Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (Movie Edition)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

This week's feature is special! We will feature a book-to-movie WoW. Yaaaay~
 


Carmel and Kyla's WoW Pick:

Love, Rosie
Director: Christian Ditter
Writers: Juliette Towhidi (screenplay), Cecelia Ahern (novel)
Release Date: 22 October 2014 (UK)
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Stars: Lily Collins, Sam Claflin, Christian Cooke


IMDB Synopsis:

Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another...or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.


Kyla: When I saw this on YouTube, I almost screamed because of Sam Claflin! Plus another thing, Rosie will be played by ever beautiful, Lily Collins! They look so great together in this movie plus their accent is British which is awesome! The trailer is so cute and nice. I totally can't wait for the movie! *squeals* *happy dance*

Carmel: AHHHHHHHHHH!!! Sam Claflin! Lily Collins! Christian Cooke! British Accents!!! *screams more*

We present the trailer from Constantin Film's verified Youtube account:

Movie Links:
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Show some Sam Claflin love on the comments section!!! ❤


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #1: A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray & Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!


Kyla's WoW Pick:

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
Written by:
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 368 pages


Goodreads Synopsis:

Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.
 


The cover + synopsis + awesome author = PERFECT. I. NEED. THIS. BOOK. I can't wait for this book to be release! :)


 


Carmel's WoW Pick:

Lailah (The Styclar Saga, #1)
Written by:
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Pages: 352 pages
 
Goodreads Synopsis:

The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely Allie – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.


The cover reminds me of Revenge (a show that I love) but instead of her surrounded by thorns, she gets surrounded by arms. Interesting! When I read the synopsis, "She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from." Ooooh, memory loss. Perhaps, unreliable narration. Another interesting part! Plus, the author is just very accommodating, you know! Lailah is originally a Wattpad story and now, it has been pitched by Feiwel & Friends (That must say something!) How could you pass up a very promising debut?! SRSLY.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters (Starters, #1)
Series: (There's a second book, not sure if it's going to be a trilogy, though.)
Genre: Young Adult - Science Fiction, Dystopia
Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13th 2012
Book: Paperback, Borrowed from Carmel (Thanks!)
Recommended for: Lovers of dystopian novels or probably, everyone.




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

                                                       
 
HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER.

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

MY THOUGHTS:

1.
EVENTS:It wasn't really action-packed like I expected it to be but there was something about this book that sucked me in and I honestly don't know what it is. At the first half, I thought about DNF-ing this book but then as I reached about chapter fifteen, maybe, it got better and I couldn't stop reading until I realized that I'm finish. The revelations shocked me and there was one scene that broke my heart. 

2. CHARACTERS: 

Callie, at first, reminded me of Katniss because she cares about her brother, Tyler, more than herself and she would do anything for him. Callie is a brave and hardworking girl and I love that she's not self-centered. The side characters are Helena (the renter), Blake (Callie's kind of boyfriend), Michael (Callie's best friend), Sara, Madison, and Lauren. When Helena rented Callie's body for about a month, she met few other people like Helena, renters. My favorite character would be... Madison. She is like Callie whose body is rented by an Ender. I can say that Madison is a great character since she proved that she is a great friend and she helped Callie through everything.

3. CONCEPT & WRITING STYLE:

 The concept was simply good. It's not the typical story of a teenager who will fight against bad government. It's somehow different, there are still bad guys but they are not 'government', they are some kind of company (I think?) that recruits unclaimed minors to be a donor (teenager with good looks). A Starters body is going to be rented by a Ender (or renter, obviously). Starters are the young ones in the community while Enders are the older people who will be renting bodies that belongs to the Starters so that they could enjoy life once more. As for the writing style, it was well-written. Everything was perfectly understandable.


4. FINAL VERDICT:

The ending was a bit intriguing and shocking. There was one question in my mind after reading the ending: Who the hell is the Old Man? It was an awesome book, I didn't expect I'd love it. IT WAS AWESOME. Okay? Okay. *winks*

RATING:

4 hearts!

Even though some parts were kind of boring, it worked well and just awesome.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: Six Months Later

Title: Six Months Later
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult - Mystery
Author: 
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: October 1st 2013
Recommended for: people who want to read a good book full of mystery and intrigue.




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
          
 

She has everything she's ever wanted. But not her memory...

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life.

Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows...


So. Many. Feels. This book is seriously CREEPY (in a good way.) The plot reminded me of  the Djinn episode of Supernatural without the supernatural aspect of course, where Dean suddenly wakes up living the life he has always wanted. 

In Six Months Later, we have Chloe. She cannot remember the last six months of her life and suddenly, everything seems perfect. The story started immediately. No unnecessary description and/or fillers. The pacing was spot on. There was never a dull moment in this book. All through out the whole reading experience, I only got one thing my mind,'WHHHHYYYYYY ?!'

I have an attention span of a goldfish, but on rare occasions, I devour books until I figure out what happens! I could not stop turning pages. I HAD TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

Allow me to elaborate:
Me: Chapter 2 -- Ooooh, *turns page*
an hour later
Me: Chapter 21 (How did that? *one more chapter*)
Me: Chapter 22 *one more chapter*
I kept saying one more chapter until there was no more chapters. (Magic!)

  I find it realistic. If I were Chloe, I would do the same. She really did not openly admit that cannot remember the last six months. I, too, would be paranoid and would not know who to trust.

I can seriously imagine a movie version while I was reading this. Dialog is so natural, I was not just reading the conversations I was hearing them. Six Months Later is a suspenseful tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat. 


RATING:
5 hearts!
It will keep you turning the pages until the very end.
Kept me guessing till the end! Not even an understatement. Go. READ. It!




Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mini Reviews: 'Where She Went', 'Amy and Roger's Epic Detour' & 'The Princess Diaries'

Title: Where She Went
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Author: 
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release Date: April 5th 2011




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
          
 

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life.

And three years he's spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?


I wanted to love this! I tried, okay? I expected a heartbreaking story, but honestly, it just bored me! -_- Upon reading, I realized nothing much happens actually. For the most part, Adam just wallows and mopes around. I expected a better story since everyone has been raving about it. I am sorry if this will lead to a declaration of war with fans of this book, but I do not see the reason behind all the hype.  I just did not FEEL the story at all.

Title: Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Author: 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 4th 2010




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
          
 

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.


I have heard some amazing things about this book, but it did not work for me. It did not click for some reason. Maybe it has to do with the slow pacing. It took awhile for me to finish this book. Amy revealed something in the end that I already predicted in the first few chapters of the book. I felt that the reveal was revealed way TOO late.

The romance also was weird. It was too
gradual . No hints or whatsoever were given along the way. Towards the end, Amy just kissed Roger. (Okaaay, what was that?!) I know that was predictable but that was rushed.

After all those disappointments, this book could have been better though. It had so much potential. I liked the pictures, journal entries, and the receipts inserted between each chapters though.

The book can be summarized with this quote in the book: “The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren't looking for them.”
Title: The Princess Diaries
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Author:
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Release Date: July 1st 2001




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
          
 

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life.

And three years he's spent wondering why.

When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night.

Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?


Movie? Yes, I love it!  Books? Don't bother!

The movie is way better than the book. Trust me. The movie is cute, fluffy, and feel-good. But the book is not! The book seemed awfully light on plot and substance. This is definitely a case of the movie being better than the book. I was shocked at the amount of sexual content in the first few chapters alone. Mia is obsessed with her boobs and sex. GAAAAAAH!!! **raging hormones**




RATING:
2 hearts!
I know a lot of people liked the books, but it did not work for me.
Did you like it or not like it?
Share your thoughts below.




Monday, July 07, 2014

Book Haul 2

Hi Troglodytes!!!

This book haul features books from Christina of Ensconced in Lit, Faye of The Social Potato, and Better World Books. The graphic novels -- The Hockey Saint & The Stereotypical Freaks -- are from Christina while Partials, Starters, and Don't Turn Around are from Faye. (Thank you, Christina and Faye! ☺) The rest of the books are from BWB since they previously had a Mother's Day sale and a 6 for $15 sale.

The Goodreads link are provided below the pictures. Thank you Kyla for agreeing to be a book model!!!

                      Cracked Up to Be                 
                                                           The Goddess Test              
                                                          (Goddess Test, #1)          
               
                                                                                    


   Liar                                Liar's Moon
                                          (Thief Errant, #2) 



                             Four Secrets                             Starters  (Starters, #1)                 Don't Turn Around 
                                                                           Partials (Partials Sequence, #1)       (PERSEFoNE #1)


 Have you read any of the books? Let me know what you guys think.
What books are you currently reading?




Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Review: The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Title: The Break-Up Artist
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Philip Siegel
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 1, 2014
Book: eBook, I own
Recommended for: People who loves to read realistic stories that deals with friendship and love.




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
                                                        

 Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the mall. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.  

Becca knows from experience the damage that love can do. After all, it was so-called love that turned Huxley from her childhood best friend into a social-world dictator, and love that left Becca's older sister devastated at the altar. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Becca strikes back—for just one hundred dollars via PayPal, she will trick and manipulate any couple's relationship into smithereens. And with relationship zombies overrunning her school and treating single girls as if they're second-class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even Becca's best friend, Val, has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, Becca receives a mysterious offer to break up the most popular couple in school: Huxley and the football team's star player, Steve. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date—starting rumors, sabotaging cell phones, breaking into cars…not to mention sneaking back into Huxley's good graces. All while fending off the inappropriate feelings she may or may not be having for Val's new boyfriend.

No one said being the Break-Up Artist would be easy.


The book talks about Becca Williamson, a sixteen-year-old girl who breaks up couple for a hundred dollars via Paypal. The work gets risky and thrilling when a client asked Becca to break up Huxley and Steve, the most popular couple in school.

I love the main character, Becca. She's a simple teenage girl who experiences normal teenager problems and she has a witty personality. I can tell that she's a good sister and also a great friend and she's a real person, she gives out her honest opinions even though she knows that most people won't take her side.

This book showed me different opinions about love from different types of people. Opinions from the single, in a relationship, and married people. I love this book because it seemed realistic, the events that happened in this book happens in real life. I love that this book didn't just focus about love, it also showed me the importance of friendship. Not just because you have a boyfriend, you tossed away your friends like they weren't a part of your life. You should always remember that they were there when no one else was.

 I really wanted to read this ever since it was released. The title and the synopsis caught my attention so, I gave it a try and voila! I liked it. The concept was good and overall, it was fantastic. It was fast-paced and Becca is relatable narrator. This book is TOTALLY worth reading!


 QUOTES I LIKED:

“Being single is not a death sentence.”

"You want one but you don't need one."

"So, you guys are official. Already. After one diet coke."
 

“Once people get into relationships, friends and rational thought get tossed aside.”

"You don't need a boy. The only thing you need are oxygen, food, water, and a dozen pairs of shoes."

"Whenever somebody wants to get out of a relationship, but they don’t want to say the real reason, they use the love excuse. How can such a strong feeling just go away? It’s not a cold."

RATING:


5 hearts!
Totally worth reading!

 
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