Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey (Movie Review)

***WARNING!!!***This Post Contains Content NOT intended for anyone under the age of 18!!!***

Hey Everyone!!

So the other day, my amazing boyfriend went with me to see Fifty Shades of Grey in XD (or IMAX, depending on what theater you go to).

What was cool was that because it was a Tuesday and the show was at 4 in the afternoon, we were literally THE ONLY people in the entire theater!!!  So it kind of felt like a private showing for just the two of us!!!!

I know, I know, I am very late in reviewing this one; since everyone who wanted to see it, saw it most likely during opening weekend.  We just couldn't get ourselves to do it.  Valentine's Day was spent as a quiet evening, making dinner, and watching a movie in bed, which honestly our preferred choice any day of the week.

But anyway, lets get to the review!!!

From IMDb:

Literature Student Anastasia Steele's life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

My Thoughts:

First off, I'm just going to start right off the bat by saying that I actually enjoyed this movie.  They did a great job of making it very much so like the book.  I mean, to be fair, it's been a while since I read the book (3 years now, I think), but besides cutting out some of the hard-core sex (which I was actually okay, myself, and I being the only one it seems like), it was pretty much exactly how I remember the book being.  It still had some surprisingly intense sex scenes, minus some of the gross nudity, that would have, quite-frankly, just have made it a taste-less porn.

While grotesquely brutal in some scenes, when it comes to the BDSM, the book is still, in my opinion, considered a fairly classy erotica novel.

I liked Dakota Johnson's portrayal of Anastasia Steele quite a bit more, then some of the times I imagined Ana being, as I was reading.

Appearance wise, I loved Jamie Dornan!  He was the perfect choice for Christian Grey!  He just has that classy, clean-cut appearance, yet serious business man aspect I was looking for.  I had NOT been excited at all when they had announced Charlie Hunnam to be Christian Grey, because while I'm sure he could have cleaned up nicely, all they kept showing were pictures of him as his Son's of Anarchy character, and I just couldn't see him as Christian!!

Anyway, while Jamie had the looks, there were moments I wasn't too impressed by his acting.  And it wasn't even his fault, most likely!  There were moments you could see him shaking as he touched Ana, or when he was pouring the champagne, which was probably supposed to represent him trying to control himself (just like Edward in Twilight), but to me at times it just didn't show the confidence that Christian is supposed to have, and instead showed him being portrayed as vulnerable and unsure of his actions.

Another thing that bugged me, and once again was not the actors fault, but more likely the nagging from EL James, was the dialogue.

When Christian gets around to saying the famous line "I'm fifty shades of fucked up,", we started laughing in the theater.  I know it's supposed to some surreal moment for Ana, but honestly it just sounded so weird, and terrible out loud.

There were a few lines, that were taken directly from the novel, and put into the movie, that were just sort of laughable.

Now to the sex I imagined before, while there weren't as much nudity as some may have wanted, there is still some.  You see Dakota naked quite a few times, and you do get the pleasure of seeing Jamie's (of course) sexy backside, plus a glimpse of his bush (if that's something you're into).  The sex, and BDSM, that is portrayed in the book, is definitely there.  Christian's dominant side definitely comes out in Jamie's acting.  Once again, it was pretty surreal actually seeing it come alive on screen.

I liked Dakota's portrayal of Ana, because she didn't seem like the naive, and sometimes, let's just be honest, stupid, anti-feminism character that Ana can be in the book.  She was more confident, yet still showed her shy-side, but also told Christian, from the beginning, what bothered her.  Which I'm sure Ana did in the book too, but it just honestly came better across on the big screen.  I think my biggest problem, which I also had with the book, was how NOT believable it was that Ana was a virgin.  I really don't think a virgin would be as comfortable with what Christian is into.  She took it way too well.  But once again that is the point of view of the Author's not the actors or screenwriters.

So overall I would give it...

I give it such a high rating, because of how well Hollywood did with the book to movie adaptation.  It really was a lot like the book I thought.  The majority of the details were there, and there was honestly not much I could complain about, that isn't the book's fault.

I actually think I might buy this one when it comes out, just to add it to my book to movie collection.

I will say though, if you haven't read the books, or weren't a fan of the books, you might not like it.  Only because of some of the cheesy dialogue, which honestly were always quotes from the book.

So I hope everyone is having a good week! It's actually been a good one for me, I got into the University I really want to go to in the Fall, so I was extremely excited! Plus I also got a super exciting package in the mail the other day, containing two books by my absolute favorite author that I might just share with you later on, it will probably lead into some exciting news, regarding a certain event that a fellow blogger and I have been hosting the past four years ;).

But that news probably won't come for a couple more months! But stay tuned!! :)

The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Erin: Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios

Yay!! Here's a review of Exquisite Captive, the first book in the Dark Caravan Cycle!

From Goodreads:

Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself. 

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

Erin's Thoughts:

This is a book that intrigued me from the very beginning.  The cover, the story -- it sounded amazing.  I happen to really really love stories with jinnis, Aladdin, Arabian Nights -- that sort of thing -- so, of course, when I found out about Exquisite Captive, I knew I wanted to read it.  I have to say, the only thing that kind of made me hesitate was that Exquisite Captive is an urban fantasy.  Not that there's anything wrong with urban fantasy, I just feel like I've read so many that I would rather read something else.  But, I'm really glad that I didn't let that defer me from reading this book.

Even though it's an urban fantasy, I feel like it reads pretty well as high fantasy as well.  Maybe  it's because I haven't read an urban fantasy in a while, but it wasn't as "urban"-y as I thought it would be.  Aah! I loved it though! It's a really dark, exotic, and seductive read! And, in my opinion, there aren't enough jinni books in this world and so I'm extremely excited to have read this!

As much as I love light, humorous books, I equally love dark and dangerous books with high stakes.  I love the culture and the feel that Heather Demetrios created in Exquisite Captive.  It's beautiful and dangerous at the same time and like I said, even though it's an urban fantasy (based in Los Angeles), it has this really strong jinni culture, fantasy feel about it and I really love it!

To be honest, there was a lot of backstory and set up that was in Exquisite Captive, especially in the beginning, but  seeing as there was a lot of information about jinnis and their history, I can't complain too much.  I mean, I did find myself skimming through some explanatory passages, but as I got further into the book, I skimmed less and less as I got more invested in the story.  So not something that bothered me terribly :)

Overall rating: 

I really enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by stories about jinnis or kind of an Arabian Nights feel to it! I had so much fun reading this book and I cannot wait for the next one to come out! I was actually lucky enough to meet Heather Demetrios and get my book signed and she mentioned this very cool fact that the Dark Caravan Cycle is going to get more high-fantasy.  What I mean by that is...As the series progresses, the genre is going to change slightly, fantasy-wise.  So, Exquisite Captive is urban fantasy, but that last book in the trilogy is going to be a high fantasy!  Isn't that so cool??? You guy probably know this by now, but high fantasy is my favorite and so I am extremely excited to read books two and three of this series!!

Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Erin: The Mime Order Book Event

Hi Everyone!

I am super excited to let you guys know that I was able to attend Samantha Shannon's event celebrating the release of her latest book The Mime Order, which is the sequel to The Bone Season.

All right, so I have a terrible confession to make...I was not able to read The Bone Season before I went to this event.  Ah, I know it's HORRIBLE and I am so ashamed -- forgive me! Also, I'd like to apologize for forgetting to take photos (eek!)! But regardless, I had so much fun at this event.  Samantha Shannon is an incredible, amazing person! She was so funny and so nice and so, so modest about all the success she's had!

Not exaggerating at all, this was one of the best events I've gone to!  I had so much fun just listening to Samantha talk! I am totally obsessed with her now (in a nice way :D)! She's absolutely brilliant -- I mean, she graduated from Oxford, so yeah -- not to mention how personable and kind she is! And can you believe how young she is?? She's only 23 years old!!! And she was only 20 years old when she got her book deal! It's so awesome that she is such a well-rounded, down-to-earth person she is, considering how big she is!! She has so many funny stories -- I only wish I could have heard more!  Ugh, guys she's wonderful!

Also, not super relevant, but she is from London!! Which I think is super cool cause England is such an awesome place and I LOVE London!! Plus, their accents!! Eeee!!

Now, here are some fun facts that I learned from the event!

*Samantha wrote her first novel when she was fifteen; it was a "Science-fiction epic romance."
*Samantha would like Benedict Cumberbatch to play Jaxon (which I totally approve because, duh -- BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!)

*She got the idea for The Bone Season while she was walking around in Oxford, when she imagined these lovely Victorian buildings being inhabited by supernatural beings in combination with this district in London filled with clairvoyance which she came across when she was working as an intern for a literary agency.

*The first line of The Bone Season is the first line that came to her: "I'd like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning."

*Before writing The Bone Season, she had always written in third-person.

*Samantha wrote the first draft of The Bones Season in six months while was in her second year at Oxford (and another thing I learned -- apparently in England, the second year is the coasting year -- no exams!)

*And super random fact when I was talking to her...she is reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (with whom she did an event with earlier) and she is currently on Chapter Seven (as of when I met her)!!

*I cannot tell you how excited I am to read her books now! They sound absolutely amazing and terribly original! Knowing how great of a person she is just increases the level of respect I have for her and her books!

Anyway, if you ever get a chance to go to one of Samantha's events, I highly, highly, recommend it! It is definitely worth it!!!

Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, February 20, 2015

"The DUFF" (MOVIE Review) !!!!! :) (PLUS GIVEAWAY!!)

Hey Everyone!!!

So I did something incredibly exciting a while ago...I got the amazing unbelievable opportunity to see an advanced screening of The DUFF, based on the novel of the same name by the equally amazing Kody Keplinger!!!

I've been a HUGE fan of Kody since early 2011, when I first read The DUFF, for the first time.  Since then, I've read it close to half a dozen times, and continue to love it each and every single time.

When I was contacted to help bring news on the movie and promote it, I was beyond stoked on life.  I can't even tell you how much I squealed!!

Anyway, before I was going to promote this movie, I of course, wanted to see it.  I was going to lie to my readers and promote something I either hadn't seen, or something I didn't even like!!!

But anyway, I saw it..and...I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!

Holy moly, I can't even tell you how much I loved it!!

No joke, no way am I saying this to make the PR company happy, I honestly, and truly loved it!!

From IMDb:

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her prettier more popular friends.

My Thoughts:

The movie features Kody's first choice as Bianca, the fabulous Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell as the sexy Wesley Rush, Bianca A. Santos and Skyler Samuels as Bianca's best friends Casey and Jessica, and then a new character to the movie, that wasn't featured in the book, Madison, played by the great Bella Thorne!

Now, while the movie was VERY different from the book, I can HONESTLY say I was not disappointed.  Kody, herself, put me at ease when she first explained some of the differences with the movie vs. her book, and how really really liked the turn out of the movie, even with the differences.  When an author is happy with their movie than I am happy.

But you know, while I truly love the book, I don't think the changed they made the movie were a bad thing.  The main subject was still featured in the movie...the most important subject of the whole book...THE MESSAGE!!

The whole point is bring out the truth that everyone feels like the "DUFF" (Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend) at least in one point of their life or another.  I know I did!  I never felt like I fit in with my friends throughout my primary and secondary school years!!  NEVER!

Kody wrote a book that helped me realize I wasn't the only one in the world that felt that way.

The directors and screenwriters did a great job portraying the message in their own way!

This movie was fun, great story (even with the changes), and hilarious!! I laughed so much!! And so did the audience, many of whom, it was obvious, had not read the book!  I could tell by their reactions of shock when Bianca and Wesley finally kissed the first time.  I was like, "REALLY?!!"  "Why is that so shocking??!!  They Kiss ALL the time in the book, and MORE!"  But that was one of the changes to the story they made.  But a good change!  I mean, don't get me wrong, I LOVE the book, but on screen it could have portrayed wrong, and with the changes the point still came across in a cleaner, more general audience way.

Mae Whitman truly is Bianca!  She did such an amazing job bringing out B's sarcasm, attitude, and softness!  Amazing job Mae (if you ever read this! :))

Robbie was great as Wesley too! While I always imagined someone a bit more rugged, for some reason, Robbie really end up doing a good job of changing my mind on how I see Wesley!

Nick Eversman, who played Toby, was an interesting character, with his changes.  He didn't look like Toby Tucker from the book, but let's be honest here, no one wants to see that bowl-cut come alive on screen ;).  Great job Nick!!

So overall rating:

Amazing, great, hilarious, loved the story, and overall just a fun movie to see!! I would put in the category of the likes of movies such as Easy A.  

Now before, I finish up here, I also wanted to share with you something awesome that happened AFTER the screening!!!

I got to meet some of the actors!!!!!

Robbie Amell (Wesley), Bianca A. Santos (Casey), Nick Eversman (Toby Tucker), and Bella Thorne (Madison) were all at the screening!!!!

Now sadly, I did not get to meet Bella Thorne afterwards, because she had a family emergency, but I did get to see her before!!

There is Robbie, Bella, Nick, and Bianca introducing the movie before the screening started!

And then afterwards, three of them stayed to sign and take pictures!!

Bianca, Robbie, Me, and Nick

I also got to meet a fellow blogger I've been in contact with online for a couple of years now!! Sara from What A Nerd Girl Says!  I was so happy to have spoken to her!! She's so much fun, and we hope to meet up in the future at other events!!

Sara, Bianca, Robbie, Me, Nick, and my mom :)
Sara and I after the event

Thanks Mom for coming with me!!

What's awesome is all three actors also signed my copy of Kody's The DUFF!!!

I feel so happy and lucky that I got the opportunity to see this movie early!! I can't even tell you!! I honestly can't wait to see it again and ultimately add it to my Movie collection when it's released on Blu-Ray!

ALSO to celebrate the release of The DUFF movie, I am giving away an audiobook copy of Kody's second novel Shut Out!  It's really funny! I think you'll love it! :)

Enter here! IT IS USA SHIPPING ONLY!! Sorry for those of you outside of the US!

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Hope everyone has a great day!!

The Romance Bookie :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kody Keplinger's Experience at "The DUFF" premiere in Los Angeles, CA!

Hey Everyone!!

The DUFF hits theaters THIS Friday!! How exciting is that??!! I am so excited to see it again!!

My review will be up this Friday too, from when I saw it early last month (what an amazing opportunity that was!!)

Anyway, today I'm here to share with you some of Kody Keplinger's highlights from the Los Angeles, CA premiere!! So wish I could have been there...darn you work, and darn me for having to be a grown-up all the time!! Anyway, next time!

Here are a couple of questions I got to ask Kody about her red carpet experience!

The Romance Bookie:  Was there anyone you were extremely starstruck to see?

Kody: Technically, I didn't see her - but apparently Aubrey Plaza was in the theater for the LA premiere.  Multiple people in my group spotted her, but they didn't tell me until after.  Which is probably for the best because - as a huge Parks & Recreation fan - I might have had a stroke.  And she wasn't the only Parks & Rec star in the vicinity while I was LA...

The Romance Bookie: That's so awesome!! Bummer you didn't find out until after!! Anyway, next question:  What has been the craziest thing to get used to throughout the whole movie adaptation process?

Kody: The craziest thing has probably been getting used to doing press.  I've done blog interviews many times, but up until recently, I'd only done a handful of phone interviews.  Now, all of a sudden, I've had to do many more phone interviews and even a few on-camera interviews.  It's very exciting, but also a totally new experience for me.  I'm so used to being able to write out and edit my answers.  I'm a writer! It's how I roll! Speaking in interviews is a totally different ball game, and it's taken some getting used to.  But I think (hope?) I'm starting to get the hang of it.

The Romance Bookie: You're doing a great job!! Congratulations Kody, and I am so looking forward to seeing The DUFF again!!  It was so funny and, while a bit different from the book, I wouldn't change a thing about it!!

Kody also shared with me some exclusive pics from the premiere in LA!

Kody and Ken Jeong

Mae Whitman (Bianca), Kody, and Robbie Amell (Wesley)

What an amazing opportunity Kody has worked so hard towards!!  Congrats Kody!  So proud!!!! :)

The Page Turners Blog is also hosting a Grand Prize Giveaway including a bunch of amazing things involving Kody Keplinger!!!  The prize pack includes:
-A signed hardcover copy of The DUFF
-A signed movie tie in paperback of The DUFF
-A signed copy of A Midsummer's Nightmare
-A copy of Shut Out
-An ARC of Kody's latest release coming out in late April, Lying Out Loud
-A movie poster signed by Kody
-A signed audiobook of The DUFF
-A t-shirt that says "I'm Somebody's DUFF"

So head on over there and join in on some entries for that amazing giveaway!!!!

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far!  I got the week off my school job, due to President's Week!! YAY!  

The Romance Bookie :)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Random Post #14What I got behind the meaning of "The DUFF" Kody Keplinger

Hey Everyone!

So I have something to share with you.  As some of you may know I am a huge fan of Kody Keplinger's The DUFF.  And I know that I have been posting quite a bit about both the movie and book lately, but I am just so excited!! I am seriously very passionate behind the message of this book!

But for some reason some people aren't seeing it for what it actually means!  Okay, so maybe I can see where some people are getting their misconstrued messages.  For instance, for those of you who don't know, "DUFF" stands for "Designated, Ugly, Fat, Friend", and if you've seen the trailer for the movie... here it is if you haven't....

then you obviously know that the main character, who is called "The DUFF" in movie, Bianca, played by Mae Whitman is 100% neither Fat OR Ugly! In fact, she is absolutely gorgeous!!

But anyway, that is not at all what the message of this book/movie is!!!!!!!

It is NOT saying that Mae's character, Bianca, is ACTUALLY physically fat or ugly, it's all about one thing...fitting into high school!!

I've shared it a few times, but once again I will let you know that high school wasn't the best time in my life.  I was bullied, I had crappy friends, and I constantly felt like an outsider in the different friends groups I had.

And it wasn't until 2010, when I first read The DUFF by Kody Keplinger that I actually finally realized how I felt and how to describe it!

Everyone has felt like the "DUFF" at one point or another in their life.  They may not have been able to put a name to it, but none the less, they have felt like the outcast.  The person that didn't quite fit in to their group of friends.

THAT is the message of this book and movie!

Not for others to start calling each other names, but for individuals to realize that they weren't the only one who felt like that.  Finally a way to feel like you can relate to fact everyone!

You may be asking why am I writing this post?

Well the answer is that the other day I had a Facebook friend share the trailer and tag it "This is Fucking Insulting".  Along with the video a bunch of her friends commented saying "No, no this is wrong. Abort the planet", and "How were they allowed to make this shit".

Well let me tell you how people are "allowed to make this shit"!  To send a message to our pretty (excuse my french) FUCKED up teenagers now a days!

Our world is a cruel place! I went through it myself, and I'm witnessing it going on in our school system today!  People call each other names!  I heard an eleven year old girl tell another eleven year old girl (who is supposedly her best friend) that she doesn't care if she dies or not, because no one will "give a shit"!  Can you believe that?!

"DUFF" is not supposed to start becoming a terrible name to call each other!  It's supposed to send the message that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  You may feel like the outsider, but most likely the rest of your friends have felt the exact same way at one point or another.

Know you are not alone!

So there is my rant for the day! Happy Friday the 13th!  Today would be my grandmother's 79th birthday, and as she always said, "Friday the 13th, is my luckiest number!" :)

Hope everyone has a great Valentines Day!

The Romance Bookie :)

Monday, February 9, 2015

Erin: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

Hi Everyone!!  I hope everyone had a great holiday season and hope you are having a great new year!  The Young Elites is a new fantasy series by Marie Lu, the author of the Legend trilogy! Having absolutely loved Legend, this was a book I was really looking forward to!  I mean, an awesome new fantasy written by Marie Lu! I'm totally down for it!

From Goodreads:

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Erin's Thoughts:

I don't want to go too much into the plot of the book, but the way Rick Riordan described it was so perfect, I just wanted to put it out there.  He described The Young Elite was "X-Men meets the Spanish Inquisition" and I think it's perfect! It totally captures the barest essence of the book! :)

There were only couple of things that I found a little lacking.  First of all, I didn't quite like the way the story was told in both first person and third person.  Adelina's point-of-view was written in first person while every other point-of-view was written in third.  Personally, I found it jarring.  I would have much preferred that the book was completely written in third.  The way Marie Lu wrote the third person was very engaging and I loved it.  I've read some books written in third person where the character felt very distant to me, but this is not one of them!  You get such a great sense of the character, even though the chapter may have been brief.  While Adelina's first person was fun to read and I loved her character, I do wish it was written in third person, for the reasons above.  I know The Young Elites isn't the only book to do this first/third person jump (i.e. Of Poseidon, which didn't bother me at all), but something about it just didn't sit right with me - I'm thinking maybe because it would switch from first to third more often than Of Poseidon.  But, it's not a super huge deal, just my own preference really. :))

Another thing that wasn't the best was the world building.  This is probably what I thought was the most lacking in the book.  I never really got a good sense of the world Adelina lived in.  The language was pretty contemporary for the most part with some more "fantasy" like words thrown in the mix like "Fortunata Court" or "Brothel" and I think that was a big part of why the book didn't feel super fantasy-y to me.  To me, it almost had the same kind of feel as Legend when I read it -- which isn't bad, but it certainly doesn't come off as a fantasy.

That said, I really did love the book.  I love the villain stories and I don't think that there are enough (I can't really think of any, but I would love to hear if anyone has a suggestion!!).  This book strongly reminded me of Star Wars -the third one I think? -the one where Anakin turns into Darth Vader?  I love the "descent into darkness" theme!!! The Young Elites is truly about Adeline battling her dark sides - her rage, her fury, her fear.  And you can totally feel her anguish and sorrow in such an intense way and it really makes you feel for her even though she may not be considered the "best" heroine.

But the thing that made it for was the climax/ending.  To be perfectly honest, for most of the book, I was just hovering at liking the book.  I mean, it was definitely interesting and enjoyable, but that ending made me jump from like to love in an instant! Wow! What an ending! I never saw it coming!! It was so strong and so powerful that I had to stop for a minute to gather my thoughts and feelings before I could move on!!  It was that good!! Kind of takes your breath away.

Overall Rating:

To be more accurate, I would say four and a half bookies. Like I said, the ending totally made it for me and despite the other issues I had with it, I love this book! Such a great book with intense feelings! I will definitely be reading the sequel, The Rose Society (How awesome is that title???)  and I can't wait to see what happens to Adelina! Anyway, definitely give this a read if you like villain stories!

Erin @The Romance Bookie :)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

If I Stay (Movie Review)

Hey Everyone!!

So I'm back!!!

Just flew back in last night from my ten day Florida vacation!! We had an amazing time!!!  I'm definitely planning on posting pictures of our awesomeness in Disney World and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the next couple of days, so if you're interested keep your eyes open for that! :)

Anyway, last night on the airplane, I FINALLY got to watch the movie version of Gayle Forman's Best Selling novel If I Stay, featuring Chloe Grace Moretz (as Mia) and Jamie Blackley (as Adam).

I've been holding out on watching If I Stay, because well, I just haven't been in the mood to cry.  If I Stay is one of the saddest, hardest books I've ever read.  The story is so powerful and good, but at the same time extremely depressing.

Now before I tell you what I thought about the movie, here's a little description:

From IMDb:

Life changes in an instant for young Mia Hall after a car accident puts her in a coma. During an out-of-body experience, she must decide whether to wake up and live a life far different than she had imagined. The choice is hers if she can go on.

My Thoughts:

So just like the novel, the movie of If I Stay is a completely powerful and wonderful, yet sad experience.  Chloe Grace Moretz (Mia) was an excellent choice for the part of Mia, I thought. She brought the character to life, especially with how talented of an actress Chloe has proven to be in the past!

I loved how the dynamic of her family was brought across.  Like she felt like an outcast, but at the same time completely adored her family and vice versa.

The scenes in the hospital were the most difficult for me.  I teared up a few times.  But because the scenes kept switching from Mia's time seeing everything happen in the hospital, to remembering her past, it was better because I was able to get my mind off of the sad moments happening in Mia's life.

I just can't imagine experiencing what Mia went through in If I Stay.  I don't know if I would have made the same decision she decided to make at the end.  It's hard to tell.  I know she still had many loved ones surrounding her, but I just can't imagine losing so many people I loved in one moment.

Now...while I overall truly enjoyed the movie, there was something that truly bothered me...


What was up with that sudden end?!


It bothered me, because, while I'm hoping they make a movie of the sequel Where She Went, and I know that book had a very similar ending, I still was hoping for more closure.  I wanted to know what her family thought when she made the decision she did of whether to stay or not.

Anyway...the overall rating:

If it wasn't for the sudden ending I would have given it all five bookies.

But overall, a really good powerful movie!  Highly recommend it and the book!  Gale Forman is an amazing writer, who you should definitely check out if you get a chance!  I really hope they make the movie for Where She Went, because I actually liked that one even more, just because I didn't have to cry as much ;).

So I hope everyone is having a good weekend!  I'm off to do laundry and spend time with my family, who I haven't seen in almost two weeks, before work and reality starts again tomorrow.

Have a great rest of your day!

The Romance Bookie :)