Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Noteworthy Blog Posts (4)

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen? Yay or ney? We all have our opinions. Personally, I don't like it. She's way to old. If they make movies out of all three books it can take up to five years before all of them are done. Maybe even longer. And a 25-year-old playing 16-year-old Katniss? Don't like it. You can read a guest post, written by J. Sciancalepore, author of The War On Destiny, posted on the blog YAreads, HERE! He talks about his opinions and some pros and cons.

Another guest post! Melina from Reading Vacation has had lots of guest posts these last weeks. One of my favorites, probably because I'm a sucker for dystropian novels, is the one by Alex from Electrifying Reviews.

E-books, e-books. Lalalalalaa. Of course I have to tell you about a post titled E-book Readin'. Cause I'm cool like that. (Yeah. I've told you about so many different e-book posts that I don't longer know what to tell you about them.)

I'm thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis jealous of the teens that get to participate in GreenBeanTeenQueen's Read-A-Thon that she hosts at her library. I wish some of the librarians here in Stockholm reads her blog and decides to host one here as well! Please librarians, please?

Harry Potter movie poster!

Is it just me, or isn't this really exciting?! For every picture, video and sneak peak we get from Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows part 2 it feels like we take a step closer to the premiere. But there's still a long way to go ..

I love the poster. It's kind of simple, but still really dramatic and intense! 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Beastly - Review

by Alex Flinn
Ratin: 4/5

Movie on IMDb | Authors website | Goodreads

I am a beast. 

A beast! 

Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster. 

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll, stay this way forever ruined unless I can break the spell. 

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly...beastly.

When I first started Beastly, I had no idea that it was a retelling of The Beauty and the Beast. This was my first retelling, I've never picked one up because I didn't have high expectations for them. I would've passed Beastly if I knew that it was a retelling, so I'm really glad that I didn't know. It was wonderful and I hope to read more retellings in the future.

If you've read/seen/heard of The Beauty and the Beast, you know the basics of the plot. In this retelling, our beast's name is Kyle Kingsbury. He's rich, gorgeous and popular. In his world, good looks is everything. And those who hasn't got that, Kyle treats like shit. 

And being the mean guy he is, he pisses of a witch. She decides to get back to him, taking away his looks and making his outside as horrible as his inside. If he wants to get back to normal, he has to find a girl that can love his despite the way he looks. If they haven't kissed before two years after his transformation, he will remain a beast for the rest of his life.

As I said this is my first retelling, so I don't have anything to compare this with. But I think that Alex Flinn got the story into the present very good. And I loved the chat sessions with Mr Anderson! You got to meet other people who had been transformed / were thinking about getting transformed. 

This book has recently been adapted into a movie! It's in theaters right now. And hey, Alex Pettyfer plays Kyle and Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother) plays the blind tutor ;) I'm totally going to watch this one. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Final book in the Inheritance Cycle announced!

It's been a long wait. I'd almost started believing that there wouldn't be a fourth book. That Christopher Paolini would leave us with all of our questions unanswered. But he didn't! Can we get a yay for that?

The cover artwork you see here to the left. Pretty, isn't it? The book will be released on Tuesday 8th, Novermber 2011. Lots of great books coming out this fall!

I'm extremely excited for this release! And I think there will be rereads of the first three books sometime before the release. Because it was a really long time I read them.

The Awakening & The Struggle - Review

The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries 1&2)
by L.J. Smith
Rating: 1,5/5

Goodreads | Official booksite | Authors official website

Elena: the golden girl, the leader, the one who can have any boy she wants.

Stefan: brooding and mysterious, he seems to be the only one who can resist Elena, even as he struggles to protect her from the horrors that haunt his past.

Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Determined to have Elena, he'd kill to possess her.

Collected here in one volume for the first time, volumes one and two of The Vampire Diaries, the tale of two vampire brothers and the beautiful girl torn between them.

I've tried to read these book one time before, but I stopped about 150 pages in. I was following the TV series at the time and got really annoyed about the differences between the books and tv series. But I've stopped watching The Vampire Diaries, so I decided to pick up the books again. And this time try to not compare the books to the tv series.

The plot is not the most original. A new boy, Stephan, comes to Elena's school. He's gorgeous, cool and mysterious. He doesn't really talk with people, but of course all the girls want him. Elena, who's kind of the queen bee, tries to "make friends" with him (Read: Tries to get together with him so that all the other girls will be jealous of her). In the beginning he rejects her but after some time she gets what he wants. But then Stephan's super sexy brother (who wants to get together with Elena) comes and makes crazy shit happen in the town and in Elena's life! BAM BAM BAM *Insert dramatic music here*

To be honest, I didn't like the romance in these books. It felt unrealistic. I understand that Elena wanted Stephan's attention in the beginning. But after he's been acting like a jerk and they've only known each other for really short time, she's in love with him and sure that they'll marry each other? Now you're probably thinking: "But hey, that's exactly like Twilight?! How can you like Twilight so much, if you don't like this?". But no, it isn't exactly like Twilight. In Twilight, Edward opens up after a while and becomes really cute, funny and lovely. Stephan doesn't. In fact, Stephan was kind of boring the whole time. And Elena was a bitch.

Aside from the bad "romance" I don't know what about these books annoyed me so much. The writing was okay, the rest of the characters were okay, the ending was cliffhangerish (In both books). But this book just wasn't for me. But obviously everyone else loves it. So I'm not going to tell you to not read it. You might love it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Katniss casted and Harry Potter preview released!

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last few days (which I have. Or to be more precise, hiding under mountains of school work) you know that the long search for Katniss in the Hunger Games movie has come to an end! It was Jennifer Lawrence from True Grit who got the part.

If you ask me, I don't like it. In my opinion, she's too blonde, too pale and too old to play Katniss. I would've preferred  Hailee Steinfeld or this girl. At least when we talk about looks. But if Gary Ross thinks Jennifer is perfect for the role and even calls it "the easiest casting decision of his life", we should trust him, right?

A fan art pic I found here

And oh my god there is a picture from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 that has been released! Can't wait for the premiere!!

And an even bigger OH MY GOD! A sneak peak from the movie has been released!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Gaah, school taking over my life!!! - update

Unfortunately, I really don't have much time to blog right now. We have three tests this week and a big english paper, due tomorrow. Which I even haven't started on yet. I know, I'm really good at planning. So I probably won't blog much this week, I just wanted to tell you that. So you don't think I'm ditching my blog or anything. I will be back. I promise.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Cover reveals

Today two covers for awesome sequels have been revealed! Crossed, the second books in Ally Condies Matched series. And Lola and the Boy Next Door, the sequel to Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss. Unfortunately I haven't had the time to read any of the first books, but they're on the top of my tbr list.

Oooh, beautiful! I love the colors, and the girl breaking out of the bubble. Matched and this one will be gorgeous editions to my bookshelf.

I like it, but I'm not loving it just yet. But I feel like this one will grow on me, just like Anna and the French Kiss.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

3 Good Huge Books

I love huge books! (If the book isn't really bad, but that doesn't happen so often). With long books you don't have to let go of the characters, the places or the story as fast as with a shorter book. I know that a lot of people don't like big books, but I think if you just find the perfect book you can get through the +500 pages. So I thought I should give you guys some tips on big books that I really, really like.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Any dystropia/science-fiction fans here? I know there are! Yes it is an adult novel and yes it's over 600 pages long, but if a 12 year old Olivia who only had read like five books in english could get through it, you can as well. And if you don't like Twilight, don't worry, read this despite that. I know people who hate Twilight and love this one.

This Is All: The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn by Aidan Chambers

I love, love, love this one! Cordelia writes a diary to give to her not yet born daughter, telling her about Cordelia's teenager years. I read this 800 paged book in not even two days. I couldn't put it down! It's funny, sad, crazy and just amazing. It's a book I think that everyone should read.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

This is another book that I love, love, love. To be honest I love, love, love all of the books on this list. But the Book Thief is the one I love, love, love the most. If I had to describe it in one word it would be: beautiful. It really is. The language, the story, the characters. This is a book that I very often just take from my shelf and randomly read a few pages. Because I can't reread it all the time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

In My Mailbox #4 + Update

In My Mailbox is hosted my Kristi at The Story Siren

I got a few books from the library this week. So now I have about 7 or 8 books that all have to be returned in one month. Really good Olivia -.- All the links go to the book's Goodreads page.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff I'm really looking forward for this one. Sounds good and creepy ..

Frostbite by Richelle Mead  It feels like I'm the only one who hasn't read all the Vampire Academy books yet. And that I'm the only one who doesn't love them. I own the first one and I liked it, but not so much that I would want to spend money on the next one.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr I've read lots of good reviews on this series and my best friend liked it a lot and begged me to read it.

Before I Die by Jenny Downham I've been meaning to read this for a long time and once almost bought the swedish copy. But for some reason I never did.

I'm going to Finland today and won't be back until on Friday! But I'll write a few posts and but them on timer! And I'm sorry for the lack of blog posts this week, even though I promised to blog a lot. But actually (and this is no excuse to not do it) our Internet went down.

Noteworthy blog posts (#3)

Hello! I'm here again with a Noteworthy Blog Posts post and five new blog posts from different bloggers I think you should read. It was a long time ago I made on of these, so I decided on just a few really good I'd like to share with you. You've maybe read them, maybe not.

Dystropia really is the big trend this year. And I'm love it, as you may know. A dew weeks ago Liz at Consumed by Books wrote a guest post on here. I like it. Go and read it.

In your dystropian novels you, of course, need to have some awesome new vocabulary. Are you writing a dystropian novel? Or are you just interested in how to come up with new cool words? Then check out this post with a few great tips.

And yes, of course a post about eBooks. Or more of a article about wether 2011 will be the year of the eBooks or not. Read it here.

Veronica Roth, the author of Divergent (I'm so excited for this book, only 59 days left till the release!) has written a blog post about sequels.

And the last post is another by a author. Ally Condie! It's just a beautiful post about her writing. She's done it for eight years now. Congrats!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Booking Through Thursday - Cheating

Do you cheat and peek at the ends of books? (Come on, be honest.)

Well, I usually can't resist reading the last sentences in a book. Which is really bad since those sentences can spoil the whole book for you. But I'm trying to stop doing it. I hope I can stop doing it.

I know, I had a really short answer this time. Please link your answers in the comments! :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Funny book related things

Yesterday, I was watching the Oscar's. It wasn't particularly fun to watch and definitely not staying-up-the-whole-night-until-6-am worthy. Which I had to do, since I live in Sweden. Time zones, you know? But I watched the whole thing and can without a doubt say that this auto tuned musical thingie was the best thing that happened during the whole night. And I figured that it is book related, since Harry Potter, Twilight and The Social Network are based on books.

This post was originally supposed to be all about that video, but then I found this funny picture which shows the rights of a reader. So I decided to throw that one in here as well.

February 2011

Hello book lovers! I hope you've had a wonderful February! Mine hasn't been the best, I've been sick almost the whole time. At one point I had to stay home for one week and couldn't do anything more than sleep and watch tv. So no reading or blogging for that week. And the first half of February was filled with lots of student council meetings for our big party on Valentines Day. So hardly any reading or blogging for those weeks either.

I made myself a new layout, which I like a lot. I've read 19 books for my goal of 70, which is 27%! I think I'll have to make a new goal if I continue at this speed ... And I've gotten lots of awesome books this month! I've also officially went on a book buying ban, something I'm not as excited about ..

Books I've read this month (6):
The Awakening - L.J. Smith
The Struggle - L.J. Smith (I'll be reviewing these two books in one review, which is coming soon. I've actually already written the review but not posted it yet, oddly enough.)
Gossip Girl the Carlyles - Cecily von Ziegesar
Håpas Du Trifs Bra I Fengelset - Susanna Alakovski (A Swedish title, won't review it.)
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver (Review is maybe coming soon. I really liked it, but can't really remember much about it.)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan 

Favorite books this month:
Do you really have to ask? Look at the last book in the read-this-month list. Still don't know? Will Grayson, Will Grayson of course!

Currently reading and will read next:
I'm reading a swedish fantasy novel at the time (Där drömmar blir till by Emma Andersson). I've got about 50 pages left and actually like it. Even though I only bought it because the main character is named Olivia (just like me!)
I've got about five books from the library that have to be returned in one month. So I'll be reading those. I'll probably start with If I Stay or Parasite Positive (also known as Peeps)

Expectations for March:
I'm currently on my "sports break", a thing that we have here in Sweden. So I don't have to go to school for this whole week, wihoo! That means lots of blogging and reading! The week after I'll go to Finland for a exchange student program, which means no blogging for a week. (Sad face) 

Hope you'll have an awesome March!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge

Very spontaneously I decided to participate in the Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. You have to sign up before tomorrow, March 1st. So if you haven't done it yet, what are you waiting for?

If you've never heard of the DAC (which I have really hard to believe) the rules are simple. Read a minimum of 12 books by 2011 debut authors. If you want to know more you can click here.

Books I wish to read:
This list will be updated every time I read books for the challenge. I'll cross the titles I've read.

Sister mischief - Lara Goode
Paranormalcy - Kiersten White
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin
The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
Unearthly  by Cynthia Hand
Wither - Lauren DeStefano
Across the Universe  - Beth Revis
Spellbound - Cara Lynn Shultz
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Enclave - Ann Aguirre
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Prelude to a Hero by Jaime Buckley
The Summer I Lost it - Natalie Kath
Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetyss
Röd Skymning - Fredrik Lindblom