Favorite Fictional BFFs, Boyfriends & enemies

Happy Sunday everyone!!

As the end of the year is coming (only 2.5 more months), I have lately been reminiscing the books that I have read in 2016. I have read so many wonderful books, and I keep thinking about all of the wonderful characters I have grown to love over this past year. 

I now have decided to put together a group of some of my favorite book BFFs, boyfriends, and enemies that I personally have come to love (and hate) over the past 10 months. For the BFFs & boyfrieds, I wish I could have them by my side in everyday life! For the enemies, I am very glad they are fictional characters that I will never have to come face-to-face with. 

I am now going to start with my absolute favorite…

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I have fallen in love with far more fictional boys as compared to boys in real life, and it is a problem! When a book tries to tell me that fictional boys exist in real life, I’m always thinking…
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So here is my time to spill to you all the fictional boyfriends that I have crushed on (I’m SOOO excited!!)

1). JOHN AMBROSE McCLAREN (for life) from P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han!! I have always been team John Ambrose McClaren, sorry Peter Kavinski fans(I honestly love Peter too), but John is such a sweetheart. My mom always says to me “there are the boys you date and the boys you marry,” and I believe that John Ambrose McClaren is the boy you date AND MARRY!! When he showed up at Lara Jean’s house all dressed up for her, my heart nearly melted. When Lara Jean and John danced together, I knew that they were soul mates.

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I am dying for Always and Forever, Lara Jean to be released in April. I am really hoping that Lara Jean and John end up together, but most importantly I hope that John has the happy ending his heart deserves!

2). Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Kaz. Kaz. Kaz. Kaz + Inej = happiness! Kaz gives off the impression that he is coldhearted and wants nothing to do with a relationship, but everyone knows deep down inside he is in love with Inej. His grumpiness is just a protection to being hurt by her. He acts weird around Inej, yet he is always looking after her. I have come to the conclusion that he is a complete sweetheart. 100%.

3). Frank Porter from Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. Frank Porter may be my favorite fictional boyfriend. Emily, the female protagonist of SYBG, spends her summer completing a bucket-list in order to bring back her best friend, Sloane, from her secret departure from Stanwich, Connecticut. Frank Porter is the one that makes this all possible. Frank spends his early mornings running, and late nights in the lake or at the Apple Orchard, helping Emily. The sad part is that Frank has a very seriously studious girlfriend who is spending the summer at Princeton. Roadblock!!! With his girlfriend in another state, Frank and Emily begin to build feelings for each other.

giphy.gifMy favorite thing about Frank: he is the sweetest fictional guy I have ever known. I could go on and on about how WONDERFUL Frank Porter is, but I think you all get my point!

Now we must continue on to….

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BOOK BFFS!!!!

  1. Addie from Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch: Lina (the protagonist of the story) is persuaded by her mother to go visit the dad she has never met in Italy. After her mother’s death, Lina packs up her life and goes to Italy. Lina leaves behind her forever best friend Addie. Addie is always Skyping or calling Lina when Lina is homesick or is having boy problems. on the other side of the world, Addie helps Lina find a home in Italy. Every girl needs a friend like Addie!

2)  Jessica from Twilight (and New Moon & Eclipse & Breaking Dawn) by Stephanie Meyer. Every group of girls has that one friend that is always outspoken. Jessica, who is Bella’s new bestie from Forks in Twilight, is always judging Bella and obsessing over Mike. Maybe I wouldn’t want to be actual friends with Jessica, but I always laugh when I am reading or watching Twilight because I have a friend who reminds me SOOO much of Jessica. I always want to say, “keep your thoughts to yourself!!”

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Last, but not least…. Book enemies!!

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1)All villainous characters from Jenny Han’s Books. From To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I absolutely despise Genevieve. If I could chose one person I hate the most in the world, fictional or not, it would be  Genevieve. She is always messing with Peter, and messing with Lara Jean, and messing with PETER AND LARA JEAN being together, and I have had enough of it. If she continues to ruin LJ & P’s relationship in Always and Forever, Lara Jean, I may spend my life crying myself to sleep. I also greatly disliked Mary from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian’s Burn For Burn series. I honestly loved her all the way up until the ending of the second book, Fire with Fire. Jenny Han always seems to know how to play with my heart-strings, and I know she will continue to do so in Always and Forever, Lara Jean. Why are you torturing me Jenny Han?!?!

2) Afred from Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Alfred is a Nazi soldier aboard a ship of refugees during WWII. Alfred may be one of the most closed-minded, heartless, awful fictional characters I have ever met. He is so unaware of what is going on in the world during such a gruesome war. One of the things I most loved about this book and Ruta Sepetys’ writing is the contrast between beautiful characters, and horrible characters like Alfred. I was so fascinated by his idiocy; this aspect of the book kept me on my toes. If you are looking for a great villainous character, Alfred, and Salt to the Sea, is the one for you!!

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That is it everyone!! You now have learned my favorite fictional BFF’s, boyfriends, and enemies of 2016 so far!!  I’d love to hear from you all about your favorites : )))

Thanks for listening everyone (if you have made it to this point, you are wonderful!!)

Sincerely, K

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Favorite (and least favorite) book to Movie Adaptations

Happy Tuesday!!!!

I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting. I have had so much going on the past month. (But that’s no excuse!!) Now that Cross Country is coming to a close, I will have more time to read and review!

So for now, I want to talk about my top 5 best book to movie adaptations, and my top 5 worst!!!

TOP 5 WORST:

  1. Allegiant (the first half of the book) was by far the worst movie adaptation that I have ever seen. As you may know, they cancelled the second installment for the #1 NYT bestselling novel due to the horrific reviews and box office results. The way that they split the book up for the movie was unappealing, and I just can’t really say that there were any good parts about it. Sorry!!!mybad.gif
  2. Paper Towns was not my favorite because I felt that the book was mediocre in my opinion, and I felt that with the cast they had, it was going to be much better once everything was put together. After I watched the movie, I remembered why I didn’t like the book.tumblr_nvvyhowKUN1qb9pa3o1_500.gif
  3. The Host was highly anticipated, as it was the beginning of Stephanie Meyer’s next film endeavor. I was young when I saw it at the midnight premiere, and thought it was pretty good, but once I watched it a few years later after another read, I understood why Stephanie hasn’t finished the next book…
  4. The Fifth Wave is one of my favorite books. Even though I am disappointed with what happened in the end of Cassie’s story, I was excited to see it adapted into a film. After I saw the movie at the premiere, I was a bit disappointed because the plot of the book was altered for the movie, and I didn’t feel like Cassie was portrayed well in the way I read her perspective in the novel.tumblr_inline_myqka37iqy1rom0ci.gif
  5. If I Stay was a blur of multiple scenes, which was different in the novel. Even though they were set up the same way, the book was much more clear on what was going on and what point we were at.

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TOP 5 BEST:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars may have been the best movie adaptation known to man. I want to say that John Green’s book was better than the movie, as any book should be, but the movie went above and beyond. The cast did incredible justice to Hazel’s life, and I just want to give a big HIGH FIVE to everyone who put the movie together. giphy.gif
  2. The Help was done beautifully. That’s all I have to say.
  3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is my guilty pleasure. Every time I am in a bad mood, I turn it on and watch both of the movies. Although the second film was not as good as the first, I truly enjoyed both of them.
  4. Twilight Series…… I have to say I saw the movies before I read the books, which may be why I think that the movies were done so well.e7c9f3d6bc88fcc2365cef4837276177.gif
  5. Catching Fire!!! Even though their were bad reviews on the last installment to the trilogy in the fourth movie, I believe that Suzanne Collin’s novel was done justice in the movies. The best film of them all in my opinion was the second, because the plot was captivating and followed closely to the novel’s plot. tumblr_m39qjapt9q1qaqu1ro1_250.gif

Let me know if I missed any great (or not so great) movie adaptations. I am looking for a few more to read and watch, if I haven’t already!

XOXO, N

 

 

YA Fandom Frenzy

Hey everyone!!

IMG_1710.JPGYA Fandom Frenzy is a book convention that is ran by my local bookstore, Anderson’s Bookshop. Anderson’s Bookshop has been around for more than 50 years, and there are currently three locations. The newest location, which has been around for a little over a year, is one mile from my house. I absolutely LOVE the store because of the merchandise, how close it is to my house, and the abundance of signings that are held there. I was able to go to a signing for Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, Adam Silvera, and David Arnold all in September. It was a great month!!

YA Fandom Frenzy brings together almost 40 wonderful authors to spend the day with teen readers. Unfortunately, N was unable to come with me because she had work, so I went unaccompanied.

When I walked into the convention, there were table everywhere where some people had began to seat themselves. I saw a group of friendly girls, and decided to sit down at their table. I am so glad I did because the girls were all so fun and welcoming.

Every author was assigned to a table of readers. The author of 26 Kisses, Anna Michels, was assigned to our table. I sat next to her, so I was able to talk to her about publishing. Since Nora is in the process of editing her book, and will soon transition to finding a literary agent, Anna told me a lot about her experience publishing her book. It was so nice talking to her!

When the event started, we did speed dating. Every author was given three minutes to talk about themselves and their book. Some of the authors were absolutely hilarious. I was laughing so hard for the majority of the time.

Before lunch, there were a couple of rounds of “would you rather.” Some of the topics were “eat double stuffed oreos or vanilla oreos” and “chose narwhals or unicorns.” The authors also had to talk about their worst haircut. I absolutely loved this, it was so funny listening to them!!

During lunch, we were able to eat and go to the bookstore. As you all know me, I went into the bookstore with my wallet in hand and ready to buy the whole place. I bought four books: Holding Up the Universe, All the Bright Places (which I had already read), Our Chemical Hearts, and The Serpent King. I cannot wait to read them!!

After lunch we finished up the speed dating with the authors that had not yet spoken, and then we started the Book Trivia Challenge!! This was one of my favorite parts, some of the rounds included “name the book based on these emojis” and “which actor played in both of these movies based on books.” Our team didn’t win, but we had a great time!!

After all the games were over, it was SIGNING TIME!!! I jumped out of my seat and made my way to have my books signed!

The first person who signed my book was Traci Chee, the author of The Reader. I brought my arc I got at BookCon, and we chatted about the hidden messages in the book. Traci was one of the nicest authors I have ever met, I am so glad I was able to speak with her!

I also was able to speak to Paula Stokes, who wrote Girl Against The Universe, and many other popular titles. Paula Stokes is very important to N, as N decided to write her book after reading Girl Against the Universe!! Paula Stokes was so nice, and she loved hearing how her book inspired Nora to write her own YA contemporary novel.

I then spoimg_1679ke with Krystal Sutherland, the author of Our Chemical Hearts!! I had been waiting for this book to come out for a couple of months, and I was overjoyed to be able to speak with Krystal. Krystal is from Australia, and her accent was the coolest thing!

Next I spoke to Jeff Zentner, the author of The Serpent King. Jeff was so welcoming, and he explained a quote from the book for me. Talking to him was a highlight of my day!

 

img_1683The second to last author I spoke to was Jennifer Niven. When I spoke to Jennifer, I gushed to her how good All the Bright Places was for me and how it has helped so many readers like myself! Jennifer was so kind, she asked that I sign her book while she signed mine. I asked to take a picture with her, and she was ecstatic! After our picture, she asked if we could take a selfie, AND SHE ENDED UP POSTING IT ON INSTAGRAM!! I was so excited when I saw myself on her account! Jennifer is the best!

 

 

img_1682The last person I spoke to was Julie Buxbaum. I started off by telling her how much I love Tell Me Three Things, and how it is one of my favorite books of the year. I then went on to tell her how I was a bookblogger, and whenever someone asks for a contemporary recommendation, Tell Me Three Things is my response! We also were able to take a photo! As I started to walk away, she sincerely thanked me for spreading the word about her book, and asked that I continue to advocate for Tell Me Three Things. Speaking to Julie was probably my favorite signing!!

 

Well, there you go, that was a very long post to a very great day. Soon after the signings finished, I left YA Fandom Frenzy, sad that I would have to wait another year to experience such a great day!

Thanks for listening everyone, I had a great time gushing about a wonderful day. I am still experiencing fandom frenzy withdrawals : (…..

I feel absolutely horrible for being so inactive on our website. I have been incredibly busy this past month between classes and our bookstagram. If you guys follow onebooktwogirls on instagram, you would see that I post every other day, and am constantly responding to messages. It sometimes is hard to put away time to get on my computer and blog to you all. I am incredibly sorry for this, but I promise that I will start posting weekly here to you all. Thanks for all the support guys : )!!!

Sincerely, K