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Book Blast: My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

Friday, September 27, 2013
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My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer 
Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it. When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.

Author Dorothy Dreyer I'm a Philippine-born American living in Germany with my husband and two teens. I write young adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. I also like to read those kinds of books. Aside from reading, I like movies, chocolate, take-out, coffee, traveling, and having fun with my friends and family. I've also been known to make a pretty sweet cupcake. I tend to sing sometimes, too, so keep me away from your Karaoke bars.

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Guest Post: The Most Successful Screen Adaptations

Thursday, September 26, 2013

It is always interesting to re-read favorite books, but no less great pleasure to review some wonderful screen adaptations which are just breathtaking. These films give a lot of impressions, phrases of some characters are written immediately to quote pad, and such films get dozens of prestigious awards from film critics. These films, like the books, change the generation’s outlook and become a model of high art. And if only two great geniuses, the author and director, meet each other, they create the most successful masterpiece of world cinema.

The Green Mile
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Director: Frank Darabont
Writers: Stephen King(novel),  Frank Darabont(screenplay)

This film can be called a masterpiece without exaggeration. Darabont is extremely talented and professional director. He had two options - either to change the book for the sake of giving the film a more glossy and popular shades, which would disfigure the author with the scenic conventions, or just film the book, flipping in front of the audience page by page. He chose the second option which was probably the only true.

The director did not miss any, even the smallest detail; he was meticulous and precise in everything. Even the characters’ dialogs are close to the text, everything is clearly and precisely. There were only a few subtle changes, but the atmosphere of the novel, the atmosphere of fear and pain, the spirit of the late, the very hard way in life of criminals were given delicious. The film is very emotional, perhaps even sentimental. But it's not cheap sentimentality of Brazilian soap operas. This is a real, vital feeling that touches crazy.

Gone With The Wind
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Director: Victor Fleming
Writers: Margaret Mitchell (novel), Sidney Howard (screenplay)

Gone with the Wind was the first color film in the history of cinema. And now we, the people are spoiled by special effects, do not stop to admire the variety of sky shades over Tara estate, blinding flames of  Atlanta fire, endless sea of snow-white cotton fields . No other special effects in our modern films can be compared with this natural, soulful beauty.

Do you know what the real beauty of this film is? Its charm doesn’t lie in distinguished awards and honors. This film continues to win, captivate the audience. Director created such film, which is full of unprecedented power, beauty and spirituality, that any other one will not be equal to it for a long time. It is art. It is life. It is the era.

The Shawshank Redemption

Director: Frank Darabont
Writers: Stephen King short story "Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption"), Frank Darabont (screenplay)

It is another adaptation of the novel by Stephen King. Of course, this film is not so much about the escape and the horrors of prison life as primarily about human relationships and people. And, first of all, it is the story about a remarkable man, told to us by his friend. In addition to the excellent acting and brilliant screenplay adaptation of King's book, many things of which we can safely quote, it is worth noting technical execution of the painting: a great camera work and editing, sound good and work of the artist, unobtrusive, dramatic, soft and very beautiful Thomas Newman’s  music which fits perfectly into the film style and conveys the atmosphere of Redemption, the inner world of characters and experiences pictures. In this film everything is proportionate and surprisingly reliable. It is a film about freedom and the victory of the individual over the system.
Written and submitted by young blogger Alex Strike, who works at eBooks site at the moment.

Review and Giveaway: The Funny Adventure of Little Nani by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won’t be successful all the time. Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies… Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters! Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!


“I’m bored!”
“How can you say that you are bored when I am reading to you one of the funniest books I have read in a long time?” said Horse in an exasperated tone. When Little Nani shrugged her shoulders,
Horse had retreated to his favourite rocking chair in a corner of the room.
“Can I go out and make angels?” asked Little Nani, who was upside down, standing on her hands.
“Don’t be silly. You can only make angels in the snow, not in the rain,” said Horse without raising his eyes from the book.
“Can I go out and jump in the pools?” asked Little Nani, who was hopscotching all over the room.
“If you go out you will get soaking wet, and then you will catch a bad cold, and then you won’t be able to go out for a long time,” said the impatient horse. He didn’t like being interrupted while reading.
“Then I will cast a spell to make the sun come back,” said Little Nani, trying to take her magic wand out of her pocket while rolling on the floor. Big Billy, watching her efforts to take her magic wand out, and  fearing that Little Nani could make the rain turn into a tempest, quickly pecked Little Nani’s hand.
“Ouch!” exclaimed Little Nani. “That hurt!”
She tried once more to take her magic wand from her pocket, but this time it was Skinny Nikki who pecked Little Nani’s hand.
“Ouch!” exclaimed Little Nani again. It was pretty clear by now to Little Nani that she wasn’t going to have any fun that day. She thought that the rain was boring and, folding her arms with an angry look,  she sat down in a corner.

About the Author:

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, and "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on Smashwords. 



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Review and Giveaway: The Summer of Me & You by Rae Hachton

Thursday, September 19, 2013
“Yeah, but sometimes it's the things that burn the brightest, that burn out first.”


This is the summer of first love. The summer of magic. The Summer of Me and You.

Kaleb has loved Kayleigh ever since first grade, even if he's never admitted it to anyone. Not even himself. But this summer, that's about to change.

Kaleb's had a troubled past, and Kayleigh's life has always been perfect. He'd love nothing more than to be the guy who ruins it all, and make her fall for him against her mother's wishes.

Kayleigh is a complete nerd. Or at least that's how she feels. She just knows that a guy like Kaleb would never really want to be with a girl like her. So she's going to avoid him at all costs.

But then why do they always end up hanging out together?

When a secret that both their parents kept from them comes out, it will define the true meaning of love.

But when this summer ends, will Kaleb and Kayleigh have to say goodbye, or is this just the beginning of many more summers to come?

My Review:

          I’ve read two more books by Rae Hachton, but the moment I saw the cover and synopsis for The Summer of Me & You I knew that it would be different from Frankie’s Monster or Pretty in Black. Although this novel had a certain amount of darkness it seemed build on a more positive and lighter world.
This is the story of Kayleigh first love and Kaleb true love. They are both so different that if you saw them on the street you would never imagine them together. 

          Kayleigh is that kind of quiet girl that spends her time reading and learning. She is obviously very smart, but not so much when it came to Kaleb. It was obvious to me, to their parent, to everyone around them that Kaleb was madly in love with her, but she couldn’t see it. It’s like she was blind and she always saw herself as average, never standing out like other girls. She couldn’t understand that her being different is what Kaleb loved about her.

          Kaleb on the other hand had a somehow hard life. He fascinates me; he is damaged, broken and really dangerous. And I don’t exactly consider his family dysfunctional because both his mother and stepfather are very nice people and I absolutely loved sweet Alison. There was only Rebekah, his stepsister that kind of ruined his life. Yes, I think that she was part of the bad influences in his life. 

          But even if they are so different I loved their relationship, romantic or not. When they were together they seemed to have so much fun and they would both forget about all the drama in their lives. The dialogue and smart remarks were beyond funny. Even when they tried to be mean to each other I found myself laughing. Yes, there were a couple of times when I thought that they won’t have a happy ending, but I am glad I was wrong.

“Everyone likes sex, Kayleigh—including you. One day,” I added, because I was pretty sure she'd never had sex before. “You can't hide behind those glasses forever. That's why you're afraid of me.”
“Keep my glasses out of this. They have nothing to do with it.” She pointed to her face.
**no one messes with the glasses ~O-O~

          Also I liked Gunner. I liked how he acted all goofy and not serious at all, but when the moment came he was like a superhero, all serious and deep. And yes I said superhero because that’s what I thought when he rescued Kayleigh. That was the coolest scene in the book and maybe the one in which Kayleigh saved Kaleb. I guess I am a sucker for rescuing scenes. 

"I couldn't control the impulse. I just lay there as the train inched closer and closer. Kayleigh must've been really tripping balls watching me and how fearless I was. But right before the train plowed into me, her small hands jerked me up and away and we went tumbling backward. She'd seen the side of me I never wanted her to see. I hovered over her, nearly breathless. She trembled, her knees shaking, her heartbeat racing. For a minute, I thought I'd get to see her cry."

          The ending was beautiful, not rushed and I appreciated that they made time to finish school, that they knew what their priorities were.


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