Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Debuts to Look Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic: 

2016 Debuts to Look Forward To

  • The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry [January 26]
  • Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black [May 17]
  • The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig [February 16]
  • Dreamology by Lucy Keating [April 12]
  • Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor [March 1]

  • The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude [May 3]
  • The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian [April 26]
  • The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith [March 22]
  • The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos [January 26]
  • How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes (Okay, so I goofed on this one. It's not technically a debut, but it is one I'm looking forward to!) [Pub Date TBA]

So what debuts are you looking forward to reading in the new year?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Top Ten Books I'd Love To See As Movies

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This Week's Topic: 

Books I'd Love to See As Movies

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor––A DoSaB movie is definitely at the top of my "things-I-want-to-exist" list. I love the world and the characters, and seeing them come to life in a movie would be so awesome. I'd love to see what the chimaera and angels really look like.
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas––Like DoSaB, Throne of Glass is another series with a kick-ass heroine I love and a fantasy world that would be awesome to see come to life.
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern––The Night Circus is a book that was made to be adapted to the screen. The imagery in it is so magical and gorgeous.
4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart––If this were made into a movie, it would give me all the feels!
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green––Because every John Green book needs to be a movie.

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness––This series was so amazing, and I still can't believe how long it took me to get around to reading them. I could see this becoming just as big as The Hunger Games if it were made into a movie.
7. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire––I did not expect to love Beautiful Disaster as much as I did, and Abby and Travis are just one of my many OTPs I'd like to see on the big screen.
8. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge––Cruel Beauty was one of my favorite books of 2014 and one of my favorite fairy tale retellings in general. Can someone please cast Torrance Coombs as Ignifex?
9. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater––One of the things I loved about The Scorpio Races was how it had very cinematic imagery––I could see the settings and characters so clearly as I was reading. I think it would make for a great movie adaptation.

So what's on your book-to-movie wishlist? Do we share any of the same movies?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Fairy Tale Challenge {1}: Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali

Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs by Davide Cali
Publisher: Random House of Canada Limited
Length: 32 pages
Source/Format: NetGalley/e-ARC

Snow White is on the run from an evil witch when she comes across some dwarfs in the forest. They agree to take her in and keep her safe if she will help them with their chores. She soon realizes she's taking on a lot more than she bargained for. 77 breakfasts to make, 77 lunches to pack (don't forget the juice boxes!), 77 pairs of pants to mend and a whole lot of dishes. Eventually Snow White decides to take her chances with the witch. There's a surprise ending... well, it may not be so surprising. This is a hilarious retelling of the classic tale, with bright, energetic illustrations featuring busy dwarfs, and the even busier Snow White.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Today I'm kicking off the Fairy Tale Challenge, with a very different sort of review. You're probably wondering why a twenty-four-year-old book blogger of YA fiction would choose to read a children's picture book, and all I can say in response is, Look at that cover! When I saw this in the NetGalley catalog, I hit "Request" without a second thought.

Not only is this book gorgeously illustrated, with each page bursting with a rainbow of colors, but it's funny, too! If you thought the original Snow White had her hands full cooking, cleaning, and caring for a measly group of seven dwarfs, just think how frazzled she'd be with seventy-seven! There's no rest for poor Snow in this version of the story; as soon as she's prepared one meal for the dwarfs, it's already time to start fixing the next. Then there's the mountain of dishes, the bedtime stories (a different one for each dwarf!), and, most importantly, the beard grooming. After all that work, who has time for a prince? All this Snow White wants is a nice, long nap, and when the evil (or maybe not so evil after all) witch offers her a poisoned apple, Snow White jumps at the offer: "I'll take two!" One of the funniest pictures in the book comes at the very end, when Snow White, not waiting to be awoken by a prince's kiss, fully embraces her magically-induced sleep with a sleeping mask and "Do Not Disturb" sign.

Though it only took me all of five minutes to read, I thoroughly enjoyed this retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It definitely coaxed a few chuckles out of me, and I'm absolutely in love with the illustrations. I think I may have to order a copy for myself!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Fairytale Challenge 2015

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Hello all! I'm finally back, and I'm kicking off my blogging new year with my introduction post for the 2015 Fairytale Challenge.

What Is It?

A challenge to read Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Adult fairytale retellings, hosted by Mel of The Daily Prophecy.

When Is It?

From January 1 through December 31, 2015. Or in my case, from February 6 to December 31. I'm a little late to the party.

Why I'm Participating:

Because fairytales are awesome, and I love to see authors reimagine them and add their own twists!

Where You Find What I'm Reading:

 To see my Fairytale Challenge shelf on Goodreads, click here. I'll be keeping it updated throughout the year.

How Many Retellings Will I Read?

I'm aiming for the Magic Mirror level. In other words, 5–9 retellings.

If you're participating in the challenge, post your links in the comments so I can see what you'll be reading!