Monday, March 26, 2012

Hunger Games Movie + Movie's That Are Book Adaptions

First off, let me just tell you how amazing the Hunger Games movie was.

I was seriously afraid it would be another Twilight (which I hated.  Sorry to all that loved them!)

My favorite thing?  How to the book it was.  Seriously, there were direct lines out of the book!  I don't have any (big) complaints.  Plus, even though I know how it all happens, I was tense.  Really, really, tense. 

Oh, by the way my mom thinks Katniss should end up with Gale.  Actually, she thought she would until I told her she wouldn't.  And I didn't like Peeta that much, even though I liked him in the book.  But Katniss was awesome.  And so was Rue. (But she died.  And it's awful.)

Now, on to the discussion-y thing:

Okay, so when you get books that are turned into movies, there are pretty much three types:   The Good, The Bad, and The Ones That Don't Even Resemble The Book.

Product DetailsHunger Games is what one might call The Good.  It's to the book, and just awesome.  Harry Potter is also The Good.  You have to admit, even though they mess things up, the HP movies are good, right?  Good acting, pretty much to the book, and enjoyable enough you'll watch it again.

Product DetailsThen there's the BAD.  For me, that's Twilight.  I get some people like them, but I admit that I find you slightly crazy.  Sorry, no hard feelings, the Twilights (movies) for me were just so bad I don't see how anyone could like them.  But some people do.  I get that. 

I liked the Twilight books.  They were good.  Really good.
Still, BAD ACTING and painful to watch.  That's what I think of when I think of the Twilight movies.

Product DetailsThen there's stuff like Ella Enchanted and How To Train You Dragon which are so not like the book (though still good) that if you changed the names of the characters it would almost be a completely different story.   These can be good or bad.  The two I listed I liked.  They just weren't anything like the book.

Anyway, that's my take on it.
Now, if you haven't already, go see the Hunger Games.

And may the odds ever be in your favor.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Follow Friday (25)

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Gain New Blog Followers

Q: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads?

The longest book I've read is probably the seventh Harry Potter.  I'm not sure, though.  The books I read aren't that big, averaging between two-hundred and four-hundred, but HP was long-ish, I guess.

That one is also my favorite, obviously!!!

EDIT:  I've recently learned that I am a liar.  See, I didn't actually check out the lengths of the books.  Turns out Little Woman (I read it kindle version, so I do have an excuse) is 1000+ pages, the fifth HP is longer than the seventh, and some of the Twilight's are really long too.  My favorite(s) still stay the same, though.  Harry Potter rules!!!!!

What about you?  Leave links!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday (19): Princess of the Silver Woods

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.

This week I am waiting for:
Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3)
The third and final book of the Princess of the Midnight Ball series by Jessica Day George. This book features Petunia, and is roughly based off of Little Red Riding Hood.

I had to do this one today:)  I have literally been waiting anxiously for a cover to do it.  As most of you know from my excessive babbling over this author, I love this authors books.  I'm dying for this one.  D-Y-I-N-G.

What are you Waiting for today?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy First Day Of Spring!!!!

Today is the first day of spring!

It's supposed to get up to the high seventies where I live today.

I don't live in a tropical place.  I live in Ohio.

Are we just skipping spring this year?  I'm not complaining, I do love the summer (though I missed the snow this year) but spring and fall are my favorite seasons.  My brothers birthday is soon (and shares the same day as a much anticipated movie release day) and there's sometimes snow on his birthday!  Obviously not this year.

Anyway, I started this post to say happy spring...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Tiger's Quest by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga, #2)

Back in Oregon, Kelsey tries to pick up the pieces of her life and push aside her feelings for Ren. But danger lurks around the corner, forcing her to return to India where she embarks on a second quest--this time with Ren's dark, bad-boy brother Kishan, who has also fallen prey to the Tiger's Curse. Fraught with danger, spellbinding dreams, and choices of the heart, TIGER'S QUEST brings the trio one step closer to breaking the spell that binds them. Winner of a Parent's Choice Award!

At the end of Tiger's Curse I was screaming, "No!!!  Don't do it!!!" at Kelsey.  At the end of this book, I was screaming the exact same thing at Ren.

This book was good, I'll admit.  However, it wasn't anywhere near as good as the previous book.  I think it was because we saw more of Kishan than Ren.  I don't hate Kishan, i just don't love him.  I never really like the "bad boy" in books, and that's exactly how Kishan was described.  Plus, it seemed at times he was pushing himself at Kelsey.

Speaking of Kelsey, definitely not the best MC.  Once again, I do not hate her.  I just can't find it in me to love her.  She is sort of...weak, and whiny.  People who don't like Twilight say that Bella spends a lot of time pondering over which guy she likes best, and I feel that Kelsey is the same way.

Another thing I don't love about this book, or the series, is there are a few misplaced (or nonexistent) commas and quotation marks.  Now, I'll look past this, but it slows down the reading for me.

Anyway, on to what I liked.

My favorite thing about this series, besides the covers, is the mythology and folk lore.  I love mythology and fairy tales, and that is what this series is all about.  I'm learning mythology that I never knew, and that makes me extremely happy!

I also love the adventurous feel of this book.  It's like an Indian Indiana Jones.  I love romance, and contemporary, but my preferred genres are fantasy and action (with some sci-fi and/or romance).

Over all, I wasn't that impressed with this book, especially after how amazing Tiger's curse was.  My two favorite character, Ren and Mr. Kadam, were barely in it. and in Ren's case, they were a major let down.  I think my least favorite thing had to be the prospect that Kelsey could en up with Kishan [shudder].  Still, I am looking forward to getting my hand on the next book and reading the rest of the series.

Rating: 4/5 stars (almost 3/5).

Language: None
Sensuality: Mild
Violence: Moderate

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cover Reveal: Princess of the Silver Woods

Ok, so if you have visited my blog during Follow Friday you know I love Jessica Day George's books.  And so I'm happy to share with you all the cover of the final book in her Princess's series, Princess of the Silver Ball!

Princess of the Silver Woods (Princess, #3)The third and final book of the Princess of the Midnight Ball series by Jessica Day George. This book features Petunia, and is roughly based off of Little Red Riding Hood.
Amazing, right?  I simply love all of the covers in this series!
Ok, I feel the need to add that I don't know if this cover is final, I just saw it on Goodreads and needed to do this post.

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Happy St. Patricks day!
Wear green, dye your food green, and do whatever else you do on this day...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Follow Friday (24)

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Gain New Blog Followers

Q:  What is the best book you've read in the last month? What is the worst book you've read in the last month?.

Alright.  The Best:
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)By far.  However, it is followed by several books for the best.

The worst:  I really didn't have any that stood out as "the worst".  If it was this month, I would have to say Melody Burning (seriously, I gave it the lowest rating I ever have on Goodreads), but since its February, I can't really say.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In My Mailbox (17): A Touch Mortal

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

In My Mailbox I have:

A Touch Mortal (A Touch Trilogy, #1)Eden didn't expect Az.

Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings.


So long happily-ever-after.

Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven.

She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else's game. Her heart is her own.

And that's only the beginning of the end.
I won this book from Kayla at Bibliophobia, Please, and I must say it sounds like a great read!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cover Reveals: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century + How To Break Up With A Alien

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.
Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.
Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Face it, long distance relationships in high school are hard,
especially when the other one in the relationship is an alien.
Alex Bianchi may have survived an intergalactic battle, but that still doesn’t excuse her from her senior year or high school, or qualify her for any sort of scholarship. To make up for college tuition costs, she takes a job at a local coffee shop. If only coffee could solve all of her problems.

As Alex’s senior year progresses, everything changes and she can’t figure out if it is interstellar or if it is just time to break up with an

Friday, March 2, 2012

In My Mailbox (16)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

In My Mailbox I have:

Follow Friday (23)

Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee

Gain New Blog Followers

Q:  What book would you love to see made into a movie or television show and do you have actors/actresses in mind to play the main characters?

Entwined by Heather Dixon:  Mainly because it would be awesome to see how they make the world and costume look, and because there aren't enough historical fantasy movies out there.  Though there would have to be a lot of actors...
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer:  Actually, this might make a boring movie...but it's still and amazing dystopian.
The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld:  Because they are awesome.  Need I say more?

As for the actors?  I really don't know.  I guess it's up to the directors to decide.

What about you?  Leave links!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Intangible by J. Meyers


 Twins Sera and Luke Raine have a well-kept secret—she heals with a touch of her hand, he sees the future. All their lives they’ve helped those in need on the sly. They’ve always thought of their abilities as being a gift.

Then Luke has a vision that Sera is killed. That gift they’ve always cherished begins to feel an awful lot like a curse. Because the thing about Luke’s ability? He’s always right. And he can’t do anything about it.

If I had to describe this book in one word, that would be it: unique. Or maybe amazing. The plot, the characters, nearly everything was just so original, and even when I thought it was taking a turn for the worse, I was totally and completely surprised.

I really liked the plot of this book. Although it was admittedly a little slow for the first half of the book, all of the little things in the beginning added up to the plot with an amazing ending. The only thing I did not like about the first half was that there was not much of the plot centered around the fact that Luke saw Sera die, though the second half was big on this aspect.

The characters were also pretty great. It was fun to see inside everyone's head, with the many changing views. Somehow, the author managed to avoid confusion with all the POV's! The only character I didn't love was Jonas, though I admittedly grew to like him a bit over the course of the book.

The weakest aspect f this book had to be the romance. At first, it was really good, with Sera and Marc a couple, and hints of Fey and Luke. But I didn't like how Sera and Luke's romance ended in the book, or who Sera "fell-back" on. And the Fay and Luke went no where in the plot, so at times I was wondering if I was just wishing for there to be some romance between the two.

The best part of the book, at least for me, was the mythological and paranormal aspects of the book. At first, when I learned that vampires were a key part of the plot, I was a bit wary. Luckily, Meyers managed to make them real, plus throw in some other mystical beings, topping the whole thing of with an other-worldly feel, even as those mystical beings attended high school.

Besides the whole romance dud, I really liked the ending. I think it broadened the horizon for any future books, while also having a finishing quality. It left me imagining what would happen next, and definitely will keep me anticipating a sequel.

All in all, this was an amazing book I would definitely suggest reading. Paranormal creatures, romance, and adventure - what more could you ask for?

Rating: 4/5 stars.

Market: YA
Sensuality:  Moderate
Language: Moderate
Violence: Moderate

I received a free eBook copy of this book for an honest review.  I am not profited for reading and reviewing this book.