Books to T.V. Adaptations

Hey bookies! I know this post is super late and I’m sorry! But I’m here now and today we are going to talk about some of the books that have been adapted into T.V. shows and what I think of them! 

1. The Mortal Instruments  —->>                  

the mortal instruments.pngShadowhunters

 

 

 

 

 

The Mortal Instruments is a well-loved series by Cassandra Clare and was recently turned into The CW show Shadowhunters. I definitely prefer the books but the show has its own charm. I think this series is one of those where the fans are super critical about all the little details whereas a tv show needs the ability to take some creative routes and freedom. 

2. The Vampire Diaries  —->>     

The Vampire Diaries Books     The Vampire DIaries

This is one of those shows where I think deviating away from the books was beneficial. I actually prefer the tv show to the book, however, the book series is still interesting. I can also say that it was so successful because unlike the shadowhunters fans, the VD fans were more open to change. 

3. The 100  —->>

the 100  the 100 show

 

 

 

 

The 100 was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and was really excited when they announced the tv show. I know that a lot of people really like the show and it has done fairly well, however, I couldn’t separate myself from my love for the book and how everything in the first episode was so different than the book. So, unfortunately, I haven’t continued with it. 

4. A Series of Unfortunate Events  —->>

series of unfortunate events  series.jpg

This series was one I read when I was younger and loved. they made a movie but it wasn’t anything special and for how much content there it I don’t think it worked. The Netflix tv show released in 2016 did a great job of bringing Lemony Snicket’s story to life, and the second season is coming out really soon! 

5. Temperance Brennan Series  —->>   

206 bones     bones

I only read the first book in this series and that was way back in high school but I love the tv series a lot. I have always been really interested in forensics and anthropology and it’s amazing to actually see how Brennan is able to solve a case with just a pile of bones! 

There are SOOO many others I could include in this such as Game of Thrones, Shannara Chronicles, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Dexter, Orange is the New Black, Riverdale, Sherlock, 13 Reasons Why, Outlander, True Blood and so many more. however, I wanted to keep it restricted to the shows in which I have actually read the books they’re based on. 

I would love to know what your favourite book to tv show adaptation is or your least favourite! And let me know if you think I should have continued with The 100.

Talk to you next week! 

Sincerely,

B ❤

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If You Like This… Then You’ll Like That!

Hi everyone! So for today, I am going to try to recommend books based on other books you might have read and enjoyed. This is a popular Youtube video idea but it still works here! I’ve tried my best to choose different types of genres as well. Let’s get started!

1. If you like:                                                     Then you might like:

starflight  zenithBoth of these books take place in space with badass female characters and space pirates. I think they both give off the same kind of vibe which is why I have grouped them together. Starflight follows a girl who is trying to escape her planet and live life on the outer rim where she doesn’t have to follow absurd rules. she finds herself with a crew who are running away from less than friendly people and tags along for the adventure. Zenith follows a group of girls who are known in the galaxy for their piracy and gives-no-shit attitude. when their past catches up with them, they are given an ultimatum: help the governor find his missing son, or be executed. 

2. If you like:                                                    Then you might like: 

missing  need.jpgThese two books don’t share many similarities when it comes to plot, however, the feeling that I got when reading them both are the same. Missing is about a small town that no one who lives in really likes. The majority of teenagers in high school have a plan to leave the town once they graduate like so many did before them. When Winter discovers a body in the woods, threads of her smalltown life start to unravel and she begins to wonder if the people actually left or if they’re really just missing. Need, on the other hand, is all about this new social media app that grants you anything you wish for. you just ask for something you “need”, complete a task and your wish is granted to you. When the tasks start getting more and more extreme and the body count rises, Kaylee must discover who is actually behind this “game” and she learns how far people are willing to go to get what they need. Both books share a thriller type feeling that leaves the reader on edge. 

 3. If you like:                                                   Then you might like:

Fangirl.jpg  Geekerella  These two books are super adorable, cute and so well written. Fangirl follows a girl named Cath who is in her first year of college. Cath is an introvert who loves to read and write fan-fiction and would rather be doing that than going out to parties like her twin sister. It follows her path to self-discovery and how she handles all the stress that comes with living away from home. Geekerella is a magnificent, modern-day retelling of Cinderella and was one of my favourite books of 2017! It follows Elle, a young girl living with her two step-sisters and step-mother after her father passes away. When she finds out there is going to be a remake of her favourite series, she’s less than happy to find out who’s playing the main character. it’s told from two points of view; neither of them knowing who the other one really is although they continue talking every day. When the series convention comes around, Elle will do whatever it takes to go but she is met with something she wasn’t quite ready to find. These books are just….😍 

4. If you like:                                                   Then you might like:

sea of shadows.jpg           the winner's curse.jpgBoth of these fantasy trilogies are action packed, fast paced and full of emotion. Sea of Shadows reads like a traditional high fantasy story with magic, political intrigue and badass characters. When the spirits of the damned are awakened, twin sisters Ashyn and Moira are faced with monsters they never thought were real. The world is being ravaged by mythical beasts and it’s up to them to set it right. grouped with an imperial guard and an exiled thief, they set out to warn the emperor of the future dangers, however, a frightening secret awaits them in court. The Winner’s Curse is more of an urban fantasy set in a different world. Kestrel is the daughter of the governor of her country so her only options are to join the military or marry; however, Kestrel has a different idea. When she connects with a slave up for sale, she instantly buys him, but she has to keep her feelings for him hidden. It isn’t long before she discovers that he has a secret of his own and the price she paid may have been more than she was willing to part with. 

That’s all I have for now. I hope you enjoyed this and hopefully, it helped you find some books you might enjoy. Until next week,

Sincerely,

B ❤

 

 

My Favourite Love Stories!

That day is fast approaching. Dreadful for some, and exciting for others. Whether you hate the day with the passion or you can’t wait to share it with your special someone; here are some books to get you in the lovey-dovey mood. Valentine’s day is one meant to be spent with the ones you love, but since it is generally geared towards a romantic love story, that is what my list will consist of. 

So, let’s begin! 

anna and the french kiss Anna and the French Kiss is such a cute love story about a girl who moves to France because of her dad’s success. At her new school, she forms new friends and falls in love with Étienne, a boy who already has a girlfriend. Their relationship is super adorable and such a fun and easy read. The other stories in the series are equally cute and follow secondary characters. They ultimately all come together at the end. 

saint anything Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s twelveth release and it doesn’t disappoint. It is told in the point of view of Sydney, a teenage girl whose brother Peyton, whom she had always looked up to, is now in jail for a DUI. While her entire family is doing their best to protect Peyton, Sydney is more concerned about the victim and his family. When she finds solace in a boy and his crazy family, she learns a few things about the night of the accident and about herself. 

safe haven Nicholas Sparks does it again doesn’t he? Safe haven is a beautiful story about second chances and new beginnings. It definitely contains some heavy content; death, abuse, stalking and trauma. I love how effortlessly Sparks is able to make me attached to these fictional people. You will be rooting for these two from the very start. Keep in mind that Sparks write new adult fiction and not young adult, this doesn’t change the fact that it is a beautiful story, especially for Valentine’s Day. 

by your side

This should be on everyone’s TBR. We’ve got great characters and character development, a cute romance, mental health issues, and they’re trapped in a LIBRARY. When two teenagers get trapped in their city’s library over the entire weekend, they start to open up to one another and realize they’re a lot more alike than they first thought. This is my favourite Kasie West novel and what I especially love is that it’s super easy to get through. You fall in love with these characters and get totally immersed in their situations.

Geekerella I think I’ve recommended this book a million times already but maybe if I keep at it, everyone will read it! Geekerella is a modern day retelling of Cinderella and it works surprisingly well. It is an accurate tale of how technology affects the way we meet and communicate with people. The best part is that the main character is a total fangirl! This book is so relatable and what’s great about it is that it is told from both the girl’s and the boy’s point of view!

nowhere but here I had never read a Katie McGarry book before this one so I really didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! it follows a girl and her dealing with her separated parents. she goes to stay with her dad for the summer and he’s basically the leader of a “gang” like community; although the term gang is somewhat offensive. There she forms new relationships and begins viewing these new people as family, however, there’s a secret that no one is willing to tell her. 

And that’s all I have! I hope these love stories get you guys in the mood for Valentine’s Day and whether you’re single, dating or in a relationship, make the most of the day.

Sincerely,

B ❤

My Top 5 Books of 2017!

Hey everybody! Wow, it has been a very long time. I know, I know… BUT I’m going to try really hard to post on here once a week even if it’s something short.

Today I’ve created a list of my top 5 favourite books that I read in 2017. ( This list is not limited to books that were released in 2017 but ALL books that I read throughout the entire year). Let’s get started!

I read a total of 35 books in 2017. (28 novels, 1 compilation of short stories and 6 graphic  novels). A little shy of my target but I’ve been going through a serious reading slump that I just can’t seem to shake.

Without further ado, let’s get onto my list! >>>>

No. 5 : P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

PS I like you

 

 

This book is all about first impressions and how people aren’t always what they appear to be. It’s a cute love story between two teenagers who really learn to be themselves and find each other through a common interest.

 

 

No. 4 : Midnight Jewel – Richelle Mead 

Midnight Jewel

 

This book is interesting because of its format. Yes, it’s the second book but it’s not a sequel. It tells the story of Mira and her experiences in the Glittering Court so while it does overlap the events that take place in the first book, this one is entirely its own. Three words: love, politics, pirates. If any of those intrigues you, then pick this up! 

 

 

No. 3 : The Cinder Chronicles – Marissa Meyer

(I know this isn’t one book but shh I’m not cheating!)

The Lunar Chronicles  This series is GOLD! Sci-fi is one of my favourite genres and this series did not disappoint. It deals with the ever present idea of technology replacing humans and the creation of true AI. We follow a 16 year old cyborg who tries to find her place in a society where she isn’t wanted, however, her greatest secret may just save the people who hate her. Each book brings new characters and new fairytale retellings that tie into Cinder’s overall story. 

(Alright fine, if I had to pick one my favourite was probably Winter)

No. 2 : Geekerella – Ashley Poston

Geekerella

What can I tell you about this book? It’s amazing! This book is for every fangirl or boy out there who has ever felt that their likes/interests have separated them in any way from the rest of society. It’s a modern day retelling of Cinderella and it is done so wonderfully that you won’t be able to wipe the smile off your face. Definitely my favourite contemporary of the year.  

 

 

And finally, rolling in at number 1. My favourite book of 2017 was………………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No. 1 : Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows

I don’t even know why this is supposed to be a surprise. I’m sure this book is many people’s number one read of 2017, but holy guacamole! (That’s still a saying, right?) This book was a roller coaster of emotions in all the good ways that Cassandra Clare makes me feel. As usual, I was crying, laughing, gasping and overall thrilled with Lord of Shadows. I don’t know how she does it but with every shadowhunters book, she manages to make it better and better. 

 

 

And that’s it for my top 5 books that I read in 2017! I hope you enjoyed this little wrap up and I would love to know what your favourite books of last year were! 

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Sincerely,

B ❤

Anticipated Reads of Fall/Winter 2016

crookedkingdom.jpg Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

The second book in the Six of Crows duology:

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

Release Date: September 27th 2016

GEMINA.jpg Gemina – Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

The Second book in the Illuminae series:

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and theHypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

Release Date: October 18th 2016

TALES.jpg Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare et al.

A compilation of stories following Simon Lewis after the events of The Mortal Instruments:

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. The events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. At least Simon’s trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Release Date: November 15th 2016

HEARTLESS.jpg Heartless – Marissa Meyer

A retelling of the Queen of Hearts from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favourite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Release Date: November 8th 2016

million A Million Worlds With You – Claudia Gray

The third book in the Firebird trilogy:

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win.

Release Date: November 1st 2016

Sorry it’s been a while guys, we have been EXTREMELY busy. Hopefully we will be back; thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

B ❤

Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier Review

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Ruby Red follows a young girl; Gwenyth who comes from a family of time travelers. The time traveling gene is carried down the line as always given to a female born on a specific date. Everyone assumes Gwenyth’s cousin Charlotte will be the one who carries the gene however, Gwenyth’s and her family’s lives get flipped upside down when they realize she is the one who has the gene, not Charlotte. Thrust into a secret group with another time travelling family, Gwenyth begins to learn more about her family and herself.

I think my feelings for this book wildly have to do with the timing I read it. I really was looking for something like this and so that is why I enjoyed it so much, however, there are many problems.
1. The plot is good. Timing is fine and the flow is also good. Information is given nicely because our main character really doesn’t know anything at all so we learn as she learns about time travel etc.

2. Characters are also fine. They seem real enough, especially the secondary characters. It’s strange but I was actually more interested in learning about everyone other than Gideon and Gwenyth; like James and Robert, Rose and Paul and Lady Arista.

3. The writing in this book is what is a huge let down. It’s very bland and juvenile, but this is not the first language-one-translated-into-language-two book I have read so I recognize the faults that come with a translated text. Dialogue is a bit cheesy whereas in its original form it would be natural. Because I knew that this was translated I was able to ignore a lot of the flops in the writing and just enjoy the story as a whole.

This book is primarily focused on plot rather than characters which is okay but I tend to like character driven books more.

The time travel aspect in the book is very interesting though. I like that is very specific:
– In Gwenyth’s family only a female can carry the gene. In Gideon’s family, only a male can carry the gene.
– you have to be born on a specific day (October the 7th I think)
– you can only travel back in time for up to 4 hours at a time
– you travel back to where you are in the present. For example, if I am in my home and I travel back, I will land in the exact same spot in x-period of time. So if you’re in you’re bedroom on the second floor and travel back 100 years, you better hope your house was already built or you might end up falling all the way down to the ground
– you cannot travel to the future or to a period during your lifetime
– the travelling happens unexpectedly if not drawn out once a day. Think of it as built up energy. In a 24 hour period, you build up the time travel ‘energy’ in your body. If you do not use the chronograph (a device that allows you to choose when specifically you travel back in time) to release set ‘energy’, your body will be forced to release it on its own and so you find yourself time travelling randomly to a random time period.
– only Twelve people will ever have this gene. One for each zodiac symbol of you will. Gwenyth is the last; a ruby.

That is was really had me interested. All the background information about time travelling and about how it works and how people used it is very interesting. Also, the secret that the guardians are trying to achieve by gathering all the travellers blood is mysterious. What is their goal ? Is it all. For Count Saint Germain? Is he trying to reach Immortality? Or is it something else completely.

From the moment Lucy and Paul was mentioned I knew they weren’t going to be bad. I knew that the group currently working with Gwenyth are probably the real enemies and the count is the antagonist whereas Lucy and Paul are trying to help them.

I also enjoyed that this book was so light. I flew right through it in almost one sitting (I have a life sometimes 😉)  it didn’t take itself seriously which is good because of its writing.

Overall, I wish I could have read this in its original language. It’s too bad I do not understand German in the least… Unfortunately, with translations, there is always fear of miscommunication. Something that is directly translated may not carry with it its original meaning.

Danke für Lesen!

3.5/5 stars

sincerely,

B ❤

ps. Sorry if I butchered that translation, it’s supposed to say thanks for reading! XD

New Video! The Coffee Book Tag!

Check out the coffee book tag I just did over on our youtube channel! Don’t mind my super awkwardness..

 

Thanks for watching!

Sincerely,

B ❤