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So, I saw Divergent on Friday…

and I can’t lie: it was amazing.

I went in with super low expectations. I re-read the books earlier in the week to prepare myself and honestly expected the worst, especially based on the crappy reviews it was getting.

Let’s be real for a minute – Shailene Woodley was not my first choice for Tris. Whenever I think of her, I just picture her from the seemingly awful ABC Family show where she is pregnant.

Sidenote: during the movie I realized that poor Shai and I have the same hair type: thick, heavy, and wavy. Makes me like her more. ūüėČ

See all that hair? Girl I RELATE.

ANYWAYS…

I had no idea who Theo James was before this and he didn’t seem to “have it” either when the casting annoucement was made.

People, I was W R O N G. They both were fantastic! Maybe not quite as badass as the Tris and Four I pictured in my head but they were really dang good.

The world looked perfect. The other characters were perfect (except for Peter but we’ll get to that). Even the book to screen adaptation went well!

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the movie explained things; I saw the movie with my mom who hadn’t read the books and I was kinda worried she would have no clue what was going on but gurlfriend picked up on everything right away and even called the ending. Nice job, movie!

What I didn’t like?: PETER. Holy crap. He was my #1 problem with the movie.

Look at this man’s face… does he look EVIL and AWFUL to you? No. Not at all.

Peter?

The incredible hatred for Peter that I felt during the book was simply not on screen. Yeah, he was a jerk and snarky but he kinda just reminded me of the spoiled pretty-boys I went to high school with.

I know I said that the book to screen adaptation went well (and it did!) but I so wish Tris’ tattoo had been explained. That scene with Tori is kinda a big deal and I wish we had seen the reason for Tris’ choice.

Bonus Points:

Maggie Q. You gorgeous, perfect Dauntless woman.

Scruffy, swoony men. I’m looking at you, FOUR!

All in all – I LOVED it. You should see it. Like right now. Drool over Four for me!

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Playing Catch-Up

Whew, it’s been quite a week! I just started classwork for a Reading Endorsement through my school district so I can finally do what I was born to do– be a reading teacher. As a result, I’ve read hundreds of pages this week… of textbooks… booo!

Today, I shall play catch-up on the blog and do the memes I missed in additon to giving an update of what I’m reading. You can expect a review or two on Sunday!

So, let’s go.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This Monday I was in the middle of “The Night Circus” by Erin Morganstern. Shockingly enough, I really wasn’t thrilled with this book. But, more to come in my review on Sunday… {ooh, anticipation!}

Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s list is the Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also a Fictional Character. Um, I don’t need to be a fictional character to crush on these “people” but let’s run with it.

1. Ronald Weasley: Ron’s always been my go-to guy… funny, goofy, not super aware of how good looking he is, and definitely kind-hearted.

2. Peeta Mellark: He’s a baker and good at decorating cakes. I mean, DUH.

3. Finnick Odair: Can I use “DUH” again as a reason? No? Okay, fine. Finnick is a typical sexy “bad boy” with a heartwrenching back story. LOVE IT. LET ME FIX YOU.

4. ¬†Gilbert Blythe: Anne of Green Gables is one lucky girl. Gilbert is the childhood sweetheart type that I’ve had a crush on since my mom read me the first book when I was in elementary school.

5.¬†Cas Lowood (Anna Dressed in Blood): Cas is a ghost hunter. Pretty cool. He’s funny, sarcastic, snarky, and pretty much my husband IRL.

6. Matthew¬†de Clairmont (A Discovery of Witches): Matthew and I go back and forth. He is that high school boyfriend that you have issues with (“let me do my own thing, Matt!”) but that you can’t help but love. Plus, he’s a vampire. Whoops- spoilers!

… I can’t believe it but that’s all I’ve got, folks. I’m pretty pick about my men and these are the top 6 that made the {current} cut.

Still with me, dear reader? Okay, good. I’d do a Booking Through Thursday post but didn’t like the topic for the week so Imma skip it.

What I Finished This Week: The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

What I’m Currently Reading:¬†Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

I think I’ll end it here for now. Like I said, look for a review on Sunday.

And, I’d be a terrible person if I didn’t share: the top 1,000 NOOK books are 50% right now. It’s Friday, you just got paid, right? I’m an economics teacher and I’m here to impart some wisdom — always pay yourself first. That means, pay yourself in books.¬†GO GO GO!


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Review: Firelight

 

Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Publishing: September 7, 2010/ HarperTeen/326 pages
Format Read: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Classroom shelfability: Yes
Rating:
Blue EggSummary from GoodReads:¬†Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away;if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide. 

My Thoughts:¬†I wanted to LOVE this book. But, I didn’t. In fact, I really really really disliked this book. It had SO much potential too. IT’S ABOUT DRAGONS, PEOPLE. But, sadly, it was just like Twilight with dragons and dragon hunters.That’s the best possible way for me to describe it- Twilight with dragons. So much is the same– he tells her she shouldn’t hang out with him, she says he’s like an addicting drug, he has a posse, he’s “different”… I could go on and on. The parallels are endless. And annoying.So much of this book just seemed underplanned to me. For example, Jacinda does not like where she is living and wants to leave- she whines about it on every page. But doesn’t. And, I don’t get it. If she’s that miserable, why doesn’t she leave. She can literally FLY AWAY.

That said, I am intrigued by the Draki world and want to know more. I’d also like to know more about the hunters– do normal people not know about the dragons flyin’ around? Credit where credit is due: I like that the author created multiple types of dragons with different types of “abilities” and the gems that each family has seem very interesting. I just wish we had more about Draki than Jacinda’s crying.

I will admit that I read the preview for the next book. I was SUPER excited about a spoiler and considered reading the next in the series but I can’t bring myself to. Would my students love this book? Yes. Would dragon lovers like this book? Doubt it, or at least don’t compare it to any GOOD dragon lore. Would you like this book? Probs not. Skippable.


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March 12: Top Ten Books At The TOP Of My Spring 2013 TBR List!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by¬†The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a fun topic for a top ten list. This week’s list is the¬†Top Ten Books At The TOP Of My Spring 2013 TBR list! Pretty appropriate considering our Spring Break is in 2 weeks. I absolutely cannot wait. Like seriously. Can it be now please?

Without further ado, here are my Top 10 Spring Break TBR books that probably have nothing to do with the topic of Spring Break at all (I’m just not that kinda girl)…
1. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
I have been waiting and waiting for this book. I read the first few chapters and was hooked.

2. Witch and Wizard by James Patterson

I’ve heard mixed reviews… we shall see.

3. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Divergent was amazing and I cannot wait to find out what happens next!

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern

The circus terrifies me but this book looks incredible.

5. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

My dad read this book to me as a child but I have yet to finish it as an adult. Well, I started it on my Kindle but then my dog ate my Kindle.

6. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

I whined about the Goddess Test a bit but can’t help myself. I need book 2!

7. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

I always love a different POV story. And, I’ve always felt bad for poor Tiger Lily.

8. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

UGH.. ALEX. That is all.

9. Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Looks intriguing and is sorta new!

10. Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Philippa is one of my favorite authors. I cannot wait to read her YA work!