Sunday, December 29, 2013

Top ARCs of 2013

This doesn't have 13 advance readers copies because there's still a lot of arcs I need to read. So here's the ones that I did read in 2013 and liked the most. (This is still in ranking order)

10.
"This is really a fast paced book and when I say fast pace I mean fast pace. I finished about like 2-3 hours. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read the next book." Full review here















9.
"Aside from frustrating characters, I love Emma and Caleb. Caleb is so sweet to Emma and he understands her. He’s like her rock and they get each other and that was nice." Full review here















8.
"Overall, many crazy things happen and an ending where you will die waiting for the next book." Full review here.
















7.
"With Lindsay Cummings' writing, it's again, not too graphic, but it does give you the chills. It has this poetic vibe to it. This is an amazing debut novel to start with and I overall loved it." Full review here















6.
"I read this in one sitting and under 2 hours. I cried, I laughed, and I even yelled at it. Crazy but I totally felt what Davy was going through and it just made me emotional. From being a girl who’s rich and had everything she wanted, to a nobody." Full review here.















5.
"I love Ryan Graudin’s take on faeries and the world of it. It’s not old or historical at all but modern where there are paparazzi, dark magic, and murders going on. I wonder if Graudin will write another book in this world because it’s actually really fascinating where faeries are looking over people without the people knowing. It’s not long or boring at all and its actually worth reading." Full review here.












4.
"There are so many twists in this sequel and especially in the end. Like how many shocking twists can you come up with in 100 pages?! There’s definitely more action in this than the first book and we get to see familiar faces again but I’m not gonna tell you because you all have to wait and see." Full review here.













3.
"When I first began this book, I didn't know what to expect from this, but somewhat dystopian and science fiction aspect. For about 10 chapters in, I was so confused and didn't know what's going on in the story. Being as a dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel, there has to be something that wiped out mankind and they are aliens. After you start getting used to the world and the alien aspect, it becomes an intriguing novel." Full review here.













2.
"This is a suspenseful page-turner that will make you read this nonstop, waiting to see who the killer is. I was actually creeped out and scared on some parts of the book. All the suspense and me theorizing made me go insane." Full review here.














1.
"How can I not read a Beauty and the Beast retelling? This was/is so beautiful. The story was amazing. The characters where awesome. Just in general, the book just perfect... If Rosamund Hodge can write up another retelling + action scenes… you will forever be my favorite author! Greek mythology with a classic tale = BRILLIANT! Her writing style is flowy and it’s not like regular retellings, which I really like since retellings are retellings but this had a twist." Full review here.

Top 13 NA Books of 2013

This is just like my top YA books, but instead of young adult books, it's new adult.

For people who follow me on my Goodreads, I read a lot of new adult books this year. I know that this is a young adult book blog but, new adult has played a great role in my reading life so why not put it here. Here it goes... (You have no idea how hard this was for me to rank all of them)


13.
I love these mystery/dark New Adult novels. And that cliff-hanger. GAH! That killed me more than it killed Cole. Blake is awesome and Cole is just SWOON. 















12. 
This book was hilarious. I have a love/hate relationship with Nox but I'm leaning towards the love part. 
















11. 
"Second-Rate Chances is about a young man fighting to regain his memory, and the one thing in his life that felt real. A modern-day Samson and Delilah, it's a look at what it means to love and be loved, and to fight though it seems hopeless." If the blurb didn't sell you then I don't know what did.













10.
This was such a innocent, broken soul in both parties read. Such an amazing book and its definitely a book I will be planning on re-reading
















9.
This was amazing and fantastic! The way Sophie was a total spoiled bitch in the beginning and a sweet selfless person in the end. And Ian... Oh my gosh! He is beyond perfect and loyal and just gah















8.

You know me. I love Jennifer's books. Loved Cam even more. 

















7.
This was heart wrenching. All the crap Tate's been put through, I so felt sorry for her and Jared was totally a jerk to her but I knew there had to be a reason and there was and now I don't hate him anymore. The ending though... I flipped out but I so called it. I am really excited to read about Madoc's story.














6.
Love, love, loved it!! This book really hits you and it's so beautifully written.  
















5.
Love the unexpected twists in the book, but I also hate them. I should probably hate this book, yet I love it. It's raw, it shocks you, it makes you smile, and it makes you sob your eyes out.















4.
This was so sad, emotional, deep, and when I say emotional, I MEAN EMOTIONAL! Every single page I would start crying and couldn't stop. 
















Now for my top 3!!


3.
Intensely passionate and deeply heart felt. I cried on every page and I am not even exaggerating!
















2.
Words to describe this book: Fucked up, dark, romantic, blew my mind, intense, and fucked up. I read this multiple times already and I absolutely LOVE it! 
















And number 1 goes to.........


This deserves so many reads and reviews because this was heart shattering amazingness. This is dark, suspenseful, romantic, and a women faced 3 years of abuse that permanently damaged her face. There were times when I would want to push John off a cliff or let karma do it's job. He deserves a lifetime of punishment for what he did. Domestic violence and abuse is not okay and NEVER WILL BE. This is wrong, he is a monster and what he did to Nicole was an idiotic move. He's really a loser. Brian was totally the opposite. He didn't care what Nicole looked like and he cared for her even when he didn't know her. He would do anything for Nicole and that made me tear up.
 

Top 13 YA Books of 2013

This is my top 13 YA books of 2013. Even though I read amazing books published in 2012 and past that, this is only for books published in 2013. So without further ado, counting down my 13.

13.
All I can say about this is, that ending twist/reveal and never mess with a female assassin
















12.
Also, that ending. Character and story development were high; amazing read.
















11.
"So many things went on in this book and I am very interested to see how this ends. I don’t know what to expect in the next book. I don’t know whom to ship anymore... I really recommend you read this, but Destroy Me first then this." Full review here.














10.
"Unexpected things happen and shit will go down in the last and final book that comes out very not soon." Full review here.
















9.
"This sequel was off the charts. So much action, drama, and can I say ZA! For the people who haven’t read this, well ZA is just a something. That character though! Although this isn’t a direct telling of Alice in Wonderland, it still is a great read." Full review here.













8.

"When I first began this book, I didn't know what to expect from this, but somewhat dystopian and science fiction aspect. For about 10 chapters in, I was so confused and didn't know what's going on in the story. Being as a dystopian, post-apocalyptic novel, there has to be something that wiped out mankind and they are aliens. After you start getting used to the world and the alien aspect, it becomes an intriguing novel." Full review here.











7.
"Basically, if you want to go on an emotional roller coaster filled with romantic tension, a swoon worthy hot guy, and Nephilims based on the 7 deadly sins, this is your book. I HIGHLY recommend you all read this." Full review here














6.
"This is a suspenseful page-turner that will make you read this nonstop, waiting to see who the killer is. I was actually creeped out and scared on some parts of the book. All the suspense and me theorizing made me go insane." Full review here.














5.
Bittersweet ending to an amazing book trilogy. Full GIF review here.

















4.
"Everything is beyond perfect (except Mal because I don’t like him) and the new characters are just pure amazing." Full review here
















NOW FOR MY TOP 3... 

3.
"Twisted, and magical, I need to go buy this so I can reread this and forever love it. I HIGHLY recommend you all read this and GAH! What else can I say about this? I really really need the next book!" Full review here.














2.

"This is a retelling/ inspired by H. G. Wells's The Island of Dr. Moreau. I have not read that book and while I read this book I thought it was a twist about Frankenstein. I guess I was wrong but loved it anyway and I could not put it down!" Full review here.














And number 1 goes to....


1.
Of course Clockwork Princess. I can't believe this is over! I can't even.. The feels I have right now. Jem. Will. Tessa. I ... No. The most bittersweet ending of a series I have ever read.
 
 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Rubinrot (Ruby Red) Movie Review

Synopsis (Taken from IMDB)
Gwendolyn Shepherd is actually a very normal 16-year-old teen. What's annoying is that her family definitely has a tad too many secrets. They all have to do with the time-travel gene that is passed down in the family. Everyone is certain that Gwen's cousin Charlotte has the gene, and so everything is all Charlotte, all the time. Until the day Gwen, out of the clear blue sky, suddenly finds herself in London at the end of the 19th century. She knows right away that she, and not Charlotte, was born to be a time traveler - even if she could certainly do without it. Just as she could do without Charlotte's arrogant boyfriend Gideon de Villiers, with whom she now has to forge an alliance in order to clear up the biggest secret of her family history. One thing is clear: she will do everything possible to solve the ancient mysteries. What isn't clear is that one should not fall in love between the times. For that really makes things complicated!


In Theaters
March 14, 2013
MPAA Rating
PG-13, FSK 12 in Germany
Genres
Adaptation, Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Drama, Mystery
2 hours 3 minutes
Run Time
Distributors
Tele München Gruppe


Review:

I'm bummed that this is in German but it's dubbed in English so that's a upside. Other than that, I absolutely loved this movie!

When I read the book, I wonder how does time travel work/looks and other objects from the book. The cinematography looks amazing, the editing, everything.

I absolutely loved this movie so very much!! The actor who played Gideon.. swoon! And if you hated Charlotte in the books, you'll hate her even more in this- but loved the character portrayal. It's funny, action-y in some parts, and it just makes me smile. I can't wait for the sequel!

Overall I give this a 4/5 and 80%.

Okay, book to movie adaptations are not identical but similar. Here are some differences between movie and book (This has spoilers who hasn't read the books or seen the movie) :

  • In the movie, Gwen learns only that it is the gene in their family is a Zeitreisegen, when it turns out that she has it. In the book, however, she has this assumption since the beginning of her dizzy spells (which begin with time travelers from about the sixteenth birthday).
  • Gwen's nine year old sister Caroline does not appear in the film.
  • Gwen meets the second uncontrolled Zeitsprung her grandfather Lucas, but in the gem trilogy she met him until the second band sapphire blue.
  • Gwen can in the film until her 16th See birthday spirits in the book but from an early age.
  • The little boy in the film is Robert, the late brother of Lucas Montrose, not like in the book of drowned son of Dr. White, as Gwen has taken him in 1942 as a spirit.
  • The order of the joint Time travel by Gwendolyn and Gideon was reversed (in the book are the first two of the Count in 1782, in the film, however, they visit the first Lady Tilney in 1912.)
  • The scenes with the Indians, the Cherry Blossom Ball, the ceremonial reception in the lodge, the "Browse" and stay in the archive as well as Gwen's falling off the roof do not appear in the book. In addition, Gwen told in the film Mr. George and Gideon from the scene at the ball
  • When the Count Gwendolyn using chokes of telekinesis, Gideon noticed the threat and can detect even later the strangulation marks on the neck, in the book she does not even told him about it.
  • Gwendolyn and Gideon decide at the end of the movie the secrets of the lodge to explore together, this happens in the trilogy but only in the last belt emerald green.
  • In the film, almost nobody knows about the prophecy in the book, however, almost everyone.
  • In the film Gwendolyn would like to count, but in the book there is the rule that all time travelers must visit the counts after the initiation jump.
  • In the film, Leslie has black hair, but in the book she's blonde and has freckles.
  • In the book Madame Rossini is described as plump and small, in the movie but she is tall and slim.
  • In the book, the key to chronographs a souvenir of Gwendolyn from the past, in the film Gwendolyn is but the key to 16 Birthday gift from Lucy.
  • In the film, Gwendolyn has only a brother in the book, however, she has a brother and a sister. In the film, Gideon is 18 years old, in the book his age is given as 21 years.
 
Director:

Felix Fuchssteiner       


Writers:

Catherine Schöde          Screenplay & Source Material (form novel)


Producers:
Catherine Schöde         
Philipp Budweg
Robert Marciniak
Markus Zimmer
 
 
Cast: 
  • Maria Ehrich : Gwendolyn "Gwen" Shepherd
  • Jannis Niewoehner : Gideon de Villiers
  • Laura Berlin : Charlotte Montrose
  • Jennifer Lotsi : Leslie Hay
  • Veronica Ferres : Grace Shepherd
  • Josefine Preuss : Lucy Montrose
  • Florian Bartholomäi : Paul de Villiers
  • Axel Milberg : Lucas Montrose
  • Rüdiger Vogler : Mr. George
  • Uwe Kockisch : Falk de Villiers
  • Gottfried John : Dr. White
  • Kostya Ullmann : James Pimplebottom
  • Justine del Corte : Madame Rossini
  • Katharina Thalbach : Madeleine
    "Maddie" Montrose
  • Peter Simonischek : Count of St. Germain
  • Sibylle Canonica : Glenda Montrose
  • Chiara Shoras : Margaret Tilney
  • John of Matushka : Mr. Whitman
  • Levin Henning Nick Shepherd

Avalon by Mindee Arnett Review

Expected Publication Date: January 21, 2014
Publisher: Balzer & Bray

Format: ARC
Page Count: 432 pages
Source: Publisher
Series: Avalon #1


Synopsis:

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon's cult hit show Firefly.


Review:

This is one is hard to review. I liked the main character Jeth and the concept of the book but I guess it wasn't one for me. 

To put it out of the way, this is definitely for fans who love the show Firefly. It definitely has that teen YA sci-fi, space vibe to it.

This isn't my first Mindee Arnett book. I read her other works and this is very different from her paranormal series. The main problem for me was I didn't feel the story. This meaning, I couldn't grasp the concept of the background and the setting of the book. 

What I did like was Jeth and I wanted to read a sci-fi book that is mostly based on that and nothing else. There is romance but it's not centered around it. The romance was a little bit odd and rushed during situations. 

I really wanted to love this book but its not up to par to me. For sure others will love this series. It's just my preferences. 

ARC provided by HarperCollins and Balzer &Bray

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Allegiant by Veronica Roth Review (in GIFs)

Publication Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: E-book
Page Count: 526 pages
Source: Borrowed
Series: Divergent #3


Synopsis:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


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