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10 Books on my TBR list

Today I thought I’d share with you a few books that have been on my TBR list for a while. Hopefully this will inspire you to look at your own TBR list and finally read some of the books (and I hope this works for me too!)

Leviathan by Scott Westfeld
I’ve been wanting to read this book for over 6 years since it’s the only Scott Westfeld series that I haven’t read.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
I added this book to my TBR shelf 4 years ago after I read multiple reviews raving about this book. I started it a few years back, but unfortunately never got farther than the first chapter.

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Evermore by Alyson Noel
Like the Mara Dyer book, I added this book to my shelf over 4 years ago. A friend gave me the book as a gift, but I’ve yet to actually read it.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I heard about this book three years ago after multiple friend recommended it to me. Last year, I checked it out from the library, but of course was I extremely busy then so I never got the chance to start it.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee
I really don’t know that much about this book, but I had two friends recommend it to me in the span of two weeks a few years ago so I added it to my shelf. Since I’m not super familiar with the plot, this one will probably continue to get pushed off until I make it through the rest of this list. (unless I hear more praise for this book!)

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Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
The sad thing about this book is that I met the author two years ago and got the book signed, but I still haven’t read it. I’ve started it a few times, but I’ve never gone father than the first 20 pages.

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Precursor: please don’t kill me for this! When the movie came out a few years ago I went to go see it and I absolutely loved it! The next day I went to the bookstore and bought the book, but lo and behold I still haven’t read it yet.

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Beastly by Alex Finn
This was the same situation as Warm Bodies, where I saw the movie, liked it a lot, then decided to buy the book. I started it a few years back, but didn’t read more than 10 pages.

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Also the same as the last two, expect this book was on my radar before the movie even existed. An English teacher from middle school recommended this book to me, so I checked it out from the library. However, as you can probably guess by now, I never got more than 50 pages in.

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Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I first heard about this book after I’d finished reading all of John Green’s books and was looking for something similar. Out of all the books on this list, this is probably the one that I want to read as soon as I can.

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After reading through this list, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Also, what book has been on your TBR list for a long time? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,
Emma

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Let’s Review: The Shadow Fall Series

By Emma
Teen Advisory Group Secretary

I started The Shadow Falls Series about a year ago, and just recently finished the last book in the series. Instead of posting 5 separate posts, I’ve decided just to combine them all into one big review. The series had its ups and downs, but overall I really enjoyed it! The only things I wished were different were faster plot lines and less predictable characters.

Born at Midnight
In the first novel in the Shadow Falls series, we are introduced to our main character Kylie who thinks of herself as a ‘normal’ teenager. She is sent to a summer camp by her mom, and while she’s there she meets other teens that are surpernaturals, and finds out that she herself might actually be one too. The first novel is definitely worth the read! The plotlines are really good, despite the frequent teenage drama. The one thing that turned me away from this book is all the grammar and spelling mistakes! I was so surprised that there were so many of them, but if you can get past that part, it is a really good novel!

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Awake at Dawn
I’m not going to give a description of this book so I can make sure that I don’t spoil anything from the previous book. My favorite thing about Awake at Dawn was its plot. Compared to all of the other books in this series, I found this one to be the least predictable. However, I didn’t like everything about this book. My least favorite thing was that every single one of the characters all came across as a whiny teenager, which is logical for the actual teens, but even the adult characters came off that way too, which was really annoying. Overall, I think I like this novel better than the first due to the great plotline!

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Taken at Dusk
I liked this novel better than the first one, but the second book is still my favorite. The plot was pretty good, but there was just so much going on that I found it hard to keep up with everything at times. My main issue was with the romantic plotlines. Hunter tried very hard to make them good, but they came off as emotionally charged and annoying. Overall, this novel was good, but could’ve been better if the plotlines were more thought out.

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Whispers at Moonrise
This book was very dramatic, but not in the bad cheesy kind of way. The plotlines are well thought out and the ending is amazing! It makes the reader leave wanting more, and to find out how this series will end. Overall, this novel is a step above the previous novels, and was by far my favorite.

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Chosen at Nightfall
This novel took me a long time to get through, not necessarily because it was bad, but because it felt like Hunter wrote this book for the sole purpose to end the series so it wouldn’t go on forever (which it still kind of did but that’s a story for another time). This novel ended somewhat cheesy, and things still felt a little up in the air, but all in all I did enjoy it! It was a good ending to a good series!

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Until next time,

Emma

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5 Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations

By Emma
Teen Advisory Group Secretary

Today I wanted to share 5 upcoming book to movie adaptions that I’m excited for!

Wonder

What it’s about: Wonder follows the life of Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a facial deformity, and his struggles at his new school.
When it’s released: November 17, 2017

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Everything, Everything

What it’s about: Everything, Everything follows Maddy, who has a rare condition that forces her to stay in her home, but Olly, the boy next door, won’t let that stop them from being together.
When it’s released: May 19, 2017

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My Cousin Rachel

What it’s about: An Englishman plots revenge against his cousin, but soon finds himself falling under the spell of her charm.
When it’s released: July 14, 2017

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Murder on the Orient Express

What it’s about: When 13 strangers find themselves stranded on a train, one man must race against time to solve the mystery before the murderer strikes another time.
When it’s released: November 10, 2017

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The Circle

What it’s about: Mae Holland, a tech worker, lands her dream job at a company called The Circle. But she soon discovers a criminal agenda that will affect the lives of her friends, family, and of humanity.
When it’s released: April 28, 2017

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What movie are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Emma

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Reel Talk: Fallen Movie

by Emma
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If you’re a fan of the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, you may remember hearing the news (a very very long time ago) that the first book was going to become a movie. Fallen follows Luce Price, who is sent to a boarding school called the Sword & Cross. On the first day of classes she is mesmerized by Daniel Grigori, one of her fellow classmates who is eerily familiar. As they grow closer, she soon finds out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart.

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Fallen stars Harrison Gilbertson, Jeremy Irivine, and Addison Timlin alongside Joely Richardson. Other notable cast members include Daisy Head, Malachi Kirby, Lola Kirke, Hermione Corfield and Sianoa Smit-McPhee.

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A few stills have been released, and we even have a trailer, but news on a set release date is sparse. Originally, the movie was set to be released in late 2015, but after this didn’t happen Lauren Kate confirmed that it would be released in late 2017. With so much delay is the release date, readers are left hoping that eventually they will finally get to see the movie they’ve been waiting for for years!

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While there is not set domestic release date yet, the studio is encouraging fans to retweet the trailer so they can see what kind of demand there is. So if you want to see Fallen in theaters soon retweet the trailer!! Click here to watch it on youtube! fallen-760x549.png

Fallen is coming, but not soon enough! I’ll post a follow up post once the movie (hopefully) comes out!

Until next time,
❥Emma

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Reel Talk: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Movie

Can September come any faster?! This has been the main thought coursing through my head after seeing the amazing trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
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I’m a huge fan of the book, and I’ve been excitedly waiting for news on this movie ever since they started casting in 2014. I was a bit nervous as the release date for the movie shifted from July 31, 2015 to March 4, 2016 then to December 25, 2016 then finally to the official release date of September 31, 2016, but now I’m filled with nothing but excitement for the release.

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Set to star Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, and Ella Purnell, and directed by Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s is sure to be a hit!

Now for those of you who haven’t read the book yet (which is something you should fix before you see the movie!) I’ll fill you in on what’s happening.
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When Jake’s (Butterfield) beloved grandfather leaves him clues to a mystery that spans different times and worlds, he discovers Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a refuge for children with some pretty incredible abilities. As Jake learns more about the residents and their powers the mystery and danger deepen.

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Now that’s all I’m going to say about the plot because I don’t want to spoil anything, but I would highly recommend reading the book before you go to see the movie in September! I’ll plan on posting a review of the movie after I watch it.

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With two more books in the series this could be the beginning of a new franchise, now that The Hunger Games series is over and The Divergent series is coming to a close in 2017. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more about this movie and getting a new trailer or some new stills in the future. What do you think of the movie trailer? Are you as excited as I am?

Read more about the movie and see the trailer here

Check out the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs from the library here

See the series on Goodreads here

Until next time,
❥Emma

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Let’s Review: The Vault of Dreamers

❥Storyline: The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there. (Goodreads) Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Girl Online

❥Storyline: Girl Online follows a 15-year-old blogger who travels on a surprise trip to New York City with her family. While there she meets a boy who changes her life. She can’t stop thinking about him, and for the few weeks that she’s there they’re inseparable. Everything’s going fine, but what she doesn’t expect is for this boy to have a secret and for this secret to threaten not only her blogging life, but her personal life too. Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Black Ice

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❥Storyline: Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage. Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target. But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally? (Goodreads) Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Panic

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Storyline: Growing up in Carp, New York, nothing really happens of interest, except for the game Panic. Each summer, graduating seniors play life threatening, thrilling games, set up by anonymous judges for a large sum of money. Heather and Dodge each decide to play Panic. For them the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. Continue reading

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Let’s Review: Vampire Academy Short Stories

If you have not already read the Vampire Academy series there may be some spoilers below.

This post is a review for the two short stories in the Vampire Academy series, The Meeting and Homecoming.

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❥Storyline: The Meeting is a retelling of a scene from the first book of the Vampire Academy series, as told from Dimitri’s point of view.

❥Opinion: This was a very very very short piece, but it was great to hear things from Dimitri’s point of view for once! I loved getting to find out exactly what he was thinking when he first set eyes on Rose. Just having the opportunity to be inside Dimitri’s mind was amazing! Reading this makes me wish that Richelle had alternated the POVs of the series between Dimitri and Rose!

❥My favorite quote: “She might be unarmed, but Rose Hathaway was in possession of many weapons.”

❥Rating ★★★★½

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❥Storyline: Homecoming starts off immediately after Last Sacrifice where Rose and Dimitri are going back to Russia to see Dimitri’s family, something that both of them deeply need. Dimitri has finally been restored into a dhampir, after being forcibly changed into strigoi. His family desperately needs to see him for themselves, and Rose needs to go back to Russia and face her trauma from the trip she made before.

❥Opinion: It has been a while since I read the Vampire Academy series for the first time, but when I heard about this story I knew I couldn’t wait to read it. Homecoming was cute, in the way that most things involving Rose and Dimitri are. It gives the reader another glimpse into the life that Rose and Dimitri share after Last Sacrifice (with more detail about the two of them than we are given in the Bloodlines series). But if you are looking for anything “new” in this short story then you’ll be disappointed; I was expecting more out of it. However, it was just a short story about a new strigoi killing adventure involving Rose and Dimitri. There are no new problems that the couple must face or anything else like that, but really you can’t really expect much from a 40 page story. This story really is just a conclusion to the original series. But I am glad that I took the half hour to read this add-on to Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, with a rather emotional end to Rose and Dimitri.

❥Rating ★★★½

If you want to read some of Richelle Mead’s books, you can check them out here!

 

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