Monday, 28 December 2015

Movie Review: Star Wars: The Force Awakens


The movie doesn't wait long to introduce its new batch of heroes, and they come together in a manner that suggests the Force is still pulling strings behind the scenes. It's easy to argue that Rey is the main hero of the bunch, and newcomer Daisy Ridley shines in the role. A scavenger living on the planet of Jakku, she gets pulled along on a space adventure she had only dreamed of.

John Boyega's Finn and Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron both play key roles in the movie and bring humor and swagger to The Force Awakens. Those characters help bring back the witty banter that was weaved throughout the original trilogy, and it's through their eyes that the audience sees the new warring groups of the villainous First Order and the heroic Resistance.

For every new hero, there is a new villain: Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, Domhnall Gleeson's General Hux, Gwendoline Christie's Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis's Supreme Leader Snoke. They're explored to varying degrees, with some like Kylo Ren at the forefront of the plot and others clearly being saved for future Star Wars sequels. To a certain extent, those underdeveloped characters are frustrating; there has been such an intense level of secrecy around these roles for so long that to see some of them get short-changed feels anti-climactic.

Fortunately, the things that work about The Force Awakens really work. Like Ridley as Rey, Driver is spectacular as Kylo Ren. His performance adds great depth to a character who could have come off as one-dimensional, and the implications of his arc leave a viewer with plenty to think about after they leave the theater.

Of course, the real star of the movie is BB-8, the lovable new droid featured so prominently in The Force Awakens' marketing campaign. Not only does he have a key role to play in the film, but he's also just as adorable and clever as the promotion for the movie promises. The ability for him to emote so clearly is incredible, and the fact that he is a practical character makes the accomplishments with BB-8 even more remarkable.

Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher all reprise their roles as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa, respectively. Solo plays a major role throughout the movie, and Ford's take on a more aged version of the beloved character plays true to what fans know about him. It's a great thrill to see what Han Solo is up to decades after Return of the Jedi, and Ford manages to recapture what makes the character so special. To say anything about Hamill's turn as Luke Skywalker would give away too much. As for Fisher, her appearance as General Leia was met with resounding cheers throughout the theater.

Several decades have passed between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and that is woven throughout the core of the new film. Like one-off lines about previous adventures in the original trilogy inspired fans' minds for generations, so there are introductions of main characters' "old friends" who viewers have never heard of before that continues to blow out the scale of the Star Wars universe.

That is just one way that The Force Awakens is clearly inspired by the beloved Star Wars films that came before, and that's a through-line throughout the entire adventure. Part of that is director J.J. Abrams using a familiar play set from the original trilogy, but structurally The Force Awakens follows a familiar pattern from what came before. On both a macro and micro level, this movie wants to pay its respects to its predecessors, but when the new elements of The Force Awakens are the most engaging, it leaves you excited for the next movie when those shackles to what came before have been removed and the franchise can fully play in this new world.

The Force Awakens asks its audience to come along for the ride as chance encounters bring characters together, and because of that there's a certain whimsy to the movie's journey. While that is a joy when first reentering this world, seeing new planets and meeting new characters, the plot is fairly thin as Abrams seeks to envelope his audience in this world and suggest that fate is what's moving the characters' adventure along. It is thrilling to come along for that ride, but even though The Force Awakens leaves you with an anticipation to find out what comes next, it's also unclear where this new series is heading.


Review:




I can not wait to watch the next film!

Wolf By Wolf by: Ryan Graudin

Ryan Graudin. This author literally blew my mind away. Before I dive into the review let me ask you all something. Who thought Ryan Graudin was a guy? 
*raises hand slowly and looks around*
What! Don't judge me. 


Ryan Graudin created such a beautifully written and wonderfully driven novel. Wolf By Wolf is about a girl named Yael, who escaped from a death camp, who has one goal in mind: win the Axis Tours, an annual motorcycle race hosted by Hitler and Emperor Hirohito to commemorate their great victory over Great Britain and Russia across the conjoined continents where the winner is awarded an audience with Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball, and kill Hitler. Set in 1956, where the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world, Yael, a survivor of human experimentation and skinshifter, must complete her mission by disguising herself as Adele Wolf, last year's only female victor. However, as the lie begins to get more extravagant, Yael begins to find it difficult to hold up the deception. Especially when Felix, Adele twin's brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move. But as the race goes on, can Yael become as ruthless as she needs to be after getting to know all of her competitors? 


This novel truly left me breathless.

Never reading any of Graudin's novels before, I was heading into this with low expectations but was astound when I finished the novel. How could I not have read any of Graudin's novels before this?! From page one to the acknowledgements at the very end, I have been soley focused on reading this novel. To be truthful, I finished reading this novel on the 21st and have only now begun to write the review because of how shocked I was by it all. 

This was such a truly amazing read! As I was reading Yael's every move, and ultimately her own story of how she became to be who she is today, it left me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what is going to happen next. Graudin not only made me feel for Yael, which only certain authors have ever succeeded in doing, but she also made me view this whole novel in a different light. 

The only thing I have to say now is buy it and read it today.




Review:





I am so going to read the sequel! 

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The story begins with an invasion and people fleeing for their lives thanks to 2 rival mega corporations that both want ownership of the planet Kerenza. Kady and Ezra are among the lucky who escape but once in space they’re faced with a deadly mutating plague, and all of this on the heels of their break up that morning. The characters drive this plot as much as the events do. Kady… I don’t even have words to describe her. She’s absolutely fantastic: resilient, stealthy, fiercely intelligent and loyal, and despite her seemingly hard shell, she’s caring and she never, ever gives up. 

Ezra was every bit as wonderful as Kady but in a different way, a little heart-on-his-sleeve, white knight kind of way. But above everything else—the plague, the destruction of their planet, fleeing for their lives, losing the people they love—this book has heart. I loved the bond between Kady and Ezra, loved watching it change, seeing Kady open up and Ezra let go. It really brought an emotional balance to the turmoil going on around them. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention AIDAN, the artificial intelligence system on the ship which was really almost a main character in this story. 

I thought it was really well done. It tied together the human relationships and circumstances with the war going on around them. I desperately wish I had better words to more accurately describe how deep and intricate this plot was, how smart it was, how amazing it was to watch the characters work through what was going on. It was fascinating in that oh-my-god-that-blew-my-mind kind of way. The writing is absolutely phenomenal. My hat is off to both Kristoff and Kaufman.


Simply put, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. Don’t wait. And I hope you love it as much as I did.




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Ebook of the Month

C.L. Stone's novel Theif, book one in The Scarab Beetle series. The novel is centred around a poor girl named Kayli who is forced to parent a drunken father and a teenage brother, who she is trying to keep in school, and bring back (i.e. to the hotel, also known as home) money so they may be able to afford their stay there and the food they so desperately need. However, the only way to make money is to steal. No matter how her life turned out, Kayli still has a moral code in which she follows: no children and no older ladies. 

Thinking that she is under the radar, undetectable, Kayli has no idea that The Academy has been watching and noticing her. Now the team needs her help and the offer is so big of risk not to take. Slowly the boys reveal that they can be trusted. Marc, the straight man, Raven, the bad-boy Russian, Corey and Brandon the twins as different as night and day, and Axel their stoic leader. There is a lot Kayli can learn about living on the edge of the law, if she can stay on the good side instead of the bad.  


This novel will keep you on your toes throughout the novel due to its twisted turns and ever more intriguing plot. I have to say, I do love some love triangles but having five, to sometimes even seven, love interests makes it hard to wrap my head around the concept itself. However, I pushed that aside and continued on reading, which in the end was totally worth it. C.L. Stone brought these characters to life and made me feel for most of them and root for others. Totally worth checking out. 




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Thursday, 10 December 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

I was thinking I was going to rate it 3 stars. It was good, really good but not mind-blowing like I was expecting. Actually it was mostly a love story that felt a bit forced and I felt like only the two main characters and Lucien were developed. We didn't get to see other Fae nor the world around, it was really focused on them. So I began to have complaints about those little things and I was going to put them in my review. But then like if the author heard me, all those little things that bothered me were erased as the author fulfilled all my requests (Can Sarah read reader's mind and know exactly what they want ?).

So that's when the story began interesting for me. A certain night everything change AND we are introduced to a new characters and it changed the whole story for me. We came from a love story to something much more threatening with a real plot, twist and awesome characterization. While I was reading I became so invested with the story and characters, I couldn't put the book down for a since minute without wanting to read more. What a ride this novel has been. 


The plot was really amazing. Like I said, I first thought the plot was poor in the beginning but it was underestimating Sarah's power of telling an awesome story. When everything began to interlock together OMG, this was amazing. All the twists and things at stake and all the evilness of the Fae world, it was just mind blowing, you could feel the tension and I was scared for the character's fate at some point almost screaming at them not to die on me then take a run in my empty house to calm my nerves (Yes I really did it and more than twice).



The only negative thing I want to say is not even a bad anymore because finally I'm glad the author gave us these moments of happiness and calmness since the last part of the book was much more tragic and tensed. But if I had to find only one thing, it's probably the pacing. I wished the pacing would have been a bit more like the 150 last pages. I mean action and characterization at the same time interlined. The first part was a bit slow but as I said now I understand why the author choose to do this, it needed to be done for the story to really come together in the end.




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Pick up your copy of A Court of Thorns And Roses if you have not done so by now :)





Thursday, 3 December 2015

Movie Review: Brooklyn

Brooklyn was such a beautiful novel to read and watching it made it even more amazing. The way that Saoirse Ronan portrayed Eilis Lacey will such emotion made it (1) believable and (2) absolutely heartfelt. I truly have never felt so happy to say that I am going to the movie theatre before today. 

John Crowley’s filmmaking offers no great flourishes, but the performances and writing are strong enough without such details that his mannered style serves the story well. Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel is more in line with the “About a Boy” author’s exemplary “An Education,” notably the two films’ engage in domestic conversations.
The first of these — a spot to which the filmmakers sagely return on a semi-regular basis — are amusing dining room table scenes spearheaded by boarding house operator Mrs. Kehoe (Julie Walters), who’s quick to keep the gossipy Patty (Emily Bett Rickards), Diana (Eve Macklin) and Sheila (Nora-Jane Noone) in line.
The lack of camaraderie in this new abode feeds into Eilis’ homesickness — the lone antidote to which is her time with Father Flood (an underused yet, as always, welcome Jim Broadbent) — but once she meets kindhearted Italian plumber Tony Fiorello (Emory Cohen), the bounce returns to her step.
Their budding romance is one of great delight and blessedly minimal drama and yields further memorable suppertime chatter when Eilis meets Tony’s sizable family, among them mouthy preteen scene-stealer Frankie (James DiGiacomo). Who, by the way, is absolutely adorable. 
When conflict returns to “Brooklyn,” it’s through contrivance-free means that bring Eilis to Ireland for a family visit and the poignant tension that sprouts before departure and organically blooms upon arrival.
Confronted with a far more appealing life than the one she left the year before, including a matrimonial prospect in form of well-matched gentleman Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson), sumptuous emotional suspense abounds as loyalty to Tony and her self-made New York existence battle with the complicated ties to her homeland. In the end, this adaptation of Brooklyn has to be one of the best films of 2015. 





Overall Grade: A- 



Be sure to check out my book review of Brooklyn:

http://amalialock.blogspot.ca/2015/11/brooklyn-by-colm-toibin.html


Quote of the Month


"I love books. 
I love that moment when you open one and sink into it
you can escape from the world, 
into a story that's way more interesting than yours 
will ever be."


Elizabeth  Scott

Decembers Reading List

Wolf By Wolf by: Ryan Graudin
Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin's brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
 





A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J. Maas
When nineteen-year old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin - and his world - forever. 



Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Classical tale of girl meets boy, girl loses boy, then parents, and planet, ends up on a crippled spaceship with a mad computer, a deadly virus outbreak, and in the middle of an interstellar war. 


Thursday, 26 November 2015

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Never, Never by: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

 Never, Never was a fast-paced, mysterious, exciting, romantic, novel that kept me on my toes until the very end. I have to admit, both Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are amazing authors and my expectations for this novel was pretty high. However, this novel did exceed my expectations and left me wanting more. 



Best friends since they could walk.
In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.

He'll do anything to remember.
She'll do anything to forget.



This novel is the first book in the Never, Never series cowritten by Colleen Hoover (a.k.a. CoHo) and Tarryn Fisher. Colleen Hoover wrote Silas' (the guy) POV and Tarryn Fisher wrote Charlie's (the girl) POV. This book opens with our two narrators having absolutely no memory of who they are, where they live, who their friends and family are, or how they managed to get in this state. Piecing together clues about their lives and their relationship, it seems like the more they discover the weirder everything gets. 


Who were they before? How did they lose their memories? Do they even want to find out?

 
Romance does come out when both Charlie and Silas are trying to figure out the details of their relationship as well as the skeletons that seem to be hanging in their closets. It's dark, mysterious, creepy, and a lot more than just romance. By the end of the day, I am going to have to tell you all it is worth the read. Even if it contains a cliffhanger for an ending. 




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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Ebook of the Month


When The Sun Goes Down by ObsceneIrrationality 



Wanna be journalist Kate Santoro would do anything for the scoop. Anything. Including finding her way into an underground club exclusive to only those in the Genovese mafia and the beautiful women they employee. What could be more perfect? She would stick to the shadows, snap a few videos, and write the biggest story New York has ever seen, therein making her a legend. 

Easy as pie. Until she gets found. A series of blatant lies and lucky breaks later and she is mistaken to be one of the workers underneath. While many might be terrified of this predicament Kate couldn't be more excited. The freedom to roam the area and talk to the members of the infamous brotherhood will leave no rock unturned. All she has to do is keep her cover until the night is over and the workers go home. What a fantastic position she is in. 

There are just two problems. One being him. Alessio. The Don, the Godfather, the Capo di tutti capi (the boss of bosses) who has taken a keen interest in Kate. Even that is something she could probably handle for one night. Except problem number two. They don't leave. Not at the end of the night, the end of the week, or even the end of the month. 

Alessio's interest in Kate threatens to expose her, something she would surely die from.
He knows she doesn't belong but it's not as though she could have just waltzed in, right? By the time Kate realizes that not even the greatest scoop is worth the price, she is in far too deep to call it quits now. 




Review:

This novel was one of the best ebooks I have read so far. The way it captures not only the tension and chemistry between Kate and Alessio was breathtaking. I was astonished with how the author, ObsceneIrrationality, portrayed this story so well. The way the characters felt so flawed yet so perfect,  realistic yet unreal, and beautiful yet horrific. I felt for all of the characters and found myself wishing that the novel contained more chapters. 

This is ultimately why "When The Sun Goes Down" by ObsceneIrrationality is my ebook must read for the month of November. 




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Book Trailer 


Be sure to check it out on Wattpad today.


https://www.wattpad.com/story/28159325-when-the-sun-goes-down-a-midnight-mafia-novel

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Coming Soon...


  • Review for Never, Never by: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  • Movie review of Brooklyn 

Brooklyn by: Colm Toibin

  Colm Toibin's novel "Brooklyn" truly is a novel that is both inspirational and awe-inspiring. "Brooklyn" centers around a woman named Eilis, who was born and raised in Ireland. Due to the lack of employment and love interests, Eilis is given the opportunity to leave Ireland and escape to America where she has a job wanting readily for her. As she suffers from homesickness and feelings of loneliness and despair, she begins to question if it was truly the right decision to move to America and leave everything she has ever known behind.

    All of that changes when she meets Tony. Tony, the kind, loving, caring, man that has his eye set on Eilis. As they begin to talk, hang out, and just be with one another, Eilis notices that she does not feel lonely or in despair but happy for the first time since she came to America. But as the romantic chemistry sparks between them, horrible news is on it's way from Ireland threading to destroy everything she has worked so hard to create in Brooklyn.


Ultimately the question that everyone wants to know is where does Eilis' future lie now?



   
Brooklyn truly portrays and captures of the struggle of an immigrant moving to the US in the post war world. Eilis is a character that is relatable, the issues she faces are no less true for people of many eras from all over the world who take on the huge challenge of immigration. Colm Toibin also did an amazing job with the portrayal of the boarding house in which Eilis lives in during her stay in Brooklyn. In the end, this was a beautifully written and patiently paced tale that everyone should read. 




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Monday, 8 June 2015

Darker Water by: Lauren Stewart




Synopsis 


After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands that love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She's too busy for it right now anyway--she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Eventually she'll be ready to switch from her plastic-or-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she needs to be sure she won't feel any of those annoying emotions that make her heart do things it wasn't meant to do...

Like break

Carson Bennett is completely upfront about what he wants, and it has nothing to do with Laney's heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. Other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope, not even a little. Until it does... a lot. But having feelings for someone isn't allowed. It's the kind of thing you're supposed to push down deep and cover up with one-night stands, sarcasm, and booze...

Like secrets

Two people want the same thing—a commitment to nothing more than great sex in a bunch of different positions. Simple. Enjoyable. A win-win. Problem is, those two people have families and fears and pain that spill into every moment of their lives, control what they do and who they are. And if either Carson or Laney can't free themselves from the past, they'll both be pulled under by it.




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Review:

"It would be a mistake, you know."
"What would?"
"To fall for me."



FUNNY, SEXY, AND AMAZING! I would absolute read this novel again!



Since the first pages the characters' personalities and wittiness captivated and captured me and had me laughing so hard.  All the sexy flirting, amazing humor, and perfect chemistry that happened between both Laney and Carson


Darker Water tells the story of of Laney and Carson, two characters who are brought together by chance. When they meet their attraction is instantaneous yet both of them have a lot of baggage from their pasts to even contemplate the idea of a relationship. That's why they decide on a honest arrangement between two "friends," no strings attached, and definitely no emotions involved all with the common goal to have a great time together. Oh my, and what a time they have! The dynamic, the bantering, the honesty, and all the sizzling tension between them slowly brings them closer and closer together in more ways than they're ready for, yet, they love every second of being together and so did I!! Their chemistry was just out of this world that they kept making me laugh, swoon, fan myself, and highlight more scenes than I can count. They were just one-of-a-kind duo and I loved them for it!


“I’m new to this being-friends-with-someone-I-want–to-sleep-with thing, so you’ll have to help me out. What happens now?”

“I’m not sure. I’m new to the being-friends-with-someone-who-wants–to-sleep-with-me thing.”

“You've never had a heterosexual male friend?”

“Of course I have.”

“Then you’re not new to it. He just didn’t tell you.”

I touched my cheek as I felt it redden. “Do you think eventually I’ll stop blushing every time you say something?”

“I hope not. Would a friend tell you that your blush shows him what you’ll look like after sex? Minus the I-just-got-fucked hair.”

“No. A friend wouldn’t say that.”

“Then I think you’re going to have to do most of the talking.”
 


As the novel progressed, Laney' consent question was, how do you separate sex from love. More specifically, how do you not develop feelings for Carson (charming, hot, sexy, tattooed Carson). Since the beginning of the novel, Carson was completely honest about his intentions of only wanting to have sex. It was truly hilarious to also watch Laney figure all this out. She has had her heart broken so many times that she now has no belief that love exists, only sex. When the tension exploded between him and Laney he just couldn't stop the emerging feelings he sure as hell wasn't prepared to feel or want. But the feelings were there and forcing him to confront his past or otherwise he would risk losing the best thing that's ever happened to him.


“She didn't want me to be with anyone else. Just like I didn't want her to be with anyone else. Just like I didn't want anyone other than her in my bed and my mind and my life. Oh fuck. I needed to get out of this. Right now.” 


I absolutely adored the entire novel and have to recommend it to anyone and everyone who is currently reading this. 


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

A Thousand Pieces of You by: Claudia Grey

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

A Thousand Pieces of You' by: Claudia Grey is about a girl named Marguerite Caine, whose parents are physicists known for their radical scientific achievements. Their best invention so far: The Firebird, which allows users to jump through parallel universes, some significantly altered from our own. But when Marguerite's father is murdered, the killer - her parent's enigmatic and handsome assistant Paul - escapes into anther dimension before the law in their own could even touch him.

Marguerite can not simply let her father's killer go free, therefore the only plausible choice is to follow and go after Paul through the different universes. With every encounter Marguerite has, she begins to question not only Paul's innocence and also her heart. Soon, Marguerite ends up uncovering the truth behind her father's death which is more sinister then she ever imagined.




Review:

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey was a beautifully written piece that just left me dumbfound. Let's start from the beginning shall we?
The novel begins with Marguerite Caine, the main character/protagonist, landing in an parallel universe chasing after Paul, her parent's assistant and father's killer. Her other parent's assistant, Theo, is the one to bring up the concept about chasing after Paul (later seen in chapter two) through multiple dimensions/parallel universes. It is action packed, adventurous, romantic, and just overall entertaining. 


Claudia Grey has brought forth one amazing masterpiece (including the novel's cover; isn't it gorgeous!) for readers around the world. The synopsis captivated me since the beginning and Claudia did not fail, given that I had incredible high expectations. I loved the plot, characters, the development that revolves around the characters themselves, the romance, redemption.... basically everything ☺

However, this novel is not completely perfect, at least in my eyes. There were a few scenes near the end of the novel where I was just dumbfound because of Marguerite prioritizing skills, I mean come on if you have read the novel you know which scene I am talking about [cough...Russia...cough]. 



Other then that minor negative comment, I of course had to make, the novel was perfect. I would have to recommend due to the fact that it is still worth the read. In the end, the novel was amazing to read and left me wanting to know more, especially about the characters. 





I will now leave you with a quote from the novel.



"Is he right, about my creating excitement where can I? Even being melodramatic? 
You went on a half-baked vengeance quest against Paul using a totally untested experimental device, I think. He might possibly have a point."

- A Thousand Pieces of You  by: Claudia Grey



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* Be sure to check out 'A Thousand Pieces of You' sequel called, 'Ten Thousand Skies Above You' by Claudia Grey 



Monday, 11 May 2015

Upcoming YA and New Adult Books to Movies

Young Adult and New Adult Book to Movie News!!!

This year there are a ton of novels, from ya to adult, that will be heading to the big-screen and small-screen. Some of which include: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl; Paper Towns; The 5th Wave; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children; Daughter of Smoke and Bone; Legend; The Mortal Instruments; Ugly Love; Beautiful Disaster; Me Before You; Fifty Shades Darker; and much, much more. 


YA:



  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl               by:Jesse Andrews 

Starring:  Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, and Olivia Cooke
\Release Date:  June 12, 2015






  • Paper Towns  by: John Green 
Starring:  
Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Cara Buono, Caitlin Carver, Austin Abrams, Justice Smith


Release Date: July 24, 2015










  • The 5th Wave  by: Rick Yancey
Starring: 
Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Maika Monroe, Zackary Arthur, Alex Roe

Release Date: January 15, 2016






  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by:  Ransom Riggs
Starring: 
Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Ella Purnell, Terence Stamp, Milo Parker, O-Lan Jones

Release Date: March 4, 2016




  • Mortal Instruments (tv series known as - Shadowshunters)   by: Cassandra Clare
Starring: 
Katherine McNamara  - Clary Fray
Dominic Sherwood - Jace Wayland
Alberto Rosende - Simon Lewis 
Emeraude Toubia - Isabella Lightwood
Matthew Daddario - Alec Lightwood
Isaiah Mustafa - Luke Garroway

Air Date:  In 2016, the exact date has yet to be determined




New Adult:

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  • Ugly Love  by: Colleen Hoover 
Starring:
Nick Bateman -  Miles


Release Date: February 1, 2016


(teaser pic of what is to come)


* If you want to choose the next actor to make the casting follow the link below and the producers and casting directors will listen to your opinion http://www.iflist.com/stories/uglylove# 



  • Me Before You  by: Jojo Moyes
Starring:
Emilia Clarke - Louisa Clark
Sam Claflin - William Traynor


Release Date:  March 18, 2016







  • Fifty Shades Darker  by: E.l. James
Starring:
Dakota Johnson - Anastasia Steele
Jamie Dornan - Christian Grey
Eloise Mumford - Kate Kavanagh 
Luke Grimes - Elliot Grey
Rita Ora - Mia Grey
Victor Rasuk - José Rodriguez


Release Date:  Febuarary 10, 2017











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