Wednesday, July 27, 2011

[Review] Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Waterfall (River of Time, #1)

by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Hardcover, 384 pages.
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition

Lisa Tawn Bergren's new YA series, River of Time, is romantic, historical fiction in which the plucky heroine doesn't have to fear a vampire's bite but must still fight for her life.

In Waterfall, American teenager Gabi Betarrini accidently finds herself in Fourteenth-Century Italy . . . Knights. Swords. Horses. Armor. And Italian hotties. Most American teens want an Italian vacation, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds... until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century and in the middle of a fierce battle between knights bent on killing one another.

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My Thoughts?

Oh I love this book for so many reasons. Waterfall is so wonderfully written and the story too was beautifully crafted.

This is the first book in Lisa Tawn Bergren’s young adult series, River of Time. It’s a romantic historical fiction and that’s what really captures me.

I am in love with history. I can so relate to the things that was said or mentioned in this book. I mean, I don’t know all of the things mentioned here exactly, I just feel the familiarity. And that thing makes me feel all so giddy with this book. Like I can totally absorb everything about Medieval Italy. I feel like what happened in this book is so incredible so I can’t help myself fantasizing about being there with them. I think that’s what fascinates me truly. My fondness for history really magnetized me to this book.

But it’s not just that though. The story was also so captivating. Most of us like tough ass heroines. I mean come on, those kinds of female protagonists makes our story really interesting. And for that, that I enjoyed reading Gabi. She’s so twenty-first like lady and yet she was able to actually be like a lovely medieval lass. She is so brave and darn it, she’s so tall too. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Oh my gosh, another thing in this book is the Italian hotness going on and about. The Italian knights here are swoon worthy. Marcello is like the god of hotness in my imagination. He’s the every definition of male beauty. I might be exaggerating him but anyway, I’m so darn jealous because it was Gabi who captures his heart. I kind of like how he speaks too. And he’s so gentlemanly, but of course, that is what is expected to every aristocratic men of their time.

Bergren wrote this book with the combination of the present and medieval tongue. It made me feel good actually that I get to read the things the way they were said in the medieval times. I mean I’m not much of a classical type of person. I don’t usually read the classical novels so I won’t have an exact idea as to how they say things, but these kinds of books have it. Bergren wrote the conversation as to how they are supposed to be said in the medieval period. And I like it.

After reading Waterfall, I am positive that I will finish the whole series. I don’t know but I just feel like I have to. It’s something that I must do. I love reading it. I enjoy every moment of it. So it really is a must read... a guaranteed good one too. I wanted to share the joy in reading and the beauty of this book.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday #2 by Era Penera

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


by: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Expected publication: September 1, 2011 by David C. Cook

Synopsis from Goodreads

When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and final book in the River of Time series. Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times. But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.

[A Week Long Guest Post] Books into Movie

Welcome to A Week Long Guest Post
is a weekly spotlight hosted by We Fancy Books
today we have Mickey @ I'm A Book Shark talking about Books to Movies!
Ok Mikey the floor is yours!

Books Into Movies

I don’t know about you, but I definitely get all fangirl giddy when a movie based on a book I loved is being filmed and released. I stalk it on various movie and fan sites until it finally hits theaters. I check out the different actors playing my favorite characters and judge the choices. At that point, I’m either completely stoked or already disappointed. Then there are times when I’ve read a book and watched a movie from the past, or when I’ve already seen a movie and go back to read the book. Sometimes I love the characters and actors, sometimes I can’t stand it. Let’s look at some examples: books I’ve read, movies I’ve seen, and how I’ve felt about the actors. And if you’ve read my blog, you know that I love lists!

Times when I’ve been happy with the actors portraying my favorite characters:

The Time Traveler's Wife
  The Time Traveler’s Wife – Eric Bana as Henry DeTamble
   While this movie wasn’t everything I wanted it to be, I was pleasantly surprised by Eric Bana’s performance as Henry. He was just as handsome as I thought he would be, and when I saw some of my favorite scenes come to life, it was just like I imagined. He’s manly!
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Rachel McAdams as Clare Abshire
The same thing applies for Clare. Rachel McAdams was a fantastic Clare to me. She was whimsical in the beginning, and she struggled with putting up with Henry’s constant disappearing. Great portrayal.

The Silence of the Lambs
 Silence of the Lambs – Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter
Who wants to disagree with me? Haha just kidding. I watched the movies long before I read the books, and the role was made for Anthony Hopkins. End of story. No one else could do it better!

Everything Is Illuminated

Everything is Illuminated – Eugene Hutz as Alex 
I read this book, and the movie was already out, but I didn’t know. Reading Alex’s lines out loud in my head was hysterical; seeing them on the big screen was even better, and Eugene Hutz was great! If you’ve read this book, see this movie. 


Atonement – James McAvoy as Robbie Turner
This book was tough at first. So I stopped and watched the movie. Then I was inspired and fell in love with the novel, and with Robbie. James McAvoy is amazing in this (as always.)

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada – Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly
If you’ve read this book, you’d know that Miranda is awful to Andrea. Meryl Streep nails this role! She is spot-on in her atrociousness, and I mean that in the best way possible.

Times when I’ve been disappointed with the actors portraying my favorite characters:

PS, I Love You – Hilary Swank as Holly Kennedy

There were so many things wrong with this movie. It could be that I loved this book so much nothing would do, but they changed it a lot, and Hilary Swank just isn’t Holly.

Twilight Saga – Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan

As depressing and awkward as Bella is, Kristen Stewart is so bland and unemotional sometimes. And it isn’t just in Twilight. Just not a fan of her playing Bella.

My Sister’s Keeper – Cameron Diaz as Sara Fitzgerald

Sara is supposed to be this amazingly strong woman, having to tend to a family that includes a flaky son, a terminally ill daughter, and a daughter who exists solely to treat the ill one. Cameron Diaz is not the one I pictured when reading this novel.

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Ron Livingston as Gomez

This may be petty, but Gomez is this “pretty fine specimen of guyhood” in the novel. And no offense, but Ron Livingston is.. well.. not Gomez! Plus, they totally changed his storyline and involvement with certain people. Not the best choice for the novel’s character.

A Single Man – Julianne Moore as Charlotte (Charley)

Besides the fact that she isn’t British (although she tries the accent), I just didn’t like her as George’s friend Charley. As I’m writing this, I’m convincing myself that she was just fine, but for whatever reason I wasn’t impressed.

Something Borrowed – Steve Howe as Marcus

Steve Howe was greasy and yuck in this movie. Yes, Marcus isn’t really any good, and while I enjoyed Howe’s performance in the movie, he was NOT Marcus in my head! Neither was Dex, for that matter, but I’ve learned to forgive that one.

There are times when Hollywood gets it so right! True Grit and The Princess Bride are examples of absolutely brilliant casting. Every single character in those movies was portrayed by a worthy actor. I can’t say enough good things about the casting in other movies like Princess Diaries and even Derailed. And everyone and their mothers loves Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice! But sometimes Hollywood seems to have no idea what it is doing, and I’m left wondering if they even read the original book. The Lovely Bones didn’t sit right with me at all, except for maybe Stanley Tucci as George Harvey, and I hardly want to think of him that way. Nicholas Sparks books to movies are hit or miss. The Notebook and A Walk to Remember are spot on while Dear John and The Last Song fell slightly short. And for the love of everything dark chocolate, how did they make He’s Just Not That Into You into a movie completely opposite of the lesson the book tries to teach you!?

Okay, off the soapbox. I will leave you with one recommendation. If you never want to see another movie based on a book again, do yourself a favor and watch one last one. Go out and find the 1940 version of Pride and Prejudice. Watch it and love it. Any fan of the book has to appreciate this version of the movie. I am a fan of most visual attempts of this book. I love Keira Knightley, but there is just something about this old school adaptation that makes me love the fact that Hollywood still puts forth a valiant effort to bring our favorite characters to the big screen. (Yes it’s in black and white. It’s worth it, I promise.)

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What can you say about Books being turned into a movie? What book are you looking forward to be made into a movie? We would love to hear from you!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #9 by Era Penera

It's Monday! What are you reading is a weekly meme that comes to us from Sheila at Book Journey. To participate, simply post what you finished reading in the past week and what you plan to read this week. It is a good way to find other books you may enjoy reading. After you write your post, head over to Sheila's blog to leave your post's link on the link entry form at the bottom of the What are you reading? post.

What I Finished

Waterfall (River of Time, #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

What I'm Reading

Cascade (River of Time, #2) by Lisa Tawn Bergren

 Gabi knows she's left her heart in the fourteenth century, and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, months have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence - while their enemies will go to great lengths to see them dead.

Even in the midst of the battles, Gabi's heart is increasingly drawn to Marcello, just as Lia's is to Luca. In medieval Italy, the sisters discover things inside themselves that they couldn't seem to find in the present - connection with their mom, courage within, and the understanding that a life well lived often means encountering sacrifice. But in a world long past, many things still keep Gabi from giving Marcello her heart... and one thing in particular calls all three of the Betarrinis home.

Betrayal's Shadow (The Guardians of Eden, #1) by K.H. LeMoyne

Amazon Product Description

What would you do to save your people from extinction?
What if your race held the key to mankind’s future?
One Guardian will risk hell to change the future.

Descended from a race of Guardians created in the far edges of Eden, Turen’s people have survived the last two hundred years, quarantined by plague to Eden’s Sanctum. Risking death to save his people from eternal damnation, Turen chooses capture at the hands of his enemy to seek answers to change the future. Living in secrecy with no mates and no offspring, they fail to deliver on their covenant for mankind, the ability to replenish and heal human souls through the birth of their Guardian children. 

Mia Bowman’s full human lineage decrees her off limits for knowledge of Guardian’s secret race. But her uncontrollable nocturnal visits to Turen’s prison cell and her strong sense of justice leave her with little choice but to help. She can heed Turen’s warning and stay clear of his people’s problems or she can ferret out the lies and unravel an ancient tale of murder and deceit. As the complications escalate, the two forbidden lovers race to stop a fatal end to the Guardian line. But it may require their ultimate sacrifice to stop the betrayal and save the Guardian race. 

To Read Next

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

The Vampire Dimitri by Colleen Gleason

Sunday, July 24, 2011

[Review] The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

The Duke and I (Bridgerton Series, #1)

by Julia Quinn
Publication Date: January 5, 2000
Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Avon

Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke?
--- Lady Whistledown's Society Papers,
 April 1813

By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely---and almost-on-the-shelf---Daphney Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth--it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke has declared her desirable.

But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her...but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke...for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love...


My Thoughts?

So it doesn’t always happen that I read adult romance novels. I mean sure I have read some of them before but I have settled for young adult fantasy. But this book was actually really pretty. It was nothing but elegance and beauty of the 1800 England.

Well honestly, I had no idea, once again, that this was an adult romance novel. Jeesh I say it like there’s something wrong with it. Anyway, I hadn’t had the slightest bit of a clue that this was also written more than a decade ago. This could’ve been very well be almost as old as me.

As I’ve said it was beautifully written. There’s a slight touch of an intrigue and seriously, there’s a Lady Whistledown character that entertains me at some point. She’s not the lead here, but somehow she could be as well one of the main characters. She’s kind of the 1800 gossip girl or something. It was really interesting.

This book too gave me the picture of the life from before. Well yes, it centers in London, but kind of enough to show that the “ambitious mamas” exist to marry off their young daughters. I swear I would not want to be born as a woman at that point in time. They had so many responsibilities and honestly, I feel like they are also stupid in a sense that well they are ignorant.

That’s another advantage for this book too. It could give you somewhat a picture of from before with the touch of passion and romance. It’s pretty nice actually. And the credits of course all goes to Julia Quinn. Her writing is really good. It gives me smile every time. I’d probably be reading the rest of the Bridgerton series. There are characters from this first installation of the series that I happen to be interested at. Maybe I could mention Colin Bridgerton or whatever. Ha.



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Saturday, July 23, 2011

[Review] Across Eternity by Aris Whittier + Contest

Across Eternity

by Aris Whittier
File size, 314 KB
Format: Kindle Edition

Born a genius; education, wealth, and prestige came easy to Logan Richards. Actually, there wasn’t much that Logan couldn’t learn or acquire. However, he knew there was more to life than money and power. Logan was determined to find the woman who he'd dreamed of his entire life and know what it was like to love her before he died.

Amber Lewis, a waitress for a five-star restaurant in, Dana Point, California, was overworked, stressed, and wary of life since her sister, Heather, had passed away. Then, one evening while working she fell hopelessly in love with Logan Richards, a chivalrous man who felt deeply familiar.

For Amber, it was the beginning of a voyage of self-discovery and renewal. For Logan, it was the completion of life. For each of them it was the deepest sort of love.

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My Thoughts?

Across Eternity had a beautiful story. I had to admit that I did cry because of it.

The story started so normally. But then there are always mysteries at the beginning. You know there’s something to look forward to.

The story is about two people who had loved each other in every lifetime they get. They are bound together through eternity.

And it does sound so sweet to me. I mean it’s the two of them not just for a lifetime but for eternity. So when the story progressed, I was hoping for a reliving of their past lives. And I got it only not to the extent in which I also wished that their past has some kind of life changing pattern to make it more interesting. I would’ve really liked it.

But still, when I think about it, their lives were pretty together. I felt the happiness. Only it hurt me when it ended. I couldn’t help it. I’m always a sucker for such an ending. When I think about it, it did make me feel sad.

 It’s a lovely story.



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