New Books to Movies Being Released Soon

I was perusing the interwebs when I came across the new trailer for  the movie adaptation of The Host by Stephanie Meyers, this led me to several other Young Adult novels that are getting the big screen adaptation so I thought I would share them with all of you. While I am not a Twilight fan (Bella is WAAYYY too whiny) I absolute love The Host  and am very interested to see the film. Are there any books to movies that you are looking forward to?

 

We also get to look forward to Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassadra Clare

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs Review

Grace has just moved from small town USA to San Francisco, as if struggling to fit into a new school is not enough, she starts seeing strange mythological creatures that no one else can see. In Sweet Venom  by Tera Lynn Childs, Grace learns she is the descendant of Medusa, but that the history books have the story all wrong, Medusa wasn’t a monster but a slayer of monsters. Now Grace has to learn how to fight monsters without getting killed while trying to figure out why all the rules are changing and hopefully keep the guys she likes interested in her.

Gretchen has been a monster slayer for years. After finding Grace, Gretchen has to train this newbie how to fight, keep under child protective services raider by only missing as much school physically possible because if she doesn’t defeat the monsters no one will and trying to figure out what happened to her mentor.

Greer has it all together, the daughter of socially prominent parents she doesn’t have time for the two strangers who showed up on her doorstep looking like her or their crazy talk of monsters. But it will take all three working together decipher the ancient prophecy regarding their family line and eventually defeat the monsters.

I picked up Sweet Venom because it was free on my Kindle and loved it! The only reason it got four stars instead of five was because I felt like the story was really reaching a nice climactic point and then it ended, moving on to the second book in the series Sweet Shadows. The three completely different sisters are fascinating and entertaining, Grace who doesn’t eat meat but now finds herself destroying monsters, Gretchen who has had to be tough after running away from her foster parents at a young age, and Greer who has money, is always put together and has her life mapped out except when she finds herself ruining her Jimmy Choos to battle a monster. Sweet Venom switches from the different sisters’ points of view so you really get to know each character, their motivations and what is happening to them in the grand scheme of things. While there is a little bit of love interest in the story, it is very secondary to the main story. Sweet Venom is a great mix of mythological and contemporary with some fabulous action. If you like Percy Jackson then I think you will enjoy Sweet Venom.

You can read an excerpt here.

Venom Reading Order:

Sweet Venom

Sweet Shadows

Sweet Legacy (Fall 2013)

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Title: Sweet Venom

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 384

ISBN: 978-0062001825

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: September 2011

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

Backfire by Catherine Coulter Review

When San Francisco Judge Ramsey is shot at his home, his two friends, Sherlock and Savich fly to find out who the shooter is in Catherine Coulter’s Backfire. When they arrive in San Francisco, they find that the Prosecuting attorney, Mickey O’Rourke has also gone missing and was working on the same case as Judge Ramsey. But is the shooter of Judge Ramsey connected with the missing attorney? Savich and Sherlock must investigate this attempted murder and see if they can find the missing attorney and save Ramsey from an more possible attempts at his life. Are these two cases related, or are they looking for two suspects?

Great book! It took me a little bit to get into Backfire, but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down.  The plot was great, even with my usual of reading the first five chapters and the last five chapters, I still had no idea who the killer was. Backfire was very clean. There is a suggestion at two people having sex, but wasn’t graphic and Catherine just left it to the reader to delve deeper into it. The suspense was awesome and would recommend this book in a heart beat. I had only a few issues with the book. The first was trying to stay caught up with who was speaking. Catherine Coulter had a tendency to switch in the middle of a paragraph to a different character’s point of view. If I was listening to this on audio, it wouldn’t be an issue, but having it switch in the middle made it a little confusing. My second issue was I felt like I it took me longer to get into the book because I hadn’t read a previous book of this series. I felt like the author just expected you to know Savich and Sherlock from the previous books and their relationship. I was frustrated because I had no idea who these characters were until I was a little ways into the book.

Other then these issues, I really did enjoy Backfire. I was actually recommended by my husband to read it when I was given the chance. He is a big fan of Catherine Coulter and her Savich and Sherlock series. I received only positive responses when I mentioned to friends that I was reading a book of hers. I really enjoyed the plot, the ease of reading and the characters and would recommend Backfire to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

You can read an excerpt here.

FBI Thriller Reading Order:

The Cove

The Maze

The Target

The Edge

Riptide

Hemlock Bay

Eleventh Hour

Blindside 

Blowout

Point Blank

Double Take

Tailspin

Knockout

Whiplash

Split Second

Backfire

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Content: 

Title: Backfire

Author: Catherine Coulter

Format:  Hardbound, eBook

Page Nos.: 412

ISBN: 978-0-399-15732-5

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Release Date: July 2012

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jocee

 

**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.