Books

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Book Hangover




















If you are anything like me you have a hard time when a series ends. You have grown attached to those characters they are part of your lives; they have become your friends. What happens when you loose those friends? Maybe start over and read the series again? Find a new book…but it might be too soon for that. Beg the author to write more…there must be more we can now about these characters lives? A funny Youtube spot has even been developed to discuss how to deal called “when the words stop”.

Here is our top 6 series that leave you with a Hangover like no other…oh please oh please authors keep going we want more! (Warning spoilers)


 1. Harry Potter Series
            The boy who lived still lives and has kids... there is more story there

   2.  Twilight Saga
                   What happens to Renesme? And come on they live forever!


   3.   Hunger Games
                       The girl on fire and the bread boy had kids so now what


   4.  Millenium Series (girl with dragon tattoo etc)
                The author passed away before he could finish but I heard there are outlines of   .   .               the other books…come on ghostwriters!


    5. Game of Thrones
                        The series isn’t over but its like 3 years between books…the agony!


    6. Divergent Series
              She is dead now what?!


           

Your Favorite series not on our list? Think Divergent should be higher on the list? Vote at www.yourmediaworld.com and share your thoughts on books, movies and games!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

6 Summer Reads...Before Hollywood Gets to Them


Hollywood has always found brilliance in good books, excavating their pages for imaginative characters, witty dialogue, and  real plots. But Hollywood doesn’t always get it right so this summer read these books before they hit theaters…but hurry they are coming soon!

These books are so good make sure you don’t get a sunburn!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green—5 stars
On most peoples book club list. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. In theaters June 6th staring Shailene Woodley (also the star of Divergent) will sure to make you laugh and cry see the trailer at www.yourmediaworld.com.
  

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn- 5 stars
Marriage can be a real killer. It is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.  With Ben Affleck playing the suspected Husband should be interesting in theaters October 3rd.


Dark Places by Gillian Flynn- 4 stars
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben and find the twisted truth. In theaters September 1.


The Maze Runner by James Dashner- 5 stars
A NY Times best seller and a first in a trilogy great for Hunger Game fans. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run. In theaters September 26th with a with a young new cast see the trailer here at www.yourmediaworld.com


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - 5 stars
From the author of Seabicuit, Laura Hillenbrand, a heart breaking edge of your seat, true story, page turner you won’t want to put down. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and one man stuck in a raft.
Ahead lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. Directed by Angelina Jolie so we can expect the best. In theaters December 25 I only hope the movie can live up to the book. Sure to keep you on the edge of your seat watch the trailer at www.yourmediaworld.com


Serena by Ron Rash- 4 stars
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. With Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence this is bound to be a great movie. In theaters in 2014.





Of course there is always the great possibility that Hollywood will botch the movie so at least you read the book. Share your thoughts and review at www.yourmediaworld.com

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Book Review: Private L.A. by James Patterson- A Quick Entertaining Read

Private L.A. by James Patterson with Mark Sullivan is the seventh installment in the Private series but

the third in the series featuring world-renowned private investigator Jack Morgan. I must admit that Jack Morgan, Private's owner, is not the most likable character. The man has an ego as gigantic as his company's billion dollar budgets.

Jack Morgan and his trusted team of investigators are called in when a group calling themselves ‘No Prisoners’ is holding the LA Authorities to ransom threatening to carry out massacres at random locations until their demands are met. Things are going from bad to worse when Jack is then asked to investigate the disappearance of the biggest superstar couple, imagine Bradgelina, along with their children (also adopted from third world countries), and prevent the news from leaking to the media.


It is a suspenseful story with a plot that moves at breakneck speed. It has all the trademarks of James Patterson's thrillers: absorbing, great characters, fast-paced, dramatic twists and turns and unbelievable storyline. The book coursed through two different plots, which are completely independent of each other but not completely annoying as they jump between the two. The resolution of the two plots was satisfactory not crazy or unbelievable but a solid conclusion. While there is a small connection to the previous books in the series you don’t miss anything it you have not read the previous books. Well written, easy, and enjoyable reading. Share your thoughts and reviews at www.yourmediaworld.com.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Top 10 Books to Read Before the Movie

Hollywood is out of ideas so they are turning to books for inspiration…which I love! Over 35 books are being made into movies this year but you can’t read them all before they hit theaters! So here is my Top 10 to read before they hit the big screen.






Day-4 stars
The Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life’s most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others—especially those we love—above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for. A heart wrenching love story sure to make you laugh and cry. In theaters January 31 starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Watch the trailer here at www.yourmediaworld.com




Monuments Men—4 ½ stars
  During WW II a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives scouring Europe to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture. As for the movie If you haven’t heard it has an all star cast Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchette, John Goodman and George Clooney,who also directed. In theaters Feb. 7 see the trailer here www.yourmediaworld.com

 

Divergent- 4 ½ stars
  The first in the trilogy and big favorite of fans of the Hunger Games.  A dystopian society divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Follows the story of sixteen-year old Beatrice Prior who makes a choice that surprises everyone while she's got a secret kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. She discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. The book is sure to keep you up all night and hopefully the movie with a cast of up and comers will do it justice. In Theaters March 21st see the trailer here at www.yourmediaworld.com.

 


The Fault in Our Stars—5 stars
On most peoples book club list. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. In theaters June 6th staring Shailene Woodley (also the star of Divergent) will sure to make you laugh and cry see the trailer at www.yourmediaworld.com.



Dark places- 4 stars
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice" of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben and find the twisted truth. In theaters September 1.



Gone girl- 5 stars
Marriage can be a real killer. It is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.  With Ben Affleck playing the suspected Husband should be interesting in theaters October 3rd.




The Maze Runner- 5 stars
A NY Times best seller and a first in a trilogy great for Hunger Game fans. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run. In theaters September 26th with a with a young new cast see the trailer here at www.yourmediaworld.com






Vampire Academy- 4 stars
Another hot series about vampires and romance.
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever. In theaters February 7th with a virtual unknown cast they could become the next Kristen Stewart or continue as unknowns. See the trailer at www.yourmediaworld.com




Unbroken- 5 stars
From the author of Seabicuit, Laura Hillenbrand, a heart breaking edge of your seat, true story, page turner you won’t want to put down. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and one man stuck in a raft.
Ahead lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will. Directed by Angelina Jolie so we can expect the best. In theaters December 25 I only hope the movie can live up to the book.



Serena- 4 stars
The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. With Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence this is bound to be a great movie. In theaters in 2014.

Of course there is always the great possibility that Hollywood will botch the movie so at least you read the book. Share your thoughts and review at www.yourmediaworld.com