Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d love to see made into a movie

What are the top ten books you’d like to see made into a movie?

1. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel – If this turned into a movie, it would be total eye candy. The beautiful Victorian clothing. The high-tech, steampunk inspired gadgets of the year 2195. The special effect makeup of the zombies. And with an amazing storyline to boot, why hasn’t this hit theaters yet?

2. Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry – I’d love if Rot & Ruin were turned into a movie. I think it would be a nice contrast to the zombie flicks that are already on the market. The movies have the initial outbreak covered. We see the hysteria, the head shots, and the gore time and time again. But, to see a movie that shows what life is like after a society has been ravaged by monsters would be interesting! Plus, I’d love to see my two favorite characters, Lost Girl and Nix, brought to life on the big screen. Oh, and that villainous Motor City Hammer too.

3. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer – I’m actually kind of baffled this hasn’t been made into a movie yet. I mean, it’s an action packed, sci-fi/fantasy adventure. I read somewhere Colfer described his books as Die Hard with Fairies, which could totally be true if Bruce Willis’s character was a criminal mastermind instead of a police officer.

4. The Candidates The Talents (Delcroix Academy series) by Inara Scott – So, maybe Dancia isn’t a superhero yet, but I kind of get the feeling she’ll be using her powers more in the books that follow. Superhero movies have been popular lately, but how many of them have a female main character?

5. Any Witch Way by Annastaysia Savage – This was one of my favorite reads of 2011, so of course I’ve gotta add it to this list. I loved the world Annastaysia Savage created; it was both beautiful and full of creatures with unique personalities.

6. The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor – The story itself is a unique twist on Alice in Wonderland. But, it’s the visuals that made me decide to put this book on the list. In the middle of my book there are illustrations of some of the characters in the book, and they are so beautiful. If the movie’s art inspiration were anything like the illustrations I saw, the movie would be stunning.

7. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson – I’ll be honest, this isn’t one of my favorite books, but I’d still love to see this as a movie. I mean, she treks across Europe for goodness sake! Whoever would land the role of playing Ginny would be one lucky gal.

8. Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger – Throughout high school, this was one of my all-time favorite books. The characters and the struggles they endured were real enough in the story, but I’d still love to see this in movie form.

9. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly – This is one part coming-of-age story and one part murder mystery. Unlike most books that made it on my list, this book won’t have special effects. But, it doesn’t need them because it’s just a good story all around.

10. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall – Do you remember those nostalgic feelings you got when you watched The Sandlot even if you didn’t grow up in the 1960s? I kind of get the feeling The Penderwicks would evoke those feelings of nostalgia too. Except without baseball. Between the unique characters and the summertime, cottage setting, The Penderwicks would be a sweet and feel-good, family film.

What do you think? What books would you love to see turn into movies?

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Book Report: Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by P.H.C. Marchesi

Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by P.H.C. Marchesi
Released: March 2011
Publisher: Create Space
Age Group:Middle Grade
Pages: 379
Source: Won from LibraryThing’s First Reads

From Goodreads
Shelby Kitt never gets lost. Shauna, his sister, never gets sick. As far as most people are concerned, the inseparable Kitt twins are odd 13-year-olds. No one, however – not even Shelby and Shauna – can guess how extraordinary they are until the Vice Consul of Miriax, a planet from another dimension, asks them to take part in a dangerous mission. From that moment on, Shelby and Shauna Kitt discover that the universe is full of Klodians, cities in jungles, giant bats, and tea with mushrooms. Most of all, they discover that it will take more than special powers for them to face – and survive – the evil that threatens the galaxy.

My Thought
P.H.C. Marchesi’s Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes took me on an adventure I did not expect. Shelby and Shauna are hand-picked by the Vice Consul of Miriax, named Lendox, to help save Earth and Miriax from total destruction at the hands of  the Klodians. Along the way, the twins receive training in a military fort, learn they have “super powers”, and explore the world of Miriax. The greatest aspect of this book is P.H.C. Marchesi’s excellent world building, and Miriax really can only be described as epic! It’s a planet where stick bug creatures patrol the jungles and bat-like creatures are able to communicate telepathically. The walls can grow to increase the holding capacity of buildings, and the walls have a tendency to eat left over food. Instead of choosing books to read, the books choose the reader. But, I’ll stop there because learning about the alien world is half the fun of the book!

The book was also filled with an array of interesting characters. The young heroes all have unique gifts and “super powers”, but they also have weaknesses, which young readers can relate to. For example, Shelby has to learn how to control his quick temper, and Shauna has to learn how to overcome her shyness. Adults, who seem to be largely absent in most books meant for the younger generation, actually play an integral role in the story too. Vice Consul, Lendox, and tech-savvy Earthling, Marina, offer guidance and support for Shelby and Shauna as they tackle the Klodians and their own insecurities. The most intriguing character though, is the ever mysterious Dale. He was the most complex character in the book, and he kept me guessing all the way through. Good? Bad? Sociopath?

I thought the only weakness of Shelby and Shauna Kitt was the pacing. It takes about half of the book for the children to make it to Miriax. And, the battle against the Klodians, which the twins spent half the book learning about and training for, occurs in only one chapter. It left me thinking That was it?

Overall, I did enjoy this book. Despite the awkward pacing, the world building, the characters, and the twist at the end make this book a worthwhile read.

Cover Story:
After reading the book, I grew to appreciate the cover. I read this book at work, and it earned me a few awkward glances from co-workers (I suspect because it’s cartoonish). But, now I actually really like it. Granted it’s a little crowded because of the three hulking planets, there was actually a lot of thought and detail put into the three main characters on the front.

Read if you’re looking for a good sci-fi read without all the overwhelming jargon or if you’re looking for adventure and epic world building!

Book Report: The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

 The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1) by Michael Buckley

Released: August 2007
Publisher: Amulet Books
Age Group: Middle Grade
Pages: 284
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
For Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, life has not been a fairy tale. After the mysterious disappearance of their parents, the sisters are sent to live with their grandmother–a woman they believed was dead! Granny Relda reveals that the girls have two famous ancestors, the Brothers Grimm, whose classic book of fairy tales is actually a collection of case files of magical mischief. Now the girls must take on the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives.

My Thoughts:
I almost missed work because of this book. 

I started reading The Fairy-Tale Detectives on a particularly rainy day while sipping on a hot mug of Earl Grey tea.  By the first few pages and the first crack of thunder from outside, I was sucked into the book.  I only wish I could mean that literally. 

Ferryport Landing may seem like just a quaint New York town to the unobserving eye, but really it is home to the Everafters (fairytale characters).  Michael Buckley recreated a big cast of memorable fairytale characters; each one had their own unique quirks and personality.   Sabrina and her younger sister, Daphne, learn their Granny Relda and her faithful companion, Mr. Canis, are responsible for keeping magical shenanigans from getting too far out of hand.  And, since the young girls have been reunited with family, that responsibility is now theirs too. 

The youngest of the girls, Daphne, is downright adorable.  She has such a bright and positive outlook on life despite all the negative experiences she’s had.  I wish I could say the same for Sabrina who seems a little too cynical for such a young girl.  At times, her cynicism tried my patience.  But, as the story progressed, she slowly came to terms with her new life.  I actually look forward to reading about Sabrina in the rest of the series because I don’t think she’ll be as negative.  She did a lot of growing in book one. 

Aside from being filled to the brim with magical characters, The Fairy-Tale Detectives is also action-packed!  As soon as Granny Relda and company discover evidence of a dangerous giant poking around in town, the book does not slow down.  There are wild police chases, jail breaks, mortal peril, and covert operations (just to name a few)!  

My only concern with The Sisters Grimm series is the idea of a Grimm Fairytale is rather broad.  Based on the title, readers will expect nothing but characters collected by the Grimm brothers to be in the book, but that is not the case.  Buckley also includes magical characters from Rudyard Kipling, William Shakespeare, Lewis Carrol, and Hans Christian Anderson.  Initially, this did bother me because Puck and Alice are not from Grimm fairy tales.  It’s misleading!  And, I wondered how many youngsters were going to be familiar with Puck from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  I did find, by the end of the book I didn’t really mind.  Grimm fairy tales or not, they were integrated well into the story, and many of them were likeable.

Overall, I adored this book!  Setting the book down with only 80 pages to go just so I wasn’t late for work was difficult to do.  I cannot wait to get back to the library to check out the rest from this series.  Especially since The Fairy-Tale Detectives ended on a cliffhanger!  While the girls are busy solving mysteries in Ferrypoint Landing with Granny Relda, their mysterious past is slowly revealed.  Now, I’m dying to know about the significance of the red hand print!

Cover Story:  It’s wonderful along with the rest of the illustrations found in the book created by Peter Ferguson.  There is so much life and detail in each illustration.

My Rating: 5/5 cups o’ tea