Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Fault in Our Stars: To be Seen on Screen Soon!

I believe most of you have already heard the news of John Green's much appreciated creation The Fault in Our Stars being adapted as a movie with the same title and I firmly believe you're just as excited as I am! Aren't you? That's why I thought I'd share my excitement with you, my readers through sharing the information I managed to gather about this much talked and book-to-movie adaptation.
Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace  Lancaster

Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters

Nat Wolff as Isaac

Laura Dern as Mrs. Lancaster

Sam Trammell as Mr. Lancaster

Mike Birbiglia as Patrick

Willem Dafoe as Peter Van Houten

Emily Peachey as Monica

And the best part is JOHN GREEN himself will be cast in the movie (for a role which is still unknown)!!!!!!

Director: Josh Boone
Produced by: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen
Written by: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Cinematographer: Ben Richardson
Studio: Temple Hill Entertainment
Release Date: June 6th, 2014

Title: The Fault in Our Stars
Author: John Green
Publishers: Dutton Books
Date of Publication: January 10th, 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
Length: 313 pages
My Source: Ebook


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.

Here's My Review of the book

Lastly, a personal note: I don't know whether you'll agree with me or not but I don't like books being made as movies. It basically kills the story, the essence of the book, in most of the cases. Whenever I've gone watching a movie after reading the book its based on, I've been hugely disappointed. I think if you're doing a film based on a book, you should at least keep the story intact but mostly they improvise it so much that ends up changing the story itself. So I earnestly hope the same doesn't happen with TFIOS. This book is very close to my heart and one of my all time favourites and it'd be very unfair to the book if they do such treatments with the movie. I hope the movie turns out to be just as great as the book is!

Review: Crashing Into You by B. D. Rowe

Title: Crashing Into You
Author: B. D. Rowe 
Publishers: B. D. Rowe
Date of Publication: Oct 3rd, 2013
Genre: NA, Contemporary Romance
Formats Available: Paperback, E-book 
Length: 310 pages
My Source: Ebook (epub)

Bookish college sophomore Sydney Baker wants Evan Taylor with every ounce of her being. The hottest stud on campus, Evan is six foot four, ripped, stacked with muscles. He's even easy to talk to. There's just one problem: he's her roommate Melanie's boyfriend. But when Melanie tragically dies after a night of wild partying, Sydney and Evan turn to each other in a time of intense grief. And it doesn't take long for their close friendship to blossom into something more. Unfortunately for Sydney, secrets from the past soon put her relationship with Evan to the test. Especially when a sexy blonde freshman makes her way into Evan's life, and tries to rip away everything Sydney holds close to her heart. 
 **Mature Situations and Sexual Content - Recommended for Ages 17+**

I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review, as part of a blog tour. I generally choose ARCs very carefully, but now I wonder what made me choose this book!
The cover seemed to be pretty interesting, I admit. I've read only a few NA contemporary romance novels before so I had thought I'd give it a try. I wish I hadn't.! It’s less about romance and more about physical intimacy.
Sydney, a college sophomore (who is designated as 'bookish' in the synopsis, but I don't understand why!) is hopelessly in love with a hot guy Evan Taylor who happens to be her roommate Melanie's boyfriend. Evan is friendly, and sometimes even flirty with Sydney, but he is 'loyal' to her girlfriend until Melanie dies mysteriously in her hostel room. And then the inevitable happens, Evan and Sydney fall in love with each other. After spending an awesome summer together, they rejoin college to find that Melanie's sister, Michelle, who looks eerily similar to Mel has joined as a freshman and she apparently is after Evan, the other way round too. One night Sydney discovers Evan in Michelle’s room and a drunk Michelle claims that Evan was the cause of Melanie’s death (Melanie died for over drinking and Evan was supposedly the one to put her in such a situation) and then after a number of super-dramatic events Evan and Sydney stays together.
The story is disgusting, if it could be considered as a story at all. There are descriptions of love-making, at least ten times, whenever Evan and Sydney got into bed together. Things are all same and extremely boring after a few chapters and it took me great efforts to finish the book. *Phew*
One astonishing thing about the story is that Sydney is strictly against people getting drunk and drive after that because in high school her boyfriend James had died in an accident whereas she survived miraculously (and both of them were drunk at that time). The accident expensed the lives of a 9 year old boy and his mother so Sydney’s reaction to drunkards is more or less justified. The thing that surprises me is that she never mourns over the death of James. If James was responsible for his own death, so was she, equally responsible for that accident. But all her grief was for the other victims, which is okay, but nothing at all for James!

The story-telling is lucid but the unfortunate thing is that there wasn’t much to tell. I liked the character of Lukas, Sydney’s nerd, intelligent, sensible (and homosexual) best friend. But frankly speaking I didn’t adore either of Sydney and Evan’s character. To cut things short if you’re eyeing some erotic elements in a book, pick this one. But if you’re looking for a good story, I’d recommend you not to choose this book.
B.D. Rowe is a Sacramento native with a penchant for crafting tales of romance, mystery, and intrigue. Crashing Into You is B.D. Rowe's New Adult debut.