The Lucky One

Romance should be every lady’s weakness, right? Eh, well, if not, it definitely becomes such when one brings the writing of Nicholas Sparks into the picture. I hope the fellas find just as much intimacy and longing in his words as us ladies do. And it is my wish that his stories don’t seem too romantic or unrealistic, because why shouldn’t that kind of love be realistic?
3oy7lw I actually read The Lucky One after seeing the film with Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling. For me, the real star of the movie was Blythe Dannar as Nana. It did make me realize that Zac Efron is no longer an adolescent. 😉 And how stunning is Taylor? Jumping into the pages, I knew there would be some dissimilarities, but all in all no big surprises.
Logan Thibault (it’s French) is a Marine on a lucky streak. Returning safely from several tours in Iraq and winning quite a bit of gambling money, the reason for this luck appears to be a photograph found in the desert sand. Upon his return to the U.S., Logan eventually sets out to find the lady in the photo and comes across Beth, her son Ben, and her mother, Nana. The rest is history.
Although the quick read is nothing extraordinary, it is still a little heartwarming. I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie. However I do love that Sparks tells, at least part of the romance from the male counterpart’s perspective. A feature I generally am enthralled with in the rest of his novels as well. The Lucky One didn’t make me cry tears of joy or sorrow, or scream and fist-pump the air (normal signs of a great romance), but I’m always looking forward to his next piece of work. Plus, I got to add one to my list for the Nicholas Sparks Reading Challenge in 2013.
The Lucky One

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The Journey Continues…

I have complete confidence that the movie you’re about to preview will be far more outstanding than the last movie that was previewed on this blog. Granted the trailer was pretty good, Anna Karenina did horrible justice to the book it portrayed. I was fully expecting for much to be cut out, as it was a book that had the thickness of a sub sandwich. But the way it was put together and executed was so disappointing.
I doubt my hopes for this film can be squandered. Mostly because I was mesmerized by The Hunger Games in theatres. After reading the entire trilogy, to say the least, I’m giddy for Catching Fire.
Get stoked.

CROSS

I’m assuming that I’m not the only who gets just a little bit annoyed when I don’t start a series at the beginning. Good news; when I read Alex Cross (which was previously published as Cross) I couldn’t even tell that it was approximately the 10th or 11th book. While your work may be outstanding, Mr. Patterson, I’d have to say that this just didn’t come up to par. Granted the psychological bits of getting inside the mind of a cold-blooded killer are pretty great, this occurs in almost all of your bestsellers. Frankly, your readers need something more, and this plot was just a little disjointed and the climax was terribly underwhelming. I mean, who doesn’t like to finish with a bang? 😉

SPOILERS: Alex Cross is this cool, kick-butt FBI investigator turned psychologist after the death of his wife. Michael Sullivan is a hired gun for anyone willing to pay money, if they have enought of it. Oh, and he doesn’t mind doing the occasional raping/murdering thing on his own time either. So, yadahyadahyadah, in the end, both characters collide in a not-quite-so-escalated shootout. All let you draw some conclusions.

Regardless of quality, it still kept me turning pages. I will most likely seek out the other Alex Cross novels at some point. Don’t expect me to get excited for the movie though; especially when Tyler Perry is the starring role. I do have a couple of Patterson books that aren’t murder mystery thriller-types – we’ll see how those go. I still love the guy. Three words: Read Kiddo Read. He’s created a website designated to promoting reading in children and young adults (something that doesn’t seem that popular anymore). That and he’s sold over 240 million copies of his work worldwide. He must be doing something right.

What do you think of James Patterson? Read any Alex Cross novels? What are some of you favorite Patterson books? Do you also blog when you should be writing an Ag Law paper?

The Hunger Games

So very often,  movies are adopted to popular books and then never do them justice. When I first heard of The Hunger Games (the film), I had not even heard of the trilogy. It was then my brother who informed me that they were some of his favorite books. Turns out I actually bought him the third book for Christmas last year. Ha… Since I’m quite familiar with the disappointment of watching films that do hardly any justice to the books that inspire them, I decided to wait and read the first book, The Hunger Games, until after I had seen it in theaters. 

Maybe it’s because I watched it in theaters, but I absolutely loved the movie. I finished the book and quickly moved on to Catching Fire. While watching the movie, I easily predicted a crucial detail of the second. My foreshadowing didn’t make it any less exciting however. In the second book , I was also introduced to one of my favorite characters – Finnick Odair. Although he didn’t become one of my favorites – possibly even my favorite – until the third book, Mockingjay, which I finished just hours ago.

For those of you who haven’t finished the series, or may not even know the books (unlikely), let me catch you up to speed. You probably know the synopsis of the first book: Twelve different districts are controlled by the Capitol. Girl from District 12 volunteers in place of her sister for the annual hunger games, in which one victor emerges after killing the 23 other tributes. I won’t ruin the ending if you haven’t read/seen it yet.

Now for semi-spoilers. Here comes Catching Fire and Mockingjay without giving away too much detail.

In Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta (victors from the previous hunger games) take their victory tour. Shortly after, they are selected to participate in the third Quarter Quell, or the 75th Hunger Games. At the end of the book, Katniss and some of her allies escape the arena and the rebellion against the Capitol is on. In Mockingjay, Katniss is thrown into a war she inspired whether she wants it or not.

It is in this third book, I believe Suzanne Collins ties together the entirety of her message. I have yet to meet a person who has read it that doesn’t hate it – myself being the exception. One can’t dispute the fact that the end of this trilogy is heartbreaking, but I think it’s what Collins needed to drive home the point she is trying to convey.

Easily a trilogy I recommend. Don’t stop at the first book or the second. Read to the end of Mockingjay, and tell me you aren’t affected (or at least feel a little something). Isn’t that what we read for anyway?

What did you think of the books? More opinions? Do your worst.