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Book vs Film: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy #dumplin #bookstofilm

**Caution: spoiler alert**

Genre: YA, Chick Lit

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was one of the rare times where I watched the movie before reading the book. I loved the movie! So of course, I went out and bought the book the next day!

Just like any book to film adaptation, changes were made to the fit the movie.

Rosie Dickson

Film: Will didn’t have a relationship with her mom growing up. Her aunt Lucy took that role.

Book: Will and her mom are complete opposites and have different views, but have a relationship throughout the whole story. In fact, Rosie helps Will where she can.

Mitch

He was a pretty important character in the book and helps Will through some of her struggles! I’m not sure why they cut his character from the movie.

Hannah Perez

Again, another character they took out in the movie but had a big role in the book.

Bo Larson

Book: Bo struggles with his feelings for Will throughout the novel and has a hard time articulating how he feels for her at first. He wasn’t as likeable in the book in my opinion.

Film: It was clear without saying, how Bo felt for Willowdean. You could see it in his eyes and gestures.

Ellen Dryver

Book: Not only was she tall and blond, but the loss of her virginity & friendship with Callie explain the true fallout between her and Will

Film: El has brown hair. The strain in her relationship with Will happens later on during the pageant and is very minor compared to the book.

The Hideaway

Book: The hideaway took a bit of a back seat in the book.

Film: This was my favourite part in the movie and had a much larger role. I think they did an amazing job at highlighting Dolly Parton Night.

Willowdean

Book: There were times where Will really annoyed & pissed me off. I get that she has insecurities, but she’s afraid to tell the people she supposedly cares about how she’s feeling and is self sabotaging.

Film: Will’s character has a bit of a stronger personality. She’s not as afraid to speak her mind. I liked her more in the movie!

Final Words..

The ending kinda leaves you hanging, but overall, I really enjoyed the book! We get an indepth look into Will’s relationship with her mother and her insecurities about her weight. There were some major differences from the movie! So if you haven’t read the book, don’t write it off just yet. I’d still recommend it 😊

Have you read the book? Seen the movie? What did you think??

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Book Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Genre: YA, Dystopia

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.

This book totally reminded me of Eleven’s story from Stranger Things. I really enjoyed this read and found it highly addictive, but there were a couple things that kinda bugged me which made it a 4 star, rather than a full 5.

What bothered me..

While I loved getting to know Ruby and what she was capable of, I also hated that she kept referring to herself as dangerous and a monster. There wasn’t anything she did throughout the book that made me feel like she was badass or particularly “dangerous”.

Yes, she had special abilities, but she was definitely no Jean Gray! You know..from X-men?? If anything, I thought Zu was more dangerous and powerful than her.

For someone deemed orange, I hated that Ruby was very self-loathing and weak-minded. I found it a bit annoying at times.

What I enjoyed..

The overall storyline was great. I really enjoyed the whole journey and action throughout the book.

Zu was so adorable! She was one of fave characters, along with Liam & Chubs.

Have you read it? Or seen the movie?

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First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

WHEN THE WHITE NOISE WENT OFF, WE WERE IN THE GARDEN, PULLING WEEDS.


The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Genre: YA, Dystopian

I seriously don’t know why I bothered to come up with a reading list this month, cause I haven’t really stuck to it.

I finally decided to read this and enjoy it so far.

Have you read it or seen the movie? What are you reading??

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Blog Tour & Author Q&A: Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd @RaincoastBooks #GrimLovelies #YA

Genre: YA, Fantasy

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

What it’s about..

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.

My Thoughts..

I had come across this title several times and was very excited to snag a copy of it!

What I liked..

The Setting:

From the city lights to the fashionable “pretties”, Megan paints a very beautiful and magical picture which you can almost see yourself in. I have never been to Paris, but it’s definitely on my bucket list!

The Characters:

This book was described as a fairytale reimagining. Mada Vittoria & the Beasties gave me Cinderella vibes.

Even though the pacing slow, I was intrigued by all the different creatures and wanted to see where the story would take me. Overall, it was an enjoyable read.

**Special thanks to Raincoast Books & the publishers for my copy**

 Q: This book was described as a fairytale reimagining.  I got some Cinderella vibes from the beasties.  Who was your favourite character to write and which fairytale or fictional character were they inspired by? 
A: You have a keen eye! The beasties were inspired by the mice in Cinderella. The fairy godmother turns them human for a single night. At midnight Cinderella stands to lose her beautiful dress, but the beasties face losing their newfound humanity. That seems like much higher stakes to me! The main beastie, Anouk, is also a little inspired by Cinderella herself. A maid who is used to cooking and cleaning, Anouk transforms into a powerful hero—but she makes her own magic instead of turning to a fairy godmother.

 

New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of many acclaimed middle grade and young adult novels including The Madman’s Daughter series, The Cage series, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill, and Grim Lovelies. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband and baby, two cats, chickens, and an especially scruffy dog.

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First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to read.

The forest had claws and teeth.

FINAL GIRLS BY RILEY SAGER

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

From the front-turret window of Mada Vittoria’s Paris townhouse, Anouk couldn’t see the fountain at the far end of Rue des Amants.

GRIM LOVELIES BY MEGAN SHEPHERD

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is an epic and glittering YA fantasy. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.

What are you reading??

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Book Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows @HarperTeen @CynthiaHand @BrodiAshton

Genre: YA, Historical Fiction

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What It’s About..
Edward (long live the king) is the King of England. He’s also dying, which is inconvenient, as he’s only sixteen and he’d much rather be planning for his first kiss than considering who will inherit his crown…

Jane (reads too many books) is Edward’s cousin, and far more interested in books than romance. Unfortunately for Jane, Edward has arranged to marry her off to secure the line of succession. And there’s something a little odd about her intended…

Gifford (call him G) is a horse. That is, he’s an Eðian (eth-y-un, for the uninitiated). Every day at dawn he becomes a noble chestnut steed—but then he wakes at dusk with a mouthful of hay. It’s all very undignified.

The plot thickens as Edward, Jane, and G are drawn into a dangerous conspiracy. With the fate of the kingdom at stake, our heroes will have to engage in some conspiring of their own. But can they pull off their plan before it’s off with their heads?

My Thoughts..

Don’t eat the messenger.

I have to say, it’s hard to write this review without giving too much away! But I will warn you that I’m about to go in quote overdrive cause there were so many good ones!

Even though there were parts that were slow, this book was hilarious and a lot of fun to read. It was such a comedic take on Lady Jane & Kind Edward. If learning history back in high school was this entertaining, I would have definitely paid more attention!

At this point, G realized he’d just asked a ferret what the dog said

The Characters..

There were lots of strong female characters in this story! Made some of the men look weak
Jane

I love how strong-willed she was and her passion for reading!!

Who on earth could feel comfortable enough to sleep in a room with no books?

Edward

He was so innocent!

There was so much he wanted to do with his life. First off, he wanted to kiss a girl, a pretty girl, the right girl, possibly with tongue.

Bess (Elizabeth)

She was such a great sister! One with beauty and brains.
Gifford aka G

and by the way, the guy you’re marrying is actually a stud. Literally.

Horse by day, human at night. He was truly the perfect match for Jane. She liked books, he loved writing poetry.

Gracie

Omg..I loved her. From her black curls, to her fighting skills! She was my fave. 😊

THE VILLAINS

Of course, every good story has a great villain. In this case, there was more than one.
Mary

Her and the Queen of Hearts would make perfect besties.

The only time he ever saw Mary enjoy herself was when some traitor was beheaded or some poor Edian got burned at the stake.

Lord Dudley

He was such a two-faced bitch! I seriously wanted to chop his head off.

If you could be any animal (non-mythical), what would you be?

Have you read it? What did you think?

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Can you guess which book this is from?

You may think you know the story. It goes like this: once upon a time, there was a sixteen-year-old girl named Jane Grey, who was forced to marry a complete stranger (Lord Guildford or Gilford or Gifford-something-or-other), and shortly thereafter found herself ruler of a country.


First Line Fridays is hosted by Hoarding Books where we share the first line or lines of a book we are currently reading or going to start soon.

I started this last month and finally getting around to finishing it soon!

Have you read it? What are you currently reading?