These Books Should Be Adapted to Movies

These Books Should Be Adapted to Movies

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I love movies almost as much as I love books. Okay that’s not quite true, but I do like movies. A lot.

These are the books I can’t wait to see adapted to film…

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor 

This book will remain one of my favourite reads forever. Rich and memorising with unique, enchanting characters.

Once upon a time a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burnt the doorways to their world and she was all alone…

Do I want to see them on screen? Yes and no. . . The story line full of complex, interweaving layers and I would be so heartbroken if the movie was a disappointment. But I’d still watch it. I think.

 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 

I adore WWII books and movies, and this story is one I am so glad I read and would watch the movie over and over again if it was made. I need this movie. Where’s my fairy godmother?

Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. . . 

I can’t say much because I don’t do spoilers but don’t miss this book. It may start a little slowly, but it doesn’t end that way… Read it now before the movie is made.

 

Across the Universe by Beth Revis 

I don’t really like Sci-Fi but every now and then I am blown away. This story was totally unexpected with unpredictable with twists and turns. I loved the whole series and hope it’s adapted to movie.

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder. 

 

The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony

A local South African hero, this true story deserves to be seen. The beautiful African bush and the graceful and intelligent elephants would look so good on screen.

He was the herd’s last chance of survival – notorious escape artists, they would all be killed if Lawrence wouldn’t take them.

I have no idea why it’s not a movie. No elephant actors you say? What about elephant puppets, it worked for the stage production of War Horse…

 

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr 

Beautiful and frightening, this Faerie world overlappings our human world. Beware – follow the rules or things will never be the same again.

Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries. 
Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.

There are just not enough Fae movies – at least not dark, sinister ones…

 

Reckless by Cornelia Funke 

Another brilliant, magical and dangerous world. Find it through a mirror… If you dare.

Dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and cause chaos to rule forever….

Woah! Yes. Please.

 

The Ruins of Gorlan – Ranger’s Apprentice #1 by John Flanagan

Ranger’s Apprentice is one of the most popular series in our school library. Readers of both gender aged from ten to eighteen fight over the battered copies. The books have been read more often that they can last and the pages are literally just holding on with a lick of glue.

The Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people.

 

Mice by Gordon Reece

This psychological thriller is quirky and full of dark comedy.

On the eve of Shelley’s sixteenth birthday, an unwelcome guest disturbs their peace and something inside Shelley snaps.

I loved it and it would translate to screen so well.

 

Defiance by C.J. Redwine 

A fast paced plot, a strong, feisty female protagonist and a dragon that puts all the dragons that came before to shame. What’s not to love?

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, they discover a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

 

Banished – The Blackhart Legacy #1 by Liz de Jager 

Another fast-paced fantasy, this time with a feisty heroine and an enchanting Faerie prince. Add betrayal and treachery and this would make a movie worth watching.

Sworn to protect, honour and slay. Because chaos won’t banish itself…

 

These books should be adapted to movie…. What do you think? 

Would you vote for any of these or do you have the perfect book for a movie adaption? I would love to hear about it.

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Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – YA Book Review

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This final book in my favourite trilogy did not disappoint. Once I opened to the first page I was riveted and found any excuse to immerse myself again.

The exquisite words of Laini Taylor, a detailed and unpredictable plot, with layer upon layer of depth along with complex and extraordinary characters all combine to make an exceptional story, one that I will carry with me always.

I love the friendship, quirkiness and love between Karou, Zuz and Mik. These are special characters, ones I will keep with me forever.5 Star

Recommended age: 13+

 

Title: Dreams of Gods and Monsters Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: 8 April 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
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What power can bruise the sky?

Two worlds are poised on the brink of a vicious war. By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera’s rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her.
When the brutal angel emperor brings his army to the human world, Karou and Akiva are finally reunited–not in love, but in tentative alliance against their common enemy. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves.
But with even bigger threats on the horizon, are Karou and Akiva strong enough to stand among the gods and monsters?
The New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion as–from the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond–humans, chimaera, and seraphim strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.   — Extract from Goodreads.com

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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At first I was disappointed, Days of Blood and Starlight started off as an echo of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, it felt empty, less – just faded, like a prop or a gap there just to link two great books.

But a few pages in I was delighted to be wrong, this was no gap…

“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.”

Laini Taylor’s writing is heart stoppingly beautiful and Karou’s story is magical. Haunting. Vibrant. Sad. Shock, horror and unbearable twists combine with witty banter and raw emotion, with layers of depth and wonder that add more to the story than I can describe.

“These weren’t her folk but… they were, and maybe that meant that anyone could be anyone’s, which was a sort of nice thing to think, with the world falling apart.”

5 Star

Recommended age: 13

Title:  Days of Blood & Starlight
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: 6 November 2012Days of blood and Starlight
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. Forhope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?    — Extract from Goodreads.com

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Book Review

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The question is…. How to put into words your thoughts on a book that draws you in keeps you there, in its heart, which fast becomes a place you never want to leave?

Beautifully written, sensitive, funny with the best kind of weird, nerdy, messed-up characters with issues, who fall in love over the course of one year. I love that Levi, who is such a great, patient boyfriend also messes up and is not perfect which makes him all the more real.

I wonder how long it would have taken me to find the underworld of fan fiction writing if I hadn’t picked up this book…  5 Star

Recommended age: 14+

FangirlTitle:  Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: 10 September 2013
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Source: Purchased

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
— Extract from Goodreads.com

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Once upon a time a little girl was raised by monsters. But angels burnt the doorways to their world and she was all alone…

This is an exceptional book, the best I have read so far this year, and words don’t really express what I want to share. Hours after finishing the book I was still mesmerised under its spell and for days I literally carried it with me, reluctant to admit I was finished.

I loved this story for several reasons; the gorgeous, rich, seductive writing, the original storyline, the characters so well portrayed that I feel as though I know them personally and the alluring descriptions of beautiful Prague… But the bar was raised with the unpredictable twists and the conclusion which left me desperate for the sequel, not because there’s a ‘cheap’ cliff-hanger (there isn’t), but because I want to be there for the next stage of the adventure and I miss my friends the characters.

Tears, hope and laughter followed me through the pages where I met characters so unique that I will never forget them, dived into enchanting magical worlds, and witnessed wicked hatred, powerful all-consuming love, betrayal and fierce loyalty, all while learning the magic of bone jewellery and at last the hidden truth that blew everything apart and changed the game – forever.

I leave you with this quote: Hope makes its own magic… and hope that you are inspired fall head-over-heels into this book.5 Star

Recommended age: 13+

Title: Daughter of Smoke and BoneDaughter Smoke and Bone
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone – # 1
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication Date: 5 June 2012 (1st published 1 January 2011)
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Source: Purchased

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Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?     — Extract from Goodreads.com

My Favourite books of 2014

My Favourite books of 2014

During 2014 I was lucky enough to read just over 130 books!
These are my favourite reads of the year…
Favourites of 2014

 

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
No Such Thing as Perfect by Sarah Daltry
Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
But I Love Him by Amanda Grace
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

I would love to know which books you loved this year, please leave a comment above…

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week we are sharing the top 10  books we read during 2104.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

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It is so seldom that the sequel is even better than the first book, so I was not really expecting to be wowed by the story,  but I was totally blown away! Not only do I love this amazing book, now on my favourite’s shelf, I love the unexpected direction the story is going.

I adore Aeron Adam Aeron and can’t wait to see who finally wins Juliette over.

Oh and the cover……? Stunning!5 Star

 Recommended age: 13+

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Series: Shatter Me – Book 2         
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publication Date: 5 February 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Purchased

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Juliette has escaped from The Reestablishment. Now she’s free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam.

But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.     — Extract from Goodreads.com

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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I LOVE this book! Beautiful, mesmerising, frightening, just brilliant! Melissa Marr has created an exceptional Faerie world, overlapping our human world, in this modern faerie tale, where intrigue and trickery prevail and things are not what they seem.

If you like Faerie, this is one of the best. Don’t miss it.5 Star

Recommended age: 13 +

Wicked Lovely
Series: Wicked Lovely – Book 1Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Author: Melissa Marr
Publication Date: 12 June 2007
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Rule #3: Don’t stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty – especially if they learn of her Sight – and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don’t speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don’t ever attract their attention.
But it’s too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything. — Extract from Goodreads.com

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley: YA Book Review

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This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. The main character, Terra, has a Port Wine Stain birthmark on her face identical to the one my daughter has on hers. While I have come to terms with this and my beautiful daughter is so confident and bubbly that it is hardly ever noticed, I did go through heartache in her early years and this came back to me in a flood as I read this story.

Having said this, and taking all the emotion into consideration, I can still say this book is fantastic. Beautifully written, Terra’s journey negotiating difficult awful family circumstances while discovering acceptance, friendship, love, joy, adventure and ultimately herself was both engaging and inspirational.

Best of all, this book introduced me to my new hobby, geocaching, which, unlike reading, I can actually share with my family.5 Star

Recommended age: 13 +

North of Beautiful
Author: Justina Chen Headley
Publication Date: 6 January 2009North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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It’s hard not to notice Terra Cooper.

She’s tall, blond, and has an enviable body. But with one turn of her cheek, all people notice is her unmistakably “flawed” face. Terra secretly plans to leave her stifling small town in the Northwest and escape to an East Coast college, but gets pushed off-course by her controlling father. When an unexpected collision puts Terra directly in Jacob’s path, the handsome but quirky Goth boy immediately challenges her assumptions about herself and her life, and she is forced in yet another direction. With her carefully laid plans disrupted, will Terra be able to find her true path?  – Extract from Goodreads.com

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: Book Review

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Wow! An amazing book! I wish I could start at the beginning again…

Courage, despair, deviousness, courage, manipulation, treachery, betrayal, courage and did I say courage… unbelievable courage.

In the first half of the book we get to know the background story of the two main characters and their various paths that led to the fateful journey into Occupied France. At this stage of the story I was enjoying it, but not really feeling the ‘wow’ factor. It was during the second half of the book when an unexpected twist turns the story on its head and WOW, did the wow factor hit me hard! I LOVE this book.

I was struck by the extensive research Elizabeth Wein has done not only on the war, but on the lifestyle of the time, giving the story a sense of realism that allowed me to feel as though I was there, witnessing the events as they unfolded.

Code Name Verity has a unique plot that blew me away.

To those who start and feel let down – read on… it’s definitely worth it.5 Star

Recommended age: 14 +

Title: Code Name Verity 
Author:
Elizabeth Wein
Publication Date: 6 February 2012Code Name Verity
Publisher: Egmont Press
Source: Purchased

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I have two weeks. You’ll shoot me at the end no matter what I do.

That’s what you do to enemy agents. It’s what we do to enemy agents. But I look at all the dark and twisted roads ahead and cooperation is the easy way out. Possibly the only way out for a girl caught red-handed doing dirty work like mine — and I will do anything, anything, to avoid SS-Hauptsturmführer von Linden interrogating me again.

He has said that I can have as much paper as I need. All I have to do is cough up everything I can remember about the British War Effort.  And I’m going to. But the story of how I came to be here starts with my friend Maddie. She is the pilot who flew me into France — an Allied Invasion of Two. We are a sensational team.  — Extract from Goodreads.com

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