Monday, 31 December 2012

Warner Brothers Studio bringing book Beautiful Disaster to life



Beautiful Disaster
Movie Cast!


On the 15th November TheWrap released this statement:

Julia Hart ("The Keeping Room") has been hired to write the screenplay for Warner Bros. feature film, "Beautiful Disaster," a person familiar with the negotiations told TheWrap.
The studio acquired the rights to Jamie McGuire's novel of the same name this summer for Donald De Line, left, to produce. A New York Times bestseller, the story revolves around a young woman trying to leave her past behind and start a clean-cut life when she goes to college.
Her plans are disrupted by a young man, described as a "walking one-night stand," who makes a bet with her: If she loses she must live in his apartment, and if he loses he must abstain from his fun-loving ways for a month.

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I am so excited! When will it be cast? When will filming beginning? When will it be released? So many questions! With the release of Walking Disaster; the story though Travis’ eyes, coming in April 2013, I can’t seem to stop thinking about it. So I have decided compiled a top 3 list of actors who I think should be considered for the main roles. I would love to know what you think…

Abby Abernathy

Julianne Hough

  
Emma Watson


Christa B. Allen



Travis (Mad Dog) Maddox

Taylor Kitsch


Parker Hurley

  
Brandon Quinn

  
America

Hayden Panettiere

  
Brittany Snow

  
Amanda Seyfried



Shepley

Chace Crawford


James Lafferty

  
Taylor Handley


Parker

Patrick Schwarzeneggar


Jensen Ackles


Luke Kleintank
  

Kara

Brenda Song


Jamie Chung


Smith Cho


Jesse

Alex Pettyfer


Patrick Adams

  
Kellan Lutz

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Book Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines




Title: Fallen Too Far
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: #1
Pages: 207 (kindle)
Genre: Romance
Release Date: December 14th 2012


I have read many of Abbi Glines books but this is far the best book yet! I love when books switch from one character’s point of view to the others. It helps you to understand what both people are thinking and gets you rooting for them from the beginning. I was hooked on this book from the second Blaire pulls that gun out.

Blaire is just such an easy to like character. Sometimes I find it hard to connect to a character if I don’t agree with the choices that they are making. This wasn’t the case, Blaire did exactly what I would have done, she was relatable, which is why I liked her so much.

She has had such a hard life; taking care of her sick mum for the last three years, losing her sister and her dad abandoning them. After her mum passes away she moves to Florida to stay with her dad and his new wife. Blaire is unpleasantly surprised when she turns up to find her dad gone and her new stepbrother there instead.

Rush is the son of a famous rock singer. He is totally sexy, arrogant, rude, tattooed and a complete man whore. He is unwelcoming and is used to getting his own way. But did I say he is sexy! I instantly fell in love with him despite all of his flaws.

Fallen Too Far stirs up so many different emotions, which is what makes it such a great book. I was happy, sad, pissed, angry and annoyed. I am so excited for the next one to come out, but I hate that I have to wait to see how it ends!

In comparison with other Glines books I found that this one was a little more my style and age. Some of her others seem a little PG but I was happy to find that this one got a little more steamy!

                                                          

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Book Review: Taking Chances by Molly McAdams




Title: Taking Chances
Author: Molly McAdams
Series: NA
Pages: 331 (kindle) - 432 (printed)
Genre: Romance/Coming Of Age
Release Date: September 1st 2012


When I found Taking Chances on goodreads with a 4.01 rating I was very excited to start reading. That night as I was reading I thought that it was going to be one of my favourite books of all time. Right up there with Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

Eighteen year old Harper has grown up under her career Marine of a father’s thumb. Ready to live life her own way and experience things she’s only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father’s unit; she’s on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family and emotions. Some she wasn’t expecting yet, others she never knew she was missing.

She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with her boyfriend Brandon, and her roommate’s brother Chase. Cover in tattoos, known for fighting in the Underground and ridiculously muscled … they’re exactly what she was always warned to stay away from, but just what she needs. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both adore and would do anything for Harper, including stepping back if it means she’s happy.

Her first year away is turning out to be near perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Molly McAdams writing was amazing. I instantly fell in love with the characters and the way that Harper was torn between two loves. I knew how I wanted the story to end as soon as we were introduced to Chase. I was immediately drawn to him. I haven’t felt this way about any male character of a book since Beautiful Disaster.

If the story had stopped at about 50% I think that I would have loved Chase more than Travis. However the story was heartbreaking. Not in a way that you come out of a story feeling heartbroken but having understood why, like Jodi Picoult is famous for. No this was heartbreaking in a way that, even 3 months after finishing, I still can’t understand. The book has stayed in my mind all this time, and I still can’t get over the way it ended. I just don’t understand why someone would write such a fantastic story to murder it half way through. Yes … I said murder. McAdams stabbed it until there was nothing left. Only letters and sentences that I hated! I wanted to throw my Kobo against the wall and never read another book again. That is seriously how devastated I was. I found myself telling anyone who would listen about the story and what it had done to me.

I liked Harper but I didn’t agree with all the decisions she made. I found myself trying to block out what I had read and picture how I would like the story to have finished. I understand that in life there are not always happy endings, but that is why we read, isn’t it? To escape from the realities of our lives and journey into someone else’s happily ever after. They are meant to be uplifting and make you think that everything is going to be okay.

I hated how McAdams thought that she could just fix the heartbreak by making it into another happy ending. Did she think that we would all forget? Move on? Not me I couldn’t get over the tragedy and I don’t think I ever will.

I would recommend reading it ONLY if you stop at the point where you are completely happy.

I don’t think that I will ever read another McAdams book for the fear that I will not be able to move from sadness! Why authors ruin there stories is beyond me. Sometimes I would prefer have a predictably story rather than a twist that will leave you depressed and wondering why.

                                                           

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling



Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Author: J K Rowling
Series: #1
Pages: 223
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 26th June 1997


I don’t think you would find many people who had never heard of the famous Harry Potter. It has been translated into 67 different languages and has sold over 120 million copies of this book alone. But what is it about a boy wizard that has captured the world???

“Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

It all started with that humble sentence and I was hooked. JK Rowling was able to provide so much vivid detail about every part of this magical world that you have no choice but to believe that it is real.

Harry isn't your everyday kid who simply walks to the letterbox one day to find his letter from Hogwarts. Mr. and Mrs. Dursley proud as punch to walk him to Platform Nine and Three-Quarters to board the Hogwarts Express. A tear sliding down Aunt Petunia cheek as they wave him off.

No … Harry’s is a scrawny, underfed boy in too big hand-me-down clothes, who sleeps in a closet underneath the stairs. His Hogwarts letter is first delivered by owl through the slot in the front door. Then ‘pushed under the door, slotted through the sides, and a few even forced through the small window in the downstairs bathroom.’ Next they appear rolled up inside a dozen eggs. It isn't until the Dursley’s have packed up their car and are sleeping in a broken down house, perched on a rock, in the middle of the sea that Harry finally gets his letter. Hand delivered by a giant man with a face covered in shaggy wild hair. Three chapters in and the world of Harry Potter has already been brought to life.

The book starts with us meeting the Dursley’s. Vernon, Petunia and their baby son Dudley, on what seems to be a typical day. While it may be a typical day in the Muggle world, wizards from all over the country are celebrating the news of the downfall of the Dark Lord (He Who Must Not Be Named). It is said that Voldemort went to the Potter’s house, and while he succeeded in murdering Lily and James he was not able to kill their little boy Harry. His powers somehow broke and the Dark Lord vanished. Harry, now an orphan and with a lightning bolt scar on his forehead, is left on the doorstep of his Aunt and Uncle’s house. Too young to remember why everyone in ‘his world’ will know him as Harry Potter: The Boy Who Lived.

Harry grows up in the shadow of his spoilt cousin, with his Aunt and Uncle pretending that he doesn’t exist. It isn’t until he receives his letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that he learns the truth about himself. He is a wizard. Harry is thrown into a world of potions, spells and magic, without a second to wonder whether it is all real.

We follow Harry in his journey as he learns about the Wizarding World in which he is famous. We learn to cast spells, brew potions, fly on a broomstick and play Quidditch. We question why Harry survived as a baby against the most powerful dark lord of all time. We make friendship, learn of the true power of love, and join Harry as he is forced to battle against the person who killed his parents.

If you have never read Harry Potter then there is a world that you are missing out on. I suggest you go and read them. I promise you will not be able to put them down, you won’t be able to stop until all your questions have been answered and the story with never leave you.

                                                           

Our first post!!!

Hi there World!!!

I am typically quite a shy person. I usually come across as rude or mean because I don't have the confidence to go up and talk to people that I'm not comfortable with. That was Rachel's impression of me at least (and a few others I have now learnt of).

Growing up the only times I was confident and outgoing was when I was fighting along side Harry Potter, or telling Mr Darcy that he "were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry." These characters in my books where my heroes.

It was books that finally broke down my defenses and brought Rachel and I together. As I said I was a die hard Harry Potter fan, and I was still getting over the most suspenseful 10 years of my life when I read that people were starting to compare it to a new series. Some were even saying that this new series was better!!! Well let's just say I was hesitate to read this new book.

It was a few months later when I was sitting awkwardly in my lunch break at work with Rachel quietly reading next to me. Feeling uncomfortable, as I do in those situations, my sandwich became very interesting. That's when I saw it. Rachel was reading Twilight!!! I couldn't help myself,
"You're reading Twilight," I blurted out, shocking Rachel who I'm sure probably thought I was some sort of mute at this stage. "Is it good? I read that people are saying it's better than Harry Potter" I couldn't help asking. I had to know how people could possible be rating this book against one of the best selling books of all time.

I don't remember Rachel's answer exactly, she said something about really liking it. It was from then on I realized just how much I had in common with her. We had seen all the same movies (even the really bad ones that I swore I was the only person to have ever seen), and we loved all the same books. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 

And yes if you are wondering I did end up reading (and becoming obsessed with) Twilight. I don't know if I could say that the books themselves were actually "better" than Harry Potter. I will still go to my grave clutching my Harry Potter's. 

Rachel will have to tell you her childhood book story one day. It involves her Dad paying her to read books she secretly loved reading. Of course she still took her Dad's money and the books that he bought her.

Now no one in the world can read as fast as Rachel I swear. She finishes books that take me a couple of days (if I'm really trying) in one night. She is crazy!!!

So between the two of us, and hopefully with your help, we are going to review and discuss books, authors, characters, film adaptations (yes we both love a good book turned to movie, sorry) and anything else book related. No limits and no lies. Our completely honest opinion, and please feel free to add yours. Not everyone will feel the same about every book, but that's half the fun of it.

So keep your eyes out for our reviews and conversations...