Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#42): The Lovely Bones

The Book

The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being raped and murdered, watches from her personal Heaven as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. The novel received much critical praise and became an instant bestseller.

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I bought this book on a whim when I realised that my sister already owned the Sherlock Holmes book I bought her and exchanged that one for this and I do not regret it at all. I had never heard about this author or book but I was immensely intrigued. At the time of purchase I’d been reading many books that focused on mental health and I wanted a bit of a change. This book was…scary. I don’t know how else to explain how I felt. I liked the fact that it was told from the victim’s POV because well…she was dead. I’ve read books that’s been told from a ‘spirit’s POV but this one really stood out for me. I find books like this to be extremely realistic so I don’t read too many of them.

The Movie

Image result for the lovely bonesThe Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and starring Mark WahlbergRachel WeiszSusan SarandonStanley TucciMichael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. The screenplay by Fran WalshPhilippa Boyens and Jackson was based on the award-winning and bestselling 2002 novel The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold.

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I watched this movie quite a while after reading the book but the story is quite unforgettable so the memory was still fresh. I have a bad habit of taking days, sometimes even weeks, to finish watching one movie but The Lovely Bones was so interesting I couldn’t tear myself away. I thought the cast was amazing and the movie was executed really well.

The Decision

As much as I liked the movie, I’m going with the book. I was more affected while reading than I was with watching. Since buying this book I’ve made more ‘on the whim’ purchases so that’s a bonus. I’d probably end up rereading this book one day if I’m being honest.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#40): The Giver

Here’s what Lois Lowry said about a film based on a book in the introduction of The Giver:

“The important thing is that a film doesn’t obliterate a book. The movie is here now. But the book hasn’t gone way. It has simply grown up, grown larger, and begun to glisten in a new way.”

The Book

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

The Giver is a 1993 American young adult dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. The society has taken away pain and strife by converting to “Sameness”, a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives.

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I bought this book instead of buying The Lost Symbol and completing the Robert Langdon series (this was long before Origin came out). Even my friend that worked at the bookstore told me to get the other book but I was adamant that I wanted this one and would you look at that…I finished this one and have yet to start Angels & Demons. This book went ridiculously fast and I found myself never wanting to put it down. The concept was amazing and it really makes you realise that ignorance is in fact bliss. Imagine being the same as everyone else, things are chosen for you and there is no such thing as freedom, because why would you need it?

The Movie

Image result for the giver movieThe Giver is a 2014 American social science fiction film directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Jeff BridgesBrenton ThwaitesOdeya RushMeryl StreepAlexander SkarsgårdKatie Holmes and Cameron Monaghan.[3] The film is based on the 1993 novel The Giver by Lois Lowry.

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It took me a while to get to this movie mainly because I was never in the mood to watch it. It requires concentration and my mind wasn’t up for it. I do think that there was some extra information added since the book ends on a ‘what happens next?’ situation and I haven’t read the entire Giver Quartet but I do like the way they went about with the execution. The fact that they actually started the movie out ‘bland’ was amazing and I loved that.

The Decision

This is a tough one for me mainly because I genuinely liked both the book and movie very much. I liked the vibe of the movie and I felt that it’s worth another watch so I’m going with the movie for this one. I don’t know if I’ll read The Giver again but I’m definitely continuing with the quartet.

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Expected Releases for March 2018

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6 March

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4) by Tahereh Mafi

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good?

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The Beauty That RemainsThe Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Each of them wonders: How different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has . . . what’s next?

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To Kill a KingdomTo Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?

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The Wicked DeepThe Wicked Deep  by Shea Ernshaw

Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

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In Search Of UsIn Search of Us by Ava Dellaira

The author of the beloved Love Letters to the Dead returns with a parallel story of a mother and daughter each at age seventeen. Marilyn’s tale recounts the summer she fell in love and set out on her own path. Angie’s story is about her search for her unknown father.

This sweeping multi-generational love story introduces readers to mother-and-daughter pair Marilyn and Angie. To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie’s father, James, who was African-American. But Angie’s never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she’s never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.

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13 March 

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? 

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

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Time BombTime Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

A congressman’s daughter who has to be perfect. A star quarterback with a secret. A guy who’s tired of being ignored. A clarinet player who’s done trying to fit in. An orphaned rebel who wants to teach someone a lesson. A guy who wants people to see him, not his religion.

They couldn’t be more different, but before the morning’s over, they’ll all be trapped in a school that’s been rocked by a bombing. When they hear that someone inside is the bomber, they’ll also be looking to one another for answers.

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In Sight of StarsIn Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

An emotional, full-hearted teen novel about love, loss, and mental health from award-winning author, Gae Polisner.

Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He introduced Klee to the great museums of New York City and the important artists on their walls, he told him stories made of myths and magic. Until his death.

Now, forced to live in the suburbs with his mom, Klee can’t help but feel he’s lost all the identifying parts of himself—his beloved father, weekly trips to the MoMA, and the thrumming energy of New York City. That is until he meets wild and free Sarah in art class, with her quick smiles and jokes about his “brooding.” Suddenly it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy. But when an act of betrayal sends him reeling, Klee lands in what is bitingly referred to as the “Ape Can,” a psychiatric hospital for teens in Northollow.

While there, he undergoes intensive therapy and goes back over the pieces of his life to find out what was real, what wasn’t, and whether he can stand on his own feet again. Told in alternating timelines, leading up to the event that gets him committed and working towards getting back out, Gae Polisner’s In Sight of Starsis a gorgeous novel told in minimalist strokes to maximal effect, about what makes us fall apart and how we can put ourselves back together again.

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20 March

Losing Leah

Losing Leah by Tiffany King

Some bonds can’t be broken.

Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay.

Leah Klein’s life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―”Mother,” as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia.

As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia’s headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized.

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27 March

And She Was

And She Was by Jessica Verdi

Dara’s lived a sheltered life with her single mom, Mellie. Now, at eighteen, she’s dreaming of more. When Dara digs up her never-before-seen birth certificate, her world implodes. Why are two strangers listed as her parents? 

Dara confronts her mother, and is stunned by what she learns: Mellie is transgender. The unfamiliar name listed under “father”? That’s Mellie. She transitioned when Dara was a baby, shortly after Dara’s birth mother died.

But Dara still has more questions than answers. Reeling, she sets off on a road trip with her best guy friend, Sam. She’s determined to find the extended family she’s never met. What she discovers—and what her mother reveals, piece by piece over emails—will challenge and change Dara more than she can imagine. 

From rising star Jessica Verdi, this is a gorgeous, timely, and essential novel about the importance of being our true selves.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#39): The Time Traveler’s Wife

The Book

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife is the debut novel of American author Audrey Niffenegger, published in 2003. It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences. Niffenegger, frustrated in love when she began the work, wrote the story as a metaphor for her failed relationships.

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I took forever to actually get on this bandwagon for no particular reason. It wasn’t until I signed up for  buddy read that I ordered the book and actually read the book. It was a lot bigger than I thought it’d be but I was up for the challenge. I was hooked from the first page and although it was more ‘adult’ than I imagined, it was an amazing read. I felt crushed and this book really tore at my heartstrings. It had one of those bittersweet endings that I wish ended more happy than not.

The Movie

Image result for the time traveler's wifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife is a 2009 American romantic science fiction drama film based on Audrey Niffenegger‘s 2003 novel of the same name.[2]Directed by Robert Schwentke, the film stars Eric BanaRachel McAdams, and Ron Livingston. The story follows Henry DeTamble (Bana), a Chicago librarian with a paranormal genetic disorder that causes him to randomly time travel as he tries to build a romantic relationship with Clare Abshire (McAdams), who would become his wife.[3]

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The only reason I found out about this story as a whole was because I saw the trailer for the movie on TV back when it first came out. I was intrigued but not intrigued enough to actually watch it…so yes, I waited almost a decade to share in this adventure. I don’t particularly ‘do’ romance but the time travel part got me interested. The movie is not much different than the book and I think the adaptation was done very well. Rachel McAdams is an amazing actress and I feel like she’s perfect for these movies you know. The Notebook, The Vow, The Time Traveler’s Wife…she’s amazing in all of them.

The Decision

What I imagined in my head does not compare to what the movie brought to life so for this one I’m going with the movie. I had to hold back tears near the end. The emotions were so clearly portrayed that many a time I almost forgot I was only watching a movie. Both the book and the movie were fantastic and I think the movie definitely did the book justice.

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Comic Book Review: Damage #1 by Robert Venditti

Damage (2017-) #1Goodreads Synopsis

Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster!

Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing, ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. Cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when the beast inside him springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.

I’m trying to get more into the DC scheme of things and I’m glad I haven’t been steered wrong as yet.

For a first issue, this was very good. There wasn’t too much dialogue but just enough forScreen Shot 2018-01-25 at 6.12.44 PMit to explain a bit of what we could expect from this series. The artwork is exceptional. I could stare at it all day. The illustrators really did a wonderful job.

Ethan as a human is certain of who and what he is, but when Damage comes out, it’s then that he has difficulty with keeping the monster in check. The thing is that Ethan remains the choice of reason even when Damage away from area where people could get hurt.


I think that it’s interesting that Damage comes out once every 24 hours and for one hour only so honestly, depending on what he does and where he goes, this series as whole too, could go almost anywhere. The concept is really great andScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 12.27.29 PM I think the writing, artwork and plot made up for a brilliant read. I can’t wait for the next issue.

At the end of this issue we’re given a sneak peak of a new comic called Sideways and from the looks of it, I think it’s going to be amazing. I won’t lie, he does remind me a little bit of Spider-Man with some Deadpool vibes thrown in but the excitement is still out there. I’m hoping to read that issue when it comes out and possibly review it as well, so keep a look out for this.

This is where I pray to the DC gods and hope that my continuation in this universe remains well and good because I don’t think I can take any more disappointment where comics are concerned.

Read: 25 January 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 17 January 2018
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Robert Venditti
Illustrators: Danny Miki | Tony S. Daniel

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RST: Reading A LOT Less Than I Used To

Imagine going from reading approximately 14 books per month to barely finishing one. I’m telling you, the struggle is too real. It’s time to face the facts; I’m simply not reading as much as I used to.

My love for reading is definitely still there but where I used to put books above all, I’m now putting other things first. Priorities and all that. Apparently life outside the blogosphere is a thing. Who knew?

Currently I’m reading like a million books and I can barely remember the page numbers I left off on. I’m getting into that mood where I’ll just put books on hold and come back to it when I know for sure that I can finish it. I’d rather do that than enter a reading slump because all readers know how uncool that is. You want to read but at the same time you can’t bring yourself to actually read anything and you just end up hating the story which is totally unfair.

My Read pile is bigger than my Unread but I’m starting to worry because with the way things are going, I’m going to have more of the latter than the former. Maybe I should just stop buying books in general…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA as if that’s ever going to happen.

I wouldn’t mind reading less if it wasn’t for the fact that I want a functioning blog. My blog is not something for me to stress about, in fact it’s where I release my stress but the longer I take to read, the less reviews I can schedule beforehand. And that’s what the main issue is. This is why audiobooks are a gift. Listening to them in the car instead of the radio, chilling with it at night with all the lights off as you’re going to sleep, taking a morning jog and have the story play out in your ear.

These days when I finish a book that’s more than 200 pages I get so excited because it feels as if I completed a marathon. It has gotten to that point where reading a big book causes me to forget how to English. It might be a problem but I’m not going to make it one.

I like to get lost in the book I’m currently reading so with all the movement going on around me, it gets difficult to concentrate. Also, I look like a couch potato that has nothing worthwhile to do and that’s a no no in my house. These are the struggles of our lives hey. I have this grand idea of reading so much that I’m so far ahead with all my posts and I finally end up taking down that TBR but I have to be realistic and face the facts. That’s not going to happen any time soon. It’s a thing.

Anyway, another random post on another random day. Cheers and adios.

Thanks for stopping by
Caron xx

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#38): Mockingjay

The Book

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

Mockingjay is a 2010 science fiction novel by American author Suzanne Collins. It is the last installment of The Hunger Games, following 2008’s The Hunger Games and 2009’s Catching Fire. The book continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, who agrees to unify the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical Capitol.

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Mockingjay was by far my favourite book in this trilogy and I’ve reread it over and over again. I was in love with The Hunger Games but what I felt about Mockingjay trumped it’s prior instalments. It was everything I hoped it’d be and sure sacrifices were made but I think it ended the best way it could. As much as I love this book, I’d still refuse to live in this world. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Suzanne Collins wrote an exceptional series.

The Movies

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the first of two films based on Suzanne Collins‘ novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and the third installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and distributed by Lionsgate.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence, with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the fourth and final installment in The Hunger Games film series, and the second of two films based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

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I watched Part 1 in the cinema when it came out and I loved it. I was hoping that it’d live up to my opinion of Catching Fire since I feel they nailed that adaptation perfectly.. I wasn’t disappointed and I found myself anxiously waiting for Part 2. I only managed to watch it recently and my opinion is the same as the first movie. I loved it and I think the job was done pretty well. I did notice a few changes here and there but they were easy to push aside. Watching the movies consecutively really made for a long and enjoyable experience.

The Decision

There is no doubt in my mind about which direction I’m going on this. I choose the book for sure. Reading Mockingjay makes me want to reread the entire series and I love that feeling. I love getting the urge to experience the whole thing from the beginning again.

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