Posted in fantasy, Literature, romance, young adult

Picked this up over the weekend…

I’ve picked this book up over the weekend. The synopsis sounded good so I thought it would be a good read for the summer. Plus, I found out when I got home that Universal Studios has picked up the film rights for this book so I may be watching the movie adaptation of this book at some point in the future. I also found out that this is the first book in a trilogy and the next book, Crush, will be released on September 29th of this year.

Synopsis: My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.

Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.

Which could spell death for us all.

Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.

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Here comes Midnight Sun!

Well, I was checking out Books-a-Million’s website today and found out some interesting news. I found out that author Stephanie Meyer has made another version of the first book in the Twilight series but this one will be told through Edward’s perspective rather than Bella’s. The book, pictured below, will be released on August 4th of this year. That’s exactly 3 months from today. I’ve heard rumors about this book being made a long time ago (so long ago that I had forgotten all about it) after someone had supposedly leaked a couple of chapters of this online. Despite that, I think I may try to pre-order this for my birthday since I am curious to see how things played out in Edwards mind.

When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experience in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love.

Posted in Literature, romance, thriller/suspense, young adult

“Remember Me” by Chelsea Bobulski

I finished reading this last night right before I went to bed and I have to say that I enjoyed it. It was very much a suspense/thriller with some romance thrown in there for good measure. I originally thought this was going to be some kind of ghost story but I ended up being wrong. I wasn’t upset though, it was still a good read. I found the book hard to put down once I started reading. Also, the story flips back and forth between Lea and Nell so you’re getting the story told through two different points of view. I can’t really say much more than this without spoiling something so I’m just going to leave it at that. Go read it for yourself if you enjoy a good novel that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat.

Synopsis: Nell Martin is moving again, this time to the Winslow Grand Hotel, built in 1878. As Nell is settling in, strange things begin to happen. Doors lock of their own accord, writing appears on bathroom walls―and most horrifying of all―visions of a dead boy permeate her waking life. Thinking it was her mind playing tricks on her, she soon finds the past and the present colliding as she learns horrific details of a murder that happened at the hotel in 1907 involving a girl named Lea.

Nell and a mysterious bellboy must relive that day in hopes of finally breaking a curse that imprisons them both. And Nell discovers what truly links her to the history of the Winslow Grand Hotel.

Posted in Literature, romance, science fiction

“All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders

I had heard a lot about this book and decided to give it a go. It supposedly won the Nebula Award in 2017. Yeah, I know, I know….I’m a little late to getting around to this novel.

I wasn’t sure what to think of this novel before I started reading it. I read the synopsis and wasn’t sure if it was something I’d like or not. Anyway, I finished reading this over the weekend and I actually enjoyed it. The book builds and builds until you get the end, even when you don’t realize that it’s building. Anyway, I tried reading something outside the usual with this one and I ended up liking it.

Synopsis: An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other.

As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.

In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.

Posted in Literature, romance

“The Princess Bride” by William Goldman

“The Princess Bride” (S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure) by William Goldman is another book I can add to my list of books I’ve read this year. I’ve watched the movie that is based on this book countless times but I had never read the book until now. Normally I read the book first and watch the movie afterwards, however, I didn’t realize this movie was based on a book when I watched it as a kid. I loved reading this book but now I’m conflicted about which I like more…..the movie or the book. This is usually not the case with me because normally I like the book over the movie (this usually occurs 99% of the time).

The book did live up to my expectations. I was pleased with reading it and enjoyed reading it throughout the book. There are a few minor differences between the book and the movie but it wasn’t enough to ruin either for me.

Synopsis: What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything.

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“The Shape of Water” by Guillermo Del Toro and Daniel Kraus

I’ve recently finished reading this novel and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you. I don’t read a lot of romantic fantasy, only very little but this one was a good book. I was actually surprised to find out that my hubby had watched the movie counter-part at his mom’s house one day and he said it was a pretty good movie. I had actually thought about watching the movie when I was finished with the book but I figured I would have to watch it by myself because I didn’t figure he would like this kind of movie. Anyway, I had to hurry to finish reading this book because 1) I really wanted to see how it ended and 2) I didn’t want my hubby to reveal the ending before I finished reading (since he’d already watched the movie).

Synopsis: It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.

Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.

But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming.