5th Wave Movie Review

Movie Time!

Remember that books to movie post from Monday?

That was leading up to this!

First of all, okay…I admit it. I didn’t finish the book before I saw the movie.

Even worse, I think I made it to page 40 or so?

In my defense, I tried to start it the day before I saw the movie. It was never going to happen. I wasn’t going to finish!

With all that said, I went to see it last Friday with some family and friends on opening night.

The first thing is that I was surprised by how NOT crowded my 7pm showing was. I don’t know what movie was getting everyone else, but mine just wasn’t that crowded. That’s strange for this particular theater!

Nevertheless, the movie started and I was instantly intrigued. A friend was between me and my cousin who hadn’t yet read ANY of the book (she also plans to eventually), but my cousin was almost done when we saw it.

I enjoyed the movie. The action scenes were stressful and looked great, but I especially loved the story and acting. I was surprised by Chloe Grace Moretz because I hadn’t seen her in anything besides If I Stay. That’s not exactly an action movie, you know.

Anyways, I will also say that I was able to predict what was going on. It was still great, but predictable. This didn’t really hurt how I felt about the movie because I think I would’ve thought the same things reading the book as far as being able to guess what was happening.

Even still, it was a great movie! I can’t wait to finish the book and read the second one. I hope that we will get the other books made into films as well!

Did you see it? If so, what did you think?


Waiting on Wednesday: When We Collided


Seventeen year-old Jonah Daniels has lived in Verona Cove, California, his whole life, and only one thing has ever changed: his father used to be alive, and now he is not. With a mother lost in a deep bout of depression, Jonah and his five siblings struggle to keep up their home and the restaurant their dad left behind. But at the start of summer, a second change rolls in: Vivi Alexander, the new girl in town.

Vivi is in love with life. Charming and unfiltered, she refuses to be held down by the medicine she’s told should make her feel better. After meeting Jonah, she slides into the Daniels’ household seamlessly, winning over each sibling with her imagination and gameness. But it’s not long before Vivi’s zest for life begins to falter. Soon her adventurousness becomes all-out danger-seeking.

Through each high and low, Vivi and Jonah’s love is put to the test . . . but what happens when love simply isn’t enough?

My Thoughts:

I am SO excited for When We Collided! I started it last week and am enjoying it so far, but that is to be expected with an Emery Lord book.

I’m looking forward to seeing where this one goes and I can’t wait for it to get out into the world. Everyone needs Emery’s books in their life. Her characters are always easy to relate to and make for a wonderful story.

It drops on April 5, so be on the lookout for it!


Blog Tour: Sanctuary Bay


Book Information:



By Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

St. Martin’s Griffin

Publication Date: January 19, 2016

Hardcover: 978-1-250-05136-3 / $18.99 USD

eBook: 978-1-466-86917-2 / $9.99 USD


When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country—Sanctuary Bay Academy—it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home and struggling with the memory of her parent’s murder, escaping to the school’s tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn’t sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate’s dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation.


Daddy  pressed his finger to his lips, shushing Sarah quiet as he slid the door to the tunnel back on. She wrapped her arms tightly around  her knees and pressed her cheek against her arm, trying to pretend she was back in her  own  room.  But it didn’t smell like her room. Even the spicy smell of Daddy’s cologne had faded now  that the tunnel was closed.  And  grayness was all around her. She was almost four, and that was too old to be scared of the dark. But it wasn’t all dark. It was just gray dark.

She tried not to think of monsters crawling toward her. Daddy said there were no monsters. But monsters  liked tunnels. They liked little girls.

Sometimes when she was scared she liked to sing the Maggie song. But that was against the rules. She had to be quiet. She had to be still. She had to wait until Daddy  or Mommy  opened the door and got her.

Thinking  about  the rules  helped.   She  could  almost hear Daddy  saying them, as if he was hiding in the tunnel with her. Even though he was way too big. If something bad happens, wait until the room is safe. If you leave the tunnel, put the funny slit- ted door back on. Run fast. Find a lady with kids. Tell her your name is Sarah Merson. Merson. Merson. Merson. Merson. Ask for help.

Her nose started twitching, itching from the thick air. Mak- ing her want to sneeze. But she had to be quiet.

Then she heard Mommy screaming. Mommy never screamed. Were the monsters out there and not in the tunnel?

On  hands and knees she started creeping  toward the slits of light, heart pounding.

“Kt85L is our property,” a man said. “You had no right!”

Out there. Mommy  on her knees facing the hotel room wall. Someone’s legs. A hand  reaching  down.  A silver bird stared at Sarah from a ring on the finger. Stared with a horrible  little black eye. The finger pulled  the trigger of a gun.

A bang. Her ears filling with bees. Mommy  collapsing on the floor. Red spilling out.

Sarah shoved her fingers into her mouth. Quiet. The rule was be quiet.

Shouting. Daddy’s legs running by, out of the room. The bird man chasing. The door banging closed.

Something bad happening.

The  room  was safe. The  bird  man  was gone. So she had  to get out. Mommy  was on the floor. Daddy  was gone.

She shoved the door and it fell out onto the floor. Near Mommy. Near  the red. But the rule was to put  the funny  door back on. She picked  it up and shoved  it over the tunnel like Daddy  had shown her.

Sarah  didn’t  want to look at Mommy.  She looked  out the window  instead. The window  was always open  and there was never a screen. Daddy’s voice came from the hallway, yelling. Screaming.

Another bang.

Sarah pressing her hands over her eyes. Not looking. Not look- ing. Something bad happening.

Daddy  was quiet now. Something bad. She had to run fast.

Sarah climbed  on the chair under  the window.  The chair al- ways went under  the window.  She stuck her legs through the window  and jumped down.  Now run fast.

She ran fast, looking for a lady with a stroller or a kid her age. A mommy  would  help  her.  She would  say she was Sarah Merson.

Sarah Merson, and something bad happened.

My Thoughts:

So…Spoilers: That excerpt is the VERY beginning of the book!

With that said…wow. I was interested from the very beginning because WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON?! Right? Right.


Sanctuary Bay kept me interested as I enjoy reading about boarding schools for some reason. Maybe because I went to a boarding school one year?

Either way, I suggest this to anyone looking for a good mystery thriller. However, I went into it blind and didn’t realize that it was going to be more than one book, so the ending seemed abrupt, but it was still good despite my short-lived confusion.

SB came out last week, so it IS available now, so good pick up a copy!


Monday Musings: book to movie adaptations

Movie time!

Once upon a time, I had a rule for myself that I wouldn’t see a movie if I hadn’t read the book first.

Then I decided that I don’t have time for that.

I can’t remember what started, but eventually it turned into a “come what may” sort of rule. —Maybe I finished the book, but maybe I didn’t even get to start it.

I’m not sure why, but I finally realized that it didn’t matter.

First off all, there are normally a lot of changes that are made anyways. I’m never one of those people who gets in a big fuss over changes. (Maybe that will change when producers adapt a series that I LOVE. So far there hasn’t been anything that I majorly care for.

Next, I can actually be surprised. I remember seeing Fault in our Stars and everyone crying. There was me…looking like I don’t have a heart at all. Oops?

The catch was this: I knew what was coming. Sure, I was sad when I read it, but I knew what to expect in the movie, so it wasn’t sad.

Or maybe I just don’t have a heart, right?

Anyways, I say all of this to say…don’t stress it. Read the book before…read it after…heck, just watch the movie if you want. 9/10 they’re an entirely different game anyways, so do what you want!

Also, enjoy the show! There are lots of book adaptations coming out this year!



Review: Emmy and Oliver



Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life. . . . She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart. . . . He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who had kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing, and his thoughts swirling.

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will devour these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

My Thoughts:

Emmy and Oliver was a book that I actually even debated buying. The silly thing is that for awhile it was on sale for $1.99 and I was debating it with a gift card. (Buying ban–don’t judge me!) That said, I downloaded the sample to help make my decision and was instantly hooked. As if that wasn’t enough, I asked my mom if she thought that I’d like it. “Are you kidding? This sounds like one you would read. Buy it and quit asking me silly questions.”

However, even though the beginning hooked me I was still skeptical. There’s no way that it was going to keep me hooked that much, right? Nope. I was constantly drawn to the characters and wanting to know what happened next. I was sympathizing with Oliver’s situation and trying to understand how on earth Emmy was dealing with everything.

In all, I absolutely loved this story! It normally takes a bit to hold my attention, but Emmy and Oliver’s relationship and subsequent problems kept me on edge until the very end.

I highly suggest this as it is one of my new favorite contemporaries!



Never Never pt 3…out now!



New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

Note from Melanie:

I absolutely loved the first two parts to this novella series. The first part came out around this time last year and then we only had to wait until May for part 2, but this wait for part 3 has been KILLER!

If you’re in the mood for a quick mystery then definitely pick these up. You can get all 3 parts for under $8 on kindle. Part 1 may even still be free right now, so that’d make it even cheaper to buy all of them!

Part 3 dropped yesterday and I can’t wait to find out how the whole thing ends!

Wizard World NOLA

Comicon wrap-up!

This was my 3rd year to attend Wizard World comicon in New Orleans. Normally, I purchase a VIP pass for the celebrity I’m most excited for, but I didn’t do that this year and instead went the casual route.

This year’s lineup included most of the main Captain America: Civil War cast, including the Russo brothers. That’s where the biggest excitement was for most of the con.

I was initially going because of Karen Gillan from Doctor Who, but she had to cancel at the last minute due to Visa issues that left her stranded in London the day before the con.

Nevertheless, I had a great time! The Captain America panel was first thing Saturday and they let in the CA and individual CA cast members in before the rest of the con go-ers, so we arrived to get in the general admission line for the panel by 8:30.

Now, there was a vip for having a subscription to the con tv app that got you onto the con floor early, but we were under the impression that it wouldn’t have anything to do with the panel. Guess what we got told in line? “If you have a con tv wrist band then you may move over to the VIP line instead of GA.” We’d never moved so quickly and then ended up with great seats for the CA panel.

At the panel, Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon, completely won me over. He was hilarious! So I told my sister that I thought I needed to get a picture with him on Sunday. I wasn’t going to get photos with any of the celebs after Karen was unable to make it, so he was the only celeb I ended up getting a photo with.

Anyways, here’s some pictures from the weekend, so you can see what it’s all about if you’ve never been to one.


Hot Topic, y’all! Word of warning. I’m a size 10 and that’s an XL. It’s made SUPER small!20160109_103851

Captain America panel20160109_123951

I LOVE Deadpool! There’s always lots of Deadpools at con!20160110_113938

Sunday I went as Black Widow and my friend Maggie went as Rose Tyler20160110_115933

Black Widow had to borrow the TARDIS for official Avenger business.20160110_181432

Always fun when an Avenger addresses you with “Hey, what’s up Widow!?” I was cracking up laughing at him as it was taken. Such a fun guy!Snapchat-1717309956435037824

More CA panel!Snapchat-3334347513392520729

Before the CA panel…I was stoked. Actually right when Chris Evans came out and I was excited because I’d been telling my sister and our friend that I hoped Evans had a beard. (I have a thing for beards. Don’t judge me.)Snapchat-3837418304971813240

My sister went Sunday as Agent Carter because she was getting a pic with Haley Atwell.

This year’s con was such a blast. Still a tiny bit bummed that Karen Gillan couldn’t make it, but I totally understand and still had fun.

Black Widow might be my new favorite cosplay just because it was SO easy with that jacket!

Have a great Tuesday and I want to hear your con stories if you’ve ever been to one!

Monday Musings: Catch up!

I’ve been a bit MIA for the past week— oops!

Coming up THIS WEEK!

A Comicon wrap up post is still coming- I can’t believe it has been a week since then. I had the best time even though my biggest reason for attending had to cancel the day before due to Visa issues.

Even still, look for that post tomorrow!

Next up this week after comicon– I’ve since finished Emmy and Oliver and adored it. That post will be coming on Thursday! I can’t believe that I debated buying it for a whole MONTH before I gave in and then immediately started reading it.

Currently Reading:


I finally bit the bullet and checked this out from the library. I should be finished this week. I’ve been reading it kind of slowly, but it is good so far and I’m glad that I finally got it.

If you’ve been hearing about it thanks to the movie buzz, then get on it!

Monday Musing:

Not a bookish thought at all, but I technically have a 3 day week, so that’s exciting news! We have parent day at work tomorrow and today we’re out for Martin Luther King JR day.

A student asked me last week what I would’ve done if I’d won the lottery in relation to work (“Would you have left us?”) I thought about it and was able to honestly tell them that I would’ve still be there. First of all, I’m too young. I would’ve been bored if I wasn’t working. And second, I just love being a librarian! I wish everyone could love their job as much as I do.

I’m currently getting excited for the Fay B Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at University of Southern Mississippi in April. This will be my 4th year to attend this conference and I adore it. We get amazing authors and attendees from all over to come to MS. That’s crazy to me and I love it. Plus, I’m able to take back so much to improve my library for my kids.

In closing

Have a wonderful week and be on the look out for the two posts I mentioned it earlier!

As always, if you have any suggestions then send them my way!


Review: Underwater by Marisa Reichardt



Morgan didn’t mean to do anything wrong that day. Actually, she meant to do something right. But her kind act inadvertently played a role in a deadly tragedy. In order to move on, Morgan must learn to forgive-first someone who did something that might be unforgivable, and then, herself. But Morgan can’t move on. She can’t even move beyond the front door of the apartment she shares with her mother and little brother. Morgan feels like she’s underwater, unable to surface. Unable to see her friends. Unable to go to school. When it seems Morgan can’t hold her breath any longer, a new boy moves in next door. Evan reminds her of the salty ocean air and the rush she used to get from swimming. He might be just what she needs to help her reconnect with the world outside. Underwater is a powerful, hopeful debut novel about redemption, recovery, and finding the strength it takes to face your past and move on.

My Thoughts:

I have been telling so many people about Underwater and I plan to order it for my library this semester, so….just know that it’s good! It released yesterday, so check it out soon!

I found myself constantly needing to know what happened to Morgan for her to have such an intense case of PTSD. She wouldn’t even leave the house- why?

In fact, everything leads up to finding out what exactly happened and her quest to move on, but that’s not what makes this so special. It is the reality of the aftermath of a tragedy. It is the courage Morgan finds to move on. It is the power of friendship and encouragement. …there are just SO many things that are important in this story!

I cannot recommend Underwater enough!

I’m ordering it for my library soon and I highly suggest others do the same or just buy it for yourself. This is such a special book!


Heartless by Marissa Meyer—Cover Reveal!


If my love for the Lunar Chronicles isn’t evident enough then let me just remind you- I absolutely adore anything that Marissa Meyer has put out so far.

I was SO excited to learn about her prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Heartless, about the queen of hearts.

Even more exciting? We now have the cover to Heartless thanks to an exclusive reveal at Entertainment Weekly that also includes a short excerpt from the novel.

This is easily one of my most anticipated reads this year and it doesn’t come out until November, so go HERE to check out the cover and excerpt!


*Have a GREAT rest of the week! I’m heading to Wizard World comicon in New Orleans this weekend and will have a wrap up of my time there on Monday!