TOP TEN TUESDAY : THE BOOKS WHOSE SCREEN ADAPTATIONS THAT I’D BE TERRIFIED TO WATCH

Happy Tuesday, y’all! Today’s TTT topic is Page to screen freebies. I’ve chosen to list down books whose screen adaptations I’d  be scared to watch. In other words, these are books which I absolutely adore and have potential to make for amazing screen adaptations. But I’m scared that they’re gonna be ruined in the hands of other people. (Case in point, Game of Thrones) So, I want to see the screen adaptation but also don’t want to see it, because I love the books too much!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Fantasy Series

Lumatere Chronicles : My love for this series knows no bounds! But there are so many character and so many details in this series that would need a lot of care to be done justice to.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone : This is such a rich universe that I’d love to see come to life! But I’m sure different people would have different ideas. This is one imaginative world! Chimeras, angels, different worlds and what not! It would be a mammoth task to make it work. But if executed well, this would be a screen adaptation for the ages!

Kate Daniels : What I wouldn’t do to get a TV show on Kate Daniels. It would be like Buffy the Vampire Slayer! But again, the idea scares me as much as it thrills me. Because there’s a lot of characters, a lot of creatures and a lot of mythologies at play here. We’re talking about 10 books of plot here!

Strange the Dreamer : Another series by Laini Taylor! Laini Taylor creates and builds such amazing worlds that I doubt there’s anyone who wouldn’t want to see it all come to life. But again, the more imaginative the world, the trickier it becomes to adapt it!

Six of Crows : Who wouldn’t want to see Kaz and his crew on their screens? This would be magic on screen! But if not executed well, a disaster!

Standalones

Sadie : Sadie is just brilliant to read and listen to. I think that a movie based on it would do wonders! But since it’s written in a podcast form, making it into a movie might be not as straightforward as it seems. It would be easy to screw that up.

On the Jellicoe Road : I heard about a movie news of this book a long long time ago. I don’t know if it will ever materialize but there’s too many aspects to this book that would be tricky to adapt to screen.

The Hating Game : I absolutely love this romance. I hear that they’re already working on a movie based on this. The idea scares me to no end! Please please do justice to the chemistry between Josh and Lucy!

From Sand and Ash : When I was reading the book, I couldn’t help but wonder what a movie adaptation would be like. It would create waves if made well. But there’s a lot of factors to keep in mind! It’s about the world war after all. and has a very large scope. Can’t mess this up!

The Seven and a half deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle : How I would love to see this story in the screen! But, I don’t envy anyone having to bring such a complex and intricate plot to life! You know one person whose version of this book I probably wouldn’t be scared to watch? Christopher Nolan!


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : FIRST 10 BOOKS I REVIEWED FOR MY BLOG

Happy Tuesday, people! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl. And the topic this week is the first 10 books I reviewed. I’ve never really reviewed seriously before starting this blog. So here are the first 10 books I reviewed for this blog –

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Transcend

The first of a duology with a reincarnation twist. There were 3 primary characters who all made my heart all achy.

My Rating : ★★★★★

 (Goodreads)

 

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Not So Nice Guy

A friends-to-lovers romance with enough fluff and sweetness to give you diabetes. If you’re in mood for a light and cute romance, this is it for you.

My rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

 

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The Simple Wild

An atmospheric book that made me feel part of the world. At the center of it is a girl’s journey of self-discovery and the theme of family.

My rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 

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Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)

The finale to my favorite Urban Fantasy series. Kate Daniels remains at the top of my list of favorite badass heroines.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

 

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Epoch (Transcend #2)

An emotional conclusion to the beautiful story we saw start in Transcend. The 3 characters in this book are very close to my heart.
Interesting fact – The covers photos of both the books actually have a role to play in the book.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Letters to the Lost

A heavy read on two characters who are dealing with grief in different ways and connect through letters left on a graveyard. I feel that the depth of this book was plagued by some cliches. The romance was minimal too. But it’s got a beautiful message about how first impressions can be wrong.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Good Luck With That

A beautiful read about friendship, addiction, self harm, obesity, mental illness and the importance of self-love.

It is not an easy read. But it has some meaningful messages that I feel we all need in our lives.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

 

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

One of my all-time favorite friends-to-lovers romances. It’s got an amazingly quirky heroine who is not afraid to be herself. It’s also got a Korean hero. *Swoon*

Worth a read if you like friends-to-lovers trope.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

(Goodreads)

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The Girl Made of Clay

A woman who has always had to look after herself is now now has an added responsibility to look after her estranged musician father after he is injured. Things are not all good with her pilot husband flying away frequently too. The father-daughter relationship was my favorite part of this book.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Goodreads)

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Sadie

Perhaps my favorite crime-suspense-mystery of last year. A very difficult read about a teenager on the run to find the man behind her younger sister’s death.

My Rating: ★★★★★

(Goodreads)

 


It was great revisiting the books I reviewed at the beginning of my blogging journey! ^_^

Book Review : Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5) By Ilona Andrews

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle. Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home. Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic. But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.


A quick insight into the Hidden Legacy Universe

To those who haven’t read Hidden Legacy series, this short novella is sort of a bridge between the trilogy and the next trilogy on the same universe, with a different protagonist. Hidden Legacy was about Nevada and the next series will be about her younger sister Catalina.

Just a quick insight into the world –

In this alternate universe that has all the technology that we have, there are primes. They are a result of a serum having been discovered in the 1800s which unleashed people’s magical talents. This serum, as a result, became sought after by the wealthy and powerful who used it as a means to gain more wealth and influence. The serum was later locked out after the its potential for destruction was realized. But by then, many wealthy families all over the world already had used it. Now, magic runs in families and has created magical dynasties so much so that even marriages are decided based on these magical powers and which powers combined can create powerful children. The most powerful magic users are called Primes.

The Baylors weren’t initially a prime. They ran (still do) a detective agency, with the eldest daughter Nevada in charge. Nevada has the powerful ability to detect lies. Hidden Legacy was about her and Rogan – one of the most notorious and powerful primes out there – who has an unimaginable telekinesis prowess.


My Review 

By the start of Diamond Fire, the Baylors have become registered Primes. But very few people know about Catalina and Arabella’s (Nevada’s younger sisters at 18 and 16) magical powers.

Arabella is the protagonist now. She has the dangerous ability to make people fall in love with her so much so that they lose all their senses and become infatuated with her. I loved the idea of her character. And I love her even more. She’s amazing. She has had a sheltered life, with having to keep to herself so that she wouldn’t unleash her powers, after some tragic experiences in her childhood. She’s shy, insecure and doesn’t have social skills. I can’t wait to see more of her story.

This novella itself was short and fun. The plot was pretty simple. Catalina who’s the de-facto planner for Nevada and Rogan’s wedding has been given the responsibility by Rogan’s mom to find the culprit from her corrupt family who stole the priceless heirloom tiara before the wedding. As if stolen tiaras weren’t enough, there are family secrets to unveil and poisoned food to be prevented.

I liked the parts with the Baylor family interactions. They’re simply my favorite! I loved the insights into Catalina’s character. It was great to see the old gang back. But Mrs. Rogan became my favorite new character. She’s super awesome!

I didn’t like the short length. I wanted to see the wedding from Nevada or Rogan’s point of view. I wanted more of Nevada and Rogan in general. I wanted to see more of Alessandro Sagredo who we have all surmised to be Catalina’s love interest and the only prime in the world who can withstand Catalina’s magical power. We only see a cameo from him and that just isn’t done.

I feel like this book accomplished what it set out to do – make me anticipate Catalina’s story. But it also suffered from its short length and didn’t have the usual brilliant plotting and storytelling that we know the author can bring to the table.


Also, can we have more covers like this in the next books? Hidden Legacy had the worst covers fit for B-grade books! I’d never be able to own that series, all thanks to those horrible covers.


My Rating: ★★★☆☆

Top Ten Tuesday: Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read

Another Tuesday is here. Another interesting prompt. For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is weekly blog meme created and hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is Book By My Favorite Authors That I still haven’t Read.

In most cases, a favorite author for me is someone all of whose books I loved. I think I tend to read all the books by my favorite authors. But there are some cases where that doesn’t happen or yet to happen. I’ll talk about those authors here. Time to revisit my guilt.


 

Lethal White Series | Rober Galbraith : I owe J. K. Rowling a lot. Harry Potter has a occupies a huge part in my life and heart. It’s the series that made me fall in love with books. So I still can’t figure out why I can’t make myself start this series.

 


The Cursed Child | J. K. Rowling : Well, it’s a more of a play than a book. It’s also not really written by Rowling but rather based on the story by her. So, technically this might not even count as a book by her.

Okay, here’s the thing, I was dubious about the whole thing since it was announced. And I’ve heard enough things about the book from my friends to never be interested in touching this book. I don’t want to let any flawed piece of work ruin my nostalgia for the books. I’m happy with where the books ended. I’ve also read enough Harry Potter fanfiction in my days to have curbed my thirst for any future stories in the Wizarding World. You know what I’d like, though? A book based on the Maruarders.

 

Saving Francesca | Melina Marchetta : I love Melina Marchetta. I have read every book by her except this one. I even read the second book ( The Piper’s So) set in the same universe as this. Saving Francesca has evaded me most probably because it was her second book. But I do plan to read it. I just need to dig down my TBR hole.

 


Looking For Alibrandi | Melina Marchetta : This was even before Saving Francesca so it’s even deeper down my TBR hole. To be honest, I’m not very confident about starting this book any time soon. But it all depends on my whims, really. And I DO tend to be very whimsical with my reading moods.

 

Infinity + One | Amy Harmon : Same case as above. I’ve read all books by Amy Harmon other than this. Except, I don’t think I’ll ever read this book. The theme of the book is that of Bonny & Clyde which is just not my thing.

 

   

Faeries of Dreamdark | Laini Taylor : Another series deep buried in my TBR list. I don’t know if and when I’ll ever get to start this series.

 

  

Innkeeper Chronicles | Ilona Andrews : What made me a fan of Ilona Andrews was the 10-book series of Kate Daniels. By the time I was done with that, she was about tor release Hidden Legacy which became another favorite. I already had 2 of her incomplete series I was in love with. I didn’t have the time or energy to start another incomplete series.

 

   

The Edge | Ilona Andrews : The same case as above. When I discover an author I like, I usually go from the most recent of her releases to her earlier ones. Now that Kate Daniels is over, I might get more motivation to start these 2 series now. You know what would motivate me more, though? Better covers.

 

          Holding You

Holding You Duet | Jewel E. Ann : Jewel E. Ann is a writer who is slowly climbing to the top of my contemporary authors. She gets better with each of her new releases. But her earlier and older releases are not as impressive. This was her earliest work and going by the trend of everything else I’ve read by her, this could be her least impressive work. And I’m not really tempted by the blurb or the reviews it’s gotten. Meh.

 

The Grisha Trilogy | Leigh Bardugo : She’s a recent favorite. I loved her Six of Crows so much that I don’t think I’m capable of not liking any of her books. I definitely will read the Grisha Trilogy soon. Sooner even than any of the other books on the list. It should be a crime not to read everything by Leigh Bardugo. And I don’t want to partake in this crime any longer. If only there weren’t additions to my TBR list every day.


So, I might not harbor guilt for not having read all of these books, a few of them maybe – but definitely not all of them. Hopefully this partial guilt trip down the lane will make me start the books (I DO feel guilty about) asap!

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Helloooo peeps! I’m back with my entries for Top Ten Tuesday. I sadly missed doing it last week. I’ll try my best not to repeat that as I really enjoy these things.

The topic for this week Top Ten Hidden Gems (AKA the books that I think deserve more recognition and wasn’t marketed or talked about much).

Without further ado, here goes my list.



 

Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews

This 10-book series is criminally underrated. Kate Daniels is one of my all-time favorite badass heroines. This urban fantasy series is like a mixture of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. If only they were marketed better. Look at half of these covers and tell me if you’d check them out without hesitation. It still surprises me that I did. Thank God I did!


 

Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

I’ve rarely seen such beautiful world building and brilliant writing in a fantasy series. Lumatere Chronicles and its diverse ensemble of characters – with their own arcs – are very close to my heart. It’s a mystery that Lumatere Chronicles is not as popular as it should be. Is it because the author is an Australian or was it the timing of the publication? Whatever it is, this series deserves all the accolades and love.


 

From Sand And Ash by Amy Harmon

This book about a Jewish girl and a Catholic priest during the World War II deserves a lot more love and buzz than it received. It’s not the most intriguing historical fiction you’ll ever read and romance is the more focal-point; but the emotions it invokes in you are no joke. Amy Harmon did her research and delivers with a masterstroke.


 

How to Kill A Rockstar by Tiffany Debartolo

Contrary to its name, this book is not for aspiring-murders. It’s for lovers of love stories, music, and writing so beautiful that every line strikes a chord with you. Tiffany Debartolo needs to write more books.


 

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Not only Foolish Hearts, every book by Emma Mills is a hidden gem. She writes female friendships like nobody else. She writes YA like nobody else.


 

Angie Pallorino Series by Loreth Anne White

                                     

I randomly discovered this series recently and was intrigued by the cover and blurbs. I ended up devouring the books in 3 days. I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of these books before. It’s a gritty and hard hitting series with an edgy heroine. Perfect for fans of mystery, suspense and crime thrillers.


 

Love Me With Lies Trilogy by Tarryn Fisher

Okay, I wouldn’t call these books unpopular. But I feel that they’ve been boxed into a certain category by general readers. This series feels so much more than a Contemporary Romance to me. This was not even a mere love triangle like I assumed it to be when I saw the synopsis at first. It felt like a character study on what people can do for love. I’ve never enjoyed unlikable characters as much as I did here. I wish everyone could read this series.


 

Hydraulic Level 5 by Sarah Latchaw

This little known gem apparently started off as a fan-fiction. But don’t let that deter you. This is no 50 shades of grey. It is about two lost souls. This book deals with issues like mental diseases, grief, and of course, extreme sports.


 

Transcend Duet by Jewel E Ann

                                                     
I feel like I’m the only one I know who’s read these books. I’d like more of my friends to read this series, and if that’s impossible, then I’d want to make new friends with people who’ve read this series.


 

The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this one, considering that it was a spontaneous pick. There was a freshness to it that I appreciated.  A sequel was released very recently. I plan to start that soon.



 

So, this was my list of books that haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly, that I think deserve some recognition, in my opinion.

A few of these books have admittedly done well but not as much as they deserved, in my opinion. Interestingly enough, while making this list, I was thinking of all the books that I found to be overrated. Now, that’s another list I wouldn’t mind making! =^-^=

 


 

I hope you enjoy this list. Let me know what you think about it. Do you agree with any of my choices? Leave your thoughts below. I’m also interested to look at your lists too! So join in on the fun!

Book Review: Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10)

 

Mercenary Kate Daniels must risk all to protect everything she holds dear in this epic, can’t-miss entry in the thrilling #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

Okay. So, this is the tenth and final book of this particular series. A small intro for the people who are not familiar with this series – These books are pure Urban Fantasy. There are not only vampire or werewolves. You get your pick of shapeshifters from wererats to werelions. And that’s only the beginning.

To put it in TV show terms. This series is a mixture of Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Except, Kate Daniels is even more badass then Buffy. Yes, I said it.

The author was not at all discriminating in her use of myths in this series. Be it Greek gods, Islamic djinns and ifrits, Roman gods, Hindu gods. You name it. There are 10 books in this series and every book brings a different myth and creatures.

So if you’re a fan of myths and fantasy. You’re gonna love this series. And, this is one of those rare gems which only gets better with each book. In fact, when I started the first book, I wasn’t impressed. The author dropped us in the middle of the universe and it took me time to adjust. But I went along. The second book was better at keeping me engaged. By the third book, I was all in. Hook. Line. Sinker.

In short, this series is hugely recommended by me. If you start the series and stick till the second and third book, you won’t be disappointed.

This series could go on for another 10 books and I’d still gobble it up. I’m still a bit glum that I won’t read more from Kate.

Kate Daniels is a character who has the rare accomplishment of not annoying ME even once in all TEN frikkin’ books. ME. Me who got annoyed by Harry Potter every 50 pages and who found even Elizabeth Bennet irritating at times. So suffice it to say, kate Daniels is the slayer of my heart.

She evolves so much throughout the series. In this final book, she’s a mother. She and Curran were great parents.

The previous books had so much of everything in them, I was never left not entertained.

Just when I thought nothing about this series would surprise me anymore, we get a case of 300 people boiled in a mass grave at the beginning. Creeeeeepy.

As if that’s not enough, she still has her father (a more civilized version of Voldemort, to put it mildly) after her. There are threatening messages from mysterious creatures. There are dragons. There is her 13 month old son who has started to shapeshift to a lion cub.

(Oh, did I mention Kate’s husband? Who’s a warelion? No? Well, there you go. But Kate and Curran are as equal as you can get. They might not have the most epic love story and Curran might not be the most swoonworthy hero ever. But they’re still one of my most favorite couples because they actually have a healthy relationship.)

Anyways, so Kate has a lot on her plates and she doubts she’ll see the end of it. But we have a dozen supporting characters who are thankfully there to help her. Kate who started off as a loner has now a BIG support group. That makes me emotional more than anything else. I’m such a proud reader! You go girl!

Oh on a side note, little Conlan stole the show for me. He was such an adorable mix of a devil, innocent and cuteness. I wouldn’t mind a book all on him.


Anyways…

I loved the book like I loved the other books in the series. But I’m still a little sad that I won’t see more from Kate. No worries, though. We will see more of this universe in multiple spinoffs. But no character will be able to resemble the awesomeness that is Kate Daniels.

You know what would cure me of my sadness? A TV adaptation on this series. Yes please. Pretty please?

And if you want to read a series that has an amazing blend of Fantasy, Horror, Humor, Romance and a billion bucket of FEELS, Kate Daniels is the one for you.


 

My Rating: ★★★★☆