Book vs. Movie: Every Day by David Levithan

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Book vs. Movie: Every Day by David LevithanTitle: Every Day (Every Day #1)
Author: David Levithan
Also by this author: Another Day (Every Day #2)
Narrator: Alex McKenna
Publisher: Listening Library
Cast: Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Debby Ryan
Director: Michael Sucsy
Screenplay: Jesse Andrews
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.
It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan, bestselling co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate listeners as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

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When I first learned that David Levithan’s book, Every Day, was going to be made into a movie, I was thrilled. The concept is so unique and the experiences that A, the main character, has waking up as someone new each and every day are eye-opening. The film, however, is quite disappointing and does not do the book justice.

Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Review: Truly Devious by Maureen JohnsonTitle: Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)
Series: Truly Devious #1
Author: Maureen Johnson
Also by this author: Little Blue Envelopes
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: January 16, 2018
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three.

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Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Going into Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson, my expectations were pretty high, since it seemed like exactly my kind of book: boarding school thriller. I don’t have much experience with Maureen Johnson’s books, but after reading this one, I will definitely have to check them out. This book contains two connected mysteries and many peculiar characters. I enjoyed the use of flashbacks, which is not a common occurrence, and the shocking plot twists. The ending bothered me, but I am all the more excited for the next instalment.

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Review: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Review: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie LuTitle: Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons #2)
Series: DC Icons #2
Author: Marie Lu
Also by this author: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: January 2, 2018
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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I had very high hopes for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu since I enjoy Batman’s story and Marie Lu is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I can definitely say that I was not disappointed. This book is an action-packed Batman origin story, and the main characters are so developed. It is also well-written and does the franchise justice. I would say that this story is definitely worth the read, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released. Continue reading

Review: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

I had very high hopes for Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu since I enjoy Batman’s story and Marie Lu is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I can definitely say that I was not disappointed. This book is an action-packed Batman origin story, and the main characters are so developed. It is also well-written and does the franchise justice. I would say that this story is definitely worth the read, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released. Continue reading

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany ReiszTitle: The Lucky Ones
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: MIRA
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

They called themselves “the lucky ones.”

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

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Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is one of those thrillers that will give you goose bumps, and make you question your own beliefs. Set in picturesque Oregon, this beautifully written book complete with its cast of flawed characters will have you guessing until you get to the shocking conclusion.

A Disturbing Story

There is so much to this book that is hard to discuss without revealing too much much of the plot. However, I will tell you that its contents will disturb you and give you many opportunities to ask yourself about your own moral compass. It is definitely eye-opening to read and gives the reader many sides of the story that bring these “Lucky Ones” together.

Imperfect Characters

Having never read a Tiffany Reisz novel, I had no idea what to expect from these characters that are deemed “The Lucky Ones.” Every single one of them is as imperfect as they come, and have so many layers to them. The main character, Allison, is one that is highly intelligent, has a huge heart, and a love for books and poetry. However, her life choices are so poor that it is what propels the story forward. I found Allison to be dislikable, but I did empathize with her, which is something to be said for the writing.

The Setting is also a Character

The one thing that I love most about books is their ability to transport the reader to its setting. Reisz’s ability to describe the Oregon coast has left me with a strong desire to travel to the region myself. The setting is actually a character of sorts, as the climate and the surroundings have a profound effect on its characters.

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is one to add to your reading list if you are looking for a thrilling book that makes you think. It is packed with interesting characters, and the writing is quite descriptive. Reisz will have you packing your bags for Oregon, for sure.

Book Quotes: The Lucky ONes by Tiffany Reisz

Book Beginning:

Louisville, Kentucky, 2015

All Allison wanted was for this conversation to be over. That and she hoped the heavy grey clouds would part and the sun would appear. It could go either way today- sun or rain.

Friday 56:

“This is it?” Deacon asked. “This is your big talent? You showing off you can do a push-up with a man sitting on your back? I could do that, please don’t make me prove it.”

About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin's Mira Books.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky's Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

Tiffany also writes mainstream women's suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief(winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.

Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.

Tiffany lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers.