From Page to Screen: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

Oh how I love you, Lara-Jean. Devotedly brought to life on our small screens by the wonderful and adorable Lana Condor (whose potential as Jubliee was criminally cut away from us in X-Men: Apocalypse), TATBILB is honestly, without a doubt, on my favourite – and definitely one of the better – adaptations to date! From the heart-warming family dynamic to the instantly lovable, Peter Kavinsky, TATBILB is the modern rom-com we’ve all been waiting for, whether we knew it or not.

So, I supposed a bit of background is in order, in case you’ve managed to avoid all forms of internet recently and don’t know what To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Is!
Based on the New York Times best-selling trilogy by author Jenny Han, this is what Goodreads has to say:
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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A review: Everless – Sara Holland

As I was scouring the shelves at my local library, I had a little peek at the ‘New Stock’ shelf and saw this beauty just perched there, waiting for me to snag it. And snag it I did, whilst doing a small jump for joy.
Granted, I had only heard bits and pieces about this book before stumbling across it, but it was more than enough to get me excited, and come on, look at that cover, it’s gorgeous, more than enough to entice me on vanity alone.

E-SHIn the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the
power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

As ever, a spoiler-free review!

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A review: Remix – Non Pratt

I hadn’t heard of this book until I stumbled upon across it by happy accident when perusing the shelves local library! It initially caught my eye as I am a sucker for any YA music related contemporary – regardless of quality.
Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, I hadn’t read a Non Pratt book before this, but I’ll definitely be picking up more. I especially enjoyed its continuous theme of friendship that threaded through the story.
Also the location of a music festival definitely helped suck me right in.

R-NPFrom the author of Trouble comes a new novel about boys, bands and best mates.

Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.

Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.

 

 

 

As always, no spoilers!

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From Page to Screen: Ready Player One

Brought to the big screen by none other than Steven Spielberg himself, Ready Player One is adapted from the novel of the same name by author Ernest Cline.

As a film in its own right, Ready Player One is an enjoyable ride as any blockbuster on the market. Chock-full of Easter eggs and a pop culture reference for every generation. It has a little something that everyone will enjoy.

A quick synopsis of the book, for those who don’t know;

RPO-ECIn the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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A review: The Girls – Emma Cline

I first heard about The Girls back when I worked in a well-known bookstore. It was one of their ‘Picks of the Month’ and it definitely caught my eye. However, as is always the case – there were other books I wanted more so, as many a forgotten title have, this took a backseat.
Then I came across it in a used bookstore, and I didn’t hesitate, my initial intrigue and my personal goal of trying to expand my genres. I bought it and I’m happy to say, it did not disappoint.

TG-ECCalifornia. The summer of 1969. In the dying days of a floundering counter-culture a young girl is unwittingly caught up in unthinkable violence, and a decision made at this moment, on the cusp of adulthood, will shape her life….

Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air and the sidewalks radiate heat.

Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair, long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls.

And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

Was there a warning, a sign of things to come? Or is Evie already too enthralled by the girls to see that her life is about to be changed forever

As always, this is spoiler-free!

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From Game to Screen: Tomb Raider

Not entirely book related this one, I’ll admit! However, as much as I adore the written word, I adore video games and movies just as much, so we’ll see how this goes.

I have been a fan of the Tomb Raider franchise for as long as I can remember. I remember going round my then best friend’s house and watching her mum play it on their PlayStation 1.  I was enraptured and I desperately wanted play.

Now fast forward to 2011 when a reboot of the entire franchise was announced and I was hyped, I was so excited, I know I actually pre-ordered it when it became available. Then came 2013 and I finally had the game in my grasp. And I loved it. I loved loved loved it. I loved this version of Lara; her vulnerability and her development from naive, sheltered Lara, to kickass, independent Lara. Although a tad too linear for a lot of people (a flaw I do understand), I still had the best time playing this game.

Another fast forward to 201 and a film adaptation of this excellent game was announced! Now, my excitement levels were pretty low, game to screen adaptions never work, off the top of my head, I cannot think of one good one (if you can please let me know in the comments!), and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Angelina Jolie duo. I’ve never been the biggest Jolie fan and they never felt truly Tomb Raider to me.

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Then, the fateful casting announcement happened; they told the world that they had cast Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft and my excitement went from 0 – 100. What a perfect fit I thought in my mind, she suits the new Lara 100%, this will be amazing, I prematurely anticipated.

Then, guys, then I watched the film…

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A review: The Power – Naomi Alderman

The winner of the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017, The Power by Naomi Alderman is an honest novel that reverses gender roles in society and makes us look at ourselves as a species.

Without a doubt, The Power is one of the most interesting concepts I’ve read this year. It caught my eye the moment it hit the bookshelves, in the bookshop I used to work in. With its eye-catching cover and intriguing blurb; it quickly became a must-have!

TP-NAWhat if the power to hurt were in women’s hands?

Suddenly – tomorrow or the day after – teenage girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death. With this single twist, the four lives at the heart of Naomi Alderman’s extraordinary, visceral novel are utterly transformed.

 

 

 

 

As always, this review is spoiler free!

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