Friday, June 29, 2012

The Book of Tomorrow

The Book of Tomorrow
Cecelia Ahern
310 pages

Tamara Goodwin was born into the lap of luxury, until the abrupt death of her father which leaves she and her mother swmming in debt. The two move in with a mysterious aunt and uncle with secrets Tamara hopes to unveil. But when she finds a book with no title or author, and a rusty lock, things start to go from boring to magical. When she finally prys open the lock, Tamara finds the diary is written in her own handwriting, and the enteries are dated for the next day.

There is certainly no doubt that Cecelia Ahern is an amazing writer on many levels, but The Book of Tomorrow was a bit hard to get into for me. Although the first chaper was strong with deep description and metaphoric passages, I was not in love.

I guess you could say that the plot builds slow and long in this book, as the last few chapters really unravel all of the up-in-the-air questions with high speed. I do not particularly care for that style of writing, but I feel that it works in this situation as it keeps the reader reading in order to find out what happens next.

The Book of Tomorrow is magical, and alluring with a hint of classic mystery.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

First Look

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Movie Poster
In celebration of the fictional character, Edward Cullen's 111th birthday, Summit Entertainment released the first Breaking Dawn Part 2 Official Trailer yesterday.

The new trailer gives viewers their first look at Bella and Edward's child Renesmee, played by Mackenzie Foy as well as the actors chosen for the Cullen's allied covens.

One of the most anticipated moments of this movie, coming to theaters November 16th, is Bella in her vampire form. Many are excited to see her transformation beyond the red eyes seen at the very end of the previous film.

Unlike Part 1, which focused on the romantic sections of the novel, Part 2 will finally give avid readers and viewers the action and race-for-survival they have been waiting for.

Click below to watch the official trailer.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Host

The Host
Stephenie Meyer
619 pages

This shouldn't have felt like a betrayal, the idea of continuing on my right and proper course. My first language, the true language of the soul that was spoken only on our planet of origin, had no word for betrayal or traitor. Or even loyalty - because without the existence of an opposite, the concept had no meaning. -page 90

The planet Earth has been invaded by an enemy unseen. They invade human bodies, taking them as their hosts. Melanie Stryder lives in a human resistance group, until her mind is taken over by Wanderer, the invading "soul". But Melanie refuses to fade away. She fills Wanderer's mind with images from her past, including the man she loves. Soon, the two become uncommon allies, fighting to save the people they love.

For my first science-fiction novel, I have to the say The Host was really amazing. As Katherine Neville says in her review of the book, "Stephenie Meyer gives a new and surprising meaning to the phrase 'being of two minds'!". Meyer has created a novel so different from her accaimed Twilight Saga there is no way to compare the two.

The Host will grip you to your chair in a way that only Meyer knows how. She has thought up characters so real, your heart will go out to them as they face conflicts unimaginable in our world today. The setting is so perfectly pictured and the plot so intense and suspenseful.

I warn you, take caution, as you read this inventive and powerful novel, you might just be invaded by a Soul yourself.

Click here to watch the teaser trailer of the movie version of this book coming March 29th, 2013.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

2,000 Pageviews Calls for a Summer List

Just a quick shout out to all of you who have taken the time to read, glance at, or check out what I've posted here on Off The Shelf. I hope you've found something worth your visit!

As summer draws nearer and nearer, I've decided to post what is on my summer reading list for this year.

1.  The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky - The movie version of this book, starring Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) and Emma Watson (Harry Potter films) will be coming to theaters this September.

2.  Looking for Alaska, John Green

3.  Paper Towns, John Green

4.  The Fault in our Stars, John Green

5.  Thin Wood Walls, David Patneaude

6.  The Red Umbrella, Christine Gonzalez

7.  The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

8.  Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys

Many classics have also found their way on to this list...

9.   Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen 

10. Emma, Jane Austen

11. The Summer of My German Soldier, Betty Greene

12.  Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery

Of course this is only the beginning of what I will be reading. If anyone has any suggestions feel free to post a comment below!