Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them: Review of the Original Screenplay + some fangirling~

First of all, some background info: The first book I have read and was able to finish in the year 2017 is none other than a screenplay, instead of a novel. which is quite interesting as I have not read a screenplay before and the fact that it’s J.K. Rowling’s first screenwriting debut. J.K. Rowling, being the author of the Harry Potter series has made a franchise beloved by so many fans worldwide and now is in the process of making a prequel spin-off series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will be a five film series. The first film had been released in November 2016 with the sequel being released in 2018.

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Summary: J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

My thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed reading the screenplay, although it wasn’t written in novel form J.K. Rowling’s writing made me feel like I was watching the movie again. I had watched the film beforehand and reading the screenplay was a very interesting experience for me. It would be quite interesting if the other movies had screenplays published too….or even as a fully fleshed novel for that matter. 5/5 stars!

Waiting for The Bone Witch.. + blog update 

I have been so busy with school work + has been a crazy year for me for the past few months and so I haven’t been able to update my blog as much as I wanted to. Since then, I have been discovering books and adding them to my TBR pile and have been piling them more and more(and never reading any of them… lol) and so I felt sorry for my blog and decided to post this update. 

One of the books I had come across was a book that I had seen a while ago and that was The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. 

(The cover looks so gorgeous!) 

The summary is as follows: 

A bard meets a young girl living in exile along a sea of skulls. At his urging, she recounts her beginnings and rise in a society of spellbinders called asha. As a bone witch, her powers of necromancy make her feared and shunned by the populace, but tolerated for her abilities to slay daeva – fearsome beasts that plague the kingdoms.  But there is more to the girl than she first appears. Soon the bard begins to suspect that there is more to her tale than what she claims, and that he has a far greater role to play in her story than even he realizes. (Official Website) 

I have read the author’s first novel, The Girl From the Well and although I have not read the sequel to it(which I will once I reread the first one), I seriously can’t wait to dive into this one! The book doesn’t come out until March 7th, 2017 but I can’t wait! 

And that cover!! :O 😀

Update: The school semester has just started so I might not have that much time on my hands but hopefully I’ll be able to read some of these books in my TBR 😀 #somuchtodo 


Blog Tour: VICARIOUS by Paula Stokes

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I have decided to be part of the Vicarious blog tour. When I heard about this book, I thought it would be interesting to read about a main character whose background was in South Korea and also the fact that the story had an interesting premise and so I became a beta reader as a Korean-American for this particular book. Below is a mini review and an interview I did with the author, Paula Stokes.

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Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they’ve escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

 Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities in the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you–for a price.

 When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her own life in the process.

 Paula Stokes weaves together a series of mysteries and the story of an unbreakable bond between sisters in this unforgettable high-tech thrill ride.

My Mini Review: I enjoyed beta reading this story. The concept of ViSE recordings was very intriguing to me. I loved reading about Winter and Rose and the ending made me want to read more of the story. It’s very interesting when an author tries to tackle a dark topic set in a very different country from the author’s own and I think she wrote it very well. I really can’t wait to read the sequel!! I would recommend reading this book if you enjoy dark thrillers and reading from different perspectives.

Here is an interview I did with Paula!

What was your first impression of South Korea? 

You’re asking me to remember something from ten years ago, but I’ll do my best. When I first traveled to South Korea, it was to take a job as an English Language Trainer. Where I worked, ELTs were paired with bilingual Korean teachers and worked with Korean students who had at least a rudimentary grasp of English. As luck would have it, my plane was delayed an entire day on my way to Seoul and my luggage (two suitcases jam-packed with everything I might need for the next year) got lost. So I was quite stressed out when I arrived in Seoul. But my initial impression was that it was like a more-crowded, higher-tech version of Manhattan. People were all moving quickly, most of them looking down at phones. They weren’t unfriendly—they were just going about their daily life at a slightly faster pace than me 🙂 I loved walking the city streets—the wide sidewalks, tall buildings, carts with delicious food for sale. But for me personally, my first few days in Seoul were pretty overwhelming.

 

What was one unique experience that you had in South Korea? Did you notice any big cultural differences? 

Just the process of eating dinner is different in South Korea than in the U.S. I went out with other Western teachers as well as Korean teachers many times, and I had to learn the proper way to do things—how to pour the tea for others and to hold my cup with two hands when it was poured with me. Unlike in the U.S., where if you go out with a group of friends everyone normally orders their own food, in Korea people often order many small plates and share food. And do not even get me started on the steel chopsticks! I had never seen slick metal chopsticks before I went to South Korea. For the first couple of weeks, I seriously thought I might starve 😉

 

Do you have a particular favorite restaurant in South Korea? 

I do not. My favorite places to eat were little family owned places serving tabletop barbecue and food carts serving hotteok and tteokbokki 🙂

 

What would you like to tell other people who might want to visit South Korea? 

 First of all, learn to read Hangul, and I don’t mean translate into English—just learn how to sound out the characters. It will help you navigate the subways and order food in some places. I remember wanting an angel cream donut once and not knowing the words for “angel cream donut” and I don’t really like pointing at stuff—it feels sort of degrading for both parties. When I looked at the Hangul sign, I realized the characters spelled out “Ahn-jul-crem-uh.” Some things actually have names that you know. You just have to be able to figure that out.

Second, learn a few basic Korean phrases. This goes for anywhere you travel. If you’re visiting a country where English isn’t one of the official languages, you really ought to at least be able to say “hello”, “good-bye”, “excuse me”, “where is”, “how much”, “can you help me?”, and “thank you.” Thank you in Korean is a little tricky, but even if you do it wrong, people will appreciate the effort.

Finally, give yourself enough time to see more than just Seoul. Seoul is incredible, but so is the Korean countryside, especially some of the beautiful mountains you can climb. Korea isn’t the easiest country to navigate if you don’t speak the language, but be brave and try new things. You’ll be glad you did.

Check out the next blog tour post about Writing Outside of Perspective (Part 2) over at Hiver et Café!

 

 

 

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Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts. She’s the author of several novels, most recently Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks

 

You can find Vicarious with the links below! 😀

Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780765380944

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vicarious-Novel-Paula-Stokes/dp/0765380943/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vicarious-paula-stokes/1122537659

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Vicarious-Paul-Stokes/9780765380944

Blog Tour Schedule

Mon. 8/15         Introduction + tour schedule                        authorpaulastokes.com

 

Tues. 8/16         Writing outside my perspective: Part 1       ivybookbindings.blogspot.com

 

Wed. 8/17         Review + interview with Paula                     readingandsometea.wordpress.com

 

Thurs. 8/18        Writing outside my perspective: Part 2       hiveretcafe.blogspot.ca

 

Fri. 8/19             Review + five facts about Winter                 bookcatpin.blogspot.ca

 

Mon. 8/22         Writing outside my perspective: Part 3       www.xpressoreads.com

 

Tues. 8/23         Review + five facts about Jesse                    bookiemoji.com

 

Wed. 8/24         Writing outside my perspective: Part 4       www.thesilverwords.com

 

Thurs. 8/25        Review + five facts about Rose                    cahreviews.blogspot.com

 

Fri. 8/26             Writing outside my perspective: Part 5       www.bookrookreviews.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update on blog

I haven’t posted in a long time due to personal stuff and so I decided to post an update on the blog with a change I recently decided to make. I have been watching a lot of anime recently and discovered(?) a different type of novel form called ‘light novels’. Light novels are the Japanese form of young adult novels, but with a few illustrations and usually are adapted into anime and sometimes into manga. I have decided to include not just YA novel reviews and posts, but also light novel related posts so I can expand my horizon and read different kinds of stories and not just sticking to one type of medium.

 

 

 

Book Review: After the Woods by Kim Savage

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Summary: 

“Statistically speaking, girls like me don’t come back when guys like Donald Jessup take us.”

Julia knows she beat the odds. She escaped the kidnapper who hunted her in the woods for two terrifying nights that she can’t fully remember. Now it’s one year later, and a dead girl turns up in those same woods. The terrible memories resurface, leaving Julia in a stupor at awkward moments-in front of gorgeous Kellan MacDougall, for example.

At least Julia’s not alone. Her best friend, Liv, was in the woods, too. When Julia got caught, Liv ran away. Is Liv’s guilt over leaving Julia the reason she’s starving herself? Is hooking up with Shane Cuthbert, an addict with an explosive temper, Liv’s way of punishing herself for not having Julia’s back? As the devastating truth about Liv becomes clear, Julia realizes the one person she thinks she knows best-Liv-is the person she knows least of all. And that after the woods was just the beginning.

My Review:

This was one of my most anticipated YA book of 2016 and it completely messed with my mind. I enjoyed reading from Julia’s point of view and most of the story involved with Julia dealing with the aftermath of the Shiverton Abduction and also about Julia’s friendship with Liv. Julia’s and Liv’s relationship felt so complicated as I kept on reading Julia’s story.
The ending also felt a little confusing, which made me kept on thinking about the story even after I finished it.

Rating: 4 stars

Cover Reveal: And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich 

A new cover for a new book by the author of The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich! 

  
Summary: 

A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich 

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich. (Goodreads) 

I really admire the atmospheric cover. I think it goes well the title and the plot. 
I really can’t wait for this one, as I really enjoyed The Dead House


Books That I Read & Loved (2015)

There are 5 days left of 2015 and all I can think of are more books to read(and obsess about) that are to release in 2016. (Seriously!! More books!!)

Meanwhile, I decided to make a blog post about books that I have enjoyed reading in year 2015. 🙂

  1. Shutter by Courtney Alameda

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The main character- a tetrachromat, using a camera to exorcise ghosts. What more do you need..all that action!

2. The Awesome by Eva Darrows

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I think the cover speaks for itself 🙂

3. The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Page

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This is the sequel to the first book in the Dorothy Must Die series. This being one of the many fairytale retellings that I enjoy~

4. Liars Inc.

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This one had a plot twist that I never expected. I also like the way the author told the story.

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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One of the books I was able to finish in less than 24 hours 🙂

6. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

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Staying up all night finishing this book.. and no regrets 🙂

7. The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Pros: the cover, diary entries, the creepiness, everything

Cons: don’t know any.. 🙂

8. Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul

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Toxic friendships.. what else?

I CANNOT WAIT for more books to be released in 2016!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul

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Summary:

Mattie shouldn’t be at the bonfire. She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene. After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sophomore year for a reason.

But now Mattie is a senior, and she’s sick of missing things. So here she is.

And there’s Jolene: Beautiful. Captivating. Just like the stories she wove. Mattie would know; she used to star in them. She and Jolene were best friends. Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson.

But when Mattie runs into Hudson and gets a glimpse of what could have been, she decides to take it all back: the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live. Problem is, Mattie can’t figure out where Jolene ends and she begins.

Because there’s something Mattie hasn’t told anyone—she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left.

Poignant and provocative, Marcy Beller Paul’s debut novel tells the story of an intoxicating—and toxic—relationship that blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, love and loyalty, friendship and obsession.

Ok. This book. Woah..

The book’s style seemed very poetic and almost felt like reading one very big poem; following Mattie’s thoughts until the very end. Half the time I enjoyed it, the other half I just felt complicated.

Mattie, the main character was one very complicated character. Sadly, she is actually one of the few characters I could relate to.

Rating: 5 stars (more like 6 stars out of a 5 star rating)

Most Anticipated Books of 2016 

It’s almost December and soon it will be 2016! I can’t believe it,time passes too quickly!! But that also means more books to read~ Some of my most anticipated books are:

1. After The Woods by Kim Savage


I love thrillers and I love this cover. No explanation needed 😉

2. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke


I am so obsessed with this book cover!! And intrigued by the plot. It sounds so mysterious, I can’t wait!!

3. Teen Frankenstein (High School Horror #1) by Chandler Baker


THAT COVER 🙂

4. The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich


I really enjoyed The Dead House so I can’t wait for this one! And plus it comes out on my birthday!!(according to Goodreads)

5. The Merciless II by Danielle Vega


I can’t wait to read the sequel!

6. Vicarious #1 by Paula Stokes


Although I beta read this I loved the plot! It was nothing I’ve ever read about, technically. And this comes out next year so people should read it. READ IT. 🙂

7. The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Love how the cover looks somewhat magical. 🙂
These are just some of the books I can’t wait to read!! What are your faves?

Book Review: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

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Summary: Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Stella came back. Jeanie never did.

Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush—until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.

Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.

She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore. 

It took me a while to fish this book but I was able to finish it and the first thought that came to me was that I really didn’t like particularly was the romance. I couldn’t connect with it as much so I felt it dragged the story down a little but because of the mystery itself I kept on reading until the end.

The plot itself was really interesting, as it was a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a little girl, Jeanie. The whole mystery was surrounded around Norse mythology and I think it made the story more interesting.

Rating: 3.5 stars