Favorite Reads, Wednesday Whimsy

Wednesday Whimsy | ADAPTATIONS & OTHER MUSINGS

Okay, since I tend to have Wednesdays off, I’m thinking of adding a little more to my blog besides just book reviews and the occassional rant about pet peeves.  Today, I will be discussing screen adaptations of books.

In other news I just watched To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netlfix and it was so friggin cute that I can’t not gush about it.

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Book Review

Book Review | RILLA OF INGLESIDE, by L. M. Montgomery

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Rilla of Ingleside (Anne of Green Gables #8), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: 1921 (audiobook recorded in August 2006)
Published by: Librivox.org
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 277 (approx. 8 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Anne’s children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. No one could resist her bright hazel eyes and dazzling smile. Rilla, almost fifteen, can’t think any further ahead than going to her very first dance at the Four Winds lighthouse and getting her first kiss from handsome Kenneth Ford. But undreamed-of challenges await the irrepressible Rilla when the world of Ingleside becomes endangered by a far-off war. Her brothers go off to fight, and Rilla brings home an orphaned newborn in a soup tureen. She is swept into a drama that tests her courage and leaves her changed forever.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | RILLA OF INGLESIDE, by L. M. Montgomery”

Book Review

Book Review | TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1), by Jenny Han

Publish Date: April 15, 2014
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 369
Genre: YA Romance
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


My Review:

So, I’ve had this one sitting in my ereader for a couple of years now, and never felt like the right mood for it. But with the movie coming out on Netflix and seeing the trailer and all the posts about it on social media, the cuteness overload made me crave reading it to no end so of course I finally caved (despite having like four other books already in my currently-reading pile). This was fast-paced, funny and cute, with so much realness to it that I felt like the characters could easily walk off the page and into my life.  Continue reading “Book Review | TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, by Jenny Han”

Book Review

Book Review | SEVENTH BORN, by Monica Sanz

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Seventh Born (The Witchling Academy #1), by Monica Sanz

Publish Date: September 4, 2018
Published by: Entangled Teen
Pages: 400
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)

**Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending me an early print copy in return for a review.  This does not affect my opinion of the book in any way.**


Synopsis:

Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.


My Review:

I have to admit, when I was first introduced to this book, I had my hesitations about it. It sounded interesting, to be sure, but it also sounded like it had the possibility of being a little cheesy and cliché. I am so glad that I requested it, though, because it ended up being magical, dark, and full of mystery. I was surprised at how quickly I became invested in it, to the point where I couldn’t put it down. Filled with a gothic air and morally grey characters, this book played to my darker side and love of magical mysteries. Continue reading “Book Review | SEVENTH BORN, by Monica Sanz”

Book Review

Book Review | ESTRANGED, by Ethan M. Aldridge

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Estrangedby Ethan M. Aldridge

Publish Date: August 7, 2018
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 224
Genre: MG Graphic Novel/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, his fae powers hidden from his unsuspecting parents and his older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being a human makes him a curiosity at the royal palace.

But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne seizes the throne, the Childe and Edmund must unite on a dangerous quest to save both worlds—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.


My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | ESTRANGED, by Ethan M. Aldridge”

Book Review

Book Review | THE LANTERN’S EMBER, by Colleen Houck

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The Lantern’s Emberby Colleen Houck

Publish Date: September 11, 2018
Published by: Delacorte Press
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ (1 out of 5 stars)

**I received this as an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.**


Synopsis:

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare. 

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.


My Review:

I kind of don’t know where to start with this one. I really thought, based on the description, that I was going to really enjoy this book. It sounded like it would be perfect for the upcoming fall season, full of adventure and magic and creatures that go bump in the night. And while those elements were there, everything in it fell short of being even a decent sort of read. This was a book that I should have DNF’ed, but for some reason I could not stop reading this train wreck of a story. I guess I hoped it was going to get better at some point, but somehow it never did. Continue reading “Book Review | THE LANTERN’S EMBER, by Colleen Houck”