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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Peachy News: Books into Movies 2013

Hello fellow book lovers!

I thought I would share something a little different today other than purely book reviews and book updates. As I was doing a little researhing I was very (VERY!) excited to find out that some book which I have read (and adored) are slowly in the making of becoming a movie! I couldn't help but let out a little scream of excitement! I know for a fact now that (almost) no movie beats the true essence, beauty and "in-depthness" of a book, however I still enjoy watching the story of a book being played out on the big screens! There are many more books out there which will be made into a movie, but I wanted to show you these to make it a little interesting (and exciting)!

The Book: Blood Red Road
The Author: Moira Young
Movie or TV show? Movie!
Review: See my review *here*
Status: In development
Coming out: 2014
The Gossip"The incredible box office successes of Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games has left movie producers scrambling for the next young adult phenomenon. Moira Young's "Blood Red Road" is in production with Ridley Scott with an eye on 2014. It's Young's first novel and she has plans for a trilogy under the title 'Dust Lands'"
The Trailer: (Created by Author)

I am so extremely excited for this book to come out as a movie. As I had mentioned in my Liebster Award interview I strongly felt that Blood Red Road would make a perfect movie! There is not a lot of information out yet about the casting, director, or status of the movie but there are speculations that the movie is expected to come out in 2014. That means a very long wait for us Blood Red Road fans, but at least it's something to look forward to! I still need to read the second book of Moira Young's trilogy,  Rebel Heart, so that will definitely be next on my TBR list! Please read my review on Blood Red Road  here.

The Book: Delirium
The Author: Lauren Oliver
Movie or TV show? TV show!
Film Rights: Disney
Review: See my review *here*
Status: In development
Coming out: 2013
The Gossip"Deadline reports that Fox 2000 has purchased the screen rights to the New York Times bestselling novel, in addition to signing a first-look deal with Lauren's company Paper Lantern Lit (meaning more of the author's works could land in theaters in the coming years)."
The Trailer: (Created by Author)

I wasn't sure what to think when Lauren Oliver stated that Delirium may be turned into a TV show. It is unsure yet which channel will broadcast the series (CW? Fox?) and who would be in the cast, but I hope they really don't fail to portray how beautiful this original and emotional story truly is. I look forward to the developments of this series and to find out who will be directing it and most of all, who will be playing Lena! Who do you think would be the ideal actress for the part? 

The Book: Matched
The Author: Ally Condie
Movie or TV show? Movie!
Review: See my review *here*
Status: In development
Coming out: 2013
The Gossip"Disney and Offspring Entertainment have formed a love connection over Ally Condie's upcoming young adult novel "Matched."
The Mouse House fended off Paramount in a bidding war to pick up the film rights to the soon-to-be-published book for the shingle, run by Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot, to produce."
The Trailer: (Created by Author)

Even though I was never really fond of the book, I was always in love with the concept of Matched. I thought that it very unique and special. The book itself I was unfortunately not very fond of. Nonetheless, I am still pretty excited to see how this book will turn out to be as a serie, and perhaps they will tweak a few things in order to make it more 'likable' for the viewers (seeing that not a lot of readers were fond of the book). Check out my review here!

Thankfully there are many more books which are slowly being made into movies, for example Divergent, The Host, Beautiful Creatures, The Maze Runner, etc. Even though not all movies originated from books seem to be as 'satisfying' as the books itself, but I always do find it exciting to see how the author and producer pictured the story line, the characters, and other things! I'm sure we still have a long time to wait until these three books will be out on the big screen (or on your TV), but it will definitely be interesting to keep an eye on these and to look forward to when they do finally come out :)

Are you waiting for any books to be made into a movie?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Book Review: Dark Spirits (Beyond the Eyes Book #2) by Rebekkah Ford

My Rating: 
Book: Dark Spirits (Beyond the Eyes Book #2)
Author: Rebekkah Ford
Publication date: February 23rd, 2013
Now immortal, Paige is emotionally and physically stronger than ever. She must find the location of the ancient incantations to prevent mass genocide. But the war against good and evil is spawning another war–a battle between the dark spirits themselves. Paige is saddled in the center of both growing revolutions and is ready to take on the dark forces. But Nathan’s over protectiveness prevents her from taking action, and he’s hiding things.

Paige’s personal life gets more complicated when Brayden arrives back in town and offers the equal partnership she desperately craves from Nathan. Then there’s Carrie and Tree, her two best friends and only family she has left. Unfortunate circumstances thrust them into Paige’s dark world, giving her no choice but to allow Nathan to arm them with combat techniques in hope they’ll be able to protect themselves.

Meanwhile, Paige is having visions and discovering abilities she was unaware of. When Anwar comes to visit, his weird behavior alarms her. Could he be turning to the dark side?

Time is running out. Paige not only needs to find the incantations but also to untangle the bands around her heart and make a decision that could leave her with a life worse than death–a life of betrayal from the ones she trusted most.

My Review:

I received a copy from the author to read and review in return.

Dark Spirits is the second book from the Beyond The Eyes series, written by Rebekkah Ford. I was thankful to receive a kindle version of the Dark Spirits from the author, as I was quite positive about her first book, Beyond the Eyes (read the review here). I enjoyed the nature of the characters and the plot was special, fun, new, and also quite fast-paced. Even though I slightly liked her first book a little better, but in Dark Spirits, Ms Ford included new factors and aspects in which the author truly excelled in which made me want to keep 'turning the pages' in my Kindle. Let's get into the details!

Dark Spirits commences with the now immortal Paige, mourning her mother's sudden death as she scatters her mother's ashes over the Pacific Ocean. She is accompanied by Nathan, her immortal lover, and her best friends Carrie and Tree. As from my review of the first book, Beyond the Eyes, I was always quite drawn to the nature and uniqueness of the characters. Who they were and what they were destined to be has always caught my interest and has become a positive stimulate for me to continue reading Ms. Ford's stories.

As I was reading the first pages of the first chapter I was immediately submerged into the story. Paige and her companions are instantly thrown into the cruel and non forgiving hands of the dark reality they dwell in, which seemed to be forecasting a whole lot more trouble, mystery and adventures heading their way. This definitively did occur throughout the book, but unfortunately these adventurous, thrilling moments and twists came at a slower pace and were mostly shoved towards the middle and end of the book.

I found that throughout the beginning stages of the plot, there was a lack of 'happening' and significance, which made the pace quite slow and tedious. The beginning chapters of the book consisted often of endless back and forth arguments between Paige her co-characters; regularly 'far fetched' speculations and theories summed up by the characters; and infinite hormonal tantrums. I have nothing against a righteous arguments or fights between characters, or dramatic outbursts, however for my liking these were happening too often throughout this book. These aspects were also apparent in Beyond the Eyes (Book #1) and were not kept at bay in the Dark Spirits, and regrettably they had the same negative impact on my ratings for this book.

As in Beyond the Eyes, I enjoyed the piquant romantic relationship between Paige and Nathan, but unfortunately their romantic rendez-vous' were not as prominent in the Dark Spirits. As I hoped, the love triangle between Paige Nathan and Brayden definitely developed and intensified more, and I can't help but have a secret weakness for these types of romances! Luckily, the end of this book gave me the impression that this hot love triangle will not end any time soon and will only continue to develop in the next book of the Beyond the Eyes series.

What I really enjoyed from the Dark Spirits was Paige's change in character. Sure she was still quite the teary emotional girl, but that was a result of being a 'new-born immortal'. I now felt that her outbursts and emotional tantrums did have more of a justification and understanding behind it. I also genuinely enjoyed how Paige embraced the importance of independence and doing things not only for other's sake, but also truly for herself and her development in being an immortal. It is enjoyable to read how the relationship between Nathan and Paige turned from over dependency on each other (and over protectiveness from Nathan), to a more trusting and stronger relationship. I believe this will only flourish more in Ms. Ford's final book of this series, and I can't wait to read it!

What I definitely would like to commend Ms. Ford on is her writing style. I remember I commented on her writing style in my review on her first book to be quite simplistic and informal, and nothing more to it. Even though I did not see this as a complete negative, I did yearn for some more artistic or in depth descriptions, and boy did Ms. Ford come through with this! I really enjoyed how the author applied her background and in-depth knowledge on paranormal theory to the book. I have always been very intrigued in the paranormal, hence this was definitely a pleasant surprise to learn and read more about.
Thanks to the authors vastly improved writing techniques, I found Dark spirits to be a very a very interesting, in-depth, pleasant and easy read!

I would definitely recommend this book to the young adult readers out there who enjoy a saucy romance, many profound paranormal and SciFi descriptions, and unique and mischievous characters! I look forward to where Ms. Ford will take the characters next in her last book.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review: Oath of Servitude by C.E. Wilson

My Rating: 
Book: Oath of Servitude (The Punishment Sequence #1)
Author: C.E. Wilson
Page Numbers: 159 pages
Publication date: September, 2012
This is the story of Teague and Cailin, two teenagers who have been brought together by fate. Teague, a human, struggles to come to terms with the consequences of a recent accident that has destroyed the happy life that he had once enjoyed. Cailin, a pixi, is trying to stay true to herself while fighting against forces beyond her control that have exiled her from her home into this strange world of humans. She fears the darkness. He cannot escape it. But when the two of them are thrown together, they begin to discover the light inside of themselves.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Liebster Award! - Get to know me!

I have been nominated for the Liebster award and I'm very, very happy and proud of receiving this award! I received this award from several other bloggers the first time this award came around, but I never had the chance to respond to the people who nominated me nor answer the questions they had for me. So in 'celebration' of being back to blogging after a short Hiatus, I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my award and answer the questions posed by those who nominated me this time. I will not be nominating this award to others as I believe the nomination phase is over. Nonetheless, I will semi part take;)
First of all I would like to thank Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts  and Laetitia @ Flurried Thoughts for nominating me for this award! I will be answering both their questions asked!

Questions from Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts 

1. Because I'm a fairy tale person (LOL), if you were retelling a fairy tale, which one would you retell?
Peter Pan! I think it is the cutest and most creative fairy tale of all!

2. If you could have a superpower, what power would it be?
Moving objects! I was (and actually still really am) a super fan of the Charmed series, and I always really envied Prue's powers who could move object with her hands and mind! Could be very useful on the most laziest day ;)

3. Who or what inspires you to blog?
I have various bloggers who consistently inspire me and urge me to blog and keep me on blogging. I couldn't pin point specifically just one person since every time I land on someones blog it just inspires me to keep doing what I love doing and spread the love and reviewing books!

4. What types of books do you enjoy reading?
I absolutely fell in love with paranormal, Scifi YA books, but I also enjoy a spicy romantic book once in a while ;) I have also discovered that the books I used to read in English class back in my high school years, which I used to hate, I completely love reading now! I guess I have really grown in loving books with different genres! I am still discovering new genres at this very moment ;)

5. If you were stranded on an island and can only have 3 things, what would you have? (assume there's food, water and shelter already provided... miraculously)
Loads and loads of books (including cooking and DIY books) to keep me entertained... hmm what else... pictures of my loved ones of course... and a pair of glasses so in case I really last long on the island I will still be able to read the books (and perhaps also build fires by projecting the sun through the glasses;)

6. What's your favorite childhood story that you would still enjoy today if you read it again?
This is a hard question since I was never a big reader when I was only just a child... but If I may relate this question to also a story from a movie not just a book, I would choose The Little Mermaid! It is one of my all time favorite stories :)

7. Sorry for making anyone hungry, but random question: What's your favorite food?
I love Italian food but lately I have been discovering Lebanese food which I have completely and utterly fallen in love with!!

8. If you could be any villain from a book, who would you be and why?
A villain? Wow that's hard... never really thought of such a question... If I would have to be a villain I guess I would want to be Deirdre, the evil soul-snatching-isen from
by S.M. Boyce. This is an amazing and adventurous book which has a bit of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones to it.
She is truly very evil who lives off of good souls which she traps in order to gain powers and strength. If you're going to live forever, why not do it with an abundance of cheeky evilness and power? Mwhahaha! ;)

9. What would you do if you had a million dollars?
 I have honestly thought about that question a load of times seeing that I live in a very, very, veeery expensive city (London) and am continuously low on money after spending it on rent, phone bills, gym bills, beauty bills etc (what a life ;)). So I would for one stop working and move to a tropical location and start doing volunteer work relating to animals, preferably marine life! I would buy a beautiful cozy house, not too big, but big enough to house my family and friends... donate loads to genuine charities and oh yeah.. buy loads of books while living the easy Caribbean life ;)

10. What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I enjoy writing about books and being excited about them and sharing my excitement with other readers. I am always happy when someone read my review and was actually so intrigued to the point that I convinced them to read the book themselves! I also enjoy being creative in my reviews by not making them too boring or dull. It is often a big effort writing valuable book reviews, seeing that I am also a perfectionist and truly want only the best reviews to be published on my blog... but once I have successfully done so I feel happy to be able to share my thoughts with others!

11. Any tips for new bloggers?
Be unique by being yourself. Don't try to be excessively different to the point you don't recognize yourself and you make it too difficult for yourself (and your readers) to follow what you are trying to portray. Just be yourself and don't feel pressured by others! The creativity and passion will flow out of you once you give it good time and thought ;)

Questions From Laetitia @ Flurried Thoughts

1. What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I would say The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, but then I think back further and I would have to say that the Harry Potter collection did inspire me the most. I wouldn't be able to choose a specific book out of the collection since they are all so amazing! So I will keep it simple by merely saying: HARRY POTTER!! ;)

2. Would you go to your favorite place in the world alone or stay at home with your best friends?
I always say, as many probably also do, home is where the heart is. And my heart is as always with my Boyfriend who is also my best friend. So I can be in the most ideal place I would consider paradise, but it would be absolutely worthless without my best friend (aka my lover ;) by my side!

3. What books can you see getting made into movies?
I always said that The Mortal Instruments collection by Cassandra Clare should be made into movies and whad'ya know? They actually are currently filming the first book
City of Bones
 which will come out in August 23rd 2013 (USA)! I also believe that The Blood Red Road by Moira Young would make an amazing movie!!

4. Who are your top three book boyfriends?
I would definitely say Jack from The Blood Red Road by Moira Young and Jace from
The Mortal Instruments
 collection! *Swooooon* :P

5. If you were to write a book what would be your main characters' names?

Ariel Nauta, a unexpected brave and strong protagonist in delirious paranormal world!

6. Print or eBook?
Preferably Print, but since I would be a beginner I would primarily go for eBook in order to quickly advertise my book to bloggers and other readers and ask for exchange an honest review. From experience (by being on the other side of the wagon) I have learned this to be fun and effective!

7. What's your favorite pass-time apart from reading and reviewing?
Watching old and new series all day with a big bucket of BUTTER popcorn...mmmmmmm! Also swimming and tanning in the Caribbean wouldn't be so bad to go back to ;)

8. Samsung Galaxy or iPhone 5?
iPhone!! I unfortunately do not own the iPhone 5 (YET!) but like they say, "Once you go Apple, you'll never go back"! I can't imagine owning another type of smartphone! Next laptop I promise to myself (and also once I have the $$) will be a Mac ;)

9. What got you into blogging?
By discovering other book bloggers and seeing how much fun they were having posting their reviews and sharing opinions with others! I immediately started thinking about a creative name for my blog and thereafter set it up within a few days and wrote my first review! I couldn't wait to get started!

10. What book character can you relate to?
I feel that I can relate the most to Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments collection. The way that Cassandra Clare describes her, not only physically but also how Clary feels about herself emotionally, made it easy to relate to her the most!

11. Oreos in milk: To dip or not to dip?
No dipping! Just open it up, lick off the icing and eat it in one go, haha! Yum yum!

It's been a while...

*sigh* it's been a while since I have been blogging and to be honest I have been thinking about it loads and missed it ever so much! From finishing my internship here in London, prepping and celebrating Christmas and New Years, to exams and thesis writing, I have just not found that space in my brain to fit in writing any thoughtful reviews for you guys! But now events in my life have come more to a halt, and I will have a few months until my next exam, final thesis defense and thereafter hopefully my GRADUATION!!

So there are plenty of things I need to catch up; I have 3 book reviews to produce, I want to create a new banner layout for this blog, and I received 2 Liebster Awards again, and this time I definitely need to react on them since last time I received this award from several people I totally ignored them! Furthermore I received various of books from authors who are waiting and waiting for my review so... I better get to it!! I hope to see you all around and welcome you back to a (once again) active Readiculously-Peachy reads!!

p.s: for all those bloggers who have followed me and added my button to their blog in the mean time, thank you so much! I will return the favor!