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Monday, October 1, 2018

Book-To-Movie Adaptions

I get so excited when movies come out that are based on books, but they usually don't seem quite as good as the books to me.  Here are some book to movie adaptions that I have seen compared to the books.

The Hunger Games (The Hunge...The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins
I felt like the first movie did this book justice fairly well.  Even though I much preferred the book, the movie was engaging, fun to watch, and stayed fairly true to the book.  However, in later movie adaptions the story became overly drawn out and dramatic.

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent by Veronica Roth
I really loved this book the first time that I read it, and I loved the movie as well.  However, I couldn't even make it through the Insurgent movie even though the book was good.  It was too boring, in my opinion.

Wonder by R.J. Palicio
23302416I read this middle grade story many times when I was younger because it was sweet.  The movie was cute as well, but I felt that it really didn't capture all of the feelings in the book.  It was cute and all, but it just didn't feel like it was as inspirational as the book.

There are also many book to movie adaptions that I do not care for, such as Lord of the Flies and Before I Fall.

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Currently Reading: The Way I Used to Be

I am currently a little over half way done reading the book The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith, and just wanted to share my opinions about it.  I am really impressed by it so far.  Especially in the heat of the "me too" movement, I think that it is an important story to read, no matter what you believe.  It is really interesting seeing Eden's point of view.  I can't wait to finish this book.  If you have read it, what are your feelings about the themes and ideas?

Book Review: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart

23310763The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jen Bennett is a uniquely cute romance.

Beatrix is an artist who wants to be a medical artist.  But when things don't go her way she is forced to step outside her comfort zone and take risks with a rebel boy.

This romance was the typical good girl meets bad boy storyline.  It was cute.  Jack, the romantic interest, was very sweet and mysterious.

This book taught me a lot about about cadavers and medical drawings.  Prior to reading this book, I didn't even know what a cadaver was, much less how important they were to medical discoveries.  I liked the medical parts of this book because they were educational and interesting.

The ending was very good.  Some parts of the book were slower moving, but the end wrapped the whole book up nicely.


Book Review: Getting Over Garrett Delaney

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald is a cute romance story.

This is a story about a girl, Sadie, who is madly in love with her best friend.  When he gets yet another girlfriend, she decides that it is time to get over him.

First off, if you are looking for a deep read, like John Green's books, this is not it.  But if you are looking for a fluffy romance that will make you feel good, this is the book for you!

I felt connected to Sadie in some ways.  It was easy to see how she became so connected to Garrett and I felt myself rooting for her.  She also seemed so human and easy to relate to.  Garrett, on the other hand, just struck me as strange.  He seemed like he was stalking Sadie and purposely stringing her along.

The love story was fairly predictable, but at least it wan't a total love triangle.

Overall, I would give this book a 3.5 stars.

Book Review: Awakened by Grace

Awakened by Grace by Alicia Rades is a fast-paced and adventurous end to a good trilogy.

Ryn Tyler has had her fair share of demons lately.  After realizing that she is a Davina (somebody who is an angel), she has had to fight many.  When she discovers that her power comes from a deceased Davina, Grace, Ryn has to fight to give the power back and save the Davina realm.

I really like all of the books that this author writes.  They are creatively written and keep me guessing.  This book was no different.  Even though it wasn't really that long, it was very fast-paced and suspenseful.  I felt myself rooting for Ryn the entire time.  Most of the time, she had a relatable teenage voice, but there were a few areas where I questioned whether something she said or thought was realistic.

Many of the side characters are really good.  They sometimes are kind of cliched but really add a lot to the story.  I don't want to spoil anything, but the ending really helped me to see how they all fit together.

Overall, this book was hard to put down!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blog Tour: The Golden Boy

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Welcome to my stop on The Golden Boy blog

The Golden Boy
(A St. Mary's Academy Novella)

by Seven
 & Audrey Ri

Genre: YA
Contemporary Romance

Release Date
April 24th 2018


Meg has it made. Sh
e has money to spare, attends an
exclusive private school with the best film production program in
the country, and, to top it off, she has
a super-hot boyfriend. But when her father

s business goes under, and her boyfriend cheats on her with
a ditzy cheerleader, the only way she can maintain her perfect life is to fig
ure out a way to stay in

When a fellow
student offers to pay her tuition, Meg jumps at the chance. She only h
as to tell one tiny white lie to
someone she

s never met.

How hard could that be, right?

Until she discovers she must deceive Julius 'Hercules' Samson, t
he school quarterback with a
heart of gold. Even worse, he's determined to sweep her off her feet.

Can Meg go throug
h with the plan to save her future,
even if it means ruining Julius


Inspired by Megera (Meg) from the story of Hercules, The Golden Boy is a
emotional, young adult contemporary romance about a teen girl's h
ard choices, loss, and

< br style="background-color: white; color: #222222;" />St. Mary's Academy
is a young adult contemporary romance series that brings classic fairytale ch
aracters to life in a modern
day, high school setting. It's filled with angsty heroines, hot hero
es, and drama galore. St. Mary's

Academy Shorts are shorter stories from within the St. Mary's Academy universe.&nb

Buy this book today because
you've never read a fairytale quite like this.

My Review
The Golden Boy was a good book.   I really liked the romance between the characters.  Meg was a sweet character and I loved the romance.  I felt like the book dragged at times, but not too bad.  Julius was an awesome character as well and he was sweet and perfect for Meg.  Even though Meg started out the book desperate, she really became a well-rounded character later on.  The romance in this book was really good, and the writing was awesome.  I give it 4 stars.

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Review: Touched by Grace

Touched by Grace Touched by Grace by Alicia Rades
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Touched by Grace was a good book, and even better than the first in the series.

I loved how much action there was in this book. There was never a dull moment, and there was so much suspense. The characters were so full, and the storyline flowed well.

The love story in this book was really good. It was just enough to please a romance lover like me without taking over the whole story. I was getting frustrated with the love triangle at first, but then realized that there was a good reason for it.

The ending was really good. After reading it, I got mad because now I need the final book! It left me hanging!

I have one minor complaint with this book, but it wasn't big enough for me to dock the rating. I found that Ryn could be unnecessarily sassy and rude to the adults in her life. This mainly bugged me in the beginning of the book and got better as the story progressed.

Overall, this was an amazing book.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Review: Chosen by Grace

Chosen by Grace Chosen by Grace by Alicia Rades
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Chosen by Grace was a great book that I had a hard time putting down once I started it.

I felt like Ryn was a great character. She is a pretty realistic teenager. This is the first Alicia Rades book that I've read where the characters swear, and I honestly don't mind it. It makes the teenagers more realistic because most teenagers do swear at least occasionally. I also liked how the writing was descriptive.

This book has a great plot. It is very fast-paced and always kept me guessing. I appreciated how Alicia made Ryn learn more about her ability as the story went on, and didn't just pretend that Ryn already knew everything. Ryn fighting with the demons was probably my favorite part of the book because she was very empathetic. I also really liked how there were a few small romances in this story. It made me like the story more but didn't take away from the suspense.

I was so mad at the way that this book ended. I can't wait to read book two.

I highly recommend that anybody looking for a good fantasy story picks this book up when it releases on Monday, February 26th.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Review: The Carrie Diaries

Here I am, blogging again.  I really missed it, but was so busy.  I know that I probably will not meet my Goodreads goal because I was off of Goodreads for so long, but I want to try to blog again.  It probably won't be as regularly as it used to be, but it will be a start.
Enjoy the review!

The Carrie Diaries

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Carrie Diaries was a great coming of age story.

I came across this book not knowing what to expect. Many reviews I had read about it had said that there was too much sex in this book. I, however, did not feel that way. Carrie acted like a typical teenager in most ways as she and her friends grew up.

I thought that Carrie was a great character. She was so realistic and I felt like I could connect with her. She was a strong young lady who sometimes made bad decisions. Her friends were also realistic and really funny.

The romance was good. Sebastian didn't sound like the perfect boyfriend, and I had never really liked him. Lali stealing Sebastian from Carrie was the best part of the book. It showed Carrie that she didn't need a boyfriend to be happy. It also helped her feel more confident about her decision to go to the writing program.

Even though this book wasn't deep or exceptionally written, I still liked it. The writing was unique, and the plot kept me reading.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Review: Swan Song

Swan Song Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson is a beautiful novel about loss and dance.

Ava was a dancer until her mother died. Her mother was the one and only ballerina Beatrice Duvall. When Ava is offered the chance to remember her mom through a production of Swan Lake, the ballet she was in, she has to take it. Follow Ava as she grieves on her trip to London.

First of all, I am sorry that this review took so long to write. I finished the book a while ago, but hadn't found the time or inspiration for writing about it.

I thought that this book was beautifully written. I really like Ava's character, and she seemed to come to life. I found the setting rich and the romance sweet and subtle.

Ava's attitude about ballet is totally understandable to me. Even though I haven't faced her struggle, I still felt for her in the way she felt dancing was too painful to do. I also liked the way that she still sought to do it, but was afraid of people seeing. It was awesome seeing her blossom into a confident young women throughout the story.

The romance between Seb and Ava is adorable. It is simple and sweet, which is something I love in young adult stories. I also was happy that romance wasn't all that Ava thought about, and that it was just a side story.

This book was so full of emotion. Even though it got confusing in a few areas, it was a touching novel that will stay with me for a while.

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