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Book Review: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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From Goodreads:
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

I’ve always been fascinated by the story of Peter Pan and especially with Wendy, who is my namesake, so I was excited that this was a book club pick.

This was a wonderfully enchanting story of Tiger Lily, who lives among a tribe on the island of Neverland. Somewhat of an outcast to her own people, she is soon discovered by The Lost Boys and finds herself falling in love with the infamous Peter Pan.

The story is told from Tinker Bell’s perspective. She’s a silent observer who tags along on Tiger Lily’s small adventures, generally unnoticed. Tiger Lily is a girl of few words herself. She’s had a cruel childhood and is a loner, often ridiculed and mistreated by other children and adults in her tribe. Her fascination with a shipwreck survivor lead to a punishment of marriage to the tribes oaf. To get away from her fate she often visits the woods where she comes across Peter Pan. The book portrays Peter as a handsome, whimsical teenage boy who is doing his best to provide for the other boys in his charge.

This book was well written, keeping true to a what little is known about this fascinating character. It was heartbreaking to see her reluctantly give her heart away only to have it broken by circumstances out of her control. Peter, tired and beaten down from constantly being hunted by Hook, finds some comfort in Tiger Lily’s friendship and kisses. When Wendy comes along, Peter has a choice to make and although it means leaving Tiger Lily, she is never truly gone from him and he lingers with her.

I loved the ending of this book. A wonderful glimpse into the future, it had me longing for more of the story!

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Book Review: Gone Missing by Linda Castillo

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From Goodreads:
Rumspringa is the time when Amish teens are allowed to experience life without the rules. It’s an exciting time of personal discovery and growth before committing to the church. But when a young teen disappears without a trace, the carefree fun comes to an abrupt and sinister end, and fear spreads through the community like a contagion.

A missing child is a nightmare to all parents, and never more so than in the Amish community, where family ties run deep. When the search for the presumed runaway turns up a dead body, the case quickly becomes a murder investigation. And chief of Police Kate Burkholder knows that in order to solve this case she will have to call upon everything she has to give not only as a cop, but as a woman whose own Amish roots run deep.

Kate and state agent, John Tomasetti, delve into the lives of the missing teen and discover links to cold cases that may go back years. But will Kate piece together all the parts of this sinister puzzle in time to save the missing teen and the Amish community from a devastating fate? Or will she find herself locked in a fight to the death with a merciless killer?

This is another great installment to Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder series. As with the other books in the series, this was really hard to put down.

Kate is an ex-amish Ohio police chief who’s had to solve quite a few Amish related murder mysteries since taking her post in the small community of Painter’s Mill. Make no mistake, these aren’t the sentimental Amish books reserved for the Christian lit genre. The murder’s are brutal, the mysteries and character’s more complex and the action doesn’t stop.

Kate is one of my all time favorite book characters. She’s strong, smart and doesn’t try to be something she’s not. Once she’s on the case, there’s no stopping her (sleeping, eating, living be damned) until she solved the mystery and the killer has been found. Her relationship with John Tomasetti is a big draw to this series as well. Both flawed with wounds from the past still fresh, they find solace in each other to get though past and present situations.

In this book, Amish teens are going missing creating a widespread puzzle to solve. As always, Kate has to face her own fears to save others and it makes for a nonstop action packed story. There’s no lull, no rest for Kate and John and no rest for the reader because you won’t be able to put it down. This one offer’s a surprise ending too! Icing on the cake!

You don’t have to read these in order either. Each makes a great stand alone story. I actually read #2 first than #1 before returning to #3.

If you’re a murder mystery and suspense fan and like authors such as Tami Hoag, I urge you to give this one a try. You won’t regret it!

On a side note, I tried to watch the made for TV movie modeled after book 1, but quickly lost interest. It just didn’t do the book justice.

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Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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From Goodreads:
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sidelines forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Being a teenager myself in the early 90’s, the movie based off this book caught my attention and, since I try to read the book before I see the movie, I picked this one up. It’s really short and written in the form of letters which makes it a breeze to read. I was able to finish it in just a few hours.

The book takes the form of letters written by Charlie to his “dear friend” and follows his freshman year of high school and what a year it was. I loved the 90’s references to television, movies and lots of music. What teenager in 91′ wasn’t in the process of making a mix tape in the hopes of pouring out our soul to anyone who would listen? I think the references are what made this book worth reading.

What kept this at 3 stars is that Charlie’s POV left me slightly confused. He’s 15, a freshman in high school and a bit of a misfit, which makes him a typical teen of this era. The problem is his voice isn’t consistent. I felt like I was reading the narrative of an 8-year-old who is living the experiences of a 20-year-old. He cry’s A LOT! And not just in private. It makes him seem much more immature than the actions he participates in.

What’s good about Charlie? He’s extremely perceptible to the emotions of the people around him. He’s sensitive, respectful and kind. He has thought’s that are beyond his years yet is so awkward. He tries so hard to please everybody and has to learn to live for himself and not others. Charlie is endearing but wholly frustrating.

Charlie’s friends are diverse and wonderfully unique. A hodgepodge of raging hormones and teen angst, they give Charlie and the story purpose and direction.

In my opinion, the author puts Charlie in way to many unlikely situations. The situations themselves aren’t unlikely, but the sheer number of them are. Here’s a rundown: smoking, drugs, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, virginity, sexuality, abortion, mental breakdown, etc. How many 15 year olds experience all of these themselves or by association in one years time? In 4 years of high school, maybe, but just 1? Could happen, yes, but unlikely.

I think this would make a much better movie and I look forward to watching it soon.

If you enjoy atypical coming of age stories or dated references, this is a good fast read. Be prepared to be pummeled with life experiences, some of which are not “perks”.

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Movie Cameos by Authors You Know

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It’s surprising how many authors have done cameos in the movie adaptations of their books. We can all probably name at least one and I bet most of you have spotted Stephanie Meyer in Twilight.

Head over to Mental Floss to see 14 cameos, some of which may surprise you. I’ve watched most of these movies and missed the cameos. Good thing there’s video!


Historic Misconceptions

We’re all history buff’s here in the Lonely Owl’s nest and we always enjoy history lessons that are made more enjoyable by someone’s awesome creativity no matter the outlet. Here’s a creative take on 5 of history’s misconceptions.

 


Coming to a TV Near You: Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

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Sworn to Silence, the starter for a great book series written by Linda Castillo, has been adapted as a Lifetime movie, An Amish Murder, and airs this Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 9 pm.

Neve Campbell plays the strong shunned Amish woman turned cop, Kate Burkholder.

This is a very well written murder mystery series. Living near an Amish community, books relating to the Amish have always interested me. However, most are so syrupy, if that’s the right word, and many are geared more toward Christian fiction. What I like about this series is that it shows the other side. The grittier side, the murdering side. Without holding back things like language, sex and the content of the murder scenes, this series tells a much more interesting story for fiction lovers.

I’m not usually a made-for-tv movie girl, but I may give this one a try just because I love the series so much.

You can visit Lifetime’s site for more info, to read the first chapter of the book for free and to enter a contest to win a copy of the book.

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A Year of Reading Recap – 2012

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What would the New Year be without a look back at the old one? Here’s a recap of my year of reading 2012.

I’ve had the opportunity to read so many wonderful books this year. I surpassed my reading goal of 75 and reached an all time high of 117. 1Q84 was the longest book I read, 945 pages. I think that made the all-time high also. I gave mostly 3 and 4 stars with only 14 making the 5 star distinction, which makes me think I’m a bit too picky and hard to please. I had two books that were so terrible I couldn’t finish them and I’m still cursing about wasting my time on them.

I read more memoirs this year than ever. People are truly interesting and in some cases their stories are stranger than fiction. I cried more this year than ever too. Some of the stories were just so heartbreaking. I’m pretty sure I blubbered through more of The Art of Racing in the Rain than I’m willing to fess up to. Dogs dying in books seemed to be a common theme this year. I seriously cannot take anymore of that!

I had a zombie run and it was a great one. Zombies are the new vampires. Super cool! If I were giving an award for best cover it would go to My Life as a White Trash Zombie. As Steven Martin said in Father of the Bride, “Bitchin!” That cover earns the Bitchin award. (if there were such a thing) Patrick Ness is my favorite author of 2012. Reading his book has inspired both my children and me.

Historical fiction is still my favorite genre. Mixing fiction in with a history lesson makes learning fun even at my age.

Out of the 117 books I’ve read this year, here’s my top 10 favorites:

1. Wilderness: A Novel by Lance Weller
2. Chaos Walking: A Trilogy by Patrick Ness
3. The Wild Girl by Jim Fergus
4. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
5. Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
7. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
9. The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court by by Michelle Moran
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

My goals for 2013 are much the same. I’m upping my reading goal to 100. I think I can manage it without feeling too pressured. I’m going to do my best not to purchase books this year. I have probably 75 on my bookshelf waiting to be read and they deserve my love and attention. “Try” is the main word here.

I’m going to give a State Challenge a go and will be book blogging my way through the US. I hope you’ll join me along the way! Every book is an adventure and it’s so much more fun when you’re along!

I wish each of you a New Year filled with joy, happiness and many, many great books!

Happy New Year and Happy Reading!


Warm Bodies Official Trailer Released

The first trailer for the Warm Bodies movie has been released. The movie is based on the book Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. The book is told from the perspective of M, a zombie who becomes infatuated with Julie, a human girl. It follows M through his struggle to become something more than an escalator riding, brain eating monster.

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I read this book at the beginning of the year. I gave it 3 stars. The story was good and original. I would have liked more action but hopefully Hollywood will take care of that! The trailer gives a good overview of the story with most of the scenes being instantly recognizable.

Did you read Warm Bodies? What did you think of the trailer?


Read The Hobbit Using These Great Resources Before You See the Movie

Planning on seeing The Hobbit movie? Plan on reading the book first?

Head over to The Hobbit Book Club for some great resources to make your reading experience even better. There’s links to discussions and some great reading guides to help you fully immerse yourself in this great classic.

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Beloved Peanuts Gang Coming to a Theater Near You

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I was so glad to hear that the Peanuts gang will be making it to the big screen. Charlie Brown remains one of my most loved characters from childhood. My husband grew up reading Charlie Brown books and owns many today. He still sometimes borrows the ones he used to read from the local library! My kids love Peanuts as well. Not a holiday goes by, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day, that we don’t get out the old Charlie Brown movies. They’re a staple.
There are many days where I fell like poor Charlie Brown myself!

The movie is to appear in 2015. You can read about atwww.latimes.com.


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