Friday, September 12, 2014

Movie Review: If I Stay


    




The weekend If I Stay released I headed out to my local theater to see it with my sister, and three of my cousins. I convinced them to come and we were having a girls night out. I had checked the website the night before for times but when I looked the next night the times were gone. I called the theater and got their recording of the movies times and got the times from there. I figured that it must have been some glitch on their website. When we got there though we were informed that it wasn't playing there and that they had some problems at the last minute. They said that the website was changed but that they must have forgotten about the recording. They said that they would get it, just not this weekend. I was totally bummed as was the rest of my crew. We managed to savage the night with a trip to Taco Bell because of course Taco Bell solves all problems.

The theater finally gets If I Stay in and take my mom. Unfortunately, we were about 15 minutes late so I have no idea how the movie starts. Still, I saw enough of the movie to give an accurate opinion of it.

As a whole, I really liked it. I thought that all of the actors/actresses did a great job. I really enjoyed the music and being able to see Adam's band play. Also, watching the way Mia played the cello was beautiful. It seems like it would be a very difficult instrument to play.

I think the dynamic between Adam and Mia was spot on. It was amazing seeing their relationship develop on screen. I also loved seeing Mia's family. Mia's parents were so different than most parents and I think they did an excellent job portraying her family.

As expected, the movie was heartbreaking. I somehow managed not to cry but came very, very close to it at one part. I think knowing how everything worked out helped me a lot.

If I Stay was very well done and I hope that they make Where She Went into a movie as well. Of course, my real hope is that they will make Just One Day into a movie. It's my favorite Gayle Forman book.





Any one else see the movie? Thoughts?






Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Get Even by Gretchen McNeil Blog Tour: Review



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Get Even
Don't Get Mad #1
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.
Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.
When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.
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Get Even is a great mix of mystery, love, revenge, and suspense. Four girls decide to take matters into their own hands when their school does nothing to punish bullies. I loved the premise of this. It was almost like the four girls were Robin Hood except instead of stealing and giving money to the poor, they gave the school bullies a taste of their own medicine. 

Get Even is a story that really pulls you in. It constantly had me on the edge of my seat trying to figure who was doing what and what was going to happen next. Sometimes, I was able to see things coming while others I was completely taken by surprise. I've been really into the mystery and suspense YA books these days so Get Even was just what I had been looking for. 

The book alternates between the four main characters. At times, this can be somewhat confusing. Sometimes I would forget who was narrating or forget what had happened the last time tht narrator had been reading. Still, it wasn't a big enough problem to take away from my enjoyment of the book.

I loved all of the different relationships. My favorite was John and Bree. I loved their friendship at the beginning and even though they started having problems later on in the book it's easy to what where the problem actually stems from. Margot and Logan was another interesting relationship. I am really cheering Margot on. I loved that throughout the book she gains confidence in herself.  

For some reason I had been thinking that Get Even was a standalone. I didn't realize there was a sequel until I was about two pages until the end and I still didn't know who the killer was. Needless to say, Get Even leaves you hanging. There is no resolution. 

I liked that all four of the main characters where very different. It kind of reminded me of John Tucker Must Die when he was dating three different girls from different groups. That's how it was for Margot, Bree, Olivia, and Kitty. Each one had their own reasons for becoming part of the club and it was interesting discovering each one's motive along the way.

Get Even is full of tons of action and suspense. I couldn't wait to get to the end of the book to find out who the killer was but I guess I'll be waiting until at least until book two comes out. 




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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (63)




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Books that I Think are Underrated

I found this to be a really difficult topic because most of the books and authors that I love are fairly popular or at least I feel like they are. So here are ten books that I think are underrated. 


1. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West- This is one of my favorite books. Seriously, everyone should read it.

2. Dangerous Girl by Abigail Haas- I was shocked to find out that this book didn't do well. Obviously, that's because they just didn't read it. This book jaw-dropping!!

3. Tease by Amanda Maciel- This book hit on a tough issue and gave the issue a very interesting perspective. 

4. The Archived by Victoria Schwab- I loved this book and was surprised that it get more recognition. 

5. The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno- This was a great book with an unique subject matter that didn't get enough buzz in my opinion. 

6. Ten Things We Did by Sarah Mlyknowski- I loved, loved, loved this book. It was hilarious! 

7.Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston- I feel like this series is one that was overshadowed by series by Julie Kagawa, Melissa Marr, and Aprilyne Pike.

And that's all I could come up with... 

What books do you think didn't get enough love??




Monday, September 8, 2014

Review: Virgin








Title: Virgin
Author:  Radhika Sanghani
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Publisher: Berkley

Rating: 3 Cows










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Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.


Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.




I have mixed feelings about Virgin. There were some things I liked but there were some things that I didn't like as well. Seeing as it was compared to Bridgett Jones (which I love) I had some high hopes and unfortunately it didn't quite live up to them.

First, let me start off with what I did like. I liked the honesty. The main character, Ellie, is very open and honest about her life. No subject is off limits for Ellie. She isn't afraid to tell her embarrassing stories and that was refreshing. I found that Virgin did have a lot of funny parts. I'll admit that I took pleasure in some of Ellie's pain.

The thing I didn't like was the way that Ellie acted sometimes. I thought her mission to lose her virginity was going to be funny. However, it wasn't. It was kind of sad. She tries to hook up with the first guy that shows her any interest. Then, she is rejected while her best friend hooks up with a guy that she had thought was cute. I felt bad for her but I didn't like the way she reacted. She was whiney and self deprecating. I felt that Ellie let her virginity define her. She made it into a much bigger deal than it actually was.

I did feel that Ellie did have some character growth by the end of the novel. It took her a long time to find herself and be okay with who she was but she does get there.

Virgin was an okay book for me. I did enjoy it I just wish that Ellie would have realized that her virginity wasn't that big of a deal a lot sooner. Of course, that probably would have made for a much shorter book.









Thursday, September 4, 2014

Spotlight: The Hook Up











Title: The Hook Up
Author: Kristen Callihan
Release Date: September 8, 2014
Genre: New Adult










Summary


The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love


Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?


Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…


Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.


That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.


All’s fair in love and football…Game on




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My mother once told me that the most important moment in my life wouldn’t be when I won the National Championship or even the Super Bowl. It would be when I fell in love.


Life, she insisted, is how you live it and who you live it with, not what you do to make a living. Given that she told me this when I was sixteen, I basically rolled my eyes and worked on practicing my pass fakes.


But my mother was insistent.


“You’ll see, Drew. One day, love will creep up and smack you upside the head. Then you’ll understand.”


My mom, it turns out, was wrong in one regard. Love, when it came for me, did not creep. No, it walked up to me, bold as you please, you know, just in case I wasn’t paying attention. It did, however, slap me upside my head.


And while I’d be happy to tell my mom that she was right about that, she’s dead. A fact that hurts even more now that I’ve been struck down. More like shot down. Cut off at the knees. Totally fucked. Whatever you want to call this disaster. Because the object of my affection hates me.


I am man enough to acknowledge that the cluster fuck that is my current love life is entirely my fault. I wasn’t prepared for Anna Jones.


I still cringe at the memory of when I first laid eyes on her at the beginning of the semester. Being late for class, I’d rushed to a seat in the back row, and was trying to remain unnoticed. I can’t go anywhere on campus without getting attention. And though it sounds like an awesome thing, it gets tiring.


When the roll call reached the back row, a soft voice, rich and thick as maple syrup, slid over me.


“Anna Jones.”


Just her name. That was all she’d said. It was like a hot finger stroking down my spine. My head snapped up. And there she was, so fucking pretty that I couldn’t think straight. I might as well have been sacked.


Breathless, my head ringing, I could only gape. I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.


Thinking maybe I was overtired and simply overreacting to something that wasn’t really there, I stared at Anna Jones and tried to make sense of my extreme reaction.


As if feeling my gaze, she’d turned, and fucking hell… Her eyes were wide, almost cat-like, with the corners tilting up just a bit. At first, those eyes appeared brown, but they were really bottle green. And so clear. And annoyed. She glared at me. I didn’t care. One word was playing a loop in my head: mine.


I don’t remember the rest of the class. I watched Anna Jones like a condemned man getting his last view of the setting sun. While she tried to ignore me. Admirably.


The second class ended I shot up, and so did she. We nearly collided in the middle of the aisle. And then it all fell to shit.


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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather do. She is a three-time RITA nominee, and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (53)



Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.








Title:  The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 7, 2014










Goodreads Description:

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps. 

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Why I'm Waiting: I can't wait to find out how Percy and the gang get out of this one! I know it's going to be EPIC!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (62)




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Top Ten Characters that would Sit at my Lunch Table

1. & 2. Sydney and Ridge from Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover because I just love them. I should probably learn sign language.

3. Adrian from Vampire Academy and Bloodlines by Richelle Mead because I am all for any situation I can be around Adrian.

4. Puck from The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa because Puck will definitely keep things interesting.

5. Josh Bennett from The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay because who wouldn't want Josh Bennett sitting across from you in silence. On second thought, Josh probably wouldn't sit at my lunch table. This is just wishful thinking on my part!

6. Allyson from Just One Day by Gayle Forman because she is me! We would be besties for sure.

7. Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan because seriously why not?

8.  Merit from The Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill because she is fierce plus she is/was an English major.

9. Cayman from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West because I love her humor.

10. Effie from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins so she say, "That is mahogany!" when Puck, Percy or Merit inevitably throw a dagger through our very expensive mahogany lunch table.

Now, I have assembled the strangest lunch table ever assembled but somehow I think it would work....

 


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