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WWW Wednesday August 21st

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Hey Everyone! Happy Wednesday! I have missed my blog world the past week or so – but I”m back! Let’s get this thing started — What are you guys reading? What’s New/Next/Now? If you don’t have a blog link to post, just post your answers –

Before I start, I must clarify my current Colleen Hoover Obsession – On a recent work trip to NYC I finally picked up “Slammed” and within two days I have devoured that and “Point of Retreat” – where have Will and Lake been my whole book life?? So these are the books consuming my WWW Wednesday for this week – a celebration of the amazing writing of Colleen Hoover – that drew me in from the first page. They were great reads, went by almost too fast, and I can’t wait to get the reviews up – so if you haven’t read this or if you had – share! I want to know what you think abou them!! So before you see my whole list is this series, just a warning.. I do read other things but I’m totally affixed on this right now!

1. What Am I Currently Reading?

This Girl (Slammed, #3)“This Girl” by Colleen Hoover

*Just started today and it’s amazing! I love WIll and Lake!

2. What Did I just Finish Reading? – Kind of sad to admit this but I have read 4 books in the past week – so here they are—

Deeper“Deeper” by Blue Ashcroft (thanks to NetGalley)

Elite (Eagle Elite, #1)“Elite” Rachel Van Dyken (again Thanks to NetGalley!)

Slammed (Slammed, #1)“Slammed” By Colleen Hoover

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)“Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover

So you can tell I’m on a Colleen Hoover kick right now – and possibly a new love for the Avett Brothers – such wisdom for songwriters..

Anywa – what are you reading? What’s next for you??

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Kell

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“Tumble & Fall” by Alexandra Coutts left me thinking in a deep way…

Tumble & Fall

by Alexandra Coutts

Publish Date: September 17, 2013

How I Got The Book: Via blog tour site – Around The World ARC! Super excited to be on the review team for this book!

Summary From GoodReads:

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

What I Thought:

This book definetly took me by surprise.  I was excited to read it because it sounded so different from other..dystropian or world end stories, and the cover was beutiful (really why I initially wanted to even check it out!), but once I read into it and got started, it felt..overwhelming. It’t not too thick – so it’s not just that. I think it’s the fact that it’s written in 3 person and follows 3 for the most part completely separate story lines. It was really hard until about half way in to be sure which character was who and what was going on in each story. I did love the characters themselves, and we’ll talk about that below. As far as the overall story, once I got through the 50% mark I was sucked in. It was def a different POV way of writing – but in the end it kind of worked with the story, so while it may have bothered me at first, it gave the book character in the end. I have seen other reviews where people stopped reading because of this or just cut it off, but I pushed through and once I got invested, I was invested.. I read this book in 1 day everyone, one single day.. I had to see what would happen. I loved the way the storylines come together and I thought this was a great book because it wasn’t all love and flowers. The characters were real with flaws and all. While the book just takes place over less than a week, you do see a lot going on and I feel like a lot changes for all the characters over this time. So, in closing this up so I can get on to the character portion – while I started out being on the fence, once I got to the halfway point I was in, fully invested! So, if you’re reading or thinking of, remember that – the ending is worth it – the message in the story is worth it. This book left me thinking, in a deep way for 2 days after – it was all I could think about… It is a beautiful story, with interesting and complex characters and a unique story line and plot – so glad i did not abandon it!

The Characters:

Let’s start with Caden. I really felt for this character and the way he grew up. I don’t want to give away and stories, but I think this one was the most surprising because it was my least favorite character but he really surprised me and left me wanting to meet this kid! I picked one quote for each character – so check out his below. While at first his story seemed simliar and same old, same old – it turned out to be about finding out who you are and what you stand up for – being brave when the world is literally crumbling down around you – and Caden was brave. The next character is Zan. Zan is a cool chick  – she seems laid back and hip. Her Mom seems to be a little tough and the whole unit is not working “perfectly” but they are there and together. Zan was inspiring, her love was overwhelming. It blew me away at her age the love she had to give and the emotions she was able to work around. Beautiful character. Now, last, but not least is Sienna. Her story broke my heart and then healed it again all over. Hearing her starting point, wow.. killed me, broke my heart for her. And to be honest from page one she was my fave. Seeing her grow, work into her family as is, face the literal possible end of the world, and to still grow personally. How difficult would that be? You’re looking at the end of the life as you know it, and you’re still opening up – letting someone in.. All the characters in this story showed so much maturity in the emotion dept, there was little if any panic with them – you do see it around the outside of the story, but not within. To some people  that lack of panic was unrealistic, but after the end I realize it was meant ot be that way for a reason. I have seen some reviews as well that pointed out they did not like the ending – and I won’t poil it for anyone, but I loved it and I felt like even it wasn’t what I personally wanted – it fit the story. It left me thinking. There were so many levels of emotion, connection, love – it was just a deep and beautiful story…

The Take-Away

I give this story a 4/5 stars. I loved the story and characters, but it did take some work to get that far into the book. It was tough to get through the first 100 or so pages, and if I wasn’t determined to read I could have lost out on this from the begining be a little difficult to navigate through. But, on my part, I’m really glad that I did power through and get to the end. This is the kind of book I might not read again,but it’s something I will remember the rest of my life, it made that type of impression. My other not complaint but something I wanted to point out is that the deep concepts for YA seemed to be REALLY deep, it was hard for me to process some of these thoughts/emotions and concepts – and I’m a full grown adult. So, not sure this is really aimed at the right age group. For someone my age, I see it being super appropriate. It absoutely makes you think about your life, what you’re doing and if you are happy = and put yourself in these shoes. It made me personally think seriously about things I could change to be more happy , it definetly hits home that life is short and what matters are the connections in your life, the love and the feelings and your “tribe.” Get the book, don’t stop unitl you’re past the 40% mark, and love it!

A Quote for each character:

Caden:

“Caden looks at his sister.  He wonders how something so small can be so resilient, so indestructible.  “You’re not mad?” he asks.  Carly smiles and shrugs.  “Mad?” she repeats.  “Why would I be mad? Nothing’s different.  You can’t lose something ou never had,” she says.

Zan:

“But it’s not a sorry machine.  She can almost hear Daniel explaining the difference, although she’s not quite sure she understands what it is.  Something about control.  Sorry is a feeling, a passive state of heart and mind.  Foregiveness is something you give.”….

It’s what she needs to let go.  Before they move on, wherever they’re going, she needs to know that it’s behind her.  It was a part o fher, and now, as the machine spits tiny yellow stars into the turning glass globe, it’s gone.

 

 Sienna: I did a bit more than one here – you can tell she was my favorite storyline!

“No.” Owen shakes his head.  “I thought it was something, maybe.  But the only thing I need, right now, is you.  As soon as you left, I knew it.  There was no way I was going to not be with you today.  I know we still don’t know each other that well, but…”

“We do, “ Sienna stops him. “We know each other enough.”

But she meant what she’d said.  They knew each other enough.  And she knows enough about herself to know that she really would tell him someday, if it turned out that they had someday, after all.

Not today, though.  Today isn’t about reliving, or explaining, or trying ot make sense of things in the past.  Today is about who she is now, and who she has standing beside her. Ownen. Ryan. Dad. Even Denny.  Her Tribe.

“I’m sixteen,” she says. “It feels funny to be standing up here and talking about things like home and family and love, but I guess those are hard things for anybody to talk about. You just kind of know it when you see it. At least, I do. And it’s here.”

 

 

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

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I didn’t post Friday finds last week so I want to rave about a new series I found first – I’ve already found and read book one and on to book 2 – amazing if you like a little romance – great writing and not to much heart wrenching let down in the story!

Rule (Marked Men, #1)“Rule” by Jay Crownover – The Marked Men Series

Now – I like a guy with some ink – so this was right up my alley, but if if that’s not exactly your type – the characters are warm and loveable and real.. Rule is my new book boyfriend – and I guess I’m making it blog official…

The second book – which i just got and already started is:

Jet (Marked Men, #2)

Same Author – this guy is a hunky singer and inked – I think I might combust here.. Whoa!!

Now – some finds I had — via the web and that i’ve added to my blog tour participation:

The Infinite Moment of Usby Lauren Myracle – now I’ve never read anything else by her but I’m super excited about this and I literally shrieked when it came in the mail yesterday — yippee!! I”m flooded with good reading right now! SO let’s see how it goes…

Starry Nightsby Daisy Whitney – this is in transit to me right now from the last blogger, so lets see – preface seems good – but keep posted!

Lastly:

Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)by Simone Elkeles – also on the way to me, super excited about this too!

 

I feel like there have been some others – but I’ll save those for next week I guess – for right now Happy Friday – let me know what you’ve found and if you’ve read anything I have found – Love to hear from some of the Marked Men series fans out there!!

Happy Friday!

Kelley

 

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ARC Review of “Left Drowning” by Jessica Park

So I was super exicted to read this –  I hope you all enjoy my review and most importantly – READ this wonderful book!

Title: “Left Drowning”

Author: Jessica Park

Published by: Amazon Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: July 16, 2013

Left Drowning

Overview of Story Thanks to GoodReads:

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

My Thoughts:

If you can’t already tell – I’m in love with this. When I got the ARC – I was one day into reading before I realized that it was a book by Jessica Park ( I know – you are thinking – Doesn’t she pay attention to this? But really I don’t – If the story sounds great, then I go with it and look at the author later or when I write the review – I try to really read based on the merit of the story and then of course known books I see coming out by my favorites I will check out) and when I realized that she wrote this I was SUPER excited. The writing in the story seemed familiar to me – and then it all made sense. So – the book. I really loved it. The story was intense, the feelings so real I could feel them sometimes with the characters.  I laughed, I cried, and I cheered the characters on at certain points. This is the first time in awhile where I was literally brought to tears by a book and laughed within the same amount of time – and this has it all! I remembered reading “Flat Out Love” and loving the humor in the story, even amoungts such a heartbreaking story, and this one had that same aspect. You would feel intense sorrow for the characters but then something light would ha.ppen and you would laugh. It’s a great combination.  The storyline and message was absolutely powerful and intense.  It was a page turner and a book where I was also sad to see it end, I could definetly read more about these characters.  I liked that the storyline felt real, that is always important to me too.  My best summation of what I felt like the book portrayed was that it showed how much strengh it takes to let go and trust someone, and learn how to love, learn how to allow yourself to be loved.  Now, the romance was of course super intese, hot, romantic, and sexy.  It was..a leap from the “sexy scenes” in “Flat Out Love” but I’m a big girl and I enjoyed it!! I loved the title because most of us have had tough times in one way or another, but difficult times and I personally can understand what she said when she felt like she was drowning.  I thought the story was about more than drowning though, because the characters do learn to swim, to survive in the end. You see all of their strengths and their weaknesses, but strength prevails and leaves the characters stronger than the start of the story.

Characters:

I’ve already  gushed more than necessary, but I really loved the characters, even the ones in the circle around the main characters. Blythe and Chris were amazing, real, and I felt their feelings like they were mine. I could relate to them and I think that made the story that intense and “feelable.”  Estelle and Eric and Zack you didn’t see or hear as much, but when you did, it was rememberable. I did wish we got to know them more, and would love to see a second story following any of their storylines.  Now Sabin – awww – I loved him. What a great character and how I felt for him at the end, he broke my heart in many ways. I was cheering for him, and for him to find his own happiness, and I especially loved the last chapter and his part in that (don’t want to give anything away).  Sabin is someone I would love to have as my brother. Something else i loved that Park did was bring the characters together, I love how she met Sabin and Chris in the same day but different ways and these ways showed the difference in their character.  I love that when she realized who they were to each other, it fit. Her family unit sort of found her and then James at the end. When Chris and Blythe were not together, when she found out he was with someone else – I cannot even tell you how hard my heart broke, I literally had a tear in my eye for Blythe. Her sense of rightness above all and that they would be together in the end honestly soothed me even, allowed me to continue reading. Now the ride to the house in the summer with her and James when I wasn’t sure if she would go to Chris’s big event or NOT – killed me, when she told James to pull off and then saw the siblings running across a parking lot – I had butterflies in my stomach. I was cheering for them all. And I loved knowing them all. Park builds beautiful characters and family units, I read “Flat Out Love”, “Flat Out Matt” and also “Relatively Famous” and in every story I loved the characters and most of all their connections – to their loves and to their families and friends. She is able to write beautiful connections and create a beautiful story with real/full characters.

Overall Rating:

Now, I haven’t gotten my rating system 100% defined yet but this book is a 5 THUMBS up! Buy it, read it, keep it, read it again! This is something I could really see myself reading again, and again. I am kind of cheesy with books like this – I will read books over but more than that I read parts of books over and over.  If there is a part I love, I flag it and sometimes when I need it, I’ll just flip to that section and read it again..

In the end, read this and you will love it!  I just cannot tell everyone enough. It comes out on July 16th, across all media forms.  I am super thankful to Netgalley who gave me the ARC so I could review it. So, please pick it up. “Left Drowning” is a beautiful, intense, romantic story with amazing depth and breadth…the story is about drowning, but also about learning to swim again.

Quotes I adored in this story:

“He puts his hand on my cheek. “You were left drowning.” I nod again.  “And you’re struggling to breathe.” I am.  It’s a constant struggle to stay near the surface.  I have just enough air to stop me from totally going under, but not enough to thrive.  “So do it.  Breathe.  Just Breathe.” He turns up the volume and strokes my hair.

“You have the here and the now, ” Chris says.  “You have a future.  Deal with the past so you can stop looking back.  It’s just pain.”

“You need songs that make you feel.  Some make you strong, some make you weak.  Some build determination, some tear you apart.  But you need all of those.”

“I am overwhelmingly in love with you,” Chris says as he matches my steps. **GUSH**

“We run through the remnants of our pain, and more importantly, we run for our present and for our future.  Together we kick heartbreak’s ass.”

So if you love that, get the book and read it! And tell me what you think!!

Happy Reading!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday – July 16th

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This week’s topic is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

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I was super excited to do this week’s Top Ten. I forget how lucky we are in the blogging world to get to read all the new and upcoming authors and I feel so lucky to read some of these books first and to get the word out how amazing they are! So here’s my list! Excited to see everyone else’s too – post yours in the comment if you don’t blog or give me a link – excited to maybe find some new authors I’d like to check out!

 

top ten tuesday july 16

So i’m trying something a little new there with the artwork thing – not totally sure it’s clear but i’ll list below too and tell you WHY they are super awesome!

1. Kasie West: I just read “The Distance Between Us” not too long ago and LOVED the book – what a perfect summer read and I thought her writing was great, excited to see new things coming from her!

2. Veronica Rossi: I loved the “Under the Never Sky” books so far and am SUPER excited to see the new book coming out next year – the ending of the second book was probably one of the best middle book endings EVER!

3. Leah Rae Miller: I read “The Summer I Became a Nerd” earlier this year and really enjoyed it. Her writing is funny and yet not corny. Hope we see something from her again too soon!

4. Emma Chase: Now this is absolutely an up and coming author! If you have’t heard me rave about “Tangled” yet — check out my review. OMG. Her writing is hilarious and down to earth and I loved the male POV throughout the story — I just could not stop laughing, but at the same time it was a great storyline and well written. You have to check her out if you have not yet!

5. J. Kenner: This is the author of the Stark series which includes “Claim Me”, “Release Me”, and “Complete Me” – and i hope a 4th book soon. These came out after the 50 shades and the Sylvia Day series but I just really liked this writing more than either of the other two to be honest – so check it out!

6. Jessica Park: WOW – that is all I can say.. She has a book coming out today actually, “Left Drowning” – a MUST read and I was lucky enough to read before hand, check out my review here and a special first chapter exerpt! She is also the author of “Flat Out Love” and “Flat Out Matt” and is maybe my favorite author right now – her writing is funny and real at the same time with characters you just want to fall in love with. Let’s just say that with all 3 books I was hooked in the first few pages!

7. Alice Clayton: She wrote “Wallbanger” and I really enjoyed this. It’s a new series I think – so we should see more here and I am looking forward to it, I liked that here you saw the male POV and the female POV at the same time.

8. Jamie McGuire: “Beautiful Disaster” and “Walking Disaster” are books I could read over and over, and have done so. Her new books are due out this fall and I absolutely cannot wait! I know she probably gets more publicity than some of the others on here, but I still think she deserves more – her writing and characters are amazing!

9. Jennifer Probst: Now this author isn’t brand new, but i still don’t think she gets all the raving she deserves. I’m reading her “Millionaire” series which the newest book “Marriage Merger” is out in August – when I read her first book I was listening on audio and I was in my mall parking lot – cannot forget this – I was laughing so hard in the car alone, I was getting strange looks. these books are romantic and hot and fun – with great characters (which will get me eveyrtime!). I also enjoy seeing the male and female POV here concurrently as the story goes on.

10. Suzanne Young: If you have not read “The Program” yet, then you may live under a rock, get out and read it NOW! I was honestly not sure about this book, it’s probably one of the first more well known titles i got an ARC for – and I could not put it down, and cannot wait for book 2. There is a teaser first chapter up now and it only shows how absolutely amazing this is going to be – check it out!

I have a few other authors I want to mention – outside of my top ten who are just as amazing I couldn’t let it go without them being included:

1. Maya Banks – She has the Rush series and I highly reccommend it

2. Jay Crownover – I’m just discovering the Market Men series with hot bad boys, and reading “Rule” right now – again liking the male and female POV but enjoying the writing too – the characters are flawed and real and great.. It’s TBD how I will like the book, but from the start I think I’d check a second book out for sure!

3. Katie Kacvinsky – She wrote “Awaken” and “Middle Ground” in the middle of this huge dystropian age we have going on and I loved her stories more than most of the others that made huge waves, so I’m trying to get her name out there – she took something everyone else was doing and made it different – she also writes contemporary romances – one of them being “Second Chance” so I would absolutely reccommend checking her out!

Well that’s all kids – for today anyway! Don’t forget that Jessica Park’s new book “Left Drowning” comes out today – check out the first chapter preview and book review on my blog and get this today – a great read!!

Kelley

 

 

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WWW Wednesday July 10th

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This is one of my favorite topics each week because I love to see what everyone is reading and what is next on the TBR pile! So here I go–

1. What am I currently reading?

Well sadly enough (because it’s taking me over a week to finish this book) I am still reading “The Marriage Merger” by Jennifer Probst – I am really enjoying it – I just don’t have a ton of reading time lately…

The Marriage Merger (Marriage to a Billionaire, #4)

2. What did I just finish reading?

I just finished reading “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West and REALLY enjoyed it – highly reccommend for anyone! Great summer read!

The Distance Between Us

3. What will I read next?

Well this time that is easy, I just got my new ARC in the mail and I have until Monday to read it, so that will be up next. It’s Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts. Excited to get started on this!

Tumble & Fall

 

Well that’s all for me today folks – let me know what you are reading, what’s next, what great book have you finished? One of the books I”m thinking of adding to my TBR pile is the “Breathing” series by Rebecca Donovan – any thoughts? Happy Wednesday!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday July 9th

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Hello All – it’s that time again, one of my fave Meme’s – Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is your top ten best/worst movie adaptations from books – so here we go!

I’m breaking my list down into 2 categories – best and worst. I have quite a few more best (maybe I just forget about the worst) but the 2 worst ones I have totally made me..very aggrivated and I will leave it at that!

Best Book to Movie Adaptations

Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

1. The “Twilight” Saga by Stephanie Meyer. I know this is probably meant for just one book per number, but I am a Twihard fan (yes I can admit that haha) and I loved all of these movies- but if I listed separately I would lose out on mentioning other stuff – so these guys get lumped into one entry. But they are Absolutely awesome adaptations!

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Must Love DogsThe NotebookSundays At TiffanysThe Lucky OneA Walk to Remember

2. “Warm Bodies” by Issac Marion – Read the book and wasn’t sure about it, but it grew on me and I really did enjoy the movie too!

3. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins – Read the series right after Twilight and fell in love with Katniss and so far the first movie lived up to my every expectation!

4. “Must Love Dogs” by Claire Cook – I read this right before the movie came out and while they left out a few parts I wish would have been included in the movie – overall I think this movie is super cute and def watch it everytime I do catch it on tv. Great adaptation!

5. “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks – Swoon! That’s what I need to say about Ally and Noah’s story — This movie is one of my favorite of all time, seriously. You can’t tell my husband (hope he doesn’t read this) but he likes it too – even though it’s a total “chick flick” haha.

6. “Sundays at Tiffany’s” by James Patterson – My husband got me this book and then I actually saw the movie on Lifetime (so not a major motion picture) but it captured the book so well and I loved it! If you haven’t checked this out – this is def a side of James Patterson I like – the romance was so sweet in it and the topic was so different and fresh.

7. “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks – no need to explian here – another one of my favorites from Nicholas Sparks..Really enjoyed how this movie was done, it had all the good parts that needed to be included without some of the slower moments and of course it also had one of my favorite leading men in there too…

8. “A Walk To Remember” by Nicholas Sparks – I almost tear up just thinking of this Mandy Moore version of the book. I LOVE this movie even though it’s similar to “Beaches” and tears me up everytime I watch it – such a great movie and remake from the book!

Now to my Worst

My Sister's KeeperBeautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

9. “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult – Now I am going to try and not rant here, too much anyway..but COME ON! I absolutely loved this book and the message and then I see the movie coming out and of course go opening day and even drag my husband along. Imagine my utter horror in the ending of the movie when the ending is 100% changed from the book — WHAT?? How could this happen? It totally changed the meaning and feeling of the story and while the movie wasn’t bad per se… It was not the book or I woudln’t call it a full adaptation anyway. How can you change something so crucial to the story as the ending and I mean like a 180 degree change. I literally lept out of my seat at the movies and to my husband’s dismay complained about it for a week after — a huge let down!

10. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Sohl – I started reading this during my new YA craze right after Twilight hit theaters and I heard it would be a movie and I was excited about it – first of all it’s set in Gatlin, a fictious town but actually in South Carolina so I have to love it for geographic location if nothing else.. But either way – when I saw the movie trailer I was super excited and then I saw the movie… What?? It was slow and at points just strange. I didn’t like the way they portrayed some of the characters and the character they picked for the male lead role — who is this kid? And what about the book made them think this was a good idea? As far as Lena goes, that character also was questionable at least.. Huge let down – and I know this could have been amazing if done correctly which almost makes it worse..

Final Thoughts

SO i’ve given you my best and my worst – and tried not to rant about the worst too much. Give me yours too – what do you think? Anything that didn’t make my list and should have? Leave a link below to your blog or just comment your thoughts in the section below if you don’t have a blog to post on — This was a great Top 10 I thought and I really enjoyed thinking this through – you forget how many times books are actually made into movies and unless you read a lot, you don’t even know that..

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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