Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Top Ten Lists

I really haven't read that many new books lately. I've been rereading books. I should be saving for my upcoming New York trip, so I'm being a little more choosy about what I want to buy and I haven't found a single book that I'm willing to spend my money on without second guessing. Which, well, is just odd for me. My problem is usually picking books out of my huge stack, but I am dying for that next great book. The one that is going to stay in my mind for days. The kind I just can't stop raving about. I need that book so, so badly. I am begging all of you to suggest something amazing.
 Anyway... since, I haven't read anything new lately, I haven't reviewed anything.  I always enjoy reading these lists on others blogs, so I'm going to participate this Tuesday.

Today the list is top ten books that are made into movies. My list is in no particular order.

1) Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. All of them. I think each adaption is amazing. Yes, things are missing, things I desperately wanted to see on the big screen, but I realize everything can't be included. I enjoy both the books and the movies immensely. 

 2) Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. I really like this series, I know there are a lot of haters out there, but seriously reading about Edward for the first time in Twilight. Swoon. But, I think Eclipse is the only book from the series that had a nice film adaption.

3) I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. As you may notice all my other pictures are of the books covers, but let's be honest. Alex Pettyfer is the star of I am Number Four and that boy is just too gorgeous to not be featured here. I loved the book and the movie. The movie was different from the book, but I enjoyed it in it's own right. I also enjoyed two hours of Alex.

4. Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I adore this series. It's so funny and charming. I also love the movie. Yes, it's frilly, but so fun.

5. Pride and Prejudice. I love the book so, so much. I read it every year. I fall in love with Mr. Darcy over and over. I also love pretty much all adaptions of the novel. I love the Kiera Knightely version, but I also adore Colin Firth BBC version. Love. Love. Love.

Now...I'm going to list 5 books that are going to be movies that I'm excited for.

6) Beastly by Alex Flinn. Alex Pettyfer. I love the book, I love Beauty and the Beast, I love Alex Pettyfer. It will be great!

7) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. That's truly all I need to say. I will be to be pried away from the movie theatre seat. I won't want to leave because leaving will mean that the series that has held on to my heart for 13 years of my life will be over.
8) City of Bones- Cassandra Clare. I love this series so much, I love Jace so much. I can't wait to see it on the big screen one day. I hope when that happens Alex Pettyfer will be Jace. But, even if he's not, I know I'll still love seeing the badass shadowhunters fight! Still hoping<3 Also, I just like to excuse of posting pictures of Alex. :)

9) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. So, I know this out won't be out for a long while, but seriously. It's the Hunger Games. It will be amazing.
And, I'm drawing a blank. Hm. Hm. Hm. So my list is going to be nine!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Falling Under-Gwen Hayes (ARC)

Title: Falling Under
Author: Gwen Hayes
Source of ARC: Good Golly Miss Holly
Rating: 2.8ish
Cover rating: 4 (It's very pretty)
Description: Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.
And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

Review: Ugh. That little noise pretty much sums up my experience with Falling Under. I'm going to start with the things I liked about this book first.

I can't tell you how interesting I think black roses are. I think their contrast and irony are insanely intriguing. I've seen very few black roses in person, but they are beautiful...in a dark way. I loved the way they were used in this story. I thought it was fitting and slightly romantic. However, for me this is where the romance stopped.

Haden sounds gorgeous. There is no doubt about that. I have to admit his "bad boy" antics got my attention quite a bit, but I just...couldn't fall for him.

Hayes did a nice job with her writing. It flowed well and had character.

However, this is where the "good" stopped for me. There were many things I disliked about this novel. The largest was Theia, the main character. I wouldn't go as far as calling her weak, but seriously. Where the hell are the strong girls at? That don't take shit from any guy. Where are my Katniss'(Hunger Games), Megs(Going Too Far), and Remys (This Lullaby)? Where are they? Why are there not more girls like them? They're tough, independent and can actually form a thought existing outside of a boy. They will gladly walk away from the boy if it is not the right situation for them. They have self preservation. Theia has none. She "falls in love" with a boy after, like, a week? This is genuine or real. I found no believability in their love. I found it to be pure lust. I'm seriously sick of girls letting boys drag them around and then they fall in love with them. When they don't even know each other! I'm sick of girls having no confidence in themselves or don't even have enough thoughts of self worth. I love it when some sweet girl (Brittany;Perfect Chemistry) gives the bad boy a hard time and doesn't let him get away with his crap (Alex;Perfect Chemistry). I do not like when a girl lets the boy use her as a toy, much like Theia did. I should stop before I complain even more.

I found there were too many cliches in this novel for my taste. I do not mind cliches if there is some sort of a twist. This was your standard bad boy corrupting a virginal girl. A virginal girl who in the span of a week forgets her morals and values that she carried with her to that point. The bad boy notices the girl that no other boy has noticed even though she's beautiful.

This novel is very Twilight-esque in some ways. I do not think this is a copy of Twilight, but there are similarities in the love and protagonists.

I did not like the dynamic with Theia's father in the slightest. It was weird, just...weird.

Honestly, the most captivating thing I found in this novel that I wanted more of was Donny and Gabe. I wanted to know their story. I wanted Theia to be more like Donny. Now she is a girl to be admired.

Don't let my review turn you away from this book, you may like it. I suggest you give it a try.