A New Adventure

First off… I want to say thank you to all the people that follow me. It is nice to have people have an interest in something that I love so much. I recently graduated from college with a writing degree. I am excited to announce that I am on a new journey and that is A NEW BLOG. I decided to start writing about video games and how that plays into relationships. I wanted to start something new, something I have experience in and something that I am passionate about. I want to share it with all of you and I hope that you will check it out. https://freethegeeks.wordpress.com.

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Tuesday Night… Book or Movie..

What is this?

Now I know most of you would say that the book is always better than the movie, especially if you are a big book nerd. Some of the time, I would agree with you. There are few times though where I think that they better executed a vision on TV and chilled the writer out of their wordyness.

Book of the night….

ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!!!

I was so unbelievably excited to see this movie…. I was even willing to get past the obvious changes. I thought that Tim Burton was the perfect person to make this movie because of how dark the book was.

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How did I feel about the movie….?

I FRICKING HATED IT!! I was so upset when I saw this movie. I don’t get upset when they mess up on turning book to movie. I usually like to see someone else vision of a book. Mine is not the only one, but…. the completely went a different way with think movie. I hated everything about it. I was so confused on why they changed so much of the original story because… that is what the book is…. ORIGINAL.

The Winner….

Obviously the book… If you have not read it, I highly recommend it. I have done a previous review if you would like to learn more…

Nostalgic Magic

I almost did not read this book because of the review that is on the back by George R.R. Martin.. “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea… Hogwarts was never like this.” I was honestly offended. Harry Potter has always been my favorite.

Thankfully my fiance convinced me to over look this and read it anyways. I wasn’t as enchanted as I was with Harry Potter, but I could relate. How the main character feels about his childhood story is how I feel about Hogwarts. I could not put this book down. I fell in love with Fillory as much as Quentin.

About the book…

This story is set in modern time in New York. Quentin, the main character, is intelligent, a bit weird and awkward. He is that dorky smart kid that does magic tricks. He is about to graduate from college and is extremely depressed. He craves a land that is his childhood fairy tale, Fillory. In the midst of his depression, he is thrown into the world of Brake Bills. Brake Bills is a prestigious college for Magicians. He finally feels as if he belongs and finds friends that he can finally be himself with. He also gets introduced to a darker side of his favorite story… Fillory.

Opinion and Spoilers…

Spoiler alert!!!!!!!

I really enjoyed the story. One thing I found interesting was how fast it moves through time. I was almost disappointed how fast he went through school. He finished college in one book… that felt a bit fast. I appreciated that Grossman was not wordy. He also did a wonderful job at painting Brake Bills. All I could think of was Oxford when he was describing it. The way magic is performed was also interesting. I like that there was so much more of a science to it than just saying words. I found myself wanting to master these hand movements.

It is definitely a book for adult. There is a lot of drinking, some drugs and a dabble of sex. It felt a little weird with the main topic being about a children’s book, but it also made it feel more real and believable. The characters all had their ugly issues and nobody was perfect. I appreciated this, but it also made it hard to like any of the characters. It all felt like… Naughty Magic.

The main villain was terrifying. Grossman barely described the monster, but that almost made it more scary. His face is covered and he just watches them for long periods of time. No talking, just staring without a face. I really had to applaud Grossman for getting under my skin so well.

In Conclusion..

I highly recommend this fantasy to any adult that enjoyed/enjoys Harry Potter and is craving a fantasy world to fall into. It is not the same by any means, but it gave me a nostalgic feeling. PS the show is not really like the book. At least in my opinion…

My Top Ten of 2016 in order

  1. Red Queen By: Victoria Aveyard

While it was not my favorite book of the year, it was worth being on my list for the year for its interesting adventure.

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  1. Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota Edited By: Alexs D. Pate, Pamela R. Fletcher, J. Otis Powell

I may have cheated with this one because I had to read it for school, but it is still worth a read. I enjoyed the variety of different stories. They also have some beautiful poems.

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  1. The Girl you Lost By: Kathryn Croft

A good filler for when you are between books, a little junk food for when you are not sure what to read. A good thriller to get you through the lonely times.

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  1. FireStarter By: Stephen King

Of course the master of horror must be on my list. Be prepared for a nail biting and gruesome adventure. One of the best endings I have ever read.

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  1. Cinder By: Marissa Meyer

A futuristic Cinderella story with all the magic of the original story, but with a futuristic twist.

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  1. Clockwork Princess By: Cassandra Claire

I really enjoyed this series. I enjoyed these more than the Mortal Instruments. I thought this was the best way to end an awesome series.

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  1. Dorothy Must Die By: Danielle Page

This has been the year for re-imagined fairy tales and this has been my favorite by far. It is not so much a retelling, but a what happened after Dorothy.

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  1. Throne of Glass By: Sarah J. Maas

This is my favorite new series I have started this year. It has that exciting feeling when you start a new adventure.

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  1. Morning Star By: Pierce Brown

This is my third favorite series ever and I was heartbroken for it to end. I actually just started reading it again because I miss it so much.

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  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child By: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne

This had to be my number one for the year because as most of you know I live and breathe all things Harry Potter. Though this was a bit of a different read because of how it is written. I still recommend reading this and being captured by the magic.

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There you have it. My favorite books that I have read in 2016. Excited to see what books I will discover in 2017.

The Yellow Brick Road is Cracking

Dorothy Must Die By: Danielle Paige

So I think it is obvious by now that I mainly shop in the YA section. I am not sure if that says something about my maturity level but I can’t help but be pulled in by the angst and wonder. The adventure you can find in YA is exciting and fresh. Anyways back to the reason you are reading this. Dorothy Must Die is a re-imagined story of Wizard of Oz. I am a sucker for re-imagined classic stories.

Amy Gumm is a teenage girl who is known for having a drunk of a mother and living in the trailer park. She is bullied daily and referred to as Salvation Amy. A sad joke to her financial status. She lives in Kansas and is just looking forward to the day she can escape her mother, school and Shady Oaks trailer park. One stormy and frightful day her mother leaves her alone during a tornado warning. She gets swept up and taken away to the land of Oz. Sound familiar? She soon realizes the stories of Dorothy are true and Dorothy has returned to Oz and rules over the land with her 4 best buds by her side (Scarecrow, Lion, Tinman and Glinda). Sounds great, right? Nope! Dorothy is a power hungry, spoiled brat that is destroying the land and now there is another girl that is from her home town and threatens to destroy everything she has worked towards. Amy is recruited by the wicked witches of Oz in a plot to over throw Dorothy.

This would have to be one of my favorite re-imagined stories. My favorite part would have to be the story of Dorothy and how she has been turned hero to villain. Even the classic friends she has have followed her into the throws of evil. The Lion is not so cowardly, the Scarecrow has used his new brains to become an evil scientist and the Tinman has used his new heart to obsess over Dorothy and Glinda is a not so good witch anymore. I was concerned that there would not be much originality to this story but it is overflowing with a creative new way to tell the story. It is not so much retelling but continuing the story in a new surprising light. It does have your typical teenage angst and insecurity but Amy is a character that is relatable and like-able. The romance that buds in this story does lack a creativity, but that aside the adventure is exciting and fresh. The yellow brick road is back in a new adventure and it is worth checking out.

A Disappointing Cover Hides the Adventure Inside…

Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas

Don’t let the cover fool you into thinking this book is only made for teenage girls. While it does hold a certain appeal, a long-haired beauty clutching two swords with a sense of danger and damage, it still screams “Bad ass hot girl with problems”. I was also confused of the time period, her outfit was a bit modern for the description and title. Though the cover was a bit lack-luster, I found that the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” actually applies here.

Celaena Sardothien is a young woman who has survived the treacherous salt mines of Endovier. Celaena is Adarlan’s most notorious assassin, but yet her identity has been kept secret from the public. A girl not yet 20 is the most feared person in the land next to the vicious King of Adarlan.

With Celaena’s searing hate for all Ardarlan royalty, she agrees to compete for her freedom in the hopes of escaping the past that haunts her. She competes against known assassins and thieves that may match her ferocity and skill. Not only shall she overcome human beasts, there is a creature lurking in the castle that could threaten all she works toward. Along with this journey she finds herself caring for those she has so long hated and is troubled by feelings of care and sympathy. These emotions could threaten her freedom that she has craved for so long.

Like I mentioned in the beginning of this review, I was hesitant to pick up this series for fear of disappointing and unoriginal everyday young adult fiction. Boy was I wrong!! Though it does hold some basic traits that most YA fiction does such as dramatic love and a bit of a love triangle, it holds so much more. I found myself craving every page and every secret this story holds.

This is one story that I will not spoil for you because I truly enjoy is and encourage others to bask in all of its glory. Is it the best written book I have ever read? No. Is there a bit of annoying 3-way drama? Yes. Surprisingly, for the first time in a long time, I enjoyed the little love triangle in this book.

The mystery that is Celaena Sardothien will keep you craving more. She is a bit cocky and stubborn, but if you give her a chance you will find yourself being her biggest cheerleader and needing to know more about her.

Hmmmm… Best seller?

The Girl on the Train By: Paula Hawkins

I was very intrigued to read this book because of all the raving reviews I had seen on it. I really had no idea what it was about or even what kind of book it was. I just knew that people could not stop talking about the amazingness that is this book. So let’s jump into what this book was even about and then we will get into my person opinions.

Rachel is a depressed and confused woman with a drinking problem and a wild imagination. After her husband left her for another woman her downward spiral got worse. She lost her job and destroyed all of her relationships drowning herself in wine and gin and tonics. In a desire to keep her drinking hidden from her flat mate she took the train every morning to town on her way to “work”.

During her rides on the train she would observe a couple that seemed to be perfectly in love. They had everything she wanted and even fantasized about who they are and what was happening in their perfect lives. She even went as far as coming up with names for them. After an all-night bender Rachel finds that she remembers nothing from the night before and her fantasy of the happy couple had been shattered and Rachel finding herself right in the middle of it.

This book has what every mystery/thriller holds. Lies, deceit, adultery and murder.

This is your everyday who done it novel. Don’t get me wrong I love a good mystery. My expectations for this book was set a little too high.  It kept me mostly entertained and it was easy to keep reading and I even had moments of doubt on who I pegged it to be. I did figure out the culprit pretty early on but Paula did get me on some of the details. Reading this book felt like eating junk food. It tasted good and it was easy to devour all of it but it really didn’t do much for me after all was said and done. Yes it was pretty good and I enjoyed it while it lasted. It was a good book filler and I recommend it if you just need something to read and be entertained for a little bit. I just personally did not understand all the hype that it received after reading it…

……. AE      girl on the train