Plucked: From Page to Screen #1


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Welcome to
Plucked: From Page to Screen!
Inspired by how we watch TV series almost as much as we read books, Cilla and I came up with this feature. What if we take a character from a bookish or a television universe and toss them into a different one, in the other medium? Every month, we’ll be sharing our mash-ups with you.


BOOK CHARACTER: Kenny Showalter from The Princess Diaries fa.gif

TELEVISION UNIVERSE: DC Comics

SCENARIO: Kenny becomes a member of Team Flash

I’ll admit it: when Cilla and I decided to go with characters from The Princess Diaries series (because the two of us also have a feature in which we make our way through the series now that we are in our 20s) and the universe of DC Comics, my immediate thought was to pluck Lilly Moscovitz.

Why? Because she annoys me to pieces with the way she treats people, and because I don’t think she is as much of a genius as Mia claims she is. I thought that placing her with the genius team who makes up Team Flash would have caused friction.

But then I thought: what if I pluck another character from The Princess Diaries series? What if I pluck someone who is actually shown to be good at science… How would that work out? Thus, we have Kenny joining Team Flash.

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For those of you with little knowledge of Kenny, he dates Mia in book three of the series, is her lab partner who always does most of the work, and is a liar — in a way that is not cruel, but in the sense that he does it because he is not over Mia and is attempting to get a reaction out of her to validate his feelings.

Due to his science skills, Kenny could make an important member of Team Flash. I believe he would easily be able to keep up Caitlin Snow, Doctor Wells, Barry, and Cisco as they discuss the concepts of speed, time travel, and breaches with connections to Earth Two. I could also picture him aligning himself closely with Cisco, simply because they have that personality that is more akin to a friend you want on your side rather than a romantic partner of any sort.

So, welcome Kenny to Team Flash. I bet that Princess of Genovia would think twice about you if she knew about the secret identity you lead when you head to Star Labs every day for an “internship program.”

What do you think? Can you picture Kenny as a member of Team Flash?  What other characters from The Princess Diaries series would you throw into the DC Comics universe?

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And don’t forget to check out Cilla’s Plucked post on her blog!

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TODAY IS MY BLOG’S THIRD ANNIVERSARY [GIVEAWAY]

SURPRISE!!!
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I signed on to my blog today after an absence of a few days, intent on getting some blogging and the general housekeeping that comes with cammminbookland done. And do you know what I was greeted with?

A notification from WordPress saying that TODAY IS MY BLOG’S THIRD ANNIVERSARY!!!

I knew this milestone would be met this month, though I truly had no idea what day it would be. At the moment it is seeming like a serious case of kismet that I would find the time to be on the blog on the exact day that I took the plunge into the blogosphere!

Thank you so much to all of you for reading my book reviews, interacting with my via comments here or on Twitter, and just being the reason that I have kept going for this long. As I fall deeper into the realm of “adulting” I have had to make adjustments to the way I operate, with full Cam-length reviews decreasing and monthly recaps increasing. But you have stuck by me, and that has been enough to keep me interacting on the Internet with others who love books as much as I do.

On the horizon there are many things I am hoping to share with you, in particular a brand new feature that I am teaming up with my friend Cilla to bring you at the end of the month. The Princess Diaries Book Club shall also be a train that continues to roll. Being an adult means gaining new interests; my passion for books will never die, but I also think it is important for me to share other interests with you, too. So that will come soon. I promise you will like it.

Thanks again for all the fun! In honor of this big day I decided to throw my first ever giveaway for you guys, which will run to the end of the month. Just follow the link below. (Please be sure The Book Depository sends to your country, otherwise I can’t help you!)

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Review: Wolf By Wolf

Title: Wolf By Wolf (Wolf By Wolf #1) 24807186

Author: Ryan Graudin

Rating: ★★★★

Provided Synopsis: The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

Review: Premise, premise, premise: say it with me now, because this one was golden. In Wolf By Wolf, Ryan Graudin asks her readers to imagine a world in which Hitler and the Axis Powers win the war. All of the atrocities of his tyranny continue on, leading a Jewish child into a concentration camp where she becomes the subject of experimental trials to purify genetics. After all that had been done to her, this girl grows up and goes on to join with resistance fighters who give her the mission to kill Adolf Hitler.

Now, this is the point where my knowledge of the book stopped and my assumptions began; if you want to go into this story blind like I did then I suggest you stop reading immediately.

Otherwise, I want to talk about my assumptions, which based upon the book’s title had me thinking that the experiments performed on Yael had given her the ability to turn into a wolf. Imagine it, if you will: girl gets the mission to kill Hitler, and she attacks him: as a wolf! This is not what came to pass, but how wonderful could that have been?

I digress, however, that Yael’s experimentation gives her the ability to skinshift, and she uses this talent (for lack of a better word) to masquerade as an Aryan girl who has been within close proximity to Hilter before. In order for Yael to be close enough to complete her mission, she will have to take Adele Wolfe’s place on the Axis Tour, which is a motorcycle race from Germany to Japan taken by the strongest teenagers in both superpowers. The book becomes a high-action-paced story with betrayals, and lies, and strength, and the will to do whatever it takes to survive. Even more interesting is the underlying struggle of Yael as she must pretend to be another while coming to terms with the loss of her own identity so many years ago because of what was done to her people and so many others.

I would recommend this book for the premise alone; it really is unlike anything I have come across in YA fiction before, and it did deliver in terms of interest. All the other factors that come with the premise are also strong, particularly the ending with the way it concludes this chapter of the story (yes, this is a series) while setting-up another interesting story to come.

Top Ten Tuesday #7: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR.

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is kind of perfect for me, mainly because it was not too long ago that I was blog hopping and came across many books that I want to read. I don’t know about you, but I always retreat to my blog or my Goodreads page when I am out shopping for books. There is something about lists that I love. So here we are: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR.

  1. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi — Look at that cover. Now go look up25203675 the synopsis about a cursed horoscope promising a marriage of Death and Destruction. This one sounds like it is going to be incredible, and I am very much looking forward to the diversity this book will bring as it is inspired by Indian mythology.
  2. Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare — Another story in the Spindle Cove series! I didn’t even find out about this one until I was wandering aimlessly around Goodreads. Very much looking forward to this one because Dare is one of my favorite romance authors.
  3. Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman — A new story from the author of Prisoner of Night and Fog focusing upon Milton’s Paradise Lost.
  4. 26156203The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye — A story set in Fantasy Russia? I’m here for it.
  5. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem — Like many of you, I have also joined Emma Watson’s feminist book club, and this book is her first choice. My library’s  hold list for this one is unfortunately pretty long, so I guess I’m going to be reading it after everyone else…
  6. 6. Living Color by Jodi Picoult — Her upcoming book about racism. I hope she does this well.
  7. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton — I really like books set in the desert. I think the setting is magical and always becomes a character of its own within its story. This book has been reveiving a lot of praise on Twitter, making me add it to my list as a must read.
  8. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor — Time-traveling YA historical fiction to the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine. The email I received about this book from Netgalley said it was 24934065perfect for fans of Outlander, so…
  9. Red Rising by Pierce Brown — The final story in the trilogy is being released this year; I now feel ready to read this one since I have heard so many wonderful things about it but was wary about having to wait for another series to complete.

What books have you recently added to your TBR?

Top Ten Books of 2014

Hello everyone! And Happy New Year!!!

It has been another wonderful year of reading and reviewing here at cammminbookland, and as always I want to send so much thanks and gratitude to all of my readers. I started this blog in March of 2013 because I love to read and wanted to have the opportunity to share my thoughts on books with others; I had no idea at the time that this would evolve to a healthy readership and such wonderful discussions/recommendations. Thank you, thank you, thank you — I really can never say this enough!

I know I have been a bit quiet towards the end of this year in terms of my usual review posting activity (a new job has left me with less time to read than I was accustomed to), but I am determined to carry on because this is something I love to do. So have no fear, because Cam is here, and she is leaving you with a list of her Top Ten Books of 2014 so you might add some goodies to your TBR List. (With the exception of the #1 spot, this list will be in no particular order.)

1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2. Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier
3. A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare
4. How the Marquess Was Won by Julie Anne Long
5. Natchez Burning by Greg Isles
6. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
7. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
8. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
9. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Ann Blankman
10. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Contact Me

My attention has recently been alerted to the fact that I did not have my contact information readily available to readers of my blog. So, to remedy that problem, there is now a page available where you may contact me with any personal comments, questions, etc. I’d love to hear from you if you are so inclined!

I also continue to be available on twitter via the handle cammminbookland

Have a great day, everyone!