Book Recommendation: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

 

This week’s book recommendation is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I read this a few years ago. I didn’t expect to like it at first, but I ended up loving it. It’s a great futuristic story about censorship–ironically it is on the Banned Books List every year. A definite classic!

 

Intrigued?

Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires …

The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning … along with the houses in which they were hidden.

Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames … never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think … and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do!

 

 

 

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The Book vs the Movie (TV Show): The Vampire Diaries

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Book written by L.J. Smith, 1991
Show developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, 2009-current

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

 

A Love Triangle of Unspeakable Horror…

Elena
Searching for the ultimate thrill, she vowed to have Stefan.

Stefan
Haunted by his tragic past, he struggled to resist her passion.

Damon
Driven by revenge, he hunted the brother who betrayed him.

The terrifying story of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

 

 

 

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

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Which I Viewed First: The show.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The show.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 2 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Show Gets: 5 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: The only thing I liked about the books I read (I read the first two or three) was honestly the writing style.  I didn’t care for Elena at all. The only side characters I liked were Damon and Bonnie, and I still like both of those better in the show.

Things the Show Did Better: Everything. The books were just “okay” for me. The show blew and still does continue to blow me away. I never know what to expect. The characters, plot, setting, everything is more vivid. Nina Dobrev makes Elena much more likable than in the book. I actually love the entire cast, especially Ian Somerhalder.

Verdict?: Show.

Why?: As stated above, the show was just much more vivid to me and the characters were more likable than in the book.

Should the show be re-made?: No.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

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Book Review–The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway

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This is the 41st book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

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The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway
Published June 1st , 2010 by Razorbill

 

I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn’t imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood–powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

 

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds–everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.

 

Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.

 

 

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A cute book about three very different sisters (named April, May, and June no less) who discover they have super powers.

The characters were portrayed so realistically that I felt like I’d been pulled right into the book. I adored the relationships between the sisters, their mom, and the love interests. The girls are also struggling with a recent divorce between their parents, which I can kind of empathize with.

May is probably my favorite out of the three, though I like them all in their way.

If you’re looking for a light, fun read, I recommend this one.

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4stars

 

 

 

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Book Recommendation: Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

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This week’s book recommendation is Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. You may know her as the author of the famously banned book, Twenty Boy Summer. While I enjoyed that one, I absolutely loved this one. If you’re looking for a book with great characters and development, relationships, and family secrets, this might be right up your alley.

 

Intrigued?

Things in Delilah Hannaford’s life have a tendency to fall apart.

She used to be a good student, but she can’t seem to keep it together anymore. Her “boyfriend” isn’t much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition.

Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family’s painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?

Rich with emotion, Sarah Ockler delivers a powerful story of family, love, and self-discovery

 

 

 

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What I’m Working On: August 2014

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Hey guys, I don’t think I’ve done a proper update post since the end of June. Yikes! Anyway, I really haven’t been up to all that much in regards to writing. I’ve been taking it easy ever since I finished The Birthday Bash for Camp NaNoWriMo. However, I plan to finish Chalts up in September and possibly write a Halloween-themed short story or two for October.

 

I did enter Whispertown for Pitch Wars on Monday. Now I just have to wait another week or so to see if it made it. If not, I will enter #PitMad in September. That’s it for now!

 

I’ve also gotten about halfway finished with the re-vamping of the blog. What do you think so far? The main page, About, Posting Schedule, Contests, and Book Vs Movie pages are finished. I just have to finish the Book Reviews and Resources pages. Let me know what you think of the new design. It’s not a major change–just wanted the fonts and colors to match better. The Book Vs Movie page is probably the most changed one. Thank you for your patience as I make the blog (hopefully) look better!

 

 

 

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Book Review–I Swear by Lane Davis

Hey guys, I’ve decided to skip the Book vs Movie for this week. Please be patient with me as I am in the middle of re-designing the blog. I will post an announcement once it is completely revamped. Thank you for your patience!

 

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This is the 40th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

I Swear by Lane Davis
Published September 4th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

Who’s to blame when bullying leads to suicide? A gripping exploration of crucial importance seeks answers in and out of the courtroom.

After years of abuse from her classmates, Leslie Gatlin decided she had no other options and took her own life. Now her abusers are dealing with the fallout.

When Leslie’s parents file a wrongful death lawsuit against their daughter’s tormenters, the proceedings uncover the systematic cyber bullying and harassment that occurred. The ringleader of the accused girls, Macie, maintains they are innocent. In her mind, Leslie chose be the coward they always knew she was.

Jillian, Katherine, and Beth try to keep their stories straight and shift the blame, as Jake, Leslie’s only true friend, tries to make sense of what happened. As the events leading up to her death unfold, it becomes clear that Leslie may have taken her own life, but her bullies took everything else.

Told in alternating perspectives and through well-paced flashbacks, this timely novel sheds light on both the victims of bullying and the consequences bullies face.

 

 

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This ended up being a very interesting and thought-provoking read. It’s told by five POVS, which while at times got a bit confusing, was neat. Why? Because each of these characters have something to do with a girl’s suicide.

This isn’t a light or easy read. I imagine if you have been viciously bullied or know close friends who have been bullied, it may trigger some emotions for you.

I liked reading from the different point-of-views. For the most part, I felt each one was different and that they didn’t blend together. Though I admit I did have to go back and re-read a few things because I got some of the details concerning certain people mixed up.

Beth, Katherine, and Jake were probably my favorite POVs to read from. I actually felt bad for these three, even though one of these people were a huge reason in which their “friend” decides to kill herself.

This book definitely kept my attention and made my emotions soar. Suicide itself is sad. Suicide due to feeling so alienated and bullied that you no longer feel you have anything left to live for is even more so. I almost cried for Leslie. Especially when all of the flashbacks the different characters were having began to paint a more vivid picture of what went down.

This should be recommended reading for teenagers, especially those who feel the need to bully others. Bullying seems to be becoming even more vicious than I remember it being. No one should feel like Leslie did, though I’m sure many teenagers feel just like her, or have similar feelings.

The only thing that really bothered me about this book (minus the obvious, which is targeted to bother you), was the errors that didn’t get caught. I dismiss a few here and there, but this book seemed to be filled with them.

Overall a good read that will hopefully get some to think a second longer about how their behavior can affect others.

 

 

3stars

 

 

 

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Book Review–To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story by Sonya Sones

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This is the 39th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story by Sonya Sones
Published August 27th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

 

Her friends
have a joke about her:
How can you tell if Colette is lying?

Her mouth is open.

Fifteen-year-old Colette is addicted to lying. Her shrink says this is because she’s got a very bad case of Daughter-of-a-famous-movie-star Disorder—so she lies to escape out from under her mother’s massive shadow. But Colette doesn’t see it that way. She says she lies because it’s the most fun she can have with her clothes on. Not that she’s had that much fun with her clothes off. At least not yet, anyway…

When her mother drags her away from Hollywood to spend the entire summer on location in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, Colette is less than thrilled. But then she meets a sexy biker named Connor. He’s older, gorgeous, funny, and totally into her. So what if she lies to him about her age, and about who her mother is? I mean, she has to keep her mother’s identity a secret from him. If he finds out who she really is, he’ll forget all about Colette, and start panting and drooling and asking her for her mother’s autograph. Just like everyone always does.

But what Colette doesn’t know is that Connor is keeping a secret of his own…

 

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At first, I wasn’t so sure I was going to like this one. To be perfectly honest, Collette, the main character, got on my nerves in the beginning. But then she started telling her outrageous stories, and somehow I began to find her endearing. I found myself beginning to be able to relate and connect easily to her because I know what it’s like to be bored and alone save for family. When I was younger, I used to make up outrageous stories about my life, and my future.

While Collette is a “unreliable” narrator for a bit, soon her life starts becoming real. The things that happen to her are not quite as exciting as what she mapped out in her head earlier, but I found her relationship with Connor to be entertaining and fun to read. Especially toward the end.

Besides connecting with Collette, I found her little brother, Will, to be adorable. Even her mother and mother’s boyfriend ended up being characters I enjoyed. I also liked Connor, at least until the end. Though while I hated how he ended up being, it was a nice twist of irony that I didn’t see coming. I felt awful for Collette though, and for Will.

The only thing that really disappointed me minus the Connor thing, which the reader is probably supposed to be disappointed at, is the end. While I applaud Collette for taking the high road, I would have really liked to see things play out differently. And while I like that she decides she wants to amend her lying ways, parts of it felt a little forced.

Other than that, this was a great read. Very entertaining with a fun romance and interesting, quirky characters. The book isn’t all sunshine and giggles, but overall it’s a very fun read.

 

 

4halfstars

 

 

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Book Recommendation of the Week: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

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Hey guys, apologies for the hiatus. Have had some real-life stuff going on plus I am also working on revamping the blog design some. Thank you for your patience. Things should go back as usual now.

 

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Picture Source: Goodreads.com

 

 

This week’s book recommendation is Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield. If you like small towns, beautiful writing, deep and complex characters, and mystery, this is the book for you.

 

Intrigued?

An arresting un-coming-of-age story, from a breathtaking talent.

Becca has always longed to break free from her small, backwater hometown. But the discovery of an unidentified dead girl on the side of a dirt road sends the town–and Becca–into a tailspin. Unable to make sense of the violence of the outside world creeping into her backyard, Becca finds herself retreating inward, paralyzed from moving forward for the first time in her life.

Short chapters detailing the last days of Amelia Anne Richardson’s life are intercut with Becca’s own summer as the parallel stories of two young women struggling with self-identity and relationships on the edge twist the reader closer and closer to the truth about Amelia’s death.

 

 

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Book Review–Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown

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This is the 38th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

 

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Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
Published May 21st 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 

Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he’ll forget about her while he’s away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh’s friends suggest she text him a picture of herself — sans swimsuit — to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits “send.”

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone — until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he’s the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh’s photo — and didn’t look.

Acclaimed author Jennifer Brown brings readers a gripping novel about honesty and betrayal, redemption and friendship, attraction and integrity, as Ashleigh finds that while a picture may be worth a thousand words . . . it doesn’t always tell the whole story.

 

 

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I loved Jennifer Brown’s Hate List so I’ve been wondering how the rest of her books are. This one was pretty good. It involved a topic I haven’t read about before or know much about–sexting. The main character was easy to like and feel sorry for. I think most of us can recall things we regret doing in our life that seemed right at the time. This was how I felt about Ashleigh and the entire incident.

It was harder to feel bad for her ex, Kaleb. Then again, I didn’t like him to begin with. It’s hard to feel bad for someone who would send classmates a revealing picture of your ex. I don’t care what your ex supposedly did–you don’t send something like that to other people, especially if they are still under 18.

Like Hate List, this book felt pretty realistic in regards to the settings, plot, and character. I liked the introduction of Mack and how he became a friend for Ashleigh. It was nice to see an actual girl-boy friendship without romance as well. I also really loved the relationship between Ashleigh and her mother–very sweet.

I’d definitely recommend this one to teens.

 

3halfstars

 

 

 

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The Book vs the Movie: The Face on the Milk Carton

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Picture Source: foreveryoungadult.com

The Face on the Milk Carton

Book written by Caroline B. Cooney, 1990

Movie directed by Waris Hussein, 1995

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

The face on the milk carton looks like an ordinary little girl: hair in tight pigtails, a dress with a narrow white collar, a three-year-old who was kidnapped more than twelve years ago from a shopping mall in New Jersey.

As fifteen-year-old Janie Johnson stares at the milk carton, she feels overcome with shock. She knows that little girl is she. But how could it be true?

Janie can’t believe that her loving parents kidnapped her, until she begins to piece together clues that don’t make sense. Why are there no pictures of Janie before she was four? Her parents have always said they didn’t have a camera. Now that explanation sounds feeble. Something is terribly wrong, and Janie is afraid to find out what happened more than twelve years ago.

In this gripping page-turner, the reader will unravel — as Janie does — the twisted events that changed the lives of two families forever.

 

 

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Which I Viewed First: The book.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The book.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: 5 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the Movie Gets: 3 stars.

Things the Book Did Better: More character development.

Things the Movie Did Better: Was neat to see the story in action.

Verdict?: The book.

Why?: The character development was better in the book. Janie came across as more complicated and easier to sympathize with where in the movie she seemed like more of a brat. I also felt that the parents were less likable in the movie as well. Plus some of the characters–like the twins–were omitted and that also seemed to take away from the story.

Should the movie be re-made?: Maybe.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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