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Library Awesomeness Haul- No. 4

I picked up some books from the library last Saturday. I wasn’t actually going to post this, but I haven’t read that much in the past few days 😦 so I don’t have a book review for you! This one is only a few books, but it’s better than nothing, right?

As you guys have probably noticed, I’ve been more into writing lately. I have been picking up a few from the library each time I go, for a little professional help. There is no perfect ‘how to write’ book. But hopefully this book has some little gems in it. It looks like it was meant for little kids, but hey, you never know!

Another writing book, focused on making the first five pages of your novel great! Seems very useful, and this one isn’t tough to find like Spilling Ink!

I read a sample of this on my Kindle! It totally got me hooked, and I couldn’t wait to read it! My Goodreads says I am reading it right now, but that isn’t really true. I’m about to start it, I promise!

I found this book on Goodreads and added it without looking to much into it. (shame on me, shame, shame) The idea seems good on the surface, but it is one of those hit-or-misses if you ask me! Wings and fairies and all things supernatural are tough to get right. I really want to enjoy it, but you can be sure I’ll tell you about it!

Lastly is a book I have been waiting quite a while to read. If you remember a few weeks back, I read (and TOTALLY loved) two of Sarah Addison Allen’s other books: Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen. This is one of her most popular novels, so I can’t wait to read it!

That is all for this time guys! I’ll be back soon with a book review of one of these!

Olivia

P.S. has anyone seen Dark Shadows? I was going to see it, but it seems to be getting very rough reviews. I would like opinions please! My mind is still open!

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Movie Review- The Lucky One

Despite my recent lack of reading (I haven’t picked up a book not for school in about 4 days *GASP*) I did see The Lucky One in theaters yesterday! I admit I had high hopes for the movie, because

a.) The book was great.

b.) Zac Efron is very hansome.

and c.) Overall, I like Nicholas Sparks!

Maybe I set my hopes too high, but I didn’t like this movie as much as I thought I would. It isn’t a movie that I would watch over and over, but I would recommend it!

If you want a synopsis of the book/ movie, click here.

Moving on the real stuff. Part of the reason that I waited until today to post this movie review instead of writing it yesterday is that I wasn’t quite sure of my opinion of this movie at first. To be honest, I still can’t totally make up my mind. But mostly, I enjoyed this movie.

As with all movies, certain sacrifices had to be made to fit the events into a short-(ish) run time. However, I felt like too many important events were skipped! There were many parts that I felt should have been included, but weren’t. I expected it to be closer to the book than it was. Although I can say that it could stand alone as a good movie if you hadn’t read the book, and that is always a plus!

Whatever happened to all of Nicholas Sparks’ books being set in North Carolina? I mean, really? Hampton, Louisiana? Jambalaya night instead of taco night? Whyyyyyyyyy!!

Compared to the book, my friend and I both agreed that they squished the first half of the book into a 20 minute segment, and then drew the rest out for another hour and 20 minutes! I realize that the first half is a little boring, and quite frankly romance free, but it seems unfair to the book.

The rest of the movie was great! The actors wear wonderful- although I wish Clayton had been portrayed in a more negative light. It was a quick way to pass a rainy day, and I can see why they call this a date movie. It is very romantic and can get sappy in places, but it still kept that unpredictability that surprised me in the book. The end was great, just like in the book. I recommend this book to those who appreciate a romance, but if not then this probably isn’t for you. 🙂

I finished Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen about a week ago. I don’t plan on writing a review of it, but if you want one tell me below. It was awesome, by the way! And I watched A Walk to Remember this afternoon! It made me cry, of course. But it still rocked! Definitely need to read the book now…. 😉

Have fun reading and movie- watching, everyone!

Olivia

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 27-Favorite fiction book

I have finally decided to pick back up and finish my 30 Day Book Challenge! It’s been a while.

All of my followers know that I LOVE Tahereh Mafi and Shatter Me! My favorite fiction book is just my favorite book, since I’m not a huge non-fiction gal. Every time I read this book, I feel the language. Language is what speaks to me, that is why I can get into her beautiful metaphors! I also instantly fall for books that make me feel strong emotion(s), and man does this do it!

I am guessing some people MIGHT be tired of me talking about this book. Well, too bad. I won’t!

I have also posted about this book in my Library Awesomeness Haul No. 2!, 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 22- Book that contains your favorite scene, Book Review- Shatter Me. A lot, right? 🙂

I finished Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen last night, so a review is coming soon!

Olivia

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Book Review- The Sugar Queen

I know that I just posted yesterday that I was starting this. I can’t help that this book was so good! I stayed up until 11 last night reading (which I have been known to do on multiple occasions!) until I finished! I gave this 5 stars on Goodreads and am currently FORCING one of my friends to read it. It was that good!

The story centers around a 27 year old woman named Josey who has a pretty stinky life. She is lonely, stuck in a small town doing chores for her mother, and spends her free time hidden in her closet reading romance novels and eating candy. One day she opens her closet to find a woman named Della Lee sitting there(and refusing to move). That is when everything changes. She meets new friends who change her life, and help her find the love she has been waiting for! There is drama, romance, and a wee bit of magic!

Normally, books with “a wee bit of magic” annoy me. It seems like magic is one of those things where you either include it, or you don’t. You either make a magical world or set it in a world where there is no magic whatsoever. That is just the way it should be! Boy, was I wrong! I guess I never read a book that had the perfect balance of real and imaginary, until I found this one! 🙂

I loved this book! The characters are very relate-able, with realistic emotions and vices. This is also another one of those books where the characters are surprisingly dynamic, but still the same character deep down. The plot is enjoyable, and even though I didn’t realize it, from the first few pages I was hooked. Oh, and the happy ending is a plus too! (you know how I am with sad endings)

One of the little bits of magic is that one of the main characters, Chloe, has an “ability”. Books appear whenever she needs them. These books happen to be about whatever Chloe needs the most help with at that time. When she doesn’t want to read them, they are relentless. They follow her everywhere! I dare you to name for me a book-lover who wouldn’t DIE to have this “superpower”! 😀

I highly recommend this book! I am now reading Garden Spells, also by Sarah Addison Allen. Hope you enjoy the book and I’ll talk to you later!

Olivia

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