Netflix presents new UK projects; Half Life by Sally Green to become a show.

The days are getting colder by the minute but my heart is full of warmth, as Netflix announced they’ll be developing more UK projects.

As it was revealed yesterday in the Variety website (link here), Netflix will be working on some new and promising series such as Man vs Bee and Lockwood & co.

These news are especially important to me since one of the new projects being developed by Netflix is no other than a personal favorite HALF LIFE by Sally Green.

I came to know about the news from one of the persons in charge of the project; Joe Barton who will be the writer. He posted the news on his twitter account;


Sally Green also confirmed it on her own Twitter account.

According to the news this far the series will have 8 episodes of 60 minutes each.


We still not sure if it will be only about the first book Half Bad or if it will be the whole trilogy (but i hope it’s only about Half Bad and then for it to be renewed for the adaptation of the next two books).

However these news came to me to brighten my days and now i can only wait for it to become a reality.

As Half Life is one of my favorite trilogies of all time (if not the favorite) i may be bringing some more news as they develop.

Happy readings!

T5W: It Got Better

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads. The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

T5W: Books Series That Got Better

1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

I’m not saying the first book wasn’t good, because for me every Harry Potter book is great but i have to admit that when you reread them a few times you can see how JK Rowling gets more and better into the world and the story with each book… Also, Harry Potter is like wine it gets better with age.

2. Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

I have to say it… The first book was a little difficult to get into for me the first time around but i pull through and then the second and third book were perfection and i’m in love with this trilogy.

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

I love The Raven Boys both the biys and the book but i gotta say that as you keep on reading the following books it gets even better ?? Honestly these books are so amazing, i love them.

4. Percy Jackson series/The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I have to say that though i really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series i didn’t like it as much as i love the continuation, Heroes of Olympus… May be because it’s more middle grade going into young adult, but i enjoy the latter much better than the first series… I don’t know, Uncle Rick’s books just keep getting better.

5. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

I may be cheating a little here because i haven’t read the last book yet but… Like, the first book was really enjoyable and good but then the story got even better ?? So much better, i totally love those books and i’m sure the last one will be awesome.

What series do you think got better with each new book release?

firma

T5W: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads. The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)1.) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

This one is a must. Obviously, since i grew up with this series, it’s very close to my heart and it means the world to me, so it’s not a surprise this one is one of my favorites, right? Harry Potter has been there for me in my best and worst moments and because of that, and obviously because it’s an amazing story it owns my heart forever and always.

 

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1) 2.) The Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

I feel like not enough people talk about this trilogy, and it is such an amazing story, i truly don’t know why people aren’t talking about it.

I started reading it about three years ago and i fell in love with it almost immediately. Seriously, these books have such a fantastic story and a very jaw dropping ending. I adore it with all my heart.

 

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2) 3.) The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Little warning; huge Rick Riordan’s fan here.

Seriously, i love all the books he publishes. The Heroes of Olympus is though my favorite series, ot that i don’t love all the others. But the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus characters and story are my life.

Son of Neptune (2nd book in the HoO series is my favorite book of them all).

Ready Player One 4.) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Oh my god. When i first read this book i became completely obsessed. This is such an amazing book, i love it. Like, i think everyone should give this book at least a chance.

 

 

 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) 5.) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The newest addition to my science fiction/fantasy favorites. I haven’t finished the series yet, but i totally love it already.  Sure, i’ve been avoiding the fact that i haven’t read the last book in the series yet, but i’m pretty sure it’s because i don’t want it to end or disappoint me.

 

 

Well, those are my favorite science fiction/fantasy, what are yours?

firma

Books Recently Added To My Favorites Ever!

I had to get inventive here, you see… we are in the beginning of February and i never talked to you about my favorite books of 2016, so i figured i could share my top 5 readings of last year disguising it as Books Recently Added To My Favorites Ever!

Am I clever or what?

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Symptoms of Being Human#5  Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Synopsis [here].

The story is about Riley a gender fluid teenager that isn’t out yet to their parents, is new at school and is the child of a congressman. Now, all this come perfectly into one of the most interesting books i read in 2016, not only because it was the first time i read about a gender fluid character in a book but also because of the way the story was told and the plot itself.

I totally loved the fact that you are never told if Riley was born a boy or a gir, because that’s not the important thing about the character. The story is full of feelings and beautiful moments as well as pretty hard ones.

Obviously, i totally recommend it to everyone, it’s on my favorites after all.

The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, #4)#4.5 The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis [here].

I wasn’t about to add this book to the list really, that’s why it’s half a number. Don’t get me wrong i love The Raven Cycle quartet, i think it’s one of my favorite series, but really even though i really loved the way it ended there were some parts that when looking back i feel were a bit lacking. I still love it a lot and all but my favorite book remains The Dream Thieves.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle #4 We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Synopsis [here].

I read this book at the beginning of 2016 and i still remember every feeling it got me when reading it. It was written in such an incredible way i just loved it to pieces. Really, it is a gothic sort of story that will keep you wanting more even when you are still reading it.

 

More Than This #3 More Than This by Patrick Ness

Synopsis [here].

Patrick Ness never seizes to amaze me really. There isn’t a book i read by him i haven’t loved. Honestly, all of his books are in my favorites.

In this book, there was something that really was more than anything. I don’t know how to explain the way it made me feel, but i’ll say that from time to time when i think about all that happens in the book and especially about the end i’m awed.  Seriously this book was amazing and kept me guessing all the way through.

1984 #2 1984 by George Orwell

Synopsis [here].

Out of all the classics i read last year this one was the one that got me going ‘wow’ all the way. Honestly, i thought i could enjoy reading some classics but this one was in a completely different level because of everything. I loved it and enjoyed it so much. Sure, it took me a while to really enter the story but the moment i did, i was so hooked. It is incredible.

 

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3) #1 Half Lost by Sally Green

Synopsis [here].

Ok, this was my favorite book of 2016 by far, like honestly, i cried so much over this book, it reminds me of All The Bright Places (in the crying level). Well, i read Half Wild too in 2016 and loved it a lot too, but if i haveto choose between them both, Half Lost broke my heart so badly i just can’t ignore it. So yeah, this book was my favorite.

Well, you see… the Half Life trilogy is by far my favorite trilogy to this day and i believe it will take a lot for another trilogy for it to mean to me as much as this one does. I love the characters and the story so much, i don’t have he right words.

Oh man, this book broke my heart, and still i’m so glad i got to read this amazing trilogy. Like, i think everyone should give it a try at least because it felt really unique and super interesting, like the way it was written and the story itself. I just adore it, okay … i’m never getting over this.

And that’s all for now! Obviously, there’s another book that became an absolute favorite not long ago but it was in 2017 so i’ll be talking about that book when the time is right.

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

 

 

T5W: I’d totally watch that show. 

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: I’d Totally Watch That Show

Yes, who hasn’t dream about their favorite book series, trilogies or any book related thing to come to life as a tv show?! I know i do, a lot. Being tthe huge fan of books and tv shows as i am, this is the best topic to talk about especially when the fall tv’s season ks about to start.

Now let’s talk about it!!

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)The half bad trilogy by Sally Green. 

I’m obsessed with these books, okay? So, who do i pay for them to start casting actors for the characters? You see i believe there are two characters the world needs to meet, one is from these books; Gabriel Boutin. The other one is from a series i’ll talk in a minute. Yes, i need Gabriel and in my mind, everyone needs him. Also, obviously the story of the books is thrilling and amazing, i think it’s time for it to become a tv show or at least a movie. Magic, war, representation, and a lone half blood. I tell you these books are great. NOW GIVE ME MY SHOW.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater.

The other character the world need to meet is obviously Ronan Lynch! Ha! Another amazing book series that would look fantastic in my tv as i watch it over and over again. No, seriously though no one thought about making this series a tv show? The books have one of the most original and unique stories.  Aw, now i made myself want this show too much.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan.

Okay, i know this one had two terrible tries as movies. Still, even though many things didn’t work in the films, my first worry was the fact that you can’t really put all the information from the books in a movie, this series deserved better. In my personal opinion it deserved a tv show.  I realise it may be pretty pricey because of effects and all, but there are ten and now even more books that can be put into a lot of seasons and also a spin off for Magnus Chase. I mean, it’s a great saga. Please someone save it.

Mr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1)The Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King. 

One of my *non-YA* fiction books is Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. This being the first book of the Bill Hodges trilogy is the main reason i want this to be a tv show. Honestly, these books are amazing and adaptations of Stephen King’s works are great for tv shows and movies. Let’s make another Stephen King’s book into a tv show, this time, Mr. Mercedes, Clemence deserves to watch Brady Hartsfield on her screen each week, thank you.

Alive: The Final Evolution, Volume 1Alive! The Final Evolution by Tadashi Kawashima.

This one is one of my favorite manga series of all time. Sadly enough it was never adapted into an anime or a dorama. I thought it would never happen because 1.) the mangaka passed away so i don’t know anything about the rights to the series 2.) it is an *old* manga. I still have no idea about the first fact but now many old manga are being revived (see Parasyte and Berserk for example) so, why not this awesome manga?! I mean,  pretty please? Seriously this manga was my all time favorite for a very long time. Now i have many all time favorites, but.. Adapt this into an anime, please!

Well, that’s it for this week’s topic… what are the books you want to watch as tv shows?!

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

T5W: Books I Feel Differently About [Now]

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created  Lainey. Now the group is under Samantha’s moderation, you can find her here.

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Feel Differently About (Now)*

Twilight (Twilight, #1) Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

I remember reading this book for the first time when i was about 18 and i really loved it. Then with time when i started reading other YA novels, the hype i felt about the book weakened and i sort of felt ashamed of liking it so much at the time. Then again, now that i’m more of a reader (as i always say i was a heavy Harry Potter reader for all my teenage years – i read pretty much only Harry Potter in loops from the age of 12 to 18) i read many other and great books, but my fondness for this series came back, mostly because these are such an easy read, like, if i get in a slump, i can always read them.. So yeah, now i understand that being ashamed of liking these books was mostly a waste of time, if i enjoy them, it’s just fine, it doesn’t matter what others may say about it.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman.

When i first read the book all i could think was about how weird it was and how much i wasn’t enjoying reading it. But, a while after finishing it, when looking back and thinking about the whole plot and the characters i started to see how amazing the book really was. Like, honestly sometimes i just start thinking about it randomly and i cannot believe i thought about dropping it. There’s something incredibly magical and amazing in Neil Gaiman’s books and actually in everything he writes. If you haven’t read any of his books yet, i highly recommend it to you.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling.

For ages, this was my favorite Harry Potter book, like i could read it in loops or at least once a month (and it went on and on for years) i was obsessed. Now, when looking back i cannot believe my once favorite Harry Potter book was the one in which Harry fights a huge snake, like… i’m so freaking scared of snakes, how could i even read and imagine that fight? I know my reasons for this are quite.. unusual, but seriously, i cannot think about that fight without shaking these days. I still like it, it’s Harry Potter after all, but it is no longer my favorite book.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

The first time i read City of Bones and City of Ashes i wasn’t sure i even wanted to keep on reading the (first) trilogy. The second time i tried (mostly because of the hype on booktube) i really enjoyed it and started to obsess over the books, reading them a million times and like, not being able to think about anything else. No, after two years without reading this series i try to remember why i liked it so much, and though i really enjoy the characters (even if some are a little marys and garys) i think if i started reading them now for the first time i wouldn’t be able to actually finish the complete six books. I don’t know, i’m not even sure anymore.

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1) Half Bad by Sally Green.

If you told me when i was only 100 pages into this book that this trilogy would become my favorite trilogy of all time i would’ve laughed. At first, i really wasn’t enjoying much this book, i don’t know i felt something was off or something, but with time i learned to love it, to totally fall in love with it… Sure, now that i know i enjoyed reading it the begining doesn’t seem some scary or weird as it was at first, now i know whenever i read these books i’ll love them, because even if at first it didn’t seem like it, they actually changed something within me and i absolutely love them.

 

Do you change your opinion on books much or are you more of a “first impression” kind of person? want to share your top here? please leave a link to your post in the comments’ section!

Have a great day!

‘Til Next Time 😉

firma

Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

Oh my god! I finally finished the trilogy and now i can bring you my complete review for it!! Oh, i’m so happy because, let me tell you this; these books are life for me, this may be my favorite trilogy ever and there’s nothing more rewarding than talking about something you love so very muchtumblr_inline_n61q9gT5Qa1qhdusl

Oh! before i forget, i made a cut after the non spoilery review, if you read after the cut you’ll find my SPOILERY OPINION of the ending of the trilogy. If you haven’t read the books or the last book, please beware of spoiling yourself! it’s a great reading, so if i were you i wouldn’t do it! But, if you don’t mind spoilers, read under your own discretion.

And now, let’s begin!

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy, #2)Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy, #3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half Bad, Half Wild and Half Lost by Sally Green.

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Glbt.
Pages: 384; 412 ;352 (respectively; 1148 overall)
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Rating: 4.75 stars

Summary: Wanted by no one. Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

(Summary of Half Bad taken from Goodreads).

My opinion on the trilogy:

Let me first calm down, because i’m still crying. That freaking ending. I was expecting some of it, but the second half of it, OMG. Yeah, well, i was only hoping for half lost.

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Now, we can talk, i hope.

I started reading the trilogy last year, when a booktuber recommended it. For a very long time i put it in my tbr, but thought i’ll never get toit, because i heard of the main character being on a cage and felt like … meh … but now I gotta say the moment i picked the book up i couldn’t put it down for a second.

The first book is told in a very inventive way; first, second and third person narration, i don’t recall the second book being like that, and the third one doesn’t have it, for sure.  But it’s written incredibly well, i mean, there’s something in the way the story is written that it catches you and it doesn’t let you go.

The story in the book isn’t just well narrated but it’s very interesting, having a world in which there are black and white witches, you may think good and evil are pretty simple to figure out, but as the story develops you find a world where good and evil are a very complicated thing. Not everyone is just ‘good’ or ‘evil’, pretty much as in real life people are made of shades of both. You’ll find  Nathan, the main character, struggling with both, being half and half, is he evil because of the things he does? is he good because he struggles with it? Very conflicted, and very real.

I’ve read some reviews about the books saying they go slow and in the second book nothing happens. In my personal opinion, the books are well paced, it may looks slow, but stuff is happening all the time, if not in the world, in Nathan’s mind and such.

I liked the way the characters were represented, good and evil, as i said before, aren’t decided by being Black or White, actually one of the best at heart character, the moral compass of Nathan, the one that keeps seeing the good in him is a black witch name Gabriel who soon becomes his best friend.

I love Gabriel very much, he is actually my favorite character in the trilogy, always loving and caring, he actually cares a little too much about Nathan, which opens the topic of glbt in the books.

Pretty much from the moment we get to meet Gabriel we know he is interested in Nathan, and it will develop in a delightful way across the books, since Nathan has feelings for his childhood friend Annalise. This part of the story progresses in a very alluring way. And I don’t even like love triangles, and i enjoyed it.

There are  a lot more of interesting characters, good and bad, full of engaging personalities, friends, foes and not sure what are they really. These keep you reading wanting to know what are they.

I got to admit that the last book in the writing felt a little sloppier than the previous two, but the story was incredible, i devoured the book (after i remembered it was released! I was having such a bad week , i  totally forgot at first).

I think here ends my spoilerish free part of the review, from here i just want to give my opinion on the end of Half Lost. Hope you give this trilogy a chance! Becuase it’s totally worth it… it pretty much became my favorite trilogytumblr_inline_msh194QAX31qz4rgp.


Okay, here i wanna talk about the ending of the last book, mostly because i saw so many people complaining about what happened. If you keep reading, you are in for the biggest spoilers of the last book, so.. BEWARE!

Okay, many people are angry because of Gabriel dying, and though at first i felt weird of the way he died, like, Gabriel actually died because Nathan was trying to save him, … like.. no let me die…

But the fact that he died … i gotta say it made me love the ending even more.

Yeah, i know about the bury all your gay characters thing in YA books, but i think in this one it wasn’t because Gabriel was gay, i believe he died because that’s just war. I mean, i wouldn’t take seriously a writer that just saves miraclesly  just because he is the main love interest of the main character.

We forget most of the time that war isn’t fair, people die and we cannot choose who are the ones dying. It is extremely sad, whenever i remember his death and what happened next i start tearing up and want a different and a happier ending, but the way it actually ended it was extremely poetic.

I think, for a person like Nathan, actually finding and being able to feel  such a strong love is the biggest character development i’ve read if not in my whole life, at least in a very long while. It was beautiful, heartbreaking but beautiful.

I’m actually crying more because of how much he suffered and how he wanted to go back to Gabriel than all my crying because of The Fault In Our Stars… I’m crying All The Bright Places level and that’s my highest level.

Nathan wasn’t happy at the end, because of his loss, but at least he found a way to be close to Gabriel even after the later was well.. dead.

I give the last book five stars, because it touched my heart, and i’m pretty sure the people angry are angry because they are struggling and suffering and grieving because of Gabriel’s death…

Or maybe i’m wrong and it was just a move to make the ending completely dramatic. But rereading a little of Half Bad, i just found that a death like that was coming from the very beginning.  I rather Nathan becoming a tree to go back to Gabriel than any other ending, them being extremely happy after all that happened felt unreal. Sure, i’ll read some fanfiction like that because i need a happy ending for my OTP, but in my opinion as for the author, that’s the best ending she could give to the story.

I’ll be rereading these books pretty soon because i miss them already.

Anyway,… i think that’s all i had to say about this trilogy.. Nabriel forever ♥!

Yes, i do realize i did not talk about Edge (his story gotta be really sad too…) or Annalise or anyone else in this opinion, but Nathan and Gabriel are the only thing i can think about right now, so… if i ever have the strength to talk about the others.. maybe i’ll do it in another post.

Right now, my heart is broken, and i cannot really function properly.

See you next time!

C.

 

 

T5W: Best Suggested Books I Loved

As always, topics for these entries are taken from the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads . The group was created by Lainey, who you can also follow on Youtube.

Top 5 Wednesday: Best Suggested Books I Loved (books recommended to me).

Because i don’t know many readers, i don’t get many book recommendations, so i’m cheating a little and adding some non-personal recommendations i followed and loved.

 

5.) The Girl With All the GiftsThe Girl with All the Gifts

Recommended in a podcast to all the listeners (…) by Julie from Stuff To Blow Your Mind.

 

 

 

 

 

The Time Traveler's Wife4.) The Time Traveler’s Wife

Recommended to me by my literature teacher back in high school.

 

 

 

 

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)3.) Half Bad

Recommended by Esme from the youtube channel Fly Like A Butterfly.

 

 

 

 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)2.) The Hunger Games

Recommended to me by my (then) dear friend Danny.

 

 

 

 

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)1.) Harry Potter

Recommended to me by a 7th grader back in the day when i was in 6th grade. This may be the greatest recommendation i got in my life!! Thank you Nadia!

 

 

 

 

That’s all for this top! ‘Til Next Time 😉

C.