Top Five Most Anticipated March Releases

Another month has begun and as always that means more fabulous books are being released that I cannot afford but oh so desperately want. So here are my top five most anticipated March releases!

orphan queenAuthor: Jodi Meadows

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Genre: Fantasy

Expected Release Date: March 10th 2015

Summary: Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others (Via Goodreads)

winners crimeAuthor: Marie Rutkoski

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Genre: High Fantasy

Expected Release Date: March 3rd 2015

Summary: Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them. (Via Goodreads)

liars, incAuthor: Paula Stokes

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary/Mystery

Expected Release Date: March 24th

Summary: Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters. (Via Goodreads)

vanishing girlsAuthor: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Contemporary/Mystery

Expected Release Date: March 10th 2015

Summary: Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other. (Via Goodreads)

mosquitolandAuthor: David Arnold

Publisher: Viking Children’s

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Release Date: March 3rd

Summary: “I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.”
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.(Via Goodreads)

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Series I’ve Finished

So, I saw a few people on the Booktubes showing off all of the series that they’ve finished and I thought: why don’t i do that? So, here I am, doing that. Here, in more words than needed, are the all the book series that I have finished! (That was superb English.)

1) Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Well, this one was obviously going to be on the list. i think Harry Potter was one of the first series I ever read and ever completed – to my memory anyway. It was wonderful, sensational, compelling, touching and it’s Harry Potter you all know how great it is.

2) The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

If you have no read the Princess Diaries you should. It is so funny. I think it’s definitely the Bridget Jones for young girls but I would recommend it to anyone of any age who’s just looking for a giggle.

3) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

One of my favourite series of all time! It is funny, scary, sad, lovely, romantic and just great. I adored this series and I obsessed about it for ages and I still do (Any news of the TV show yet?) and you should read it. Great urban fantasy, great characters, great relationships..

4) The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The prequel series to The Mortal Instruments set in Victorian London. This historical fiction fantasy series is splendid. Wonderfully written with all of the great qualities of it’s predecessor and has one of the best love triangles ever written.

5) The Anna and The French Kiss Companion Series by Stephanie Perkins

In the same vein of the Princess Diaries, this companion series is funny, sweet and romantic and simply adorable in every way. Well worth a read.

6) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I was young. We all make mistakes but at one point in my life I did adore this series and for some ungodly reason I seem to own more than one copy of Eclipse – it concerns me.

7) Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowwitz

I loved this series. An action packed middle grade series that was full of humour, sadness, kick ass gadgets and a pretty hot protagonist (Hello Alex Pettyfer.) While the ending may have been bittersweet I still really enjoyed it.

8) Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth.

I am not the biggest fan of this series and even the presence of Theo James can change my mind. I just couldn’t connect it and I found myself disappointed that was before I even picked up Allegiant.

9) Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

I really enjoyed this series. Short and sweet, this action packed dystopian had me hooked from start to finish and while I didn’t like the ending I enjoyed the series overall.

10) Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver 

Set in a world where love is an illness Delirium was definitely an interesting series, it went from a girl falling in love, to battling for survival and fighting in a rebellion. It was very cool, very bleak and all around good even if the ending felt a bit bleh to me.

11) The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

I am still not sure what happened in this trilogy. Not even joking, I’m still not 100 percent on the plot or what was real or what was not but I’m pretty sure I like it. So, if you’re looking for a book to mess with you’re head I’d suggest picking Mara Dyer up.

12) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I adored this series! Rose Hathaway was a BAMF for the ages. Smart, sarcastic, cleverly written and packed full of action book this is the vampire book to redeem all vampire books.

13) If I Stay Dulogy by Gayle Forman

If you want to cry and cry hard might I recommend If I Stay and it’s sequel Where She Went? This was one of best series I read all year. Poignant, touching and just plain sad. Really beautiful and really wonderful, worth a read.

14) The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

This is the first series that I have wanted the villain to win and if that;s not a sign of good writing then I don’t know what is. A terrific fantasy infused with Russian culture with a fantastic female lead and a brilliant antagonist.

15) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Nearly forgot this one! I read this so long ago that I can barely recall what I thought of the actual book – I know, short memory. I’m pretty sure I just liked it though, I never quite loved it as far as I remember but I am planning a reread so hopefully I’ll have a  better time with it second time around.

Now, I do believe that is all of the book series that I have finished. Guaranteed the second this is posted I will remember another one. Bet you all a euro!

I am planning on posting a list of series that I’ve started and haven’t yet finished so that will hopefully be up in the next few weeks!

Hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading!

Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new top ten list and invite bloggers to answer it. This weeks is Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book. Without further ado, here is my list.

1) Jamie Roth from the Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin – I adore Jamie! He’s so funny and so sarcastic and I’d love to read more about him either before or after Mara came into his life.

2) The Marauders from Harry Potter by JK Rowling – I WANT THIS SO BADLY! I think everyone wants more information about James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin during their time at Hogwarts. Damnit Rowling just give the people what they want!

3) Charlotte Fairchild from The Infernal Device by Cassandra Clare – Charlotte, dear people, is a BAMF and I want to read more about her. Hopefully, she’ll appear again in The Lost Hours.

4) Alex from the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver – Yeah there wasn’t enough Alex in these books. I wouldn’t mind a detailed description of what he was doing during those last two books, or after, or before.

5) The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – The Darkling is one of the only villains I’ve actually sort of rooted for! I know it’s messed up but he was all mysterious and sexy. I couldn’t help myself and I would like to know a great deal more about him.

6) Arobynn Hammel from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – He is one of the most manipulative and vindictive characters in the Throne of Glass world and one of the most important people in Celaena’s life so I wouldn’t mind spending some more quality time with him.

7) Ress from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I want this because I think it would be hilarious. You just know that Ress knows Celaena and Chaol are sneaking off together! I’d love to read a novella from his POV about how obvious they are.

8) Celia Bowen from the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I know she’s technically a main character but she shared the POV with Marco who I didn’t particularly care for so I would like more Celia please – particularly stories about her early life!

9) Isaac from The Fault In Our Stories by John Green – I needed more from him. I’d love to get a novella or short story from his POV after Gus’s death or after Hazel’s death. It be the most depressing thing in the world but I want to know!

10) THE FREAKING MARAUDERS BY JK ROWLING – JUST GIVE IT TO ME.

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The Taylor Swift Book Tag

The Taylor Swift Book Tag is an original tag created by The Book Life. Now I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but it’s a book tag that features T-Swizzle and she’s my girl so here I am. So this tag is basically taking Taylor Swift songs and matching them to books!

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So let us begin!

1) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Series I was in love with but later wanted to Break Up With

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There are a few series that I read that I sort of fell out of love with but the one that stands out the most for me will always be the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Like everyone else in the world I was obsessed with these book for a long time but as I got older I started to realise that there was a hell of a lot of problems with them and the characters and eventually I just had to let it go!

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2) Red – Pick a Book with a Red CoverHalf Bad: cover of first novel by Sally Green, predicted to be next Harry Potter or Twilight Saga

If you follow me on instagram or Tumblr you’ll see I own a lot of red books but I think I’ll let Half-Bad by Sally Green take centre stage this time, mostly because I have not read it and I really, really need to!

 

 

3) The Best Day – Pick a Book That Makes You Feel Nostalgic

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot always brings me back to the good old days of messing around with my friends, talking about Mia and Michael for far too long and then complaining about how the movie was nothing like the books while still loving the movie! Just good, good times!

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4) Love Story – Pick a Book with Forbidden Loveworld after

So, so many choices for this. At first I was tempted to pick Clary and Jace from City of Bones through City of Ashes but then I realised I needed to save them for a later question! So I racked my brains and eventually I decided on Penryn and Raffe from Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan EE.

I love these two. They are so sarcastic and funny together and I know technically nothing has happened between them but they are totally in love and it’s wonderful and it’s going to be so painful because human and angel during a civil war between humans and angels and worse still this angel arrested other angels for loving humans! So much forbiddenss!

5) I Knew You Were Trouble – Pick a Book with a Bad Character You Couldn’t Help But Love

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I have got to give this one to the Darkling from the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. I mean he’s called the Drakling for fuck sake! I should have known he was going to be evil! But of course I was blinded by his charms and even when he showed his true evil, dark colours I still loved him. I even wanted him to win a little bit. I know, the shame.

6) Innocent – Pick a Book That Someone Ruined the Ending For You.

Who can forget when Kanye West interrupted Swiftie during her VMA acceptance speech? No one likewise I can never forget when my friend spoiled the fate of Robb Stark from a Game of Thrones for me. I wasn’t reading the books or even watching the series at the time so it didn’t particularly bother me but then months later I was obsessed with the series, reading the books, declaring Robb one of my favourite characters and flashback! Needless to say I was not happy!

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7Requiem by Lauren Oliver) Everything Has Changed – Pick a Character Who Goes Through Extensive Character Development.

I’m going to give this one to Lena Halloway from the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. Lena starts the trilogy believing that love is a disease and she cannot wait to get her treatment and be paired off and at the end of the trilogy she’s a rebel, a spy and tearing down the walls that separate people all in the name of love and freedom. It’s a rather big 180!

 

8) You Belong With Me: Pick You’re Most Anticipated Book Release

I know that Heir of Fire is technically out but my copy is still in the post so I’m still anticipating it’s release to me! I’ve been counting down the days for Heir of Fire and I am so excited to read about Celaena and Chaol again and ugh I just wish I had it now!

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9) Forever and Always – Pick Your Favourite Book Couple

So many couples to pick and love. Celaena and Chaol, Penryn and Raffe, Bellamy and Clarke, Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, Rose and Dimitri – I adore them all but I think the first book couple to really get me emotionally invested and keep me emotionally invested was Clary and Jace from the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.

loved these two! So much I was even shipping incest – do you realise how good a book has to be to ship incest? Thankfully life worked out and these two are happy and going to get married and have very sarcastic babies! (They will!)

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10) Come Back, Be Here – A Book You Would Never Lend Out For Fear of Missing it too Much.

Harry Potter. I would never ever ever give anybody a copy of my Harry Potter Books! Just no! I’d never risk it! My friends are animals! They’d spill something or worse lose them or never return them and Harry has suffered enough!

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And that Dear Friends is the end of the Taylor Swift Book Tag! I’m not going to tag anyone directly because I don’t know if people are T-Swift fans or not although in my opinion there are only two types of people – People who like Taylor Swift and Liars – so if you are a Swift fan I tag you and be sure to link me your tags so I can check them out!

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Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List and this weeks is Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From.

Without further ado here are mine:

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1) James Patterson – I own a grand total of 31 books from James Patterson. I love James Patterson, he was my first introduction to crime novels and for a time he was my favourite author. I own a lot of the Alex Cross novels, all but one of the Women’s Murder Club series and some of his kids books. I actually had more but I gave some of them to a charity shop. I’ve probably owned nearly fifty in my life.

2) JK Rowling – The Queen. I own all 13 of Rowlings books and her Galbraith books! Love her, can’t wait for the next Cormoran Strike novel. To be honest I’ll probably buy every book she ever writes.

3)  Meg Cabot – I own 13 Meg Cabot books! I love Meg Cabot, she’s so funny and quirky and she made my childhood with the Princess Diaries series.

4) Cassandra Clare – I own 9 of Clare’s books. All though three of them are currently on loan to a friend! I love Clare and I loved TMI and TID and i’m really sad that they are both finished.

5) Anthony Horowitz – Once again, I own 9 books! Alex Rider was one of my favourite series as a kid. Loved it so much and was pretty sad when it ended.

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6) Richelle Mead – Another 9! 9 seems to be the magic number in this list! I own all of the Vampire Academy books and a few of the Bloodlines books. I’m a bigger fan of VA than Bloodlines but I do still plan on finishing the spin-off!

7) Stephanie Meyer – I own 6 Stephanie Meyer books! Magic really since she’s only written five! I have an extra copy of Eclipse for some reason! I didn’t buy it which leader me to believe I stole it from someone! Oh well.

 

8) Michael Connelly – I own 5 MC books. Now, I haven’t read all of them…(Just one) but I still own them and I do still plan to read them! I really enjoyed the one I did read.

9) Lauren Oliver – I own 4 of Oliver’s books. I have the Requiem trilogy and Before I Fall – which I still need to read!

10) Nicholas Sparks/PC and Kristen Cast – And we end on a draw! I own 4 books for both Sparks and the Casts! Not exactly my favourite authors of all times but at a time I did love the three of them quite a bit.

 

Requiem: Review

 

 

 

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

 

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publisher: Harper Collins

Summary: Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge. (Via Goodreads.)

 

Review:

I am not sure how to feel.

I was a big fan of the first Delirium book and I enjoyed the second one, missed Alex quite a lot so when he re-appeared at the end of the Pandemonium I immediately bought the ebook of Requiem aaaand it sort of sat, untouched and unread on my kindle for a few months – maybe a year! But, finally, I have read it and as I said, I’m not sure how to feel.

I had heard a lot of things about the ending of Requiem – mainly that is not an ending that you would expect for the final instalment in a series so I was slightly worried as I was getting to the last few pages and nothing was really, truly, resolved. This book definitely doesn’t have a final full stop ending. There is no big victory, no peace agreements or legitimate opt-out schemes developed or whatever so I was slightly disappointed by it but at the same time I liked it.

I do think it was a very fitting end because in fights like Lena’s you don’t always see an immediate resolution. Battles for change are long, arduous and can’t always be achieve in one fell swoop. The ending of Requiem is very reminiscent of the Berlin Wall so I imagine if you take a look at that period in history you can take a pretty good guess at what happens for Lena’s world.

Reqiuem also had alternating chapters between Lena and Hana. It did sort of worry me because I was never Hana’s biggest fan and I thought I’d be bored by her life in the moderated world but I found her story to be so interesting and I think it mixed really well with Lenas. If you split their stories into to separate three hundred page books I would have read them both.

However, Hana finds a lot out about her world and her people in this book and I thought she would do more with the information than what she did. I imagined her joining the sympathisers and letting the Resistance know the truth about Fred Hargrove and the DFA, leading to a great revelation to the people but that didn’t happen. Hana said nothing and just went on with her life, terrified but going through the motions and that left me a little cold. So even though I enjoyed Hana’s story I did expect more and as such was left disappointed by what I got.

I was also disappointed by the interactions between Alex and Lena or lack thereof I should say. I wanted to see more of their relationship, how it would change and grow after the crypts, after Julian but again, didn’t happen. I think they only interacted with each other about four times? So, I was very disappointed by that.

In addition: Fuck Julian.

In my opinion there was a lot missing from this book. I understand leaving the ending the way it is but a bit of closure between the characters would have been nice. I would have liked to see Lena end things with Julian, introduce Alex to her mom, see Raven be mourned – Raven definitely deserved better that what she got, maybe look for the rest of her family. Character-wise the ending felt very bare and impersonal.

These books are supposed to be about choosing to love and about the people we love and that sort of got skipped over in this book. It focused more on rebellion instead which again, totally understandable, but it would have been nice to see the thing they were fighting for included a bit more.

Overall, this book was my least favourite of the trilogy. I did enjoy it, It had some good aspects but it also had a lot of faults that are hard to ignore.

3 Stars.

 

 

Delirium Pilot: Review

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Author/Writer: Lauren Oliver/ Karyn Usher

Publisher/ Distributor: HarperCollins/Hulu -Wigs

Summary: Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t. (Via Goodreads.)

Review:

I was really excited when I heard that Delirium was going to be made into a TV series and then I was very disappointed when it wasn’t picked up. Flash-forward a year later and Hulu (or in my case for me Wigs.com) are releasing the pilot and the excitement grew once more. Now I have watched it and I understand why it wasn’t picked up.

There were a lot of problems in the pilot. Emma Roberts voice over in the beginning felt rather stilted and flat, like she was being forced to talk or something. It just didn’t set me up for the show once it began and then it stopped rather abruptly. I expected another voice over to end the episode but it just faded to black. So to me that made the episode appear a little unbalanced.

The actors were fine. I thought they did an okay job with what they had to work with, the problem really was the script. When a book is adapted into a TV show most writers actually stretch out the book, either to a full season or half a season or two episodes or something. They did not do that wit Delirium. They condensed the entire book into one 45 minute episode and it was awful.

The result was that everything felt rushed and so the relationships were just not believable. Alex and Lena’s relationship had no progression. They met and then they were in love. Lena had no real difficulty with this. In the book she’s terrified of becoming like her mother and getting the disease, this is briefly mentioned in the episode but quickly moved past. Lena suddenly has no qualms about falling in love and being with Alex. It just wasn’t good. It wasn’t loyal to the characters. I did not like it.

A lot of the dialogue too was awkward and cheesy. Some of the things that were wonderful on the page just didn’t translate well to the screen so at times it was difficult to watch. I feel if they had tweaked it some bit it could have been better but alas, no.

They also changed a lot of things from the book. Aunt Carol, Uncle William, Jenny and Grace do not exist. The swapped Lena’s mother as the prisoner for her father which seemed unnecessary. Mayor Hardgrove is a woman, used to be in love with Thomas Finemen, is now a senator and running for President. Fred Hardgrove is only 17 and does not seem like a psychotic Jackass. It was strange. And Julian is extra creepy in the show. It is one thing to look at girls, it is another to hide in the bushes and look at girls. I also didn’t like the characterisation of Hana and how her relationship with Lena was portrayed. I felt very let down by that.

I think if they had stretched out the first book to six even ten episodes, as opposed to piling it all in, the series probably would have been picked up.

However, I also think is Fox had given the series a chance as it, the remainder of the season would have been good. It just had a bad pilot. Although I’m sad that the series wasn’t picked up I do understand why.