Friday, May 29, 2020

5 Fandom Friday- Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations

Hello, all!

Whenever a book is turned into a movie, it's always very hit or miss. There are some that I think are insulting to their original format, but a few others I like almost as much as the book. Here are just a few I enjoyed. (And yes, I left out Harry Potter cause I feel like those are a given favorite.)

1. Little Women: I was really looking forward to this new adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic, and it didn't disappoint. It was so fun and lighthearted, yet still had all the emotion you want. Saoirse Ronan and Florence Pugh especially did such a stand-up job.

2. Forrest Gump: I'll forever be a fan of whatever Tom Hanks does. I don't get very emotional over books/movies, but I always choke up whenever Forrest is talking to Jenny about their son and goes, "Is he smart or is he..." and points to himself. 😭😭

3. The Princess Bride: While I do love the book, the movie brings a whole other level of magic that I actually love the movie more. The casting is so perfect, the humor is spot on, and it's just one of my favorite movies. I can watch this over and over and never get tired of it.

4. To All the Boys I've Loved Before: Ugh, how cute is this movie?! Lana Condor and Noah Centineo have amazing chemistry and it really shines through and makes the characters even better. I must've watched this about 5 times within the first few days it was released, and I still watch it all the time. I did enjoy the second, P.S. I Still Love You, but I definitely think this one is my favorite.

5. Jurassic Park: This one might be a cheat since I've actually never read the book yet, but I'm throwing it on here anyway! Again, this is one of my favorite movies and I can't even count the amount of times I've watched it. My friends and I even used to walk around doing the little snort noises the raptors make when they call their pack together. I don't know a single person who doesn't like this movie, it's just so good!

What're some of your favorite adaptations? Lemme know!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Blog Tour: A Royal Kiss & Tell Review

Hello, all!

I recently got into historical romance, and if you can look past the usually ridiculous book covers, they're actually pretty good. Big thanks to HQN Books for having me for the blog tour for A Royal Kiss & Tell by Julia London!

Pub Date: 5-19-20

Lady Caroline Hawke is used to men fawning over her, so when the handsome Prince Leopold can't even be bothered to remember who she is, she takes it as the utmost insult. So, she decides to do what any level-headed lady of society would do: drop little morsels of gossip about the Prince in a popular ladies magazine. But shaking up the Prince's reputation isn't enough for Caroline, she's setting her sights on his hand as well.

Prince Leopold of Alucia is beside himself about who could be behind the attack on his character. What sort of rogue could want to ruin his societal standing so completely? The worst part is this slander is hindering his investigation into a trafficking scheme that reaches the highest in London's government. Leo has no choice but to accept the help of the flighty Lady Caroline if he wishes to stop his name from dragging in the mud even more. It's only a matter of time before the pair realize the spark between them is more than just annoyance.

I went into this not realizing it was the second in a series, and I think that lessened my enjoyment. There were certain small details that I missed out or didn't pick up on because it had happened in the previous book. Despite that, there were other aspects of this that just didn't work for me. I didn't particularly like Caroline; I felt she was selfish and conceited. I also didn't feel much chemistry between her and Leo so I wasn't invested in their relationship. The pacing of the story was clunky and the human trafficking mystery felt off and almost like it was just thrown together. I've been getting more into historical romance lately, so I was excited to try this, but it just wasn't my cup of tea.

Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Quarantine Book Haul

Hello, all!

One of my resolutions for this year was to stop buying a lot of books. Then lockdown happened and my library closed down, and the waits on e-books through the library app are ridiculous, so here we are. To soothe my conscious (and wallet), I will say that all of these were on sale when I got them, so that helped to ease the blow a little. As always, if you have any recommendations, please let me know!

1. The Disasters- M.K. England
2. A Conjuring of Light- V.E. Schwab
3. Love and Other Words- Christina Lauren
4. The Magician's Land- Lev Grossman
5. Say You Still Love Me- K.A. Tucker
6. Final Girls- Riley Sager
7. My Favorite Half-Night Stand- Christina Lauren
8. The Toll- Neal Shusterman
9. Illuminae- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
10. Gemina- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
11. Obsidio- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
12. My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me- Various Authors
13. The Lottery and Other Short Stories- Shirley Jackson
14. A Study in Scarlet Women- Sherry Thomas
15. A Conspiracy in Belgravia- Sherry Thomas
16. The Hollow of Fear- Sherry Thomas

Friday, May 22, 2020

5 Fandom Friday- Authors You'd Invite to a Dinner Party

Hello, all!

So this week’s topic is a fun one. I took the liberty of picking from people alive or dead, so here are a few people I wish I could pick the brains of.

1. Neil Gaiman: He’s one of my favorite authors, and he just seems like he’d be a really nice, chill guy to listen to. He actually narrates most of his own audiobooks and his voice is so soothing. It’d be the most relaxed time ever.

2. Carrie Fisher: I would’ve done anything to have been able to meet Carrie Fisher. She was so brutally honest about the way things are and who she was. It was inspiring. I’m sure she had tons more hilarious stories to tell.

3. Stan Lee: I once saw him in passing at a convention and he was the most jovial older man I’d ever seen. He just always seemed so stoked to be wherever he was. I would’ve loved to just sit with him and talk about all my favorite comic book characters.

4. George RR Martin: I’d pick this one for the simple fact that I want him to tell me his version of the end of Game of Thrones because the show ruined it for me.

5. Leigh Bardugo: I’ve mentioned a lot how much I love her, so of course I’d want to hang out with her. She has this Stevie Nicks-witch who lives in a cottage on the outskirts of town-vibe that I really dig, and I think we’d hit it off fabulously.

Who’re some authors you’d pick? Lemme know!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Say Yes Summer Review

Hello, all!

It's starting to get slightly warmer out, and I don't know about you all, but I tend to read a bit more contemporary during this time. Big thanks to Netgalley for a copy of Say Yes Summer by Lindsey Roth Culli!

Pub Date: 5-12-20
YA - Contemporary

For as long as Rachel can remember, she's been an overachiever. She's spent her entire educational career getting straight-A's, never stepping out of line, and definitely not spending her weekends going to parties. While this led to her becoming valedictorian and getting into her dream college, it didn't give her many life experiences. So, that's why when she discovers an old self-help book buried in her room titled Season of Yes!, she decides that whatever comes her way this summer, she's going to say yes.

This little experiment leads Rachel so far out of her comfort zone: to parties, to rekindling old friendships, and the biggest one of all, romance. Rachel soon learns that saying yes to everything has its downsides, like when she starts juggling two guys: one who was the most popular boy in the class and who she's had a massive crush on for years and the other her lifelong annoyingly charming friend/coworker. As the countdown to college begins to creep closer, Rachel must confront her feelings before the risk's she's taken blow up in her face.

This. Was. So. Cute. I really liked this more than I thought I would. I thought the writing style was quick and easy to lose yourself in. I basically read this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. I felt a connection towards Rachel since I'm very much a 'No' person as well, so watching her go on this journey of opening herself up to different experiences was lovely. I enjoyed the relationships she made, both old and new, and while I thought her and Clayton were cute together, I absolutely loved her and Miles. The way they bounced off one another and teased each other was adorable. If you're looking for a quick coming of age story, check this out.

Rating: 4/5

Friday, May 15, 2020

5 Fandom Friday- Most Recommended Books Right Now

Hello, all!

I recommend a lot of books to people. In fact, I keep a running list of books in my Notes app to send to my friends. Here are just a few that I've recently been hyping up.

1. The Happy Ever After Playlist- Abby Jimenez: This is a super cute rom-com about two people coming together over a lost dog. It's so quick witted and adorably charming. Plus, Jason is so swoon worthy.

2. Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood- Sarah J. Maas: I will read anything SJM writes and shout it from the rooftops for everyone else to do the same. This is the first book in a new adult fantasy series, and you can read my full review of it here.

3. Scythe- Neal Shusterman: I just recently read this and became obsessed. It's such an interesting concept: basically, humanity has overcome death and there's a group of people called Scythes who are the ones who have to determine who dies in order to keep the balance. It was super engaging and the characters were fun. I can't wait to finish off the series.

4. Kings of the Wyld- Nicholas Eames: I harassed so many people to read this after I finished it. It's an epic fantasy about a group of middle aged men who were famous warriors in their heyday, but who are now all overweight and drunk, who have to set out on one last quest to save one of the group's daughter. Obviously, hilarity ensues.

5. Undercover Bromance- Lyssa Kay Adams: I just love a rom-com! This is the companion novel to The Bromance Book Club and follows the romantic escapades of one of the characters we met in the first book. I enjoyed this one slightly more than TBBC, but they're both really great. Also, Netflix just picked up the rights to the first book, so hopefully we'll eventually get a movie for this one as well.

Lemme know if you have any recommendations!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Blog Tour: This Is How I Lied Excerpt

Hello, all!

I've gotten more into thrillers lately, so I'm so happy to be a part of the blog tour for This Is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf. This is a gripping story all about the lengths a detective will go to in order to solve the 25-year old cold case murder of her best friend, and how the ones you love are the one's who have the most to hide. For my part, I'll be sharing an excerpt. Big thanks to Park Row Books for having me!

Pub Date: 5-12-20
Adult - Thriller
The elevator door opens to a dark paneled hallway lined with ten by sixteen framed photos of all the men who served as police chief of Grotto over the years. I pass by eleven photos before I reach the portrait of my father. Henry William Kennedy, 1995 - 2019, the plaque reads.
While the other chiefs stare out from behind the glass with serious expressions, my dad smiles showing his straight, white teeth. He was so proud when he was named chief of police. We were all proud, except maybe my older brother, Colin. God knows what Colin thought of it. As a teenager he was pretty self-absorbed, but I guess I was too, especially after my best friend died. I went off the rails for a while but here I am now. A Grotto PD detective, following in my dad’s footsteps. I think he’s proud of me too. At least when he remembers.
Last time I brought my dad back here to visit, we walked down this long corridor and paused at his photo. For a minute I thought he might make a joke, say something like, Hey, who's that good looking guy? But he didn't say anything. Finding the right words is hard for him now. Occasionally, his frustration bubbles over and he yells and sometimes even throws things which is hard to watch. My father has always been a very gentle man.

The next portrait in line is our current police chief, Les Digby. No smile on his tough guy mug. He was hired a month ago, taking over for Dexter Stroope who acted as the interim chief after my dad retired. Les is about ten years older than I am, recently widowed with two teenage sons. He previously worked for the Ransom Sheriff’s Office and I'm trying to decide if I like him. Jury's still out.

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