Would you rather bookish edition!

Would you rather…
1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?
Definitely trilogies, I would of preferred it if it was series so then Harry Potter and The mortal instruments etc would count. I think you can get more invested into the story if there is more than one book. I haven’t really ever read a standalone which I love.  

2. Read only female or male authors?
It doesn’t really make a difference for me, I don’t pick my books according to the gender of the author but by looking at my shelves I see I have books mostly written by female authors so I am going to go with that.

3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
I buy literally all my books from Amazon. I know its wrong but *shrugs*

4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?
Probably movies, I think they would became too different if they were TV shows. Some books work as Tv shows but not all of them.

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
5 books a week! DUH!

6. Be a professional reviewer or author?
A professional reviewer, seen as my creativity sucks. Also you would get free books!

7. Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or always read new ones that you haven’t read before?
Always read new books, how else would you discover new favourites!

8. Be a librarian or book seller?
A book seller, I don’t really have an explanation for that one tbh.

9. Only read your favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite?
I could not go with out my fantasy books so READ MY FAVOURITE GENRE.

10. Only read physical books or eBooks

I only read physical books anyways. Who wouldn’t want a physical book?


This tag was created by RayKaybooks- here is the link to the original video

I tag EVERYONE!

 

If I Stay movie review!

First here is a little description of what the film is about: if i stay

Mia Hall thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam. But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in theMore balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate.’

Yesterday I went to see If I stay which is an adaptation to Gayle Forman’s novel which I read recently. It had a lot to live up to with all the Young adult book to movie adaptations coming out this year (each year there seems to be more and more!) particularly The Fault in our Stars.

I was very surprised to see that I actually preferred If I stay to TFIOS! Not to compare the two films competitively or anything but if you liked The Fault in our Stars you will love If I stay.

I have to say that it was a very faithful adaptation to the book, but a lot of scenes (which ended up being some of my favourites) were added too.

After reading the book I thought that it would be very hard to adapt due to all the different flashback and also because the book is very uniquely not split up into chapters so there is really no beginning middle or end.

mia and adamThe acting was superb. Chloe Grace Moretz portrayed a fantastic Mia, the sad scenes made you sympathese with the character so much and they were just so gripping and heart wrenching. This film also made you really question what you would do put in her position.

Jamie Blackley was a great casting choice for Adam, he was funny charming and even infuriating at times. I was weary at first but he completely grew on me.

I loved how big of a part the parents played in the movie which you don’t see that often in YA. Especially not in romance type books. Also a big aspect of the film was the music, as both leading roles are musicians, but both love a very different genre of music. Adam plays in a rock band but Mia is into classical music and plays the Cello. My favourite musical scene was definitely the bonfire scene.

A must see for anyone, I feel like a great lesson or more like a reminder is told in this story.

But remember to bring some tissues!  

 

August TBR

I probably wont get to all of these, well I know I wont but here it goes.

The Indigo spellindigo

An ancient magic. A heart-wrenching decision… Sydney Sage is an Alchemist. She protects vampire secrets – and human lives. In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she is struggling to decide between following her Alchemist teachings – or her heart. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch, a former Alchemist who is now on the run. As Marcus pushes her to rebel, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as Sydney searches for the person attacking powerful young witches, she realizes that she must embrace her magical blood – or else she will be next

The fiery heartfiery

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets – and human lives. In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . . But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever. Pulses will race throughout this smoldering fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe

Silver shadowssilver

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives. In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists. Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . . Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off

The Selection trilogyselection

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined

Looking for Alaskalookig

Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. After. Nothing is ever the same

The summer I turned pretty trilogysummer

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along

The ocean at the end of the laneocean

Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

Anna and the French kissanna

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Lola and the boy next door

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood. When Cricket–a gifted inventor–steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Isla and the happily ever after

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

 

I may go off this TBR but this is my guidelines. It is a total of 14 books, I’m aiming to read at least half of these. What are you guys going to read? 😀

Shadow kiss by Richelle Mead book review

Shadow Kiss

Plot synopsis:shadow

Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even “bigger” secret . . . .She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it’s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever…

Shadow Kiss, the third book in the Vampire Academy series- and my favourite so far. From the very first page we see Rose’s character develop, as we see her coping with the loss and guilt over her friend Mason dying. Honestly I thought seeing Rose grieve and how she feels about it was sadder than him actually dying.

I loved the idea of the field experience, I thought it was very fun and before she got her partner (she thought it was going to be Lissa) we knew it wasn’t going to be Lissa. Rose so over reacted about getting Christian, he’s not that bad. C’mon Rose.

I think we need to have a little talk about Adrian. Yes again. I love his character, I think he’s my favourite in the series. He’s just so funny. We need even more Adrian in the next book. I felt kind of bad for him at the end of the book. Also I really like how he’s not a student but he’s not a teacher either, therefore he can do whatever he wants.

I liked how we got to explore more places in this world in this book, and learn a bit more about the royals when we went to the Royal Court, I loved that trip, it got me asking so many questions like what the hell is happening to Rose? How did Adrian convince them to be taken there? And what the hell is Tatiana’s problem? (I still cant believe what she talked about to Rose)

This book had such fast pacing, there was never a boring moment. The writing style just makes it so quick and easy to read and has just the right amount of detail.

The ending of this book is probably the one so far that has made me want to pick up the next book immediately.

Anyways you guessed it 5/5 stars.

I’ve also been thinking of making these into more of book discussions so I can discuss in more detail with spoilers of what I thought of the book and my reactions to what is happening, so let me know what you think?

Favourite quote: You will lose what you value most, so treasure it while you can

A song that reminds me of the book: From now on we are enemies- Fall out boy

It kind of reminds me of how Rose thought she was going insane because she kept seeing ghosts. Also the line ‘I only want what I cant have’ DIMITRI! Also when she tested the theory by almost kissing Adrian.

Top 10 Fandom related items that I REALLY want

 Supernatural mug shot vest top

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/186263328/supernatural-mug-shot-us-movie-series?ref=sr_gallery_30&ga_search_query=supernatural+tshirt&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Salvatore Timberwolves football jersey

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/181441185/stefan-salvatore-17-mystic-falls?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=vampire+diaries+salvatore+&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Infernal devices Tessa’s angel necklace

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/186895162/the-infernal-devices-tessas-clockwork?ref=related-0

Hogwarts jumper

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/172668164/harry-potter-clothing-hogwarts-castle?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=harry+potter+clothing&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=all

Hogwarts long sleeved top

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/155163604/sml-galaxy-deathly-hallows-shirt-harry?ref=sr_gallery_38&ga_search_query=harry+potter+clothing&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto5&ga_search_type=all

Lord of the rings leggings

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/180309769/lord-of-the-rings-leggings-middle-earth?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=lord+of+the+rings+clothing&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

Katherine Pierce necklace

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/188914493/the-vampire-diaries-katherine-elena?ref=related-3

Supernatural pentagram necklace

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/163222234/supernatural-pentagram-necklace-silver?ref=sr_gallery_4&ga_search_query=supernatural+pentagram&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto3&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

The Avengers tesseract necklace

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Mischief managed ring

http://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/130709342/mischief-managed-harry-potter-inspired?ref=sr_gallery_30&ga_search_query=harry+potter&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=GB&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all

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500 Days of Summer review

500 Days of Summer review

Plot summary:

51cuDhbMImL“Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel star in this offbeat romantic comedy, the feature debut of music video director Marc Webb, which chronicles 500 days in the on/off relationship of Summer (Deschanel) and Tom (Gordon-Levitt). While Summer steadfastly refuses to believe in true love, asserting that real life will always get in the way in the end, Tom has thrown caution to the wind and fallen hook, line and sinker in love with her. Where can their so-called relationship lead?”

This movie is an attempt of a mix in genres, it has a little bit of romance trying to appeal to the male gender, does it really work? No not really, no matter how much you try to keep the girliness of the film down with the tag line ‘This is not a love story. This is a story about love” its still much more appealing to men.
The acing in the film was mediocre and I have seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel do much better in differnet roles. There was no attachments to the character and I felt that I did not care whether they were happy in the end or not. There was some humorous moments, not hilarious moments just funny.
With a not to exciting plot and not very fitting cast members, what made this movie into a six star rating?
The format of the film was very unique and showed an original side to the film, the movement of time was one of the only things keeping you focused on the film. Although feeling very slow paced and as though nothing was happening throughout half the film I liked the way it was filmed, going back and forth, it made it much more interesting.
The soundtrack of the movie gave it a more upbeat and more lively tone with the likes of the Smiths appearing a few times.
I do also love the messages it was sending throughout the film depending on your own opinion you could think that think  it could be a happily ever after story in which experience provides insight and everyone moves on or the ending could just represent a terrible sort of cycle which one person is going to experience and re-experience with different people.
6 stars

The Hunger games review

The Hunger Games review

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“Jennifer Lawrence stars as 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a citizen of the totalitarian post-apocalyptic country of Panem, formerly the United States. Every year, the all-powerful ruling agency known as the Capitol selects one boy and one girl from each of Panem’s 12 impoverished rival districts to fight to the death on live national television in a contest known as ‘The Hunger Games’, in which the winner is given food to feed their entire district for a year. When her younger sister Primrose (Willow Shields) is selected as a contestant, Katniss steps up to take her place in the match. Under the tutelage of inebriated former champion Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), Katniss goes into training for the fight of her life.”

Both the book and the film are much deeper and much more ambitious than any other young adult film of this day and age, this film shows how society is manipulated into thinking what the government wants them to think through them and the media, but in a much more entertaining way and more engaging to teenagers.

In “The Hunger Games” in Panem a country divided in to twelve Districts remaining under the control of the Capitol. There was once thirteen Districts, but when they rebelled against the central power, the Capitol destroyed completely the District 13 with all its population and then defeated and submitted again the twelve others. In order to remind to its subjects how absolute is its power, the Capitol claims a yearly tribute – one girl and one boy of ages from 12 to 18 from every District. The tributes are then send to an arena and forced to fight, until only one remains alive. This yearly event is called the Hunger Games and it is shown live on TV to all the population of Panem. This film tells the story of what happened at the 74th edition of Hunger Games.

The two tributes in the weaker, poorer district (12) are Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) make the games very different this year.. Actors were selected very carefully and they perform extremely well. The two leading roles of Peeta and Katniss fit into there roles very well as though they were made for them. With both very complicated characters to play they did a very good job in being accurate representations of them.

I also absolutely adored the using of the cameras. In some moments of this film we have the impression of going after the characters with a camera, even as though we were in the games with them. During the games they are very dramatic with lots of twists and turns, they are deadly and brutal with not much gore because of the age rating. This film is one what everybody can enjoy and learn from.
10 stars

Sherlock Holmes review

sherlockSherlock Holmes review

Plot Summary

“After finally catching serial killer and occult sorcerer Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt one again. Contending with his partners new fiancée and the dim-witted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, black magic-and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler”

After seeing so many good and bad adaptations of the world famous Sherlock Holmes, I definitely put Guy Ritchie’s version of this in the good. The casting of the two lading roles: Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes and Jude Law as John Watson were superb, they acted in a brotherly manner throughout the film with many laughs and fights. Without these two the film would be completely different and would be lacking humour and originality shown from both the characters. Even the minor characters like Rachel McAdams playing Holmes’s love interest Irene Adler, showed the devious character the con-woman is supposed to be.

With Sherlock having such a superior mind to the rest of us the use of a Phantom camera to give the audience the exact perception of how Sherlock figures out all the crimes and to show what he is seeing. Showing a slow motioned effect perception of what was happening the Phantom camera showed the audience excellent fight scenes.

With such a wide choice of plots to go off from Doyles works, however I feel that they chose the easiest and simplest to understand. And didn’t have faith in the audience to understand a more complicated and interesting plot.

7 stars

 

Catching fire review

Catching fire review

HUNGER-GAMESPlot Summary:

“The film begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.”

The second instalment of the Hunger Games series is a definite improvement on the previous film, which is impossible to believe seeing the already well adapted amazing first movie. This is darker yet much more exciting than the Hunger Games an adaptation of the trilogy written by Suzanne Collins.

Francis Lawrence who took over directing the film franchise from Gary Ross, made many changes between the two films, one of the main filming differences is that he decided to use IMAX mostly for the scenes with the most action when Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and the other victors are in the Arena, this makes Official-Catching-Fire-Image-Katniss-Finnick-Training-Centerthe whole experience of watching the film more realistic.

The beginning of the movie had an exciting start and gave us more of an incite to Katniss and Gales relationship (Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth) who previously had not much of a major role in the first film. The beginning also showed off the completely new and original scenes which were not in the book which was a nice surprising for fans of the books.

This movie had a mixture of emotional moving scenes and many humours scenes (usually involving new comer to the cast Jena Malone who plays Johanna Mason a previous victor who gets picked to take part in the quarter quell)

All actors and actresses represented the characters perfectly and all new comers fit into the world perfectly, although wary of many for example Finnick Odair a fan favourite, when first announced that Sam Claflin had got the part many were disappointed and did not set there hopes to high for him, however after seeing his acting and appearance in the film, he looked and sounded the exact Finnick in the books and showed off his funny charisma perfectly. However the most impressive performance by far was that of Josh Hutcherson who played one of the love interests in the film Peeta Mellark, he delivers a role of emotional intelligence and subtle understanding that I hadn’t believed him capable of and I had underestimated his acting skill.

The film had an exciting beginning, middle and end filled with beautiful scenery from New Jersey to Hawaii, with incredible acting all the way through. Now one of the best book to movie adaptations ever made.

10 stars