Book vs. Movie: Mockingjay Part 1

◆ Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
◆ Directed by  Francis Lawrence
◆ Seen November 2014
◆ Purchase the book: The Book Depository
❝ When Katniss destroys the games, she goes to District 13 after District 12 is destroyed. She meets President Coin who convinces her to be the symbol of rebellion, while trying to save Peeta from the Capitol.
Mockingjay was my least favorite book out of the entire series, which was partly because of the lack of arena. One of its strengths, however, was that it allowed more focus on other themes such as the sorrow and desperation characters felt and the way the districts rebelled against the Capitol. All in all, the movie managed to capture these things almost perfectly while also sticking mainly to the original plot.  

Review: Clockwork Angel

◆ Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
◆ Read November 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them....
Clockwork Angel has been on my TBR-list for a long time. The synopsis sounded amazing but because I did not like a the first book in another series by the same author (I'm talking about City of Bones), I felt kind of afraid to start this. I loved this book though, so my worries were unnecessary. 

Dreamcast: Anna and the French Kiss

Each Dreamcast features a selection of actors who I imagine look like the characters from a particular book. This dreamcast is for Anna and the French Kiss.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Eight Sequels I Can't Wait To Get

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Broke and the Bookish. Want to participate? Head over to their blog and find out how it works!  In no particular order:

Review: Ruby Red

◆ Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
◆ Read November 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
Ruby Red kept me up until late in the night because I needed to know what would happen next. So, I think it's safe to say that I really enjoyed it. However, I've been mulling over this review for a while now, because I can't quite put my finger on what I liked so much. 

Fanmix Friday: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

In Fanmix Friday, literature and music are combined. Some particular scenes in books make me think of certain songs. I collect these ideas and incorporate them in a fanmix for a particular piece of literature. In this case, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

Review: Code Name Verity

◆ Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
◆ Read October/November 2014
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.

When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? 
There are so many things I loved about this book, to the point that I literally could not think of a single criticism. It was that good. Not only is it World War II themed, it's about women being awesome, and it gave me a tremendous amount of feels (which is not a bad thing). 

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