The City of Ember: Movie VS. Book

city of emberLina and Doon are 12 years old and as is the custom in their town; it is time for them to graduate from school and become part of the working world of Ember.  However, the city of Ember is falling apart.  The power outages, food, and supply shortages are plaguing the city.  Inhabitants of Ember are growing increasingly afraid and don’t know where to turn for answers.

I know what you are thinking: Why don’ t they just leave?

The city of Ember is unlike any city we would know of, it is surrounded by darkness with great flood lights attached to the buildings and poles to keep the darkness at bay.  In this city there are NO movable lights like flashlights or candles to allow people to walk into the darkness and find a way out.  Lina and Doon may have found the answer in the form of a fragmented ancient parchment.  Can they piece together the message, and save their city and its’ inhabitants before the lights go out for good?

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Overall, the movie was OK.  The storyline moved along but it was choppy and jumped from scene to scene, in my opinion.  I could not gauge how much time had passed from each incident.

For those who have read the book and want to see the movie: there are additional incidents added to the movie that were not a part of the book’s story line, so don’t start shouting ,THAT WASN’T IN THE BOOK!  You have been warned.


This is the first book in the City of Ember series and it sets up the story excellently.  While reading this, you may feel so much a part of the story that you will feel the urge to tell the characters about candles and other ways to light the darkness around Ember.


Zombie Love Rumble…..

Warm Bodies….


The Book

By: Isaac Marion


The Movie


The Book:

One of the reasons that I liked this books was because it was a pretty short read.  So for someone with a busy schedule, it would be perfect.  I also loved the book because I felt that it had a good mix of horror, zombie action and romance.  I think that the book realistically portrayed what the world could be like if a zombie apocalypse occurred.  I also liked how complex the characters were.  It was really easy to feel angry and sorry for R at the same time.  I really liked the plot for the book better than the movie, as well.  There was more depth to the storyline.

The Movie:

I was so excited to see this movie!  I will not say that I was disappointed, per say, but I did think that movie could have been better.  There were a lot of parts where I thought that some background music would have been nice, because watching zombies walk at a S L O W pace gets old after a while.  I also felt like everything seemed unrealistically easy in the movie.  I felt that the characters should have had to struggle a little bit more, instead of having everything fall right into place.  All in all, it was an entertaining movie though.

Overall, I will have to say that the book WINS!  It had a believable plot and complex characters.

But go see for yourself and tell me which one you thought was better 🙂

The Leanin' Dog by K.A. Nuzum vs Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Dessa Dean from The Leanin’ Dog nearly froze to death after a night lost  in the woods.  Since then she hasn’t been able to go outside.  She’s even too afraid to go out on the front porch of her cabin.  Will she be able to fight her fears and save her life and that of her best friend?

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Brian Robeson is going to visit his dad in Alaska.  When the pilot of their two seater plane  has a heart attack, the plane crashes and Brian is alone in the Canadian wilderness.  All Brian has are his wits and a hatchet his mom gave him.  Will that be enough to help him survive until he is rescued?




RULE BREAKER : This is NOT a YA Book!


That’s right. This is not a YA Book, but I think anyone who is fond of Jane Austen novels will love it.  Charlotte Kinders needs a vacation from her life.  Her cheating, ex-husband has married the other woman, her two teenagers are driving her crazy and her own successful business is growing so fast she can’t keep up. Her only escape from reality has been reading Jane Austen novels.  Then one day a friend tells her about Pembroke Park, an English Guest House that provides a complete “Jane Austen Package” – servants, balls, costumes and gentlemen actors to provide some light romance.

It sounds too good to be true.  The problem is that once she gets there Charlotte has a hard time figuring out what is real and what is pretend.

Midnight in Austenland
Midnight in Austenland

This is actually the second book where author Shannon Hale has taken us to Jane Austen’s world, but it is not part of a series. This book features a whole new cast of characters and a different set of problems from the first book “Austenland”. You will enjoy both.