Always Stick to the Book

always stick to the book

Always Stick to the Book. I have just been to see Allegiant, the final book-to-movie of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series…

They (insert here: Evil scheming movie makers) have changed the story. I know right? Just no.

Always Stick to the Book

The ending is completely different…  Okay so I wasn’t in love with the original ending and yes I spent hours crying and days in hibernation after finishing the book. But it was real. The author said so. So I say so. The end.

Before Allegiant, I thought that Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper book-to-movie was the worst interpretation ever. My Sister’s Keeper was heart-wrenching, shocking, amazing…. The movie was just sweet. Sweet. That was all they could do when they had amazing to work with?

Some directors choose to focus on certain aspects, more than the book did. More violence, more action, more romance. Think The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner. I get that. They want to increase the audience and getting the story out is better than nothing. But they still stick to the original story.

The book is always better. But sometimes the movie can be good, even brilliant.

Just don’t change the story. EVER

More things I wish authors (and publishers) knew

The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski

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The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski

The Butterfly Code by Sue Wyshynski. I was so conflicted with this book…

I really hate (too strong?) dislike the cover and had passed over the book on more than one occasion.

Late one night, not wanted to start a highly anticipated book when I had an early morning the next day, I found this title, conveniently at the top of my e-library shelf.

Boy was I in trouble, unable to put it down I read into the early hours and sleepily trying to concentrate the next day I found my thoughts drifting off… Who is the author, why haven’t read any of her books before…

Not my preferred genre, Sci-Fi has on the odd occasions clung to me begging to be read. Like Across the Universe, whose gorgeous cover was what attracted me, I often am so glad I branched out.

Butterfly Code was a book that, despite not really liking the futuristic side of it, was worth reading just for the writing style. Here I am, late at night again, typing this review and wishing… hoping the author decides to write more contemporary YA, because I’m going to want them all!4 Star

Recommended age: 14 +

Title: The Butterfly Code
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Author: Sue Wyshynski
Publication Date:
15 October  2015
Publisher: Whitman Books
Source: ARC

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Aeris Thorne is expecting a restful vacation in the remote town of Deep Cove. But on a stormy night, she meets the alluring and mysterious Hunter Cayman, and her life takes an exhilarating turn. Aeris is both drawn to him and determined to find out what he’s hiding. But what Aeris doesn’t know is that he’s tormented by a secret: the truth behind his research. As he and Aeris are drawn together, the walls he’s built to protect himself threaten to crumble. At the same time, she uncovers clues to her own tragic past, answers she never thought to find–and a love she can’t resist despite the dark troubles it brings. When Aeris’s life is threatened, Hunter is forced to make an impossible decision about her future—one that could change everything.               — abstract from Goodreads.com

The fact that I received a free advanced copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.

Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

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Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black. Drifting through this charming, but menacing book I got to know the easy-to-love Blue and watched as she discovered herself, slowly, bit by bit.

The vague, dreamy plot threading the story together was fun to read, but I was torn by the easy, contrived coincidences. Happy for the glimpses they showed of possible happy conclusions, but disappointed in their predictability which was more and more evident as the story panned out.
3 Star

Recommended age: 14+

 

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Author: Jennifer Mason-Black
Publication Date: 17 May 2016
Publisher:  Amulet Books
Source: ARC

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Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.

Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself to finding family in unexpected places.   — Extract from Goodreads.com

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

The Smell of Other People’s Houses is a beautifully written, enchanting novel that brings a breath of fresh air into the world of YA.

Invited into the homes of Alaskan families, I discovered warm, rich characters whose lives interweave in extraordinary ways.

I know very little about Alaska, other than it’s my husband dream destination! But with Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock’s ability to make the history and culture of Alaska come alive, it’s now a place I would love to explore with him.

Recommended age: 13+4 Star

Title: The Smell of Other People’s Houses
Author: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Publication Date: 23 February 2016Other peoples houses
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Source: ARC

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In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.
 
Four very different lives are about to become entangled.
— Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Infandous by Elana K. Arnold

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Infandous by Elana K. Arnold

Once there was a mermaid who dared to love a wolf. Her love for him was so sudden and so fierce that it tore her tail into legs.

Infandous by Elana K. Arnold. Dark and sensual – bordering on crude, this wistful story is intertwined with menacing, venomous myth, until the line between them blurs.

Things don’t really turn out the way they do in fairy tales. I’m telling you that right up front, so you’re not disappointed later.

An unspeakable twist spins the tale off-balance and I was left in shock, hoping Sephora can arrange the pieces of her life in a way that allows her peace.

Recommended age: 16+ mature content2 Star

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Publication Date:
1 March 2015
Publisher: Carlrhoda Lab
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Sephora Golding lives in the shadow of her unbelievably beautiful mother. Even though they scrape by in the seedier part of Venice Beach, she’s always felt lucky. As a child, she imagined she was a minor but beloved character in her mother’s fairy tale. But now, at sixteen, the fairy tale is less Disney and more Grimm. And she wants the story to be her own. Then she meets Felix, and the fairy tale takes a turn she never imagined. Sometimes, a story is just a way to hide the unspeakable in plain sight.    — Extract from Goodreads.com

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