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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Random Thoughts: Books vs. Movies/ TV shows

I'm going to do a two part post 1) Books vs. Movies/ TVshows and 2) Books Becoming Movies/ TV Shows.  I'm doing this because of all the books that are becoming Movies or TV shows so this is the good and the bad and about that. Also Why books should sometimes stay books and not always be made into movies.

Let's begin:

Books are the best thing ever. They are better than movies and TV shows but they also are very special. Books are ours when we read them read we decide what characters look like, we decide more about them. There is an aurora of creativity to books  because we have more creativity with them. Movies/ TV shows don't have that some creativity what you see is what you get.

My friend and I love discussing books and we both love a lot of the same. For example we both love The Fault in Our Stars but how I imagine Augustus Waters is different from how she imagines him. Though what we think is different it makes it better. In the long run some of our favourite books are becoming movies and that creativity of how we imagine characters will vanish.

When I read the Harry Potter books. I would read a book then I would watch the movie (I became a Potterhead kinda late into the fandom) though I would see the characters from the movie in my head sometimes. I would still go back to the first book to see how they characters are described so I could imagine them how I wanted to not how the movie portrayed them.
How they were portreayed in the movie
How they looked in the Books
(this is one of my fav HP fanart)

Now we will get all these newcomers who will watch them. Don't get me wrong I love movies and TVshows and I love when my favourite books become movies and TV shows but still you lose some creativity. I love TV shows and movies. I love Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time (I'm watching this as I write this post), and others but some books really should stay books.

What are you thoughts on books or movies?


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Review: City of Glass

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)By: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 541
Published: March 24, 2009

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

Rating: 4

Review: These books keep keep getting better. They aren't quite a favourite but I love the world.

I loved every moment of this book, it was perfect. I love Simon even though he is a vampire now and everything is different it all works out well. So much happens I would not have expected any of it. Cassandra Clare is really good at that making you think one way then turning it on it's head. I think that's what makes these books so addicting! You always want to know what happens next.

Even if you look at the summary, this was supposed to be the last book but I guess the following was large enough that Cassie Clare decided to write three more. The ending for this one is so great, everything turns out okay and everyone is happy. Just thinking that there are three more books means there are bound to be problems, but why do these characters have to go through more problems. They survived a war for goodness sake.

Well this book was amazing I just hope the next books are as good as this.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Poetry Corner #22

Wild Strawberries
     By: Shel Silverstein

Are Wild Strawberries really wild?
Will they scratch an adult, will they snap at a child?
Should you pet them, or let them run free where they roam?
Could they ever relax in a steam heated home?
Can they be trained to not growl at the guests?
Will a litterbox work or would they leave a mess?
Can we make them a Cowberry, herding the cows,
Or maybe a Muleberry pulling the plows,
Or maybe a Huntberry chasing the grouse,
Or maybe a Watchberry guarding the house,
And though they may curl up at your feet oh so sweetly,
Can you ever feel that you trust them completely?
Or should we make a pet out of something less scary,
Like the Domestic Prune, or the Imported Cherry,
Anyhow, you’ve been warned and I will not be blamed
If your Wild Strawberry cannot be tamed.

Tonight I have a choir concert for my school so wish me luck that I don't sound awful.
I can'believe April is almost over we are already 1/3 through 2013 why is time going by so fast!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: City of Ashes

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)By: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 453
Published: March 25, 2008

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Rating: 4

Review: I read this book three weeks ago so I will try my best to remember exactly what happens and I will try not to get it mixed up with the next couple of books in the series.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked it much better than the first. There was character building and   world building. So much happens in this book.

Clary wants things to go back to normal, but how can that happen when she just found out who her dad and brother are and she is a shadowhunter. Things aren't likely to go back to normal. So much happens to all the characters Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec. Especially Simon I mean his entire life changes (I just can't tell you how it changes, no spoilers).

The book had what seemed like a horrible ending because we find something out that could be really great and then it ends. That's the nice thing about reading a series when most of the book have come out already you don't have to wait a year for the next book to come out, you can just get it.

I thought this was a really good sequel to City of Bones.

I hope to have the reviews for the next three books in this series up soon.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Book Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightBy: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 236
Published: January 2, 2012

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything? 

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.

Rating: 5

Review: Can I just say how much I love books like this. There cute, short, simple, and really sweet. I don't like it when they end. I want to read more books like this, they are so cute. I just love cute stories!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a very long title so I will abbreviate it TSPOLAFS. You would think from the title that there would be inta-love but it really isn't. Oliver and Hadley meet when they sit next too each other on a flight to England from the states (which is a long flight). They end up talking about everything and they learn a lot about each other, but the only thing they won't talk about is their family. Both of them has a lot of issues going on with their family.

I also love the over I think it is super adorable, cute, fun and creative.

I love Oliver! I'm pretty sure he's almost every girls dream guy. He is wonderful and did I mention he's British. I love cute contemporary love stories!

If you're looking for a cute, sweet love story I would definitely recommend this!

“It's not the changes that will break your heart; it's that tug of familiarity.”

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”

“He’s like a song she can’t get out of her head. Hard as she tries, the melody of their meeting runs through her mind on an endless loop, each time as surprisingly sweet as the last, like a lullaby, like a hymn, and she doesn’t think she could ever get tired of hearing it.”

“Is it better to have had a good thing and lost it, or never to have had it?”

“I like how you're neither here nor there. And how there's nowhere else you're meant to be while waiting. You're just sort of suspended.”

"It's one thing to run away when someone's chasing you. It's entirely another to be running all alone.”

“Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?”


Friday, April 19, 2013

Poetry Corner #21 and an Update

Dreams Deferred
     By: Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode? 

I have this horrible habit of not wanting to do something, and then it keeps getting pushed off so I have even more to do. That's how I am with blog posts, I don't want to do it for one week and it happens that is a week I read a ton! So I feel overwhelmed and the I keep pushing off wrting all my book reviews and really just any post in general. Maybe I'm just in a blogging lull I don't know. I hope I'm not the only one who feels like this, I feel like a horrible blogger.  
Well I can tell you how many book reviews I have to write (which is a lot):

  • Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • My Life Next Door
  • The Great Gatsby
I will try to be a more diligent blogger. Sorry about not ever blogging this past week :( and I will try to write those reviews soon and hopefully some other fun posts. If I don't post or if I forget to write a review for something please help me out and e-mail me or something. Thanks for sticking with me.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Crown of Midnights (Thrown of Glass #2) Cover Reveal!

It is beautiful, but I can't believe the actual book still doesn't come out until August! Hope you all love it as much as I do!


Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review: Roar and Liv

Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky, #0.5)By: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 68 (ebook novella)
Published: October 30, 2012

Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.

After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides. His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry's sister, Liv, is the love of his life. But Perry and Liv's unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv's union. Normally, Roar couldn't care less about Vale's opinion. But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale's leadership is more vital—and more brutal—than ever. Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.

Set in the harsh but often beautiful world of Veronica Rossi's "unforgettable" Under the Never Sky (Examiner.com), this captivating prequel novella stands on its own for new readers and offers series fans a fascinating look into the character of Roar. Poignant and powerful, Roar and Liv is a love story that will "capture your imagination and your heart." (Justine on Under the Never Sky)

Rating: 4

Review: For those of you who don't follow the Under the Never Sky Series this is book 0.5.

I love novellas, they are short, simple, they can be very fun. You also gain a lot of insight to the world and the characters. You learn so much about what it was like before Under the Never Sky began and before Perry met Aria. It is from the perspective of Roar. I really loved him in the first two books and I loved learning more about him. I also really enjoyed learning more about Liv (Perry's sister). She is only mentioned in book one and you meet her in book two. After reading this you get a sense of how deep there relationship is. You also learn more about Perry, which I loved since Perry is incredible. I hated Vale, well I hated him tons in the first and second book but still, I hated him again.

Even though this is Under the Never Sky #0.5 I would still read Under the Never Sky first because then you get your introduction to the characters and you learn things about their society that aren't explained in the novella.

This was really cute and I loved learning about Roar and Liv.

“The wise ask questions, Perry. The weak doubt.”

“My ambitions aren't grand. All I have ever wanted is to be there for the two people who mean everything to me. Maybe that's a small goal to others, but it's always felt like enough.”

“'Liv or love?' she asks. I brush her hair away from her neck and rest my hand there, feeling the beating of her pulse. 'Either,' I answer. 'They're the same to me.'”


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Book Review: Through the Ever Night

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)By: Veronica Rossi
Pages: 341
Published: January 8, 2013

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both. 

Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Review: 4

Rating: This was a really good sequel to Under the Never Sky. There is something fulfilling about reading a good sequel. There was good world and character building. At the beginning of the book I knew there was going to be romance and it's not that I don't like romance books, I just wasn't in the mood as much. By the end I was loving everything about this book. I now love Perry and Aria.

They have a tough relationship because Aria is and dweller and an Aud and this isn't the type of girl Perry should be with according to everyone (except for Roar). I'm really looking forward to seeing what will happen with their relationship in the third book.

Now setting the romance aspect aside. Aria's main goal was finding the still blue. I is the only safe place for everyone because there are no aether storms. Everything that Aria has learned about the still blue points to the north. Sable is the leader in the tribe in the north, he was also the man Liv, Perry's sister was supposed to marry. Aria travels north and we finally meet Liv.

I really liked Rossi's writing style. I just enjoyed the characters, the world, and how the book played out a lot. It was a really good sequel and I really enjoyed it.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Poetry Corner #20

I can't believe this is my 20th Poetry Corner, I feel as though I just began doing this weekly.

     By: Langston Hughes

Dear dream of utter aliveness-
Touching my body of utter death-
Tell me, O quickly! dream of aliveness,
The flaming source of your bright breath.
Tell me, O dream of utter aliveness-
Knowing so well the wind and the sun-
Where is this light
Your eyes see forever?
And what is the wind
You touch when you run? 


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review: Eldest

By: Christopher Paolini
Pages: 681
Published: 2005

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is a journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But Chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall - one that puts Eragon in even graver danger . . .

Rating: 4

Review: I'm sorry I read this book almost two weeks ago and I am just getting around to writing a review for it, so sorry if it is really short and I'm not describing things the best.

This book was incredible. It was a very good sequel to Eragon. I was not expecting that ending at all. I mean what a huge surprise.

This book had some slow parts but it also had some really actiony parts. There aren't a ton of new characters but there is a lot happening. I really enjoyed finding out what was happening to Roran.

I really enjoyed it. Eldest, well I guess the inheritance Cycle in general is a really good fantasy series. After not reading that much fantasy it is nice to read something different but something I also liked. It had twists and turns and is amazing, just be braced for a longer read.

Sorry the review is so short.


Monday, April 1, 2013

An Update on Things

So I thought I would inform you about some stuff. So I love blogging but I haven't been in the mood to write all my reviews so I need to catch up on that and I want to do some other posts as well.

Some of the posts I need to do are:

  • Book Review: Eragon
  • Book Review: Through the Ever Night
  • Book Review: Roar and Liv
  • I also want to do a Random Thoughts post. I will probably do it on Books vs. Movies/ TV Shows and/ or Books becoming Movies or TV Shows
I think that's it for now. I'm currently reading Brsingr. I am on page 291 of 748, since the book is so long it might take me a while to get through but I am also reading other books as well. I am reading the Great Gatsby for school and tomorrow I am getting City of Ashes from a friend who is lending it to me so I am super excited.

Well I think that's about it. I'll try to post my next book review soon.