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Two Must-Read Books

I always love to read books that are amazing first off, but are also destined to be huge. That way when everyone’s clamoring for the next hot book I’ve already read it and can talk about it. If you’re going to read any YA books this October, here are two that I think are excellent. They are well-written, fresh, and made me want to read them in one sitting – which doesn’t happen very often!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.” Talk about starting a book with a compelling hook! But hooks must be backed with great characters, twists and turns, and a satisfying ending and Stiefvater delivers on all accounts. While there is one primary protagonist, Blue, daughter of a psychic with skills of her own, there are a whole plethora of interesting characters that Stiefvater manages to use to pull the plot along giving each one a unique personality without overshadowing the plot. And when Blue gets pulled into a world of mystery with the boy she’s prophesied to either kill or love, havoc breaks loose. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!

 

 

  Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Orphans Mal and Alina have grown up practically their entire lives together. Together they are traveling with the King’s army when they are forced to cross the Shadow Fold, a black slash across their beloved country filled with monsters that feed in the darkness. When Mal is attacked Alina calls upon a power she never knew she had to save him. Her power brings her to the attention of the Darkling, handsome leader of the Grisha, a skilled and magic-filled group trained to serve alongside the King’s army. But will her power be used to good or evil? This is a brilliant book that has already been optioned for a movie with the producer of the Harry Potter movies at its helm. I can’t wait!

 

If you have any books you’ve absolutely loved recently I’d love to hear about them too. Happy reading! 😀

The Tale of One Bad Rat

Last night my girlfriend and I went to the movies to see the much anticipated Green Lantern. Our cable company has special promotions that allow it’s users to see movies for free on Tuesdays. As a result we’ve been able to see a lot of really great movies, especially big screen blockbusters like Green Lantern, without breaking the bank.

We had gotten to the theatre early anticipating great crowds because Green Lantern had just been released the previous Friday. We stood in the lobby chatting while they finished cleaning up from the previous showing and admired the old house feel of the theatre. It’s one of our favorites with a chandelier in the entrance and candelabras down the lone hallway. There are only three showing rooms and a tiny concession stand in the lobby. Small and adorable and old and perfect in every way….well, almost every way.

Once the showing room had been cleared of the debris left by its previous patrons, we filed into the dimly lit room and took our seats. The room is not large with about eight to ten large reclining chairs in each row. My girlfriend was sitting in an aisle seat and I sat next to her. We were chatting about our days when my girlfriend stopped speaking and got this look on her face. I can only compare her expression to sheer horror. I thought a man in a hockey mask had someone snuck over the rows of tall chairs and was now directly behind me waiting to pounce. Finally, she found her voice and with a shaky finger pointing behind me she said, “A rat!” I whirled around, not wanting to be attacked by a rat either and was just in time to see a large rodent bottom with a thick rodent tail shimmy under the seats in front of us and disappear. Of course we were in shock having never shared our movie experience with someone of the small, furry persuasion before. After we yammered on with gesticulating hands and high-pitched sounds that tried to form words, my girlfriend ran to tell the movie theatre staff. I meanwhile tucked my feet up underneath me and peered into the gloom trying to see if the little miscreant would make a return appearance. When she came back, I asked what they had said. Would they come in and announce the movie would not be shown? Would they give her free popcorn for saving the day and letting them know? “They said – ‘okay,'” she told me. “Okay?” I asked. “That’s it?” “That’s it,” she said.

Now we were faced with the dilemma of should we stay or should we go. Stay and the room gets darker and a large fuzzy creature could crawl across our flip-flop clad feet, go and miss out on a blockbuster we’ve been wanting to see. In the end we decided to prop our legs on our seats, stay and pray that people sat between us and where we last saw the rodent, just in case it decided to venture out for more popcorn.

What a movie adventure! 🙂

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TV, Books and Movies, oh my!

I received some comments from my last BLOG POST in response to my discovery of Kathy Reichs and her amazing mystery series. Her novels center around Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, and are wonderful! The TV show Bones is based on these books (although I think they resemble more of Reichs than they do her novels as she too is a forensic anthropologist). I love, love the show and although I’m hesitant to mesh books with the TV shows or movies they spawned I decided to pick up Reichs series. I’m so glad I did as the books are wonderful and Reichs is an amazing writer. The books, however, do not mirror the TV show or vice versa and if I were looking for an exact replica of my favorite cast of fictional TV characters I would have been disappointed. I’m thrilled that both the books and the show are so riveting and similar but different that I am able to enjoy the world of Reich twice!

And I started wondering, have you ever read a book and loved the TV show or movie it was based on just as much? Or did you feel let down? Have you ever seen a TV show or movie first and then read the book it was based on? Did alter your opinion of either?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!