…Okay, maybe not as a tribute, but I did see the much-anticipated Hunger Games film adaptation last week… and then I volunteered to watch it again this week, you know, just because. And, like many bookaholics out there who just adored the movie, I was pretty satisfied with the outcome.1. The scenery was beautiful. I don’t know about you, but I thought Gary Ross did a pretty outstanding job with the visuals of the movie – most notably the Capitol and the forest arena – I’m not even kidding, the forest was exactly how I envisioned it, right down to that exact tint of green. IT WAS LOVELY. I also loved the contrast between District 12 and the Capitol; where Katniss lived, all the colours seemed bland and grey and neutral, where as the Capitol looked and even felt lively andcolourful – it was easy to tell where most of the greedy bastards lived. 2. The acting was about as flawless as flawless can be. To the few who have not seen it yet, I suggest you should because you are missing out on TALENT. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was pure talent – her performance was intense, raw and heartfelt, and you could tell that she was very passionate about her role as Katniss. What I was most surprised about was Josh Hutcherson’s portrayal of Peeta. I’ll admit, I had my doubts about him (yes, I am ashamed) but he definitely proved me wrong. I found myself smiling throughout the movie everytime Peeta would appear on screen – Movie Peeta was just as adorable and charming as Book Peeta, and I applaud Mr Hutcherson for dying his hair blonde. Also: his crazy cake decorating skills were… I mean… like, what was THAT?? “HOW” was all I was thinking when he was shown “camouflaging” himself.
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction / Dystopian
Type: Series (Glitch #1)
In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network. When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse. (Taken from Goodreads)
I. Want. This. So. Bad. From the incredibly frightening zombie apocalypse stories, to the countless alien world domination theories, I was always convinced that it would be the robots we’d be generously handing our world over to. The brief summary above completely captured my attention, and considering the increasing popularity of dystopian novels as of late, I just thought it was smart idea for the author’s part, as well as an original, unique premise that definitely stood out to me when I read the blurb.
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*For my review of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter (The Demon Trappers #1), click here!
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Genre: Young Adult – Urban Fantasy
Type: Series (The Demon Trappers, #2)
Riley Blackthorne is beginning to learn that there are worse things than death by demon. And love is just one of them… Riley has about had it up to here. After the devestating battle at the Tabernacle, trappers are dead and injured – her boyfriend, Simon, gravely so – and now her beloved late father’s been illegally poached from his grave by a very powerful necromancer. As if that’s not enough, there’s Ori, one sizzling-hot freelance demon hunter who’s made himself Riley’s unofficial bodyguard, and Beck, a super-overprotective “friend” who acts more like a grouchy granddad. With all the hassles, the seventeen-year-old is almost ready to leave Atlanta behind. But as Atlanta’s demon count increases, the Vatican finally sends its own demon hunters to take care of the city’s “little” problem, and pandemonium breaks out. Only Riley knows that she might be the center of Hell’s attention: An extremely powerful Grade 5 demon is stalking her, and her luck can’t last forever…
First, let me say that I love books in a series. If I had to choose between a series and a stand-alone novel, I’d choose a series, no doubt (in most cases). The only thing I absolutely despise about book series, however, is the torturous wait. Thus, with The Demon Trappers series, I thought I’d be smart and not read Soul Thief until book three’s release was near. So after months of allowing this book to sit on my bookshelf unread and collecting dust, I decided to finally pick it up and read it. And though I’ve learned my lesson and realized that I was still waiting regardless, it was still very much worth the wait.
Although there wasn’t as much action as the previous novel, it was the characters – old and new – that I’d grown to appreciate and enjoy. Of course, Riley Blackthorne was without a doubt my favourite. It seemed to me that Riley just couldn’t catch a break –if you thought Riley had it bad in the first book, trust me, it was no comparison to this one. Not only was she still trying to cope with her father’s death, but now she had to find her father’s dead corpse, who was brought back to life without her permission, and make sure he actually STAYED dead. Heartbreaking, yes? Not really, considering that was not even half of her over-barring problems.
As a reader, it was very emotional seeing how frustrated – one as strong-willed, tough, and determined as Riley – was, with all her troubles. If I had one word to describe how Riley felt in this book, it would be tired. Tired for always being blamed, tired for always getting hurt, and tired for always having to take the role of ‘Blackthorne’s Demon Trapper Daughter’, when she’d much rather be a normal teenager… well, a normal teenage demon trapper. Again, I felt Oliver portrayed seventeen-year-old Riley exquisitely and successfully – her actions, her emotions, and her behaviour felt genuine and relatable, as a teenager.
devoted member of Team Beck, I was surprisingly unhappy with Simon’s character. In the first book, I didn’t like him, nor did I hate him, but his character in Soul Thief really made me, I don’t know, want to knock his head out with a book. Sure, there may be valid explanations for his behaviour, but the way he treated Riley… just, UGH. I was as frustrated as her. As for Ori, though attractive as he was, he felt off to me from the beginning, and I was hopelessly wishing for him and Beck to have a face off in which Beck would totally crush his face. (What I’m really trying to say is that Riley and Beck are perfect for each other, and they are flawless – in a not so flawless way – if that makes sense.)
Oliver’s writing in this instalment was just as fast-paced, compelling, and enjoyable as her previous novel, as I was finding myself devouring the contents of Soul Thief, and now, impatiently waiting for what’s next for Riley and her ever-complicated world.
Bookaholic Verdict: is it Tuesday yet?
Quotaholic: “When she reached the door Riley paused and looked back at him. A single glistening tear rolled down his pale cheek. It was a match to her own.“
Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Eyes Open” by Taylor Swift
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Type: Series (His Fair Assassin #1)
Update: Check out my review of Grave Mercy here!
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart? (Taken from Goodreads)
This one sounds incredible. I’ve been looking for a new and intriguing fantasy read (ever since finishing the Mistborn series, I haven’t been able to find a decent fantasy book that compares), and although it doesn’t sound anything like the beloved Mist world, this one sounds just as special. The protagonist in this novel also sounds like she’s going to be a strong, kickass heroine, which I absolutely love.
What are you waiting on? Leave a comment below!
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal
Type: Series (Jessica #2)
When Jessica Packwood found out she was a Romanian vampire princess, she had the shock of her teenage life. Turns out that was the easy part. Now, married to Prince Lucius Vladescu, she has to claim her throne and convince a vampire nation she’s fit to be their queen. But Jess can’t even order a decent meal from her castle’s Romanian staff, let alone deal with devious undead subjects who would love to see her fail. And when Lucius is accused of murdering a vampire Elder and imprisoned without the blood he needs, Jessica finds herself alone, fighting for both their survivals. Desperate to clear her husband’s name and win his release, Jess enlists the help of her best friend, Mindy Stankowicz, and Lucius’s mysterious Italian cousin, Raniero Lovatu. But both of them are keeping some dark secrets. Can Jess figure out who to trust – and how to rise to power – before she loses everything, including the vampire she loves?
Okay, so I absolutely LOVED this sequel. Having read Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side several years back, I was a bit wary as to how I would respond to this next instalment – considering how much younger I was, and not being as obsessed with the whole paranormal genre as I had been two years ago.
However, despite all of that, this novel really surprised me. I felt that Jessica’s character truly matured and grown as I had, facing more responsibilities and problems a lot bigger than your typical high school drama. It was a privilege to read about Jessica coming to terms with her ‘vampire princess’ status, as well as the independence she had gained with Lucius being imprisoned for most of the novel.
Speaking of Lucius, I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy the story as much with him gone, because, well, he was the most charming, attractive, adorably-annoying character in the first book; but with that said, his voice was still very much part of the story – in the form of those quirky, hilarious letters that I’d grown fond of in the first novel. It was extremely hard not to smile at the scenes with him and Jessica. Reading their love for one another, it was as if they were married for years – their support and undeniable faith in each other were admirable, to say the least.
I think it’d be a crime not to mention Mindy and Raniero’s characters – especially their relationship. I mean, yes, it was kind of cheesy, but I couldn’t help but love them together. Raniero’s intentions towards Jessica’s best friend, Mindy, were so genuine and protective – it was a nice contrast to the seriousness of Jessica’s situation, trying so determinedly to clear her husband’s name.
While the plot was quite predictable for me, Fantaskey’s writing and pacing of the story was the reason for my reluctance to put the book down. Each chapter revealed a little bit more, intensifying the build up, despite my predictions.
To me, it was the characters of the novel – in both the first and second books – that made reading Jessica’s story quite enjoyable and memorable as a reader. It was definitely nice and refreshing delving into her crazy, drama-filled, vampire world again.
Bookaholic Verdict: still upset that i didn’t get an invitation to Jessica and Lucius’s wedding
Quotaholic: “I didn’t even waver – didn’t even blink, although a part of me screamed inside – when Lucius was escorted to that pale gray circle on the floor.“
Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Never Stop” by SafetySuit
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian
Type: Series (Delirium #1)
Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
With the dystopian genre increasing in popularity these past few months thanks to The Hunger Games, I decided that I should check out Delirium, one of the few novels in which I have heard nothing but praise. Although I did expect a bit more from this book, I found myself still in awe after reading the story (my gosh, that ENDING!!), and I was gladly not disappointed.
So in this dystopian world, love is considered a revoltingly terrifying, and ultimately fatal disease. Considering the amount of authors who try to create new and haunting dystopian worlds, I thought Oliver was extremely creative and unique crafting this society. I loved how strangely accurate the symptoms of amor deliria nervosa (aka, love) were. It actually felt like there was a bit of satire on Oliver’s part, with how the symptoms were described, and the “phases” of how love can infect you, and ultimately kill you.
Lena’s character as a protagonist, at first, was a bit dull for my taste; sure, she was definitely different from the rest of the characters, but she wasn’t interesting. I actually preferred her best friend, Hana’s character, because of how outspoken and full of life she was. However, I think the contrast between the two was the whole point. By the end of the novel, I felt that Lena’s character had really grown, and it was engrossing to see the strength she possessed in the end.
Lena’s romance with Alex – the love interest of the story – I thought was very sweet. The simplicity and desperation of their love – in a place where love equates to total damnation – was refreshing to read about and heartfelt as well. As Lena was suffocated by the indifference of her apathetic society, it seemed that Alex was the one who brought freedom, who gave her that push to fly (yeah, there was a ton of amazing bird imagery).
As always, Oliver’s writing was beautiful – it was incredibly descriptive and poetic, and it was as if you could feel the emotions just oozing out of the words. Okay, that description probably didn’t do any justice to her writing, but IT WAS AWESOME. That is all you need to know. I also enjoyed the little poems and quotes at the beginning of every chapter, as it made the story seem that much more real and terrifying, as a reader.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is that I loved this story so, so much. I loved Lena and Hana and Alex, and Lena AND Alex together, and I just need the next book in my hands right now.
Bookaholic Verdict: what is love without a little Delirium?
Quotaholic: “And now I know why they invented words for love, why they had to: It’s the only thing that can come close to describing what I feel in that moment, the baffling mixture of pain and pleasure and fear and joy, all running sharply through me at once.“
Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Ocean Wide” by The Afters
1. My name is Jamie, and I am a procrastinator.
I can’t help it!!! When I know there is something that I need to do, I look the other way, or I find something else (usually completely pointless and random) to do.
i’ve actually caught up with my reading challenge a little bit this week, but oh look, i’m still behind. and it’s not like i have other things to do
well i technically do, but i’m procratinating THOSE things to read… but i guess i’m procrastinating that too.
2. My date with Frodo:
So, I’ve FINALLY finished The Lord of the Rings trilogy (movie versions) and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. I just thought I’d share some of my thoughts on the epic trilogy (spoilers if you haven’t watched all three):PROS: SAMWISE THE BRAVE IS THE MOST FLAWLESS HOBBIT ALIVE. - He had all the best quotes throughout the movie, basically – most notably his speech about how there is still goodness left in such a damned world in The Two Towers, and his beautiful speech about strawberries and such in The Return of the King. My favorite Sam quote had to be when he saves Frodo from one of the bad guys in the final film, and says, “Let him go, you filth.” CHILLS. - He’s the reason why Frodo saves The Shire and the entire world – there’s a reason why Samwise the Brave is called Samwise the Brave. My gosh, Sam is probably the most selfless, courageous character I’ve ever encountered, like, ever. One of the most touching scenes for me is when he gives his last drop of water to Frodo in Return of the King. It’s the little things. Frodo and his mesmerizing eyes. - I don’t know if they’re contacts, or enhanced CGI or whatever, but Frodo’s eyes are incredibly blue and it was just extremely difficult not to stare. - I also don’t know if there was a legit reason why Gandalf chose Frodo to destroy the ring, or if Frodo was “the chosen one”, but there definitely was something special about Frodo, which I really enjoyed watching. For me, it was… I think his innocence, and how genuine his character was, throughout the entire trilogy. He saw the good in others, like Smeagol, for example, and he was always willing to do the right thing – even if it meant risking his life. - Also, that scene in Return of the King where he wakes up with the ring missing……. and his shirt. Beautiful Blonde Elf Boy: - Legolas and his dangerous archery skills reminded me so much of Katniss. They should have babies together. - THE HAIR – Orlando Bloom must’ve shampooed and conditioned those locks a whole lot – it was so beautiful. I am SO relieved that his hair was unharmed for the entire trilogy. Aragon and his sword-wielding skills: - Basically, he was badass and for all those times where I thought he was about to die, or that he was already dead, I was so glad he proved me wrong.
Anyways, that’s about all I have on my mind right now. Thanks for reading :)
Release Date: October 9, 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal
Type: Series (expected)
Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem. The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind. Bonesaw. Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days. It’ll be brutal . . . and awesome. But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker. Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her. (Taken from Goodreads)This one looks TO DIE FOR. The synopsis sounds incredibly intriguing… I mean, c’mon, a vengeful sixteen-year-old dead(ish) girl who wants nothing more than to punish her murderer? WANT. The cover
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For the Bookaholics is a monthly segment where any book-related topics are discussed and shared.In this month’s FTB… Upcoming Book-to-Movie Adaptations
With The Hunger Games movie creeping closer to its release date, I thought it was only appropriate to make this month’s FTB on book-to-movie adaptations. So, without further ado… Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins Lionsgate Director: Gary Ross Release Date: March 23, 2012 Trailer: Watch “The Hunger Games” trailer Obviously, this is the one we’ve all been impatiently waiting for. I cannot wait to see how this beloved series is going to turn out visually, especially how the actors portray our precious characters
The official Hunger Games movie poster. *squeeee*When You Were Mine
Author: Rebecca Serle Status: Still in the early stages of development A retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with a twist, this story is told by Romeo’s ex-fiancé’s point-of view, Rosaline. Recent News: With Hailee Steinfeld dropping out of the film, actress Lily Collins is now reportedly in for the role of Rosaline.
Taken from Collins’ upcoming film, Mirror, Mirror, where she stars as the beautiful Snow White.Before I Die Author: Jenny Downham Blueprint Pictures Director: Ol Parker Release Date: Expected 2012 release Trailer: Watch the “Now is Good” trailer Re-titled “Now is Good” for the movie, this is the story of a terminally-ill teenage girl (Dakota Fanning) determined to live her life to the fullest, with the limited time she has. Recent News: The UK release date for Now is Good is planned for May 25, 2012.
The movie poster for Now is Good. This one looks like a tear-jerker.City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare Constantin Film Director: Harald Zwart Status:
Flawless Lily Collins is flawless.The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky Summit Entertainment Director: Stephen Chbosky Release Date: Expected 2012 release It is the story of fifteen-year-old high school freshman, Charlie (Logan Lerman), who struggles to cope with the suicide of his best friend, the death of his beloved aunt, and his own mental issues, whilst trying to deal with his first love (Emma Watson), the troubles of fitting in, and figuring out where exactly he belongs. Recent News: Originally given an R rating by the MPAA due to “teen drug and alcohol use, and some sexual references”, the appeals board has now switched it to a PG-13 rating.
Knowing that Emma Watson and Logan Lerman will be in quite a few scenes together makes my heart fill with excitement and fangirly-ness.The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien Warner Bros. Director: Peter Jackson Release Date: December 14, 2012 Trailer: Watch “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” trailer Now, I still have yet to finish the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, but this prequel looks just as epic. [Check out the movie synopsis on IMDB] Recent News: As a two-part movie, the last and final film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is expected to be released on December 13, 2013.
The movie poster for The Hobbit.The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald Warner Bros. Director: Baz Luhrmann Release Date: December 25, 2012 I’ve been itching to read this seemingly amazing classic so bad – hopefully before this movie comes out! [Check out the movie synopsis on IMBD]
A scene from the upcoming movie. From left to right: Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan).Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
Author: Seth Grahame-Smith 20th Century Fox Director: Timur Bekmambetov Release Date: June 22, 2012 Trailer: Watch the “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” trailer Um, just from reading the title, this movie sounds incredibly badass. I also need to read the novel before the 3-D movie is released! [Check out the movie synopsis on IMBD]
The movie poster for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.Other Rumored Book-to-Movie Adaptations:
- Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
– Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
– Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead
– The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
– The Host, by Stephenie Meyer Well, until next month, bookaholics!
What upcoming movies are you excited for? Leave a comment below, or make your own post and link it in the comments section!
Release Date: September 5, 2011
Genre: Young Adult – Chick Lit
Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it’s a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight or haze a freshman. And on three separate occasions Randy’s car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend’s attention. Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: She and the other players’ girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won’t get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don’t count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming. In this hilarious and romantic reimagining of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, the battle of boys against girls is on.
After thoroughly reading and enjoying Keplinger’s debut novel, The Duff, I just knew that I had to read more of her work. There’s something refreshing and… I don’t know, comforting about this author’s writing that makes me feel like an actual seventeen-year-old teenager, which is always a nice relief when delving into supernatural, fantasy worlds about 95% of my reading time.
Shut Out was just as I had anticipated – it was a light, cute, hilarious and an extremely entertaining read. I really enjoyed Lissa’s voice as a protagonist, as she was not the type of person to just sit around and dismiss her football-boyfriend’s idiotic actions. I also loved the fact that Lissa was very controlling; it reminded me of myself, actually, always being the ‘control-freak’ of the group, so I completely understood where Lissa was coming from. The one thing that bothered me, however, was how such a smart, strong, LIKABLE girl like Lissa even considered the likes of a hungry-eyed jerk like Randy.
Although I hated Randy as much as I hate reader’s block, the rest of the characters were quite amusing. Lissa’s best friend, Chloe for instance, was such a blunt, over-the-top, sex-crazed girl, who wasn’t afraid to say and express her thoughts. Even Lissa’s brother and dad were enjoyable to read about – it was definitely nice seeing a strong, tight-knit family who genuinely loved and cared and supported one another throughout the novel. Though I really wanted to add Cash Sterling’s character to my list of Emotionally-Frustrating-But-Adorably-Hot-To-Care List (see: Jace), Cash didn’t really stand out to me. Yes, he was cute for the most part, but then again, all typical love interests are cute to me (well… either cute, or just annoyingly stalker-ish).
The whole ‘Battle of the Sexes’ concept of Shut Out was, to be honest, very entertaining from beginning to end. I liked that both sides were equally manipulative and devious, and it was nice seeing how Keplinger was able to deal with a serious issue like teenage sex in a cute, romantic, comical, drama-filled manner.
Bookaholic Verdict: fun, cute read for all you teenagers and teenagers-at-heart out there… or even just the drama-loversQuotaholic: “‘You amaze me, Lissa Daniels. Most girls would cave as soon as I gave them the puppy-dog look with these amazing eyes.’
‘Sorry. I like boys. Not dogs.’“
Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Toes” by LIGHTS