Disney plus just picked this up for a TV adaptation-- hopefully it will do what the movies could not.
There are about 3 hundred million examples of this. WHY CAN'T THE MOVIES EVER GET IT RIGHT? THEY HAVE THE MATERIAL ALL WRITTEN OUT THERE SO CLEARLY IN THE BOOK. Here are 3 terrible examples out of the many.
If we're being completely honest here, as a movie, the Lightning Thief isn't bad. As a book-to-film adaptation? The film is terrible. Absolutely terrible. I actually watched the movie first and then found the book-- so yes, the movie itself isn't bad. It's when you see the much better source material when you realize how truly atrocious the movie is. I don't know what these people were thinking when they wrote the script. The actors did their best, but the script just didn't to this excellent story justice.
Disney plus just picked this up for a TV adaptation-- hopefully it will do what the movies could not.
This is especially painful because City of Bones is part of a series that is so close and dear to my heart... And then the movie came. It was terrible... And then we got a second chance! We got a TV show that promised to be better... Yet the TV show ended up being worse, sorry Shadowhunters fans. As a fan of the source material I couldn't even get through the first season of this show. Especially with the extra helping of cheese from being on Freeform. I know there are a ton of battles between the TV fans and the book fans. To all the TV fans who say the books are crap... Um, if that were true your favorite TV show would never exist. You may not have to like the books if you love the TV show, but you have to respect them at least. I just couldn't watch the show because the portrayal of the characters was painful and the plot was just so... twisted and wrong that I couldn't. Somehow the show made the movie look accurate.
This movie was so bad that it couldn't even stay in theaters for two weeks. I had to drive an hour out of my way to find a theater that still played it. I knew it would be bad from the trailers, but I still wanted to see it for myself. And it was so bad I had to look away sometimes because GOD. The downfall of all of these book-to-movies is trying to fall into what's more 'popular' and becoming cliche and dumb, instead of original and intriguing. There's a reason these books are best sellers. People enjoy the stories, so if you gave them a chance, chances are they will do well!
This should come as no surprise to anyone but my favorite author is... Sarah J. Maas! I've already mentioned her several times in this challenge. Throne of Glass is my favorite series. House of Earth and Blood is a phenomenal novel. And the A Court of Thorns and Roses series? Well, I'm saving that for a special category, ahah. I love everything Sarah writes, even her Catwoman novel was stellar despite the fact I haven't been all that into the DC comics' attempt at YA novels.
Sarah's novels are amazing. She has a way with words. They have phenomenal character arcs, and plots are always intriguing, and the worlds are intricate and beautiful. I couldn't ask for more.
Did I mention I've very briefly met her? aha, best moment of my life.
9 Days & 9 Nights by Katie Cotugno
Honestly this is less of a love and more of an appreciation. This book had me on the tips of my toes-- because I was worried this book would be a repeat of the first one, which I was both riveted and completely frustrated by. So the first one was another like-hate relationship. The writing and the characters are so utterly riveting with these books. It's the characters' choices that drive me insane-- repeating of past mistakes over and over. With the first book, I was angry and frustrated the whole time because the main character completely just repeats the mistakes she made before the book started, she doesn't learn. With this one? She's offered a lot of opportunities to repeat those mistakes again, but this time she's learned.
That makes this novel so much more enjoyable than the first-- but the thing is, you have to endure the frustration of the first novel to get here and truly appreciate it for what it is.
Synopsis for 99 Days (the first book):
Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”
Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.
Reached by Ally Condie
I read this many, many years ago. And though I don't have an exact recollection of the whole thing, I still feel absolute rage when I think about this novel and how it turned out. Dystopians are touch and go, and UGH. This one. Just. Anger.
Looking for a cute, rom-com-esque novel that will put a smile on your face? Look no further. As the title would indicate, Emma Lord's debut novel Tweet Cute is equally as adorable and hilarious as you might expect.
This is a light, quick read. It follows two characters: Jack and Pepper, who have a rivalry both in school and out of it. Yet, somehow they manage to be falling for each other in both setting as well, even if they don't realize it. Both their families own restaurants, and when their family businesses' social media accounts get into a Twitter war, little to Jack and Pepper realize it's each other they're battling behind the screens.
It's the kind of ridiculous, fun set up you'd expect to see in a rom-com. And this book supplies all the smiles and laughter you'd expect from it. It's not overly deep, so if you're looking for a novel to move you... Sorry this isn't the place, but if you just want to smile and read some happy fluff, Tweet Cute has your back.
I'd give this novel a solid 7/10 stars. It was a really fun read, not necessarily one that will stick with you for a long while after, but it accomplishes its purpose and I really couldn't ask for more than that.
A fresh, irresistible rom-com from debut author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found in the opposite place you expected.
Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.
Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.
All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.
As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.
Wow. There are so many books I have for this category, and I'm sure I'm going to alienate so many followers ahah. Sorry, just my opinion! I can't help if I like or dislike something, but if you like these, good for you! I wish I liked these better, honestly.
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
This book is like a cult-classic favorite of many romance readers out there. I'll admit, I jumped on the bandwagon a little late with this one, but I jumped nonetheless. This is a fantastic novel. It's well-paced, with a tension-filled romance and a hilarious story. It's a really good time.
Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman
Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.
Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.
If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.
Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to what may very well be my favorite read thus far in 2020. Anyone who's actually interacted with me in the past several months has been subject to my spiel about this novel so I figured I might as well put it on line too. I read You Deserve Each Other for the first time back in early April. Yeah, the first time. See, despite having midterms and a plethora of other schoolwork I needed to get done, as soon I finished this book I flipped it over and started again. That's how much I absolutely loved it. Since then, I can't even tell you how many times I've dived back into this one. It's just that good.
You Deserve Each Other has quite the rom-com premise. It follows Nicholas and Naomi. They're engaged, but they don't exactly want to be. At least, not anymore. See, over the past year of their engagement, the two have fallen out of love with each other. The only issue is, there's still this expensive wedding that needs to be paid for. Whoever calls off the wedding has to pay the price. Thus, the two enter into a game of chicken, trying to push the other into calling the marriage off.
Very rom-com sounding. And yeah, the novel starts off pretty normal, not too extraordinary, but the deeper you get, the more you realize that this novel is so much more than just a rom-com.
You Deserve Each Other falls into the trope of re-falling in love with each other. And honestly I'm convinced that needs to be a more popular trope, because I don't see it often, but whenever I do the book leaves an imprint on me and I can't seem to get it off my mind. (I.e. Love & Other Words by Christina Lauren). So many romance books end when the chase is up, when they're finally together, like the chase is the most interesting part and being together is just boring. But this trope proves that's definitely not the case. Because it's not smooth sailing after falling in love, you have to keep working at it-- which is something our protagonists failed to do.
There's something so beautiful about watching Nicholas and Naomi re-fall back in love. They have to re-learn everything about the other, and learn to appreciate the things they may not have noticed before. I'd argue it's even more beautiful than falling in love the first time, because it's harder. Falling in love sometimes is the easy part, sometimes it's the stuff that comes after that becomes harder.
This book is the perfect combination of that beauty of watching a pair find each other again with the whole rom-com setting. Seriously, this book had me grinning and downright laughing out loud more times than I could count. It's just the perfect blend of things, and I couldn't give it any higher praise. I love the characters. I love the story. I love everything, except Deborah. I'm not a big fan of Deborah, but if you read the book, it's pretty easy to understand why.
Anyway, if you're not convinced to read this book yet, I don't know what else to say. It's amazing. It's beautiful. It's funny. 9.5/10 stars. I'll be keeping a close eye on Sarah Hogle, because I love her writing and can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
Naomi Westfield has the perfect fiancé: Nicholas Rose holds doors open for her, remembers her restaurant orders, and comes from the kind of upstanding society family any bride would love to be a part of. They never fight. They're preparing for their lavish wedding that's three months away. And she is miserably and utterly sick of him.
Naomi wants out, but there's a catch: whoever ends the engagement will have to foot the nonrefundable wedding bill. When Naomi discovers that Nicholas, too, has been feigning contentment, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of pranks, sabotage, and all-out emotional warfare.
But with the countdown looming to the wedding that may or may not come to pass, Naomi finds her resolve slipping. Because now that they have nothing to lose, they're finally being themselves--and having fun with the last person they expect: each other.
When your nemesis also happens to be your fiancé, happily ever after becomes a lot more complicated in this wickedly funny, lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy debut. (less)GET A COPY
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