Saturday, May 30, 2015

Top Ten Books We'd Like To See As a Movie/TV Show

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
This would be such a BEAUTIFUL movie! Well, now that I think about it, it would also be a very bloody movie, but still enjoyable! And it's a standalone which means that you don't have to watch 3 4 movies to get the entire story. I need this to be a movie!

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Ridley Scott is doing this movie.... sometime. I don't know when but I do know that it's going to be AMAZING once it comes out! I love this book so much!
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Can you imagine how visually beautiful and creepy this movie would be? And the whole tone would be amazing. I've love to see the faerie world on screen. Also, I think it would be fine with just one movie since the book itself can standalone.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
It would be so cute and funny! We need a YA book movie that won't make us cry.

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
This is such a great trilogy and I think it would make some awesome movies (even though I kinda hate watching zombies)! Then I could see Eleanor and Daniels relationship on the big screen as well! ;)

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
I can see so much potential in this being a TV show because each book cover's one semester and there could be so much fun in-between the main story. On the other hand, I think this would make a great TV show post-books and follow the girls once they've already gotten their jobs. Either way, I need some Gallagher Girls TV!!!!!

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Movie format doesn't really work for this book, I'd love to see it stretched out into a series. The world is so vast, there are so many adventure that they could have. And after a while they could spin-off Bloodlines!

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Each book lasts a year, there are so many mini adventures that our beloved characters could have that lead up to the main plot of the novel. Also, there could be more time spent on characters like Seamus, Dean, Neville, and all of the Weasleys. I'm not saying that a TV series would be good right now, it's too soon after the movies. Maybe in another 20 years it would work.

Mind Games by Kiersten White
There's a lot that can be done with this story and also this world. I'd love to see it on the screen!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The books are so long and cover such a great period of time that I don't think this could be anything other than a TV show!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl

Title: Keeping the Castle
Author: Patrice Kindl
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
Publication Date: 14 June 2012
Rating: 4 Stars

Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors--or suitors of any kind--in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There's only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans . . .-Summary from Goodreads
I read Keeping the Castle exactly when I needed it the most. It has been over a month since I read a book for fun, and even longer since I found a book that I loved reading. This book pulled me out of a reading slump with its light, fun, silly story. I didn’t realize when I first started it that it is historical fiction set in Regency era England. The last Regency book I read I had to throw put down after a chapter because the dialogue and ideas presented by the characters were so modern it wasn’t even worth it. I did not have that problem here. The dialogue didn’t call attention to itself and fit in well and the ideas on marriage and women fit the time period completely even when the character’s ideas evolved.

This is a story about a girl trying to capture a rich guy so she can save her family. She doesn’t try masking her intentions at all. Her family’s castle (belonging to her little brother), and everything inside of it, is literally falling apart. She needs to marry rich so she can afford repairs to it. Althea is often compared to a Jane Austen heroine but she isn’t a specific one. I can see traits from different characters at times but she remains very much her own character.

Now on to the romance. I can’t say I was the biggest fan of it, but I didn’t despise it either. They have plenty of good scenes together that make me like it, especially the last scene which was hilarious and stayed true to the characters. I thought the point where she realized she was in love with him was a bit too rushed and had little foundation, but you know what? I didn’t care. I just had so much fun with this book that it didn’t matter too much to me.

Keeping the Castle is the perfect book for a rainy day (literally or figuratively). If you are looking for a short, funny, cute, historical romance than this is the perfect book for you.