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In honor of the movie Eclipse coming out, I have decided to have a give away.  I’m sure most of the Eclipse fans out there are like me, part of the reason you love to read and watch movies are because it takes you away to a new place and allows you to relax from the stress of every day life.

In celebration of the fun books and movies bring to us, I am giving away a relaxation kit: a collection of yummy bath salts and another book that will be a movie later this summer Beastly by Alex Flynn.

You can read my review of the book here.

From the publisher:

I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright—a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever—ruined—unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly.

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Starts June 29th–Ends July 6th

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It’s that time again, so pull up your popcorn and your book and let’s talk about Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Okay, I have to admit that going in to watch the movie I was warned by several people that the book and the movie were very different, and they were correct. I think the best way to discuss this is to look at each one separately because they are so different from each other.

The Book:

I first read the book a couple of years ago and liked it so much I subsequently bought the entire series. Since rereading the first book in the series I have been steadily working my way through the series again because I enjoyed it so much the first time.Percy, son of Poseidon, half-blood and hero.  I like Percy, arrogant and unsure at the same time, his optimism in face of great odds and despite the history of heroes ending up cursed, dead or falling is endearing, as is his struggle to figure out what is going on because he just doesn’t study his Greek Mythology well enough.  His defense of those weaker than him is also endearing, in this book it is Grover before he finds out what Grover really is, in the second book it is a young Cyclops.

Annabeth, daughter of Athena, in the novel she is a blond, smart girl who studies architecture for fun.  I love her bragging about being smart and not being afraid to take down Percy a few notches when he needs it. The gift from her mother makes me giggle by being a cap of invisibility that looks like  a baseball cap.

Clarrisse, daughter of Ares, camp nemesis of Percy and numero uno bully.  I was disappointed when her characterdidn’t appear in the movie.  I was also disappointed to not get to see biker Ares, god of war.

Luke, son of Hermes, betrayer of the camp and, more particularly, Percy in setting him up to take the fall for the theft of Zeus’ main lightening bolt.  I was disappointed in the movie that they didn’t give him the wicked cool scar on his face from the claw of a dragon.

I think my favorite character is Percy with Annabeth as a close second, what do you think?

The official book website.

The Movie:

Percy of the movie, I thought they did a good job casting Percy, although at the age of twelve he should have been smaller and less good looking, but hey, who I am to complain about some good eye candy?! Percy is given a very short period of time to train, adjust to the information about the gods he has been given, and defeat Annabeth at capture the flag before leaving on his quest.  This felt a bit rushed but I really liked the overall look and feel to Camp Half-Blood.

Okay, first major change from the book was Percy finding out he was the son of Poseidon at the beginning of the movie, in the book he doesn’t know who his father is until about the middle of the book and even then Poseidon is a very removed character, both emotionally and physically.  I enjoyed the loving father angle of the movie but the distant father of the novel was truer to the Greek Myths I grew up reading.

Okay, I have to admit I almost squealed like a little girl when Sean Bean appeared as Zeus, I had no idea that was who they cast and I thought he was incredible. Also, Pierce Brosnan made a great Chiron, not quite as muscular as I had imagined Chiron being but a believable Centaur nonetheless.

The quest for the pearls of Persephone, so different from the quest in the book. I was disappointed that they didn’t include the Oracle (who is a mummy) and her advice to go West to find the thief and Percy was given the pearls from his father to return to the sea.  The first major battle against Medusa was correct and Uma Thurman did a great job of playing Medusa. The Hydra’s don’t appear in the books until the second book.

Final thoughts, I liked both separately as the movie was great when not comparing it to the book but as a film supposedly based on the book, it went far from the book especially in the themes of father and father’s love.  Okay, you have heard (in great detail and a lot of words) what I think, what did you think?  If you haven’t had a chance to see the movie yet, I was able to see it at a discount theater or it comes out on DVD on June 29th.

The official movie website.

**On a side note, this was one of the hardest posts for me to write because spell check doesn’t recognize Greek gods and I am horrible speller. :)

When Emma’s parents leave her home alone, everything goes wrong and she finds herself under the guardianship of the one guy she has secretly had a crush on. Deception by Lee Nichols is about Emma, a seventeen-year-old who slowly comes to realize that all the people she is suddenly seeing aren’t living but are in fact ghosts.

After a party she didn’t want to throw at her own house gets out of control and the police realize that Emma’s parents are gone, Emma is surprised to find herself moving to New England to live with Bennett in his family mansion and attending an exclusive private school.  As the ghosts become more numerous and strange dark things start to happen, Bennett reveals that Emma is a ghostkeeper like him and he needs her help to track down an other-worldly murder.  But will helping Bennett to track down the murderer cost Emma the new friends she has just gained or even worse, her life?!

Deception was a fun quick read with enough mystery to keep the pages turning.  I felt bad for Emma, her parents are missing and the one friend she has left betrays her to the police in a fit of anger.  As Emma is reeling from this betrayal, Bennett enters the picture claiming to be guardian, whisking her off to a private school in New England where she is forced to find new friends as Bennett is playing least in site.  Emma’s wit and fortitude in dealing with the events that unravel are inspiring.  Also, Emma learns that not only can she see ghosts, she can make them do what she wants them to but instead of thinking it is acceptable to make them do what she wants, she refuses to and instead starts to develop good relationships with the ghosts.

I enjoyed the book, was secure with my knowledge of how the story was playing out as the author wrapped up the loose ends and then, on the very last page, she threw a curve ball that has me eager to read the next in the Haunting Emma novel.  I hate and love it when an author does that! Want to know what it is?! Well, you will just have to read the book to find out.

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Title:Deception: A Haunting Emma Novel

Author: Lee Nichols

Format: Paperback

Page Nos.: 336

ISBN:1599903083

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: June 2010

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

A sequel to Princess of the Midnight Ball, Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George is another twisted fairy tale. All of the Princesses, except the two eldest, from Westfallin along with the princes and princesses of neighboring kingdoms have become part of a unique exchange program. Traveling to other countries in order to help with foreign alliances, Rose’s younger sisters are sent to a lot of different countries. Poppy, one of the twins is sent to a kingdom not pleased with her arrival. Soon after her arrival, Prince Christian, who was formally invited in order to choose a bride, befriends Poppy and they began to fall in love. Unfortunately, at a glamorous ball where Princess Poppy refuses to dance because of her previous ordeal and instead chooses to play cards with the men, a new guest that nobody recognizes comes to steal the lime light. Luckily, Poppy has many lucky charms to help her see through enchantments and she can see who the new Ella really is. Prince Christian and the others continually participating in the formal balls fall under the enchantment cast by this beautiful princess with the help of her Fairy Godmother and her beautiful glass slippers. Can Princess Poppy help her friends see through the differing enchantments surrounding the kingdom? And more importantly, can Poppy rescue her true love, Prince Christian?

Through the majority of this novel, I really enjoyed it. I really liked how level headed Princess Poppy was, even with all of the ordeals going on around her. She wasn’t ever afraid to be herself, even when she was the only girl playing cards at the ball. With each new twist in the plot I got more and more excited! As the story progressed I got more anxious to read the end. However, the last few chapters of this book felt really rushed. When I had finished it, I thought to myself “Is that really the end?” I even had to reread the ending because it was confusing and lacked necessary details. The rest of the novel was amazing had held my interest the entire time. I could hardly put it down, but when it was over, I was slightly disappointed.

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Title: Princess of Glass

Author: Jessica Day George

Format: Paperback (uncorrected advance proof)

Page Nos.: 272

ISBN:1599904780

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: May 2010

Reviewer: Jillian

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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