Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Look & A New Kind of Post

I want to start by saying congratulations to Kristia who won my book in the giveaway that was held during my book blog tour. Thanks for your support, Kristia! And, thank you to all who participated. It was a lot of fun.

As you can see, I changed the look of my blog. It needed updating. It was therapeutic. As I learn more, I'll do more. I'm happy with this...for now. :-)

My book is under When it's done, I'll explain what that means. But, for now, I wanted to share my thoughts on the movie The Host. I am a huge movie buff. I love movies---good movies, that is. But, of course, I also love to read, and I read The Host like many did when it came out, so I was looking forward to the release of the movie. I know this won't make many fans, but I wasn't thrilled with the cast of the Twilight series. Sorry. Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson just didn't do it for me.

However, I really liked the cast for The Host. The lead actress, Saoirse (pronounced sear-shuh) Ronan, wouldn't have been my first pick for Melanie, but she did a respectable job, and by the end, I really liked her. I thought Max Irons was spot on for Jared. I swear he was who I pictured when I read the book (and such a cutie). Jake Abel as Ian, and William Hurt as Jeb were also excellent picks in my opinion. I thought they portrayed their characters very well.

The movie itself clipped along well. I had a hard time engaging in the book, and it wasn't until about the eighth chapter that I really became immersed. But, the movie does a good job at trying to say all that needs to be said without dragging. Like most movies that are adaptations of books there were some changes, but I thought they hit the highlights the best they could with their time allotment.

All-in-all, I thought The Host was a good movie. My mother, sister and I were laughing as we walked out of the theater; we bet Saoirse didn't mind all her "on screen" kissing time. One girl + two hotties = one very lucky girl.

If you liked the book, or you like movies in general, I recommend seeing The Host. It's a fun getaway with a beautiful message.

P.S. For what it's worth, The Hobbit was exceptional, Safe Haven was a sweet story, and Jack the Giant Slayer (yes, I know, some of you may be rolling your eyes) was just good, clean fun. :-) I recommend them all.


  1. Jennifer, I have The Host sitting on my bookshelf waiting for quite some time to be read. My daughter made an attempt at it, but after just finishing the Twilight series, she couldn't get into it. I haven't seen the movie - would like to read the book first. I gather from your review, it is a book you have to stick with?

    1. Anne, it is absolutely a book you have to stick with. You won't be sorry you did. It really does take several chapters to get into, but once you do, it flies. I enjoyed THE HOST very much; I would say even more than the TWILIGHT series in some ways. Keep reading. You'll be glad you did. :-)

  2. Hello!
    I'm your newest follower. I really love how your blog looks. I was wondering if you could come over and follow my blog too.
    Thank you so much,
    - Laura

  3. Hello! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a nice comment. I am here and following you back! Your blog looks very good to me. ~Lauren

  4. Some may roll their eyes, but you pretty much have to read and watch what you enjoy, or what's the point? I haven't read or seen "The Host", but I did see the first of the Twilight series but was completely unimpressed. I also tried reading the series...again, couldn't get into it. However, I'm a huge (some say geeky) LOTR and Hobbit fan! I love the whole collection of books and the movies are in my collection as well
    Very nice site, Jennifer, and I'm happy to follow you.

    1. Lynette, just between you, me and post, I saw THE HOBBIT seven times in the theater. I won't even tell you how many times I saw each of the LOTR movies. Yikes!! To say that I am a huge fan of those books and movies is an understatement. So, I'm glad to know there are others that share in that passion with me. :-) Thanks so much for your follow!

  5. Hi Jennifer,

    I must say that I really couldn't get into The Host.I didn't enjoy the book at all so needless to say I didn't go see the movie. However there are not enough words to describe how amazing The Hobbit was.

    Alexia (from Book Blogs)