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Working Stiff – Rachel Caine

Working StiffTitle: Working Stiff (Revivalist #1)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback
Pages: 306
My rating★★★★✫

I found the second Revivalist novel, Two Weeks’ Notice’ on a book fair in 2015. I had to buy it, because it was a novel by Rachel Caine. So I did and then I ordered the first and third novel of this trilogy online. It has been a while since I have read a fantasy series, so that’s why I thought I’d read the first novel now.

What the book is about

Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment–until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated–literally, and with extreme prejudice.

Wit the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem–pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave–a real working stiff. She’d be better off dead…

What I think about the book

I have bought these series because of Rachel Caine so I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Zombies and undead people were not on my list when I picked up this book, but the title (Working Stiff) could have given me a clue of course. Getting a job at a mortuary would never be my first choice, but someone needs to do it… Bryn simply seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So before she knows it, she is in way over her head and there’s no going back to where she came from. Lucky for Bryn she knows how to handle herself, and a gun.That’s what I liked about her for sure. She was not just a helpless girl, even though she had to move fast and was depending on others to keep her ‘alive’.

The topic was slightly weird. How does one ‘cure’ death? That sounds a bit like horror and science fiction to me, not just fantasy. I certainly hated the pharmaceutical company Pharmadene and their crazy employee Irene Harte. At first she seems to be protecting the company she works for with her corporate bullshit and her secrets, but there is much more there. Not a very likable woman for sure.

In the end the topic did not really matter. Rachel Caine knows how to make being undead sexy, attractive and at times even romantic. In the beginning Patrick McCallister seems distant and a bit arrogant, but after a while he becomes sweet and caring. He just needs this distance in order to get his job done without being distracted by Bryn. I do however love how their relationship evolves. There isn’t much time for them to be together, but when they are, Patrick shows her how much he cares. Even when he is not there. I would most certainly love a guy who would pull the plug on me if there was no more hope. It takes guts to do so. Glad it wasn’t necessary though, as it is of course better for Bryn to stay alive, or undead in her case.

Life and Death – Stephenie Meyer

life and deathTitle: Life and Death (Twilight #5)
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 389
My rating★★★★✫

When I heard about this tenth anniversary edition of Twilight, I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to read it. Back in 2008 I have read the whole Twilight saga in a couple of days and I really loved it back then. Twilight is still the novel that got me to read young adult and fantasy novels again. I am really happy about that. After reading the (Dutch) review that Emmy wrote, I decided that I wanted to give it a try.

What the book is about

When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic.

What Beau doesn’t realize is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back…

What I think about the book

Yeah, most of us already know the story of the original story of Twilight. I must admit that I had forgotten many of the details though and I also had some of the parts mixed up with the movie. Only therefore it was already nice to re-read the story. The gender switch definitely changed a lot to the story for me. Beau and Edythe can say the same things in Life and Death that Bella and Edward did in Twilight, but I do think that makes a difference. While I thought Edward was quite interesting and mysterious when I read Twilight for the first time (and yeah, until I read New Moon, because later on I was definitely on board of Team Jacob), I thought that Edythe was mostly arrogant and strange. It was as if Beau simply fell for her because she was pretty. In my head I still saw Bella and Edward, even though the names had changed.

Still the story is not completely the same. Stephenie Meyer took the chance to make it better. She has done a new round of editing, with all the knowledge she has today, and changed some words and scenes for the better. The ending was new as well. Suddenly the story took another turn. Didn’t we all wonder what would have happened if…? Well, I always did. Yes, then there wouldn’t have been a complete Twilight Saga. Or maybe there would have been a completely different story with new adventures. I did like the alternative ending, because that meant I was reading a new story instead of the same old and it kept me reading.

I must say that from the moment the book arrived at my house I just wanted to read it. I started that same evening and from the first page I was back in Forks, just like the very first time. Like I said, it has been almost eight years since I have read Twilight for the first time. I am older now and yet I am still in love with the world that Stephenie Meyer has created in her novels. Could Twilight have been better? Maybe. That doesn’t mean that I still like it a lot and I was glad that I have read this book.

Do you have to read it? Well, let’s say that if you enjoyed the Twilight Saga the first time you’ve read it, you should give this re-imagined version a try. If you have never liked Twilight, you are probably not going to this time. I’d suggest you find yourself a book you do like then and move on.

Movies based on books in 2016

When I was browsing for books I came across an article about movies based on books that will be released in 2016. I was really curious which books it would be and if I would have read any of them. I did actually, but only two of them. Several others are still on my to read list. I definitely want to read them soon, even if I am not sure if I will see the movies. The book is always better after all.

I have found the release dates for these movies on IMDB, they can vary for different countries.

roomBooks I have read

Will be released in: March 2016

‘Room’ is a brilliant story about the five year old Jack and his mother. He has spent his entire life so far in one room and is not aware of the outside world. So when he and his mother escape the enclosed surroundings they’ve been living in, he is in for quite a surprise.

This story was quite special and it also seemed plausible to me.  I actually believed that a five year old would think the way Jack did. Not that I have any idea what it would be like to be locked up like that without even knowing it. His mom did what any mother would do. She made him feel at home in their own little space. I really loved this book, so I might check this one out when it’s in the cinema.

Allegiant (part one)
Will be released in: March 2016

Allegiant is the third part of the Divergent series and I have read (and enjoyed) all of them a couple of years ago. I haven’t seen the first two movies yet, so I will probably not see this one in the cinema either.

This movie will be Allegiant part one. That means they have split the last book up into part one and two, which has become some sort of tendency over the past couple of years. To me it appears to be a money thing, as if they want to earn more with one idea. Some books might be thick enough to be split up, but not all of them are. Let’s say I’ve got an opinion about this trend.

That doesn’t mean the movie isn’t any good. I did like the Divergent series so I might watch the movies one day. Just not in 2016.



As I mentioned before, I saw a couple of books on that list that are still on my TBR. It seems like a great idea to actually read them in 2016, just in case I do want to see the movies.
Movies based on books

The 5th wave
Will be released in: January 2016

The story (credits):

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Me before you
Will be released in: June 2016

The story (credits):

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Will be released in: Fall 2016

The story (credits):

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?
17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Girl on the train
Will be released in: October 2016

The story (credits):

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

There’s more…

Of course there will be more movies this year and there might be others that will be based on a novel. This is just a list of the ones that are based on books that I have read or probably will read some day.

Which movies do you want to see in 2016? Are any of them based on a book?

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