Review of The Fault in Our Stars Movie Review

Here I am a blubbering mess. I have made the semi-unfortunate mistake of renting The Fault in Our Stars to watch while I am riding in the car. I should have known, from the fact that I was crying on the stationary bike at the gym, that I should not watch this morning in public, even if it was just with my dad and step-mom. I tried to stifle my sobs and not let the tears run down my face, but alas, it was a struggle not to weep. (We can preface that I am a crier, it happens, deal with it).

I am going to step out of my normal reviewing structure just because I was so in love with this moving that there isn't a single gripe to be had.

Let me first tell you that Ansel Elgort did an amazing job as Augustus Waters. He was so amazingly, exactly what I pictured in my head that it felt like he was ripped from my imagination. He was witty, caring, selfless, smart and freaking cute. I could not have picked a better actor.

Shailene Woodley also did a great job as Hazel. I feel like I have seen her so much lately that I had notions that she would not do as well as Hazel, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The acting was great, they really brought the story to life and I loved Hazel's parents, the atmosphere and the way the movie was created. I especially loved the texts and emails on the screen, they did a great job bringing the relationship to life.

So make sure you snuggle under a blanket with a box of tissues and that you are alone, or at least only with someone who won't make fun of your crocodile tears. Well done, The Fault in Our Stars, well done.

Featured Blogger - Teen Book Hoots

This week's Featured Blogger is Georgia from Teen Book Hoots! 

1. Describe yourself in 5 words. 
Loyal, trustworthy, bubbly, honest and responsible.
2. Describe your blog in one sentence. 
A book blog aimed at teenagers and young adults, with fun elements, that inspire people to read.
3. Why did you start a blog?
I started a blog because I wanted to share my passion of reading and writing with others.
4. Who is your current book crush? 
My current book crush is Jace from the Mortal Instruments series, how can you not like someone who gets rid of demons and monsters?
5.What’s your TV guilty pleasure when you are not reading? 
My guilty TV pleasure is Dance Moms. I love it, and I always snuggle on the sofa with a hot chocolate and watch it.
6. Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
I would pick Emma Stone, we both have red hair, and she is a great actress.
7. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be? 
I would trade places with J.K. Rowling. I would love to see what thoughts she has in her head- after all, she did write one of the most successful book series the world!
8. What is your favorite web site? 
My favourite website is Twitter, I love being able to connect with other book bloggers!
9. What’s the last song you listened to on your IPod?
 The last song I listened to was Sing by Ed Sheeran.
10. What is the last book you bought?
 The last book I bought was Throne of Glass by Sarah. J. Mass. It is packed in my suitcase ready to read on my holiday.

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Waiting on Wednesday with I'll Meet You There

If seventeen-year-old Skyler Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage-months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings them together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

Gritty, romantic, and ultimately hopeful, I'll MEET YOU THERE explores the complicated lives of an unforgettable cast of characters. This is the story of teens outside the picket fence. It doesn’t soften the edges of adolescence or the individual consequences of war; it’s life on the fringes—maddening, weirdly endearing…and completely screwed up.

 This one just sounds so awesome. It sounds like really raw, relate-able characters that you can fall into. I am excited to get my hands on it in January.

Top Ten Tuesday with Halloween Must See Movies

I love Halloween. I love dressing up in costumes, decorating and having lots of candy! I am not huge on being scared, so it is more like a loving the dark, mysterious side to Halloween. I love these movies, not scary but AWESOME!

What are you favorite Halloween movies? What are you going to be for Halloween?

Review of Love Me

A new series set in the golden age of glam . . . 
Amanda is heartbroken. She's tried, but she can't get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn't the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry's got one too.

Margo has to pinch herself: there's talk of her getting an Oscar nom for her first film role, and she's living with the Dane Forrest, the gorgeous movie star millions—including herself—swoon over. But if the public finds out about their domestic arrangement, her career will be over. The studio has a plan to fix it all . . . but is Margo prepared to pay the price?

Gabby's drinking is out of control, but who cares? She's bored and depressed. She needs someone who will treat her like the woman she is beneath the silly stage costumes and pigtails. And she's sure unpredictable musician Eddie Sharp is The One. But playing with bad boys like Eddie isn't for little girls. . . .

I was lucky enough to receive both Starstruck and Love Me in a giveaway and I read them pretty much back to back, so I stayed familiar and involved with the story. Love Me continues right where Starstruck left off.

  • I really liked where the story continued, the development of Margo, Gabby and Amanda in the first book continued in the book and we really got to see all sides to their lives and personalities.
  • This book felt a bit like Gossip Girl in the 1930s. I loved the movie tabloids that are featured in the book, it was interesting to see how the media was spinning everything that was happening in the girls lives.
  • This was a super quick read, I read both books in the car traveling to and back from Montana. They were great reading, kept me entertained but didn't suck up every ounce of my attention so I could still look at the scenery and talk to my parents.
  • There is still a mystery that is woven through the story and it has yet to be revealed. I am definitely excited to continue with this series, I almost wished I would have waited so I could binge-read the whole thing.

  • The whole situation with Margo and Dane was the one thing that frustrated me. I thought she was acting like such a baby, I realize that she is still a young adult and new in Hollywood, but seriously girl, get your act together! I do suspect that she will grow into the girl I want her to be more in the next book.

Week Recap - Halloween Shenanigans

This was a crazy, long week. I had over 40 hours in before Friday at work and was exhausted. I barely read, I am surprised I finished a book this week at all! Luckily I was able to blow off some steam on Friday night at a Halloween party. It was fun to meet my husband's co-workers and dress up as Robb and Stansa Stark!

This Week on A Flurry of Ponderings:
Monday - It's Monday with Young Elites
Tuesday - Top Ten Tuesday with the Series I Want To Start
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday - The Dregs
Thursday - Featured Blogger - A Bookish Life

This Week I Read:

Upcoming Reviews:

Review of Starstruck

A new series set in the golden age of glam . . .

“Wit, pluck, darkness, pitch perfect period details, juicy twists, and big heart. This book is one to savor.”--Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe and Bright Young Things series

Every week they arrive in Los Angeles--beautiful and talented young hopefuls who dream of becoming stars. It's all Margaret Frobisher has ever wanted—and when she's discovered by a powerful agent, she can barely believe her luck. She's more than ready to escape her snobby private school and conservative Pasadena family for a chance to light up the silver screen.

The competition is fierce at Olympus Studios and Margaret—now Margo—is chasing her Hollywood dreams alongside girls like Gabby Preston, who at 16 is already a grizzled show-biz veteran caught between the studio and the ravenous ambition of her ruthless mother, and sultry Amanda Farraday, who seems to have it all--ambition, glamour . . . and dirty secrets. Missing from the pack is Diana Chesterfield, the beautiful actress who mysteriously disappeared, and there are whispers that Diana's boyfriend—Margo's new co-star—may have had something to do with it. Margo quickly learns that fame comes with a price, and that nothing is what it seems.  

Set in Old Hollywood, Starstruck follows the lives of three teen girls as they live, love, and claw their way to the top in a world where being a star is all that matters.

“Valley of the Dolls for a new generation.”—a  ‘Read During Spring Break’ selection

“If you're into T.V. dramas like Smash, or love the over-the-top fashion of The Great Gatsby, Starstruck will have you hooked!”—a  ‘What to Read This Summer’ selection

I have seen the cover of Starstruck around and was interested, but never really thought to grab it at the bookstore or the library. But one lucky day it showed up in my mailbox, along with 10 other amazing books. It felt like Christmas in September!

  • I am in love with the time period in the book. The 1920s has always been my favorite historical period to read about. I love the culture and the style. The Great Depression and Nazi Germany have always been very interesting events in time for me as well.
  • Margo was an interesting main character. She was a debutant with Hollywood dreams and was found one day at a small cafe. I loved her personality, her openness and her fangirling over the actors and actresses.
  • The story was really well done and I enjoyed the pacing. I actually read the whole book during a road trip and it was perfect enough to keep me entertained on the long journey.
  • There is a little bit of everything in the story: romance, betrayal, heartache and adventure.

  • There was a lot of build-up in the book, but it definitely was a set up for another book. There was not a complete plot that would easily wrap this book up with a bow, you definitely need to continue reading to get the whole premise of where the story is going.

Review of Love & Other Theories

If you want more, you have to give less.

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.

I received Love & Other Theories in my latest giveaway winnings. I didn't really know what I was getting into but I did really love the cover. I grabbed it to take on a road trip with me.
  • The story was interested and fairly realistic. I do think that love and heartbreak is really tough to understand in high school and we all try to find a way to rationalize and protect ourselves from the hurt.
  • The cast of characters were fun, they were entertaining to read about and had unique situations that brought their characters to life.
  • Aubrey was an interesting main character. She has a strong personality but she definitely has a lot to learn. She tries to protect herself but it is hard to run from your feelings and emotions.
  • This book was kinda hard for me to read because I am not one who thinks that sleeping around is ok. These girls were having sex with everyone and anyone and not really giving a darn about it. They were also sleeping around with same people. If I had a daughter, I would not want her to read this book or act the way they did.
  • The book was all about sleeping with people and drinking. I really thought that it would get more in depth about really learning what feelings and emotions meant and that the rules they set up weren't really good rules. 
  • The whole situation with Margo and Dane was the one thing that frustrated me. I thought she was acting like such a baby, I realize that she is still a young adult and new in Hollywood, but seriously girl, get your act together! I do suspect that she will grow into the girl I want her to be more in the next book.

Featured Blogger - A Bookish Life

Today's Featured Blogger is Sara from A Bookish Life! Sara has such a super cute blog and I love her header!

  1. Describe yourself in 5 words:
    Quirky, Fun, Loyal, Eclectic, and Inquisitive
  2. Describe your blog in one sentence.
    A Bookish Life
    is a book blog that focuses on reviews and other content that may be interesting to fellow book lovers and readers.
  3. Why did you start a blog?
    I initially started my first blog because a friend of mine started one. I loved the idea and wanted one of my own.
  4. Who is your current book crush?
    Jamie Fraser from Outlander, he is ALWAYS my current book crush!
  5. What’s your TV guilty pleasure when you are not reading?
    There are so many TV guilty pleasures that I love: Game of Thrones, True Blood, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Big Brother, Survivor, Modern Family, The Middle, I have to stop, because I could seriously keep going on for a while.
  6. Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
    I think it would be interesting to see Mila Kunis play me.
  7. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be?
    I think it might be fun to be in Emma Watson's place for one day.
  8. What is your favorite web site?
    Amazon, Facebook, and (self plug :))
  9. What’s the last song you listened to on your IPod?
    "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked"
  10. What is the last book you bought?
    Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Waiting on Wednesday with The Dregs
The project, described as a blend of Ocean’s 11 and Game of Thrones, is set in Kerch, a small island nation in the "Grishaverse" (meaning the same universe as her Shadow and Bone books) with tremendous economic power, the hub of all international trade and a country rich in art and culture ... but also home to one of the most dangerous criminal underworlds. A crew of dangerous felonious misfits face impossible odds when they are pulled together to break into one of the most guarded places in the world.

This one is a whole year out, but I am still having withdrawals from Ruin & Rising. I need more Leigh Bardugo in my life NOW!