Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dark Chocolate Demise (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery #7) by Jenn McKinlay

  Release Date:  April  7, 2015
  Page Count: 284 Pages (Includes Recipes)
  Genre: Cozy Mystery/Adult, Romance/Food and Drink/Halloween/Humor
  Dates Read10/17/16-10/29/16
My Rating:
Book: 4.5/5 🌟

My Thoughts:

It took me a bit to finish it because I had a few days here and there that I didn't want to read much, plus, I had also started reading another book along with this one (Well, more like listened to another book).

Just like the previous books in this series, I had a good laugh, some frustration with the characters not listening! But I guess that's kind of normal in amateur sleuth books! But, it wasn't a bad frustration, not by any means. It just made the book that much better. As always, I love the characters!

Of all the cozies I have started, this is the furthest I have made it into any of the series. I hope to change that with one or two that I started a while back ago. I am enjoying her writing a lot, evidently.

Because of my spiritual beliefs, I tend to cringe when I see the "G" in God lower cased whenever He is mentioned; in any form. Yet, I won't allow that to stop me from finishing this series, and possibly going on to her Library Lovers series as well. That is my only issue with the books.

Monday, October 17, 2016

City Of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

  Release Date: 5/8/12
  Page Count: 535
  Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/
  Dates Read: 10/8-10/17
My Rating:
Book: 3/5🌟
Audio: 3/5 🌟

My Thoughts:

Although she is bearable, she isn't my favorite when it comes to narrating a book. I really have to pay attention to who she is doing and make sure I listen when she is doing new 'voices', so that I can know who is saying what.  Again, she isn't horrible, just not my favorite. I don't have a favorite person that I know by name but I know some do better than others for me personally.

It started out as my favorite, then ended up seeming to be too drawn out. Some scenes could have been left out. We already know how some felt about certain situations, why keep repeating it and/or have more than one long dialogue about it (i.e.-angst being one & repeating one thing that you may have said a few pages or even a chapter or two earlier)? Even if it wasn't word for word repeating, it just gives you the feeling of "We've already been through this, move on" kind of feeling.

I do like the books, if I didn't, I wouldn't have kept going in the series. I just felt many spots, could have been left out and those parts seemed to just have been fillers; something to just have there for the sake of having something to say. I understand many may need that kind of detail, I'm not. Give me enough for me to know what's going on, move on.

What I did love about this one, is the suspense she did throughout the book. She'd get you all excited about what's going on in that one area with the people she's talking about, then, she will go to another scene, and then, of course, go back to what she was talking about before!

I did find myself getting bored with much of the Clary parts though. I don't know what it was, I just wasn't feeling it. As the book went on though, I found myself getting bored with other areas as well. Maybe that's the "I feel it is being drawn out" thing I kept feeling throughout this book (As well as the others).

I am continuing on with this series because I want to get to The Infernal Devices trilogy. I didn't realize though, that they could have been read in publishing order, and that I could have read Clockwork Angel & Clockwork Prince already! So, those will be next when I feel I am reading to move on in the series. Right now, I need a break. Just so that I can miss it for a while. It took me a while to read through it because of how slow paced it was for me, even with the audio. Thanks to the audio though, I was able to get through it faster than what I would have without it.

But please, do not let my thoughts about this book keep you from reading this. Dive into the series and see what you may think about it. You may love it! It may have you fan-girling/fan-boying (yeah, that doesn't make sense does it? lol). Just because I found it too drawn out, you may think that it doesn't last long enough! Give it a try and maybe come back to let me know what you think! :)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book to Movie-My Thoughts: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

                                                  The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (G.R. Summary)
                                                  IMDB (Trailer, Cast, etc)

                                                     Book Release: 1967
                                                     Movie Release: 1983
                                                     Book Rating: 4.5/5 🌟
                                                     Movie Rating: 9/10 🌟
                                                     Read: 4/8/16-4/10/16
                                                      Fiction/Young Adult/
                                                     Historical Fiction/Classics,                                                                                                             Academic/School/Realistic Fiction,
                                                   Coming of Age/Childrens

My Thoughts:

Finally, after so many years, a few decades actually, after it came out as a movie, I decided to watch the movie; that is, after I read the book of course.

After wandering through the library one day, I saw That Was Then, This Is Now by S.E. Hinton, picked it up, recognized the title and took it home, not quite sure what I would think. Well, I loved it (5/5 🌟)! Which made me look up her other books. That's when I saw "The Outsiders" & Tex, two more movies I remember but never watched. So then, naturally, I checked out "The Outsiders" and liked that too, a LOT. 

Going into the movies, I'd wondered what I'd think about the movie and the people playing them. Naturally, I compared the movie to the book (all I could remember and really enjoyed it. It was grate to put people and images to the book And the mental images I was able to gather and remember in the 6 months since reading it.) The people and surroundings matched up perfectly for what I would have thought about while reading, with the exception of one. Ralph Macchio. I would not have pictured him in that movie at all, but he did quite well playing Johnny Cade. The rest of the cast, were perfect fits when it came to who I would have picked/visioned if I had a possible cast showed to me. Especially Patrick Swayze! Someone I've loved since Dirty Dancing! 

Why just a 9/10 then? I guess because I'm not a huge movie watcher and the fact, generally, these movies aren't my kind of movies, that took it down 1 star for me. Otherwise, the movie was perfect and near perfect for me. How much that may have been left out, I'm not sure. It wasn't enough for me to notice that it was too heavy editing from the book (After 6 months, I may not remember a whole lot as far as exact details go, but it was still enough that I knew there wasn't a whole lot left out, if anything. I know they can't include every detail from the book into movies, that would make many way too long). I am very much looking forward to watching That Was Then, This Is Now. I am also looking forward to reading Tex (Which I currently own), then eventually, Rumble Fish (I do not own it yet).

Further Thoughts:
1. My Original Thoughts on The Outsiders
2. My Original Thoughts on "That Was Then, This Is Now"

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