Friday, May 25, 2012

Books in TV Shows

So as I was browsing the Internet tonight on books, I came across something that said they are making The Selection by Kiera Cass into a TV show on the CW. The book came out this year and it is just sitting in my e-reader waiting for me to read it...


I am a CW watcher and have been for years now (90210, Supernatural) and now they are making these books into TV shows && I love it!! I read the Vampire Diaries before I knew anything about them turning it into a show. A lot of readers got upset about many things they changed compared to the books, but in a way the TV show is of its own standards, its like reading the novels and seeing the fanfiction on TV. I also started watching the Secret Circle, though I have not read that series. 

Anyways The Selection is about thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime they get the opportunity to escape their life & to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.


It sounds amazing right?? I cannot wait to read this one, and I will keep everyone posted on any news I hear of this so far you can check out the cast on IMDB  






Aimee Teegarden will play America Singer, Which we all should know her from Friday Night Lights, and the movie Prom. William Moseley will play Aspen Leger. He doesn't look the same but hes the guy from all the Chronicle of Narnia movies.



So anyways I think that this will make a great TV show. The Hunger Games did really well as a movie and now the CW is going to try and get there ratings up with a Dystopia themed TV show. I will keep my eyes out for any trailers this summer and any news on other books becoming TV shows/Movies. Hopefully there's news soon for the House of Night series to be made into a series..."sigh" if only if only....

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Before I Fall

Author:
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: HarperCollins
Release Date: March 2nd 2010
Young Adult
Pages: 470 

 
What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing


 This was recommend to me by my friend who also recommend Delirium to me. I am a quick reader so I flew when I read this book. Unless its more than 500 pages it will only take me a day if I really love the book. This one took me about 2 days to read.

I was not so sure about the beginning of this book...it wasn't what I expected at all, the main characters were annoying. The main characters are the popular girls who have everything and do anything they want to and get away with it because of their social standing. As I kept reading though I began to love it more and more. The main character Samantha Kingston is oblivious to life and the people around her. She doesn't think twice about her life ending because it can't happen to her.Then one Friday night the worst happens and her and her friend are in a car accident, only to wake up the next day fine. She soon finds out that it's Friday again and the same things are happening over again.

She learns that maybe shes supposed to change something, although it takes her a while to figure that out. It kinda makes you mad at her. So she changes some things through each day and sees how her actions cause a whole domino effect. Her friends and her boyfriend is a big part in whats wrong and why shes always reliving Friday. But things get complicated after a couple days of living this never ending Friday, Sam gets frustrated and rebels against this force of nature. Kent (Her childhood friend) has always had eyes for her and has watched her since she left him behind for the in-crowd, He soon realizes something is wrong with Sam.

Sam knows that there is something she is missing. Is she supposed to be nice to the losers (Kent and Izzy) or break up with her boyfriend? Is there something wrong with her? I love how she slowly changes and stands up for good things. Every one can learn from Sam. Sometimes we all take our life for granted and get caught up in our lives and forget about the people we have. Anyways...I got hooked to the book, trying to figure out how she was going to figure this whole time thing out. The moral of the story was very well told and very clear.

The ending is the worse of all...I'm not saying its a bad ending and the book sucks at all just saying that the ending was not what I wanted it to be. All in all the ending was the best part of this book, I bawled my eyes out and was so devastated. I just didn't know that was coming at all, complete shock. The author must have wanted  to make a clear statement that life is not fair and can't always be how we want it to be. Also how our actions speak louder than our words. Doing something is better than standing back and letting it all unfold.

So I really enjoyed reading this book I love Kent and Izzy and wish there would be another book to continue, maybe in Kent's point of view. I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because the ending took me longer to get into then most books I read, other than that that's it!! Thanks!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Divergent

 Divergent (Divergent #1)

Author:
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Harper Teen
Release Date: 2011
YA/Dystopia
Pages: 487 pages

One Choice
Decides your friends
One Choice
Defines your beliefs
One Choice
Determines your Loyalties-Forever
One Choice
Can Transform You


Okay so I borrowed this book off my friend, I had heard a lot about this book from other websites and I saw it at my local Walmart store. Don't have a book store where I live (have to travel 35 mins)

 The book is about a girl named Beatrice "Tris" Prior, whom lives in Chicago in the future and she has to choose among 5 predetermined factions (Candor, Amity, Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite) to define her identity for the rest of her life. The decision ends up so difficult since she discovers that she is a anomaly who does not fit into any 1 group (Very dangerous) and that the faction she lives in is not so perfect after all.

This book hooks you in right in the beginning. Instead of teaching us about this future world right off the bat Veronica drops you right into the story, no time wasted here. So you end up learning as Beatrice goes through her days. I love when the story isn't laid right out to you and they leave you learning throughout. Anyways shes 16 and getting ready to take her test to figure out which faction she is best made into. Only thing is when you choose a different faction other than the one your in you have to leave your family behind, since its faction before blood.

The Candor only tell the truth are open and honest. The Amity are peaceful people who enjoy art and singing and just being happy. The Abnegation are Selfless people who never think of themselves and live plain lives since it would be selfish to have things. The Dauntless are crazy adventurous people who like danger. Then the Erudite are people who believe in knowledge and always learning. She soon learns after her test that she is unusual and that she should tell no one about it. On the day to choose the faction you will live in for the rest of your life she is conflicted. What one should she choose, what do you think she will choose??

I love this book a lot and I have to say I like it more than the Hunger Games. The book is more dangerous and you learn a lot of bad things are going on that no one knows or is oblivious to. Can Tris trust her faction and friends and give up her family? What's going on with her faction and are they catching on to her? You also will have a love-hate relationship with her instructor Four. Hes mysterious and dark and sometimes even crazy and mean.

I really enjoyed the story line and the factions. The only thing for me was I felt sick the whole time while reading...Meaning I was so nervous and scared the whole time. That's how connected I was to the the book when something was happening I was like going crazy with my nerves, I had to take little 5 minute breaks to calm down...yes the book is that exciting and scary and nerve wrecking at times. Tris is a amazing character, she is no damsel in distress. Shes very smart but sometimes doesn't think before her actions. So that can get her into trouble sometimes. Shes stubborn and hard headed. What did you think of her?

I'm just glad to finally have some kick ass girls in some books...and its time for girls to become tough and kick some ass on their own. I'm not saying a guy can't save a girl sometimes. Tris stands up for herself but she also gets help from Four and her friends.
Does Tris really know Herself?  Her family? Her Friends? Her Instructor? Is she ready to face the things to come? Will she have the courage, the knowledge, the selflessness, the love, and the honestly to face the things to come? There's not much more I can say without giving you more information...you will just have to trust my judgment and go out and read this book....its amazing and worth it. You get to travel on this whirl wind of a journey, you lose and gain some people along the way.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Author has some songs she listened to while writing at the end of the book.
Well this song of the band I listen to just makes me thing of Tris.
Freak Like Me by Halestorm (Rock) youtube the song.

I'm on the train that's pulling the sick and twisted, making the most of the ride before we get arrested, we're all waisted and we're not going home tonight. Covered in black we lack the social graces, just like a animal we crawl out of our cages, They can't tame us so if your one of us get on the bus.
If your a freak like me raise your flag if your a freak like me get off your ass, its our time now to let it all hang out, if your a freak like me, you were born to burn, this is no disease you don't need a cure, its our time now to come out...if your a freak like me.
We are underground but we will not surrender were gonna give them something to remember yeah so write your name in gasoline and set that shit on fire
If your a freak like me raise your flag if your a freak like me get off your ass, its our time now to let it all hang out, if your a freak like me, Don't apologize, they can't hold you down you were born to rise. Its our time now to come out, if your a freak like me,,,

Monday, May 7, 2012

Kissing Coffins

Kissing Coffins (Vampire Kisses #2)

Author:
Reviewed By: Courtney
Published By: Harper Teen
Release Date: May 1st 2007
Genre: YA/Paranormal
Pages: 240 pages



Not far from Dullsville, someone's lurking in the dark. . . .
After meeting the handsome and shadowy Alexander Sterling, goth-girl Raven's dark world has a bright, new glow. But as in her favorite movie, "Kissing Coffins," Raven knows that love always has its complications, especially when Alexander has a big secret to guard.
When Alexander suddenly disappears, Raven leaves Dullsville to begin a dangerous search to find him. Can she stay safe, no matter who--or what--she encounters on the way?

This is book #2 of the Vampire Kisses series. I read it because I enjoyed the 1st and had to know what was going to happen. Besides the book is really short and just a nice book to enjoy in the sun. So sit down and enjoy a light read because this one is a great one to read.

We continue where the first book left off, Raven is so upset because Alex is gone, just up and left her in Dullsville. While everyone in town just began to like him and his family, now their gone, only Raven wont tell anyone afraid people will think there is something wrong with this family. So Raven comes up with a bright idea when roses come for the girl at the travel agency. that she's going to visit her Aunt Libby in Hipsterville (the city) to search for Alex during spring break.

Only things aren't as easy as they seem. Shes scared that Alex could be in danger and that he is what she expected to be....a vampire. She sneaks away from her aunts theater show and goes to a club down the street called the "Coffin Club" to look for Alex. Inside she asks around for Alex's butler (Jameson) and ends up asking the wrong person. This is where she meets her second vampire (Jagger Maxwell), and hes not so nice. He tries to use her to find Alex, He knows that she will either find Alex or Alex will come to her rescue. Of course when Alex finds out that Jagger fallowed Raven all the way home he comes straight back and saves her from ending up spending eternity with Jagger. Jagger on the other hand is not so happy. So he retaliates by bringing his sister Luna. And things turn out to go from bad to worse.

So I will leave off there leaving you with a little cliff hanger for you to read and figure it out....of course the book is small. A lot of people don't enjoy it because its not like every other vampire books. The romance is strong and center. The vampires can't stand any type of light. They can stand candle light. I think I enjoy this series a lot because it reminds me of vampire stories growing up. Not the Twilight vampires. Like the movie The Little Vampire that I grew up watching. So this book has the old essence of vampires. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.