Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pictures in Books

 What do Miss Peregrine's Home for Peliculiar Children, Wanderlove, and Wintertown all have in common? Yes they are all books and amazing stories, however, these novels have one characteristic that makes them stand out. Pictures.
kirsten hubbard wanderlovewanderlove

While reading and looking at publishers future novels, I've noticed a trend in pictures in young adult books. And I just have to say, I LOVE THIS! The pictures bring the books to life. Take Wanderlove, the pictures really didn't show up until the end. The main character was an artist who had given up drawing in the beginning and the drawing didn't show up until she came to terms with her past. It was a nice addition to the story and into the characters head by seeing those drawings.

Cathy's Book came out in 2006, and was full of drawing on every page. Something like this is just fun to read. It's nice to read a classic with beautiful descriptions, imagery, and etc. But from experience, a book like this is a nice break. You get to explore, and just have fun with the novel.

The Apothecary
Another novel that had small pictures in it was The Apothecary. This one did not have specific drawing through out the book, but beautiful art work with the beginning of each chapter. Something like that adds to the mystical  feeling a fantasy book like this one already has.

How do you feel about pictures in novels? Love them, or think they should stay in children's books?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Selection as a TV show? And The Host Trailer!

I'm sure you've heard about The Selection by Kiera Cass coming out next month! (Which looks so good, I'll be buying it that day). BUT have you heard it's been optioned to be a T.V. show on the CW? Yes, the same network that is currently turning the book The Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle into very popular shows.

‘The Selection’ Pilot Wraps in Vancouver
What I heard today, was that the pilot was just finished filming. So we should find out soon if it's going to beat the 7 other pilots into taking the few slots the CW has open. Lets cross our figure it does! The Selection looks amazing and I would love to see it as a T.V. show!
aimee teegarden wm moseley selection set 07

You can find more info about this from pagetopremier.com. Which is this really awesome site that follows books as the become T.V. shows and movies.
Has anyone read this one yet? Do you think it would make a good show?

Then more news, The Host has a trailer that came out this week! There isn't much really in it, but it's still pretty interesting. That was a good book. Can't wait to see it.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Journey to the Past

 It's been FOREVER since I've gone a Journey to the Past post. I think I'm going to be bring them back. I really miss doing them, but I have been writting reviews of old books just not calling it "A Journey To The Past" but I think I'm going to try and do them once a week again.
Journey To The Past: When most people go to the bookstore or library they look at the new releases, but what about all those other books? They deserve some love too. So once a week I write about a slightly older book. 

Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Summary: Donald Zinkoff is one of the greatest kids you could ever hope to meet. He laughs easily, he likes people, he loves school, he tries to rescue lost girls in blizzards, he talks to old ladies. The only problem is, he's a loser.

Thoughts: This is one of those books you just don't forget. I first read Loser in 5th grade. It was one of those books that they force you read read, no matter how much you don't want to. Yet, I'm so glad they did. This is one of those fun and eye opening novels that are really great for young kids. I'm always being asked for recommendations for kids. Which is hard to do since I mostly read YA. This is one I always recommend because no matter if you are a boy, girl, adult or 10 years old, this is a novel everyone can love. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

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Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
Yes, this has been my Waiting On Wednesday before, but with the release date so close, and the Hunger Games, another dysto novel coming out tomorrow, how could I resist posting this one again?

Divergent is still my favorite novel and I can't wait to see what will happen next.

(Goodreads Summary): One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. 

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Who else is excited???


Oh and I'm sorry for being MIA. I was in the school play and I've been car shopping. Both take up WAY to much time. On a good note though, I just scheduled posts for all of this week and next week. I feel accomplished. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hunger Games: Movie

This time next week I will *hopefully* be seeing the Hunger Games movie! Who else is beyond excited?


While I wasn't the greatest fan of the Hunger Games, I think they are going to make a fantastic movie. And it seems like it will. Almost all of the reviews were great, from reviews that have read the book and some that haven't. This movie is going to be epic. 

I've also seen the mocking jay pin around recently. At school, at the mall, at the movies, this pin has been every where! Its fun to see other people that are just as obsessed as you.

Are you excited for the games to begin?

**Do you guys like the gifs or should a leave them on tumblr? I thought I would try something new. Let me know!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review: Wanderlove

WanderloveWanderlove by Kristen Hubbard
Release Date: TODAY!
Delacorte Books 

Source: ARC from publisher for review

Summary:  It all begins with a stupid question: 

Are you a Global Vagabond? 

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path. 

Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward. 

But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back. 

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry to this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

Review: When I first glanced at Wanderlove I thought it was just about traveling book about finding yourself. It just didn't interest me. Then I started hearing more and more about how perfect Wanderlove is. The early reviews were all raving about this travel book. All of this made me very curious about the novel. When I was given the chance to review it, I said yes as soon as I could. It's a good thing I did because Wanderlove is one of my favorite novels so far this year, maybe even my favorite.

If you are like me and think this is going to be another 13 Little Envelopes, or Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, you couldn't be more wrong. Wanderlove marches to its own beat. Kirsten Hubbard's writing just flows perfectly. She describes all the places Bria goes perfectly, I could picture the markets, lakes, and Rowan perfectly (Of course, the drawings help some too). When Bria was nervous, mad, or happy, you feel like you're right there with her feeling the same emotions. Kirsten Hubbard's writing just captures you.

There were only two problems I had with Wanderlove. For me, it took a couple of chapter to really get into the novel. At first, for some reason, the story just didn't capture me. However, once Bria ditches her tour group I couldn't put the novel down. It actually made me late to a few things; I just couldn't stop reading long enough to leave the house.

The second problem that I had with Wanderlove, is how it ended. I was so much more. It's easy to understand why the author left it there but I Just didn't want to leave Bria and Rowan just yet. I want to know where their future leads them. Other than that, Wanderlove was just perfect. It will transport you all over South America for 352 pages, with some great pictures added to the mix.

Warning: Wanderlove will give you the urging to travel


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday

Since the cover was revealed I thought it was a good choice for my WoW.  For me Matched was so-so but Crossed was great. I can't wait to read Reached! 

You should go check out what Ally Condie has to say about the cover, it's really interesting stuff http://www.allysoncondie.com/


Sunday, March 4, 2012

In My Mailbox (72)

Bought: (at a discount book store in my neighborhood)

This one looked really cute

(I own, and I have read the second book in the series so I bought 1 and 3)

Seeker (Wicca, #10)
I have read this whole series but I buy the first edition of them whenever I see them.


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