Fangirl Friday #19…I’m in Love, and I Don’t Care Who Knows It

So, I know that this is technically old news, but I am extremely excited about Renée Ahdieh’s upcoming book, which is slated for May of 2017. I love Renée’s style of writing and storytelling, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for her next series, especially since it is supposed to be a retelling of one of my favorite stories and Disney movies of all time. Oh, did I not mention yet that Renée is writing a YA retelling of “Mulan”?

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I heard the news from my sister and I was overjoyed that not only was Mulan going to get the time of day that she has always deserved, but also because Renée Ahdieh is the best author to retell her amazing story. This whole situation is LEGIT, and I already pre-ordered Renée Ahdieh’s amazing sounding book. Alright, time for the title and summary!

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Amazon summary:

“From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce.
 
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.”

After reading this summary, I feel like all that I am missing in my life book-wise now is a “Pocahontas” retelling from one of my favorite authors…*sighs* I’m not sure what to do with my life until “Flame in the Mist” comes out. *sits and waits 8 months for book’s release.*

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Fangirl Friday #18….Wonder Woman Is Coming!

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a Fangirl Friday post, but I think that it’s high time to announce that I’m fangirling once again! Obviously Comic Con happened this past week, and with it always comes some news about the amazing upcoming movies and books. There was a lot happening this last Comic Con, and although I am quite excited about all of the new books and movies that are going to be released late this year and in 2017, the thing that I completely geeked out over was the new “Wonder Woman” trailer!

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My sisters and me were beyond excited to see our favorite “Fast and Furious” actress in “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” so you can imagine how ecstatic we were to see the full trailer for her own movie as Wonder Woman. Everything about it looks amazing, and I can’t wait for “Wonder Woman” to come out!

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In that vein of fabulous new news, I am also quite excited about some old news.

A few months back, it was announced that several well-know and very talented YA authors were enlisted to write books based off of DC comic characters. Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo were two of the authors on that list, both of which I was very excited about. I am SO happy with the choice that was made in having Sarah do a book about Catwoman and Leigh write Wonder Woman’s story. Once Gal Gadot was cast as Diana (AKA Wonder Woman), I was on the train, and then to have it announced that the fabulous Leigh Bardugo was writing a “Wonder Woman” novel was just icing on the cake.

Leigh Bardugo is amazing at writing powerful, strong female characters who not only have a lot of heart, but also quite a few faults and weaknesses; she takes her heroines on journeys that enable them to grow and develop as individuals, and they become stronger because of the weaknesses that they overcome and conquer. I think that Leigh’s gift for creating kind, goodhearted, and strong female characters is exactly what the “Wonder Woman” story needs, and I cannot wait to see this powerful character on the big screen and read the newest novel about her!

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Check out these link for the announcement of YA authors writing DC characters and a little something from Leigh’s website!

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Fangirl Friday #17…Book Hauls Make Me Happy

January was a great month for books! Between generous giveaways and my book buying problem, I am awesomely swamped with books that I need to read! Sadly, I haven’t had much time or extra focus power to read too much, but I’m so excited to get my reading rhythm back so that I can get through a couple of books a week. It’s doubtful, but I’m going to try!

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“Shade Me” by Jennifer Brown was one of my awesome giveaway prizes, and “Into the Dim” by Janet B. Taylor was the ARC that I had been seeking out for quite some time, and I am so excited that I get the chance to read and review it before its March release. Yay!

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The rest of my book haul from January was “The Love That Split the World” by Emily Henry and “The Dark Days Club” by Alison Goodman. Okay, now it’s time for me to pick up one of these beauties to read…

Thanks for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a happy Friday!

Fangirl Friday #16…There Were Zombies Involved

Wow, this week was definitely an eventful time for everyone I know, including myself. *sighs* There were definitely some good happenings during the week, but it was mostly tiring and stressful, and I am kind of wondering, since I am only going into my third week of the Spring semester, how I am going to keep going? Well, fellow bloggers and book-lovers, this is how one survives (A.K.A. staying awake when all you want to do is take a nap) and keeps trudging forward on a Thursday night after school: they go see “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.”

I am not traditionally the kind of individual who likes to go out at night after being at school to see a movie, and I instead lean more towards a porcelain teacup full of a black tea and cozying up with a book or TV show. But I guess there’s a first for everything, and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was well worth breaking the traditional, and predictable, nightly plans of this bookworm.

Gosh, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was so friggin’ fabulous! Mr. Bingley is my favorite male character in “Pride and Prejudice,” so to have Douglas Booth play him just made my world, as well as my sisters’.

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I probably drove them nuts during the movie, because I kept giggling like an idiot and nudging their shoulders whenever he came on screen. In the light of day, I am trying to justify those giggles as one of the side affects of being uncharacteristically alert and giddy after 7:3o PM, but Douglas was pretty amazing, so I guess I just have to admit defeat because, yes, I giggled over a boy. Oh, gosh, and then there was Matt Smith playing Mr. Collins…

I try to be quiet in theaters so that others can also enjoy the film on screen, but every time Matt Smith came into a scene in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” I could not stop laughing because his lines and mannerisms were FABULOUS! Again, it could have been the hour of night that was making me delirious and/or slaphappy, but I feel like his scenes were some of the best in the movie, and his portrayal of Mr. Collins was beyond hilarious and entertaining!

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For him alone, I would see this movie again, but since there was also Douglas Booth in it, well, how can I resist repeating the events of last night sometime soon?

Now that I have sung, or written, as is the case, the praises of Matt Smith and Douglas Booth, I do have to commend the lovely Lily James and Sam Riley for their fabulous portrayals of Lizzy and Mr. Darcey.

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The chemistry and mental sparring between Darcey and Lizzy was fabulous as always, and the situational comedy that only a zombie apocalypse can bring, lent a certain kind of dark humor to these characters’ relationship that made it even better than the original. Some Janeites might hate me writing for this, but I kind of liked Darcey and Lizzy better in this movie because their relationship was less melodramatic and more humorous, and I do dearly love to laugh…

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” was a fabulous film, and I think that it was very much like “The 5th Wave” in the fact that I enjoyed the movie so much that I do not think the book could be quite as good. I loved what the film kept concerning all of the characters and what it added to them; everyone felt like themselves, just with a little extra something thrown into their characters to make them pair well with the concept of zombies taking over the world. 😉 I obviously loved Bingley, and Jane was also great, and I adored Lily James’ portrayal of Lizzy. Sam Riley also did a great job with the character of Darcey, and he made me actually like the character (sorry, I am more of a Wentworth, Knightly, and Bingley fan!). If you are looking for an extremely witting, fabulously acted, and well-made film that is constantly engaging, then “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is the perfect movie for you to indulge in this weekend. Just beware of the zombies in the woods and in the tea parlor…

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Fangirl Friday #15…The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #1)

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“The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Goodreads summary:

“After the 1st wave, only darkness remains.
After the 2nd, only the lucky escape.
And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive.
After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.”

Last week I went to the theater with my sisters to see “The 5th Wave,” and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking it. I had not read the book before seeing the movie, so I was kind of a blank slate going into the film; I knew a fair amount about the plot and characters from hearing my sister talk about “The 5th Wave,” but I did not have any expectations going into the movie since I did not yet have an attachment to the story. I ended up having a lot of fun watching the movie, and I am happy that I went into the film adaption of “The 5th Wave” without having read the book because that allowed me to just go along for the ride, instead of picking out the things that did not match up with the book. But after coming out of “The 5th Wave” movie, having fallen in love with Evan Walker and enjoying the character of Cassie, I knew I had to read Rick Yancey’s book!

While reading “The 5th Wave,” I was really grateful that I had seen the movie before I picked the book up, because having the visual details and the seeing the interactions between the characters on screen really helped me to envision everything that happened this book. Rick Yancey, for me, had an almost distancing style of writing that was kind of jarring at first, and he was not very descriptive during key moments in this book when I really wanted to see and feel what was happening. Most of the authors I love write stories that feel more consuming and immersive, but despite not having that quality of making me feel as involved in the story as I wanted to be, Rick Yancey’s book was surprisingly addictive; it doesn’t usually happen for me that way, yet “The 5th Wave” somehow made me feel a tiny bit withdrawn, but also like I couldn’t put it down. This book was glued to my hands for an entire evening, and I almost finished it before I had to go to bed, which I have not done in a long time!

I think one of the things that I liked about “The 5th Wave,” besides Evan Walker, was that it reminded me of “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer and an old show from the 1990s called “Roswell.” Science fiction and aliens were my two favorite things in books for quite a few years, and it wasn’t until just a little bit ago that I started to branch out beyond the science fiction genre. It was enjoyable to see those old themes that I used to love so much in “The 5th Wave,” and I thought that Rick Yancey did a very good job writing alien and dystopian dynamics, while still making them feel fresh and ready for a new generation of readers. Although I appreciated the elements he used to build his plot line, I was not the hugest fan of Rick Yancey’s writing style.

Rick Yancey had a kind of jarring, and at times, disjointed writing style that made me feel a little withdrawn from the story and its characters. It took me until about the halfway point in “The 5th Wave” to get used to his style, and once I did, I had a lot more fun reading it. Despite getting used to this book’s writing style and enjoying its addictive quality, I still struggled to care for some of the characters because of how distant I felt from them.

Cassie had a very intense and slightly grating perspective to read from, but honestly, I could not blame her too much for being that way because of everything she had been through. Cassie was a survivor and I admired that about her, but the way Rick chose to write her reactions and thoughts towards different situations and people in “The 5th Wave” made for a more aggressive and cold perspective to read from, which did not always make for the most enjoyable or compelling voice to read from. I think one of the reasons why I liked the movie version of this book so much was that Chloë Grace Moretz portrayed a more pleasant version of Cassie, and watching Chloë display all of the traits of Cassie’s character made me understand and feel more compassionate towards her and the loss she had endured, and I really appreciated that. I did admire, regardless of the movie, how much of a survivor Cassie was, and how determined she was to find and save her brother. I found the journey she went on to find her brother to be really interesting and it kept me reading, despite the fact that I was not the hugest Cassie fan, and once Evan Walker came in, I felt like “The 5th Wave” got WAY more interesting and dynamic.

Yeah, I might be a little bit in love with Evan Walker’s character.

Every time Evan was present, it felt like the writing in this book got better and its story line became more interesting. Part of that’s me just caring for Evan a lot more than the other characters in “The 5th Wave,” but I also think that something clicked in this book when Evan showed up and started helping Cassie; it just felt like he made this whole book feel like it was more, and he truly added SO much to this story. Cassie had a pretty harsh/intense perspective to read from, but when Evan showed up, his sweetness, his kindness, even his loneliness, made this book have so much more depth, and his presence also provided an opportunity for Cassie to show more than anger towards the life she had because of the Others’ coming. I was truly moved by Evan as a character, and my shipper heart just loved/loves this character SO much!

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“The 5th Wave” was an interesting and fast paced book, but when Evan Walker was present, it became a more dynamic and engrossing read. Evan was such an amazing and interesting character in this book, and I also really loved what they did in the movie with his character, and the actor who played Evan did a great job making all of his qualities come across on the big screen. I think the only thing that was disappointing about “The 5th Wave” movie concerning this character was that they skipped a few really great scenes that were in the book, and I wish that they had been in the film. I would have gladly sat through another twenty minutes of “The 5th Wave” just to get some extra time with Evan! I think the only problem with Evan Walker being such an amazing character was that I desperately wanted for the rest of the book to just be about Evan and Cassie as they searched for her brother, and that made the perspective changes a little disappointing.

Zombie, or Ben Parish, was not necessarily a bad character, but I just read through his sections of “The 5th Wave” in order to get to Evan and Cassie, which is not a good mindset to be in when you’re supposed to get to know a character. Even while watching the movie, I was anxious to get back to Cassie and Evan, despite the fact that the actor who played Zombie did a great job, and that feeling of wanting to move through his scenes faster definitely did not change for me while reading this book. Zombie might have had an even rougher perspective to read from because of his being in such a harsh environment, and he was also quite bitter and vengeful due to everything that he had been through. All of that was understandable, but his were not my favorite sections of this book. There were a few interesting moments during Zombie’s parts of “The 5th Wave” that built the plot a bit more, but even then, all I really wanted from this book was for it to just shift back to Cassie and Evan.

Overall, I thought that “The 5th Wave” was a very fast paced and addictive read, despite the fact that I was not the hugest fan of Rick’s writing style. It was very enjoyable to read an alien science fiction book, and it had a pretty interesting plot that was well thought out, whether it be in book or movie form. What really kept me reading, though, was Evan and his interactions with Cassie, and I thought that those sections of “The 5th Wave” made this book come together and become a more likable story. Honestly, I would have been happy for this book to be another hundred pages or the movie twenty or thirty minutes longer just to get more time with Evan!

The book or the movie?

I definitely feel like the movie was a 4 1/2 to 5 star movie for me because, although it wasn’t a perfectly done film, I had so much fun watching it, and I fell in love with the actors’ portrayals of the characters. I also felt like the movie did a great job of drawing real emotion from me during some of the really key moments in it, and I liked that a lot about the film because the book never made me feel emotionally invested unless Evan was involved. Personally, I think that “The 5th Wave” was more of a 3 1/2 out of 5 star book for me due to the slightly jarring and disjointed style of writing and how overbearing some of the characters were at times, and it was actually the dynamic between Evan and Cassie that kept me reading it. It’s an odd and unexpected choice for me, but I ended up liking the movie more than the book this time, despite the fact that it was missing a few great scenes between Evan and Cassie.

Fangirl Friday #14…Cover Reveal: The Crown by Kiera Cass

I am super excited today because the final book in Kiera Cass’s “The Selection” series has a cover!!! A couple of weeks ago the title of book #5 was put onto goodreads, but I didn’t think a cover would be posted so soon after the title reveal, and I was SO surprised to see the gorgeous cover for “The Crown” just pop up on twitter! Alright, here it is…

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The designer and crew who make the covers for Kiera’s series know how to make a gorgeous, eye-catching piece of art! Bravo, cover designer(s), bravo!beauty and the beast

The HarperTeen crew kinda blew my mind with how stunningly beautiful their cover is, and all the sparkly lights completely sold me on this cover. Here’s to hoping the final installment of this series wraps up the story of Illéa and its people well, and that Eadlyn learns to lead rather than command and control her people. I also want there to be a lot more Kile, so I am hoping that he plays a bigger part in the last book of this series. Now we just have to wait until May of 2016 to find out what happens…

Um, excuse me while I go run into the future and get myself a copy of this book.

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Fangirl Friday #13…Books that I’m Waiting (Impatiently) For

Okay, so this week’s Fangirl Friday has a few of the books that I am really forward to in 2015 and 2016. Here’s my top five:

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“Their Fractured Light” by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Release date: December 1st, 2015

Goodreads summary:

“A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.”

I want this book to come out so bad, and I don’t know if I can wait another month for it!!!

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“The Rose and the Dagger” by Renée Ahdieh

Release date: May 3rd, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.”

Don’t even get me started on how much I need this book!!! *hyperventilates*

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“The Winner’s Kiss” by Marie Rutkoski

Release date: March 1st, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?”

This is another one to not get me started on with how much I want it. Why must March be so far away?????? *weeps*

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“Walk the Edge” by Katie McGarry

Release date: March 29th, 2016.

Goodreads summary:

“One moment of recklessness will change their worlds

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.”

Uhhhh, can I please have this book, like, now?

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“My lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

Release date: June 7th, 2016

Goodreads summary:

“For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.”

“My Lady Jane” sounds really fun, and I love that they are comparing it to “The Princess Bride”! I am definitely looking forward to it!

I guess the theme of this post is that I REALLY want a time machine so I can go forward in time so I can read my most anticipated books without having to wait for them. *sighs* But maybe it’s all the waiting that makes them so sweet when you get your hands on a copy? I still want a time machine, but I do see the benefits of being patient…

Thanks so much for visiting me this Friday! Have a good weekend!