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So I realize I’m not the first person to bring this up, as Marissa Meyer has troves of ravenous fans anxiously awaiting the cinematic vision of her delightfully fun series. However, I thought it would be interesting and maybe even entertaining to explore just why this needs to happen…now.
Reason #5 Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is already in post-production. Lily James (actress who played Cinderella in the recent live-action version) needs something else to do
Reason #4 Movie adaptations of books don’t necessarily suck anymore. I actually prefer the movie version of “The Hellbound Heart” by Clive Barker, otherwise known to horror movie fans as “Hellraiser”
Reason #3 The special effects would be AWESOME! If the whole series is done, this could be epic, like a YA version of Star Wars (yes I have very high hopes)
Reason #2 It’s original – not some reimagined, remake of a movie that had nothing wrong with it in the first place (Halloween, anyone?) Sci-fi and fairytales together is such a fun combination
Reason #1 Cinderella is a frickin cyborg. How cool is that? 🙂
Well, actually 3, since one of the books was written by two authors.
The first book is my favorite new indie pick, written by my author doppelganger, an incredible gal from Jersey (like me!) named Christina Surretsky, and it’s called Divine Bloodlines. Here is my review:
It’s rare that I come across a book I truly bond with, connecting with the characters and the words so naturally. I read this book in about a day, and I was sad to see that last page. So much fun…admittedly, I am a super powers junkie, but it was more than that. Christina’s writing style is exactly what I like to read.
Zoey is a great characterization of a teenage girl, though she’s often confused and makes some poor decisions along the way, by the end of the book she understands and accepts herself. I was concerned when a noticeable conflict or antagonist wasn’t present, but as I read on, it became clear who the villain was and where she was going with the story. I fell in love with Levi from the start, and I loved the interactions between him and Zoey.
The dialogue was sharp and funny, I can’t count the number of times I laughed out loud. I also appreciated the underlying positive messages. Very much looking forward to the next book in this series! I highly recommend Divine Bloodlines.
You can buy it here: Amazon – Divine Bloodlines (Kindle)
The second find is by a talented and smart duo, Amanda Giasson and Julie B. Campbell, called Love at First Plight. The writing is amazing in this novel, it’s like every sentence was carefully constructed. Here’s my review of it:
I instantly fell in love with the writing in this book. Multiple POV usually drives me nutty and is an instant red flag, but Julie and Amanda pull it off effortlessly. Right from the start, the plot draws you in and the subtle details and intricate writing are just icing on the cake. You can tell a great deal of care went into writing this novel – the authors crafted the sentences carefully to fully paint the scenes for the readers.
I have to admit, from the title I was expecting more of a zany romantic romp, something funny and maybe even silly. This book is NOT that. At all. But what it is, is amazing nonetheless. At times, it reminded me of the 60’s show, “The Prisoner,” or maybe even “The Trial,” and I loved that existentialist feel. Megan and Irys both were great characters and easy to connect with. I’ve never had such a strong feeling of wanting to strangle a character as I did with Megan in the last chapter! When you care that much, the writers are obviously doing something right.
I very much enjoyed the adventure of Love at First Plight, and I look forward to reading the sequel.
You can buy it here: Amazon – Love at First Plight (Kindle)
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. Happy reading! 🙂
I’ve done a guest blog on AllIndieWriters.com called, The Perils (and Benefits) of Reviewing Indie Fiction
Check it out: http://allindiewriters.com/reviewing-indie-fiction
Let me know what you think. 🙂