Thursday, September 29, 2011

Follow Friday #20

Follow Friday is hosted every week by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View. Check her out!

This weeks question:

Q. What book that hasn't been turned into a movie (yet) would you most like to see make it to the big screen, and who would you like cast as your favorite character?

A. At first, I couldn't come up with an answer. I couldn't think of a book I liked that much that wasn't already a movie. And then a few kind of punched me in the face. Haha.

The first was the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. The first being Alanna. Now, I picked that book up solely because of the fact that Alanna is my daughter's name. :-P Sue me. I ended up loving it and speeding through the rest of the series.

The second would be The Halfblood Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton. The first in THIS series being The Elvenbane. My dad originally got me these books because I was going to be travelling to Maine for a job interview and had nothing to read on the plane. So he got them for me used on Amazon and I fell in love with them. Only to realize that book 4 may never be published due to the death of Andre Norton.

Last but not least... The Seven Kingdoms series by Kristin Cashore. Graceling is book number one and I loved it from the word go. It was the most amazing book I'd read so far. Until I read Fire. And that was even more spectacular if it's possible. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see this series (and I can't wait for Bitterblue!!!) turned in to movies!!!

How about you?

Book Trailer - Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

Monday, September 19, 2011

Review - Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater

I finished reading Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater the other day. It's been almost 8 months since I read Lament so I didn't remember a whole lot about what happened there... but I remembered enough to go through Ballad without feeling like I had no idea what was going on.

I loved the book. I was kind of bothered by the fact that I didn't know the whole reason for the Thorn King being there until the very end, but still... The only other thing that I didn't like at ALL in this story were the cavalier way that suicide was thrown around. Of course, that may just be because of the experiences my family has had this year with that subject, for someone else it may not bother you at all. But I just don't like the way it was brought up.

With that being said. I must say, James is a very entertaining narrator. He's such a smart ass. I don't think he said a serious thing for 99% of the book. And I love that. I love sarcasm. I'm a sarcastic person. And I liked the fact that Maggie put Dee's unsent messages to James in there every chapter so we'd still know what was going on with her, but she wasn't the focal point of the story this time.

I'd have to say my favorite character was probably Sullivan. The kind of teacher that goes against typical authority and allows his students to be creative within the context of their assignments instead of saying "This is what you have to do and exactly how you have to do it." He was also kind of dashing and he really cared about his students.

Nuala was probably a close second. She irritated me at first because of what she was and what I thought she was out to do. But she really grew on me. And I was glad that she had found James and that things turned out the way that they did.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who's read Lament.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Covers Around The World

Ok, so this one may not be ALL around the world, it's just been published SO many times and has so many different covers that I wanted to share them. It's one of my favorite books. We're talking about Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

This is the cover on my copy:

This one I love simply because I adore Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy. I love his voice, his hair, his face... ::cough:: but yeah, I like this cover.

This one I like because it's simple and beautiful:

And here are some more of the covers that I enjoy:

Ebook Edition:

This one I just think is cute:


Ummm.... not sure how this one works with the story....:

Ok... and just because I want to... lol... here's Pride & Prejudice & Zombies:

Saturday, September 10, 2011


In honor of everyone who didn't make it through the 11th of September 10 years ago. The people on those planes, in the WTC and the Pentagon. The first responders, the FD, and the PD and anyone else who needs to be remembered....

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Review - Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

First of all, I want to say that the cover for this book is absolutely beautiful and I'm kind of sad I didn't get Wolfsbane before they introduced the new covers. Actually, I'm still kind of sad I don't have Wolfsbane because I kind of wish I was reading it right now.

Ok. With that being said. I loved the book. Love love loved it. It's so different from any other "werewolf" novel that I've read before. It was, for lack of a better term, refreshing. I think Andrea did a great job setting the scene and starting out the book with an action sequence. :-P Everyone in the story was introduced pretty quickly so you weren't left wondering "Wait, who are they and where did they come from?"

I love how strong Calla was and that she was an alpha. Definitely badass. I liked Ren too even though he seemed like a big - headed egotistical jerk for 90% of the book. It was those moments during the other 10% that didn't make me hate him. Shay seemed kind of immature and naive at the beginning but I felt as if I was literally watching his character grow and age into maturity right in front of me.

The story inspired heartache in all the right places, anger, disgust, suspense... it was a fantastic read. And it ended with, in my opinion, the perfect definition of a cliff hanger. I would absolutely recommend this book as a read to anyone and everyone.


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