YA + Marvel = Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

It is a commonly known fact that I love to read. It is a lesser known fact that I absolutely love Marvel. So naturally, you would think I would know when two of my favorite things were going to mash up. Then again, when do things ever go as planned? I was just surfing the internet the other day, when I came across a cover reveal for this book called Forever Red. I had no idea what the book was, but I like looking at covers so I clicked the link. Then, I saw it.

Black Widow: Forever Red

What is this? What is this beautifulness? As soon as I saw that it had Marvel on it, I instantly got excited. Then I saw Black Widow, which made me even more excited. Finally, the cherry on top was when I glanced down and saw the name Margaret Stohl. I was happy to see a familiar author whose style I knew well. I read Beautiful Creatures ages ago, and I actually liked it back then. Nevertheless, Margaret is still a good author, and I am excited to read her story of Black Widow (aka the most epic woman ever).

After I was done freaking out over what I hope to be a great book, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that I hadn’t even heard about this book yet. It is coming out October 13 this year, so we don’t have to wait too long. This will be super fun to read, and maybe they will make more with other heroes. Who knows.

 

 

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The Heir by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

BEST COVER EVER

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published On: May 5, 2015

Genre: Romance/Dystopian

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

We all thought that Kiera was done with The Selection series after The One, however she had other plans. This book follows Eadlyn, Maxon and America’s older twin daughter, as she goes through the selection process herself as she tries to choose a prince. Below is the Goodreads summary and beneth that is spoiler city, so don’t read the rest of the review if you haven’t read the book.

Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought

The Selection series was kind of a guilty pleasure read for me. They weren’t the best books and they were extremely cheesy, but I still enjoyed reading them. Personally, I don’t think it was necessary to add on to this series; however, I was able to read a cute story, so I was fine with it. There are many likable aspects of this story just as there are unlikable aspects.

I enjoyed the characters, but Eadlyn and I have a love/hate relationship. While it’s admirable that she recognizes she deosn’t need a man, it got really annoying hearing her complaining the entire time. She is so shocked that the people of Illea don’t like her, but in reality it’s totally believable. I did find that she got a bit better as she went through the selection, and grew closer to some of the boys, but for the most part she annoyed me. My two favorite characters were Kile and Henri. These two are both adorable in their own ways, and I loved all their moments alone with the princess. For the rest of the selected, there are a few okay ones, but most of them are just straight up creeps. I actually really liked the fight scenes, because we saw how protective Maxon is over his daughter. Also, America and Maxon are just cute parents.

The interactions between Eadlyn and the selected are the better scenes of the book. I especially love the improtu baseball game and the talent show they put on for her. You think that Eadlyn will slowly change her mind, but she never really does until abruptly at the end. However, I think after the food throwing incident, she realized how big the problems were, and she put a bit more effort in. (Which by the way, I don’t udnerstand why everyone is angry about not being told what to do. Very confusing.)

I feel like I would have enjoyed this book much more if Eadlyn’s attitude changed quicker. America, for example, didn’t want to do the selection, but at least there was a steady development as she started liking Maxon. Eadlyn’s mind was set on her being the most powerful (she was very egotistical)and not needing anyone to help her rule. There were exceptions to these times of course. In the end, after pages upon pages of complaining, she finally realizes that she wants to finish the selection with a ring on her finger. Of course, when this realization was stated, it shocked me as there was no former evidence to her having many thoughts like that.

One more thing, and I’ll stop ranting about Eadlyn. She is so manipulative. I mean she tried to break up Ahren and his girlfriends when they were literally *perfect*. I loved the twins’ relationship with one another and their closeness, but you don’t meddle with your twin’s love life like that. Eadlyn didn’t care what Ahren would feel, she just wanted to keep her in the palace with her. This lead the Ahren eloping which caused America to have a heart attack. I SWEAR IF AMERICA DIES WHEN HER STORY IS ALREADY OVER I AM GOING TO BE VERY MAD.

Overall, this was an okay read. I still like the idea of the selection and it’s enjoyable enough to sit down and read it. Mostly all the scenes with Kile or Henri were my favorite. Don’t go into this expecting to fall in love with the main character, because you most definitely won’t. If you hated reading from America’s point of view, just wait until you meet her daughter. I am however exicted to see this new and improved Eadlyn in the following book. It’ll be interseting to see if my opinions of her change once she actually starts trying at the selection. Nice and easy read that doesn’t involve to much thought. 

 

My Bookish Summer Resolutions

That was quite the hiatus, wasn’t it? At least it was planned, and I didn’t just randomly leave for 2+ weeks. The end of May is always extremely busy, and I knew it was going to be impossible to sit down and write quality posts. However, the busy time is over, and now I am back and ready!

I don’t know about you, but summer is always a time I like to set a few goals for myself. I have spare time and I always need something to do. So I sat down and thought of some of the book and blog related things I wanted to do in summer. Some of these may be things I want to complete, or just overall goals. Here are my top “to-do’s” this summer:

1. Get back into this blog

I loved it when I had all kinds of posts prepared and was able to post several times throughout the week. It was so much fun and I look forward to doing that more this summer.

2. Clean my Goodreads Account

I got on the other day to look at my tbr, and I have realized how old it is. Literally half of the books on there no longer interested me. I’m not sure how I’m going to clean it up, but it WILL be happening.

3. Boost My Creativity

I think I come up with some pretty good posts, but I want to amp it up a bit. I hope my creativity starts flowing so I can bring some really cool and unique posts to the table. Of course, I will still do the standard posts, but I want something more than that.

4. Read Throne of Glass

I am making an unbreakable vow with you guys on this one. Everyone has that book that they want to read because it’s looks amazing, but for some reason they haven’t. For me, this is Throne of Glass. Before you ask, I honestly have no idea what is wrong with me.

5. Read my library books more

This may sound weird, but my last few trips to the library haven’t been too successful. I find a couple of books I want to read and check them out. For some reason, I have been returning more unread books than read. I don’t know why, but this summer I really want to read more of the books I acquire.

There you have it! Seriously, I am so excited for summer! I am very excited to put more time into this blog and read more. Who knows what good things summer will bring? I’m planning some posts for this week, so watch out for those!

Through the Dark Cover Reveal!

So I was browsing online yesterday and I saw in big letters ALEXANDRA BRACKEN COVER REVEAL TO NEW BOOK. With it, there was a picture of The Darkest Minds series so immediately I get excited (not going to lie, I thought it was going to be another book). Apparently, she is releasing a novella collection called Through the Dark this October. Here is the cover…

 

Through the Dark

I’m not going to lie, this isn’t my favorite cover. I love the Darkest Minds covers, but this one just looks like the sample coves you see on goodreads before the actual cover is released. I knew she had some novellas already, but I never got to read them. I’ll definitely pick this up in October since all three of the stories are now together (I love collections).

I’m not sure what these novellas are about, but I am praying that Liam and Ruby show up. Like they could be in the background and I would be happy. Even an extra story about Chubs or Zu would make me happy. I just miss this characters way too much.

So are you guys going to read it? I know there aren’t many Darkest Minds fans out there (which is completely messed up). I personally don’t read novella until they are in a physical collection, because I don’t like buying a 50 page story for 2 dollars on my kindle.

The Sunday Post: April Showers Brought May Flowers

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme created by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a way to recap posts and talk about what is coming in the future. Check out the website Caffeinated Book review here for more information: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/the-sunday-post-meme

Here are my Posts from this week:

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Upcoming Posts

  • The Heir by Kiera Cass Review
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Want to Meet
  • First Experience with an Audiobook
  • Tag (Not sure which one yet, but there will be one)

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What’s Going On

  • Total lack of inspiration lately. I want to get on and post but I have literally had no ideas. Might be seeing some basic posts for a few days, but I’m sure an idea will hit me.
  • I’m going to try and post as much as I can, but the end of May is always a stressful time.

Shadowhunter TV Show Cast So Far

This past week has been pretty big for the Shadowhunter TV show. As of right now, they have Jace, Clary, Izzy and Simon all casted. A lot of people seem to be happy with the cast, which is pretty remarkable. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people pleased about a certain cast. Here is what we are looking at right now, and there should be more annoucements coming up.

*All pictures are from IMDB website

JACE: Dominic Sherwood

Dominic Sherwood Picture

 

 

Dominic played Christian in the adaptation of Vampire Academy last year. Many people are excited to see him again and he fits the description fairly well. In my opinion, he is a much better option than Jamie Campell Bower.

 

 

 

 

 

Simon: Alberto Rosende

Alberto Rosende Picture

 

 

He’s okay I guess. To me, Robert Sheehan looked exactly how Simon was in my head, so he was like perfect. Alberto matches the description pretty well.

 

 

 

 

 

Izzy: Emeraude Toubia

Emeraude Toubia Picture

 

 

She looks like she’s going to be a good Izzy. I’m very excited to see her portray the character. Izzy is such a firey character, and I think it would be hard to find someone perfect for her. however, if you mange to find someone that can portray her, it could be absolutely golden.

 

 

 

 

 

Clary: Katherine McNamara

Katherine McNamara Picture

 

 

Ahhhh!! I love this casting the most. I’ve seen some of the pictures of her with her red hair and she is Clary (well she is for me at least.) Katherine will also be in the upcoming Scorch Trials movie, which is the sequel to The Maze Runner.

 

 

 

 

 

So what do you think of the cast? I’m really excited to see this series become a show, because I think it may open up a whole new world of book adaptations for us!

Why These Books would be Great Movies/Shows

I have a real passion for book to movie adaptations. They are always a real toss-up, and it is hard to tell how the movie will turn out. One of the best things is reading a book and finding the differences in the movie and trying to figure out why something was changed. When a book is in the prospects for becoming a movie, I always try to read that book just so I can experience it in two different forms. Of course there are always the epic-fail movies (cough cough Percy Jackson) but then there are gems such as Catching Fire and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2.

There are many great movies based on books, but I believe there are a few books missing on the list of adaptations. I know not all books can be movies or rather shouldn’t be movies, but there are some that would be absolutely phenomenal.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)FangirlThe Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince; Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #1-3)

1. The Lunar Chronicles

I have said this time and time again. This series would be so amazing translated on-screen. Movies would be great, but I really think these books could shine as a tv show. There are four main books as well as the Fairest Novella. By being a tv show, they could really delve into the story line more and give us more backstories. I know Once Upon a Time is already a fairy tale show, but I don’t care. Either a movie or a tv show for this series would make me incredibly happy.

2. Fangirl

Every time I think of Fangirl as a movie I get so excited. I can just see how it could be translated on-screen. The movie Speak is kind of how I would like Fangirl to be translated as a movie.  It wouldn’t be made by the huge franchises and it would have a different feel to it rather than other ya contemporary movies out there. This is a possibility guys, I mean they picked up Eleanor and Park. If that movie does well, they will probably adapt more Rainbow Rowell books.

3. The Darkest Minds

This actually may be in the process of being picked up as a movie, but I haven’t seen much of anything about it. I believe these books would be so great as movies. It would be great to see the powers shown on screen and all of the kids. This apocalyptic book has the action, science fiction and romance aspects that could add up to a great movie.

4. Heist Society

I read these books long ago, but I really enjoyed them. They are different from other ya books and that is something I really appreciate. These books are very unique and show the perspective of the “bad guys.” I think the mystery and tone of this book would be shown great as a movie.

5. Infernal Devices

I know they are making the Shadowhunter tv show, but I’m not sure how far they are going to stretch it. I am one of those people who didn’t really like Mortal Instruments, but really loved The Infernal Devices. I love the time period it’s set in and I think it would be awesome to see that on a screen. This would be an awesome TV show, even if it wasn’t by itself. I think they could do The Mortal Instruments and this together, since they are tied together.

 

Looking back on this list, all five of these books are completely different. I think movie makes need to branch out from the romances and hardcore dystopians. Yes, I love those movies, but I would love to see the day where there was more variety. That being said, here are some dystopians and contemporaries I believe would be *beautiful*

– To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

– Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

– Legend by Marie Lu

 

So what you do you guys think? Agree or disagree? What movies would you add to this list?

Unlock The Heir by Kiera Cass

Hey guys, long time no post! Some of you may have seen my last post that explained how I would be gone fro a week to a week and a half. Everything has kind of calmed down now, so I’m back to posting! I was definitely thinking about Find Me in the Library while I was gone, but I knew it would be hard to sit down and write a post this last week. BUt I’m back now, so let’s get to the post!

The Selection Cover

As some of you may know, The Heir by Kiera Cass is coming out in three days! Since Kiera is such an awesome author, she is doing an event where all the fans can unlock chapters at a time so we can go ahead and start reading it. If you visit http://unlocktheheir.com/  you can go and find the first seven chapters of the book. She is going to let us release up to 12 chapters, all we have to do is spread #unlocktheheir. Some of the chapters will be in pdf form where you can read them while others are videos that have the audio.

Kiera did this last year with The One, and I absolutely loved it. I know the book is so close already, but this just makes me even more excited because I can start getting into the book. The best feeling is getting on the website and finding another chapter has been released. It really is a great well to build up the excitement while you wait for the book to be released. Go ahead and share the hashtag so we can get the rest of the chapters! Right now, chapter 8 is half way unlocked, and so far I am really enjoying the story.