Tis Fetch! (Much Ado About Mean Girls – A Book Review)

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author: Ian Doescher
Published: 2019

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Rated F for how totally fetch it is to see Shakespeare take on teenage cliques and their desperation to feel

 

On Wednesdays we array ourselves in pink!

Can you imagine it? The iconic and often quoted movie written by Tina Fey brought to you in the stylings of Bard of Avon AKA Shakespeare. There can’t be a better mash-up than this!

Return to North Shore High School and experience the complicated navigation of the high school hierarchy and teenage girlhood. Cady Heron goes from homeschool to public school and from outcast to popular plastic and all the way down the tree to social pariah. A plastic world is turned Elizabethan making the hit movie even more hilarious with its free-flowing rhymes that would make even Kevin G jealous. How fetch!

 

I received this book in a giveaway from Goodreads. I didn’t even know I won until it landed on my doorstep! Nonetheless, I was very excited to read it.

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I am not ashamed to say that I totally love Mean Girls. See, I’m a huge lover of horror movies, Sci-Fi, and Paranormal/Fantasy. The chick-flick and teen-dream romance are a rare occasion, but I have my guilty pleasures.

What else do I love? SHAKESPEARE!! And Doescher was the genius to put these two things together! I can’t express how hard I’ve geeked out about this. This book follows the movie perfectly and gives it so much more comedy. For those that love Shakespeare as much as I do, you can basically add this to his list of comedies. It reminded me much of the hilarity that Much Ado About Nothing has, which I guess is the point LOL. The parallels to the play are unbelievable, yet so are the differences.

I laughed so hard I cried, especially during Kevin G’s rap at the Christmas talent show and Gretchen’s rage-filled speech about Caesar? Oh, maaan. I really do hope the cast reads this book.

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The classic style of play-script was fantastic. It made this a quick read, but I didn’t care. I was blown away with how Doescher kept to the style of Shakespeare’s. And the illustrations! So epic and wonderful! Not only did they help shape scenes, but they added to the comedy of the stories, keeping the Elizabethan times.

 

Overall

I cannot think of a bad thing to say about this book. It’s gold and I would definitely go to see this if it was ever put on Broadway and I hope one day it is. And while this is on the technical side of a remake, it’s also super original. All in all? Fetch happened, guys. It actually happened.

 

Quotables:

“An thou dost ever speak to me again,

A painful kick unto thine ass I’ll grant.” (Kristen to Cady, p. 19)

 

“One time, my very visage—even mine!—

Did have the privilege to feel her punch.

‘Twas wonderful beyond my wildest dreams.” (Stud. 7, p. 29)

 

“Thou churlish, common-kissing pox-mark’d strumper!” (Jason, p. 32)

 

“Nay, Gretchen, “fetch” shall never catch,

Stop hosting an event no one attends.

It shall not hap—the zeitgeist thou art not.

The fad is bad; I’m mad and thou art sad.” (Regina to Gretchen, p. 84)

 

“Thou smellest like a baby prostitute,

Preparing for a night of many trysts.” (Janis to Cady, p.93)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Built This Way by Samantha Ronson.

 

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Hello, book lovelies!

It’s the midnight hour. And if you’re awake right now, then you must be a night owl like me. It’s finally Justin Timberlake’s favorite month of the year. MAY! LOL. Last month was an epic one for reading. Got lots read up. Didn’t quite to a few, but that’s okay.

Here’s what’s going on this month!

 

Coming Soon…

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Wicked & Torn & Brave
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I have been working to get my greedy hands on this trilogy for a WHILE. So happy I can finally read it! And, it’s on my New Year’s Resolution list.

 

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls
Author: Ian Doescher
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I love LOVE Will and the quirky spin-offs that are created in his name. My favorite is ultimately Fool by Christopher Moore, but I look forward to adding this to my favorites. #SoFetch

 

The Host
Author: Stephanie Meyer
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I watched the movie and it was okay. Everybody I know that’s read this though says it’s phenomenal.

 

Lothaire
Author: Kresley Cole
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By now, you should know how hopelessly addicted I am to The Arcana Chronicles, so I’m beyond ecstatic to read another story from Cole.

 

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Last Magician & The Devil’s Thief
Author: Lisa Maxwell

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Little Monsters
Author: Kara Thomas
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The Stand
Author: Stephen King
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Good Omens
Author: Neil Gaiman
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Up For Review…

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Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
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After
Author: Anna Todd
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The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
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Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance O’Banyon
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Busy month! And that’s the way I like it! Have an amazing month. I can taste summer on the horizon. So excited. Also, Godzilla: King of Monsters comes out this month! I love a great monster movie and this one looks promising!

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More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – April 1, 2019

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Book clan! 

Happy Monday. Annnnnd…April Fools! Man, who would’ve thought there’d bee a day dedicated to pulling pranks. All in all, it’s quite delightful. It’s good to have a day of fun. I think so anyway.

So, here’s the playlist of the week. Read to it. Write to it. Dance, hum, or drive to it. Hell, pull epic pranks to it…if you can. Whatever you want, except robbing banks to it. You cannot rob banks to this playlist. Not. Allowed.

Be Like That – 3 Doors Down

All For You – Sister Hazel

Change Your Mind – Sister Hazel

Miss You – Nickelback

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Come Home – OneRepublic

Over My Head (Cable Car) – The Fray

Wherever You Will Go – The Calling

Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script

Rain – Creed

Feels Like Tonight – Daughtry

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Not in Kansas Anymore, Thank God – (Dorothy Must Die)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1)
Author: Danielle Paige
Published: 2014

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Rated W for some wicked crazy witch bitches with a smidge of addiction to magic. This isn’t Oz anymore.

 

I didn’t ask for any of this.

I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, didn’t ask to be brought to Oz, via tornado no less. Sure, her life in Dusty Acres sucks. Her mom is a junkie and a drunk who could care less about her existence. The girls at school bully her.

Landing in Oz, this magical land Amy grew up believing was make-believe, she’s shocked that it’s not all yellow brick road and munchkins. There’s a dark wickedness over the land. And her name is Dorothy. Shocking, right? She’s supposed to be good. She destroyed the wicked witch of the freaking west.

She’s twisted Oz with her magic and selfish bratty ways. Munchkins are slaves. Her friends: Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion are now horrifying monsters. Everybody must follow Dorothy’s crazy rules or else worse things than torture will happen to them.

Brought into the Order of the Wicked, she’ll be trained to be wicked by some of the baddest witches of Oz for one important purpose. To kill Dorothy. Easier said than done.

 

The Dorothy Must Die series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 1 of 4.

 

I’ve read some twisted fairy tales before and I find them to be very interesting. I’ve never read a twisted tale on The Wizard of Oz. This wasn’t a read that had me hopelessly addicted. It didn’t, but damn was I entertained. This was wild and shocked me a bit a few times. And let me tell you, nobody is safe.

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So much originality added to a good tale. Everything is flipped upside down and all around. I couldn’t put this down because I honestly just wanted to see how much crazier this would get. LOL. Was there an emotional attachment? Nah. Sometimes it’s about the fun of a story. That and seeing what happens at the end.

Amy is so spunky. Pink hair, loads of disgruntled commentary, and really hates secrets and being left in the dark about important info. She’s not the common protagonist. In fact, she didn’t even want to be the protagonist. It’s quite hilarious. Her allies, because they do not seem like much of friends, Ollie, the wingless monkey, Nox, a wicked, as well as a few other witches, are pretty salty ones too. I couldn’t get enough of the banter with all of the characters. It’s bold and snappy.

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Oz is exactly as I would’ve imagined it. A sugar high with a side of acid. Acid, the drug, not the skin peeling chemical. With Dorothy, it’s freaking creepy, reminding me—and if you folks have ever played PC games, yes, the ones that required CDS then you might know this one…possibly—of McGee’s Alice. Twisted landscapes with twisted characters, which you have to fix. LOL. Pretty wicked. Nostalgic with old Oz touches, but also new and horrifying. Who knew eh?

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Overall

I really enjoy how this story feels like a parallel universe, yet not. It’s like a sequel nobody ever realized. It doesn’t quite make the favorites, but it’s fun and unexpected and certainly has a spot on my bookshelves. Worth the read guys.

 

Quotables:

“I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday…” (Amy, p. 1)

“I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place.” (Amy, p. 5)

“No rest for the wicked, is there, Amy.” (Glamora, p. 129)

“It’s not magic that makes you who you are. It’s the choices that you make. Look at Dorothy.” (Nox to Dorothy, p. 155)

“Those who have sacrificed always have the most to lose.” (The Wizard to Amy, p. 298)

“Doing Good had been uglier than I’d expected it to be. And the price…the price now was feeling like I needed to always be looking over my shoulder.” (Amy, p. 365)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

 P. S. Song today? All These Things That I Have Done by The Killers.

 

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Scarlet Playlist – Mar. 25, 2018

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How’s it going! Happy Monday, or if it’s not a Monday to be happy on then I hope you at least have some awesome food. Personally, I love breakfast food. I’m addicted to it. Especially French Toast. Ugh. Yes!

Off topic!

It’s Monday! That means it’s time for the Scarlet Playlist and I have it for you right here. Listen to it. Dance to it. Have intense feels while you read to it. Whatever you want to do with it. It’s for you. I enjoy listening to music while I read. Makes the atmosphere of the book more intense. And I know, I said that already, but seriously…

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LOL. I’m done. Promise. Here you go, awesome readers.

 

You Found Me – Kelly Clarkson

Gotta Be Somebody – Nickelback

Who Knew – P!NK

What Now? – Rihanna

Far Away – Nickelback

100 Years – Five For Fighting

Breathe In Breathe Out – Mat Kearney

Unsteady – X Ambassadors (Eric Lee Gravity Remix)

Rescue Me – Daughtry

Gone – Kelly Clarkson

Ghost – Ella Henderson

Show Me What I’m Looking For – Carolina Liar

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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Speedy Quote Sunday

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Heya Book Peeps!

Happy Sunday! You know what day it is! Book quote day–Speedy Quote Sunday. If you’re new to my blog and am clueless, here you go. Every other Sunday I post some of my favorite quotes or one from a book I’m planning on reading at some point in my life. I like doing this because it’s a way to connect with you guys and what books you enjoy.

Plus, I just like sharing quotes. Some of them just stick with you and make a crater-sized impact.

 

“Dreams that come true can be beautiful, but they can also turn into nightmares when people won’t wake up.” (Caraval, Stephanie Garber)

I’m waiting for Legendary to come out on paperback before reading which will be in May. I’m chomping at the bits and I won’t be able to wait for Finale that long so I’ll probably borrow the hardback and then buy the paperback for my collection. Caravel is so DAMN good! Swept me away and that’s something you aren’t supposed to let happen at Caraval. And, this quote always kind of stung. Dreams turning into nightmares. It’s always scarier when it happens while you’re away, because you can’t wake up then.

 

“Sometimes it takes more courage to stay in place than to move.” (Stain, A. G. Howard)

And it’s scary as hell. Be brave.

 

“Love with your mouth shut, help without breaking your ass or publicizing it: keep cool, but care.” (V., Thomas Pynchon)

All things we could all learn. Takes practice, but find the balance. Keep cool, but care. That one may be the hardest for me. I care too damn much about some things. LOL.

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

 

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Taking Life Back (Five Feet Apart – A Book Review)

Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Published: 2018

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Rated P for powerful storytelling that’s more than just romance, even though it’s sweetly predictable.

 

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant has been in and out of the hospital all her life. She has cystic fibrosis and follows a specific regimen to keep her oxygen levels up as she waits for new lungs. That also means staying away from anything and anyone. She keeps up a YouTube channel keeping people informed about CF and also keeping herself connected to the world.

Then in comes Will Newman, also living with CF but a more serious strain that could jeopardize everything Stella has worked for, but she’s never wanted to break the rules more than right now. Will is sarcastic and reckless, but he makes her want to live. In an effort to find some sort of middle ground she decides to claim one foot back in her life. Instead of staying six feet apart from everything she’ll take it to five feet. Is it enough though? With Will, it is.

 

I’m so excited to see the movie! While I know this book pairs with the script rather than coming first, I wanted to read it first. It wasn’t so much that I wanted to prepare myself before going to see the movie either. It was because I wanted to see if the book was as beautiful as the trailer, and what I assume the movie will be. And it was.

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The book was moving. I’ve maybe cried four times in all from books I’ve read. I didn’t cry during this book, but my heart did fall out of my body with a splat. Emotions pounded me like tidal waves. Poe, the bestest best friend with phenomenal cooking skills. Will, the sarcastic one with the charming smile that could care less. Stella, the determined and in control one determined to learn everything she can. And Nurse Barb, the warrior who protects them and their lungs. While cystic fibrosis rules their lungs, it doesn’t rule their hearts.

Will and Stella became Sour Patch Kids: sour but sweet. Really really REALLY sweet and they didn’t bust my tastebuds or turn them raw after too many. I couldn’t get enough of them and their ridiculous romantic antics.

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This book was truly a beautiful and endearing story of overcoming odds and circumstance while also learning to deal and make the best of a real tough situation that’s basically impossible. They didn’t stop living their lives even though they’re all missing out on so much. Because of each other, all of them lived their best lives and my heart was overflowed with the feels!

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And this is one of those books. You get so much beauty and love and blooming goodness that when you get slammed with the sadness…YOU…GET…SLAMMED. It brings out the realness of how life can take things away from with the snap of your fingers and it’s painful and it’s very real. It was very real in this book.

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The education of cystic fibrosis is so well done. Getting educated has never been more heartbreaking and informational than the two POVS of Will and Stella. I wasn’t turned off by it or annoyed. It wasn’t shoved down my throat. It came from people, albeit fictional, but still. It wasn’t textbook. It was moving and real. I got to discover more than I ever knew about CF and see its effects from more than just the medical standpoint.

 

Overall

Cute, humorous, and heart-jerking. I really enjoyed this book. I really value learning more about CF and the tolls it takes on lives. I can’t wait to see the movie. I’m hoping it’ll move my heart as much as the book has.

 

Quotables:

“It’s just life. It’ll be over before we know it.” (Will to Stella, p. 30)

“If I’m going to die, I’d like to actually live first.” (Will to Stella, p. 33)

“So is your plan to die really, really smart so you can join the debate team of the dead.” (Will to Stella, p. 105)

“When you have CF, you don’t know how much time you have left. But, honestly, you don’t know how much time the ones you love have left either.” (Stella, p. 155)

“Cystic fibrosis will steal no more from me. From now one, I am the thief.” (Stella, 172)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

P.S. Song today? Miss Movin’ On by Fifth Harmony.

 

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