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Movie Mondays: Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | Movie: Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

Which did I read/see first? THE BOOK

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: Mortal Instruments
Genre: Young Adult, Action, Romance, Paranormal

Thoughts:

While City of Bones isn’t my favourite book of the Mortal Instruments series, it is a strong opening for a long saga. I find it really builds up the rest of the series and by the end there are a few twists that make you want to grab the next book.

The shadowhunter world is complex in the sense that there is quite a bit going on but is simple enough that you will easily understand what is happening once Clary discovers it.

I also really love the characters and they are what keeps me coming back to this series and waiting the 1-2 years it takes for each book to be published. It’s easy to get invested in their stories and I’m excited to see how it all ends.

My full review of the series can be found here!

Conclusion:

The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite series so I am probably a bit biased when it comes to this book. Compared to the rest of the series it isn’t as action-packed or have as many plot twists–BUT it does have all of that so it is never a boring read. Those who like paranormal young adult action series will like this a lot.

Rating: 5/5
Series Review: Full series review here!.

Similar Reads: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices, #1) and The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey Series, #1)

The Movie:

I had meant to see this in theatres when it came out in August but it came out at an awful time for me because I was so busy and I completely forgot. I had been keeping tabs on the movie since I read the book so I was super excited to see it.

I’ll start with the casting–I thought it was great! At first, I wasn’t a fan of Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace. I think it’s because I could only think of him as the scraggly King Arthur in the short lived Camelot TV series so he wasn’t who I pictured as Jace. But after watching the first 10 minutes of the movie I realized he was a good choice. He’s got the Jace humour and swagger and that helped change my mind. Lily Collins as Clary was a choice I’ve always liked and the rest of the cast is great without singly calling out each person. Magnus is a little iffy for me but I think I’m just super critical of my favourite character. He seemed a little too young and not as eccentric as I expected but I did warm up to him by the end. It’s been so long since I read them that I can’t remember if the shadowhunters have British accents in the books or if that is just a movie thing but it seemed weird to me…

The book truly comes to life in this movie and they captured Clare’s world and characters perfectly. It was funny and I loved seeing some of my favourite scenes coming to life before my eyes. My only peeve is the slight plot modifications. I understand why certain ones where done and agree that it is probably the best move for them to do BUT the one scene with Simon in particular I think could have been left as it is in the book (though I can see what they were trying to do with it).

Before the movie was even released, they had decided to make the sequel, City of Ashes. I’m not sure if they are still following through on these plans due to the dismal box office numbers but I hope they do. This movie had a lot of promise as there are quite a few smaller cliffhangers left open by the end of this movie that are resolved in the next book. I think if they market it better, (ie remember most of the people who read these books when they first came out are now in their early twenties) it will do a lot better.

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the BOOK . The movie was great but due to some plot changes in the movie the scenes that had me gasping in disbelief aren’t as shocking as they should be. Both movie and book build and set the stage for the rest of the series but the book just does it so much better. I don’t think book fans will be disappointed in the movie–I certainly wasn’t and I won’t be as long as they make a sequel 😉

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for City of Bones (from Goodreads):
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . .

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Movie Mondays: Ella Enchanted

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine | Movie: Ella Enchanted (2004)

Which did I read/see first? MOVIE

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: Enchanted
Genre: Teen, Medieval, Romance, Magic

Thoughts:

I wanted to read this book ever since I watched the movie and so, two years after the movie was released I grabbed my local library’s copy and got cracking!

It took me awhile to get into this book. I believe this was caused by two things: 1)I was expecting it to be like the movie and 2) I was probably a little too old to be reading it.

I’ll tackle #1 first. As we all know, movie scripts often take liberties in order to condense a book into a 90 minute film and that is the case here. While the basics are the same in the movie, there is a drastically different plot in the book (it is more of a Cinderella retelling with a twist than in the movie) and that wasn’t what I was expecting.

Which leads me into #2, I was a little too old to read this. This book is definitely geared towards the younger teen crowd. The writing is great, but the plot and setting is definitely “middle school” in its approach and just didn’t appeal to me enough.

Conclusion:

I was disappointed in this book, but I know that if I read it before the movie came out, I would have loved it. Great story and message, just not my cup of tea when I read it.

Rating: 3/5
Similar Reads: Beastly by Alex Flinn (Kendra Chronicles, #1)

The Movie:

I can remember finishing this movie and wanting to watch it again. I just thought it was such a cute story and I loved every minute of it. And my feelings on this have nothing to do with my huge crush on Hugh Dancy 😉

There were quite a few things I enjoyed besides the casting. I liked the story and the characters–it was a fun, funny, fantasy adventure that I hadn’t seen a lot of lately in the teen romantic comedy movies of the time. I also liked the modern yet medieval approach to the world (like the escalator in the market or the paparazzi). I thought it was a neat twist. Mind you, I was also 12 when I watched this for the first time so I was the target audience but if it is on the TV, I can’t help but to watch it — this probably has everything to do with my crush on Hugh Dancy 😉

After reading the book, I think I would have been severely disappointed in the movie. They weren’t alike as I mentioned before, although I still think it kept true to the message of the book–girls have the strength to do whatever they set their mind to. I think the movie was geared to appeal to a larger age range and for that to happen that had to change the story to get it there.

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is MOVIE . This is definitely a personal opinion and one I think would be the reverse if I had read the novel before I watched the movie. Both are entertaining in their own way–it is just one of those cases where it depends on your age and what you see/read first.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Ella Enchanted (from Goodreads):
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey. Another girl might have been cowed by this affliction, but not feisty Ella: “Instead of making me docile, Lucinda’s curse made a rebel of me. Or perhaps I was that way naturally.” When her beloved mother dies, leaving her in the care of a mostly absent and avaricious father, and later, a loathsome stepmother and two treacherous stepsisters, Ella’s life and well-being seem to be in grave peril. But her intelligence and saucy nature keep her in good stead as she sets out on a quest for freedom and self-discovery as she tries to track down Lucinda to undo the curse, fending off ogres, befriending elves, and falling in love with a prince along the way. Yes, there is a pumpkin coach, a glass slipper, and a happily ever after, but this is the most remarkable, delightful, and profound version of Cinderella you’ll ever read.

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Movie Mondays: The Princess Bride

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: The Princess Bride by William Goldman | Movie: The Princess Bride (1987)

Which did I read/see first? the MOVIE

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #7 Favourite Book (not in a series)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Humour

Thoughts:

I blame this book in part for my book addiction. This was the first book in a sequence of books that I took out from the library one summer 8 years ago and I haven’t stopped reading since.

Before I read this book, I saw the movie in full once when I was a kid (so I didn’t remember too much) and a few clips here and there from when it was on TV. I read on the forum for one of the magazines that I subscribed to that people LOVED the book and that it was a must-read. Needless to say, my interest was piqued and I decided to pick it up.

This book is by far one of the funniest books I have ever read. I chuckled constantly at the wit and characters and I enjoyed myself immensely. In theory, I should dislike Buttercup for reinforcing everything I hate in a heroine (because if you are at all familiar with her character from either, she isn’t the brightest) but for some reason I can appreciate her character here and not be annoyed with her. I think because I knew it was a comedy that I could separate my expectations for Buttercup from my expectations for a character in most of the novels I read. Also, I think that remembering that this book is a fantasy novel really helps because you remember that it isn’t pretending to be a realistic story and therefore the characters are larger than life.

I think overall, you get a better appreciation for the characters if you have watched the movie by reading the book as you learn more about their back stories. You also appreciate the movie more as well…but more about that below.

Conclusion:

As I said before, one of the funniest, most charming books I have ever read. I highly recommend it for those looking for a cute comedic read or for those who loved the movie.

Rating: 5/5

Similar Reads: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

The Movie:

I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t enjoy this movie. Sure, people start off like the young Fred Savage–aka the grandson who the story is told to–and pretend that they could care less about a “romance” story but by the end they realize there is more to this story. It is funny, adventurous, memorable and of course, has that dash of romance.

The cast is FANTASTIC! That is all I can say. After reading the book, I think they picked the best cast ever (though it is hard to think of Mandy Patinkin as Inigo after watching him in Criminal Minds for so long :P) as everyone fulfills their role and met my expectations. Cary Elwes as Wesley is absolutely perfect.

Myself (and the rest of my family) still say “Inconceivable” and “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” to this very day. That should say something about how this movie has influenced my life when you consider the fact that this movie was released before I was even born 😉

As for its interpretation of the book, it is nearly spot on and captures the spirit of the book extremely well so book fans shouldn’t be disappointed.

FUN FACT: I have a copy of the original movie poster in my apartment because I love this movie so much 😉

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is BOTH . You can’t go wrong with either–they are both awesome and are nearly parallel in their delivery 😀

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for The Princess Bride (from Goodreads):
What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything

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Movie Mondays: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison | Movie: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

Which did I read/see first? BOOKS

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Genre: Teen, Humour, British

Thoughts:

While it took me a while to get into the book, once I did, it was hard to put down. It had been such a long time since I read something that made me laugh out loud.

Georgia is crazy (in a good way!) and her antics and friends match her in every way. It’s such a cast of characters and they all help make the books awesome, but it is definitely Georgia who steals the show. She is extremely witty and despite her and I having nothing in common, I want her for a best friend. Life would never be dull and these books definitely weren’t.

Conclusion:

A great, humour teen series that those who enjoy humour should pick up.

Rating: 5/5
Series Review: Full series review here!.

Similar Reads: Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones, #1) and Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski (Magic in Manhattan, #1)

The Movie:

I was really excited when I learned they were making this into a movie. It sucked that it wasn’t initially released in North America, but it eventually made its way here and I remember having an awesome time watching it with my two friends who had also read the series.

While lots of things where changed in the movie, you still got the general gist of Georgia’s world that is portrayed in the books. The movie wasn’t as funny, but it had its moments.

The cast, from what I can remember, were what I pictured and I thought they all did a great job.

I can’t help but think that this series would have made a better TV show. I’m seeing Awkward meets Britain as I type this. I think a TV show would have been a better idea though I am glad the movie was made!

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the BOOKS . They are just so funny and the stuff that happens in them is a lot more entertaining than what happens in the movie.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (from Goodreads):
There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

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Movie Monday: Stardust

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Stardust by Neil Gaiman | Movie: Stardust (2007)

Which did I read/see first? the MOVIE

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Adventure, Science Fiction

Thoughts:

Neil Gaiman is one of those authors that everyone seems to have read and enjoyed. I myself had never read one of his books before so I decided to give it a shot.

I will admit that my reading of this book is skewed as I saw the movie before I read the book. I think I was expecting a novel more like the movie and that isn’t the case. While the two do share some similarities, there are also some key differences and because of this, I was a little disappointed in the novel.

I liked it enough, but I often felt like it was a little too out-there for me. I didn’t connect with the characters as well as in the movie and I didn’t really like the plot twists as well either. I also thought it was missing out on some of the charm the movie had as well.

Conclusion:

Overall, the book didn’t do much for me. It was an interesting story but didn’t capture my attention all that well.

Rating: 3/5
Similar Reads:

The Movie:

I was skeptical about seeing this movie. When the trailers were playing on TV, I thought “this is going to be a weird movie”. However, I was watching Much Music (the Canadian MTV) and one of the VJ kept raving on and on about how excited she was for this movie and then proceeded to play a few clips from the movie. After seeing these additional clips, my interest was peaked and I waited until it was available on DVD to watch it.

I loved this movie–which slightly shocked me I think. There was so much more to it than the trailers had given me reason to believe and I liked the quirkiness to it. I liked the whole adventure that Tristan and Yvaine go on and the banter between them & the other characters. It was adorable to watch the romance between them. The cast was fantastic and I have to say that Robert De Niro made the movie for me. There is something about the characters in the movie that I like so much more than in the book.

The movie reminded me a bit of The Princess Bride in that it has this charm to it that makes you love it (but be warned, it isn’t nearly as funny). I have since seen it numerous times and every once and a while I just get a hankering to watch it (like as I write this review :P)

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the MOVIE. This is definitely just a personal preference and completely subjective. I don’t think it has anything to do with watching the movie first–I think it is just because I enjoyed the plot path the movie takes more so than the novel. I certainly won’t begrudge anyone who disagrees with me as the novel is beautifully written and so creative and unique but I enjoy the movie a lot more.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Stardust (from Goodreads):
Catch a fallen star…

Tristan Thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester – and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town. Rich with adventure and magic, Stardust is one of master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s most beloved tales, and the inspiration for the hit movie

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Movie Mondays: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky | Movie: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

Which did I read/see first? the BOOK

Book Cover Movie Poster

The Book:

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Humourous, High School, Bullying

Thoughts:

This is one of my all time favourite books. I read it in a few hours and I laughed so hard during it. Charlie is hilarious and it was one of the first books I can ever remember laughing through.

I also like it because it is relatable and realistic. And even though it was written years ago, it definitely applies to today’s teens as it deals with topics of bullying, coming out and finding yourself.

It should be noted that the book is written as a series of letters from Charlie as he describes his life and daily events to a friend. This format isn’t for everyone but it’s a nice change from other novels.

Conclusion:

This novel definitely isn’t for everyone and if you don’t enjoy books dealing with growing up, I would stay away from this. I think people in high school or in college would enjoy this more than a 30 year old but to each their own. But overall, if you want to try something new definitely read this!

Rating: 5/5
Similar Reads: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green

The Movie:

It should be noted that the movie was written, directed and produced by Stephen Chbosky so I went in with high expectations and was not disappointed.

While it didn’t follow the book exactly, you definitely got the main messages and feelings from the book in the movie. I laughed and I cried and I left the movie with that “feel-good” feeling great movies have. The cast was great as well. I especially loved Ezra Miller’s Patrick. He nailed my favourite character perfectly. But I have to give props to the rest of the cast as well.

Overall, fans of the book will not be disappointed and if you liked the movie, you will love the book.

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is a TIE . Both are great in their own way and the message and feelings of the novel can be found in the movie. You can’t go wrong here!

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for The Perks of Being a Wallflower (from Goodreads):
Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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Movie Mondays: The Hunger Games

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins | Movie: The Hunger Games (2012)

Which did I read/see first? BOOK

Book Cover | Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: The Hunger Games Trilogy
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Competition, Romance, Action

Thoughts:

You can see my review of the series here but I will briefly review the first book, The Hunger Games here.

I read this book in a day. It was very hard to put down and it was (and still is) unlike anything I had ever read. I loved the characters, I loved the world and I loved the story. I like nitty-gritty (often violent) action movies and novels so I really went in with high expectations and I was not disappointed.

I’m not sure what else I can say without spoiling it, but it was a great book and one that I will definitely reread in the future.

Conclusion:

A great start to a series and one of the best dystopian novels I have read.

Series Review: Full series review here!.
Rating: 5/5

Similar Reads: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Divergent Trilogy, #1) and Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium Trilogy, #1)

The Movie:

I followed this movie’s progress as soon as I finished the novels. I read everything about casting, filming locations, etc. I think it’s a given that I had a lot of expectations going into this movie.

First, the casting. It was perfect in my opinion. Jennifer Lawrence (who has become one of my favourite actresses) does a fantastic job as Katniss. I say this because the trailer scene where Katniss volunteers as tribute made me cry in the theatre despite the fact that I had seen it a million times in the trailer (I also credit Willow Shields as Primrose for that as well). I liked Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale. Woody Harrelson as Haymitch and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket were exactly as I pictured them in appearance and in acting. Lenny Kravitz rocked my socks and I adore Stanley Tucci so overall it was perfection.

The director and co. did a fantastic job of bringing the world to life. Suzanne Collins has a very thorough description of the settings in her novels so I had the world set up in my mind and the movie was pretty spot-on. The costumes were great and the Capitol was everything I thought and hoped it would be.

My only complaint about this movie was the camera work. I get that they were going for that grittier, realistic feel with the shaky camera (and to get the rating they want) but it made me a little sick to my stomach at the start. It definitely got better as the movie went on though.

Overall, a solid movie adaption that follows pretty close to the story (just a few tiny details here and there were missing or changed), has great acting and a solid set.

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is a tie . This one is a tough one for me. The book was fantastic and definitely should be read but the movie did a great job capturing the characters and the story. Fans of the book will not be disappointed in this movie adaption 🙂

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for The Hunger Games (from Goodreads):
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender.

If she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.(

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Movie Mondays: Beastly

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Beastly by Alex Flinn | Movie: Beastly (2011)

Which did I read/see first? The Book

Book Cover                Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: The Kendra Chronicles (Beastly, Bewitching, Towering)

The books all involve Kendra, a witch, but are not really linked in any other way other than being fairy tale adaptions

Genre: Tween, Romance, Fairy Tale Retellings, Magic

Thoughts:

I read this book because the movie was coming out. The plot intrigued me so I decided to read it before I saw the movie (I don’t like books to be spoiled before I read them, I find it makes it harder to finish them).

This book literally takes the story of Beauty and the Beast and plops it down in modern day New York–only this time the perspective is from the view point of the “Beast”. An interesting twist I think and one that works for this book. Again, Kyle is a spoiled kid that you immediately don’t like but begin to like as you see his transformation. I will say that by the end, he had won me over completely.

I really liked this book. I like the relationship he develops with Lindy and how they support each other. Very romantic and fairy tale like!

Conclusion:

I think I was a little too old to read this book, but I really enjoyed it. I appreciate how Alex Flinn sets it up and for the most part it delivers on what it is expected to do.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn and Devoured by Amanda Marrone

The Movie:

I believe that I saw this quite a bit after reading the novel but I still remembered the major details. I enjoyed the movie but it’s nothing fantastic.

Like most book adaptions, some artistic licence has been used in terms of casting and costumes. In the book, Kyle is actually a hairy beast–just like the Disney movie. Here they have made him scarred which works because I would imagine it would be awkward to have your live-action lead as a hairy beast (especially when you are banking on his good looks to draw the ladies). It still gets the point (that Kyle uses and only cares about his appearance) across which works.

What didn’t work for me was Vanessa Hudgens as Lindy. She was not what I pictured as Lindy and I think it was the wrong choice (I don’t care much for her acting and I kept waiting for her to break out into a HSM song :P). What I liked and admired about the Lindy in the novel was lost in the movie so that was disappointing.

The best part of the movie was Neil Patrick Harris–I love that man and he honestly stole the show with his performance!

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the book . I think the main message of the book was lost in the movie adaption and I enjoyed the characters more in the novel.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Beastly (from Goodreads):
I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright–a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever–ruined–unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly

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Movie Mondays: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith | Movie: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)

Which did I read/see first? The Book

Book Cover                                       Movie Poster

The Book:

Series: No, it is a stand-alone novel
Genre: Historical, Parody, Action, Vampires

Thoughts:

This book had been on my to-read list ever since I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (I’m going to refer to it as PPZ hence forth). I absolutely adored that book! It was so well done and I loved how he weaved in Zombies as the cause of the events that transpired in the original book. Needless to say, I was excited to see how he would make an American President a vampire hunter.

Now, I think it is important to state that I am Canadian. I have very little knowledge of past American Presidents or American History. I know the gist of everything but I don’t know all the details–especially with respect to the Civil War and I think that served to my disadvantage with this book.

When I read PPZ, I had just finished the Jane Austen novel so the events of the book were pretty fresh in my mind. I could see why things were happening as they were. However, with ALVH I had difficulty seeing the connections. This book was a lot more focused on the history and Abe’s thought process than the vampire hunting. I was expecting more action and I didn’t get that so I was a little disappointed. I think I skimmed the last few chapters just to finish it.

Conclusion:

Readers should be prepared to read how vampires effected the American Civil War instead of reading an action packed Blade-esque vampire hunter story.

Rating: 2.5/5
Similar Reads: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith

The Movie:

I had read the book last summer in anticipation of the movie so I think the movie trailers had distorted my expectations of the novel. Unfortunately, it’s been about a year since I read the novel and I have just finished watching the movie this past weekend so I can’t remember how accurate it is to the novel (sorry!).

The movie was everything I thought it would be: an over-the-top production of Abe Lincoln as a vampire hunter (why would I expect anything else in all honesty?). Because of this, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. There is a lot of slow motion action scenes, lots of blood and some bad-ass axe skills. It’s not like a Blade movie by any means, but it had a lot more action than the novel.

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the movie. It lived up to my expectations–which weren’t that high mind you, but it was what I thought it was going to be.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (from Goodreads):
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”

“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.

When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.

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