and then lose a life. I can spend five to six hours playing it each day and I feel very accomplished when I move up a level and I have even not gone to sleep certain nights because I’m obsessed with moving on,” Diaz said.

Freshman Irene Maniatopoulos said she enjoys playing Flappy Bird but is not obsessed with the game.

“I like to play Flappy Bird and I used to play it all the time but I’m no longer addicted to the game since it took up so much of my time. I’ve played nonstop hours each night and day playing but about a month ago I realized it was consuming my time and curtailed how much I was playing,” she said.

Spanish teacher Ester Calderon said the phone apps can be an interference.

“I hate that students can’t concentrate in class because they’re too busy playing games on their cellphones,” she said.

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TV Review: How I Met Your Mother Series Finale

TV Review: How I Met Your Mother Series Finale

BY JAKE LENDER

After nine seasons, “How I Met Your Mother” has sadly come to an end.  Co-creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas thought it was time to finally show fans how the main character, Ted Mosby meets the mother of his kids. The long awaited finale was the most watched episode in the series, racking up 12.9 millions views.

Even so, fans may not know that Bays and Thomas decided to make an alternate ending that will be released along with the DVD due out this fall. The point of this alternate ending was to make everybody happy with the ending of the show.

“How I Met Your Mother” was a great show, but in the last two seasons started going down hill due to the overused jokes and a pointless storyline. 

In the episode before the finale, Barney Stinson and Robin Scherbatsky get married. This wasn’t a big surprise.  The show has always been hinting that this would happen. The big surprise with Robin and Barney comes in the season finale when things get a little rocky for the couple.

The constant fighting between Robin and Barney was expected. In the show, Barney is a big ladies man who doesn’t respect women at all and Robin is obsessed with her career.  In the past, Robin and Barney dated but broke up because they just weren’t happy together which we now know was a big foreshadowing for the future.

Everybody tuned in to just watch what would happen to Ted and the mother, whose name was revealed later in the episode. The episode shows Ted and the mother going through life together happy until they receive some bad news.

This episode is full of surprises. Every character is affected, whether in a good or bad way. The show was great, looking back at it now. It is amazing that the people who made it could make quality episodes for nine seasons even though it may have gone a bit down hill at the end of the series. This show is worth watching, but it should really be watched in order so it won’t be confusing.

And for those who didn’t enjoy the ending that aired, it’s probably worth getting a hold of the DVD when it comes out.  The alternate ending will probably take the ending of the show   in a whole new direction to please those viewers who were not thrilled with the way the season finale ended.

“How I Met Your Mother” was a great show and the series finale ended just the way it should have. It is easy to tell that the whole point of the series finale was to wrap up the series in the most surprising way possible and the episode definitely accomplished that.

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CD Review: Louder

BY TARA BAGHERLEE

After being part of Broadway productions “Les Misérables” and “Spring Awakening” as well as playing Rachel Berry on the FOX show “Glee,” actress and singer Lea Michele finally released “Louder,” her debut solo album, on March 4.

The album comes out with a bang, displaying her versatile and dominant voice in a variety of songs with different tempos and beats. Fans of artists such as Pink and Demi Lovato should give this album a listen, as should everyone else who loves Michele’s voice.lea michele

Michele has endured a difficult past couple of months with the passing of her boyfriend and fellow “Glee” co-star Cory Monteith in July 2013, yet her new album does not show any signs of weakness, with powerful ballads and strong lyrics to prove Michele won in the battle against tragedy, all while producing a compelling first record.

Her first single off of the album is “Cannonball,” which describes her journey with pain and how she came out on top, expressed in lyrics such as “I think I found a light at the end of the tunnel” and “I’ve got this new beginning, and I will fly, I’ll fly, like a cannonball.”

Michele’s vocals not only shine in the song “Cannonball,” but throughout the whole album, especially with a classic Michele-like ballad such as “Battlefield,” where she describes a difficult breakup with a loved one.

Not only does Michele conquer ballads with ease, but she also provides a large selection of happier, livelier songs. In “On My Way,” Michele sings “I know my heart’s too drunk to drive, but I’m on my way to you,” with an extremely catchy chorus following it, bound to be stuck in one’s head for days.

The title track, “Louder,” is another energetic song, beginning with a catchy guitar solo as Michele (loudly) leads into the chorus with “I just wanna hear your voice, don’t be afraid, why don’t you scream a little louder?”

The most unique songs on the album are “Burn with You” and “You’re Mine,” since they showcase a deeper side of Michele, with distinct beats and lyrics that have never been heard before.

“If You Say So” is the most heartbreaking ballad on the album, since Michele penned it about Monteith’s death. The chorus describes Monteith’s last words to Michele before his passing with the lines “It was just a week ago, you said ‘I love you girl,’ I said ‘I love you more,’ then a breath, a pause, you said ‘if you say so’.”

Other tracks include “Thousand Needles,” “Don’t Let Go” and “Cue the Rain,” which begin with a softer tone, eventually leading into the chorus, with the booming voice Michele is known for.

“Empty Handed” is a relaxing song, keeping a calm tempo throughout the track and showcasing Michele’s softer side, similar to “What is Love?” and “The Bells,” which are available on the deluxe version of the album.

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Curtain Call: Les Misérables


BY ZUE LOPEZ  AND CARLY SCHREIDELL

The Circuit Online takes a behind-the scenes look at the cast of AMT’s  production Les Misérables on March 5-8 in the auditorium.

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Movie Review: Bad Words

BY JENNIFER SCHONBERGER

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Actor Jason Bateman hasn’t done a bad job in his directorial debut with “Bad Words,” released March 28. The “Horrible Bosses” and “Arrested Development” actor not only directs but also stars in the comedy, as the 40-year-old grade-school dropout who competes in a spelling bee against brilliant overachievers a fourth of his age and stirs up all kinds of trouble.bad_words

Bateman’s character Guy Trilby has found a loophole around the rules of participating in the Golden Quill National Spelling Bee: he never in fact did complete the eighth grade. Having a grown man in the competition against children obviously infuriates all of the over-competitive parents (while it mocks their behavior, too).

Yet while Trilby stirs up anger among those involved in the televised competition, especially the director of the spelling bee Dr. Bernice Deagan (Allison Janney), he stirs up confusion among the film’s audience: Why would a 40-year-old man be so determined to win a spelling bee against elementary and middle schoolers? Journalist Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn) tags along on Trilby’s journey so she can find out.

It’s apparent from the beginning that there must be some mysterious reason rooted in Trilby’s past, but the reason ends up being shocking and adds an emotional element to the otherwise raunchy and sarcastic scenes in the movie.

Even though it’s based around young kids, Bateman doesn’t shy away from adult humor and more vulgar but humorous aspects of the movie; it is rated R after all. This can be seen in the most predominant and funniest relationship present in the movie, between Trilby and his t10-year-old competitor Chaitanya Chopra (Rohan Chand).

Their unlikely friendship results in the taking away of an adorable little genius’s innocence and the reveal of a caring and compassionate side of Trilby that doesn’t seem to be evident in his character at the beginning of the movie. Chand’s hilariously sweet and innocent remarks are sure to evoke nostalgia for childhood in the audience; for a child actor, he adds a lot to the movie.

Bateman does an excellent job not only playing a misanthropic, mean-spirited character who goes through a transformation, but also at successfully directing a story that, although the humor gets ridiculous at times, accurately targets how ridiculous society can be.

“Bad Words” is funny, lighthearted, and highlights the unlikeliness of some relationships; it deserves nothing less than a Bee-plus.

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Book Review: Cress

BY ANA BEATRIZ GONCALVES

In the third installment of Marissa Meyer’s “Lunar Chronicles,” “Cress,” the dystopian futuristic world is never short of adventure, romance and fantasy. Classic Grimm’s fairy tales inspired the series, along with elements of science fiction. The first book, “Cinder,” was released in 2012, and the sequel, “Scarlet,” was released in 2013. This set the stage for the next book in the line, released on Feb. 4.Cress

The story continues following the adventure of Linh-Cinder (Cinderella), the cyborg mechanic who becomes the centerfold of the Lunar domination of Earth. After discovering her true identity as the princess of Luna, a colony on the moon, Cinder and her friends attempt to rescue Emperor Kaito (Prince Charming) from the impending danger of a possible intergalactic war with the citizens of the Moon. This futuristic plot line reels in readers from all different types of genres and doesn’t disappoint them.

The third book kicks off with Cinder and her friends rescuing Crescent “Cress” Moon (Rapunzel), a girl with long hair trapped in a satellite, resulting in the crash of the satellite and the separation of the friends. With Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood) taken prisoner by Levana (The Evil Queen), Cress and Caswell Thorne (Rapunzel’s prince) falling in Africa, and Cinder and Wolf (Big Bad Wolf) lost somewhere unknown in the world, they must find a way to reunite and save the Emperor from a disastrous wedding that could end in war.

“Cress” uses elements of space travel, biogenetic engineering, and futuristic technology to set this fantasy tale in the improbable future of Earth. Readers will be captivated by the action and non-stop suspense, and will be anxiously awaiting the next book of the series, which has promised to feature a new version of Snow White.

The thrilling action sequences don’t allow the reader to put the book down, captivating them until the very end and keeping them on their feet until the next book release. With vivid details and a compelling plotline, “Cress” will appease all ages. The fourth book, “Winter,” is set to be released in the winter of 2015.

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