★★★★★ Mila and her siblings live alone in the forest after her father has left them five years ago - right when the winter came and never left again. Then one night a fur-clad stranger comes to their door, asking for shelter for himself and his men. The next morning, Mila's brother, Oskar, has left. Mila is convinced he's been taken, and sets out to save him.
★★★★★ Devon wouldn't change a thing about her life. She's happy enough watching the game on Friday nights, silently crushing on her best friend and stubbornly ignoring life after highschool. But when her social outlier cousin becomes a football prodigy, and becomes friends with the highschool football star Ezra, her life is about to be turned upside down.
★★★★★ Princess Katherine of Elderhaime is to be married off to a suitable Prince, a man she's never met, to reconcile their two countries. She's not happy about it, surely there are better birthday presents, but things are about to get a lot worse. Lost in the wilderness with only a fool to save her, and the fate of the whole kingdom on her shoulders, she encounters witches, heroes, nightmarish creatures and ninja children. But most difficult trial of all will be to decide between her hopes for herself, and her hopes for the kingdom.
★★★☆☆ After his father betrays him and a traumatic robbery, Ethan is more anxious than ever before. He's not at all ready to stay in the wilderness with his Dad, especially since he's barely speaking to the man, but he has to. After a few uncomfortable weeks, his Dad goes missing, and it seems he is his Dad's only hope when the rangers abandon the rescue mission. With the help of three locals he heads into the wild to try and find him, but it soon turns out even more difficult than he'd hoped.
★★★★★ Freya has lost her voice. Harun has lost his love. Nathaniel has lost his home. When Freya, lost and almost famous, falls off a bridge Nathaniel, just arrived in New York with a backpack and nothing else to his name, is there to break the fall and Harun, planning on running from home, is there to witness it. An accident seems to bring these three strangers together, but as their secrets start to unravel it seems much less like an accident, and much more like fait.
★★★★★ Emi is a talented young set designer. Even at the young age of eighteen, she's secured herself an intern position with the set designer of an important film. And she's good at her job, really good, but her love life is a mess after going back to her ex-girlfriend too many times. But then she finds an old letter in a late film star's house, and when she follows the clues, it leads to more than she ever could have dreamed.
★★★★★ Marin hadn't spoken to anyone from home since she left, two weeks before school started, without saying goodbye. Months later, she's in an empty dorm, waiting for her best friend from the home she isn't able to return to. Now she will be forced to face everything she's left behind.
A while ago I wrote a post about movies I liked better than the books, and in that post I wrote about how you can't really compare books and movies and how they're different mediums and different ways of story telling and that I don't think the book is automatically better than the movie etc. etc. Well, today I decided to throw all that in the wind and write a post about books that I liked better than the movies 😛 Let's get started!
★★★☆☆ Ciara, Princess of Mide, is shunned by her clansmen because of her strange and disturbing abilities. She's able to take control of her enemies' minds and bodies, and so defeat them. She trains and fights with the men in combat, and tries to earn her father's approval this way. But then a mysterious crow comes and sends her a horrible vision of terrifying monsters killing her beloved sisters. When her clansmen dismiss the warnings, she allies herself with Northman and former enemy Leif, and together they set out to save the world from a terrible fate.
★★★★★ Simon is gay, closeted, and likes to keep it that way, for now. He's happy with his friends, the play he's in, and his e-mails with an anonymous gay boy, Blue. But then an e-mail falls into the wrong hands, and he's being blackmailed, and his world is turned upside down.