Thursday, January 24, 2013

Beautiful Creatures

It seems like lately Hollywood is running out of ideas for movies and turning to books for inspiration.  For a book nerd like me, that is awesome.  But only if they add every single little detail from the book into the movie, which never happens.

Alas, that won't happen and I will probably leave the theater either happy with the way they tried to portray the book or upset that they left out all the good parts.

With that being said, I saw a preview for Beautiful Creatures, one of the books in my Trader Joe's bag from my friend, and knew I had to hurry up and ready it before the movie comes out next month.

When I started reading I was surprised to find that the whole book is from Ethan's point of view.  Watching the previews for the movie, it looked like everything would be from Lena's point of view.  Remember, not witches and warlocks, they are Casters ;)  I liked that distinction.  We hear so much about witches that it was nice to have a new word to go by.  Casters actually makes more sense to me.  They "cast" a spell.  And I like how each Caster has a special kind of power.  Lena is said to be a Natural.  This means she can manipulate the elements.  As evidenced by the storms that happen every time she gets upset/mad and the electricity Ethan feels when he and Lena touch.  All Casters are "claimed" on their 16th birthday and either turn Light or Dark.  A curse on Lena's family does not allow the Casters to choose which path they will take.  Lena is faced with the impending doom that hangs over her 16th birthday.  She feels she will turn dark.  Then there is Ethan.  The mortal boy who falls for her.  What I like about Ethan is he is the stereotypical popular high school boy.  But something inside of him has always made him feel like he didn't fit.  He realizes he isn't like everyone else at school and I think that is what draws him to Lena.  She is different, she represents life outside of Gatlin.  He teaches the reader that you don't have to be like everyone else.  You can stand out in a crowd, it is okay.  Plus he likes to read :)  Major star points in my book!

This was a really good young adult book and I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.  I will start the second one today as a just in case.  I've noticed with some series turned movies that the other books in the series can sometimes make it into the first movie.  Happened with Game of Thrones.  So I want to read the second book in this series in case the movie touches on that. 

Friday, January 4, 2013


I while ago I was browsing through books on Amazon and me, being the Irish obsessed girl I am, found a series that was based in Ireland.  I was ecstatic and instantly bought the series based off of that.  I'm weird and do things like that or pick up a book because it has an awesome cover (do the same with video games).  In those rare moments when you go out on a limb like that you can find a true gem.  And her name is Karen Marie Moning.  I instantly fell in love with the series and had to move on to her Highlander series.  She is a great writer and I loved every moment of every book I read.  So you can imagine how upset I was to learn the Fever series was over.  No more Mac, Barrons, Dani? :(  But then she did something...she continued the series from Dani's point of view!  The day Iced came out I ran to Target and picked it up.  It did not disappoint!

Iced picks up right where the Fever series ended.  The walls between worlds have fallen and the Fae are creeping their way into Dublin (well really all over the world but the book happens in Dublin).  Dani is there with her super powers and sword that can kill the fae.  However, there's a new monster in town that is icing everything and killing it.

Sorry, you know me, I'm not here to give you a play by play summary of what the book is about.  You want that go over to Amazon or Good Reads and read the reviews.  What I want to talk about is Dani.  In the fever series you saw everything from Mac's point of view.  And she always say Dani as a young teen who had a lot to learn about the world.  Everyone just saw her as some kid.  Now Iced gives us a different perspective.  We get to see that she is young (almost 14 as she keeps reminding everyone) but that she is wise beyond her years.  She was abandoned at a young age and had to grow up too quickly.  Yes she may be a young teen with raging hormones that confuse the heck out of her, but put her in a sticky situation and she can out think anyone.  That's why I liked her.