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The Book Was Better?

For a book reader when we go see a book to movie adaptation, we always go in with one expectation: the book was better. Sometimes I feel like we go in with this notion that the book is always better. For the longest time, I felt that this was the case. The book was always going to far superior from the film, but is this always the case? 
Ever since I became a massive YA fan when I was about 14, I definitely believed that the book was always going to be better. I would come out of The Hunger Games films complaining that this character was not in a scene and had been cut and that this scene from the book that I loved was not in the script. It would bother me. I would Retweet and Favourite (remember when that was a thing!) things like "I would watch a Harry Potter film that was 19 hours long" and even now I still might but something changed.

I got into films. I mean I know everyone watches films but I was interested in how they are made. Listening to writers, directors, producers…

Book Review: Giant Days by Non Pratt

* I am reviewing this book that I received from the author but this in no way affects my review *

Title: Giant Days Authors: Non Pratt Source: From the publisher Publisher: Abram & Chronicle Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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Book Summary:
Based on the hit graphic-novel series from BOOM! Studios, the publisher behind Lumberjanes, Giant Days follows the hilarious and heartfelt misadventures of three university first-years: Daisy, the innocent home-schooled girl; Susan, the sardonic wit; and Esther, the vivacious drama queen. While the girls seem very different, they become fast friends during their first week of university. And it's a good thing they do, because in the giant adventure that is college, a friend who has your back is key--something Daisy discovers when she gets a little too involved in her extracurricular club, the Yogic Brethren of Zoise. When she starts acting strange and life around campus gets even stranger (missing students, secret handshakes, monogrammed robes e…

The WIP (Work In Progress) Tag

So I haven't really spoken about my book much on the blog but I am writing a YA book so I wanted to write about it on here! This was created by Jessi Elliot I think so feel free to check out her video. Let's get started...
1) What is the working title of your book?
My working title is To Be Continued. I'm not really sure if I could call it something else but I like this title so far.

2) Where did the idea come from for your book?
I've had the idea for the longest time since I was about 16 and honestly, I have no idea where it came from but I'm happy that I discovered it.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
It is a YA contemporary but some of the characters are a little older being 19 up to 21.
4) Which actors would you choose to play in your movie rendition?
I literally have no idea. I've always had an idea that I would want someone unknown to play Emily who is the main protagonist but I have no idea for the other people involved.
5) What is the one sentence…

Book Review: Puddin' by Julie Murphy

* I am reviewing this book that I received from the author but this in no way affects my review *

Title: Puddin' Authors: Julie Murphy Source: From the publisher (Harper360) Publisher: Balzer & Bray Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Summary:
It is a companion novel to Dumplin', which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean's star turn in the Clover City pageant. 
Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.
Book Review:

I read Dumplin' when it first …

Book Review: The Iron Web by Kristin Ravelle

* I am reviewing this book that I received from the author but this in no way affects my review *

Title: The Iron Web Authors: Kristin Ravelle Source: Author Publisher: Self-Published Rating: 3/5 stars

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Book Summary: 
Based on themes from the mystic Nag Hammadi texts, ancient Egyptian texts that speak of mysterious, unseen intruders in the human condition; themes expounded in many online sources.

“Original and Compelling Dystopian Read.” Tina Williams


Penrith, Wales.
Bryn is turning 22 and must register for One Earth Dynamic ID.

Buried in the mysterious N800 texts is a horrifying secret, an ancient evil that Bryn feels compelled to unearth. A secret that may underpin One Earth, the global agency that monitors and tracks everyone.

Curran, gorgeous, tortured OED fugitive, finds sanctuary with Penrith’s underground, Luxent, and discovers Bryn and her strange ability to throw condensed light. And unexpected love in a world suddenly seeming to go mad.

Can Bryn’s primaeval earth magic h…

BLOG TOUR: Song For A Lost Kingdom by Steve Moretti Book Review

* I am reviewing this book that I received for a blog tour but this in no way affects my review *

Title: Songs For A Lost Kingdom Authors: Steve Moretti  Source: Digital Blog Tours Publisher: DWA Media Rating: 3/5 stars

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Book Summary: 
Music is not bound by time...
Adeena Stuart is a struggling cellist ready to give up on her dream of landing a spot with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. All that changes when she receives a musical score, lost for almost 300 years in a Scottish castle, sent by her dying grandmother. When the score is played on the oldest surviving cello ever made in the UK, the music connects Adeena directly to the past as Katharine Carnegie, struggling to find words to complete her symphonic tour-de-force in the midst of 18th Century political rebellion that is tearing apart Scotland and England. But Adeena is not a scientist or historian. What she wants more than anything is to create and compose. As she is buffeted back and forth between the past and pre…

Book Review: Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

* I am reviewing this book that I received from the publisher but this in no way affects my review *

Title: Empire of Silence Authors: Christopher Ruocchio Source: NetGalley/Publisher Publisher: Gollancz Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Summary: 
Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy.

It was not his war.

On the wrong planet, at the right time, for the best reasons, Hadrian Marlowe started down a path that could only end in fire. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives--even the Emperor himself--against Imperial orders.

But Hadrian was not a hero. He was not a monster. He was not even a soldier.

Fleeing his father and a future as a torturer, Hadrian finds himself stranded on a…

ARC August Wrap Up

It is finally September which means that August is over and for me, that means that ARC August is over. ARC August was the idea that you could catch up on all of your ARC whether they had been released or not. 

I used this opportunity to catch up on both reviews and ARCs and although the first half of the month was going so well. The second half of the month did not. I'm a mood reader so I read a lot of books that I was in the mood for which was good because I really wanted to read some of the books. I did, however, get all the reviews I wanted to post out which means I am a lot less behind than I was before. So overall it was a good month and I read 13 books I think. So let's get started...

Book I Wanted to Review and Did

Purple Hearts by Michael Grant (Link)

Out Of The Blue by Sophie Cameron (Link)

Final Draft by Riley Redgate (Link)

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (Link)


Ascension by Victor Dixen (Link)

She Must Be Mad by Charly Cox (Link)

Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward (Link)

Secrets for t…