Sunday, June 22, 2014

Let's Talk About That Delirium Pilot

Soooooo let’s talk about that Delirium pilot…

You can read my review of the book and listen to the BB&R playlist here Honestly when I first heard the book was going to be made into a tv show I was excited. I really wanted to see that final scene in Book 1 played out on screen with music moments and everything. However, after the cast list came out I was….a bit skeptical. Then a bit later I heard that it wasn’t picked up. Not going to lie, I was a bit sad. But soon got over it. When they announced it was going to be on hulu, oh man, I was ECSTATIC! It was weird how excited I was.

Fast forward to two days ago, the premiere. Oh man! I had an hour to kill before I had to leave for work, so I decided to watch the Delirium pilot. My reactions were all over the place:

(At this point I just wasn't feeling it at all)
And when Alex rescued Lena from the party:

(Just about died!!!) Then I went and wrote about it on twitter and then got re-tweeted by Daren Kagasoff….Then it was like:

Anyways, back to the episode:
After that moment I was like “Okay, okay, I’m liking this.”
Theeeeen, BAM she’s getting taken by the police! (Now, I read this book in 2011, so I completely forgot that happened.)

I almost cried. Almost. I also thought that scene was one of Emma Roberts’s best scenes in the show (acting-wise).
Seeing the final scene from Delirium coming up was a huge surprise for me Not because I forgot about it. PLEASE, that was my favorite scene in the book! It was because at this point, I’m super confused. The whole pilot is the entire first book of the series?! What?!

If putting the show on hulu is a test to see if it’ll be popular enough to make it into a series (which I’m not saying they’re doing) then how will that work. Will it just be one short season?
Anyways, so….that final scene….so many mixed feelings. I REALLY WISH they had a music moment at the end. Like when I read the book, I reread that final scene over and over again while listening to this song:

      (ALSO I’ve read it with the Leona Lewis cover of this song, as well)
      LOVE that scene. Would have been more powerful with music in the background.
      Overall, I’ve got to say, watching this show a long time after reading the book gave me an appreciation for it. I didn’t really have any criticisms about any changes made, mostly because I didn’t really remember much of the book, just that I really liked it.
      It took me a while to read the book. It was hard to get through, as all dystopias are for me. I just kept getting angry and upset. I kept having to put the book down and take a break. The show didn’t give me that feeling, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. I was able to watch the show without stopping because I never felt any urgency. So that’s a good thing. But it could also be argued as a bad thing. Without urgency, it falls kind of flat. I also felt like many of the adults were acting out of love even though they couldn’t, right? Lena’s sister was the only adult character that I felt portrayed the adults correctly.
       I’m super happy they made a show. And I would LOVE to see more episodes. I’m super curious at how the rest of the series will play out. Also, gotta love those Alex and Lena moments!

If you haven’t watched the pilot yet, I recommend you give it a try. It might surprise you :)

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book Review: Her Mad Hatter by Marie Hall

Title: Her Mad Hatter
Author: Marie Hall
Series: Kingdom #1
Publisher: Marie Hall (Self-Published)
Pub. Date: 2013
Source: Kindle
Genre: Novella/ Fantasy/ Paranormal/Romance/Fairy Tales/ Retelling
Pages: 129
3 Kisses

Author's Website

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter's Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate--and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys--throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch. The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland--and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother's mating--or fight for Alice.

My Reveries and Ramblings: Her Mad Hatter was such a cute story. I love retellings of Alice in Wonderland! That and the fact that it was free on Amazon Kindle was why I picked it up. The story immediately sets itself up for a series in the first few chapters. (The other books are about the other "bad guy" characters from popular fairy tales/stories). Hatter is insane. He quotes Poe and rambles nonsense all the time. Although he has few brief moments of clairty. He reminds me of a spoiled child. I guess due to his insanity, he's all about instant gratification. Alice has always been obsessed with the Mad Hatter from the Alice in Wonderland book. They've met once before when she was a young girl. Alice never forgot. Hatter needs to find his Alice (his mate according to prophecy) however he's been sent so many Alices over time that he no longer trusts in love or if any Alice is the right Alice. If he doesn't find his true Alice, then Wonderland will die. Her Mad Hatter is a novella (the whole series is?), therefore, it's quite short. It wasn't until I was almost finished that II realized how short it was. I kind of felt cheated. I wanted more. There was so much potential for it to be huge and epic. It felt very rushed. There wasn’t much plot and the stakes weren’t high enough. Now to be fair, as a novella it was fantastic! I just wish it was a full length novel. (<<<Pretty much why it felt rushed and why there wasn't that much plot) Now onto what I really liked about this book. Hatter was adorable and so so hot! I really liked how Wonderland and the Hatter were connected. Wonderland was basically the Hatter. What happens to one, happens to the other. What The Hatter thought/felt would be manifested in the Wonderland world. Another thing I liked was how both Alice and the Hatter referenced/quoted a lot of profound people which was cool. The romance was also pretty hot! Seriously….HOT! Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I just wish there was more, more of everything. I just never wanted it to end! Her Mad Hatter is a super quick read that will leave you grasping for the rest of the series.

Side Notes: AHH! That cover! *Swoon*.....Also, THIS BOOK IS FREE ON AMAZON AND B&N....sooo no excuses ;)


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