Another Apology

I feel like I’ve apologized a lot between my two blogs, but I do feel bad that I’ve been neglecting them. With starting a part-time job, my new habit of working out, and the weather finally getting nicer, I haven’t been reading as much, and I haven’t really been as into spending time on the computer. I’m hoping to find a way to better manage my time and to post a couple times per week, but I’m having a hard time with it right now. Also, my brain is just not wanting to write reviews, so I still have a few to write for books I wrote a while ago.

If you’re still here and reading, thank you. I really appreciate you sticking with me during my slacking. I really do hope to get better about posting again soon.

WWW Wednesday #69

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider.

What did you recently finish?

 

I had a better week this past week, and I finished  Fire Country by David Estes, Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens, and The Blue-Haired Boy by Courtney C. Stevens. I also finally finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, along with the Alohomora podcast (though I was a couple weeks behind).

What do you think you’ll read next?

My next read will probably be Moonless by Crystal Collier, since I agreed to review it by the middle of the month.

Leave me a link to your WWW in the comments, and I’ll be sure to check it out!

Book-to-Movie Friday #13: Divergent

Book to Movie Friday is a new feature I’ve created here at Mommy’s Reading Break. (If you do something similar, let me know, as I’m unaware of any!) Since I see a lot of movies because they’re based on books, or vice versa, I decided it would be a good idea to add reviews (or mini-reviews) of movies based on books. A lot of us review the books and then see the movies, but I only see a handful of blogs actually reviewing the movies as well, so that’s something I want to add here.

Divergent

 

Oh my goodness, I was so excited for this movie, it’s not even funny. I saw it on opening night, and I would love to watch it again!

I used to watch Secret Life of the American Teenager, and I hated Shailene Woodley’s character, so I was not optimistic about her performance, and other than looks, I knew nothing about Theo James, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Honestly, within the first few moments of both being on screen, I quickly forgot my reservations and was sold on these actors as these characters.

It’s been a while since I read Divergent, but from what I remember, the movie stuck to the book for the most part. There were a few things cut out, obviously for time purposes. And my usual complaint with movies, giving too much away too soon, was also present, but neither really bothered me.

My favorite scene was when we saw Four’s tattoos. My goodness does Theo James have a gorgeous back! lol Okay, that probably wasn’t really my favorite scene, but I did love it!

Overall, I thought that the filmmakers did a wonderful job adapting Divergent from book to movie, and I can’t wait to see it again and to see what they do with the next book!

DNF ARC Review – The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Title: The Mark of the Dragonfly
Author: Jaleigh Johnson
Series: No
Source: Received for review from Netgalley
Release Date: 3/25/2014

 Description from Goodreads:

Fans of The City of Ember will love The Mark of the Dragonfly, an adventure story set in a magical world that is both exciting and dangerous.
Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields.
The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home.
The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect–everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible.
Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.

Review

This book was received from the publisher for review via Netgalley.

I really wanted to like this book. When I read the description, it sounded interesting. However, I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t find Piper to be an interesting character, and I just couldn’t relate to her world. I was actually a little confused.

Even after the meteor shower, when some more “exciting” things started happening, I was still bored. I just felt like nothing was really happening. I think I gave it to 25%, which is about 100 pages, and I still just didn’t care about the story at all. I wasn’t even curious about what was going to happen, and I really struggled to even get to that point. I’ve been in enough of a reading slump lately without forcing myself to read books that I’m not enjoying.

I’ve never heard of The City of Ember, but if that type of fantasy is your thing, you might like The Mark of the Dragonfly. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the book for me.

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