Month: October 2014

Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want to

Visit

50ab0-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.


Ohhhh this one is going to be fun. I can’t even begin to count the number of places I’ve wanted to visit because of books.

1. Anna and the French Kiss – Paris France

I’ve always wanted to go to Paris for a number of reasons. It sounds beautiful, it’s the fashion capital of the world, they have ballet, art, music, and all sorts of stuff! There’s so many things that you can do in France. The French boarding schools plus Anna’s fun personality only reaffirmed my want to go there.

IT LOOKS BOOTIFUUULLLLLL.

2. The Sister’s Grimm Series (Michael Buckley) – The Hall of Wonders

A hall full of artifacts from every single fairytale? Sign me up for the next tour because I really really want to go there. I don’t care if I get kicked out. I wanna see the magical stuff guys! (And maybe steal some of the wands.)

It’s an added plus if I can meet Puck and Sabrina (PUCKABRINA FTW!)

3. Sarah Dessen’s Books – Every single town mentioned

Sarah Dessen excels at making her settings amazing. They are small towns with well-drawn locations and I always want to visit the places! In Along For the Ride, I wanted to go to that beach town and shop at the boutique Auden worked at. In This Lullaby, I wanted to be BFFs with Remy and go touring with Dexter. In The Truth About Forever, I wanted to live in Macy’s house and ride around the town in the catering truck. All of her books make me want to take a trip to those towns (even if they are purely fictional ;;)

4. Every Soul a Star (Wendy Mass) – Moon Shadow

The majority of this book takes place in an isolated campground. And this isolated campground is beautiful. I usually HATE astronomy (it’s like my least favorite subject) but I make an exception for this book. If someone offered to take me to this campground, I’d take the offer in a heartbeat. I’d totally go there to stargaze and listen to Ally ramble on about the stars. Mass just describes the setting so well. She took a plain setting and turned it into something that was memorable.

5. When You Reach Me (Rebecca Stead) – NYC BABY!

I read this book back in 4th grade and I was hooked. This was my favorite book for a very long time because of the time-travel concept in it and the fact that Miranda referenced A Wrinkle In Time like a bajillion times. It’s like I connected to her because we were bookworms y’know? Anyways, the mystery in this novel and the descriptions of all of the settings make me wanna visit this specific neighborhood of New York City, at the time period it’s in (1980’s-ish btw). I would legit wanna visit Jimmy’s and the pizza place and the studio of the $20,000 Pyramid and her house and like everything in-between. Combine that with my love of NYC in general and…. yup I really want to go there.

6. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (Robin Sloane) – His bookstore and Google’s headquarters

I love the concept of a mystery being hidden in the shop. The entire shop sounds simply amazing because of the great description of the shelves and desk. It sounds like my perfect place to go searching for an amazing book. Later on in the book, they go to Google’s headquarters and the description sounds like it would be really fun to just nose around all the fancy schmancy machines there.

7. The Cat Royal Series (Julia Golding) – 18th Century London

I thank one of my friends so much for introducing this series to me. I already loved Julia Golding but I had no idea that she had a historical fiction series.

This is set in London and Cat’s mischief and adventures in this town are some of the most charming things ever. I want to attend a play at the theatre and hang out with Cat and Pedro!

8. Al Capone at Alcatraz Series (Gennifer Choldenko) – Alcatraz in the 1930’s

I don’t think it’s supposed to be smart for me to want to go to Alcatraz when there are still prisoners on there…. but Moose and the other kids that lived there made their home seem like such a great place to explore! I might get beaten up by a criminal but hey, at least I can play a fun game of baseball and fail with the other kids!

And now for the ones that EVERYBODY wants to go to

9. Harry Potter Series (J.K. Rowling) – Hogwarts or Hogsmeade

Anybody who’s a Potterhead probably admit to dreaming of the day that they can go to Hogwarts. I don’t even care that there are so many steps to get places (we could all use it as our daily exercise requirement), I’d be bouncing off the walls if I could just shadow a student’s class there. The entire school just looks so antique and magical. I love it. If I can’t go to Hogwarts, I could go to Hogsmeade then. I wouldn’t be opposed to that either. BUTTAHBEEEERRRRR.

DOESN’T IT LOOK BEAUTIFUL?????

10. Percy Jackson Series/The Heroes of Olympus Series (Rick Riordan) – Camp Half-Blood/Camp Jupiter

I don’t even care if I can’t go in. It’s enough if I can just see the hill and Thalia’s tree (even if I’ll only end up seeing a strawberry farm ;__;). And for Camp Jupiter, I can look at the entrance in the Caldecott Tunnel. It would be nice if I could actually tour the camps. If the gods could make an exception for me…… well I wouldn’t be opposed to that. šŸ˜‰


Where in books do you want to go?

Cover Comparisons: Torn Away Vs. Panic

Cover Comparisons

Torn Away vs. Panic

This post is like so late it’s not even funny. I read these two books like two weeks ago and I haven’t even written this until today.

Anyways, while I was reading Torn Away and Panic, I noticed that they had similar covers. Both have a girl’s side profile with her hair blown all over her face. The positions are almost identical on the covers.

(And they both have pointy, upturned noses. When I look at Torn Away the first thing that I see is the model’s nose.)

torn away vs. panic coversThe only really big differences are the hair colors and overall coloring of the book.

What inspired me to write this post was my opinion on the cover of Panic. When I finished the book, I was of the opinion that this particular cover is terrible for this book.

For people that don’t know what Panic is about, I shall tell you in a nutshell.

A girl named Heather recklessly enters herself into “Panic”, a game where people compete in possibly life-threatening challenges to win a large sum of money.

Link to Goodreads

The book itself has an amazing concept but some readers might take one look at it and think that it’s about a girl who suffers from panic attacks or something. It suggests anything but what the actual plot is. Just because Heather’s hair blew around in the wind when she was doing the challenges, does not mean that it’s fitting for the cover. It might look dramatic, but I feel unsatisfied with it. Maybe they were going for a mysterious look?

(I do like how Lauren Oliver’s name was written in lime green though. Great contrast.)

On the other hand, I think this cover idea fits Torn Away better.

In a nutshell….

Jersey Campbell’s hometown is struck by a tornado, causing her to lose everything. Grieving, she’s sent to live with relatives. But in the wreckage of a storm, is it possible to retrieve the things that can’t be destroyed?

Link to Goodreads

I admit that at first, I was hesitant to start this book due to the cover and general premise. I didn’t think that I would be interested in reading a book like that. Obviously I was wrong because I read it and loved it. Finishing it, I can safely say that this cover is actually, in my opinion, really good for this book.

The tornado was what caused Jersey’s life to be turned upside down. Instead of having a black background, they have grey clouds, hinting at what the book is about. The cover depicts the sorrow that Jersey feels during the storm extremely well.

My vote is for Torn Away, but which book do you think has a better fitting cover?

Nil – Lynne Matson

Nil

Nil (Nil, #1)

Author: Lynne Matson

Publish Date: March 4th, 2014

Number of Pages: 374

Genre: YA, Romance, Adventure

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesnā€™t know the rules. She doesnā€™t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, sheā€™s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thadā€™s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.


Review

Ā this displeases me

^^That right there is my reaction to this book.

Warning: This review will use a lot of sarcasm, snarkiness, and two censored swear words.

Nil had such a promising premise. It sounded thrilling, dangerous, something that would have me turning the pages as fast as I could.

On the contrary, it was the complete opposite.

On Nil, victims have 365 years to get off of the island or else they die. No if, and, or, buts about it. It sounds exciting right?

NEWS FLASH

It became a f*cking island vacation romance. It’s like if you mixed together The Lord of the Flies and Lost and then took out all of the suspense and angsty deaths.

There was no sense of urgency. There was a noticeable lack of suspense that this book really needed. They have 365 days to get the h*ll off of that really really dangerous island and they lack the motivation. The forest is filled with dangerous animals like panthers, bears, tigers, etc. I thought the system that they used was good though. It showed how they were willing to work together to help send their friends home.

“Oh! We’re stuck on an island! Oh no! We’re going to die if we don’t hurry up and try to get out!”

*Puts off finding a gate home until there’s a month left*

“Oh no! I have a day left! I can’t find one!”

*Dies*

And they wonder why they can’t get off the island. I understand putting priority on those who have less time left, but you’d think that they’d be smarter about it.

This lack of tone and mood development is only one of the many issues though.

Have I mentioned the sheer stupidity of the characters? Charley, our protagonist, is supposed to be the “smart” one that is confident and “beautiful”. She’s the epitome of a Mary Sue. She has “beautiful hair”, “long legs”, “great friendship skills”, etc. There isn’t a single bad trait revealed about her except for maybe her insecurity over being able to create something like soap.

This logic wasn’t what made me really hate Charley though. What I found absolutely ludicrous was the fact that she was the (highlight to read spoiler) FIRST person to ever consider that the gates appear in patterns.Ā  I can be positive of the fact that if this island were real, she would not be the first, after over FIFTY YEARS, to consider that these gates appeared in a pattern. She can’t just be “beautiful”, she also has to be the “genius” that discovers the gate pattern?

Thad is a Gary Stu. He’s “smart”, “strong”, “a great leader”, blah blah blah. They obviously get together. And it’s the most vomit inducing relationship I have ever read about. Oh and there’s insta-love.

“It was killer, and yet I couldn’t stop thinking about Charley.

Charley, standing on the beach, chin raised in defiance.

Charley, studying my face, ready to bolt.

Charley, lying on the bed, knocked out cold.”

Page 51

At this point, he’s only talked to her a total of once. Oh man, I can definitely feel that chemistry (not).

Oh and then after the insta-love, the way they act together at the end is pitiful. Thad obviously can’t think clearly because of some of the really stupid things he says and does.

AND THEN LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW CHARLEY WANTS TO HAVE SEX.

AFTER THREE MONTHS.

ON A DEADLY ISLAND WITH NO CONTRACEPTIVES.

GUYS, THESE PEOPLE ARE GENIUSES.

They have the motivation to have sex before they “die” but then they don’t have the motivation to make sure they live so that they can see each other on Earth again? What type of stupid logic is that?

you are dumb

It’s like all these characters don’t even care that they might die. Romance is like #1 on their to-do list (before learning how to make soap, surf, and play beach volleyball).

And this isn’t even counting the other couples. About 75% through the book, a couple forms out of nowhere. No buildup, no clever foreshadowing, nothing. Just BOOM. They’re found making out. 100% A+ for that fantastic romantic buildup.

It wasn’t even just the main characters that were badly characterized. I can safely say that I didn’t give a crap about any of the minor characters. Some of them died and I felt nothing partly because of the flatness of them and partly because of the bland writing.

OH YES

THE WRITING

Nil was written from a dual POV. Thad and Charley. Thad was an incredibly unconvincing male protagonist. I could not distinguish who was who in the book at all. They both sounded the exact same and I realized, with a start halfway through, that this was written from first-person POV. It takes skill to make me speed-read the book to the point that I think it’s third-person because of a lack of personality. On top of this, the plot wasn’t even all that interesting. It doesn’t even begin to pick up until in the second half and by that point, I was way too done with these characters to really care. Then I read the ending. The ending made me extremely extremely angry at the book because it took it to a whole new level of cheesy.

I don’t even know if I want to read the sequel. I heard that it’s supposed to answer all of the unanswered questions from the first book, but Nil was such a train wreck that I don’t really feel the urge to.

1/5 Stars

Rumble – Ellen Hopkins

Rumble

Rumble

Author: Ellen Hopkins

Number of Pages: 546

Publish Date: August 26th, 2014

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Poetry

Can an atheist be saved? The New York Times bestselling author of Crank and Tricks explores the highly charged landscapes of faith and forgiveness with brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance.

ā€œThere is no God, no benevolent ruler of the earth, no omnipotent grand poobah of countless universes. Because if there was…my little brother would still be fishing or playing basketball instead of fertilizing cemetery vegetation.ā€

Matthew Turner doesnā€™t have faith in anything.

Not in familyā€”his is a shambles after his younger brother was bullied into suicide. Not in so-called friends who turn their backs when things get tough. Not in some all-powerful creator who lets too much bad stuff happen. And certainly not in some ā€œIt Gets Betterā€ psychobabble.

No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about faith and forgiveness, thereā€™s no way Mattā€™s letting go of blame. Heā€™s decided to ā€œlive large and go out with a huge bang,ā€ and whatever happens happens. But when a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumbleā€¦a rumble that wakes him up, calling everything heā€™s ever disbelieved into question.


Review

This book made me tear up in the middle and to be honest, I’m not even sure why. Maybe it was the feelings I had coming off of Torn Away. Maybe it was the fact that I was tired. I’m not sure guys. It wasn’t even all that sad.

Rumble was the first Ellen Hopkins book I can say that I read and understood. I read Crank at one point, but I was kind of naive and didn’t really understand that it was about crystal meth. (Let’s be honest. I didn’t even understand the verse poetry.) I now know that Hopkins writes about serious issues and in this particular novel, suicides and the repercussions it has on the people that are left to mourn.

I have a thing with liking books where the characters are questioning religion. I always find it kind of refreshing to read about for some reason. I really liked the essay bits that represented Matt’s writing although I don’t think a teacher would give him a good grade for what he wrote. The characters were mildly characterized. Hayden and Alexa were kind of flat but I thought that I could understand Matt’s personality pretty well.

I did have a few problems with this one though.

I could not, for the life of me, ever connect with Hayden or Matt. I sympathized, but I never could really say that I connected with him. I though Hayden was sleazy throughout the whole novel. I’m not really sure if I like Matt or not. Sometimes I thought he was a new level of overly obsessive and at other times I just wanted to resurrect his dead brother for him. The love triangle was kind of annoying seeing as the development wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. Hayden is kind of a terrible girlfriend and Matt is kind of a terrible boyfriend. At first, I didn’t even understand why they were together because their relationship was all types of unhealthy. And Alexa is just a mess. I shipped Alexa and Matt but reading about the jealousy and drama between all of them wasn’t that great. On top of it, I didn’t like the development of the romance whatsoever. It felt kind of insta-love-y and I felt like it detracted from the bulk of the plot.

It also bugged me that Matt always said he loved Hayden but at the same time, kept thinking about Alexa. If that isn’t a sign that something is wrong, I don’t know what is.

The entire book I was waiting for what was referred to as “the rumble” (Which, for the record, doesn’t show up until like page 350-60ish. Takes forever to build up to it and all the rising action is kind of boring). It wasn’t really surprising and I was disappointed when I realized that that scene was the “big moment” that was supposed to be the turning point. It might have been an emotionally charged scene where Matt realizes that everything he’s believed was wrong but I was expecting it to happen at some point. I just didn’t expect it to be the climax of the novel. I know I probably sound a bit cray right now because you probably don’t know what I’m talking about but I can’t spoil. Sorry!

I enjoyed the writing. It was poetic but at the same time it also was pretty in a simple way.

I did like the ending, right before Matt gets into the hospital. I liked the shooting he did and I liked the way he grew from the experience. But I wish Hopkins had covered less in the novel. She tried to cover suicide, homosexuality, family problems, bad romantic relationships, etc, all in the same novel, and at times, I found it cumbersome. I think I would have enjoyed the novel more if it had focused on one specific topic.

3.5 Stars

The Monstrumologist – Book Trailer

The Monstrumologist

The Book Trailer

I don’t usually like watching book trailers. I find them really cheesy and sometimes they discourageĀ me from wanting to read a book. They aren’t as well made as movie trailers (for obvious reason) and they don’t usually tell me anything about the plot of a book. Sometimes, I’ve found that what I think the book is about (from watching a trailer) is completely different from the book trailer.

I watched the book trailer ofĀ The MonstrumologistĀ and found that it was misleading. It’s pitched as a horrific novel when in reality, it’s anything but scary. The doctor and Will Henry are assumed to be creepy but they are completely different.

While the doodles of the anatomy and surgical tools are relevant, I felt like it didn’t really make me feel compelled to read the book. I liked it, butĀ it came off as cheesy. Actually, the entire trailer just came off as cheesy which is extremely disappointing. It’s a good thing that I’ve already read the book because I think that the trailer might have turned me off of reading it.

WHAT COULD HAVE MADE IT BETTER

More blood. Preferably blood that doesn’t look like red paint. More real-action shots. Preferably not blurry. The funny doctor would have made me want to read the book even more. It doesn’t necessarily have to be high budget but at the very least it could have been less cheesy. The trailer also makes Dr. Warthrop sound like he’s going to come onto the scene with a gas mask and a machete to kill all the monsters when it’s actually just a title. But I suppose, they wanted to make the book appear more frightening so that people would be more interested in reading.

I vote that all book trailers have just as much production value as the books themselves. And that they should be run on TV to increase the amount of readers!

Songs and Books

Songs and Books

I don’t know how many of you guys experience this too, but sometimes when I read a book, I end up associating a song with that book. It doesn’t matter if the lyrics end up matching or not, I will have forever attached those two together. And a lot of the times, I end up enjoying it because it either makes my visualization of the scene more dramatic or it makes it really funny.

I know I’m not the only person who has done this. One of the booksĀ  I really really want to read is called Since You’ve Been Gone. Sounds familiar? Yeah I’ve seen a large number of bloggers associate that book with Kelly Clarkson’s song “Since You’ve Been Gone” and that includes me. It doesn’t matter if the book has to do with losing a lover, it’s all been linked together.

Recently, I’ve read The Monstrumologist (and I know that all of you guys know this) and I’ve been associating the song “Monster” by Skillet with the book. The lyrics have absolutely NOTHING to do with anything in the book so it doesn’t really match, but again, it’s just one of those surface links because at no point during the book does Dr. Warthrop or any of the other characters say that they feel like a monster.

Another example. In 8th grade, I had to do a group classics project and one of my lovely friends decided that we should read Atlas Shrugged (FYI NEVER READ ATLAS SHRUGGED IF YOU ONLY HAVE A MONTH TO FINISH THE PROJECT). One of the assignments was to use songs to represent emotions that the individual characters all felt. One of the tracks we picked was “Me Without You (All I Ever Wanted)” by All Time Low. And now, any time I hear that song, I am reminded of Atlas Shrugged and the painful relationship between Francisco and Dagny. Guys, just imagine two adults dramatically being separated with punk rock music in the background. It’s kind of awkward but also kind of funny XD

I like the fact that books can be linked to anything whether it be music or life experiences, but I really like that a single song can trigger a memory of a book (Or if you’re a normal person, an actual memory).

The Monstrumologist: Expectations Vs. Reality

Expectations vs. Reality

The Monstrumologist

Expectations

Scary monsters

Creepy, creepy houses

Really creepy scientists

Will Henry to be less spineless

Cooler monsters

For me to actually be scared

More monsters

Work with chemicals

Nightmares

Monster battles

Cool gothic setting

Blood

Dead people


Reality

Scientist with emotional control of a teenage girl

That same scientist is also on the crazy side

Monsters with descriptions that vaguely remind me of vampires

Three floored houses that arenā€™t scary at all

Shrunken heads

PeopleĀ with daddy complexes

Heavily disguised child labor

Starvation of children

Sleep deprivation (nooooo!)

Bipolar worms

BLOODY monster battles

Jack the Ripper

Human sacrifice

Book thatā€™s about as scary as a chick flick (actually those can be pretty scary when theyā€™re bad)

Jack the Ripper


I know the format of this post is kind of ugly but I will figure out a way to insert a legible table soon.

Anyways, when I first picked up The Monstrumologist, I had thought it would be more eerie. Definitely not the cheerful but gory book it was. I found that it utterly failed at scaring me and I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror. It was most likely because of the fact that the story talked about emotions quite a bit and that Will Henry was rarely ever scared in the novel.

I also thought that there would be more monsters than just the Anthropophagi and the body-invading worms. Truly disappointing in that aspect. For some reason, the Anthropophagi reminded me ofĀ vampires although IĀ knowĀ that they are nothing alike. These monsters don’t even drink blood.They were likeĀ giant humanoid gorillas with super strength.

And yes! There was Jack the Ripper. Though it wasn’t super obvious until the end. He was placed in the book as more of a side-character.

I have to say that the biggest surprise was the fact that Dr. Warthrop wasn’t creepy in the slightest. I had begun reading the book expecting it to be about a scientist that was experimenting with monsters and had forced Will Henry into being his unwilling assistant. Instead, I read about Dr. Warthrop who didn’t really understand Will Henry’s boundaries and how to raise a kid.

I wasn’t expecting the book to get emotional at all. Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry both had a lot more baggage than I thought they would, considering that the book looks and sounds really creepy. I was pretty surprised when the book started to get into the background of Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry.

So didĀ The MonstrumologistĀ meet my expectations? Kind of. It was good in the aspect of writing and storytelling but I was expecting it to be much scarier.

Torn Away – Jennifer Brown

Torn Away

Torn Away

Author: Jennifer Brown

Publish Date: May 6th, 2014

Number of Pages: 288

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Jersey Cameron has always loved a good storm. Watching the clouds roll in and the wind pick up. Smelling the electricity in the air. Dancing barefoot in the rain. She lives in the Midwest, after all, where the weather is sure to keep you guessing. Jersey knows what to do when the tornado sirens sound. But she never could have prepared for this.

When her town is devastated by a tornado, Jersey loses everything. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with relatives she hardly knows-family who might as well be strangers. In an unfamiliar place, can Jersey discover that even on the darkest of days, there are some things no tornado can destroy?

In this powerful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown delivers a story of love, loss, hope, and survival.


Review

This was my first Jennifer Brown book and I have to say that I love it.

I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this book. I knew that it had gotten extremely good reviews but I wasn’t expecting it to make meĀ cry.Ā I rarely cry when it comes to books but this one easily made me tear up.

Torn Away was a fantastically poignant novel. It captured every aspect of loss. The characters were written amazingly well. On top of this, the writing and voice of Jersey fit. You know how sometimes the book is about teenagers but then the characters and the writing doesn’t really sound like them? (cough John Green cough) In some cases, it’s bearable, but most of the time, I prefer to have characters that sound like their own age (of course there are exceptions based on the circumstances). In Torn Away I loved the writing and I loved the characters. Jersey was one of the most believable characters I have ever read about. She has that bratty teenage personality and she isn’t perfect. When she realizes what had happened to her town, she kind of panics (which is expected) and the way she handled everything was so realistic. A lot of the things she does are what I would have done in the same situation. I would have begged to stay with a broken guardian. I would have begged my friends to ask their parents if I could stay with them. I would have faced the situation similarly. And that’s what made this novel shine. The characters were raw and nothing was left to the imagination. Everything from her opinion on her parents, siblings, friends, and the aftermath is explored.

One of the biggest things that this book explores well is the question of if your family was right or wrong. In Jersey’s case, her mother had always said that her father and grandparents had abandoned her. With the tornado, everything she had begun to believe about her family is brought into question. The grieving is portrayed extremely well.

In the end, what caused me to tear up wasn’t the death of anybody. It was the desperate way that Jersey tried to defend her dead family when her bitchy half-sisters crudely insulted them. The painful emotions that she felt because of the lack of support she had. That was what caused me to cry.

“Growing up, we were taught over and over again what steps to take in case of an approaching tornado. Listen for sirens, go to your basement or cellar, or a closet in the center of your house, duck and cover, wait it out. We had drills twice a year, every year, in school. We talked about it in class. We talked about it at home. The newscasters reminded us. We went to the basement. We practiced, practiced, practiced.

But we’d never–not once–discussed what to do after.”

Page 23

The plot was well-done, but not really the type that I love. It showed how when you lose everything you’ve ever known, finding a home can be difficult. Jersey is bounced around non-stop, none of her family ever actually wanting to keep her. It felt believable, but while reading, I found that it felt kind of aimless. I had no clue how Jersey would ever find a place to stay. It all worked in the end though.

I really liked that romance was the last aspect addressed. In a lot of books, as soon as something bad happens, the female protagonist goes into the arms of a boy she likes. Someone “nice” that she’s had a crush on for a while or a friend that she opens up to in a moment of weakness. Jersey clearly had better things to worry about than boys. Ain’t nobody got time to worry about love when they don’t have a home. Kolby was a good character. He was somebody that Jersey leaned on at times, but never once during the rising action or climax did they become anything more than friends (which is how it should be during traumatizing events).

4.5/5 Stars

Should The Monstrumologist Be Made Into a Movie?

The Monstrumologist

Should It Be Made Into a Movie?

I don’t know if they are making this book into a movie but they make a lot books into a movie at some point. The movie rights are snapped up but then nobody ever makes it. In this case, the movie rights have been taken by Warner Bros but I’m not sure the movie will be made anytime soon.

So now I’m wondering, should The Monstrumologist be made into a movie or not?

It would be a different type of film than half of the movies made targeted at the teenage/young adult demographic. It’s set in the past, while most released movies are set in the present or future. It’s a paranormal/horror genre. I think it could be a pretty interesting movie if it was adapted.

But then there are some other issues.

For one, the book explores the relationship between an eccentric doctor and a 12-year-old boy. I highly doubt that any teenager would want to watch a movie where the main character is a 12-year-old boy. Most people only watch these movies to ogle the hot guys. Key case in question, the fact that I’ve HEARD my friends say that they only watched The Mazerunner to stare at hot, shirtless guys. Not a bad reason to watch the movie but it supports the argument that even if this movie was made, that is one less incentive for watching it.

Secondly, the book has a lot of action, but more of it is focused on the down parts. That is, the past of Dr. Warthrop and Will Henry. It’s interesting for the readers, but I don’t know if it would be possible to cram all of the background information into a two-hour long film and also be able to sufficiently portray the battles of the Anthropophagi. Taking out all of these parts would only warp the personalities of the characters.

It’s too juvenile for the adults, too gory for young children, and not relatable enough for teenagers. I hope that even with these technicalities, that the movie will be successful. Besides, Yancey’s book, The 5th Wave, is already in the works to become a movie that’s coming out in 2016. I can just wait for that movie to tide me over until The Monstrumologist comes out.

Here is an article that talk about the movie.

http://thefandomnews.net/2014/06/25/warner-bros-picks-up-movie-rights-for-rick-yanceys-the-monstrumologist-series/

Let’s be honest though. Books are better than the movies 99.9999999% of the time.

Book Meme Idea?

Book Meme Idea?

I figured that if I’m going to continue to do this book blogging thing, I should make my own book meme that sets me apart from the rest of the bloggers. I’m currently bouncing around ideas. I want something that’s going to be fun but I also want something that has substance. I don’t want to make an idea that’s flimsy or something that I can’t really talk about. There are a lot of different book memes out (Stacking the Shelves, The Sunday Post, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc) and I’m not sure if my idea has been done before, but I figured that I’d make a post about this because this came to me while I was thinking of posts to write for my English project.

Expectations Vs. Reality

Has a nice ring to it right?

Obviously, this isn’t a new concept at all (what with the bajillion memes and posts about it) and I’m really surprised I haven’t seen it done on other blogs. How many times, as readers, have we expected a book to be fantastic, only to have it flop? For me, far too many times to even begin to count.

So I have thought

up this little feature, which I think will be tons of fun (lots t-charts, lists, gifs, and me ranting). I will be comparing what my initial expectations of the book to what the book actually had or maybe what unreasonable expectations the book ends up giving me compared to real life. Just stuff like that

Guys I don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to read a book in a bath. Now that I’m older, I wouldn’t even try to bring my babies anywhere near water (not even the pool) so taking a bubble bath and reading a book is out of the question. šŸ˜¦