The Books-to-Movie challenge for April is The Host by Stephanie Meyers. I realize it has been awhile since we have done a books-to-movie challenge and thought that The Host is a perfect way to start off with the challenges again. I have been very vocal about my dislike of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyers but I devoured The Host the first time I read it, I think it shows that Meyers really can write. Originally released in 2008, The Host is a science-fiction novel set place in the present day Earth where we have been peacefully taken over by an alien race. The aliens are implanted into our bodies, eventually taking over our bodies and our consciousness disappears. But there are those humans who are still free and The Host is about one such individual, a rebel by the name of Melanie who is eventually caught by the aliens but the “soul” is implanted into her body she doesn’t shut down, leaving her body with to individuals in charge and aware of their circumstances.
Like I said, I devoured the book when I first got it but I have to admit it has been some years since I read it and I am interested in rereading it again.
The movie stars Saoirse Ronan (of The Lovely Bones) as Melanie/Wanda, Max Irons (of Red Riding Hood) as Jared and Jake Abel (of I Am Number Four) as Ian. I have to admit I love that the main characters are all played by actors(ress) who have starred in other books-to movie adaptations.
Some things to consider when reading/watching the film:
How does the first person narrative of the two main characters (Melanie and Wanda) translate from the book to the film? Do you think it works or is it just confusing?
What do you think about the change in the character of the seeker from the novel to the film?
What do you think of the casting of the characters? Are they believable or could it have been cast differently?
Overall thoughts and impressions?
I am very excited of this challenge so pull up a book, a bucket of popcorn, and let the fun begin!
Every so often I find myself with my To-Be-Read (TBR) pile a little out of control. I never mean for this to happen but there are so many great possibilities of fabulous books out there that I can’t help myself. Somehow, when I get to a bookstore or approached by authors/publishers, I become like a kid in the candy store and want them all. Every time I am ready to read a new book for reviewing then it takes me some time to choose because they all sound so fabulous. So I thought that today I would give sneak peek at what reviews will be coming up.
At the behest of three of the most talented historical romance authors writing today, you are cordially invited to a ball. No, a party. No . . . a kidnapping.
Taran Ferguson, laird of his clan, is determined that his ancient (if not so honorable) birthright be secured before he dies. When both his nephews refuse to wed, the old reprobate takes matters into his own hands: he raids a ball and makes off with four likely brides . . .
Miss Marilla Chisholm—the bonniest lass in Scotland, and an heiress to boot.
Miss Fiona Chisholm—her older sister, another fine choice (but for that tiny stain on her reputation).
Lady Cecily Tarleton—true, she’s an English beauty, but very, very rich.
Miss Catriona Burns—without name or fortune, clearly someone made a mistake.
Oh, yes. And one very irate duke.
Because somewhere there must be one lady most willing to love a Scottish lord.
by Lydia Dare
Regency England Has Gone To The Wolves!
It Takes A Beast…
Grayson Hadley is in his own special hell-being treated like a wayward pup by the tutor employed to turn him into a true gentleman. So when he meets a hot-blooded American beauty with the mark of a Lycan, he’s only too glad to slip his leash.
To Bring This Lady To Heel
Accustomed to running wild in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to her grandfather’s in London to learn a thing or two about polite society. At first she scoffs at the English Lycans’ apparent tameness. Little does Livi realize how very close she is to unleashing the passion that lies just beneath the surface…
by Jennifer Rush
Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who’s stolen Anna’s heart.
When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna’s father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.
In Haven 6 by Aubrie Dionne, Eridani has struggled to find her place aboard a transport space ship traveling through space on its way to a new planet for colonization known to the inhabitants of the ship as Haven 6. On a ship with a limited DNA pool, every bonding of mates is carefully selected but Eri is the result of an illegal bonding and, as a result, has no life mate of her own. Eri has also been given the job of linguist, stuck away in a small office away from others charged with remembering the languages of the planet the colonist left centuries ago. As their ship nears Haven 6, they discover that there are beings already inhabiting the planet and Eri is assigned to the exploratory team to contact the locals and return with the information on how to defeat them.
Striver, descended from pirates and colonists from Old Earth is the leader of the group on Haven 6. Striver saves Eri and her team from attack fro the Lawless ones, outcasts from the carefully maintained society on Haven 6. Striver and Eri are drawn to each other but each must deal with the loyalties they have to their people and eventually must decide what is the best course for everyone wanting to live on Haven.
Unlike the other two books I have read in A New Dawn series (which I devoured in one sitting), I struggled to get into the story of Haven 6. But once I was a couple of chapters in then I was hooked and had to find out if Striver and Eri would be able to come to a solution for everyone. Haven 6 is the third/fourth book (depending upon how you consider prequels) but you don’t need to read the other books in the series to understand what is going on, each book is its own world that is being colonized by different ships that have left Earth after it became uninhabitable. The premise of the series is intriguing, what would you do if you were raised on a ship that has been traveling through space for centuries, the descendant of individuals who were born, spent their entire lives and died in space, and suddenly that existence is coming to an end as you arrive at your new world. Would you still blindly follow the rules/orders that were so necessary while you were traveling in space but suddenly aren’t so important? How does free will work in an uber structured society? Would you be strong enough to do something different? In Haven 6 this is exactly where Eri finds herself, being ordered to bring about the death and destruction of the inhabitants of Haven, Eri has to reevaluate what is truly in the best interest of the group and what is in the best interest of herself. They entire series is worth a read.
A New Dawn Reading Order:
A Hero Rising (prequel)
Title: Haven 6
Author: Aubrie Dionne
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 326
Release Date: September 11, 2012
Available for purchase: Amazon
**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.
It has been awhile since Novel Reaction has had an author visit so it is with great excitement we welcome Aubrie Dionne as part of the blog tour for her new release Haven 6. Haven 6 is the third book in the sci-fi A New Dawn series, which should be read:
A New Dawn Reading Order:
A Hero Rising (prequel)
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Entangled Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. She recently signed her YA sci fi novel with Inkspell Publishing titled: Colonization: Paradise Reclaimed, which will release in November 2012. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. She’s a big Star Trek TNG fan, as well as Star Wars and Serenity.
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could recite and reenact every single scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek the Next Generation-favorite character was Data by far-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all time favorite movie was The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie wrote in her junior high yearbook that she wanted to be “A concert flutist” when she grew up. When she made that happen, she decided one career was not enough and embarked as a fantasy, sci fi author. Two careers seems to keep her busy. For now.
Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Eri, star of Haven 6 today. Eri, thank you for joining me!
Thank you for having me. I’ve had so much happen in the last few months, it will be good to talk about it. Our colony has had so much change, and a lot of it is because of me.
Let’s start with the beginning of your tale. Describe a day in your life on the Heritage.
I worked in the most boring job ever on the Heritage, my colony ship. I was a linguist, so I studied all of Old Earth’s dead languages. Why the commander had me do this? I have no clue. Maybe just to keep me busy, because they didn’t know what else to do with a product of an illegal pairing. Anyway, I’m over it. My linguist skills actually came in handy on Haven 6, because I was able to decipher the meaning behind the mysterious golden liquid that people have been disappearing into ever since the space pirates landed on the planet.
Why was it so important for you to report back to the commander?
When she assigned me to the exploratory team, I finally felt like I could prove to her I was worth something, even if I was illegally conceived. I wanted to make my family proud and do my job. Little did I know my mission would get in the way of the one person I’d come to love.
What were your initial thought/fears when you landed on Haven 6?
The “aliens” scared me the most. Who were they? Were they peaceful? Could I really use my skills to talk with them? As you read in Haven 6, the exploratory mission did not go as planned. I’m lucky to still be alive.
In one sentence, what were your first impressions of Striver?
Athletic, gorgeous, and determined. I can still picture him running to save my team. *sigh*
If you could exact your revenge on Weaver for what he did to you, what would it be?
Because of the way things went down, I have no ill will towards Weaver. He showed me his true self at the very end. I hope, wherever he is, that he finally finds happiness.
Thanks again for joining me, Eri! This has been a real treat!
Thank you for having me. Make sure you always have the courage to follow your dreams, however ridiculous they may seem and be true to yourself.
Eri thanks for stopping by and answering a few questions about what you went through on Haven 6. As part of the tour I am excited to announce that you can enter to win this beautiful necklace, you can enter the contest at a Rafflecopter giveaway. Check out Novel Reaction’s review of Haven 6 here.