May 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here Are The May Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

May 17 Some Kind Of Happiness
Publisher: S&S Books For Young Readers May 17

1.Some Kind Of Happiness by Claire Legrand

Summary: THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT

• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that exists in the pages of her notebook. Until she discovers the endless woods behind her grandparents’ house and realizes the Everwood is real–and holds more mysteries than she’d ever imagined, including a family of pirates that she isn’t allowed to talk to, trees covered in ash, and a strange old wizard living in a house made of bones.

With the help of her cousins, Finley sets out on a mission to save the dying Everwood and uncover its secrets. But as the mysteries pile up and the frightening sadness inside her grows, Finley realizes that if she wants to save the Everwood, she’ll first have to save herself.

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Publisher: Balzer+Bray May 17

2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Summary: Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

May 24 The Last Star
Publisher: GP Putnams Sons BYR May 24

3. The Last Star by Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave #3)

Summary: ‘Wildly entertaining . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough’ The New York Times

We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came. That’s always been true. The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

 

 

May 31 Frannie And Tru
Publisher: HarperTeen May 31

4. Frannie & Tru by Karen Hattrup

Summary: When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets.

 

 

 

May 31 Wanderlost
Publisher: HarperTeen May 31

5.Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Summary: Aubree can’t think of a better place to be than in perfectly boring Ohio, and she’s ready for a relaxing summer. But when her older sister, Elizabeth, gets into real trouble, Aubree is talked into taking over Elizabeth’s summer job, leading a group of senior citizens on a bus tour through Europe.

Aubree doesn’t even make it to the first stop in Amsterdam before their perfect plan unravels, leaving her with no phone, no carefully prepared binder full of helpful facts, and an unexpected guest: the tour company owner’s son, Sam. Considering she’s pretending to be Elizabeth, she absolutely shouldn’t fall for him, but she can’t help it, especially with the most romantic European cities as the backdrop for their love story.

But her relationship with Sam is threatening to ruin her relationship with her sister, and she feels like she’s letting both of them down. Aubree knows this trip may show her who she really is—she just hopes she likes where she ends up.

What May Releases Are You Looking Forward To? 🙂

The 5th Wave Movie Review

5WV_1SHT_TSR_05.inddRelease Date: January 22, 2016

Run Time: 1 hr. 52 minutes

My Rating: 5th Wave Movie Rating

My Thoughts:

Fans of the book will definitely love this movie!

The movie follows the similar format to the book. (past/future/alternating character narrations)

Each actor/actress does a great job at portraying their character.

Chloe Grace-Moretz I feel really strengthened this film. Her dialogue/actions were true to her character and there wasn’t one moment where I didn’t believe her as Cassie!

Of course there is narration in the beginning that explains the previous waves and what leads up to them. But overall the first act is done quite well.

There are themes of family, hope, and survival present all throughout and are really the driving force of this film.

The cinematography is as one would expect for a sci-fi movie. The bright colors of this movie bring a contrast to the dark tone of this story (Which I loved!).

The landscapes portray a sense of emptiness and really are believable for this type of film!

The dialogue is similar to the book with some moments of humor from Squad 53.

However there are some points where the movie lags (Scenes at the military Base) and I wish Sammy was present more in the movie b/c compared to the book, I think he was in more scenes.

Overall The 5th Wave film was fun to watch and adapts the original story wonderfully!

I really hope this movie does well at the box office, b/c I would love to see more 5th Wave movies in the future!

If you watched The 5th Wave what did you think of the movie?

Were you a fan of the book? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

2016 YA/Middle Grade Book To Movie Adaptations

Today I would like to share with you a list of the YA/Middle Grade Book-to-Movie Adaptations that will be released this year.

***If there are any I missed, please feel free to comment what the movie is***

In Order By Date: (Subject to change)

1.The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey  (Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)

Release Date: January 22, 2016

Director: J Blakeson

2. Allegiant (part 1) by Veronica Roth  (Published by Katherine Tegen Books) (HarperTeen)

Release Date: March 18, 2016

Director: Robert Schwentke

3. The BFG by Roald Dahl (Published by Puffin Books)

Release Date: July 1, 2016

Director: Steven Spielberg

4. A Monster Calls by Partick Ness, Jim Kay, and Siobhan Dowd (Published by Walker Books)

Release Date: October 14, 2016

Director: J.A. Bayona

5. Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them by J.K Rowling (Published by Arthur A. Levine)

Release Date: November 18, 2016

Director: David Yates

6. Let It Snow by Lauren Myracle, Maureen Johnson & John Green (Published by Speak)

Release Date: December 9, 2016

Director: N/A

7. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Published by Quirk Books)

Release Date: December 25, 2016

Director: Tim Burton

2016 YA & MG Book To Movie Adaptations

 

 I can’t wait to see The 5th Wave, A Monster Calls & Fantastic Beasts! 🙂

Are you planning to see any of these adaptations? 🙂

Let me know in the comments! 🙂

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The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) Cover Reveal

The 5th Wave, a YA Sci-fi trilogy, centers around Cassie Sullivan, a teen searching for her brother and protecting herself when an alien invasion strikes.

This is one of my favorite YA-Sci-Fi trilogies. I am happy to share with you today the cover for the 3rd book of The 5th Wave.

Book 1:image

Book 2: 

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And…

The cover for Book 3:

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I am so happy with how this cover turned out!

I’m glad all the covers match!  I also noticed at least with the last two, there is a shape of an animal. I wonder what the one for book 3 symbolizes?

For more info about the cover, click here for the USA TODAY ARTICLE.

The Last Star will be released May 24, 2016!

Thoughts on the final cover? 

The 5th Wave Newest Trailer

***Click here for previous 5th Wave Trailer post***

***Click here for 5th Wave Movie Poster Blog Post***

Trailer Thoughts: After seeing this trailer, I love this one a lot more than the first. What I did not like as much about trailer 1, now that I think about it, was the “cliche” voice over. I have seen it way to much in YA book to movie trailers, but this one kept it at a minimum. I also liked this trailer more because we got to see more of the many characters in the book. Though I already know how the Wave’s work, the more in depth explanation of what they specifically do, seemed to be more helpful for the people who do not know about this trilogy. Overall I really loved this trailer and felt it better portrayed the story and emotion that reading the book captured for me.

***UPDATE: After looking up the trailers, this one specifically is the US trailer & the previous one was the International Trailer***

The 5th Wave will be in US cinemas January 15, 2016

What do you think of the newest trailer? 🙂

5th Wave Movie Poster reveal

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Today the 5th Wave movie’s Official Poster was released!

After getting the first trailer and now the poster, I am even more excited to see this movie!

I really like how this poster looks. The dull colors really set the tone for this film. The hints of gold for the sunlight and title really stand out. The picture of Cassie (Chloe Grace Moretz) and Sammy (Zackary Arthur) w/ Bear,  symbolizes what this movie is at its core. The quote also captures the tone as well.

Protect Your Own.

What do you think of the poster?

Click on the poster to see Fandago’s article of the reveal!

The 5th Wave will be released in the US January 15, 2016

5th Wave Trailer Thoughts

The first 5th Wave trailer has finally been released!

It was released earlier today, I have the trailer below!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Publisher–G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers 

Released May 7, 2013

imageSummary: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Thoughts:

I really liked this trailer. It got to the point of the story and showed just enough, but didn’t really spoil much. I think Chloe Grace Moretz will be amazing as Cassie Sullivan by the look of this first trailer. With the other actors/actresses they have chosen for the other roles, they are spot-on to how I imagined them when reading the book. Having read this book back in 2013, I forgot some of what happened in the book, but from this trailer and what I do remember from the book, it looks like its going to be a very faithful adaptation.

What do you think of the trailer?

If you have read The 5th Wave what are your thoughts?

& If you haven’t read The 5th Wave, does this trailer encourage you to pick up the book or see the movie?

I for one am very excited for this movie.

The 5th Wave releases in the US, on January 15, 2016