The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli – US vs UK cover

I don’t know if anybody else is excited for this book, but I certainly am. I pre-ordered it in July and while doing so I noticed that there are different covers for the US and UK editions. Before I had only seen the US cover and as the first book had the same cover for both editions I assumed the second one would too.

Here are the two covers:

 

                             UK                                      US

 

I live in the UK and so I will be getting the book with the first cover, and I’m happy about that as I prefer the UK cover. I prefer mainly because it resembles the first one more and I think they will look really nice together. However, the US cover is really nice too.

So my question is, which cover do you prefer?

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Netflix’s genius idea for promoting ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’

Hello everybody, happy September 1st.

After writing my previous post about my opinion of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie I read a few articles that I found online also related to the movie, for example what Jenny Han thinks of the movie. However, what surprised me the most was the article I went to share with you and talk about in this quick post.

Here is the link.

On Twitter, Netflix told it’s fans to write anonymous letters to their crush, just like Lara Jean. Netflix chose it’s favourite ones and posted them tagging the ‘crush’. Isn’t that just an amazing idea!? Not only is it fun for the fans but it also attracts the attention of other people and makes them want to watch the movie. Personally, I think that this is one of the best marketing/promotion for a movie in a while.

So I thought we could write short ‘letters’ to our crushes here on our book blogs, just for fun. It doesn’t have to be anything special but it would spread the love for the movie. Here is my letter:

I want to thank you for being such a great friend, you understand me so well and you always make my day. 

That’s it, that’s my letter, short and sweet.

 

I tag anyone who wants to join me and do this. Have fun.

Happy Reading

Kinga

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – My thoughts on the movie

 

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Hello everyone, the summer holidays are nearly over or perhaps they are already over for you, some of you have to go back to work while others to school. That’s why I want to talk about something much more happy. So here we go.

Recently, more and more YA books are getting their own movie adaptations, with titles such as Everything, Everything and Love Simon. However, the most recent one being, the romantic comedy by Jenny Han: “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”. This movie came out on Netflix on the 17th of August, and since then there has been a big buzz about this book and movie online and not only in the book community. I must say, I am very happy with that because it will mean that more people will be encouraged to pick up not only this book but YA books in general. I’m sure that you agree with me that this is amazing, our community and the love for books is spreading, we could take over the world.

Of course, I watched the movie as soon as it came out, as the series which I started reading in May (during my exams) became one of my favourites! I have still to read the last book in the trilogy but I will be doing that as soon as I finish the book I’m currently reading. Originally,I wasn’t going to read this book anytime soon,however, the day before my art exam when I was working on my big piece I wanted to put on an audiobook. I found this on YouTube and put it on. It made my art so much more fun, I kept laughing or snickering all the time. the story is so sweet and it portrays some very important messages and themes. If you haven’t read it yet, please do I’m begging you. . The book really is amazing and deserves all it’s hype.

Now onto my thoughts on the movie. After all my words of praise for the book and also the movie for what it is doing for the book community, this part will not have as much praise. A lot of people absolutely love this movie but there are just some things that were missing from the movie that, for me, stopped it being as good as the book. 

Firstly, since this is a movie, parts had to be taken out to make it movie length, and for me they took out too many moments between Lara Jean and Peter K which displayed that they in fact like each other, even though they are in a pretend relationship. Just small things where for example Peter remembered what Lara Jean said or liked and used that information later to give her a gift or something like that. Another example is when Peter was so protective over her. Just small things like that made their relationship bloom, and in some sense realistic. In the movie it skips through that and some people who have not read the book may get the impression that Lara Jean is a ‘quick’ girl, if you know what I mean, which is so not the case in the book. Also, in the book it’s Peter who sorts out the problem with the hot tub video instead of Margot, which for me was quite important as it showed that Peter did really care about Lara Jean.

The next thing, which for me was perhaps even worse was how they presented the dad. His personality is so much different, it’s nearly as if he is a different character altogether. Jenny Han does a great job in the book of highlighting the importance of family, that your family is always there for you and they love you and want the best for you. For me, Lara Jean’s dad is one of the best parents in YA books, yes I do agree he overlooks some things but he really wanted the best for his girls. What particularly made angry was when in the movie, the dad through a condom at Lara Jean before the ski-trip. What the heck was that for?! That was not in the book and it just presents the dad in such a different light and also teenagers too, it makes it seem as if all teenagers think about is sex, WHICH IS NOT THE CASE!! I think you can see that this really frustrated me.

The last negative thing I wanted to point out is a smaller thing. I just prefer how in the book you don’t know until the end who sent out the letters because in the movie it makes it clear who did it. That’s just a small point I just realised as I was writing my previous point and I thought it would be good to add.

After all that rambling of mine you would think I didn’t like the movie, but that’s not true. Overall, I enjoyed the movie, it was cute and fluffy, a perfect teenage rom-com. What was in the movie was nearly exactly (except what I stated above) like what it was in the book, so a big thumbs up from me for that. The cast an Asian actress for the main character which is perfect, massive thumbs up for that. So I am really excited for the second movie which is now confirmed, I will definitely watch it as soon as it comes out.

Just to finish off, I wanted to say that the movie along with my help has encouraged my friend to read the book, we need to spread the love!

 

What did you think of the movie? Do you agree with me? Have you encouraged anybody to read the book since the movie has been released? Did you like the book?

Happy Reading,

Kinga

 

Time’s 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time

Hello everyone.

Today I’m going to list the 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time according to the list Thrice Read found on the Time’s website.

I originally saw this list on Misty Book Space’s blog and decided to do it. Please check out her list as well she is a lovely blogger with great content.

So here is my list:

Rank and Title       – Read?
1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian- No
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone –Yes
3. The Book Thief –Yes
4. A Wrinkle in Time –No
5. Charlotte’s Web –Yes
6. Holes –No
7. Matilda –Yes
8. The Outsiders –No
9. The Phantom Tollbooth –No
10. The Giver –No
11. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. –No
12. To Kill A Mockingbird –No
13. Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry –Yes
14. Anne of Green Gables –Yes
15. The Chronicles of Narnia –Yes
16. Monster –No
17. The Golden Compass –No
18. The Diary of a Young Girl –Yes
19. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler –No
20. Looking for Alaska –No
21. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time –No
22. Little House on the Prairie –No
23. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -No
24. Wonder –No
25. The Sword in the Stone –No
26. The Catcher in the Rye –No
27. Little Women –No
28. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn –Yes
29. The Hobbit –Yes
30. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz –Yes
31. Lord of the Flies –No
32. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory –Yes
33. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland –Yes
34. Bridge to Terabithia –No
35. The Call of the Wild –No
36. A Separate Place –No
37. Harriet the Spy -No
38. The Chocolate War –No
39. Jacob Here I Loved -No
40. A Series of Unfortunate Events- No
41. Hatchet –No
42. The Lord of the Rings –No
43. Feed –No
44. The Alchemyst –No
45. The Princess Bride –No
46. Beezus & Ramona -No
47. Tarzan of the Apes –No
48. Johnny Tremain –No
49. The Westing Game N-o
50. The Wind in the Willows –No
51. Speak –No
52. Mary Poppins –Yes
53. The Faults in Our Stars –No
54. A Northern Light –No
55. The Yearling –No
56. The Hunger Games- No
57. For Freedom –No
58. The Wall –No
59. A Monster Calls –No
60. Percy Jackson & the Olympians –No
61. The Illustrated Man –No
62. A Wreath for Emmett Till –No
63. Every Day –No
64. Where Things Come Back –No
65. Number the Stars –No
66. Blankets -No
67. Private Peaceful –No
68. The Witch of Blackbird Pond –No
69. Dangerous Angels –No
70. Frindle –No
71. Boxers and Saints –No
72. The Graveyard Book N-o
73. City of the Beasts –No
74. American Born Chinese –No
75. The Lost Conspiracy –No
76. Dogsbody- No
77. The Pigman –No
78. Alabama Moon N-o
79. Esperanza Rising -No
80. The Knife of Never Letting Go –Yes
81. Boy Proof -No
82. Fallen Angels –No
83. A High Wind in Jamaica –No
84. The Tiger Rising –No
85. When You Reach Me –No
86. Saffy’s Angel –No
87. The Grey King –No
88. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH –No
89. The Thief Lord –No
90. The Mysterious Benedict Society -No
91. The Invention of Hugo Cabret N-o
92. Sabriel –No
93. Tiger Lily –No
94. Secret –No
95. A Wizard of Earthsea N-o
96. Tales of Mystery and Imagination –No
97. Whale Talk -No
98. The Chronicles of Prydain -No
99. Danny the Champion of the World –Yes
100. Twilight –No

In total I have read 16 books out of the 1oo, I am actually quite surprised it’s that many, also many of these books are on my tbr read.

When I first read this list I was quite surprised by it, personally I don’t think all of the books can be classified as YA novels and there are quite a few that I have never heard of. Some I only read because I was assigned them for school and several of them were not even that good in my opinion. I’m really curious to know how they created this list, what did they base it on??? Did somebody just add their favourite books? I think this list was created by an adult that has just not read any YA books recently:  I think that some amazing books I have read and recommend to everyone are not on this list. Also, there are hardly any books from this decade??? In the past few years many great books have been released that deserve a place on this list. I just wanted to finish by saying this is not a great list. Do you agree?

How many have you read and which one would you recommend I read next?

Happy reading,

Kinga

TTT #4: My most read authors

Top Ten Tuesday is organised by That Artsy Reader Girl ,each week she sets a new topic that bloggers around the world write about. This week however the topic is a ‘freebie’ which means we can make any list that we want. After a moment of thought I decided to list my most read authors. I decided not to include my most read authors of childrens books, to make this list slightly more relatable to others.

Quick Tip: For anyone who has a Goodreads account, you can find your most read authors when you got to ‘my books’ and scroll down. The option is on the left under ”Your Reading Activity’.

-My List-

10.L.M.Montgomery – 2 books

I am planning to read all of her books throughout my life starting with the rest of the Anne of Green Gables series.

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9.Patrick Ness -2 books

I have read two of his books, both for reading clubs. I am sorry to admit but I did not enjoy either.

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8. Arthur Conan Doyle – 3 books :

I might read more in the future but in this genre I’m recently enjoying Agatha Christie more.

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7. John Grisham -4 books

I read a few of his Theodore Boone series. I don’t think I will read any more in the near future.

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6. Agatha Christie – 6 books

I read her first author during the summer holidays and I’m really enjoying them so this number will definitely grow.

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5. Zbigniew Nienacki – 6 books

This is a Polish and my favourite author. He wrote a historical fiction series that I still need to finish. Highly recommend these if you know Polish, as unfortunately his books have not been translated into English.

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4. C.S.Lewis – 6 books

The six books is made up the Chronicles of Narnia that I read two years ago.

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3.Holly Smale – 6 books

I read her Geek Girl series and I LOVED THEM SO MUCH. I wish she came out with more books in the future.

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2. Marissa Meyer – 8 books

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Marissa Meyer, especially her Lunar Chronicles. I wish that I will be able to meet her one day in the future. that would be an amazing experience.

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And finally…….

1.J.K.Rowling – 9 books

This does not come as a surprise to me, I read the Harry Potter series ( more than once or twice…..) and two side novels for Harry Potter. I don’t plan on reading anymore of her books to be honest, at least for now, I need to read other authors now.

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I hope you enjoyed this topic and who is your most read author?

Happy Reading

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – Review

Geekerella coverTitle: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retelling

Number of pages: 320

Originally published: 4 April 2017

My rating: *****

 

 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

My Review:

Overview:

There is not much more I can add that has not already been said in the synopsis without making this spoilery, I actually think that the synopsis captures the book quite well. However, I will add a few extra details.

At the start we are introduced to a teen girl called Elle, who lives with her stepmother and her two step-sisters and works in a vegan food truck that is called the ‘Magic Pumpkin’ . If this sounds similar to you, the reason for that is that this book is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella, this story is set in the modern world and revolves around Elle’s fandom ‘Starfield’.

Elle has a blog on which she posts her thoughts, feelings and more about Starfield, including her immense hate towards the actor that has been cast as Carmindor in the series reboot: Darien Freeman. Things get complicated when Darien reads this blog and starts anonymously texting an anonymous girl that seems to connect with him very VERY much, this girl is Elle……..

This book isn’t simply paragraph after paragraph, it includes all the texts between Elle and Damien. I forgot what these types of books are called in the book community, if you remember please remind me in the comments I would be really thankful.

This book is also written with two POVs: Elle’s and Damien’s, and this just made the book so good and extra funny!

Cover:

What a pretty cover that sums up the book perfectly, I really love the colour gradient.

My Opinion:

OMG OMG OMG. I LOVED THIS BOOK. It was just the book I needed after reading all those fantasy and sci-fi books, it was light, fluffy, cute and surprisingly a quick read. I read this book really quickly even though it was the time of my exams, I just needed more and more.

I am so happy I eventually ended up reading this book, I loved the concept at first then decided that perhaps it wasn’t for me. Then I gave this book as a Christmas gift to my friend who, I know likes contemporaries. After I came back from my holidays I just felt the urge to buddy read it with her, and I did, and I am SO HAPPY that I did.

If you have read some of my previous posts you will know that Contemporaries and I don’t go together but this book was an exception. I loved how it was so modern and how it was so relatable with it’s fandom.  I really enjoyed the insta-love, I think I just needed such simple type of love after everything I read before this book. The love in this book was just super cute and in my opinion, just perfect. I was waiting anxiously for the moment that they finally realise who they are (‘that awful blogger’ and the ‘horrible actor’) or the moment they meet.

I must admit that some things happened in this book that just made me furious/angry/sad/frustrated, I am not sure exactly what that feeling was, perhaps a mix of all of them. However, after I managed to calm down after those moments I realised that what happened was very predictable as it was the connection to the original Cinderella fairy tale, I really don’t know how I didn’t see it coming. As well as that, there is actually quite a big plot twist! Totally didn’t see it coming, perhaps because in fact this book wasn’t written perfectly there were flaws but since I enjoyed it some much I overlooked them and still gave the book 5/5 stars.

Conclusion:

This review is a bit different than others because I love this book so much I just couldn’t criticise it and name it’s flaws, for me it was perfect!! I really recommend this book if you haven’t read it yet. I would say that this would be an excellent book to get you out of a reading slump.

If you have read this book please tell me and we can fangirl over it in the comments!

Happy reading (this book….)