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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday- Hero by Alethea Kontis

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by http://breakingthespine.blogspot.com.au/ swhere we showcase a book we are looking forward to coming out. This week I have picked Hero by Alethea Kontis, I loved the first book in this series and am looking forward to more work by this author. You know me, I LOVE fairy tale retellings and such.
Series: The Woodcutter Sisters (Book 2)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (October 1, 2013)

Rough-and-tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?" As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Top Ten Books I Wish Were a Movie or TV Show

Top Ten Tuesday is a great meme host by:

This week I am looking at the top ten books I would love to see made into a TV series or Movie.

1) Naked in Death by J.D Robb. I even know who I want to play Eve Dallas, the lovely Angie Harmon.

2) The Witch of Black Bird Pond- this would make a GREAT movie, no real special effects, simple plot, great period back drop and costumes.

3) Dealing With Dragons- Patricia C Wrede- this would make an AWESOME Disney movie with a GREAT new Princess who kicks butt.

4) Caged Graves by Dianne K. Salerni – I am going to review this in the next week, it was really good and had the kind of characters, plot and scenery that I think would make an awesome TV miniseries.

5) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaimon- this would be pretty cool if say… Tim Burton directed it in the same style as Corpse Bride. Johnny Depp could even play the vampire!

6) Graveminder by Melissa Marr- this was fairly creepy with all the things I think would make a good movie. Plus it is kind of dark and would appeal to young adult and adult audiences and not just girls.

7) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan- now I heard this was actually gonna BE a movie, I have met the author and she is pretty awesome so I hope so. I am sick of zombies, but this series was cool.

8) Some Quiet Place- Kelsie Sutton- def more of a TV series and would need a really good special effects budget, but this is one of my favorite books now.

9) Still Star Crossed by Melinda Taub- sure lots of Shakespeare plays are still being made into movies…. But what about movies centering what happened next? I would love to see that!

10) Twilight Phantasies by Maggie Shayne- sure it’s an old school vampire romance so it might be a LIFETIME movie…But it is still one of my favorites.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Asylum- Madeleine Roux

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

When I picked up Asylum at a local privately owned bookstore I was really happy. I am desperately trying to find a YA novel that has a good creeptastic feel and is dark and scary…You know ghosts, haunted places…SPOOKY!

While this novel did have SOME of the things I was looking for: strange backdrop, unnerving history, disturbing imagery and pictures and murder mystery.
When the author writes about the asylum and the patients it was good, seriously eerie and was able to grab my attention and hold onto it.
The characters were pretty well written and the setup of the plot wasn’t half bad either.

The writing was mediocre at best, not great and not horrible, nothing to make the author stand out.

However the author spent SO much time on the teen drama and angst that it was almost ridiculous. I didn’t need pages upon pages of the MC bemoaning that his friends of two weeks act like they don’t like him, or mooning over a girl he just met. I wanted more STUFF! Give me more slinking around in the basement of a possibly haunted asylum; tell me more about the inhumane practices that went on and the serial killer who resided there.

There was a fairly decent plot twist involving the MC’S bio parents, but it wasn’t enough for this to garner more than three weeping angels.