If I Stay: Movie Review

Earlier this week I was given to opportunity to attend a special screening of If I Stay thanks to Penguin Canada. Already being a fan of Chloe Grace Moretz and director R.J Cutler (He directed The September Issue, one of my favourite documentaries ever) I was excited to go see a favourite book of so many adapted to screen.

Admittedly, I am probably one of few who didn’t cry while reading If I Stay. While I read the book and loved it’s themes of family and love; it was it’s sequel Where She Went that had me balling like a baby. That being said, I always considered If I Stay as a more family orientated book. I always saw it as a story about Mia and her family more so than just the romance between Mia and Adam (Of course, Mia and Adam’s relationship was super important but I never saw it as the main focus). So going into the movie I was looking forward to how the Hall’s family dynamic was going to be portrayed on screen.

What really impressed me about If I Stay was how true to the book the script was. Fans of the beloved book are definitely going to enjoy this adaption. Favourite scenes all found their way into the movie and the relationship between Mia and her parents, Mia and Teddy and Mia and Adam were all properly developed and utilized. My favourite aspect of the movie was diffently the music scenes. When Mia played the cello or Adam was on stage playing with his band I actually felt myself getting lost in their music and seeing how their characters did, too.

While If I Stay managed to remain a faithful adaption and I can see fans of the book being pleased with it I really wish some characters and relationships had been explored more throughout the movie. Also, I think the ending with Adam’s speech (one of my favourite parts of the book) could have been handled differently in the movie and been more effective. That being said I think anyone who really loved the book is going to love this adaption. 

 

Ugly Love:Review

Release Date: August 5th 2014
Genres: NA, Romance,
Publisher: Atria Books
Series: Standalone
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Summary: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future.They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

It takes a lot for me to read a romance book. I’ve been called cynical on one to many occasions and have a tendency to roll my eyes at almost anything overly romantic. i’m not the biggest romance film fan and have been known by my friends to laugh out loud during sweet romantic moments in my daily life because I tend to always think they are cheesy although my friends tend to disagree. It’s true I love romance in my books but only when they aren’t the main focus of the story. I always need something else going on, something bigger.

So why is it that whenever Colleen Hoover announces a new book I always rush out to buy it on release day? Why is it I always clear my scheudules for the day when I start a new Colleen Hoover book? Why is it I read Colleen Hoover’s romance books even though I’m not the biggest romance fan? Because. they make me feel a little bit less cynical, because they’re real

Ugly Love is completely different than anything Colleen Hoover has written before. I have no doubts this book will piss a lot of people off (but in the best way possible) I mean, you know when you’re pissed off at certain characters in a book but you like being pissed off at them? You understand why you need to be pissed off at them? You’re at a very intimate sort of level of pissed off the I’m-pissed-off-but-not-enough-to-shut-this-book-pissed-off-just-the-I-want-to-hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-BIG-hammer-pissed-off level

The title Ugly Love couldn’t have been a better fit for this book. While Colleen Hoover has always written about the beautiful side of the love, the side that lifts you up her latest book was a complete departure from that. Ugly Love showed the ugly side of love, the side that does nothing but bring you down. 

Of couse Ugly Love wasn’t a perfect story. I had a few issues with it but I tend to have some sort of small issue with pretty much every book I read so that’s not saying much. What I will say is that the characters weren’t perfect in this book, and the romance wasn’t perfect either but when i look back and think of Ugly Love I see it as Miles Archers story, his journey to peace and acceptance and when I see Ugly Love as that, I love it. 

“Ugly love becomes you. Consumes you. Makes you hate it all. Makes you realize that all the beautiful parts aren’t even worth it. Without the beautiful, you’ll never risk feeling the ugly. So you give it all up. You give it all up. You never want love again, no matter what kind it is, because no type of love will ever be worth living through the ugly love again.”
― Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy#1):Review

Release Date: April 1st 2014
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Strange Chesmitry
Series: First book in series
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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Summary:For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

Why no one pressured me to read this book sooner is something i want to serouisly blame someone for. I ended up downloading this one on my kindle a few months ago after lauren’s review around the time it came out but ignoring it for quite a long time before I actualy picked it up on a whim. Originally the cover was what was keeping me from picking this one up. I wasn’t completely crazy about it but I’m a total idiot and here to warn you guys to not let the cover distract you from picking this one up! Stolen Songbird was just so many levels of awesome I don’t even know where to begin.

Fantasy is a very hard genre for me to get into because I’m really picky when it comes to it. I’ve been burned way too many times and even though I love the genre I only typically read about a handful of fantasy books a year. That being said I picked this one up on a whim and ended up completely loving Stolen Songbird.

What really suprised me about this book was just how emotionally invested I become in it. Cecile was one of the sassiest, bravest and cunning female characters I’ve read in a while and she’s already a favourite female character of mine. I admired her, her strength and how she handled certain situations. Tristan was complicated because I liked him from the beginning even when he was being a complete ass at first towards Cecile or just in general. But I guess I just love sassy characters and could live with it. Both characters were so interesting on their own but the minute the bond was introduced and we see how being bounded affects one another it added another level complexity and intrigue. It even ended up being one of my favourite parts of the book. 

The romance was also very swoon worthy. I loved how it was a slow burn romance and Cecile and Tristan gradually found their way to one another and developed feelings for each other. It just all felt really authentic and I ended up becoming really invested in their romance as well.

I don’t think i’ve ever read a book with Trolls before—in all honest when I first heard the characters were trolls in this book I immediatly pictured the Trolls from Frozen and I think that may have played a part in me being so hesitant to give this one a try but I ended up really loving it and the whole Troll idea and I stopped picturing all the Trolls to look like the ones from Frozen.

I ended up loving this book so much and devouring it so quickly that the minute I finished it (and felt like my heart was literally ripped out of my chest and stomped on) I was dying to get my hands on book two.

Some Boys: Review

Release Date: August 5th 2014
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire*ARC from Publisher*
Series: Standalone
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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Summary: Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.When Grace meets Ian she’s afraid. Afraid he’ll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But…Ian doesn’t. He’s funny and kind with secrets of his own.But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

The thing with books dealing with icky/tense/important/ whatever you want to call them subject matters is that you know you’re most likely going to encounter characters you’re going to hate in the book. You go into the book knowing this and accepting this. Of course, knowing this doesn’t make it any easier to stomach it and in this case believe it.

I really thought Some Boys was going to be this heart wrenching, poignant read with a swoon enducing romance but as much as I hate to say this, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I feel almost betrayed by the synopsis for leading me to believe this book was something other than what it was. You see, Ian (the love interest) isn’t the only one in the entire school who believes Grace was really raped. No, he doesn’t believe her at all. In fact, for 90% of the book Ian sort of hates Grace for saying his bestfriend raped her since it nearly ruined his life *grabs pillow to muffle scream*. I was not a fan of Ian, I didn’t even see what Grace saw in him since he was pretty sexist and just plain rude and not to mention an idiot.

Of course I don’t only blame him in Some Boys, you see pretty much every male character was sexist and a pig. I wanted to hurl this book across the room about a dozen times because i couldn’t not believe the things the male characters were saying out loud (and the sexist things Ian was thinking) it was just….URGH.…get it, yet?

The male characters aren’t the only ones to blame here though, the female characters were also messed up in their own right. They ditched Grace the minute she cried rape and cared more about a boy noticing them than their friend. They also made her life miserable and i’m still ticked off no one did anything.

Also the logistics behind this book failed to make sense to me. Grace was found in the wood with her underwear at her ankles, how does that not sound like rape? Golden boy says he had sex with her and it was consensual but admits to leaving her in the woods alone afterward…how is any girl anyone okay with that? Did the hospital/ police not check Grace with a rape kit in the hospital? If Golden Boy posts a video on facebook of Grace “enjoying” it how is he not in jail for child pornogrpahy charges? How does any girl have a crush on Golden Boy after he posts such an awful video on facebook? I just couldn’t wrap my head around any of this!

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas Teaser

Hey guys! I’m here today to share two teasers from Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas which i’m super excited for and happens to be one of my anticpated reads for this summer! So without further ado here are two amazing teasers from the book!

Out Now!

August 14th, 2014

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense?

Or murder?

Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…

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 THAT teaser right there was the thing that gave me goosebumps and what I remebered last night while I was walking my dog at eleven PM by myself (no guys, that was not fun) but it’s also what I hope convinces you guys to read the book. Look out for my review soon which I promise includes a lot of gushing.

 

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Early Praise

“Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor’s edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages.” — Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable

“Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that stick with you no matter how much time passes.” — The Book Geek Blog

“As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted smile on my face. I don’t know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil creature.” — Dahlia Adler, blogger.

“Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,…Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in and keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page.” — Goodreads.com

About Abigail Haas

Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles. Website / Twitter / FacebookHold

Servants of The Storm: Review

Release Date: August 5th 2014
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Publisher: Simonpulse*ARC from Publisher*
Series: Standalone
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
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Summary: A year ago Hurricane Josephine swept through Savannah, Georgia, leaving behind nothing but death and destruction — and taking the life of Dovey’s best friend, Carly. Since that night, Dovey has been in a medicated haze, numb to everything around her.But recently she’s started to believe she’s seeing things that can’t be real … including Carly at their favorite cafe. Determined to learn the truth, Dovey stops taking her pills. And the world that opens up to her is unlike anything she could have imagined.As Dovey slips deeper into the shadowy corners of Savannah — where the dark and horrifying secrets lurk — she learns that the storm that destroyed her city and stole her friend was much more than a force of nature. And now the sinister beings truly responsible are out to finish what they started.Dovey’s running out of time and torn between two paths. Will she trust her childhood friend Baker, who can’t see the threatening darkness but promises to never give up on Dovey and Carly? Or will she plot with the sexy stranger, Isaac, who offers all the answers — for a price? Soon Dovey realizes that the danger closing in has little to do with Carly … and everything to do with Dovey herself.

Going into Servants of The Storm I initially believed this would be a book I would end up loving. The synopsis was creepy and intriguing and the same could be said about the cover so after reading that it was a physiological thriller I picked this one up right away.

I think the best way to go about explaining my feelings about this book would be to first mention that I was expecting a completely different story than the one I read. I had originally read Servants of The Storm was a psycholigcal thriller so I had gone in expecting one but once I started reading it it didn’t ring psycholigical thriller as much as just plain weird. Servants of The Storm was more of a parnormal book and at the time that just wasn’t what I was in the mood for. 

I hate to say this but I lose interest in Servants of The Storm midway through. While the first few chapters were intereesting there was just something about the narrative that wouldn’t let me completely connect with it. When all the randomness strated happening and i started loosing some patience with the story I ended up dragging my reading experience longer than it should have been.

The ending also felt extremely rushed and sloppy. I actually had to message a fellow blogger to see if I understood the ending. While Servants of The Storm ended up not being a Lily book i’m sure die hard paranormal/demon loving fans might end up liking this one better than I did. It just wasn’t a Lily book.

The Warrior(Dante Walker#3):Review

Release Date: May 6th 2014
Genres:
YA, Paranormal
Publisher:
Entangled Teen
Series:
Book one, Book two 
Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: 
War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.

I already miss Dante Walker. His cocky attitude, dirty sense of humour and his inappropriate trail of thoughts. I’ve despised him and loved him, i’ve wanted to kick him in the shin no less than a hundred times and felt the urge to give him a big fat hug when he does something for somebody else. All in all it’s been a wild ride with Dante Walker and this conclusion gave me enough closure to move on.

Going into The Warrior i didnt have any clue as to what to expect. Sure, i had a list of conspiracy theories that could potentially happen and while some of my guesses were in fact right there were a whole lot of WTF moments to tip the scales.Serousily —Victoria Scott really pulled out all the stops for The Warrior and made this an unforgettable conclusion. There were deaths, bloodshed and some sexy times but there was also some serouis character growth from all our favourite characters. Especially my main girl Charlie, i love her to death and really enjoyed watching how she grew into herself (even more) in this one and protected those who she loved. Plus, Dante coming to the realization that Charlie was his equal was also pretty damn exciting, too!

Our favourite secondary characters also had plenty of moments where they absolutely stole the show (for both good and bad) I’M STARING AT YOU ANNABELLE! (I was serouisly was not expecting any of that) and overall the plot moved along at a perfect pace. The final battle also lasted for a VERY LONG TIME (not just two or three pages like some other series conclusions) and actually had me sitting on the edge of my seat.Overall, i’m sad to see this series go because i’ve really enjoyed it so much but i’m excited for other projects Victoria Scott has up her sleeve!

 

Re-reading A Series

 

One of the ways I always trick myself into buying books (rather than just taking them out of the library) is by saying to myself “I’ll end re-read the first and second book in this series before the finale book comes out! So i might as well buy it!” While I always have the intention of rereading books when I buy them (some more than others) I can’t remember the last time I actually re-read a book, let alone a series. As much as I’d love to, it just takes up too much time! If anything I can maybe fit in a contemporary read every once in a while for a re-read but an entire series? A trilogy? A Saga? NOPE. I just can’t. I’ve got too many other books I need to read! 

What brought about this train of thought? Well i’ve got two series I want to forsure re-read in the upcoming months and i’m already sweating just thinking about coming up with the time to read them. The first is the Throne of Glass books. I have yet to read The Assassin’s Blade so I was planning on reading that one than binge read the first and second books (like i did in January for the first time, mind you) and than read Heir of Fire! (Note: I have an e-arc of Heir of Fire but i’lve put off reading it until I can binge read the entire series first because…CHAOL) 

The second series I have to re-read is the Mara Dyer books. I’ve been waiting for Retribution for literally years (yes, plural, the release date’s been pushed back so many times) that I feel like I owe it to myself and the wonderful characters, especially *cough* Noah Shaw *cough* to re-read the series and become a hundred percent re-invested in the story and get the most out of the finale as i possibly can. 

How about you guys? Do you re-read books or series often? Would you like too? Are tehre certain book series you just need to re-read? Do you read certain books over again before the finale in a series comes out?

Renegade(Mila 2.0):Review

Release Date: May13th 2013
Genres: YA , Sci-Fi
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Series: Book one,
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Summary: There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Mila 2.0 was one of my favourite reads for last year so i was really excited to pick this one up and devour it. I loved Mila in the first book, I loved all her cyborg features and how she struggled with having some humanity despite being a cyborg. There were so many twists and turns in the first book that even though it was quite long i remember devouring it fairly quickly. That being said Renegade unfortunetly felt too much like a middle book. It suffered from middle book syndrome and while it was still entertaining I found myself missing the action from the first book. 

In the beginning of  Mila 2.0 there’s a bit of a romance between Mila and Hunter that was reallly sweet and even swoon worthy but than halfway into the book the romance pretty much disappeared to make room for more of the action and plot development. I hadn’t minded that since I was a fan of how the romance didn’t primarily dominate the story but in Renegade (while it made perfect sense) the romance felt like the centre of the book. At  least 3/4ths of it. It’s not that I hated the romance—because i didn’t—I just wanted more action and serouis butt kicking!

But one thing I hated was how Mila was being so unfair to Hunter—i mean she wouldn’t tell him she was a cyborg and I just wanted to SHAKE HER AND BE LIKE GET A GRIP ALREADY!

i have to admit that the ending is when things started to get better and the suspense and butt kicking really started up again. Plus we did get answers on Mila’s origins which i had been dying for. Even though Renegade did feel like a middle book and not much happened for 3/4ths of it i did manage ot enjoy it and it did set things up for the third book.

 

Wait For You(Wait For You #1):Review

Release Date: February 26th 2013
Genres: NA , Romance,
Publisher: HarperCollins
Series: Book one of series
Rating: 4.5 our of 5 stars
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Summary:  Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.Some things are worth experiencing…Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.Some things should never be kept quiet…But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?And some things are worth fighting for…

The other day over on twitter i got into an interesting conversation with Giselle and Brittany about JLA and how everyone seems to love her books. I had to admit while I had almost all her books on my TBR list I had only actually read White Hot Kiss by her and after Brittany couldn’t stop gushing about JLA’s other books, including Wait For You i decided to make a little break in my review copies and pick this one right up.

I have to start off this review by admitting that Wait For You had the typical NA plot. Girl has secret, boy has secret, they’re both crazy hot and hook up and than past comes and affects their present (although I have to say not all JLA’s or in this case J.Lynn’s books follow this formula but this one did) BUT what made Wait For You such an enjoyable read, such a memorable read was really more the characters than anything else.

“She jerked her hand back and shot me what could only be described as a ‘bitch’ look. Frankly, it was a fucking work of art and I was sort of jealous of that level of mastery.”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Wait for You

Avery and Cam had me shipping them so hard I coudln’t put the book down. From the start Cam was interested in Avery and while it’s obvouis at one point Avery would have to crack, bite the bullet and go out with Cam they had this  slow burning romance that had me completely swooning. EVERYONE WANTED THEM TOGETHER IN THIS BOOK AND I LOVED THAT, TOO. Seriously—all the supporting characters were all over Avery when she wouldn’t go out with Cam and i LOVED it because they got to say all the things i wanted to yell at her. The witty banter in this one was also spot on and had me laughing out loud quite a few times. Plus—the secondary characters were all well developed and hilarouis in their own ways too so I was an all around happy camper when it came to this book.