Monday, November 30, 2015

Shon Review William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope

Title / Author: William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope by Ian Doescher  


Publisher: Quirk Books 
Year Published: July 2013
Series: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
Genres: Science Fiction, Humor, Fantasy, Fiction
Source: Bought
Rating: 5/5 stars

Other Titles from this Author: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return



Synopsis

Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language—and William Shakespeare—here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations—William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.



My Review

This is just a brilliant adaptation of Star Wars into the style of Shakespeare.  I enjoyed the way Star Wars is done in play form and the wonderful illustrations throughout. I really enjoyed reading this. 

One of my favorite additions to the story were R2-D2's inter-thoughts. OMG! I was laughing so hard at R2-D2's monologue. He squeaks and beeps when he his taking to other characters in the play, but as soon as he is alone the monologue start. One of my favorite monologue from R2-D2 is when he start talking about C-3PO's annoying personality and on his own sneaky plans. These are just hilarious additions to already beloved story.

The language is very Shakespearean, but I still found it easy to read and understand.

-Shon

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Friday 56: November 27, 2015

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Grab a book, any book.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it.  Post it.




 The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.

My 56:


"Most curious," he muttered." Will Henry, go and press the stakes."

"Press the stakes, sir?"
"Try to push them deeper into the ground."


Be sure to leave your The Friday 56 in the comments!

-Shon

Thursday, November 26, 2015

That’s What He Said Thursday: November 26, 2015


That’s What He Said Thursday

That’s What He Said Thursday is a meme hosted by Chapterbreak.net. Every Thursday post a favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book.





"You flirt with everything." She said, "You flirt with old people and babies and everybody in between."

"Oh, I do not..." He tucked his chin into his neck indignantly, "I was just being nice."

"You do so, you're extra nice. With everyone. You go out of your way to make everyone feel special. How is anyone supposed to know that they are special? How was I supposed to know you weren't just being nice?"

"You can't see that I'm different with you?"

"If you smile at everyone," she said, "how am I supposed to feel when you smile at me?"

"How do you feel when I smile at you?" he asked - and then he did smile at her, just a little.

Not like myself, Cath thought. She gripped his hands tightly then stood on tiptoe, brushing her head gently against his cheek. "Like an idiot," she said softly. "And like I never want it to stop."



Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, my newest contemporary fave and I don't read contemporary so that's saying something! :) I simply gush over this book (see my review here).




-Tina

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #6: Thanksgiving themed Freebie (November 24)



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Thanksgiving themed Freebie.



Tina

1. I'm thankful for all the friends I've made with fellow bookstagrammers and our fun conversations we've shared.
2. I'm thankful for books like Throne of Glass and Daughter of Smoke and Bone that propelled me back into reading.
3. I'm thankful for bookstagram that's encouraging me to be better at photography and teaching me to think outside the box.

Wendy

1. I'm thankful for J.K. Rowling and her creative imagination. Thanksgiving at Hogwarts sounds fun!
2. I'm thankful for Marissa Meyer, and the new book Winter! just in time for Winter :).
3. I'm thankful for Shon and Tina! xo

Shon

1. I am thankful for my family and friends for their constant support and understanding in all the endeavors I take on. Who are willing to stand on a ladder holding a light so I can get the perfect book photo.
2. I am thankful for Tina and Windy who have decided to join me on this wonderful, exciting, frustrating and always entertaining world of blogging. (Love ya Ladies)!
3. I am thankful for the support of our fellow bookstagrammers who take the time out of their day to view, like, and comment on our photos.
4. And lastly, I am thankful for the authors who have such vivid imagination that can create such wonderful and fascinating characters and world. Whose words can take you all around the world and back again.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Friday 56: November 20, 2015

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Grab a book, any book.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any senteance, or few, just don't spoil it.  Post it.


In honor of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 coming out in theaters today, I decided to pick Mockingjay for this week Friday 56.






Gale sit next to me and puts an arm around my shoulder. "She'll fix them up." I gave a nod, wondering if he's thinking about his own brutal flogging back in 12.








from Mockingjay: Foil Edition by Suzanne Collins

Be sure to leave your The Friday 56 in the comments!

-Shon

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review



Forever by Maggie Stiefvater 
Published July 12th 2011 by Scholastic Press
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Supernatural, Paranormal
Page: 388
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina


Synopsis

then.
When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their loved moved from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.
That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be killed in one final, spectacular hunt.

forever.
Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment--a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.


Review

This is the last book to The Wolves of Mercy Falls series.
I loved. I laughed. I fangirl'd. My heart bled. My heart dropped. My heart stopped. A beautifully written piece of werewolf fiction.

In this book, Sam is forced to grow up quick and make real adult decisions. We learn that he uses music as a coping mechanism as he struggles to keep his fears at bay. We see through his eyes how he grew up in the wolf pack and managed to maintain his humanity.

We find Cole truly as a science genius (love!). There could be more of him and Isabel but his stories are fun to read.

Isabel is doing her best with her limitations as a supporting character. And plays an awesome friend to all.

Grace is pretty much stuck between two species; strong as a human and a wolf. But Sam and Grace together is an unstoppable force. The scenes of them playing and nipping each other as wolves, seeing their joy, your heart goes out to them.
 
I'm slightly disappointed with this book. The first half of the story was slow. It became exciting when the pieces fell together. I'm always thrilled for a story with a good wrap up but I wish there were more happy endings. I want a happily ever after. I want Grace to receive love from her parents. I want Sam to have more years with Beck. I want Isabel to shout at her parents from the top of her lungs how Jack died. Then the story would be complete for me. Like real life, pieces float in the air and you make your own ending in your head.

(See my review on Book 3.5 titled Sinner - this book is a more enjoyable read and you can fangirl all day long. A perfect ending.)

That’s What He Said Thursday: November 19, 2015


That’s What He Said Thursday is a meme hosted by Chapterbreak.net. Every Thursday post a favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book.



"And so the Lion fell in love with the lamb..." He murmured. I looked away, hiding my eyes as I thrilled to the word. "What a stupid lamb," I sighed. "What a sick masochistic lion." -Twilight


Oh how I miss these books. Not going to lie I was a major fangirl when Twilight was "in" and this quote will forever be my FAVE. & I don't regret reading them or fangirling over them. It's an epic love story.






Let us know what are some of your favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine, in the comments down below.


xo,

Wendy

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Shon Review Divergent



Title / Author: Divergent by Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Year Published: April, 2011
Series: Divergent, Book 1
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction
Source: Bought (Book Outlet)
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Other Titles from this Author: Insurgent  & Allegiant


Synopsis


In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.



During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.





My Review


So, the other day, I find myself watching The Divergent Series: Allegiant Official Trailer, with my mouth wide open. I was like, W.T.F. I'm watching!

There are a couple of things about that trailer that I have to get off my chest before I review Divergent. First, when they went over the wall, why did it look like they were on Mars? Second, I'm happy that Tris' hair is closer to way it was in the book. Third, they changed the name of the movies. It is no longer Allegiant: Part 1 & Allegiant: Part 2 but Allegiant & Ascendant. Who came up with that?

Allegiant is my least favorite book in the series. (Check out our Taylor Swift Book Tag to see how I feel about Allegiant). But then I think for those who did not read the book, you will think this is what the book is about. That brings a smile to my face. A least they will never experience the pain of reading Allegiant.

Anyway, after watching the trailer I decided to re-read Divergent. (Like I don't have enough books on my ever growing TBR; to go back and re-read a book I have read at least 5 times. But in my defense, this is my first time reading an actual book, all the other times I read it on my cell phone).

I remember when Divergent (the movie) was coming out, Wendy was so excited for the movie that she went out to buy the book. For weeks all I heard was Shon read the book. I'm the type of person who likes to watch the movie first, then read the book. I feel some what let down if I read the book first. There is way too much information and detail in the book, that you just can't fit it all into a two hour movie. So, when the movie came out on Blu-Ray, I bought it. After watching the movie, (which I freaking love) I read Divergent for the first time.

O! M! G! I forgot how much I love this book. If only the other two books in this series could be good as Divergent. I'm sad to say that after Divergent, the series when down hill and by the time I finished reading Allegiant, the series was six feet under.

Anyway, let's talk about all that is good and wonderful about Divergent. I'm not going to lie. This book start off very slow. The first 52 pages are a complete snooze (Zzzz). Basically, it introduces each faction. I've seen and read multiple times and I still get them mixed up or confused with each faction. This is also where we meet Beatrice (Tris) and her best friend Christina.

When Christina shouted, "They're jumping off!" the story finally picks up. We meet Eric and the most important hero of the story Four.

On a side note, Four was my first book boyfriend. It's sad because I love Four in Divergent and Insurgent but by the time I got to Allegiant I WANTED HIM TO DIE! But who am I kidding, by the time I got to the middle of the third book, I wanted everyone to die just so I could end the pain from reading Allegiant.

I'm sorry, I got sidetracked there. Okay, back to the review. Once Trish and Christina jumps off the train, they are joined with their new fraction. They receive basic training and scored throughout the three phases. I like how the author take the time to show you how Tris grow as a character. It is one of the moments I love as Tris discover who she is as a person as we see the first spark between her and Four.

During the second part of training, we discover what Tris really is. But I'm sure you can guess from the title of the book what she is but it's at this point we find what it means and what she can do.

On another side note, you should read Four (book 3.5). Because it is during part two of training where the romance between Tris and Four develops. I really enjoy seeing their romance from Four's P.O.V. I feel because Four is older than Tris, he has a better understanding of what was happening. It is cute to see what he is thinking.

As the story moves forward, you find out that something is wrong and our two main characters works together to save their world.

Veronica Roth has written the story very well. Once you get past the slow start, the story moves along nicely. I like how she was able to incorporate the real world into her world. A good storyteller can incorporate a bit of facts and truth into their story so you don't feel the story is unrealistic.

I highly recommend Divergent and Four. I also highly recommend that you stop reading after you read Divergent and Four.

-Shon

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #5: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So (November 17)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So.







Tina
1. "She opened her eyes, her shoulders squaring and her chin lifting, even as the rest of her went fluid with feline grace." - Sarah J. Maas, Queen of Shadows


2. "I wish you could be kissed, Jane, because I would beg just one off you and we’d never say anything about it again." - Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves


3. "I wrote Get a job, he wrote Keep loving my job. I wrote Stay madly in love, he wrote Stay human. 'Because I'll always be madly in love." - Maggie Stiefvater, Linger







Wendy

1. "I'm the kind of who fantasizes about being trapped in a library overnight." - Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl 

2. "You will love him to ruins." - Michelle Hodkin, The Mara Dyer Triology 



3. "I am finally learning my lesson. Anyone can betray anyone." - Victoria Aveyard, The Red Queen. 









Shon
1. 'Ah, go boil yer heads, both of yeh,' said Hagrid. 'Harry - yer a wizard.' - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling (Author), Jim Kay (Illustrator) 


2. If you speak the truth, the monster whispered in his ear, you will be able to face whatever comes. - A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd (Conception), Jim Kay (Illustrator)



3. An image of a bunch of peacock flash in my head. "So, what, they do a spin, say a few words, back their eyelashes?" - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard




4. Today, I win her back. - Grey by E.L. James 




Monday, November 16, 2015

Shon Review The Hunger Games

Title / Author: The Hunger Games: Collector's Edition by Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Year Published: November 2011
Series: The Hunger Games, Book 1
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction
Source: Bought
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Other Titles from this Author: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) & Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3)

Synopsis

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. She sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

My Review

With Mockingjay, Part 2 coming out in theaters this week, I decided to re-read The Hunger Games. I wanted to take a look back, a see how it all begin.

For those of you who have not read The Hunger Games, the book is broken into three parts. Part 1 - The Tribute, Part 2 - The Games and Part 3 - The Victor.

Part 1 - The Tribute. This is basically your backstory and your introduction to the character and the world. And here is where you find out what a 'Hunger Game' is. There is not much action in part one but you do get your first look at the beginning of, let's call it "a spark" between Katniss and Peeta. Their interact with one another is what give part one some life.

Part 2 - The Games. Here's where things get bloody! After the killing, this part of the book gets a little slow. It's not until Katniss teamed up with a fellow tribute that a short but beautiful friendship develops. Katniss' relationship with young Rue is so cute, I think that's why it hurt so much when it ends.

Spoiler Alert!

Part 3 - The Victor. My absolute favorite part of the book, let me tell you why!

Game changer! Two tribute can win if they are from the same district and guess which two are still alive from the same district.
Even on the verge of death, Peeta is still flirting with Katniss, super cute.
Their time together while Peeta is healing, is the whole book for me.

I love how Katniss and Peeta friendship develop. It not an instant love type of relationship, its slow building. It a good foundation, to a story that it building up to something big.

Even though their friendship ended so coldly you can tell by how the author wrote the ending that something is going to happen in the next book. That will test their relationship, to see what really there.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review



Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater 

Published July 1st 2014 by Scholastic Press
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Supernatural, Paranormal
Page: 357
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina






Synopsis

found.
Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He needs her. 

lost. 
Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It's not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes...but what's the point? What is there to win?

sinner.
Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to save each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go. 



Review

This is book 3.5 to The Wolves of Mercy Falls series.
The summary above is...laughable. It sounds cheesy. Grotesque. Smut. Bleh.

What the book really is... is delectable. A perfect side story of beloved side characters and the conclusion to a fascinating clever book. 

So the book really is about Cole moving to LA to be with Isabel. In order for him to be in LA, he sells himself to be on a reality tv show; I like how it is referred as "filming voyeurism". It is supposed to be about music. But the show brings out the worst demon in him. Each time he feels he's about to fall, he turns himself into a wolf. I've never read of wolfism in a narcotic sort of way. The thought is refreshing. Each shift, he is relieved and less tense. Each shift, he forgets a little more about his problems.

And Isabel is humanized in this story. She's not the painted villain in book 1 or failed heroine in book 2. It makes me a little giddy because it reads like a fanfic. But what appeals to me is the wittiness, beauty, and story. Occassionally, 0.5 books lack story; sometimes 0.5 fail to wrap up a story. This book delivers. It really can be sold as book 4. Full 357 of heart, laughter, and joy.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review


Linger by Maggie Stiefvater 
Published July 13th 2010 by Scholastic Press
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Supernatural, Paranormal
Page: 360
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina

Synopsis


the longing.

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human. 

the linger.


For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces--wolf and human--with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?



Review

Book 1 was so satisfying and ended beautifully as a standalone book. With book 2, I was right in thinking it will present a twist.

The theories of this werewolf "cure" was black and white in book 1. Then new wolves are introduced in book 2 and they did not follow the pattern of the previous pack. That changes "magic" to "science."

Wolfism is so cleverly constructed. I could not believe shifting is part of human natural response for survival. The solutions are logical and brilliantly thought out.

I enjoyed reading from different narratives. You can feel the characters' hearts in each narrative. This seems to be a common style by Stiefvater. It was a really fun read and the beginning chapters were hysterical. The romance scenes were lovely. The tone is still the same but less descriptive. The feelings are focused on urgency and helplessness. I'm dying to know about the other wolves/humans. I'm hoping book 3 will cover their stories.

Shon Reviews Gossip Girl

Title / Author: Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar 
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Year Published: January 2002
Rating: 3.5/5 stars


Synopsis

Welcome to New York City’s Upper East Side, where my friends and I live, go to school, play, and sleep—sometimes with each other.

S is back from boarding school, and if we aren’t careful, she’s going to win over our teachers, wear that dress we couldn’t fit into, steal our boyfriends’ hearts, and basically ruin our lives in a major way. I’ll be watching closely . . .

You know you love me,

gossip girl 




My Review

I would not call this a review, but more of an opinion.  So, last week I read Gossip Girl for my Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge (A book based on or turned into a TV show).  It has been years since I last watched Gossip Girl but reading this book made me want to re-watch season 1 over again. There are some parts of the book that I remember from the TV show, like the part when Dan saved Jenny from Chuck at the party when he was about to force himself on her. 

First off, there is a lot more drinking and drug use in the book than there were in the TV show.  Nate is high during the whole book. ("Nate had gotten stoned pretty much every day since he was eleven") Second, the story, correction, what story.  

Spoiler alert! 

Blair mad at Serena.  Because of Serena losing her virginity to Blair's boyfriend, Nate, and her being totally oblivious to the fact that Blair is mad at her.  If you want to call that a story or plot. Another thing I did not like in the book was that Blair throwing up her food all the time, there was never some sort of reason why she was doing.

I could not tell who the narrator was. At one time I thought the story was told from Gossip Girl point of view.  I was so confused, I still am. 

All in all, the book was okay, it was not well-written and the story was not even that good. But for some reason I want to read another just out of curiosity.


You know you love me,

xoxo

Shon

Friday, November 13, 2015

The Friday 56: November 13, 2015

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Grab a book, any book.  Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it.  Post it.



"In the house nothing was wrong, and that was what was wrong. There was no sign of life at all. Everything was neat and tidy."



From Tomorrow When the War Began, by John Marsden

Be sure to leave your Friday 56 or the link to your Friday 56 in the comments below.

XO,

Wendy 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

That’s What He Said Thursday: November 12, 2015

That’s What He Said Thursday is a meme hosted by Chapterbreak.net. Every Thursday post a favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind these are direct quotes from dialogue in a book.



"Juliette." One sharp word. His green eyes intense. I stop. I glance at his trembling hands; he clenches them into fists.
"Go," he says quietly. "I don't want you to be here right now." "Then why did you bring me back with you?"


"Why don't you understand?" He looks at me his eyes full of pain and desperation. "I love you." He breaks.

"I love you and it isn't enough. I thought it would be enough and I was wrong. I thought I could fight for you and I was wrong."



This is from Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi. The third book is literally dripping with whoos and ahhs. Can it get any hotter? Took a long time for Juliette to wake up! Take a look at who is the better guy for you, Juliette! heh heh.



Let us know what some of your favorite lines from your book boyfriend to his heroine, in the comments down below.



-Tina

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday: November 11, 2015

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen To Paper. Every Wednesday post one book that has been on your wish list for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that you can't wait to get off the wish list and onto your wonderful shelves.


On my Wishlist Wednesday today is....


The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski 

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement... if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.


What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday in the comments below.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #4: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten (+) Books To Movie Adaptations I'm Looking Forward To or Ten Books To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch. 


Tina
1. Emerald Green - I loved the first two German films (Kierstin Gier) and couldn't wait for the December release~ then it got pushed back to July 28, 2016 *soooob
2. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - I haven't read this book yet but heard a lot of great things about it during my college days.
3. King Killer Chronicles - this should be good, I need to get reading.
4. Raven Cycle - it's going to be so trippy!


Wendy
1. The 5th Wave 
2. The Death Cure - how good was Scorch Trials guys?!


Shon
1. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 - I just need to hear Peeta to say those seven word. “You love me. Real or not real?" 
2. Fallen - This book has been on my TBR, before I knew what TBR was, I guess I'll have to read it now.
3. A Monster Calls - I love the book. First of  all this book was not what I was expecting.  I thought it would be a dark horror story. It is not, it is a beautiful but sad story about a boy and his mother's sickness. And the fact that Liam Neeson is the voice of the monster. YES!
4. The Darkest Minds - Another series I need to read before the movie come out. (<- YAAAY! Tina)
5. Fifty Shades Darker - This to me was the best book out of the trilogy.
6. Unwind - I see this series on every BookTuber channel. And I kept putting and taking it of my TBR.  At one time I had three of the books in my shopping cart but a the last moment I took them out. Another book I guess I'll have to read them now.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 
Published August 1st 2009 by Scholastic Press
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Fiction, Supernatural, Paranormal
Page: 390
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina

Synopsis


For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.


Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.


Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever. 




Review


As soon as my eyes land on the beginning chapters, my breath catches in my throat. A rush of emotions sweep over me. A vivid world painted with such imagination, I am lost in it, captivated and frozen by time.


I love Maggie Stiefvater's writing. Her description is not only captivating but her vivid imagery is breathtaking. She certainly does not disappoint in her vast abundance of fantasy/supernatural creativity. 


Perfect as a stand alone book.






SPOILER


How shall I summarize this book? 


A young girl is tragically taken by the wolves. While she is being bitten/devoured/attacked, a young wolf chases away the pack and pulls her to safety. She should have died but she did not. She should have changed but she has not. This young wolf watches her and watches her and years rolled by.


Beautiful. Clever. Eccentric. 


The plot isn't complex and the story is straight forward; did I mention it is fun to read?


I recommend this book to anyone looking for a creative story with great writing.


Shon reviews Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition


Title / Author: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: TheIllustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling (Author), Jim Kay (Illustrator)
Publisher / Year Published: Arthur A. Levine Books; Illustrated edition / October 6, 2015
Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis


The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay.


For the first time, J. K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Rowling herself selected artist Jim Kay, whose over one hundred illustrations make this deluxe format as perfect a gift for the child being introduced to the series as for the dedicated fan.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.

All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley--a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry's room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn't had a birthday party in eleven years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry--and anyone who reads about him---will find unforgettable.



My Review


This is a must buy/read for any Harry Potter fan. The illustrations are a beautiful and wonderful addition to a brilliant book! It was like reading the story for the very first time.

Jim Kay did a splendid job of putting his own touches on the various characters and key scenes of the book. It does not seem like he was influenced by the movies. This, however, is a good and bad thing, to me Emma Watson will forever be Hermione.

What I love about the illustrations is how numerous and how detailed; such as pages with full illustrations, half-illustrations and sometimes just little ink or paint drops on the pages.

I can't wait for the next one to come out! Beware, the Illustrated Edition is very large and heavier than the original books. I’m a little scared to see the rest of books in the series – they might be the size of an encyclopedia.

But it has been years since we had something Harry Potter to look forward to.