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Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Vs. Movie: If I Stay Movie

So as you know Book Vs. Movie is a type of post I do here on Ali's Bookshelf where we compare the book to the movie.  Today is going to be a bit different.  Today I just want to talk about the movie, because I'm going to be doing a book review for If I Stay later next week.  Then I plan on doing another book vs movie post for you. 

This past weekend I took my mom to see the movie, yes before you ask I did warn her that it was going to be sad.  But anyway, we sat there and waited for it to begin, I was a bit worried that the movie wouldn't do the book justice. Yep I'm one of those that always worry about it. 

Once the movie started though, I was so engrossed in the movie that I didn't even think to compare the book to the movie.  I was sucked right into the storyline and the characters themselves.  It was great seeing them come to life on the big screen.  Yes, I cried, laughed, and even got mad, but all in all the movie was fantastic. 

I really want to go see it again, to see Mia have her heart broken and to see her family memories.  I absolutely loved this movie, even if I can't stand the ending, but then again there is another book and hopefully there will be another movie.

I loved the casting as well, Chloe Grace Moretz was perfect as Mia as was Jamie Blackley for Adam.  The chemistry between these two great actors fit the story perfectly.  The next thing I want to talk about was the scenery and sets.  There is one throughout the whole movie that is my absolutely favorite and that would have to be the snowy mountain scene.  Yes it's a sad scene but it's so beautifully done in the movie.    I don't want to give anything away, so the last thing I'm going to say is, if you haven't seen or read If I Stay it's a must. 

So, there is the start of the book vs. movie for If I Stay, stay around for part 2 next week.  If you have seen If I Stay and would like to chat about it, leave me a comment below.  What did you think of the movie? 

It's Monday...What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Journey!

This past week went by so fast.  But anyway, I didn't get much reading done last week, took a break after Bout of Books. The plan is for this week to get right back in the grove and read some great books.  

What I Plan On Reading This Week:  

Three by Kristen Simmons 

 Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story.

At fighting back.

 The Boyfriend List by Renee Novelle 

 The Boyfriend List follows twenty-year-old Reagan in her quest for the perfect relationship after a somewhat tragic spring break breakup leaves her disillusioned about love... again.

Reagan had always prided herself on making levelheaded, practical, analytical decisions about everything. Everything, that is, except where guys are concerned. Which was proven to her, once again, when her “boyfriend” opts to take another girl on their oh-so-romantic trip to his lake house. In order to prevent future heartbreak, she creates a checklist of all the qualities she wants in a man, and vows not to give her heart away again until she can determine if they fit every last criteria.

After scouring campus with her two best friends in her tricky journey, her detective work returns a pile of unworthy rejects, and it seems as though her choices are narrowed down to only two options: the hot stranger who’s inspired her new project, and her best guy friend Ian, who she’s always kept at bay due to his perceived playboy reputation.

Reagan gets more than she bargained for with her new set of rules, however, and is surprised to find that love, and the perfect boyfriend, may have been within reach the entire time. But will Ian’s reputation ruin his chances to prove his worth? And can Reagan let go of her insecurities long enough to even give him a chance?

The Boyfriend List is a light, New Adult romance about friendship, trust, and learning to let go in order to embrace what real love can offer.

Escapement by Ciara Knight  

Ten years after the great war of 2185 the queen’s reign is threatened by uprisings and fear. In celebration of my sixteenth birthday it is my duty as princess to sacrifice a slave to be initiated into the ruling council, solidifying my mother’s empire. When my own erratic powers surface I’m captured and tried for treason. Slaves hate me, my mother wants me executed, and my only chance of survival rests in the hands of a young man, Ryder Arteres, whose sister I sentenced to death.

So that is what I'm reading this week.  What about you, what are you reading?  


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Club Live Discussion: Legend by Marie Lu

I'm super excited to tell everyone about this live discussion we are going to be having over at Google + hangouts.  We will be talking about Legend by Marie Lu on September 13th at 3 PM EST.  It will be recorded just in case you miss it, but we hope you all will join in the fun and discuss this fantastic book with us.  

If you haven't finished it yet or started it, you still have until the 13th to finish! 

 CLICK HERE to RSVP today.

Sunday Post #5

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

 This past week has been a bit laid back, recouping from Bout of Books, but this upcoming week I'm going to get back into my reading and reviewing.   So let's take a glance at this past week shall we?

Last Week On The Blog

This Week On The Blog

  •  If I Stay (Movie Review)
  • Eleanor & Park (Review)
  • Live Show: Book Club Announcement
  • Woe is Oz (Review) 
  • Mini Me Corner (Review) 
  • The One (Review) 

Around the Blogoshpere

New Arrivals to Ali's Bookshelf
                                Martyr by A.R. Kahler           Wildlife by Fiona Wood       
                                           (Review)                                   (Review)       

Alaya Dawn Johnson

A special thanks to Scholastic, Spencer Hill Press and Little Brown Books.  


September To Be Read List

It's the day before September starts and I figured it was time to show all of you what I'll be reading for the next few weeks.  

Books I've Chosen to Read: (These are to be read after Review books)


 Not sure I will get through each of these, but I'm going to try.  Going to start off with Three of course, this way I will have all three of Kristen Simmons Article 5 series finished.  But after that which one of these should I read??
Books to Read for Blog Tours and Reviews:

The Boyfriend List by Renee Novelle 
The Perfect Boyfriend by Renee Novelle

The tour is for The Perfect Boyfriend, but I need to read the first one first, so I'll be reading and reviewing both of these.

Escapement by Ciara Knight
Pendulum by Ciara Knight 
Balance by Ciara Knight

So there you have it, my TBR list for September.  It's rather long, but I know I can get through most of them.

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