Review: An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

Review: An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah BobetTitle: An Inheritance of Ashes
Author: Leah Bobet
Publisher: Clarion
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Six months ago, the men of the lakelands marched south to fight a dark god.

Weeks after the final battle was won, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister, Marthe, are still struggling to maintain their family farm—and are waiting for Marthe’s missing husband to return. After a summer of bitter arguments, Hallie is determined to get Roadstead Farm through the winter—and keep what’s left of her family together, despite an inheritance destined to drive them apart.

But when Hallie hires a wandering veteran in a bid to save the farm, every phantom the men marched south to fight arrives at her front gate. Spider-eyed birds circle the fields, ghostly messages write themselves on the riverbank, and soon Hallie finds herself keeping her new hired hand’s desperate secrets—and taking dangerous risks. But as she fights to keep both the farm and her new friend safe, ugly truths about her own family are emerging—truths that, amid gods, monsters, and armies, might tear Roadstead Farm apart.

Leah Bobet’s stark, beautiful fantasy explores the aftermath of the battles we fight and the slow, careful ways love can mend broken hearts—and a broken world.

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Review: An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet is a dystopian novel with a twist! It’s got a unique fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi concept, a dramatic pair of sisters, and an inherited farm. This book takes from basically every genre to create one whirlwind of a book. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Book vs. Movie: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Comparing the book vs. the movie for The Giver is quite difficult. The Giver is a book written by Lois Lowry two decades ago that has now become a movie. It is a dystopian book that has captured the hearts of many. The leap to the big screen in 2014 has excited many fans of Lowry’s The Giver Quartet, however, the drastic changes to the plot make this movie one to wonder why such changes were necessary. Continue reading

Book Review: Em and Em by Linda Budzinski

Book Review: Em and Em by Linda Budzinski

Book Review: Em and Em by Linda BudzinskiTitle: Em and Em
Author: Linda Budzinski
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper's editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.

When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends - well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her - and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.

But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is - Em or Em.

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Book REVIEW: Em and Em By Linda Budzinski

Em and Em by Linda Budzinski is an incredible book that is all about identity. It has an intriguing concept, many flashbacks, and a main character who attempts to discover who she really is. I actually found this book to be a sort of mystery, for the reader at least, and definitely recommend this to fans of books like We Were Liars. Continue reading

Review: Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

Review: Never Never by Brianna R. ShrumTitle: Never Never
Author: Brianna R. Shrum
Also by this author: The Art of French Kissing
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child - at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children's dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn't about Peter Pan; it's about the boy whose life he stole. It's about a man in a world that hates men. It's about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

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Review: Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

Looking for the ultimate pirate book this season? Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum is an action-packed prequel to the classic tale, Peter Pan. This unique adventure story includes a fast-paced plot, a beautiful setting, and a likeable side character. Continue reading

Book vs. Movie: Paper Towns by John Green

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations.

Paper Towns is a book vs. movie post that I have struggled to write. The Paper Towns movie is one of those films that is a love hate relationship for me. I am a huge fan of John Green and his book Paper Towns, so it was disappointing to me that when comparing the movie to the books, it did not live up to all of my expectations. While the film is well done, it veered too far from the original for my liking. Continue reading