Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Giver by Lois Lowry Book + Movie Review

The Giver
Author: Lois Lowry
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April, 1993
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I was expecting something big and epic when I began The Giver, so many people have recommended it to me that I figured it was something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, I was mistaken.

The Giver is a really quick read at only 179 pages. And many readers have described it as the parent to modern day dystopian YA…but I failed to see what was so special. The Giver follows Jonas who lives in a Utopian community. After Jonas is selected to be the next Memory Keeper he begins to realize that his community isn’t the perfect place he thought it was and Jonas, with the help of The Giver, works to bring back the memories to the commune.

I didn’t think it was a bad story by any means I just didn’t feel the breathtaking majesty other readers have described. I felt like The Giver was very basic and after the open ending I was left feeling very “meh” about the whole thing.

Movie Review
The movie, I assume to appeal to a wider audience, changed the ages of the characters in The Giver. Instead of being eleven Jonas and his friends are around eighteen. This threw me at first but Brenton Thwaites, who plays Jonas, is a total hottie so I didn’t mind. I think some of the scenes though weren’t as powerful as they could have been because of Jonas’s age. 

The Giver movie began in black and white and ended in color. One of my favorite movies, Pleasantville, does something similar so this was my favorite thing about the movie. It really made the memory scenes more vivid. 

Overall, The Giver was a decent movie. It followed the book, although not exactly, and it had some pretty impressive actors (Alexander Skarsgard, Katie Holmes, & Meryl Streep). Still I wasn’t impressed by the storyline and I think some of my dislike of the book rubbed off on the movie and I thought the movie was only ok.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Stacking The Shelves 128

Week in Review
Top 10 Books I Read in 2014
Top 10 Best Covers of 2014
Top 10 Debuts of 2014
Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2014
Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2015 
New on the Shelf
Not technically on the shelf but I did get this fabulous kindle case for Christmas!
Netgalley & Edelweiss
One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin
The Cage by Megan Shepherd
The Leveller by Julia Durango

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Oblivion by Kelly Creagh

Friday, December 26, 2014

Top 10 Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2015

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2014

A couple weeks ago I wrote a post about the lack of book boyfriends in 2014 because of this lack this list was difficult to pull together! Still, I was able to find 10 deserving guys. 

Without further ado, I present to you my Top 10 Book Boyfriends of 2014!

1 Aaron Warner - Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
I'm not going to say I told you so....BUT I told you so! Warner made my list last year and after Ignite Me he has definitely earned his place here.
2 Robin Hood - Lady Thief by AC Gaughen 
I binge read Scarlet and Lady Thief this year and the relationship between Robin and Scarlet was just pure perfection. I can not wait to read Lion Heart!

3 Finn - Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Finn really surprised me. I didn't expect to swoon while reading Illusions of Fate but I totally did. Finn was a really multifaceted character and I wish I could have just curled up and stayed in the world White created.
4 Gansey - Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
A rich, preppy, educated boy. What is there not to like about him? I both love and am worried for Gansey. There is this air about him that something terrible is right around the corner, but I'm hoping I'm wrong. I'm all about the Blue x Gansey ship.
5 Adrian Ivashkov - Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
I feel like Adrian has an honorary place on any book boyfriend related list I make. He's been my favorite Richelle Mead character since Frostbite and the entire Bloodlines series has just reinforced why he's so great!
6 Paul Markov - A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
Oh, Paul Markov! I fully expected to hate you and then I didn't. He's just a great guy ya know? I can't wait to see what happens in the next installment of Gray's Firebird series!

7 Henri Reverie - The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Henri is hypnotist circa 1900 and I was just smitten with him the instant he took the stage! I loved reading about his budding relationship with Olivia and how he helped the suffragettes.
8 Ink - Invisible by Dawn Metcalf
Ink made the list last year and I must say Metcalf's sequel did not disappoint! If anything it made me love the characters and the world even more. All of the interactions between Ink and Joy totally had me rooting for them to make it work.
9 Pierce - Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Pierce is an Afghanistan war veteran that Dyna meets while in physical therapy. He forces her to stop feeling sorry for herself and to return to her Daredevil antics. I loved his can do attitude.
10 Ringo "Ringer" James - Ringer by CJ Duggan
Ringer has been on of my favorite Onslow boys since the very first book and I loved that he got his own story. This book was the perfect summer read, so swoony!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Top 10 Debuts of 2014

Because I didn't commit to the Debut Author Challenge I read a lot fewer debut novels then I usually do. Still, I was able to read some really fabulous books and these are my favorite 10 of 2014!

1 Something Real by Heather Demetrios
2 The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
3 Past The Shallows by Favel Parrett