Letterbox Love #6

Letterbox Love is a meme hosted by Lynsey of Narratively Speaking whereby book lovers can exhibit the books they received this week.

A big book haul for me this week! I went a bit mad on NetGalley so have lots of ebooks awaiting me now! But first, the library litter:

I absolutely love Robert Muchamore, so I am very pleased to have got my hands on ‘One Shot Kill‘, which is the sixth book in the Henderson’s Boys series. The series is set in WWII and acts as a prequel to his popular Cherub series. 

Also ‘Perks of a Wallflower‘ by Stephen Chbosky. I have been wanting to read this ever since I fell in love with the film (see my review here). However, there was (understandably) a long waiting list at the library, but it has finally arrived! And in good condition too, which is always pleasing. Most of the library books I get are new, but I hate when other people mistreat them!

Note the pencil earrings, in celebration of my new publishing job 🙂

Now onto my ebook haul. Many thanks to NetGalley for all the titles below. 

Dance of Shadows (Dance of Shadows, #1)                 What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

Another book all the bloggers seem to have got their hands on is ‘Dance of Shadows‘ by Yelena Black. Ditto with Kat Zhang’s ‘What’s Left of Me‘. I have only heard good things so far so I am looking forward to starting these! Thanks to Bloomsbury and Harper Collins for these.

Hysteria What I Didn't Say

Two books I requested for their covers are ‘Hysteria‘ by Megan Miranda and ‘What I Didn’t Say‘ by Keary Taylor. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but these are both so enticing, for very different reasons! Thanks to Bloomsbury and Keary Taylor for the approval of these.

Exposure: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare's Macbeth (Twisted Lit, #2)

Exposure‘ by Kim Askew and Amy Helms is a modern day twist on Macbeth. I thought this would be interesting, as it is so hard nowadays to get a lot of children interested in Shakespeare, so I hope this turns out well (thanks to FSB Associates). 

A Sea of Stars

And finally, some news; I was autoapproved for Harper Collins UK Children’s titles on Netgalley. So as a celebration to myself I downloaded ‘The Sea of Stars‘ by Kate Maryon.

What did you receive this week? Have you read any of my books and do you think it should be at the top or the bottom of my to read pile? I’d love to hear from you! 

Film Review: Ruby Sparks

Having not seen ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, I didn’t really know what to expect. The trailers for ‘Ruby Sparks‘ looked quite funny and quirky. The story follows Calvin, a writer who uses a typewriter to write about his dream girl, Ruby. One morning, she appears. He discovers that anything he writes about her comes true, thus every man’s dream.

I have to start by admitting that I did miss the first ten minutes of the film, so I have no idea why Clavin started writing. However, I came in just as Calvin’s brother finds a bra in his apartment. The film is funny, and has some really laugh out loud moments. I also felt tears in my eyes at one point, so it does really take you on an emotional rollercoaster.

I think the film explores a really interesting concept, and I love that as well as the happy parts, it also shows Calvin being controlling of Ruby, as I think this is what it would be like in real life.

However, being released so close to another geeky/quirky film (‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’) I have to draw comparisons. I didn’t love the character of Calvin as much as I did Charlie, and I think Calvin was far too serious for my liking. Although Ruby was supposedly his dream girl, he never really does anything romantic for her, and the film constantly shows her in the kitchen, which is very stereotypical. However, the scene where she won’t let go of his hand is extremely funny, and I don’t think I had many laugh out loud moments in ‘Wallflower’.

Overall I did really enjoy ‘Ruby Sparks’, but I don’t think it had the impact on me that ‘Perks of a Wallflower’ did. Perhaps it was because I didn’t expect much of Wallflower, whereas I had high expectations of Ruby.

Let me know if you agree/disagree!

Film Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I very nearly missed out on seeing ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower‘ in the cinema, but I am so glad I didn’t! Everyone I read/talk to is raving about this film, but I wasn’t sure. There never seems to be much luck with book-to-film adaptations, so I didn’t really hold my hopes up. But the trailer looked good, although my cinema only showed the film for just over a week! I luckily managed to sneak in on the last showing, and I loved it.

Logan Lerman who plays Charlie is the perfect choice, and I thought he played his role really well. He is the main character, who is just starting high school. His best friend committed suicide, and he has no friends. That is, until he stumbles upon brother-sister duo Patrick and Sam (Emma Watson).

I thought it would be difficult to see Emma Watson as anyone other than Hermione, but I think the short hair really suited her. Although I didn’t really believe her story as much as Charlie’s, I still really enjoyed the film. There are some beautiful moments, such as the part also featured in the trailer where Sam stands on the back of the truck as they go through the tunnel.

I did nearly cry at one stage, when I just felt for Charlie so much! He is adorable. I have to say I haven’t read the book (by Stephen Chbosky) but I will be putting in an order at the library, just to compare. I think the film was good at tackling the quirky awkwardness of teenage life, and the emotions of friendship.

But the big question is, which is better; book or film?