Book vs. Movie: Where Rainbows End/Love, Rosie

◆ Where Rainbows End/Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern
◆ Directed by Christian Ditter
◆ Seen March 2015
◆ Purchase the book: The Book Depository
❝ Rosie and Alex have been best friends since they were 5, so they couldn't possibly be right for one another...or could they? When it comes to love, life and making the right choices, these two are their own worst enemies.
I'm slightly (really) late to the party, but I only got to watch the movie last week and I could not resist a book vs. movie comparison. While the movie was definitely swoon-worthy and enjoyable, it wasnn't as inspiring as the book. I liked it less because many aspects of the story were changed or omitted.

Review: The 100

◆ The 100 by Kass Morgan
◆ Read March 2015
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ In the future, humans live in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth's toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the long-abandoned planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources and a growing populace, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland... before it's too late.

Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents are being sent on a high-stakes mission to recolonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet they've only seen from space. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community. But they're haunted by their past and uncertain about the future. To survive, they must learn to trust - and even love - again.
So this was a disappointment. I realize now that I should not have started reading The 100 with the expectation that it would be nearly as good as the TV adaption. Because it is not, not even close. However, for reviewing purposes, I'll focus solely on the book.

Recommendations: Books with Strong Female Characters

In honor of International Women's Day, here are some recommendations for books with strong female characters!

Review: Cupcakes and Crushes

Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri Ford
◆ Read February 2015
◆ English Edition
❝ Years ago, a broken heart sent Annie Cookie running from home, and she’s never looked back—until now. Her grandpa’s broken wrist means the family bakery is at risk of losing two big orders.

Reluctantly, Annie returns to Turtle Pine to help out, only to discover it’s not just seven hundred cupcakes she has to bake, but also a wedding cake for the half-sister who stole her high-school sweetheart. Annie left town to get away from her sister. No way is she getting mixed up with her again. Once the cupcakes are done, she’s outta there.

Back in high school, Cade Revlin hid his crush on his brother’s girl, but when his brother dumped Annie for another Cookie sister, Annie slipped through his fingers and out of town. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to give her a reason to stay.

He’s got one week to change her mind. Or she’ll be gone in a cloud of powdered sugar.
Netgalley provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Everybody likes a little bit of romance now and then and Cupcakes and Crushes has a lot of that. This was a really sweet read with the occasional drama mixed in. 

February Book Haul

Here's my February book haul! I love that the novels by Gillian Flynn are in the same style :)

Review: Red Queen

◆ Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
◆ Read February 2015
◆ English Edition
◆ Purchase: The Book Depository
❝ The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?
I really enjoyed Red Queen, however, I could not quite shake the feeling that it was a combination of various popular Young Adult books like The Hunger Games, The Selection and Divergent.  

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