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Monday, April 21, 2014

To Read the Book, or to Watch the Movie? That is the Question.

With all the recent book-to-movie adaptations, I keep hearing the same thing over and over.  "Should I read the book first?"


Now I'm facing the same question.  I've never read If I Stay.  My mom read it and she loved it.  But I've just never gotten to it, partly because I just don't read very much contemp, and partly because it's already been reviewed.

So, what's better?  Reading the book first, then watching the movie?  Or watching the movie first, then reading the book?

In my experience, if I read the book first, I'm incredibly disappointed in the movie.  The first movie I ever saw where I read the book first was Harry Potter, Order of the Phoenix.  And let me tell you, I WAS PISSED!!  That director???


I liked the first four movies, but I hadn't read those books first, and I think that made all the difference.  Plus, it helped me so much to visualize the characters and Hogwarts, and Diagon Alley, and the Hogwarts Express, Dumbledore, and, and....sorry....I just got lost in a Harry Potter stupor.  That happens to me often.

Anyway!  Pretty much all the movies I've seen where I've read the book first, HP 5-7.5, The Hunger Games, The Firm (whoa, old school!), The Host, Beautiful Creatures, City of Bones, Percy Jackson, Divergent, etc. I've ended up disappointed (some more than others).  TWILIGHT!!


But the movies that I've watched before reading the book, I've ended up liking the movie.   Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter 1-4,  Vampire Academy, The Book Thief, Warm Bodies, Perks of Being a Wallflower.  And then often I still read the book and still love it.  Actually, I liked the Lord of the Rings movies better than the books.  They were very.....long.

BUT HERE'S THE PROBLEM:

I'm afraid that there will be things I won't understand if I haven't read the book, or that the books will be spoiled if I see the movie first.  Like, do the people that just watched Harry Potter actually have any idea what's going on?  I know so many people who watched Twilight first and then the books were just ruined.  Though...to be fair...I think the movie ruined the books even if you had read them first.



Maybe the key is to read the book first sometimes?  Or maybe read the book first, but read it WAY before the movie comes out so I don't spend the whole time going THAT DID NOT HAPPEN LIKE THAT, HEY WHY DID YOU CUT THAT OUT, THAT WAS SO CHEESY, YOU RUINED MY BOOK!!!

Of the movies immediately coming out, I have read The Maze Runner and The Fault in Our Stars.  Like I said earlier, I have not read If I Stay.

So what should I do?  Should I read the book first?  What do you do?  Are you completely disappointed in the movies like I am?  Are there any movies you've liked better than the book?


Thanks fellow book stressers!


I await your advice :D


Thursday, April 17, 2014

{GIVEAWAY} Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong



SEA OF SHADOWS
Age of Legends #1
by Kelley Armstrong
File Size: 773 KB
Print Length: 417 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751547816
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 8, 2014)
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Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author, takes an exciting new direction with this big, breathtaking blend of fantasy, romance, horror, and pulse-pounding action, perfect for fans of Graceling and Game of Thrones.

Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn were marked at birth to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood, beginning with their sixteenth birthday. Trained in fighting and in the secret rites of the spirits, they lead an annual trip into the Forest of the Dead. There, the veil between the living world and the beyond is thinnest, and the girls pay respect to the spirits who have passed.

But this year, their trip goes dreadfully wrong.

With all the heart-stopping romance and action that have made her a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and set in an unforgettably rich and dangerous world, this first epic book in the Age of Legends trilogy will appeal to Kelley Armstrong's legions of fans around the world and win her many new ones.
Since I really loved this book, I'll just have to buy a copy in hardcover!  (Plus, I plan on getting the audiobook!!!)  So, I'm giving away my ARC to one of you!

Good luck!  And check out my review here!

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SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong {Review}

Reviewed by Andye

SEA OF SHADOWS
Age of Legends #1
by Kelley Armstrong
File Size: 773 KB
Print Length: 417 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0751547816
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 8, 2014)
Mark on Goodreads
Buy on Amazon
Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times bestselling author, takes an exciting new direction with this big, breathtaking blend of fantasy, romance, horror, and pulse-pounding action, perfect for fans of Graceling and Game of Thrones.

Twin sisters Moria and Ashyn were marked at birth to become the Keeper and the Seeker of Edgewood, beginning with their sixteenth birthday. Trained in fighting and in the secret rites of the spirits, they lead an annual trip into the Forest of the Dead. There, the veil between the living world and the beyond is thinnest, and the girls pay respect to the spirits who have passed.

But this year, their trip goes dreadfully wrong.

With all the heart-stopping romance and action that have made her a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and set in an unforgettably rich and dangerous world, this first epic book in the Age of Legends trilogy will appeal to Kelley Armstrong's legions of fans around the world and win her many new ones.
At a Glance:

Sea of Shadows is an amazing and unique fantasy, full of action and adventure, terrifying creatures, murder, twists, mysteries, slow-burning romance(s), and a sisterly duo that will rival any I've ever read.  In short, it was exactly my kind of book.

Shuddersome (yep, it's a word):

The world that Kelley Armstrong created was like nothing I've ever read.  It was part The Village, part Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo and part Rift & Rise by Andrea Cremer, and a whole lot more.  And this book was CREEEEEPY!  I had no idea where this story was going, or what foul creature would show up next.  I read a couple of reviews that said the beginning was slow, but I didn't think so at all!  I mean, an ominous forest, angry criminals, terrifying creatures, people getting killed left and right!  Personally, I found the entire thing to be insane!  In a creepy good way.

The Keeper and The Seeker:

No, we're not playing Quidditch.  Twin sisters, Moria (The Keeper) and Ashyn (The Seeker) are charged with protecting their town, and putting to rest the spirits that haunt The Forest of the Dead.  They both have gifted animals (a wildcat and a hound) that they are bound to, and almost act like familiars.  I love the relationship the two sisters have, and I love how completely different they are.  Moria is fierce, brave, and logical, almost to the point of emotionlessness.  Ashyn is smart, patient and compassionate, and can't fight to save her life (at least that's how she feels).  The POV alters between the two, and I loved reading from both of their viewpoints.  Terrible things happened to them over and over, and they just kept fighting.  For themselves, for each other, and for all the people they are responsible for.

Slow-Burn:

The romance(s) in Sea of Shadows is definitely a slow-burn.  That's absolutely my favorite kind.  In one of my favorite series (The Seven Realms) the couple doesn't even get together until the end of the second book.  That's how much I love the tension and build of a romance.  In this book,  Gavril and Ronan both end up accompanying the girls on their journey, and the relationships that form are so unique from each other, it was fantastic.  What starts out as hostility and distrust grows into respect and then more, but the way the girls handle it was completely contradictory.  I really didn't know what was going to happen, and in the end, I was pretty shocked at the outcome...

Blood and Gore:

This story was definitely one of the more gruesome books I've read in YA.  The fighting is intense, and the things that are done to the characters are pretty horrific sometimes.  This added an element of fear and tension to the book, which I was happy with, but some might get a little squeamish.  

For Fantasy Lovers:

I definitely think that you have to be a lover of Epic/High Fantasy to like this book.  There is a different pacing with heavier fantasy than with your average YA novel, and that has to be your "thing" if you're going to enjoy a book like this.  Luckily, it is SO my thing.  And I loved every minute of it!  Well....except for that MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER!  Not nice.  Not nice at all!

I'm so excited to see where this book goes, and what incredible creatures, romances and plot twists come next!




Content:
  • Sexual Content:  Moderate dialog
  • Profanity:  One "S" word
  • Violence:  Very heavy


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Welcome New Initiates! #VoteTris

From HarperTeen and Divergent Official:

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Welcome, new Initiates! We know you loved the Divergent film, so we thought we’d share eight juicy details that weren’t in the movie you can look forward to when you read the book.

1. There’s more than hamburgers in the Dauntless cafeteria—there’s chocolate cake! Can you guess which non-initiate knows about it?
“At the end of the hallway she turns and says, ‘Have a piece of cake for me, all right? The chocolate. It’s delicious.’” – pg. 188
2. Tris gets a totally badass Dauntless makeover from Christina.
“Ten minutes later I stand in front of a mirror in the clothing place wearing a knee-length black dress. The skirt isn’t full, but it isn’t stuck to my thighs, either—unlike the first one she picked out, which I refused. Goose bumps appear on my bare arms. She slips the tie from my hair and I shake it out of its braid so it hangs wavy over my shoulders.
Then she holds up a black pencil.
‘Eyeliner,’ she says.
“You aren’t going to be able to make me pretty, you know.” I close my eyes and hold still. She runs the tip of the pencil along the line of my eyelashes. I imagine standing before my family in these clothes, and my stomach twists like I might be sick.
‘Who cares about pretty? I’m going for noticeable.’” – pg. 86-87
3. Even Peter has someone to fear during initiation…
“Edward and Peter take longer. Though they are the two best fighters, the disparity between them is noticeable. Edward’s fist slams into Peter’s jaw, and I remember what Will said about him—that he has been studying combat since he was ten. It’s obvious. He is faster and smarter than even Peter.” – pg. 171-172
4. There’s a scene with a butter knife… and it’s more than a little bloody.
“Surrounding his head is a halo of blood, and jutting between his clawing fingers is a silver knife handle. My heart thumping in my ears, I recognize it as a butter knife from the dining hall” – pg. 202
5. It’s Christina, not Tris, who captures the flag.
“Uriah claps my shoulder, and I try to forget about the look Christina gave me. Maybe she’s right; I’ve already proved myself today. I do not want to be greedy; I do not want to be like Eric, terrified of other people’s strength.
The shouts of triumph become infectious, and I lift my voice to join in, running toward my teammates. Christina holds the flag up high, and everyone clusters around her, grabbing her arm to lift the flag even higher. I can’t reach her, so I stand off to the side, grinning.
A hand touches my shoulder.
‘Well done,’ Four says quietly.” – pg. 154
6. Tris was never supposed to go zip lining—which makes it all the more thrilling.
“Uriah looks down the hallway. The Dauntless-born initiates disappear around a corner. Then he grins a little. ‘Want to get out of here?’
‘What?’ I ask. ‘Where are you going?’
‘To a little initiation ritual,’ he says. ‘Come on. We have to hurry.’
I briefly consider my options. I can sit here. Or I can leave the Dauntless compound.
I push myself to my feet and jog next to Uriah to catch up to the Dauntless-born initiates.
‘The only initiates they usually let come are ones with older siblings in Dauntless,’ he says. ‘But they might not even notice. Just act like you belong.’
‘What exactly are we doing?’
‘Something dangerous,’ he says. A look I can only describe as Dauntless mania enters his eyes, but rather than recoil from it, as I might have a few weeks ago, I catch it, like it’s contagious. Excitement replaces the leaden feeling inside me.” – pg. 210-211
7. Will and Christina are totally in luuurrve!
“‘Hey now,’ says Christina, brushing Will’s shoulder with her fingers. ‘This is supposed to be a lighthearted session of symbolic document destruction, not a political debate.’
I bite back what I was about to say and stare at the stack of paper in my hands. Will and Christina share a lot of idle touches lately. I’ve noticed it. Have they?” – pg. 318
8. Tris and Four’s first kiss doesn’t take place in Four’s apartment.
“For a few minutes we kiss, deep in the chasm, with the roar of water all around us. And we rise, hand in hand, I realize that if we had both chosen differently, we might have ended up doing the same thing, in a safer place, in gray clothes instead of black ones.” – pg 338
Veteran Initiates—tell us what else new Initiates have to look forward to in the book that wasn’t in the movie!
Don’t be a pansycake, share DIVERGENT with your friends.


Why I'm STILL Reading This Book (or how I'm the slowest reader ever)

by Andye

This morning, I yelled upstairs to my daughter, Reagan, to grab my book off my nightstand and toss it down.

"Which one?" she yelled down.

"SEA OF SHADOWS," I answered.

"You're still reading that?" she condescended.  "You are SUCH a slow reader!!"



Thanks Reagan.

My 13-year-old.

Who read Divergent in 3 hours.




I've been reading this book for...*checks Goodreads*...five days.  And I REALLY like it!!

To be fair, I did have a volleyball tournament that I coached all day Saturday.  And it's not the actual reading that I'm so slow at.  It's a couple of things.

The distractions.

I'm so easily distracted by everything and everyone.  For instance, I'm on page 254 of SEA OF SHADOWS when I think...Man, it's taking me a long time to read this, especially considering how much I like it...and so I stopped to write a blog post about it.  I'm distracted by Twitter, Facebook, Email, friends, children, TV shows (SUPERNATURAL), lunch dates.  I'm even distracted thinking about what book I'm going to read next, or looking at all the books on my TBR shelf.  Seriously, what's wrong with me?

HEY LOOK!  THERE'S DEAN!

Uhh...anyway....where was I?  Oh...

I get tired when I read.

Am I the only one that this happens to?  I used to read to my kids, but I couldn't stop yawning the entire time I was reading.  Thank God for audiobooks!!  Now, I'll sit down to read in my cozy chair, thinking about how I'm going to get ALL THE READING DONE, and before long, I'm just out.




Maybe I'm just slow.

Ok, I might just be slow too.  I am completely amazed by people who can read five-hundred-thousand books in an hour.  I just....can't.  Not even a little.  I mean, are these people even READING what's on the pages???  How can they?  I think they might be magical.  If I'm having a really, really good reading day, with a really, really good book, that is also fairly short, I might be able to finish it in a day.  But usually I can't get any more than a book or two read in a week.  (Another reason I love audiobooks so much).



How about you?  Are you a magical, super-fast speed reader?  Are you slow like me?  
What distracts you (besides this blog post...haha)?  How do you
combat the distractions?

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