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Review: Like Candy by Debra Doxer

23976054Title: Like Candy (Candy #1)

Author: Debra Doxer

Published: July 28th, 2015

Length: 257 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source: Author via NetGalley

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

book blurb

Revenge is sweet, just like candy.

Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.

Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.

Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.

Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I saw this on Netgalley over six months ago, and I absolutely loved the cover. Love the chalkboard feel. Love the candy. Love the note with blood-like splatter. I just love the whole thing. And of course, the book blurb sounded interesting. I liked the possibility of Candy’s dad being an assassin. And I liked that Candy sounded like a tough girl who could take care of herself and didn’t let anyone mess with her.

WHAT I LIKED

Jonah. I really liked this guy. He was so mysterious. There was something about him that made you want to stay away from him because he was so antisocial but also made you want to get to know him on a deeper level because there was so little known about him. And then when we got to know him, you like him even more. There is this sweet side to him that slowly emerges and is so swoon-worthy.

Candy and Jonah’s relationship. They start off as sort-of-friends. They have both been hurt before, so they are both very guarded and don’t want to put their heart on the line. But there is an obvious connection between them. So I enjoyed seeing their relationship gradually grow. And when it finally turns into something more, it was done perfectly. Definitely made me smile.

The sarcasm. I loved how sarcastic Candy was. It wasn’t over-the-top. It was just right and had me laughing unexpectedly. Her friendship with Theo was awesome. Their jokes and insults were awesome. I wish there was more of their relationship.

The last third of the book. Wow. It was just an average story for me until you hit like the last 30% of the book. It was awesome! So many things started happening, secrets were being revealed, and you start questioning everything. It was so intense and suspenseful.

The end. AAHHH! Now that is what you call a cliffhanger! WTF?! Are you kidding me?! I cannot wait to read the next book and find out the truth about everything. I need to know. Like now.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

The first two-thirds of the book. Honestly, I didn’t feel like there was much of a plot. I kept waiting for something to happen. It just took too long to get exciting. HOWEVER, when it did get there, it was definitely worth the wait.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Okay, here’s the thing. While reading the book, I just kept thinking this is a 3-heart book. Not much going on but well-written. Then, that last third happened, and I was super ecstatic! That part was definitely 5-heart worthy! So I just went in between and gave it 4 hearts because that last part was amazing. I wish the whole book kept my attention like that. Now I need to somehow get my hands on the second book. I am DYING TO KNOW what happens!

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


Links

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about the author

(from Goodreads)

Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

author links

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Goodreads


Reading Challenges Met:

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Around the World

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Book Break #1 – Politics, Oscars, & The Revenant

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Look at me. Starting another new feature on my blog. *pats self on back* So, as much as we would all like to deny it, we do have lives outside of books and reading. Personally, I love getting to know other bloggers and see what’s going on in their lives, so this is my attempt at giving you all a glimpse into me and my crazy, sometimes obsessive, and always hectic life. This is pretty much going to be random thoughts and what I’m currently obsessing about. We all need a little book break now and then, don’t we?


Politics

Before I make any enemies, let me make myself clear. I am not into politics AT ALL, and I do not side with a particular political party on everything. I will never have a political debate with anyone because 1) I don’t know too much about the stuff, and 2) I, unfortunately, don’t care all that much. However, I do usually defend whoever is president when people start bashing them because it’s a hard job! You are never going to please EVERYONE. For the most part, we have had decent presidents who have tried their hardest to make our country better. That being said, with our current presidential choices, I am definitely not feeling it.

So I came across this website someone shared on Facebook. It’s called I Side With, and you can take a quiz to see which candidate is the best match for you and your beliefs. Me being me, when I see a quiz, I have to take it. Plus, I’m curious to see who I match up with.

And here are my results:

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To be honest, this kinda freaked me out! Not a huge Clinton fan, but like I said, I don’t follow politics and everything that is going on and what they stand for. In any case, I was surprised to see these results. Will this affect my vote? I don’t know. I guess we’ll see. And I guess I have to get more informed before voting.

I just wanted to share this website with you in case any of you are like me or on the fence. If you are, take the quiz! You might be surprised to see your match!

Go to www.isidewith.com and click on Take the Quiz.

Let me know what you think!


#OscarsSoWhite?

I promise I won’t always address controversial issues, but this one has been bugging me! Okay, yes, all of the actors nominated are white. Is that a good reason to boycott the Oscars? Absolutely not. How disrespectful is that for the actors who were nominated? Are you saying they are undeserving just because they are white? And does that make me racist for thinking that? Of course not. I’m a half Asian girl with Hispanic best friends who married a white guy who has mostly black family members. I’m the farthest thing from racist. And the people of the Academy are not racist either.

To quote Whoopi Goldberg, “I won once. So it can’t be that racist…You wanna boycott something? Don’t go see the movies that don’t have your representation.  That’s the boycott you want.”

Maybe these nominees were just better this year. Or maybe there just weren’t enough people of color and other nationalities to pick from, which isn’t the Academy’s fault. Of course I would love to see some of my favorite actors like Will Smith or Denzel Washington nominated. But maybe they weren’t in Oscar-worthy movies or didn’t have Oscar-worthy performances this year.

So, like every year, I will be watching the Oscars. It’s like my Super Bowl. And I’m looking forward to seeing Leonardo DiCaprio finally win! And of course, my favorite actor, Tom Hardy is nominated, so that’s another plus.


 The Revenant

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Speaking of Leo and Tom, have you seen The Revenant?! My husband and I watched it earlier this week. It was INCREDIBLE. The acting was AMAZING. The cinematography was beautiful. And the directing was awesome. I just loved everything about it.

If Leo doesn’t win the Oscar, then I don’t know what. I’ll be pissed. He has deserved it before, but he definitely deserves it this time. As for Tom Hardy, he was brilliant, but I do have a soft spot for Sylvester Stallone, so that one is up in the air.

If you haven’t seen this movie, go watch it. It’s intense. And that bear scene is INSANE. But it is so worth watching. Plus, the relationship between Leo’s character and his son was so touching and heartbreaking. It really made the movie for me.


That’s it for my first Book Break post! Hope I didn’t upset anyone!

Feel free to share your thoughts, even if you disagree with me 🙂

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #10 – Ascenders

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read.


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This week’s quote comes from Ascenders by C.L. Gaber (click on the title for my review). This is a book about a high school for kids who have recently passed away. It’s kind of like the in-between place before you go where you’re meant to go.

In this scene, Walker just found out she’s dead. Someone suggested to her to take risks and test her limit, so here is her reaction.


My Hungry Hearts Quote

“He wanted me to test the limits? Fine. When no one was looking, I snuck to the cafeteria between periods and ate half a red-velvet cake, three brownies, and a cup of creamy, handmade chocolate ice cream. I washed it down with two slices of pizza and a frothy vanilla milk shake garnished with a large handful of rainbow sprinkles. My stomach felt just fine and dandy, thank you very much. Tums were obviously not required in the afterlife.”


This sounds heavenly! And it’s definitely one advantage of being dead. You can eat all you want and not gain weight or get unhealthy!

Did this quote make you hungry?

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway – Ascenders by C.L. Gaber

Welcome to the I Heart Fictional People’s Ascenders blog tour stop! This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours!

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Title: Ascenders

Author: C.L. Gaber

Published: April 20th, 2015 by Big Picture Media

Length: 372 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance

Source: Publisher via YA Bound Book Tours (for honest review)

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences.

Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead.

She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice.

There is no homework.
No tests.
No SATS.
You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24.

By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next.

“Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.

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Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.

She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I saw the cover and was immediately intrigued. It’s mysterious and creepy. I love it. Then I read on the bottom of the cover: “High school for the recently departed.” I was hooked. I have definitely never read anything about high schools for dead kids. I had to read this. Plus, it looks like a bit of a romance. Count me in!

WHAT I LIKED

The romance. Walker and Daniel. I absolutely loved their relationship. It starts out rocky because Daniel clearly likes to be left alone and doesn’t want anything to do with Walker. But Walker is persistent, and they end up being sort of friends, which eventually turns into something more. I love the gradual growth of their relationship. I love that he slowly lets her in. I love that they need each other, even when they don’t realize it. I just LOVED them. And I want to see more!

Unique plot. First you got the main part of the story: everyone at this school is dead, and they’re caught in between, like a limbo-sort-of place. Then, you have Walker, who meets Daniel, who is trying to get back to life to save his younger brother. Awesome. Love, love, loved it. It’s probably the happiest I’ve ever been to read about dead people. This is so unlike anything I have ever read, so I was on the edge of my seat.

The family bonds. This had me feeling all the feels. Walker’s relationship with her mom. Daniel’s relationship with his siblings. It was all so heartbreakingly wonderful. In a world where there could be so much heartache and sadness, the love that these people have for each other is incredible. Sorry, I don’t mean to get all sappy, but it got to me. C.L. Gaber did an awesome job.

The deceased celebrities! Ahh! Can you imagine going to a school where Kurt Cobain is your music teacher, Heath Ledger is your drama teacher, and Walter Payton is your coach?! Being dead may not be so bad after all! Of course, it got me a little teary-eyed reading about all of them, especially Heath. He was one of my favorite actors, and his death still gets to me. But, it was really nice to see him and the rest as characters in this book. Plus, it was done so well. I loved it.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Hmm. I didn’t give this book 5 hearts because there was just something that bugged me, and I just can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was the high school stereotypes or the constant references to a particular character’s weight or everyone making fun of Walker’s name (which got old). These were all very minor issues and did not ruin the book for me, but I guess it kept me from feeling that “OMG” feeling.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Really good book! I want more. Like right now. It ended perfectly, but there was also a bit of a cliffhanger, and I just HAVE to know more. I’m so curious as to where this story is going to go. And now that I have heard that there are two more books in the series, I’m so upset that I have to wait, but at the same time, I’m ecstatic that I get to read more about these awesome people! I will be impatiently waiting for books 2 and 3!!!

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4 out of 5 Hearts!


buy links

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Kindle

iTunes


about the author

C.L. Gaber is the author of the ASCENDERS SAGA and co author of Jex Malone. A well known entertainment journalist, she lives in Nevada with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. ASCENDERS 2 is due out in early 2016.

author links

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Twitter

Facebook


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Reading Challenges Met:

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Around the World

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

The Color Coded Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Story Sprites

Review: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin

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Author: Emily Goodwin

Published: September 2015 by Black Ink

Length: 250 pages (eBook)

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Source: Author via Giveaway at Blood Rose Books

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

book blurb

My life was full of nevers.

It was never supposed to go this way. I was never supposed to lose Mom so soon. I was never supposed to worry about making ends meet, to worry about losing the farm. I never thought I’d be working a job I hate, with a boss who was more interested in what was under my shirt than in my head. Saving neglected and abused horses had been my whole life. It was my reprieve, my sanity, my last saving grace in a cruel world. I never thought I’d grow to resent it, but I guess there is a first for everything.

Then I met him.

The Hollywood playboy. The entitled, cocky asshole that I can’t get out of my head. I never thought there could be more to him than sex appeal and an infamous reputation of loving and leaving. I never thought I’d fall for him, put my heart on the line, and risk letting him completely destroy me.

But you know what they tell you…never say never.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

I remember browsing on Blood Rose Books, and I saw an interview with an author named Emily Goodwin. I had never heard of her, but her books sounded so good. And she seems to be a huge fan of romance, so I knew I would love her. I entered the giveaway for her latest book, Never Say Never, and I actually ended up winning! I couldn’t explain how excited I was. I’m a sucker for contemporary romances, and this book sounded amazing, so I was ecstatic to get the chance to read it.

WHAT I LIKED

THE ROMANCE. Emily Goodwin definitely knows how to write romance. It was amazing. The pace was perfect. Usually, the pace of a story, and especially the pace of a romantic relationship, either makes or breaks a book for me. And so often, I read books where the romance is just unrealistic and too fast. That is not the case here. Haley and Aiden meet and they gradually get to know each other. And they eventually fall in love. It was PERFECT. I loved everything about it. I wouldn’t change a thing. And since the romance is my favorite part of a book and usually the part I am most critical of, that’s saying a lot. I was so impressed. Plus, I have a soft spot for two damaged people falling in love. And that is what happens here. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.

The two POVs. I LOVED that this book is told from both Haley’s POV and Aiden’s POV. You really get to know both of these characters in a way that would be impossible if it wasn’t told this way. Plus, it was done perfectly. The chapters were clearly labeled with the character’s name. I hate when you have to guess whose viewpoint it is. And the points of view were so distinctive. It was clearly two very different characters with very different voices. So often, the two points of views are so similar that it sounds like one person. So, I thought this was done well.

Dialogue. The dialogue was so natural and flowed well. Nothing felt forced or awkward. The conversations felt completely real. They reminded me of conversations my husband and I had when we first started dating. Loved it.

Plot. Yes, it is about an actor and a small town girl falling in love. We’ve heard it before. BUT this one seemed fresh and unique. They are each struggling with life in very different ways. Plus, I loved that Haley’s life revolved around rescuing horses. I have never read about this, and it was truly interesting. And the author obviously knew what she was talking about. This subject matter seemed very near and dear to her heart.

Aiden. I know I say this a lot, but I have a new favorite book boyfriend. This guy may be a wealthy actor who seems to have it all, but he is not happy, and he’s suffering with something no one knows about. He comes off as this cocky jerk, but that isn’t the real him. And I love that he is such a dynamic character. He gradually changed throughout the book. He doesn’t just instantly change when he meets Haley. It takes time, which was realistic. Plus, he has this super sweet and romantic side to him that I absolutely loved.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

Absolutely nothing. It was perfect.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

I LOVE THIS BOOK. It tugged at my heartstrings and had me feeling all the feels. It is such a beautiful story. I was hooked from the very beginning. I haven’t read a real contemporary romance in a couple months, so this was just what I needed. Perfectly written. Brilliant. I HAVE to read more Emily Goodwin books. Goodreads, here I come!

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5 out of 5 Hearts!


“I think every life is worth saving. It’s easy to give up when no one is fighting for you. When you have no one, when nobody cares about you or loves you, why keep going? That’s what I give these horses. Hope, someone who knows they are worth it. I give them a second chance.”

“In life, things can change, things can end, things can die in an instant. Maybe that’s the secret. Maybe that’s the key to being happy again. Take life for what it is, live in the moment, and enjoy something while it lasts.”

“Love is scary and crazy. It’s supposed to be. And it means having someone there to walk with you through the storm, picking you up when you can’t go on, carrying your baggage when you don’t have the strength to do so anymore.”


Links

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about the author

(from Goodreads)

Emily Goodwin is the author of the twice banned dark romance, STAY, as well as over a dozen other titles. Emily writes all types of romance, from love stories set in the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romances taking place on a western horse ranch. Emily lives in Indiana with her husband, children, and many pets, including a German Shepherd named Vader. When she isn’t writing, Emily can be found riding her horses, designing and making costumes, and sitting outside with a good book.

author links

Website

Facebook

Goodreads


Reading Challenges Met:

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Around the World

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

Literary Pickers Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Story Sprites

Musing Mondays #5

Hosted by A Daily Rhythm

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you have any particular “quirks” when it comes to reading? (eg. taking notes while reading, etc)


I blogged about____ this past week…I actually started a new feature on my blog this past week. It’s called Book Vs. Movie, where the book goes head to head against the movie adaptation in 3 (or more) rounds. I have already done this in my head for years, so I thought I might share my crazy thoughts with my fellow bookaholics. Check out my first post: Book Vs. Movie #1: The Maze Runner

I also reviewed The Maze Runner, which I ended up loving by the way: Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

And I shared my favorite food/drink quotes for the week: Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #9 – Romancing the Dark in the City of Light

My answer to this week’s random question: When I read, I always take notes on my notes app on my phone (if it’s a physical book) or in my Nook (if it’s an eBook). And if I’m reading on my Nook, I highlight a lot too. I like to highlight my favorite quotes and just comment on my favorite parts in the book or parts that really annoy me. Not only does this help when I write my reviews, but it’s fun to look back at my random thoughts months or years from now.

What do you do while reading?

Book Vs. Movie #1: The Maze Runner

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This is a new feature I’m starting here on I Heart Fictional People. I always compare the book to the movie adaptation, so now that I have a blog, why not share my thoughts with my fellow bookworms? I will have 3 or more rounds, comparing different aspects of the book/movie, and then I will declare a winner. I doubt that the movie will ever be better than the book, but you never know! Hey, the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies were awesome! Plus, it’ll be fun to look at the similarities and differences.

I was inspired to start this after finishing The Maze Runner the other day and then watching the movie pretty much right after. (Here is my review of the book.) So that is our first matchup!

READER BEWARE: If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie, you may not want to read this. I won’t include major spoilers unless noted first. So don’t say I didn’t warn you!


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Round 1: The Maze

For a movie that is called The Maze Runner, you would think the focus would be on the maze. We never saw the damn thing! They were so concentrated on the grievers. Come on! In the book, the runners were running through the maze, mapping the maze, and analyzing the maze constantly. I didn’t see any of that in the movie. Very disappointing. Yeah, we saw a glimpse, but nothing like what the book presents. I get there’s a timing issue and they had to fit a lot in two hours, but I really didn’t get the feeling that they were trapped in a maze because I hardly saw it.

Verdict: Obviously the book wins this round. It’s called The MAZE Runner. The maze should have been a main character, like it is in the book.


Round 2: Characters

This was one aspect I was so worried about because I really liked the characters in the book. Within the first 5 minutes of the movie, I knew I was worrying for no reason. I was SO impressed with the actors chosen for these roles. They all played their parts perfectly in my opinion, especially Dylan O’Brien, who plays Thomas. I kept telling my husband, “He’s the perfect Thomas!” It was amazing to see all of them come to life. Kudos to whoever was responsible for the casting decisions and to those actors! They rocked it!

Verdict: It’s a tie here! The book and the movie complemented each other so well! The characters were created in the book and came to life in the movie. Loved it.


Round 3: Grievers

Okay, I gotta hand it to the producers or the special effects guys or whoever was in charge of this because the grievers looked pretty damn awesome in the movie. Surprisingly, I actually liked them better than the book. They came off as more spider-like than slug-like creatures that rolled. Scarier in my opinion.

Verdict: Shocker! Movie wins this round.


Round 4: Plot

***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!***

***I WARNED YOU!***

Where was the cliff in the movie?! That was one of the things I was looking forward to seeing! And that was pretty much how they escaped! To just completely remove it and replace it with some lame hidden passage that only opened with a key provided by the grievers was plain dumb. And where was the code they discovered? In the book, they spent so much time figuring out the code to use to unlock their escape route, but in the movie, it’s just the sequence of the maze sections?! Lame. Then again, how could there be a cliff or a code WHEN WE NEVER SAW THE FRICKEN MAZE?!?!


AND THE WINNER IS…

THE BOOK!!!

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The movie wasn’t bad. I just got so irritated with the major plot changes. Come on! Even if I try to judge the movie separate from the book, I still would’ve liked to see more of the maze. And the plot didn’t work all that well for me. Definitely wasn’t as intense as I expected.

What did you guys think of the movie? I’d love to hear your opinions!

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

6186357Title: The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner #1)

Author: James Dashner

Published: October 6th, 2009 by Delacorte Press

Length: 348 pages (eBook)

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Source: Library

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

 

book blurb

(from Goodreads)

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

my review

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Obviously, I had heard a lot about this book, the good and the bad. Honestly, my expectations were not that high. I don’t know. I just wasn’t that excited about this book. And of course, I’ve seen the movie preview. I wanted to watch it, but I wasn’t in any hurry…until last week, when my husband said he would watch it without me if I didn’t hurry up and read the book (one of my rules that he constantly gets annoyed with). So I caved and borrowed it from the library.

WHAT I LIKED

The suspenseful plot. I went to sleep at 5 this morning because I pretty much devoured the last half of the book last night. I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. It was intense. At the beginning, you really have no idea what’s going on. And I loved that! I really enjoyed making discoveries right along with Thomas. I mean, he had no idea who he was. He woke up and only knew his name. Of course, I was hooked right then and there. I HAD to know what was going on. Plus, the way the story unfolded kept me on my toes. You gradually find out more and more, which kept me intrigued. The pace was perfect, in my opinion.

The characters. Even though the book consisted of pretty much only boys, I really liked that. It reminded me of Lord of the Flies. I was so interested in how a bunch of kids, especially boys, were able to create this society/community of their own. There were about 50 of them, give or take, but we really get to know Alby, Newt, Chuck, and Minho. Oh Minho. I loved this guy. He came off as this smart, confident, funny, tough guy who seemed to be unafraid of anything, but there were moments where you’re reminded that he’s still just a kid trying to survive in circumstances that no kid should ever be in. Then, there’s Thomas and Teresa, and I was intrigued by these newbies just as much as everyone else, especially Thomas. He seemed so determined and crazy brave. I wanted to know why!

The end. Ahh! You gotta be kidding me! That’s how it ends?! Thankfully, I don’t have to wait for the sequel (but I might need to read something else first if I care about getting any sleep). Even after reading this, I stayed up even later just thinking about what’s going to happen. The ending was perfect. THAT is how you end the first book of a series.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

In the beginning, the unique language they use took some getting used to. I was like, “What the hell does shuck and shank and klunk mean?!” But as I kept reading, I started liking it. It made their own little world that much more distinctive and charming (if you can call living in a maze charming). I liked it. But I do understand why some people had issues with it.

OVERALL THOUGHTS

Wow. Just wow. This was an amazing book. It was so much more than I expected. Okay, I will be the first to admit that what I usually look for in a book is some kind of romance, so when I enjoy a book that hardly has any romance, that is what absolutely impresses me. I constantly said to myself, “Wow. This would make a great movie! Oh wait. It already is!” And I cannot wait to watch it (even though the movie rarely meets my expectations). The suspense, the mystery, the action all had my heart racing and my blood pumping. No wonder I couldn’t sleep! Kudos to James Dashner for writing a series that I know I will love for years to come.

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5 out of 5 Hearts!


about the author

(from Goodreads)

James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

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Reading Challenges Met:

Bookish Bingo: Holiday 2015

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

The Color Coded Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge

I Love Libraries Reading Challenge

The Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge

Story Sprites

Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts #9 – Romancing the Dark in the City of Light

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Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts is a weekly meme hosted by (un)Conventional Bookviews. The idea is to share a quote with food or drinks that showed up in a recent read, as well as if it’s something you think you’d like or not. Please share the title of the book it happened in, as well as the character who ate or drank the special little something you discovered between the pages of a good read.


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This week’s quote comes from Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus (click on the title for my review). This book was so good! Plus, it gave me a couple food and drink quotes I just had to share with you guys.

In the first scene, Summer runs into Kurt, the bad boy, at an ice cream shop. They order Belgian chocolate ice creams and are now sitting down to eat.

In the second scene, they share a taxi, and Summer whips out her flask. She’s a bit of an alcoholic.


My Hungry Hearts Quote

He leans over the table and x-rays her with his eyes as he takes a bite of the rich dark ice cream. Then he holds the spoon in his lips and closes his eyes. She can’t help staring. ‘Mmmm. Orgasmic,’ he murmurs.”

My Thirsty Thursday Quote

“En route to the surprise destination, she pulls out her flask and downs several glugs. ‘Whew. That’s better,’ she says. She offers it to Kurt.

He takes a swig, then squints at her. ‘What IS that?’

‘Blueberry and vanilla bean vodka mixed. Plus a pinch of cinnamon. I like to think of it as a liquid muffin.”


Even though I am not a huge fan of this Kurt guy, he definitely made ice cream sexy! And I like the sound of that liquid muffin. I’d try it! Just not in a flask…in a taxi 🙂

What did you guys think?

Musing Mondays #4

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What book(s) are you most excited to read, this year? Is there anything special on tap?


I’m currently reading…The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

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Yes, I have never read this book. I always wanted to, but I just never got around to it. My husband has been wanting to watch the movie so bad. But he knows I won’t watch movies if I haven’t read the books. So, he finally put his foot down and said he would watch it without me if I don’t read it soon. Obviously, I caved and got the eBook from my library. I’m three chapters in, and I’m intrigued.

My answer to this week’s random question: Honestly, I don’t keep up with new releases. It gets me too anxious, so I just stick to what I can get my hands on right this moment. 🙂