Thursday, September 30, 2010

Books to Movies....

I was at the library this morning with my little one and I overheard a conversation that struck my interest. Books being adapted into Movies.. it happens quite often these days.. some good and others.. well- should've just been left alone. Everybody has their opinions. That is what I am most interested in- what everyone's thoughts are about Books being Adapted into movies...
So I did an internet search on several of my favorite authors to see what projects they are working on and the one that caught my attention the most was P.C. Cast - now this may not be news to some but I was reading her blog about the House of Night series being adapted into a TV series or Movie- perhaps both(?). There were a list of questions from fans about how the Movie will ruin the series et cetera.
I personaly once had a negative feeling about the adaption of books- but after reading the responses P.C. Cast has provided to her blog readers, giving them a positive outlook on the adaption and understanding that- Yeah it WILL be different! I can say that I have a new respect for the process and outcome.
After reading her blog post about Movie Info I am actually quite excited to see what producers will do with the wonderful House of Night Series!

I would love to hear your thoughts about this topic regarding any book adaption into a movie!

Link to P.C. Cast's blog site and official site

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Cover art of 'Dead is not an option'

Will be Released in Spring in 2011
Fifth book in the 'Dead Is' series by Marlene Perez

'Waiting on" Wednesday: Misguided Angel

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at the Breaking Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This weeks anticipation is......

Misguided Angel: A Blue Blood Novel #5
Melissa De La Cruz
Publication date October 26, 2010

From Shelfari: After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler flees to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the seven gates that guard earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silverbloods...

While Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of a new threat intagles the Vampires as they get abducted and their captors plan to burn them alive online…for all the world to see. As the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler closer to a terrifying crossroads-After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler - and a choice that will determine the destiny of all vampires.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Beautiful Creatures

563 pages
Little Brown and Company
Authors Kamis Garcia & Margaret Stohl

There were no surprises in Gaitlin County.
At east, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.

There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end there was grave.

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gaitlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even withing the overgrown gardens, murky swamps, and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gaitlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything

This book is like no other. The detail, the characters; their roots and history, the presence of the South through every page, the connection between Ethan and Lena, and even the emotion through every event.

Ethan and Lena were both beautiful. Amma was another favortie of mine with her voodoo and superstitions, even Macon Ravenwood grew on me in the end and I couldn't help but feel bad for his ending.
The contribution of the the two writers have really complimented each other well. Everything about this book- every detail, every character, every secret- it's all so real and so great.

For starters the characters were so well developed, I felt as if I knew them personally, their history was so alive through story- each one of them, tying them to the south, to Gaitlin county in such a deeper past than the DAR (Daughters of the American Revoultion) and the families of the town had even been aware of. For such a small ordinary town, that nothing ever happened, and nothing ever changed.. there was soo much to be uncovered. Even with the ending of this book I know the sequel 'Beautiful Darkness' has some greatness to offer as well.

Every turn the story took I thought I knew for sure what was going to happen next but was totally thrown off guard with why Lena's Uncle Macon was hiding so much from her, I truly started to believe he was trying to harm Lena vs. protecting her as he claims but is caught lying to her left and right, and the true reason behind Mrs.Lincoln's strange desire to seperate Ethan and Lena.. this was not divulged until the very ending..( I do not want to give it away! )

The tie between Ethan and Lena was so romantic- the history of their bloodlines and the curse of Lena's family. Their journey to discover how to help Lena form turning Dark on her sixteenth birthday was like a roller-coaster ride that left every turn unpredictable and every fall intense.

Before I started reading I was skeptical on the title- I was sure it was bound to be another story that was all too familiar. I was wrong, very wrong.
There was nothing familiar about this story- it was dark, romantic, and tragic- while uplifting and encouraging. I hate to try to explain the details of the events that happened in a book, especially when they were so well put together in one like this, it leaves you with a yearning for more and heavy with emotion.
In this review I just want to say I highly highly reccomend this book.

Friday, September 24, 2010

How do you Bargain for your Buck

I am a bargain shopper all the way! I love coupons, sales, and discounts any way they come. I'm sure alot of people have figured out by now the best way that works for them when purchasing books.. or anything for that matter... me however.. I'm just jumping on this online ordering band-wagon. The war is between, and purchasing items in store. And the answer is really no certain one is better than the other- but they all have benefits of utilizing each one, with one goal SAVING YOU MONEY!

I never compared the difference to online shopping to going in the store, that is of course, until our economy started going downhill super fast. I for one was not keen to the idea of sacrificing my hobby of reading and building up my own personal library. (Granted Libraries do exist, I prefer to purchase!) So my bargain hunting began.

It never fails, when I go to Borders and am waiting in line with my rewards card in hand, coupon downloading on my phone, I over hear the CSR asking the customer if they are a interested in the rewards card.. wait for it wait for it..... they always say "OH no I don't come here that much anyways."

Really? A free program that sends you coupons and accumulates rewards, why not? Hey not everyone will be interested, but its just something to really consider, once you understand that you can get something one place for a discount or the purchase is directed toward a reward, why not?

I honestly cannot claim to know much about any other book store rewards programs or prices... such as Barnes and Nobles...
My loyalty is with Borders. However I know Borders Rewards is free with the option to upgrade to a higher discount rewards program. Back on track now... I know when a hardcover first comes out I can order it online at borders and typically it is the same price on, same thing with pre-orders, for up to 40% off! NO matter what orders over $25 get you free shipping... does have qualifying free shipping as well if you do a trial run of something or other.

Like I said every option has it's benefits, but you can utilize several vs. just one... sometimes I order on, mostly on and when I go for paperbacks or books that have been out for awhile I use my 33% off coupons in the store. It works out lovely for me.

I have heard alot of people shop at Half Price books as well, I have never personally been to one but It would be a good thing to look into- Half price anything is a bargain!

I am not a representative for Borders or in anyway just an appreciative customer of the services they provide!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

'FALLEN' Lauren Kate

452 Pages
Delacorte Press
Author: Lauren Kate

There's something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.
Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price's attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at Sword & Cross boarding school in Savannah. He's the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are screwups, and security cameras watch every move.
Except Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce-he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can't let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret....
even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, FALLEN is a page-turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Lucinda Price is deffinatley a piece of work, she finds herself in a creepy reform school, Sword & Cross, as a result of an accident she had no control over, but was held responsible for.
New to Sword & Cross, Luce feels constant displacement as she tries to forget the past that has brought her to this disconnect from the rest of the world.
She finds herself in the mix of a new beau Cam, who is always kind to her and tries to make her belong.. with him. However her first day she comes across, Daniel, and can't shake the feeling that she is drawn to him- no matter how rude he is to her and tries to ignore her attention.
Let's not forget the shadows that have haunted Luce since she can remember, and how intense the shadows have become since her arrival...soon another accident has now found its way into the fate of Luce and an innocent bystander, leaving Todd, also a new student, dead.
Luce has found herself in a tough, confusing situation and doesn't have a clue how complex things really are, she's just barely scratched the surface when things get really difficult as Cam and Daniel begin to fight over her...
This story brings you through the beginning of her journey- finding out the truth about her love for Daniel and why he has been pushing her away.. and the truth about Daniel, what he really is.

This story is wonderfully written- scary, romantic, and unforgetable. Really the story opens up in the last 150 pages... but the other 302 pages are just as important and great! The chapters walk you through each relationship Luce holds with the students and people near her, divulging more about the secrets of the students and Luce's past.. and each chapter your curiosity grows and just keep you wanting more and more..

Anxiously waiting...

So minutes ago I have finished the first book of Lauren Kate's 'Fallen' series. I am an in awe. I have managed to read this 452 page turner in a matter of 24 hours... amazing considering my chaos I call a Home. I regret saying that this book has sat on my shelf for quite awhile before I actually bunkered down to read it, but my motivation was in finding the release of 'Torment' was just around the corner on September 28th.. so now here I am anxioulsy waiting to start the next book.

Maybe I am just too optimistic to be a critic- I loved every one of the characters in this book, the story line was fresh and far away from vampires... don't get me wrong I love a good vampire story and romance in the mix.. but there are soo many series out there based on the evolution and existence of vampires. Lauren Kate's take on the fallen angels of heaven was nice and refreshing. Although it did spark up a few memories of Melissa De La Cruz's 'Blue Blood' series that also plays on the fallen angels of heaven- but the series incorporates the existence of vampires- wonderful series. It is amazing to see what two authors can do with a similar bit of history and religion- and both outcomes are terrific.
I have also been anxioulsy awaiting the release of 'Beautiful Darkness' set to be in stores on October 12, 2010, and the release of a new addition to Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series- 'Mini-Shopaholic' was on September 21st. The 'Shopaholic' series is FUN reading!

Release 10/12/10
Release 10/28/10

Released 09/21/10

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