Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#30): The Fellowship of the Ring

The Book

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

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The Fellowship of the Ring
is the first of three volumes of the epic[2] novel The Lord of the Rings by the English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It is followed by The Two Towers and The Return of the King. It takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July 1954 in the United Kingdom.

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I read the book soon after finishing The Hobbit (twice) and this world that J.R.R. Tolkien created…wow. I remember thinking as I read the book that this man created a whole other world, threw in these various creatures and created a language that many people can actually speak today! That’s just something else man. I’ve only ever read the book once because hot d*mn, it’s huge! Very intimidating. The LoTR was one of the first fandoms I joined and it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. I actually feel like reading the series all over again because this post, it brings back great memories.

The Movie

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a 2001 epic high fantasy adventure film directed by Peter Jackson based on the first volume of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings (1954–1955).[4][5][6] It is the first instalment in The Lord of the Rings series, and was followed by The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003), based on the second and third volumes of The Lord of the Rings.

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I grew up watching The Lord of the Rings even though I didn’t know it at the time. I remember vaguely how I’d beg my mom to let me stay up Sunday evenings because this awesome movie about a man whose ring makes him invisible was coming on…again. I didn’t know at the time that it was the LoTR, but I think it’s safe to say that even though I’d forgotten, my love for it was set at an early age. My sister is a major fan so she told me to watch the trilogy and when I did…all the memories came back. I’ve watched the unextended version once, and all times after that…well, it’s not like those 208 minutes of my life were ever wasted. I get this feeling of happiness when I hear and see that opening scene. It sends shivers down my spine. If it were not because of the fact that I’m a wimp and chose to hide under the Fidelius Charm in the Harry Potter world, LoTR would’ve definitely been on the top of that list.

The Decision

I think it’s rather obvious what my decision is going to be. The movie, duh! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it’s better than the book or that the book was not amazing, I just connected with the movie more and as mentioned above, I grew up with it. I’m a bit of a sentimentalist and my granny, my sis and I would come together and watch this. The book can’t beat the time I spend with my granny. It is what it is.

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Book Review: Supergirl: Rebirth #1 by Steve Orlando

Supergirl: Rebirth #1 (Supergirl 2016, #1)Goodreads Synopsis

Supergirl turns to the shadowy organization known as the D.E.O. (Department of Extranormal Operations) to restore her lost powers once and for all! But as a fateful experiment sends Kara Zor-El rocketing toward the sun, disaster strikes at home in the form of the lost Kryptonian werewolf Lar-On! All the epic action of the brand new Supergirl series starts here!


Supergirl has lost her powers and the D.E.O helps her get them back. At the same time, this Kryptonian monster shows and suddenly it’s go time.

I had a thought while reading this comic that whenever the heroes aren’t really around, not too much goes on. But the second they announce themselves, would you look at that, a monster has appeared.

Not much happened in this comic. This was nothing more than an introduction for Supergirl and the people she plans to work with to keep the good guys safe and fight the bad guys.

I was introduced to Supergirl via the TV Show so I knew nothing about her beforehand. It was really something else for me to see her as a teenager who’s barely been on Earth long enough to know all the ins and outs.

The writing was really good and this was only 24 pages but I barely felt it. I flew through it that fast. The artwork was gorgeous and I can’t wait till I read the Supergirl series.

Read: 9 May 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 17 August 2016
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Steve Orlando
Illustrator: Emanuela Lupacchino

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Book Review: Godshaper #1 by Simon Spurrier

Godshaper #1Goodreads Synopsis

Written by Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and illustrated by breakout talent Jonas Goonface, Godshaper introduces a vast world where there’s a god for every person and a person for every god…though for Ennay, unfortunately exceptions may apply. People like him are Godshapers, godless social pariahs with the ability to mold and shape the gods of others. Paired with Bud, an off-kilter but affectionate god without a human, the two travel from town to town looking for shelter, a hot meal, and the next paying rock ‘n’ roll gig


This comic tells us a story where the world is so much different than we know but at the same time I feel like it could just as easily relate to the world we’re currently living in.

In this comic there is a god for every person and a person for every god. Of course you get the exceptions and those few who are raised without a god are called ‘godshapers’.

We follow musician Ennay- a godshaper- and Bud- a god without a human. Together they go from town to town standing out while also trying to fit in. Even though shapers were raised without gods and belief, they were given a fit: they can mold and shape godflesh. While Ennay uses this ability to keep customers busy, Bud scavenges for food and useful items nearby.

“You know what it is to be a shaper–really? Everyone needs ya, nobody wants ya.”

I like the idea of this comic and it seems like it’s going to go far. The writing was awesome and fast-paced and the artwork was amazing!

I can’t wait to continue this comic. I’m definitely intrigued and have high hopes for the continuation.

Read: 18 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 12 April 2017
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Illustrator: Jonas Goonface

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Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)

Goodreads Synopsis

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children tells the story of what is known as Peculiars. They’re people who have special gifts- Fire, Invisibility, Prophetic Dreams etc. They’re viewed as strange and alienated because they’re different but everywhere there are places where they can be safe, like havens where they can be who and what they really are with no prejudice.

I was a bit afraid to read this book mainly because of the pictures. They’re of the eerily creepy kind that makes you want to look away but at the same time you can’t. The idea for this book was a great one and I love the way Ransom Riggs executed it. I couldn’t read it at night but I did manage to finish this book in a day.

The character of Jacob was a slightly strange one in that it was obvious that he was somehow different. You can’t put your finger on it but he was a bit of a loner and didn’t seem to be the kind of person you’d want to go up to and instantly become friends. I loved how curious he was and that he didn’t back down even though he was slightly terrified of what was going on. He wanted answers and he was willing to go to the ends of the world to get them. He’d been hearing stories from his grandfather since he was a young boy and his father keeps telling him they’re not true, and that the grandfather has an overactive imagine. Things start changing when those seemingly scary ‘fairy tales’ turn out to be true.

Along the way Jacob meets these children who he later finds out are peculiars with Miss Peregrine guarding and guiding them. She seemed to have sinister feel to her but I think that was just a defence mechanism for outsiders. She soon becomes more welcoming when she finds out who Jacob is and tries to help him as best she can.

I loved the concept of the changeover- of how everything is reset when the day is over. It probably does get boring living the same day over and over again but seeing Miss Peregrine reset the clock was a magical experience for me. I also liked that they spoke of other places like Miss Peregrine’s, of how these children weren’t the only ones around and there were many more.

What made me read the book was the trailer for the movie. I have yet to watch it and I know there are some changes but it looked really good so I wanted to see what the book was like since I’d heard so many good things about it. Even though this book is categorised as a middle grade, it reads a bit like a YA novel. Although there are moments when it’s obvious that this was a book meant for younger readers. I’m very excited and can’t wait to read Hollow City.

Read: 10 July 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 7 June 2011
Publisher: Quirk
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Ransom Riggs

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Book Review: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Little Princess

Goodreads Synopsis

Whatever comes,’ she said, ‘cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside.’

Sent to board at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, Sara is devastated when her adored father dies. Suddenly penniless, Sara is banished to an attic room where she is starved, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this exceptionally intelligent girl uses the only resources available to her, imagination and friendship, to overcome her situation and change her fortunes is at the centre of this enduring classic.

First published in 1905, A Little Princess is a heart-warming tale of hope, hardship and love set against a backdrop of Victorian England, and is one of the best-loved stories in all of children’s literature.


A Little Princess tells the story of Sara Crewe who is treated like a princess and everything she desires is hers. There’s a major stereotype in this book that being the one that a person who is rich and gets everything they want must be nasty and act as if they’re God’s gift to that mind. This is not true for little Sara.

I had watched the movie years ago and I knew the story by heart but this book is so much more heartbreaking. To have lost everything in a sudden moment must’ve been so traumatising for a girl so young. I couldn’t see how she could still walk around with her head held high and put others before her.

Sara was in my opinion, a main character that any reader wouldn’t mind. She wasn’t annoying or bratty and her humbleness was such a beautiful factor, I admired that a lot.

The saying ‘Jealousy makes you nasty’ basically comes to life in this book. Seeing Sara being treated like the princess she was was bad enough for these people, but when they saw that she’s possible the nicest and kindest person in the world, that was where they drew the line. The hell they put her through just because they were jealous was absolutely ridiculous.

I enjoyed this story tremendously and once I got into it, it was quite the fast read. I feel like curling up with some popcorn and watching the movie right now. I can’t wait to get to The Secret Garden.

Read: 4 December 2016
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 24 April 2014 (First published 1902)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Frances Hodgson Burnett

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eARC Book Review: Thor: Dueling with Giants by Keith R.A. DeCandido

Thor: Dueling with GiantsGoodreads Synopsis

One of the greatest heroes from Marvel—and myth—returns as Thor battles the mightiest of the giants in a fight to the death. The first book in an action-packed trilogy, Dueling with Giants is a story of epic combat from start to finish, sure to entertain fans of Marvel comics and adventure novels alike.

During just another day for the God of Thunder, Thor is defending Asgard against invading trolls when the unthinkable happens—his hammer, Mjolnir, loses its enchantment, depleting Thor’s strength. Thor is still more than a match for his enemies; after vanquishing them, he learns the secret to his sudden weakness: Mjolnir has been switched! And only one being is cunning enough to carry out such a trick: Thor’s own adopted brother, Loki.

As punishment, Odin imprisons Loki for a year, but the trickster soon takes on other forms and escapes his imprisonment. He provokes a dispute between Odin and the giant Hrungnir—one that soon brings a full-scale attack on Asgard and a one-on-one challenge to Thor himself.

Dueling with Giants will be followed by two more riveting installments featuring Sif and the Warriors Three, all written by Marvel veteran and popular fantasy author Keith R.A. DeCandido. The Tales of Asgard Trilogy will be an adventure that Marvel readers won’t soon forget.


I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am a huge Marvel fan so when I saw an opportunity to read this book I grabbed it instantly. Thor is definitely up there with my top favourite superheroes and I adore Loki because I feel he really brings real villainy to the table.

When I started this book I was a bit skeptical because it is a lot similar to most Thor and Loki stories. It’s not secret that the brothers don’t always see eye to eye and when they do, it’s usually for a price.

Both Thor and Loki were kept true to character what with Thor trying to save everyone- real hero complex, that one- but at the same time being a bit arrogant and Loki trying to undermine everyone and act like the know-it-all we love to hate.

While this was a fairly quick read and I enjoyed the story, I was hoping for something a little bit different. The beginning was good enough for me to continue reading and the actual plot was great but as I said, too much of what we’ve already seen. I enjoyed the final battle but it was over in an instant for me and I felt like too much was going on at the same time.

That said, this wasn’t all that bad and I would definitely give this author another shot since I did love the writing style.

Read: 28 June 2016
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 15 December 2015
Publisher: Joe Books Inc.
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Keith R.A. DeCandido

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eARC Book Review: Hockey Karma by Howard Shapiro

Hockey KarmaGoodreads Synopsis

The highly anticipated sequel to the award winning “The Hockey Saint” taking place ten years after “Saint” ends. The legendary Jeremiah “Jake” Jacobson, now thirty two, has been the world’s best hockey player over his fourteen year career because of his out of this world talent level and his smart play. But he can’t stay on top forever, and when he starts making mistakes on the ice, his career and family life start to crumble.

At the same time, Tom Leonard, his agent and best friend, is completely overwhelmed by a project that he and Jake were supposed to be working on together. A project that could have a huge impact on people throughout their city in need of a helping hand. As Jake sinks deeper into a funk over his lost status due to his deteriorating play and the emergence of teammate and rookie phenom Barclay Pedersen, Tom realizes he’s on his own. At the same time he rediscovers someone from his past who he never thought he’d see again. In that burgeoning relationship, Tom discovers the importance of taking chances and starts to believe in himself.

Can Jake break out of his downward spiral and Tom finally find the courage to step out of Jake’s shadow?


I received copies of this book from NetGalley and the author in exchange for an honest review.

Hockey Karma is the third and final book in the Forever Friends Trilogy and I feel that it’s come such a long way since the first book was set almost 20 years ago.

The amount of character development that took place in this graphic novel was extraordinary. I felt like I grew with the characters and the way it was written really makes you feel like you’re a part of the story. I liked Jake in the second book but in this one there were times when he annoyed me. That was what I meant by the character development. He didn’t flip a 180 in an instant, the artwork portrayed the changes he went through and how he worked to get better.

Seeing Tom grow up and become more successful in each book made me feel like a proud mom. He’d probably be the character I miss the most.

I loved the throwback! The fact that we were taken back to where it all started made for a bitter sweet memory. This was the best way to end the trilogy in my opinion. While it wasn’t my favourite of all three, I did like the send off we were given.

See my reviews for books 1 & 2 in the Forever Friends Trilogy:

The Stereotypical Freaks
The Hockey Saints

Read: 22 October 2016
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 1 November 2016
Publisher: Animal Media Group
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Howard Shapiro

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