I'm a fan of Frankenstein. Some of the YA adaptations that have come from the classic story. I love the series The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenste...more I'm a fan of Frankenstein. Some of the YA adaptations that have come from the classic story. I love the series The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein Book lI, that Kenneth Oppel has written, and I even enjoyed a recent release, Hideous Love, which is about Mary Shelley. Both of these are fabulous adaptations. When I received this book, I was intrigued by it. I've never read anything of Gris's before, but I've heard good things about his work. This book, much like any other Frankenstein story has darker undertones and great themes in it, but this particular story didn't quite make the "I loved this book" grade with me.
Here's what I did like. As I mentioned above, I liked the themes in the story, I like that Frankenstein is seen as a slightly troubled, brilliantly minded character who after making his creation feels guilty for doing so, and in turn wants nothing to do with them. I liked his so called monster, and that Frankenstein's creation was a character I felt like I understood the motives behind his actions. I also liked some of the quotes in the book, and I liked how the story wrapped up. I liked feeling as though I understood both character's choices, and at times I felt both bad and hopeful for each one during various points of the story. I loved the hideous creation was a character I felt for.
What I didn't like was how the bulk of the story was told. I enjoyed the letter writing that starts the story off, but once the story is focused on the retelling I wasn't so much of a fan of how it was done. I felt some parts were a little less organized within the structure of the story. I get that this is a graphic novel, but some of the illustrations weren't my favorite. I think graphic novel fans are really going to dig the book's artwork. Over all, and this is where my classic side comes out, I personally don't feel classic stories and graphic novel illustrations go together. But, as I said before, I think graphic novel fans will enjoy this one. Over all it just wasn't my cup of tea.(less)
Have you ever wondered what happened to your homework, or who took the remote control for the TV? Or who makes you yawn and why do you sometimes get a...more Have you ever wondered what happened to your homework, or who took the remote control for the TV? Or who makes you yawn and why do you sometimes get a song stuck in your head? Well William Joyce's newest must have read for children answers all those questions and more! The MISCHIEVIANS are responsible for those things and much more. What? You never heard of them? Neither did I until I read this book and now everything makes sense.
I knew there had to be a reason why we can have so many half pairs of socks, and why I always yawn, and why for some reason in my kids's bathroom there's never any toilet paper let, and yet everyone claims it wasn't them. We have a bad case of The MISCHIEVIANS. Those pesky little creatures are up to no good.... well not really no good. They're up to some good. After all they're doing what they know how to do.
After reading this book I feel like I finally have the answer to a question no one has been able to answer. These guys are responsible for the things that happen around our house that no one can explain. William Joyce gives the best answers to my burning questions. Chalk full of William Joyce humor, The Mischievians is a book that both children and parents will enjoy. This book has brought plenty of laugher during our bed time reading. It's also encouraged my kids to use their imaginations to come up with their own Mischievians. At the end of the book William left a page for kids to document their own Mischievians, and he wants the kids to share it with him. You never know, he just might use it in one of his up coming books (see the back of the book for more details).
I will say I loved some of William's other books more than this one, but it gets a solid 5 stars from my kiddos who loved this book.
The Weight of Water was not a book I normally would have picked up, but it's one that was highly talked about at the Bloomsbury breakfast I attended w...moreThe Weight of Water was not a book I normally would have picked up, but it's one that was highly talked about at the Bloomsbury breakfast I attended while at BEA. That conversations really peaked my interest in this book, and it what made me sit down and read it after it arrived. Can I just say, this book is packed with emotions and moments I wasn't excerpting to get wrapped up in.
A thrilling, hot new romance! Who knew a guy with a lip ring could be so hot.
I have heard nothing but great things about Molly McAdams, and was excite...moreA thrilling, hot new romance! Who knew a guy with a lip ring could be so hot.
I have heard nothing but great things about Molly McAdams, and was excited to read this book. I'll admit nothing got done after this package arrived, as I sat down thinking I'd glance through the book, but oh no, once I started reading page one I was hooked, and ended up sitting down and reading this book in the afternoon. Let me paraphrase this book for you...... "It's a thrilling, hot new romance!" Yes, thrilling and hot belong in the same sentence, because there are some intense, thrilling moments that happening that kept me on the edge of my seat, and then there are plenty of hot swoon worthy sexy times that had me sighing.
Rachel and Kash' relationship had a bit of a rough start, and I love that Kash and his room mate Mason didn't get turned away by Rachel's harsh edge. Trust me, you know why she's like that and it's for good reason. Oh nelly! Kash and Rachel of a lot of sizzling chemistry. Seriously. These two heat up the pages. As much as I love sexy times in guilty pleasures read, I loved that there's more to this story than just that. This story was truly about Kash and Rachel, and their relationship. Thank you Molly for creating characters who don't run away and hide from things that neither at first wants to tell the other about. I can't stand that when characters do that, and luckily both Kash and Rachel aren't the running kind. Both characters have things that they don't hide, but they also don't let certain things from their pasts define them. They confront things in their own ways, and together these two over come them, cope with them, and become stronger together.
I loved, loved, loved how Molly introduced her characters, and allowed them to slowly get to know each of them, as they got to know each other. In doing so she allowed me to feel like I got to know them as friends. I understood their motives, their emotions, their reasons for their actions, and above all, I felt like the relationship that Kash and Rachel develop was real. I loved how they went from being strangers, to getting to know each other, and seeing them grow close and learned to open up and trust each other. They seriously just clicked, and it made sense. It wasn't forced, but a natural click. Slowly that closeness grew to becoming best friends, and then into lovers and something more. Their relationship was one that was realistic, and I loved it.
One Direction's Where We Are, Our Band, Our Story 100% Official is the newest book this globally known band has released. What's not to love about it? If you're a fan of the band, you'll want to get this book. From pictures, to interviews, to finding out what the guys love, what they do on their down time, what they're favorite countries have been to visit and more, this book gives fans an intimate look inside the band and as well as each member.
Whether you like Harry, Liam, Niall, Louis or Zayn, this book is one 1D fans will enjoy reading through and looking at. Don't worry Moms & Dads, being a parent myself, this book is totally fan friendly. It doesn't matter if your child is a teen fan, tween fan or a kid fan, this book is perfect for fans of all ages. No one will judge you if you're an adult fan either. No matter your age, fans of the band will love feeling like they're getting a look backstage and into the life of their favorite band.
You can never go wrong with buying a One Direction Book. This makes the perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays and for any other holiday. You can't go wrong with a hard copy book of your favorite band, that also includes a cover you can remove from the book to reveal a poster of the band on the other side. I'm pretty sure if the bands I grew up loving had written books back in the day, I would most likely still have them. One Direction fans will love this one! It's definitely a must have. (less)
New Adult fans are going to love the sparks that are happening between bad boy, Ryder Montgomery and Jamison Matthews. What's not to love about a sexy...moreNew Adult fans are going to love the sparks that are happening between bad boy, Ryder Montgomery and Jamison Matthews. What's not to love about a sexy rock star, and the sizzling chemistry he and his band mates not so little sister share? Jamison Matthews has always been the little sister of Ryder Montgomery's fellow band mate. Having had a crush on Ryder since before anyone knew the bad, Jamison's brother would never allow anything more to happen between them, then and now. Ryder and Jamison can't deny the chemistry they have for each other, nor can they deny wanting to do more just be friends. Jamison has always been off limits to Ryder.... until now. Jamison isn't that little sister the band sees her as anymore. Jamison has grown up, and Ryder just met his match.
Crash Into Me has it all. Heartbreak, romance, sexy times, and those trying times that come with being part of a band. Not to mention an over protective group of guys who still view Jamison as the little sitter, though she's far from that now. I have to admit, I love how protective the guys are of Jamison, especially Ryder. When Jamison is attacked by another bands lead singer, oh boy, Ryder doesn't hesitate to give the guy what he deserves. Ryder has had his fair share of heartbreak. Still grieving over the death of his girlfriend, this heartthrob doesn't believe he's allowed to find love or anything good again. Enter Jamison Matthews.
I don't know about you guys, but I love reading old school children's books, as much as I love reading new releases. Today's review is for a classic b...moreI don't know about you guys, but I love reading old school children's books, as much as I love reading new releases. Today's review is for a classic by Dorothy Kunhardt, author of the ever popular children's picture book, Pat The Bunny. Junket Is Nice is not a picture book I was familiar with until I was asked if I wanted to read it/review it. Of course I said yes.
Junket Is Nice is about an old man with a red beard, who wears red shoes and is sitting at a table eating junket out of his big red bowl. When all the people in the world gather around the man who's eating junket, they start to guess what he's thinking about while he's eating it. Hint, it's not a walrus with an apple on his back. Out of all the people in the world to guess, only the little boy on the tricycle got it right.
If you love a classic book with an old school feel to it, pick up Junket is Nice. This is a book my kids thought was silly, and I enjoyed reading with them. Aside from the silliness of the story, it's an easy to read one, and contains site word that even kindergarten age kids can read. (less)
A delicious blend of sizzling character chemistry, pent up sexual tension, and plenty of do they or don't they love each other. Definitely, M...more4.5 stars
A delicious blend of sizzling character chemistry, pent up sexual tension, and plenty of do they or don't they love each other. Definitely, Maybe in Love is a fabulous new adult read. I enjoyed every moment I spent reading it.
I am a huge fan of well written retelling, and this book is definitely a well written modern day retelling of Pride & Prejudice all the way. Much like that beloved classic and the movie version staring our favorite Mr Darcy, Colin Firth, I found myself wanting to shove Ophelia's characters together as much as I wanted to shove Jane Austen's characters together and have them make out and do whatever to get their pent up tension out of the way and move on to being together. Only if things could be that simple. With stubborn, prideful characters, things could never go that easy.
I loved Spring and Henry. They are perfect for each other in every way. Sure they seem like opposites, and all know how opposites attract, but once the layers start to get pulled back little by little, I realized just how much these two are alike. Much like Darcy and Elizabeth, these two have that love/hate, but mostly love relationship. Like Darcy, Henry loves to push Spring's buttons, and like Elizabeth, Spring flies off the handle when he does. It's comical to say the least. There's also so much more to the two of them. I loved watching what I already knew from the moment they meant, their falling for each other, though neither of them will admit it for quite some time.
Dirty Trick is a sexy, entertaining read. Leave it up to Brazen to indulge my guilty pleasure reading. Dirty Trick was one of those hot, guilty pleasu...moreDirty Trick is a sexy, entertaining read. Leave it up to Brazen to indulge my guilty pleasure reading. Dirty Trick was one of those hot, guilty pleasures that once you start reading it, there's no stopping until you've finished the book. Trick and Grace. I love these two. They were so much fun to read about. The sexual chemistry sizzles whenever they're together. I mean it's hot. There's more to these two than just chemistry. I love that this story has that mix of sexy times as well as seeing the two of them together as best friends.
Trick, the hot SWAT commander how lives next door, has loved Grace from the moment he laid on her. Grace on the other hand fights her feelings for Trick (who's real name is Patrick). Thinking he's still the playboy he was when she first moved in next door a few years ago, she doesn't see he's no longer that guy, and he is head over heels in love with her. Funny how that is, since she and her other best friend Serena have an extremely successful matchmaking service. Being the patient man Trick he, he values their close friendship, and decides to do what he has to to convince Grace that he is the right guy for her.
Lucky for Trick the upcoming hottest Halloween party in town gives him the chance to hide who is and make his move on Grace. OKay, so let's talk about that for just a moment. I at first wanted to roll my eyes over Trick wanting to hide himself to Grace, but I understand why he did it, and I also loved the Serena totally laid into him for doing that as well, and even knew it was him at the party. Now I will say that the scenes with Trick in disguise and Grace are hot! Like hot sexy times, that are written for adult readers. Back to Trick.... Grace is still guarded from her ex who really was a horrible boyfriend, and knew how to make her feel like crap. Trick, being the man that he is, is bound and determined to make Grace see she is that beautiful, sexy women that he's fallen for.
Holy hotness batman the sexual tension between Grace and Trick was well done. I also loved that Trick is a member of the SWAT team.... yeah that works out perfect for this story. I loved how things developed, and how the story wrapped up. Sure the story line at times is predictable, but it's a guilty pleasure, that's excepted. Dirty Trick is definitely one of those enjoyable sexy time reads that is packed full of sexual tension, sizzling chemistry, and has a great story line rich in love, friendship, and learning to trust again. I so need more of their story.
This book totally surprised me. It is another book that I normally wouldn't have picked up, but boy this became one of those hard to put down books. H...moreThis book totally surprised me. It is another book that I normally wouldn't have picked up, but boy this became one of those hard to put down books. How to Love is emotionally packed, has some incredible characters that I came to care about, and love story that's a breathe of fresh air. Katie's writing is beautiful and easy to get swept up in. What an incredible, beautifully written debut. I can't wait to read more of Katie's upcoming books.
I am a huge fan of this series. I loved being back in the Mephisto world, and getting to know more about one of my favorite Mephisto Brother's, Phoeni...moreI am a huge fan of this series. I loved being back in the Mephisto world, and getting to know more about one of my favorite Mephisto Brother's, Phoenix. One of the great things about this book is if you've not already picked up the series, you can still pick up this book, and read it and understand enough about the world, the history, and enjoy all the swoon worthy moments that happen, without being confused. Trinity does a great job at giving the reader everything that is needed to not feel lost if you've not read this series before, and if you have, she does a fabulous job at recapping things. I will note, this particular story, unlike the others, is New Adult. The first books in the series, The Mephisto Covenant, and The Mephisto Kiss are Young Adult.
Trinity's writing is fabulous! Each story, and especially this one has a distinct voice, and I love that this story is told from both Mariah and Phoenix's point of views. The writing in this book is spot on, the storyline flows beautifully, and the pacing is perfect. Really this book is one that once I sat down to read it, there was no stopping until I was done. It's incredibly easy for me to get wrapped up in Trinity's series. The romance, the characters, the world building, the story arc, everything is crafted together perfectly, and I loved it. There's a little bit of everything. There's plenty of sizzling romance, there's heartbreak, action, love, friendship, danger, intrigue, and choices. Not to mention some incredible characters.
I'm going to be frank, this is not a book for everyone. It deals with rape, and the after math it has on the victim, her family, friends and boyfriend...moreI'm going to be frank, this is not a book for everyone. It deals with rape, and the after math it has on the victim, her family, friends and boyfriend. Why did I read this? Because I feel that one, this isn't a topic that is addressed often enough. The topic of date rape, and what rape really is. Two, maybe someone reading this review will realize they're not alone. The author is not only a rape survivor, but she herself is also an advocate for rape victims. She doesn't sugar coat anything, and she gets right to the point. This book is direct, and though it was hard to read about some things, it needed to be. Rape is a serious topic, and it's not something that should ever be brushed off.
I put this book down quite a few times. I had a hard time reading it. Not only is this out of my comfort level, and what I enjoy reading, this book felt real to me. I felt like I was reading a page out of this character's life. Not only did my heart break for her, but it was so sad and painful to watch how Ani's rape effected her so much, it changed her. That's not something that should be taken lightly, nor was in this book. The interesting thing about this book though, is that it's not written from the victims or the attackers point of view, but the boyfriend of the victim.
All too often I feel when rape is discussed no one ever talks about the victims boyfriends or husbands. In this case Ben, the boyfriend is the one telling the story of how he not only wasn't there when the attack occurred, but he had to watch his girlfriend's life spiral out of control as she dwelt with her rape. It would have been great if Ben had some sort of super power that could have fixed his girlfriend up and made her back to how she used to, but Ben is just Ben. He's your average teen guy, who does what he can to help fix his girlfriend. I can't fault him for taking on the world himself to try and help her. His anger to those who attacked her, and what is happening, and his sense of helplessness as he watches the changes and the choices she makes, and it's downright heartbreaking. What's worse is his sense of not being back to do a thing, as the changes effect him and their relationship as well. No matter what Ben did or didn't do, nothing helped, and in the end it results into a heartbreaking decision. That decision is one I understood. I'd be a liar if I said it wasn't an emotional one, because it was.
As I said before, this is not a book I'd recommend to everyone. It's not light and fluffy. It's gritty, dark and realistic. I admire the author for writing this, because there are readers who are going to relate to this book, which is horrifying to think about. No one should ever have to deal with rape. Ever. I also admire the author for not being afraid to talk about rape as being rape. Regardless of what someone wears, what others may have heard they do or don't do, rape is rape, and Fault Line is direct about that. I know how hard it was for me to read this book, and I can only image how hard it must have been for the author to write it. More importantly, I can not imagine what victims go through. The courage it takes to fight back, to try to pick up the pieces and move on with your life and go on. I feel like the after math of what happens doesn't get talked about much, and this book addresses it, and it does in this book.
Now, the things I didn't like. I had a huge issue with, and was was extremely disturbed at the student/teacher relations that took place in this book. This book could have gotten it's point across and been completely fine without those sexually relationships in this book. That's not something I can even over look and not mention. The other thing I have to say, is while my heart broke for Ani, I also had a hard time with her continued streak of doing things to self destructive. I'm not saying I blame her for that, but she needed help, and I wish she had gotten that help during this book. Like real help. Same with Ben. Ben put everything on hold for her, which wasn't helping nor was it healthy for either of them. I'm just going to say this.... the ending of this book is horrible. That was not an ending. The book should have ended long before that scene. I know it shouldn't, but that bugs me the most with the book. Like really bugs me. I don't know, maybe there's a different ending in the published book compared to the arc I read, but since I read the arc for review purposes, that's the end ending I have to go off of. Aside from the subject matter, there were a few minor things within the story and it's development that needed to be a bit stronger for me.
This book has a lot of sexual context, a rape, and language. This is a book who's subject matter is best suited for mature readers. (less)
Say it isn't so! Another series I've really enjoyed reading is coming to an end (sobs). I know, I know. All good things come to an end, and it seems a...moreSay it isn't so! Another series I've really enjoyed reading is coming to an end (sobs). I know, I know. All good things come to an end, and it seems as though 2013 is the year that many of my favorite series are ending. This is a series I've been a fan from the very beginning. I got wrapped up with the characters, the dangers of their world, and desperately wanted things to work out with Skye and Asher. A Beautiful Dark hooked me, A Fractured Light left me hanging and fearing for what was about to go down, and A Radiant Sky wrapped up everything perfectly.
A Fractured Light left readers hanging with that huge decision Skye made, and A Radiant Sky opened up with that scene. I'm really impressed with Skye. She became this heroine who no matter what it cost her, broken heart, losing friends, going to war, she stuck with what she felt was right. Jocelyn did a great job at letting the emotions flow with this book. I felt Skye's heartache with her decision making pertaining to her and Asher, her worry and fears over what the future held, her shock with some of the surprising revelations a couple characters make, and her yearning to fulfill the destiny her parents weren't able to do. She's got a lot on her shoulders, and an awesome support group around her.
Sophie Jordan knows how to write that perfect sizzling character chemistry where you just want to shove the main characters together and keep them tog...moreSophie Jordan knows how to write that perfect sizzling character chemistry where you just want to shove the main characters together and keep them together for the entire story. You know a guilty pleasures author has done their job when you find yourself yearning for the two main love interests when they're not in every seen together. Okay, maybe that's also called being greedy, but I can't help it, I loved Reese and Pepper.
Pepper is a character I totally love. She's that sweet, innocent, girl next door that you'd love to be friends with. She's that responsible one who's doing all that she can to support herself, and in doing so has a set of great friends who urge her to have a little fun. Well that, and Pepper's best friend's brother is now on the market and she wants him to notice her as Pepper, and not his little sister's best friend. Enter the hot, local bar tender who just so happens to also be Pepper's knight in shinning armor. What is there not to love about Reese!?! Not only is he extra swoon worthy, he has manners, is respectful and he's not afraid to say it how it is. Yeah, hot.
Innocent Pepper just met her match! Reese isn't afraid to show her what it's like to be desired sexually, and boy does Reese have the touch. He easily breaks down Pepper's shy and unsure what to do in the bedroom walls, but does so in a way that doesn't make her feel pressured or embarrassed. Reese is Pepper's perfect, patient teacher. I loved how Reese made Pepper feel, and I liked seeing how Pepper owned that she wasn't an experienced person in the bedroom, and I loved her for that, as did Reese (snickers). Talk about hot charter chemistry! Pepper and Reese have that and then some. As a reader, I love that Sophie made Pepper a relatable realistic character in that way. I feel that books often times gloss over what it's like the first time and Sophie Jordan made it real in this book.
Aside from all the hotness, I enjoyed watching Reese and Pepper slowly fall in love. These two definitely have chemistry, and care for each other, but there's so much more to a relationship than that. They both had a rough up bringing, which makes it hard for both of them to let someone else in and to trust someone else. I loved seeing the two of them slowly put their guard down, and let the other in. When Pepper and Reese started doing just that, it totally changed the dynamics of their relationship, and I loved watching how they allowed themselves to fall in love with each other. I thank Sophie for slowly allowing their relationship to develop and build. It was sweet, sensual and totally swoon-worthy! Had it been rushed it would have ruined the story for me.
This book is a guilty pleasures book in every sense! It's a hot, swoon worthy book that you can easily spend the afternoon reading. Trust me, you'll want to. I'm a huge Sophie Jordan fan and I highly recommend picking this book up!
This is a book that surprised me due to the fact that I sat and read it in one sitting. For starters I'm not a huge fan of verse, which this book is w...moreThis is a book that surprised me due to the fact that I sat and read it in one sitting. For starters I'm not a huge fan of verse, which this book is written in. The fact that it was done in verse, in my opinion, worked well for the story over all. I felt as though I was getting a glimpse into Mary's life, and reading snippet from her journal entries. Though I get she may have written some entries a bit more elegantly, I felt over all this style of writing made this book an interesting one to read. Second, I liked that this book was written differently than many YA books I've read. It's tone and wordage is one that makes it feel classic, and stayed, to what I felt, was true to that era. I loved the history that this story has in it, which also added to the book's classic feel.
I was fascinated by Mary Shelley's life and story. I LOVED and admired that she thought for herself, something that was not common during this time period. Much of that credit goes to her mother, Mary Wollstonercraft. Mary's mother was one of the first feminist writers, and her ideals shown through with Mary. Mary herself was very opinionated and unlike many of the women of her time, wasn't afraid to do things on her own and seriously think for herself (huge kudos to that). I greatly admired the fact that she was someone who didn't allow society to tell her what to do, though there were many times she was forced to make do with society's way. That didn't mean Mary didn't voice an opinion. Mary came across to me as someone who was very independent, strong willed, and at times stubborn. For her, these were traits that worked well in her favor and got her through some very difficult and dark times in her life.
I simply adore Diane's fairytale retellings. What Diane does in Sleeping Beauty's Daughters is brilliant. I love how she's able to take a beloved fair...moreI simply adore Diane's fairytale retellings. What Diane does in Sleeping Beauty's Daughters is brilliant. I love how she's able to take a beloved fairytale and not only give is spin, but include some mythology into her story. This makes for a read that fans both young and older alike can enjoy. Instead of this story centering on Sleeping Beauty herself, we get to see that the sleeping curse started long before Princess Aurora was ever born. This curse dates back to when her mother, the now Queen, was a baby.
I loved that while the story spans over time that includes both Aurora and her Queen mother, it focuses on the two sisters that Beauty has, Aurora and Luna. I enjoyed getting to read about the two sisters. Aurora is every bit the kind of Princess I picture in a fairytale. Her younger sister, the feisty, fearless Luna is the kind of Princess I totally love, because she doesn't care about what's she's suppose to. Instead she wants adventure to do what she feels she's destined to do, and that is not to marry a Prince. It's the bond these two sisters have that totally won me over.
True to each of Diane's previous fairytale retellings, this book is packed full of adventure and fun. When the curse threatens to take hold of Aurora, it's Luna who steps in to help save her. It's her feistiness that will be vital in her quest to keep her sister from falling under the dreaded curse. The adventure starts when these two daring Princesses set off together on the quest to put an end to the curse, and track down the one person who can remove it. Finding her won't be easy and time is against them.
From the dangers on the high sea, to dangerous land creatures, and figuring out how to out smart an ancient fairy who created the curse, these two Princesses prove that they can do anything. I loved that it's during this part of the story we get to see some of the mythology that Diane incorporated into Aurora's story, come to life, and the twist it plays in the storyline. Thankfully these two Princess have a little help along their way. They definitely discover more than they bargained for in this journey. If traveling wasn't hard enough, Luna has to make sure her sister doesn't fall asleep. If she does, the curse will be in place for 100 years!
This fairytale takes what I loved about the original telling, turns it upside down, creating a story that I absolutely loved and wanted much more from. Diane's middle grade books have become some of my favorites. I love what she's been able to do with her fairytale retellings. Not only is her storytelling exciting, she's given me books I can read with my daughter, and for me that's priceless. Diane's books are ones I highly recommend picking up. These are great for older elementary school readers, and middle grade readers. (less)
I LOVED this book! I love getting behind the scenes glimpses and finding out the little details that go along with bringing a YA book to life, and thi...moreI LOVED this book! I love getting behind the scenes glimpses and finding out the little details that go along with bringing a YA book to life, and this movie companion definitely has it all. Cast pictures, set pictures, quotes, behind the scenes notes, interviews with Cassie, and the brilliances that goes into creating a world that always has a huge, and extremely loyal fan base.
I felt like I was getting a backstage pass to the actual set while reading this book. Having been on the movie set for TMI, it was so awesome to see images of scenes they filmed when I was there, and other images for scenes they were putting together.
This book doesn't just feature a variety of movie set pictures, it also includes notes from the movie's director, Harald Zwart, how the movie came about, and an awesome in depth look into the making of a movie this caliber. I loved that the book also gives fans Cassie's story into what inspired her to write the story, and seeing from her point of view what it's like seeing her characters and world come to life.
Everything fans wanted to know about The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie is included in this book. Speaking of fans, I love how much the studio paid attention to what the fans loved. They even mentioned it in this book. The only compliant I have, is it's too big of a book to sit on the shelf next to my other TMI books. Because I am one of those readers who likes to fit all my books on the shelf, I usually end up reading through movie companions at the store or library vs buying them, but I could not pass this one up. I HIGHLY recommend this book to fans of The Mortal Instruments City of Bones.(less)
The Shadowhunter's Guide is FABULOUS, quick and easy to read book! This book is for die hard fans as much as it for new fans. It covers all the basics...moreThe Shadowhunter's Guide is FABULOUS, quick and easy to read book! This book is for die hard fans as much as it for new fans. It covers all the basics you need to know about the movie, the setting, the storyline, the characters, the Shadowhunter background, the runes, weapons, the various places that the characters go and much more. This small in size book is jammed pack with everything fans love about this series.
If you're a fan of movie set pictures, this book is full of them. From the characters on set down to the weapons they use, and the places they frequent/live, everything that makes up this fascinating world is featured in this book. The book also offers a great telling/recap about the various characters, their roles in City of Bones, what the different runes mean, what the different weapons do, who the characters are, and how they relate, and the significance with some of the movie props, like the Mortal Cup.
This book is jammed back with everything fans have come to love with this series. I love that it's sized so that I can fit it on my bookshelf next to me the books in this series. If you're only able to get one TMI movie tie edition book, THIS is one I'd recommend getting.(less)
I have long been a fan of this era, and Katherine Longshore has done such a brilliant job at bringing it to life in Tarnish. Though I didn't know a lo...moreI have long been a fan of this era, and Katherine Longshore has done such a brilliant job at bringing it to life in Tarnish. Though I didn't know a lot about Anne Boleyn (except her fate) prior to reading this book, Katherine peeked my interest in her after reading Tarnish, that I went and read up about her. From all that I've read about her, I loved the way Katherine brought her to life. It's apparent in the way Katherine told Anne's story that she did a lot of research in the era and about Anne. Everything came to life in this book, so much so that I felt like I was getting a glimpse into the past.