Friday, December 28, 2012

Books vs. Movies

It's time to do a books vs. movies entry. I was at Barnes & Noble yesterday, hoping to spend some of a gift card that a good friend got me for the holiday, and I happened to come across a rack called "In the Theater." Needless to say, it was a rack of books that have recently been made into movies and are now showing in theaters.

So, since I have lately noticed that lots of books are getting made into movies, I want to know if any of you have seen any of the recent movies, or are planning to, and how they are? There are several I'd like to see for sure, and I've been known in the past to go see films that have been made into books. So, let's discuss:

1. Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy
2. Silver Linings Playbook- Matthew Quick
3. Warm Bodies- Issac Marion
4. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
5. The Host- Stephenie Meyer
6. The Hobbit- J.R.R. Tolkein
7. Les Miserables- Victor Hugo
8. On the Road- Jack Kerouac
9. City of Bones-Cassandra Clare
10. The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
11. Life of Pi- Yann Martel
12. Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2- Stephenie Meyer

Also coming out soon should be the next installment in the Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire. So, any books you'd like to see made into movies? Any movies out there you thought were better than the books? What about TV shows? True Blood, The Walking Dead, and Bones, are all really big hits, and all were based off of books. I know for years there's been talk of doing a TV spin off of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake Series.

Also recently made into film:

1. The Help- Katherine Stockett
2. Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte

Let me know of any I've forgotten, or any others you know of!

Lady D

Monday, December 24, 2012

Seduced by a Pirate

Seduced by a Pirate (Fairy Tales, #4.5)Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novella is a companion novella to Eloisa James' The Ugly Duchess. It follows Sir Griffin Barry, the captain of the Flying Poppy, home to his wife whom he hasn't seen in seventeen years.

On his wedding night, Sir Griffin Barry, a young lad of only seventeen, found himself de-manned by his wife's extraordinary beauty. She was a few years older, and he just couldn't seem to... complete the deed. So, in his shame, he jumped out the window, went to a pub, and got rip roaring drunk. The next morning, he awoke to find himself pres-ganged onto a ship, and already at sea. His leap to piracy came shortly after that.

Phoebe, the wife he left behind, started a life of her own without her husband, and adopted three young children. She enjoys her babies, and living her solitary life in a country manor.

But when Griffin abruptly shows back up in her life, she's not sure she wants to be married to this gruff pirate that left her alone for so many years. But Griffin is more than pleased with his wife, and is ready to show her that he is no longer the inexperienced youth he once was. Will he be able to win his wife over before it's too late?

This was a great companion novella to The Ugly Duchess, and I'm glad that I got to read more about Sir Griffin Barry, since he was such an interesting character in the original novel. His wife was a bit less exciting for me, but, I still loved the overall story. All I can say though, is that at the end, I wanted more!

Lady D

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Ugly Duchess

The Ugly Duchess (Fairy Tales, #4)The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is another great Eloisa James gem. This is part of her fairy tale series, where she takes classic fairy tails, and retells them in Recency Romance. This one, as suggested by the title, was for the Ugly Duckling.

Theodora, or Theo to most everyone, and Daisy, to her closest companion James, recently debuted in the ton. She is not the most beautiful of girls, though neither her mother nor James seems to notice. She is doing what every young debutante in the ton is supposed to be: looking for a husband.

James Ryburn recently learned that his father not only overspent their entire fortune and estate, but also embezzled much of Theo's dowry. James' father's solution? James must marry Theo.

When Theo and James get married, the ton is scandalized. When they separate, they're even more so. Will James and Theo realize what they had before it's too late? And will the ton ever realize that Theo is so much more than The Ugly Duchess?

This book was not quite as great as the other two I've read in this series, and the reason I say that, is that the book is divided into two parts. Part one is leading up to the separation, and part two is after. I kept waiting in part one for the separation to happen so that we could really get into the romance.

Part two was amazing. I love a good woman scorned story, and I also love the man trying to win her back. This had both of those things. I just wished we had less of part one, and more of part two. In the end, this was a great read, and any Eloisa James fans need to pick this up. Anyone not an Eloisa James fan would still enjoy a great whimsical historical romance.

Lady D

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales, #2)When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Eloisa James has done it again in this retelling of the classic fairy tail of Beauty and the Beast. Piers is the Earl of Marchant, an angry, bitter man who has a leg injury and therefore uses a cane. He's also a doctor. He has three "under" doctors, and one friend, in this case his cousin, who also helps him. If you've ever watched a certain show on FOX, this is sounding familiar to you. Eloisa James totally based the character of Piers on Dr. Gregory House. I love it!

Linnet is the classic beauty, men want her, women hate her or want to be her, because she's so beautiful and perfect. But when she gets thrown over by the Prince, and she wears a gown to a ball that makes her look like she's expecting, her reputation is ruined, and no man will have her... until her Aunt shows up with an idea.

Since the Earl of Marchant is reputed to be incapable of fathering children, and lo and behold, here's a lady who is supposedly carrying a Prince's child, they make a match, using Piers' father, who is itching for an heir. But will Linnet and Piers be able to stand each other once they meet? They surely don't think so.

This was great. I love the show House, and when I started noticing the similarities between Piers and the fictional doctor, I kind of fell in love with him a little. I was not as big of a fan of Linnet at first, since she seemed somewhat vain, and silly. But as the book went on, I began to see that she wasn't as she originally seemed.

Just like in A Kiss at Midnight, this differs from the original fairy tail... a lot, but that fact doesn't detract from the story, it helps it, I think. Had it been a strait retelling, I think it would've been boring.

Overall, the humor in this book is charming, the sex is hot, and it's just a great book!

If you're a fan of Eloisa James, this is a must read. If you've never read her before, pick this up! It's a great historical romance with that touch of whimsy that just makes it a gem.

Lady D

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Phoenix Feather

Phoenix FeatherPhoenix Feather by Angela Wallace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Aidan Quinn is not your typical college student. She is a phoenix, who is living her life as a human. Every 100 years, she retreats to a remote location to die and be reborn, and she has lived almost 2000 years on this planet.

Aidan meets firefighter Trent McCain at work one day, and they seem to hit it off. Along with her friends, Chris and Phoebe, this life for Aidan seems pretty good... until a serial killer starts targeting red-headed victims.

Bryan, Trent's brother, is assigned to the case, and he hopes to solve it before the killer comes after the woman his brother is seeming to fall in love with.

This book was very interesting for me. The main character Aidan seemed very distant and aloof at the start of the book, and then seemed to become more human as she interacted more with Chris, Phoebe, and Trent.

The only reason I gave this book three stars instead of four is something that happens at the end of the book, and Trent's reaction to it. He was just so nonchalant that it was a bit unbelievable. Other than that, this was a great, quick read, and if you're looking for a feel-good book with a bit of suspense, this will be a good one for you!

*Review copy provided by the author

Lady D

Monday, December 10, 2012

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy

How to Drive a Dragon Crazy (The Dragon Kin, #6)How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Aiken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

About time! I have been waiting for Izzy and Eibhear's book since Briec and Tailaith's, book, which was book two.

This, as all the rest, was a great story. I love having watched Iseabail grow up from being a princess into a warrior. Who she is now totally fits her. But I was surprised in the direction Ms. Aiken took Eibhear. He too is now a total warrior, and part of the Mi-Runach, which is the Dragon Queen's... as Izzy put it, berserker elite. Eibhear has become quite rough and tough, although who he was is still there... kind of.

Izzy and Eibhear are headed back to Garbhan Isle, after years of being at battle, and once they get there, they immediately set off for the Desert Lands to find help for Rhianwen, Izzy's younger sister, who is having trouble controlling her magicks.

While in the Desert Lands, Rhydderch Hael makes an appearance, and tasks Izzy with saving Vateria, a dragon Queen she had fought in the past.

The romance between Izzy and Eibhear has always been tumultuous, and this was no different. They bickered, and they fought it, and Izzy tormented him, but in the end, they couldn't resist each other. I loved watching them fall. But, will they fall for good? Neither one seems to want more than just a night... or two.

This is a great book, and fans of Izzy and Eibhear will rejoice at finally getting what they've been waiting for. My only complaint with this book is that like Ms. Aiken's other books, the majority of this book is faced on the romance between the two characters, and then at the very end, BOOM! Action, action, action. Still, I can't wait for the next book in the series, because I just can't get enough of these dragons!

Lady D

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Bite Before Christmas

The Bite Before Christmas (Argeneau, #15.5; Night Huntress, #6.5)The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Home For the Holidays- Jeaniene Frost

To be honest, I bought this book just for the Night Huntress short story. I liked the short story, for sure, but at the same time, I have some minor critiques... mainly that there wasn't enough Cat/Bones time together in said story.

Cat and Bones have decided to have a good old fashioned Christmas at home, with their closest family and friends. But, when a long-lost member of Bones' blood family from when he was alive shows up, things start to get a little... strange.

Cat, Ian, and Denise are left to figure out what's going on, and how to fix the problems with the rest of the guests that had been invited to the party. But can they figure out what's going on before someone gets killed... permanently?

This was great for a novella/short story. It was actually a lot longer than I thought it would be, which was awesome, and it featured almost all of my favorite Night Huntress characters, with the exception of Don and Tate.

The only problem with this story is as always, at the end, I wanted more more more! If you're a Night Huntress fan, this is one you surely shouldn't miss!

Lady D