TV Tuesday | The Reanimation Files Series

 

Tuesday

‘Ello, this is the TV Tuesday Meme! It’s quite simple, every Tuesday you’ll do these things:

Choose between these three:

  • Book-to-Movie/TV show adaptation  (have you seen it? If no, do you plan to?)
  • Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)
  • Movie/TV show that prompted you to read a book?

*Optional – put up the trailer

Lastly:

  • Link back to your post in the comments section (so I can stalk your post ;D)

Book you think should be a movie/TV show  (Why?)

The Reanimation Files is a series by A. J. Locke (click here for my review of book 1) that embodies the definition of properly written paranormal fiction. Paranormal fiction has decreased in popularity over the last two years, however, there was a time that there was a high demand for quality paranormal fiction, therefore high supply of them. Vampires, ghosts, UFOs (not aliens, though, that’d be getting into Science Fiction), psychics, wizards, etc. are all common elements of paranormal fiction and extremely easy to make cheesy. The Reanimation Files have the key qualities and features that showcases the “positive” side of paranormal fiction. There’s character development, quality plot, complexity, and an extremely  magnetic world we’re enveloped in.

Diversity is something television is lacking (except The Get Down on Netflix, which everyone should give a shot) and these novels are bursting through the seams with it. Our heroine is, Selene and she’s black (I think…) and her boyfriend is mixed (black and white, I think…), her ghostly friends range on color spectrum and it has a very nice mixture of colors. There’s also the lack of women of color in the paranormal/fantasy/sci-fi world. I can list the amount of popular shows and movies that involved them on one hand – probably.

If you’ve watched and enjoyed Lost Girl (Canadian TV series) you’d love this series and it definitely deserves a chance at the silver screen.

Rip It Or Ship It

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Thank you the orang-utan librarian for tagging me in this fun tag – it was ages ago!  For this tag  you need to put characters names into a jar (or whatever) and pick two out at random. After that you decide if you rip them or ship them. Here goes nothing!

Bilbo Baggins + Sookie Stackhouse =

Hehe, can you imagine Sookie living in Middle Earth with Bilbo!? I surely can’t – she’s much to daft to enjoy the lovely company of Bilbo Baggins. RIP IT!

Bella Swan + Ethan Wate =

This was tricky. They’re both awful characters, but they’re also really similar to each other. Bella’s pining for Edward, Ethan for Lena, and they’re both in physical danger for their love. At first I was like, too similar, but then I figured if they can both be weak together and for one another it might work. I’m thinking since they’re both betas they need alphas but who knows; let’s give it a go. SHIP IT!

Pat Peoples + Katherine =

Mhmm, this is a proper match. Katherine is a no nonsense character (well, for most of the book) that needs a guy that’s not gonna scare off easily. Lucky for her, Pat is absolutely bonkers, so he’s not gonna be scared of her temper or wicked tongue. Pat also needs someone not afraid of his crazy and that will tell him off every once in a while – Kat’s just the girl because she’s a bit crazy too. SHIP IT!

Mr. Rochester + Angel Crawford =

This one is hysterical! Angel’s a modern-day, American, white trash, zombie. Mr. Rochester is an Englishman, from the Victorian era, and has status and money – he’s also not dead. Hmm, although this might seem like the most opposite couple in the world, I’m gonna SHIP IT! Angel is just looking for someone to tell her she’s worth it and special, however, she doesn’t take shit from anyone. Mr. Rochester needs that vulnerability but also that strength. SHIP IT!

Jasper Dent + Jane Eyre =

How ironic that I’d get Jane right after Mr. Rochester, but the verdict isn’t the same. Jane brings everything to the table, yet she has her own baggage, whereas Jasper just doesn’t add any life to the relationship. This just wouldn’t work. RIP IT!

Greg Gaines + Selene Vanreem =

Greg is too douchey for Selene, plus he’s a superficial crybaby that would give up much too easily. RIP IT!

Jay Gatsby + Macbeth =

This is such an odd match that I really pondered it. Macbeth started out relatively normal until he morphed into psycho status. Gatsby’s the life of the party but nobody knows the true him, he doesn’t even know. They’re both lost and easily manipulated because they want what they’ve been told or seen in life. Two people as fudged up as these two could either build together or crumble together, it’s hard to say. SHIP IT!

Mark Watney + Katniss =

I had to steal Mark Watney from the Orag-utan Librarian – I’m currently reading The Martian. She’s overly serious, he’s too silly. They’re both resourceful and natural leaders. She could use a laugh and he could use some serious. I like this match. SHIP IT!

Thomas + David Rice =

Davy’s fun, Thomas is boring. Can’t see this working, mainly because I don’t know who Thomas is (going by the book not the movie). RIP IT!

Arthur Dent + Percy Jackson =

Another awkward pairing with these two. Thinking they’d both annoy the shit outta each other, plus it’s creepy. RIP IT!

DJ + Jack Carson =

Jack Carson would murder little DJ’s heart. If we’re talking about DJ in book 3 then that might stand a chance, but overall this wouldn’t work. RIP IT!

John Carter + Elizabeth Bennett =

Elizabeth Bennet isn’t a very docile lass and she doesn’t take well to pompous, egotistical males…so this match would not work. The majority of A Princess of Mars is John Carter telling the reader how heroic he is and how cowardice isn’t in his genetic make up blah blah blah. Nah, RIP IT!

 

Well, that was fun. Since I was tagged for this ages ago I’m not gonna tag anyone, but if you’d like to do it link back to me so I can read it 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this

WWW Wednesday

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On A World Of Words (SamAnnElizabeth) where we answer the three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you just finish reading?
  • What are you planning on reading next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Normally I read a minimum of three books at once, so right now I’m reading:

A Princess of Mars (John Carter, #1) – Science Fiction

Storm Front (Dresden Files, #1) – Paranormal

The Air He Breathes (The Elements, #1) – New Adult

Girl of Myth and Legend – YA/Fantasy

 

WHAT DID YOU JUST FINISH READING?

I haven’t actually finished any books recently, my schedule has been seriously chaotic, but these are the two most recent.

Sweet Tooth: Out of the Deep Woods (Sweet Tooth, #1) – Graphic Novel ★ ★ ★

Seer’s Burden (Strands, #1) – Paranormal ★ ★ ★ ★

WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON READING NEXT?

Well, I’m not really a planner but I do have three books in my line of sight.

Eleanor – Fantasy

Saga Vol. 4 – Graphic Novel

Dark Confessions: I’m cleaning out my  NetGalley TBR, which is extremely cluttered.

Four Roads Cross (Craft Sequence #5) by Max Gladstone

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The great city of Alt Coulumb is in crisis. The moon goddess Seril, long thought dead, is back—and the people of Alt Coulumb aren’t happy. Protests rock the city, and Kos Everburning’s creditors attempt a hostile takeover of the fire god’s church. Tara Abernathy, the god’s in-house Craftswoman, must defend the church against the world’s fiercest necromantic firm—and against her old classmate, a rising star in the Craftwork world.

As if that weren’t enough, Cat and Raz, supporting characters from Three Parts Dead, are back too, fighting monster pirates; skeleton kings drink frozen cocktails, defying several principles of anatomy; jails, hospitals, and temples are broken into and out of; choirs of flame sing over Alt Coulumb; demons pose significant problems; a farmers’ market proves more important to world affairs than seems likely; doctors of theology strike back; Monk-Technician Abelard performs several miracles; The Rats! play Walsh’s Place; and dragons give almost-helpful counsel. 

Hardcover: 352 pages | Expected publication: July 26th 2016 by Tor Books

30 Days of Night [Movie]

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30 Days of Night is a graphic novel series by Steve Niles.  I’ve never read the graphic novel, however the movie was actually one of my favorite horror movies because it was so obscure and disturbing. These are some real vampires. They don’t speak English (does that classify a real vampire?); they don’t sparkle or charm you; they’re not unbearably beautiful; they’re actual monsters. Plus, I love Josh Hartnett in everything. Check out the official trailer below:

Affairs of the Dead (The Reanimation Files #1) by A. J. Locke

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★ ★ ★ ★

Necromancer Selene Vanream helps ghosts settle their affairs so they can move on. But when breaking the rules gets her in trouble, she’s bumped down to tracking ghosts trying to avoid the afterlife. Ghosts like Ethan Lance, who claims he was kicked out of his body when someone else jumped in. Which might be plausible–if such a thing were possible. And if Micah, Selene’s partner, didn’t pull her into an investigation of brutal murders that lead directly back to Ethan.

But when the whole mess puts Selene’s life in danger, she suddenly has very personal reasons to get Ethan’s body back. Between her uncomfortable relationship with Micah, and problems with her boss, Selene learns just how much trouble it can be when you don’t follow the rules… 

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Do you remember in middle school and high school when teachers repeatably said to begin your paper with a hook to reel a reader in? Well Ms. Locke didn’t forget that with this opening sentence:

“I was in a strip club trying to help a ghost get laid which was challenging, but not impossible.”

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To say I was hooked would be an understatement; I was stabbed.

This book was extremely different than what I expected. It’s not futuristic, however it does have ghost running rampant and necromancers attempting to crossover said ghost and no one blinks, so it’s not our current. I assume it’s supposed to be like an alternate now e.g; The Walking Dead. The world Locke created with this book is so interesting, and the detail she includes for the necromancer business is beyond awesome because it’s so plausible. People and ghost coexist peacefully…well, until the ghost turns into a raging, homicidal creature. But it’s full of ghost, witches, magic and of course necromancers, but it’s not all about the paranormal elements in this novel that make it so fun. It’s Selene Vanreem.

Selene is that fighter chick, who’s a loner yet the most noticeable person alive without trying to be. She eats men for breakfast, skips lunch,  helps ghost for dinner and leaves room for playing with her dog, Luna for dessert. Full of dry humor and sarcasm Selene deserves a secured position on my badass chick list because she’s  fierce and loving of the people close to her, which is a very minuscule amount of people. Genuinely caring about her clients and gifted with the ability of reanimation. She goes above and beyond to assist her ghost in crossing-over even if that requires breaking the rules. But like all heroines, Selene has her faults and our leading male, Micah will allow her to truly open up in a way she’s never done before. Which brings me to Micah’s character. He’s a grey-eyed handsome devil, with a serious attitude problem – when it comes to Selene – and assholish tendencies, but once you get past all the bull you’ll love him.

Meanwhile, Ethan is this adorably, sweet boy that you fall in love with from the very beginning. seeking help from Selene he attempts to transition from being a human to a ghost, and then is accidentally bound to her through her reanimation power; which, if I didn’t explain previously, is the ability to bind ghost to you and “push” people’s souls from there bodies – it’s pretty crazy.

Although Selene and Ethan are the two important people about this novel it actually features a pretty interesting plot. Someone is killing people in the body of a ghost! So, she attempts to find the person responsible while also dealing with a life altering secret that could mean the end to her.

I have a tendency to run on until I’m basically repeating the entire book to you, so I’ll leave it at you need to read it!

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ARC Review: Angelfall (The Angelborn Cycle #2) by L. Penelope

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3 out of 5 stars
★ ★ ★

Lyrix, the first new angel to emerge in a millennium, brings hope for her endangered race. But the weight of duty is heavy. As the newest and strongest, she is expected to become a Seraph, one of the stoic angel kings and queens. She dreads the prospect of losing all her emotions in the transformation, but avoiding her destiny may lead to extinction for her kind.

Wren is half-human and a second-class citizen among angels. A chance meeting with Lyrix leaves them both yearning for a life lived on their own terms. A relationship between an angel and an angelborn is unprecedented, and powerful forces oppose their union. On a journey to the human world, tragedy strikes, and Wren and Lyrix realize their love may destroy both worlds.


The Good:

The novel begins very intense. Our female lead, Lyrix, is about to give birth while her lover, Wren, is being vaporized by an angel. After this we’re taken back to the beginning to witness their relationship develop and how they arrived in their current predicament. We’re then transported to a whole new world where the angels live. It’s an interesting world, full of rules and lacking passion because these angels don’t feel anything except loathing for half-breed angels (half angel, half human). The angels don’t have any physical features and they communicate their feelings with colors, however the two main characters are Asian.

Wren, works in a specific division that deals with the lives people live before they pass away and are reborn. I found this very interesting. The idea that each life we live is viewed and cataloged by angels is different, just like the idea Ms. Penelope has about the purpose of the angel and how humans and people are linked in this quote:

It is how the Destinies learn who needs their counsel, how the Deaths know who is to die. How the Peaces know who to soothe and the Warriors know who to inflame. Each human soul needs something different in order to grow. The stream of aether connects us to them and connects our actions to their souls, which we protect and honor until they are ready to join the Flame.

The idea that angels and the half-angels are soulless and need to find a human to share their souls in order to not be banished to the wastelands, aka Hell. It’s intriguing, especially since angels don’t have souls in the biblical sense either, however these angels aren’t the same as angels described in the bible. But I enjoyed this quote because it reminded me of the movie Comet with Justin Long:

Humans who fall in love deeply enough to link their souls together find one another again and again throughout their lifetimes

I’m a big fan of forbidden love, so Wren and Lyrix being in a relationship deemed unacceptable made me very excited. There was also another component to this story, but I can’t tell without giving it away!

The Bad:

There wasn’t much to seriously complain about in this novel, but I did have some serious issues with a couple of things. My first issue began with Lyrix. She’s supposed to be a full angel, yet she’s overly emotional and curious – two things these angels aren’t. Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with this, however it’s supposed to be impossible. Regardless of this, my real problem lies in the the fact that Wren knew some seriously sexual stuff to have never had any previous knowledge on Earth or with sex. Being half-human doesn’t mean that stuff comes naturally. Which also brings me to Lyrix and Wren perving on a “couple”. This is really uncool, angels or not. This isn’t angelic behavior; it’s not even regular behavior, it’s just weird and creepy. My last issue would be that I felt disconnected with everything on a certain level. I know this book is a standalone, but there is another book before it, and reading that first might’ve been a good idea.

The Ugly:

Page length is the curse many novels are plagued with. If a novel is too long without a purpose, it becomes boring. If it’s too short and feels rushed, we’re left unsatisfied. This particular novel was way too short! We’re placed into the world of Angels rather smoothly, however once we’re  formerly introduced to Lyrix everything just escalates so quickly. I found myself swiping back (it’s an ebook) to see if I missed something. Sadly, the length of this novel left a lot to be desired and learned about the engrossing world that the angels are in.

Source: I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review

 

Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie

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In Riaznin, it’s considered an honor for Auraseers like Sonya—girls with a rare form of synesthesia—to serve as the emperor’s personal protector, constantly scanning for feelings of malice and bloodlust in the court. But Sonya would rather be free.

After the queen’s murder and a tragic accident, Sonya is hauled off to the palace to guard a charming yet volatile new ruler. But Sonya’s power is reckless and hard to control. She’s often carried away by the intense passion of others.

And when a growing rebellion forces Sonya to side with either the emperor who trusts her or his mysterious brother, the crown prince, Sonya realizes she may be the key to saving the empire—or its greatest threat.


I hope this isn’t going to be a love triangle. I abhor love triangles with a serious passion. But besides that the summary for this novel sounds pretty darn interesting. The hot thing in Young Adult fiction is still dystopians and this novel is following the trend, but I’m still going to give it a chance, although the female character yearning for freedom is becoming quite cliche.

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Remembrance by Meg Cabot

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 Suze Simon—all grown up and engaged to her once-ghostly soulmate—faces a vengeful spirit and an old enemy bent on ending Suze’s wedded bliss before it begins.

You can take the boy out of the darkness.

But you can’t take the darkness out of the boy.

All Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and since becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she’s hired as a guidance counselor at her alma mater, she stumbles across a decade-old murder, and soon ancient history isn’t all that’s coming back to haunt her. Old ghosts as well as new ones are coming out of the woodwork, some to test her, some to vex her, and it isn’t only because she’s a mediator, gifted with second sight. 

From a sophomore haunted by the murderous specter of a child, to ghosts of a very different kind—including Paul Slater, Suze’s ex, who shows up to make a bargain Suze is certain must have come from the Devil himself—Suze isn’t sure she’ll make it through the semester, let alone to her wedding night.

Suze is used to striking first and asking questions later. But what happens when ghosts from her past—including one she found nearly impossible to resist—strike first?

What happens when old ghosts come back to haunt you?

If you’re a mediator, you might have to kick a little ass.


 

In my younger years Meg Cabot was one of my favorite authors to read, especially her two series 1-800-Where-R-You and The Mediator. So you can imagine my delight at there being another  installment to The Mediator series! It’s been fifteen years since the release of the first Mediator novel, and this will be a lovely contribution to the beloved series and a wonderful update on our favorite ghost whisperer.

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