Saturday, March 28, 2015

What Does the Bookworm Say? ~ Book-to-Film/TV Adaptations You Are Looking Forward To

This is a feature hosted by me, Kimbery from The Windy Pages, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, and Crystal from Books Unbound, where we discuss different bookish topics. This week is all about the book-to-film adaptations we're most excited about. I'm only going to include ones coming out this year.
  1. Insurgent: To be honest, I didn't really like the book, so I don't have high hopes for the movie. I've heard it's not that great, but that Shailene Woodley was amazing as always.
  2. Paper Towns: This is another book that I wasn't enthralled with, but I'm hoping it'll translate better on screen. I'm actually more excited for them to make Looking For Alaska.
  3. Fallen: Despite the fact that the rest of the series turned out to be not so fantastic, I fell in love easily with Fallen. I'm hoping that they'll do a great job with the movie, but not a lot of people go to see it so that way they don't make any of the other movies.
  4. The DUFF*: They kind of twisted this one, but I think it was to suit it more for the movies. I thought the book was alright, but the movie was great.
  5. The Jungle Book: Not sure this needs an explanation. The Disney animated version was one of my favorites as a kid, and I'm so excited for all the voices coming together for this version.
  6. Pan: So this looks more like a prequel to the original Peter Pan, but it looks so fantastical; I can't wait!
  7. Cinderella*: It was predictably cute, but they added some things that were in the actual story, so I loved that about it. Plus, the romance is better than the Disney version, since they actually kind of know each other.
  8. The Scorch Trials: I still haven't read the book yet, but this series is very intriguing to me. I thought The Maze Runner movie was better than the book because the action translated really well onto the screen, but I'm not sure what to expect for this one yet.
  9. Love, Rosie*: So, the characters never get to the age of fifty like they do in the book (no I haven't read it), but I loved this story. I watched the version that they already released in the UK.
  10. Goosebumps: I don't even care who's in this, I just can't wait to see what they do with my lovely creepy Goosebumps stories.
*seen already

Slowly but surely, YA is getting more of its books getting made into movies. It's great to see that other people want these stories to be heard. I can't wait for these, and more!

What YA adaptations are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Poisonous Book Haul (77)

This has now become my replacement for In My Mailbox (which was created by The Story Siren). Since that blog no longer exists, I decided that I needed to move on as well. My book haul feature has a name that's more catered to my blog's theme, but it's exactly the same. Basically, you create a post of the books you either received in the mail/e-mail, bought at a bookstore, or borrowed from the library.
Well, I haven't visited this feature since November 2014. Needless to say, I have a lot of catching up to do, and since I have all these events coming up (one that just passed yesterday), I thought I should get back into this. That means that I have A LOT of books to show you. I also think I repeated some books, but it was hard for me to remember when I bought what. Anyway, ready?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (58) ~ Winter, The Heart of Betrayal, and Walk on Earth a Stranger

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you feature an upcoming release that you're highly anticipating.

So the cover for Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer recently popped up on the internet, and I can't remember the last time I was so excited about a book coming out. I don't think I'll be reading Fairest, unless I hear that you just can't miss reading it before devouring Winter. Anyway, here's the new cover and what the book is about:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ontario Teen Book Festival Spotlight: Interview with Anna Carey!

GUYS! I'm super excited not only to tell you about the Ontario Teen Book Fest, but also to spotlight one of its fantastic authors! First, here's some basic info on the fest:

When: Saturday March 21st
Where: Colony High School 3850 E. Riverside Drive, Ontario, CA 91761
How much: FREE!!! And unticketed.

The Ontario Teen Book Fest Website:

The event is sponsored by Once Upon a Time Bookstore []. They will have books available for purchase at the event. There will also be t-shirts and posters available for purchase as well.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Combo Post: What Does the Bookworm Say?; Outlander Read-A-Long Discussion Weeks 3 and 4

So I guess I've missed a lot recently! Not only have I not been posting, but I haven't been reading what I'm supposed to be. But I'm catching up with a guilt-ridden combination post, in which I attempt to bring together three different functions of my blog... here we go.

This is a feature hosted by me, Kimbery from The Windy Pages, Thuy from Nite Lite Book Reviews, and Crystal from Books Unbound, where we discuss different bookish topics. This week is all about what we read/drink when we're reading.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Ghost of You Blog Tour: Review of The Ghost of You (The Ghost of You #1) by Amanda Burckhard + Giveaway!

I'm so excited to be a part of the The Ghost of You blog tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! You can check out the rest of the tour HERE.

Goodreads rating: 4.62
Published February 24th 2015 by Swoon Romance
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Source: review copy for the tour

Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.

A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.

The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Discussing the Antidote (2) ~ Bad Boys vs Total Jerks

From recent events like the premier of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, I've learned that we're going in the wrong direction when it comes to bad boys. There's a huge difference between being a bad boy who's actually a sweetheart underneath, and a guy who's an asshat all the way to his core. So today I'm going to talk about exactly what I think about this Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena in context with the infamous Christian Grey.

I remember reading City of Bones for the first time, and falling in love with Jase. Now, Jase can be a total ass (it's part of his charm), but Jase is an ass in a witty, knowledgeable way. Yes, he says certain things specifically to hurt people, because that's how he copes with a messed up past. But he takes his anger out on the demons of the world, not his crush, and while I can imagine Jase being a kinky guy as an adult (who knows what other kinds of fanfic there are out in the world), he'd never hurt Clary.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain: review

Goodreads rating: 3.84
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by EgmontUSA
Series: Into the Dark #1
Source: for review/won/signed by the author
Genre: YA paranormal

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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