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Waiting on Wednesday (9/27/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Origin (Robert Langdon #5)

Author: Dan Brown

Expected Publication:  October 3rd 2017

Publisher:  Doubleday Books

Goodreads Summary:

Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever. Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch. On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us.

I love this series! I first discovered it actually when the movie first came out many many years ago, and I quickly went and got a copy of Angels & Demons to compare how the movie followed the book. I don’t remember what I thought all those years ago, but I am still a fan of the book series and the movie series so it couldn’t have been that bad! I actually just finished watching Inferno earlier this week, and I am geared up and ready to go to read the 5th installment next week!

Who else is a Dan Brown fan? What are you waiting for this week?

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Review

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith, illustrated by Philip SmileyPPZ

Published: May 1st 2009 by Quirk Classics

Goodreads Summary:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.”

Okay, so I jumped on the bandwagon and read this book after the movie came out. For the most part I enjoyed the movie, so I picked up this book at Barnes and Noble the other day to give it a try. I have to say I was quite disappointed in the book, and I was really hoping I would enjoy it. I guess my love of the original work prevented me from enjoying the new zombie aspect. The only thing similar between the two works, was the story line. For the most part PPZ follows the same timeline as PP. The writing seemed a bit forced, it doesn’t flow like PP does. It seemed as if Grahame-Smith wanted to write in the Old English style but make it more modern so that the younger generation could understand it more. It worked in some places and in most places it did not. So if you didn’t understand all of the sarcasm, insults, hidden body language meaning, or hidden agendas in the original, you will definitely be able to pick them up here.

“The business of Mr. Bennett’s life was to keep his daughters alive. The business of Mrs. Bennett’s was to get them married.”

The characters for the most part were pretty much the same, except add in zombie slaying for most of them. Mrs. Bennett was still annoying and didn’t really see a danger to potentially becoming a zombie, she just wanted her daughters married so that they could put away their swords. Elizabeth, who was my favorite in PP, was still strong willed and stubborn in this version. She just had an extra added personality quirk of wanting to kill zombies and visualizing killing anyone she is annoyed with. Although, I did enjoy her wanting to slit her sisters throat for talking too much about nothing of importance. I did not like that everyone was basically just killing people to show off their skills. If the zombie apocalypse was happening, I think I would want as many ninjas and skilled warriors around to fight the zombies rather than killing ninjas to prove my warrior princessness.

“Thank you, sir, but I am perfectly content being the bride of death.”

I think I would have enjoyed the book more if it was shorter. By around 100 pages, I just kept flipping through the back to see how much longer the book was. Even though I really enjoyed the original, I was doing the same thing for that one, so at least they are the same in that aspect.

“Of all the weapons she had commanded, Elizabeth knew the least of love; and of all the weapons in the world, love was the most dangerous.”

Okay last rant and then I promise I will end my review. I did not like the ending. Elizabeth prided herself in being a fine warrior and found that Mr. Darcy was a match in fighting skills. So why, after getting married, does she have to hang up her sword? You get married and you no longer want to hunt zombies? Doesn’t make sense. If anything, I would want to fight side by side my partner because I know they will always have my back. I saw that this was book one in a trilogy, and honestly I will not be reading the rest of this series. Where I did find some of the one liners funny, I just didn’t enjoy it that much to continue.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

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Me Before You Book vs. Movie

Yesterday, I finally saw the Me Before You movie! I read the book a few weeks ago, so you can check out my review of it here.

I was fairly pleased that they kept most of the book in the movie. There was obviously some differences, but it wasn’t that big of a deal (at least to me). The main differences that I noticed were; one-Will’s sister was absent from the movie,  two- Will’s fathers affair was nonexistent, and a few others that I’ll mention below.

What did bother me was the fact that Patrick wasn’t as present in the movie as in the book. That could be because I really really like Matthew Lewis. Okay, you caught me, it’s because he was in Harry Potter <3. In the book, Patrick was not just a class A jerk but he really only noticed Lou when Will got between them. Sure, they dated for a long time, but it was as if he got comfortable in their relationship and just took it for granted. In the movie, Patrick was still a jerk, but it seemed as if he was more oblivious to what was going on and just wanted to run. I could go on, but since he was barely in the film there isn’t much else I can compare. Except, that I wish Neville (sorry I mean Patrick) had more screen time just so I could look at him!

Sam Claflin was an amazing Will! He did a fantastic job and I wouldn’t have wanted to see anyone else in that role.

Alright, now on to Lou. I expected some crazy outfits, but this was over the top.  I know she was going for artsy, but this was…I don’t even know how to describe it. It was the like costume department just bought every item that they liked in a thrift store, and threw it on her. Being out there is one thing, but at least match your colors or something. Also, I realized that the movie left out a big aspect of Lou’s past. I won’t ruin it for people who haven’t read the book, but a life event happened near the castle and Lou didn’t like going near it. In the movie, she had no problems and they never mentioned it. I thought that that particular scene in the book helped solidify Will and Lou’s relationship. He was able to understand her in a new light, and help her get over the past so that she could grow beyond it. But alas, that was not to be in the movie. I also liked the fact that everyone in the movie wasn’t as mean to Lou as they were in the books. In the books, I felt so bad for her I just wanted her to run away from her family and never look back.

Overall, I think I enjoyed the movie a little bit more than the book. The acting was great, and I love the cast.

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Which version did you like better, the movie or the book?

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Me Before You Review

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26067879Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published: January 5, 2012

Left is the original cover and the right is the movie adaptation, that was released April 26, 2016. As much as I love original covers, I bought the new one because it was cheaper.

Goodreads Summary:

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Everyone on Goodreads seems to fairly enjoy this book, and giving it high praises. Well it currently does have a 4.31 rating, but I didn’t like it that much. I thought where the premise was interesting, the book moved at a very slow pace. Honestly, the only reason I bought and read the book was because the movie was coming out. Left to my own devices, I most likely would not have read this book. While it was good, it just wasn’t that enjoyable to me.

Louisa, I thought was a great character. I didn’t like the fact that she was constantly laughed at and called stupid multiple times. She was fairly looked down upon by her family, boyfriend, and employers for the most part. It wasn’t until she gained confidence in herself that she finally started to stand up for herself. I won’t go into the fact that the only reason she even started changing her life was because of Will and he basically told her to.

Another aspect that  I did not like about the book was the switching of narrators. For about 85% of the book, we get just Lou’s narration, and then all of a sudden we start getting chapters from other characters. This did not help the other characters out in the slightest. I already didn’t like Treena, and after her chapter I disliked her even more. Her chapter showed just how shallow and self obsessed about herself she is, even though she has a son and uses him to get what she wants. It also started to confuse me on who was speaking during that chapter. I kept thinking it was Lou only to remember that it was Treena’s chapter. oy vey.

Hopefully, I’ll like the movie adaptation better than the book. But, let’s be honest when is a movie better than the book?

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars.