Keen Cover Friday – Halloween Twist

Keen Cover Friday – Halloween Twist

Well It’s Halloween today so here’s you’re first post today.

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O.K so I have found a load of Halloween related book covers and I know you should never judge a book by its cover but it’s Halloween and all sorts of devilish things can happen. So go ahead. I have links to goodreads with each cover.

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Top Ten Tuesday – 28.10.14

Top Ten Tuesday

Books and Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit

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  1. The first book has to be Shift by Em Bailey. It may not seem very ‘Horror’ like but I assure you it is. Especially if you’re reading this late at night into witching hour…
  2. The next is not scary or anything but it is in the fantasy genre and I’ve seen many people dress up as stuff on Halloween and it doesn’t have to be scary. So for number two it’s Half Bad by Sally Green. I bought this book a week after it was published. To be honest I had never heard anything about this book. I was just at the airport and needed a new book to read on a Greek beach.
  3. The next is Gone by Michael Grant. I think this gets you in the spirit of bad things happening I guess. I’m not sure. It’s mainly here because I read it all on Halloween before my friends came over.
  4. The fourth is the fifth mortal instruments book, purely because it’s got a lot of demonic themes.
  5. Fifth is the 100. Futuristic Post Apocalyptic genre could persuade some of you to dress up as robots? No? No takers? Very well.

By now you can probably tell that I haven’t read or watched a lot of horror. Thank the coward inside me for that.

6.  Next is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Also based on a, sort of, demonic world.

7.  O.K I seem to be running out of ideas… O.K this is not themed on Halloween but it’s a tradition among friends that we watch it every year before going trick or treating. The film is The night before Christmas. I know it is a Christmas movie though it does have a slight Halloween feel to it.

O.K I’m sorry but I am an absolute scaredy cat and now cannot think of anything else to complete my list.

Comment your top ten, click the link in the title to the broke and the bookish or do the poll below and I’ll publish the results on Halloween where I’m going to do a sweetie haul video on YouTube which will also be my first!!!

Maze Runner: The Maze Runner by James Dashner


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The Maze Runner

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaHalf Cup of Tea

Author: James Dashner

Published by: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: October 6th 2009

Pages: 378

Genres: Teen/YA Fiction/Dystopian/Adventure/Sci-fi/Post-Apocalyptic

Book Blurb:  When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade – a walled encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible stone maze. Like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they came to be there \- or what’s happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything \- even the Grievers, half-machine, half-animal horror that patrol its corridors, to try and find out.

 

Waterstones ¦ Amazon

Review:
As some of you may know already, I had seen the movie before reading the book. One of the few times I have ever done it or ever will do. I hadn’t been sure about the whole story before I watched the film. After the film, it was a different story. It was amazing and absolutely thrilling. I read the book as soon as I got home. It was honestly a really, surprisingly good book. Not saying I thought it would be bad, but based on the sort of books I read, I didn’t expect to like it. I loved every second of it. I managed to read this book in around four days, two during, two after school had finished for half-term. The girl, Teresa was an amazing character who was hilarious at times and managed to bring the story to life even more than it already had. This book, though having a female in the plot, was luckily, not consumed by a romance or something. This meant that, although it is nice to have some once in a while, we actually got to see plot and more story line.
Minho is another character, aside from Tomas, the main protagonist, that I loved. He is quirky, witty and just has that sort of personality that makes you instantly think he is an awesome character.
The only criticism is that the book was a little slow during the middle,though it swiftly picked up.
For any of you who think this plot or genre isn’t for you, I seriously suggest you reconsider that opinion. I for one loved it and will most definitely be reading the nest book, Scorch Trials, hopefully soon.

Book Adaptation: Maze Runner Review

O.K, so before I start, I have gone against all I stand for in life, if by that I mean my rule of never watching the film before the book. It’s true, I did it, and I have no regrets. This film was… It is beyond words. I thought the film was amazing. Before watching it, I wasn’t really sure about reading it. A friend had read Maze Runner and said it was O.K. Not Mortal Instruments good but still very good. So I went to watch it with her, and now I am reading the book. I am only twenty pages in but it’s already suspense-filled.

To start off with my first book adaptation review, I will start with the opening scene. Woah! The cinema was packed with noise of, mainly, boys messing around. (We were two of around ten girls in a male packed cinema due to the themes of the book and film). As soon as it started, there was silence. Not a word, then you see Thomas in the box. It was a beautiful scene in the sense of the setting and all the props and visual effects. They were so real!

The friend I went with told me that this film was very accurate with the book, with the exception of the usual few things

Overall, this film was gripping, suspense-filled and I cannot wait to get back to reading the book!

Halloween Must Read!

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman

This is a must read for Halloween. It may not look that scary to those who live by horror movies but trust me, it is. I watched the movie years ago and am planning to watch it again this year with my friends, but as an added bonus, I will be reading it in the run up till Halloween and, depending whether I finish the book on time or not, there will be a bonus review on Halloween to end the scariest night of them all.

“Mirrors,’ she said, ‘are never to be trusted.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Goodreads

When Coraline explores her new home, she steps through a door and into another house just like her own… except that it’s different. It’s a marvellous adventure until Coraline discovers that there’s also another mother and another father in the house. They want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to keep her forever!

Coraline must use all of her wits and every ounce of courage in order to save herself and return home.

News: The Mortal Instruments as a TV Series

‘The Mortal Instruments’ returning as a TV series

 

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The Mortal Instruments is continuing. As a television series.

The Hollywood Reporter made the announcement that The Mortal Instruments is returning as a TV series, which is currently in development and set to begin production next year. Ed Decter will act as showrunner.

“It actually makes sense to do (the novels) as a TV series,” Constantin film and TV head Martin Moszkowicz told THR. “There was so much from the book that we had to leave out of the Mortal Instruments film. In the series we’ll be able to go deeper and explore this world in greater detail and depth.”

There are no broadcast partners yet attached.

Since production is set to begin next year (2015), it sounds like they’ll begin filming on the pilot around March next year and are aiming for a spot on the Fall 2015 TV schedule. More than likely this unfortunately means they will be recasting.

 

So who else has heard the news. I found out a few days ago but then it was only rumour and I hadn’t gotten round to writing a post about it yet. I am over the moon and hope that when the TV shows comes out they do it properly, not loosely but fully based on the book and I also want them to redo the first book.

You see where the article ended, More than likely this unfortunately means they will be recasting.’ I am not really that upset. Lily Collins was good but not amazing and her hair was totally the wrong colour, Isabelle was O.K, Alec was, meh and Jace, well… The actor for Jace was horrible, properly cringe-worthy acting. Also I want all the angelic runes to be on the dominant wrists. I know it’s a small detail, but it’s a small detail that I cannot let go of one bit. Oh and worse thing about the movie: They gave away the whole f-ing plot of the first three books with the CVlary and Jace secret plus the Simon foreshadowing.

 

All in all, I think it’s good they’re making it a TV show witha  new direstor and cast. I only hope they get the little details, and big details right and mainly REDO THE FIRST FILM WHEN IT BECOMES  A TV SERIES!!!

 

So what do you think? Comment you opinions below!!!

The 100: The 100 by Kass Morgan


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The 100

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Kass Morgan

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 3rd 2013

Pages: 323

Genres: Teen/ YA Fiction/ Sci-fi/ Adventure/ Dystopian/ Post-Apocalyptic

Book Blurb:  Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents – considered expendable by society – are being sent on a dangerous mission: to re-colonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission. CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves – but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope.

 

Waterstones ¦ Amazon

Review:
O.K, so most of you will have probably seen this show advertised and aired on E4 when it came over to the UK. Turns out, it got itself a book to TV adaptation in America. If any of you watched the show already then by the first episode, things are already different which is why they changed part of the description from ‘based on the novel by Kass Morgan’ to ‘Loosely based on the novel by Kass Morgan’. This made me laugh quite a lot because I had heard some fans saying that it was ‘false advertising’ and other stuff like that. After the shows was advertised, I searched it up and realised it was a book which sounded really cool. A few days later I went and bought it. This book was amazing and really, quite intelligent. Though it does move a little slowly due to having to write about four different Points of Views (POV) it still manages to keep me hooked, which,by the way, is extraordinarily rare for a multiple POV book with more than two POVs.
So this novel is based on a post-apocalyptic world after nuclear devastation and the only survivors are those who were already in space due to working on the space stations: scientists. Anyway, so fast track around three millennia and you get to a time when they want to send 100 criminals down to earth as a way of checking if Earth is now safe for us and there is no more radiation to poison us.
This book was beautifully written and included flash backs marked out by a change in font, the flash backs helped to give plenty of insight into our main protagonists lives without having to read them rambling on about it forever.
My favourite character was Clarke Griffin, the main character. She is the daughter of some scientists who were convicted of a heinous crime they didn’t do and so were sentenced to the air lock, do I need to explain that gruesome fate any more? Anyway, I love the fact that even though she had a boyfriend (Wells), boys aren’t her life and she actually thinks about other stuff, plus she is an intelligent character.
As I said before, this book does move at a  rather slow pace, it must only gone on for around three days to a week, no-more. Some books work well like this, for instance the mortal instruments book one, but this book could have moved a little faster. I didn’t notice it at the time but when I now think about it, not much really happened. Big stuff happened, just nearer to the end and in small doses if you like.
Overall, I will give this four cups of tea as my only real criticism is the pace and cliff-hanging events excluding the ending.)
Book 2, Day 21 has recently come out and Kass Morgan has also officially announced there will be a book 3 t=sometime next year.