Review: Fire | K. Cashore

Review: Fire | K. Cashore

What it’s about: It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men. This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own. Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom. If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was. Me While Reading: Oh, ok. I get it now. Ohhhh that makes sense. Ok, I’ll keep reading. OH MY GOSH he did what? Oh jeez now it all makes more sense! Ohhhhh whhhaaattt foreshadowing? Gotcha, on the same page. […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Cry

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, as always hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is the Top Books That Will Make You Cry. I realized something while getting this list together … I am a huge crybaby. Putting this list together took a lot of edits and revisions; I ended up with about 20 to start and had to pare down. { The Outsiders } This was one of the first books that I remember actually enjoying in school. I was so enamored with all of the characters so quickly, and I was so profoundly affected during every climactic scene. It’s one that I’ve re-read a few times over the years, and every time I get a little teary eyed (but nothing like the blubbering I did in Middle School!) { Bridge to Terabithia } I think my mother introduced me to this book when I was very young. Unlike The Outsiders, it was completely relatable to read about a couple of 10 year olds that become best friends through competition and jokes and create their own magical world together. This was probably the reason the ending hit me so hard; it being so relatable opened me up to the […]

Books on Film: Harry Potter; Book Adaptation Fail; Movie Win

Books on Film: Harry Potter; Book Adaptation Fail; Movie Win

Has there been a time where you saw a movie adaptation that was nothing like the book, but it totally worked? Tell us about it! The Harry Potter Series Written by JK Rowling & adapted for the screen by Steve Kloves (1-4, 6-8) and Michael Goldenberg (5) This is a pretty obvious one for me. Even though there are a *ton* of differences (more on that later), I ended up loving the films for what they were – just a really fun, really moving, really awesome movie franchise. I know that yes, the movies basically cover most things from point A – Privet Drive to Point Z – King’s Cross Station, 19 Years Later … but let’s be honest, for those of us that are die-hard, naming pets after HP characters, rereading every year, owning multiple editions fans, the movies were just missing SO. MUCH. STUFF. buuuttt, the crucial thing is that even knowing this, the movies are still my go-to rainy/snowy/sunny/any day film to have playing. –>Although, if we’re being honest, I’d have to say that it didn’t happen for me right away. By the time the third film came around and the differences starting getting in the double digits, and more plot-centric, I was ready […]

Month in Review: January!

Month in Review: January!

|| Picture of the Month || SO. MUCH. SNOW. (See that tree? That’s where I fell over.) || Phrase of the Month || “I’m going to get my wellies on and traipse around in the snow!” How much fun is it to be able to say this? And why do people say “rainboots” when a word like “wellies” exists?? || Books Read in January || The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (★★★★) A Stitch in Time by Amanda James (★★★★) Graceling by Kristin Cashore (★★★★★) Fire by Kristin Cashore (★★★★) Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (★★★★★★) || Some of Next Month’s TBR Pile ||      || Songs I Can’t Get Enough Of || Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats — Found this song while listening to my American Analog Set Pandora station, and I have been listening to it incessantly:   Have you heard of American Analog Set? No? What?? Listen to this tune, called “Gone to Earth” (one of my favorites, and my ring tone!) –  || TV Flashback of the Month || Season 7 of the Gilmore Girls – We put this in as something to keep us occupied during Snow Day 3. Now I’m 4 discs in and past the point […]

Review: Graceling | K. Cashore

Review: Graceling | K. Cashore

What it’s about: Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away… Me While Reading: Seriously, I could not put this one down; it was one of those books I felt it perfectly reasonable to pick it up knowing I only had enough time for a page or two. What I thought: This was one of those books that is a bit daunting; not only is it almost 500 pages, it’s the start of a 3 book series with each successive book being 400+ pages as well! Luckily, this book hooked me from […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Worlds/Characters I Don't Want to Trade With

Top Ten Tuesday: Worlds/Characters I Don't Want to Trade With

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is as follows: Top 10 worlds you’d never want to live in and/or characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with. I’m going to do 5 of each, because I don’t think I’ve read enough fantasy books to choose 10 worlds. Top 5 Worlds I’d Never Want to Live In: 1. Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago. Nooooo thank you, ma’am. 2. Narnia, prior to the arrival of Lucy/Edmond/Peter/Susan. It was winter … for hundreds of years. You have *got* to be kidding me. 3. Westeros. This one is sort-of cheating, because I haven’t read the books/seen the show. BUT. I’ve heard things. Oh my goodness, have I… *shudders* 4. Pre-Harry Potter Wizarding World. (This is just a VERY specific 5-10 year time frame though. I would be all about going to Hogwarts and being apart of Dumbledore’s Army, and generally giving Death Eaters the what-for. I just don’t know if I would have wanted to do it prior to curse-rebounding-sending He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named into a tree in Albania, that’s all. Post this, there was hope in the form of Harry Potter and the knowledge that Voldemort could be defeated. I think […]

Book People Talk Movies: Amelie

Book People Talk Movies: Amelie

This is the first of what hopefully becomes a weekly thing – Book People Talking Movies! (If you’d like more info, please click here! No, really! Click it!) The first movie I would love to share with people is Amelie. I really hope most of you have already seen this, because it is simply wonderful! How I found this movie: A few years ago my boyfriend and I were walking through Target and happened to be in the movies section. There was a movie called “Amelie” on sale. He asked me if I had ever seen it, and I said no. He looked at me like I must have been crazy, picked it up, bought it, and our plans for that night had been decided! It quickly became one of my most favorite movies. Even though it is in French, the subtitles take nothing away from this beautiful film. It has everything you could want: quirk, romance, humor, mystery, and some incredibly heartwarming scenes. Some Quotes: “At least you’ll never be a vegetable. Even artichokes have hearts.” “Amelie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It’s a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur […]