Books are written to be devoured, at least that's how I feel, and never more so than since I've written my own! I wouldn't want to be caught dead in the movie theater with my teenager at a premier of one of these cool stories without having read it. It feels like cheating on an exam or skipping the first few pages of instructions because you can't wait to start playing the game, somehow that has never worked out for me.
2013 and I'm on a mission, so I've already spoken about "City of Bones" which i enjoyed immensely, "City of Ashes" by Cassandra Clare was a solid sequel, but it left me looking for a change from the demon world. That's when I decided to read "Beautiful Creatures" by Garcia& Stohl , This is a very clever, dark fantasy. Yes, it will be in theaters soon, I especially loved the civil war references and fabulous use of flashbacks. I just can't help enjoying characters that have a strength to them, Lena Duchannes is no exception. So if you are planning to see the film version definitely read it first, there are so many promising opportunities for special effects to enhance the story. There are also many characters with interesting back stories, somehow it seems movies fall short in this department so don't miss out!
Speaking of missing out- I totally missed the bus with "The Hunger Games", I took my girls to that movie premier blind. Shame on me, I just finished it, BTW better that the movie!!!! Yes, the film was exciting and for the most part well done, but there was important information neglected. Lucky for me we own the series and I'm rapidly consuming book two by Suzanne Collins, "Catching Fire". After all, I must practice what I preach and keep up on what my kid is reading. It's all in good fun ...so enjoy!