#Tbt – Mediator Series by Meg Cabot

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I recently found out that Meg Cabot will be releasing another Mediator book and this one is for adults. I read the Mediator series when I was in my early teens and I can’t imagine what my childhood would have been like without those books. It was how I discovered Meg Cabot for the first time and I went to the 1-800-Where- R-U series and I still read them even now.

Anyways, the book will be called Remembrance, it will be the seventh book and it will take place after Susannah has graduated from college. The book is going to be for an adult audience which is good because the audience of those books when they were first published would be my age now and would want to know what happened as they aged along with Susannah. I already pre-ordered the book and can’t wait for its release.

In REMEMBRANCE (Mediator 7), the seventh installment of the Mediator series, all Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she stumbles across an ancient murder, old ghosts—and ex-boyfriends—aren’t all that come back to haunt her.

REMEMBRANCE will be the first ever adult installment of the Mediator, published by William Morrow, the adult division of HarperCollins, the company that brought you the YA books in the series.Meg Cabot Official Website

HERE is the official page from Meg Cabot about the book and here is the wedding invitation to Susannah and Jesse’s wedding. 🙂 The book will be released on February 14, 2016.

Waiting on Wednesday (23) – An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine spotlighting upcoming releases.

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Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought? – Goodreads

Publishing Date Sept. 15, 2015

Teaser Tuesday (23) – Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser:

Calpurnia said, “As sure as the sweet Jesus was born, baby. Get this in your head right now, you ain’t pregnant and you never were.”  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee pg. 137  –>Goodreads<—

Musing Mondays (1)

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MusingMondays-ADailyRhythmMusing Mondays is a weekly meme that is hosted by a A Daily Rhythm,that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: I bought the following book in the past week Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman. I actually got this the first day it came out, however, I decided to wait to read it on my vacation to the Dominican Republic. The reason I chose to write about this is that many of the reviews that I have read so far are saying some interesting things about the main characters and how different they seem. This has peeked my interest even more, because it creates a more complex world than the one that we were introduced to in To Kill A Mockingbird. I am very excited to see the new details that get exposed.

I am hoping to read Go Set a Watchman on the plane ride, hopefully I’ll finish it and like it.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Movie Review: The Duff

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The Duff is directed by Ari Sandel and is based on the novel by Kody Keplinger of the same title with the screenplay written by Josh A. Cagan. I reviewed it last week,(review can be found HERE). It stars Mae Whitman as Bianca and Robbie Amell as Wesley.

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts. – IMDB

My opinion: This was funny, really funny. I really enjoyed it. I watched it when it was in the theaters and I just re-watched it again on DVD and it was still as funny as the first time. There are some differences from the book to the movie. One of which was the parents of Bianca, Bianca’s father is absent and she lives with her mother who is still a motivational speaker/self-help book author. Her friends are still pretty cool and she and Wesley live next door to each other, which is different.

Another difference is that they do not have sex all the time, as it is in the book. Another major difference is Bella Thorn’s character, Madison, she isn’t in the book, however, the role that she had was really nice and it added to the story a little more I feel like. It created an adversary like character to her protagonist.

There were so many funny moments. Mr. Arthur was hilarious, I loved him. I feel like he made the movie. I also really liked the shopping trip Bianca and Wes had. It started off Pretty Woman and then went from funny to funnier to hilarious.

The progression of the plot points was similar to that of the book and the movie was overall very good and funny.

4 out of 5

Review: City Love (City Love #1) by Susane Colasanti

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City Love by Susane Colasanti

Hardcover, 336 pages

Published April 21st 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher for honest review
Three girls are about to discover the meaning of city love. From bestselling YA romance author Susane Colasanti! Sadie, a born and raised New Yorker, is hopeful and romantic and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate.Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources, looking for summer boy adventures.Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC with a grand total of seventy-three cents so she can reinvent herself and forget about her past.Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives. Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once…in a way it will never be again. – Goodreads

My opinion: I don’t know why but it was so hard for me to get into this book. I did finish it, but it was torturous as times. I did like the three girls, Rosanna and Darcy and Sadie are different characters. They come from different socioeconomic status as well as different cities and they all like different things but they get along and work together. They also meet three different boys that are different but similar to them as well. For instance, Sadie meets Austin and they both like looking at buildings. The girls also develop a strong bond with each other as they talk about different activities they do together.

The reason I think that I didn’t enjoy the book as much is that although it was  good romance, I have been reading a lot of books that have a romantic feel to them and the romance progression was very obvious I feel like.

I was trying to figure out why I didn’t enjoy it and I remember I review that I read when the book first came out and I have to say I think Bri from Once Upon a Time put the words in my mouth or fingers as I am typing this. I think I wanted a strong friendship between the girls and not just the boys. That is what I think the book was missing. I think that if there were more moments of the girls bonding and spending time together, the book and I would have gotten along much better. There were times when they were bonding but that was mostly at the beginning of the book, however after about a quarter of the way of the book the focus is on the relationship with the boys and the rest of the mentions of the girls spending time together is from things they were thinking of things that happened in the past days.

Overall, I don’t really think that this was my “cup of tea” and it didn’t really meet my expectations but the story was okay.

2 out of 5


Other reviews of City Love

Waiting on Wednesday (24) – Illuminae (The Illuminae Files 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine spotlighting upcoming releases.

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Publishing Date Oct. 20, 2015

Teaser Tuesday (22) – Every Last Promise by Kristn Halbrook

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser:

” Because it’s inconvenient. My Catholic soul is destined to burn in hell if I do anything wrong.” Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook pg. 96 –>Goodreads<—

History of Genres: Fairy Tales

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History of Genres FT

Fairy Tales are a favorite read of mine from when I was young to even now. I constantly read the retellings that have been modernized and also even the ones that were told to me as a child. My favorite was Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. Now lets begins.


Origins/History: 

A fairy tale is a type of short story that usually has folkloric fantasy  european characters, such as fairies, dwarves, mermaids, witches, giants and other such creatures. These stories also feature magic and spells such as enchantments and curses. They also always start with “Once upon a time…” and limit the amount of times that religion and real people and historical events are mentioned.

They are considered different from legends and fables because legends are based on real historical events, and are therefore perceived as true. Fairy tales can be merged with legends however when the narrator and the readers recognize that it is grounded in historical truth. Fables are perceived as being able to teach moral lessons. Fairy tales are always considered to be untrue and they also have the inability to be true.

Fairy tales are very difficult to discern the history of because they are both in oral and literary form. The oral ones have been lost as the years have past, just as languages and other stories have disappeared through the passage of time. Even though it is unknown for how long they actually existed, the written ones have existed for thousands of years, though they were not known as the genre of fairy tales. Madame d’Aulnoy was the first person to term her works as fairy tales in the late 17th century, and that is how the genre’s name came to be.

The fairy tales that we know are centuries old-tales and they can be found around the world, with some variation to correspond with each culture.  Fairy tales also have two distinct well known classification systems: the Aarne-Thompson and the Vladimir Propp method. They both use the plots and narratives and narrators to classify and analyze the different fairy tales and find their meanings through slightly different methods. However, fairy tales have no meanings as there has never been anyone that has discovered a definitive meaning.

There are many writers that write in the form of fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm were one of the first to save the properties of the oral fairy tales. However, the stories were reworked to fit the written language. When fairy tales were told, they were also acted out dramatically. Due to this, it is difficult to discover the the true origins as they become blurred with each generation.

Present:

Literary:  There are still many works being created today. Many try to analyze and form opinions on the human condition and others still try to create fantastical stories. Most often modern authors use the genre to discuss the different and comment on the different conditions of humanity as well modern issues. Fairy tales are also used for comedy, to make others laugh. There have also been many retelling in which they make the “damsel in distress” be the prince and have the princess save the prince.

Movies:  Walt Disney has had a significant impact on fairy in film. Fairy tales were first seen as comedy films and then they moved into pantomime. Walt Disney first started filming the fairy tales as silent films and then moved on to short films, like The Three Little Pigs, until Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released as a full length feature film. This led to the Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and the others to be released. Currently , many of these fairy tales are being remade into live-action movies.

Throughout time fairy tales have transitioned from oral to written to animation to now being recreated into movies with actors portraying the different stories.


Examples: 


Fun factoids:

  • Fairy tales are also fiction and are used to describe the happy things that happen in our daily lives, such as the description of a “fairy tale ending” to show case how good something is.
  • Fairy tales were originally intended for adult audiences as well as children.
  • Before the genre of fantasy was coined, the stories were also termed fairy tales. The Hobbit by Tolkien, Orwell’s Animal Farm and Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz were classified as so.
  • When fairy tales are were told orally they were considered a sub-genre of folk tales.

References: 

  1.  “Fairy Tales.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairy_tale&gt;.
  2. Heiner, Heidi Anne. “SurLaLune Fairy Tales: History of Fairy Tales: The Quest for the Earliest Fairy Tales by Heidi Anne Heiner.” SurLaLune Fairy Tales: History of Fairy Tales: The Quest for the Earliest Fairy Tales by Heidi Anne Heiner. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/introduction/earliesttales.html&gt;.
  3. Heiner, Heidi Anne. “SurLaLune Fairy Tales: Fairy Tale Timeline.”SurLaLune Fairy Tales: Fairy Tale Timeline. N.p., n.d. Web <http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/introduction/timeline.html&gt;.

What’s was your favorite fairy tale as a child? Does another culture or country have a different but similar story to it? Please comment below 🙂

History of Genres!

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History of Genres
Hello my dears,

I will be starting a new “series” of blog posts on here that I recently thought of and that is to do a “History of Genres.” This is going to be focused on different genres in literary fiction and nonfiction, just basically any kind of writing that has happened since the beginning of time. I will be starting with fiction and its different subgroups pretty soon and then move on to nonfiction and so on.

The way that I will  be writing these posts is that I will be writing a “history” of the genre and then I will give examples and link reviews to other blogs on books that cover that genre. During the week, I will post post a book review that goes along with the genre that I am focused on for the week/month in addition to my other reviews. I will also try to do giveaways of the books that are part of that week’s genre.

Book Lover,

Katie

P.S. If you want to do your own post on any genre, please let me know and I can link you. 🙂