Me Before You Movie Review

Hey guys,

So since I`ve recently read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and watched the movie adaption, I thought it would be quite fun to write a review to compare the movie towards the book.

Just a little disclaimer first: I am not a professional movie reviewer and I have no experience what so ever, so I`m just going to what I feel right and we`re going to have a roll (I hope it`s going to be one of the most thrilling ride you`ve ever been on!!!

When I read Me Before You I was immediately drawn into the British town and the British wit that most of the characters seem to possess. Therefore I was quite anxious before I watched the film, because I wasn`t sure if the movie would portray this British wit with justice. However, I was evenly settled as the movie had close links with the novel itself. For example, most of the prominent parts of the books, like when Will tells Lou she hasn`t been anywhere yet and this is why her favourite place is the castle.

Furthermore I feel like the movie has done the book justice because there were quotes taken from the book and the plot of the movie was exactly like the book (apart from some minor bits, which I will talk about later). The movie even gave out the same tone that the book did- it was humorous at the beginning, but it also had the melancholy tone that the book had.

Moreover the film was an accurate adaption of the film- there weren`t any new plot added. I was also able to connect with the characters, like I did with the book. Emilia Clark, who plays Lou, was an amazing actress who captured Lou`s character and she was so funny and such a likable character. In addition Sam Caflin, who plays Will, also captured Will`s character and he was able to portray the raw emotions that made me cry. To sum up, the actors was aimed correctly with their portrayal of the characters and they definitely did serve the book justice. They had my two friends bawling their eyes out!Read More »

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The Entertainer Blogger Award

Hello guys today I have another exiting award post and it`s The Entertainer Blogger Award! I haven`t heard of this specific award before but I`m sure it`s one of those awards where bloggers nominate others. I love these types of post because it just shows how loving the blogging community is and it shows people appreciate the content your making by nominating you.

Anyway lets get to the award and I was nominated by the lovely May @sunsetsandbookfests and you should all  check out her blog!!! Thank you for nominating me and I feel really special (which I never do)!

The Rules:

  • Write a post with the award picture.
  • Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring, and, most important of all, ENTERTAINING!
  • Add these rules to the post.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog!
  • Also, answer these questions down below!

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The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Review

Publisher: Bantam Press (16 July 2015)

Format: Hardcover (528 pages)

Source: Library copy 

Synopsis:

The Red Queen is coming and Kelsea has to think of a plan quick to save the Tearling. However Kelsea keeps on going into a trace to the time before the Tearling, during the time of the Crossing, and she might find that someone who lived in the past may be the solution to stopping the Red Queen. Whatever she has to do, she has to do it fast because the Mort army is coming and everyone is depending on her.

Review:                     

The Invasion of the Tearling is the second book in the Queen of the Tearling series and so I (obviously) had high expectations for this book because the first book is one of my favourite books. In this book we continue Kelsea`s journey on being queen of the Tearling and as hard as it may sound, there are greater threats like the Mort army who will do anything their Queen tells them to.

When I first started reading the book I was immediately thrown into the world. This was something I liked because most of the time the second book in a series normally starts with a summary of what happened in the first book. Johansen went to business immediately.

One of the things I forgot about the first book was the writing style and the pace of the book. The book is quite slow paced because there is a lot of world building. At times I found this quite unnecessary because I just wanted to “action” to happen, although as I got into the book I started to appreciate the slow pace, you could say it was quite refreshing. I enjoyed Johnasen`s writing style because I felt it fitted the book and it was easy to read, it also fitted the fantasy theme. In addition this book is written in the third person and there are a lot of points of views. This expanded my reading experience as I was able to read the plot from different points and I was able to understand the different characters.Read More »

Rebel of the Sands by Alwym Hamilton Review

Publisher: Faber & Faber (4 Feb. 2016)

Format: Paperback (368 pages)

Source: Won in a giveaway

Synopsis:

Amani is tired of living in Dustwalk where nothing ever happens and she now wants to escape to Izman where anything was supposed to be possible. However when she became the Blue-eyed-bandit she lost her chances. Meanwhile there is a rebellion going on of the Rebel Prince causing tensions to rise and Amnai meeting the foreigner once again.

Review:                

One of the main reasons why I wanted to read this book is because of stunning cover and I`ve heard a lot about the strong female character. Rebel of the Sands is about Amani who wants to go to a city called Izman because she is tired of Dustwalk and the ways of Dustwalk. She goes and tries to get enough money to escape but she fails and she meets a foreigner who is hiding more than he is showing.

I was little confused at the start because of all the terms, such as Djinni, and the stories that were told in the book. This meant that I had to flip back pages a few times so I could get my head around the new terms. I think to improve this book there should be a glossary at the back so I would have the trouble of finding the right page, it could also improve my ability to understand what was going in the book.

However I enjoyed the book overall because I understood the main character Amani and her decisions. In a way I think she was a universal character because I didn`t have a lot in common with her but Hamilton portrays her in a way where I would be able to understand her. Another thing I loved about her was the fact that she was a strong female character. I know that there are a lot of strong female characters out there in YA, like Katniss Everdeen and Celaena Sardothien, but Amani wasn`t the reckless kind that didn`t have a heart, in a way she grew in the book and she was motivated by what was the right thing to do and not by what she wanted. She was also stubborn at times and I found these parts amusing and it shows Amani was a real person, not just a character in a book.Read More »

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (5 May 2016)

Format: Paper back (528 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

Andie has a thing for being organised and planning everything that is about to come. However when her long awaited plan is destroyed she doesn`t know what to do and she definitely wouldn`t think that she would be walking dogs or spending time with her dad during the summer.

Review:

I have been waiting a long time to read a Morgan Matson book and I can tell you this book did not disappoint. This book was everything I expected from a contemporary book although the size wasn`t what I expected.

One of the main aspect of the book that I loved was the characters. Andie is such a relatable character and even if you can relate to her you`ll love her because all of her actions and thoughts are universal. She grows up a lot in this book and you get to see her find out what she wants and who she is. She also has a lot of aspirations and her background if losing her family makes the reader sympathises with her but it also gives a chance for the reader to get to know more about here. Most of the decisions she makes in this book I would make as well.

In addition this books made me remember how much I loved reading contemporary books that are based in the US because life there seems so free and I was able to understand what life was like there.

I loved how there were little extra added plots like a scavenger hunt and friendship. Even though growing up was a main theme in this book there were also other important themes like: family, friendship and romance. I thought it was very clever of Matson to embed all of the themes into one book because it was as if the book itself was a representative of YA.Read More »

Pretty Book Covers #2

Hello guys,

Today I`d thought I would make another pretty book cover post because I`ve only noticed that I own quite a few “pretty books” and so I thought I would share them with you. Here is a link to my first post of this series.

This post is part of my  bookish- tea- time category where anything that doesn`t have a category here in book blogging world is placed.

I know as book lovers we shouldn`t judge a book by it`s cover, but sometimes a pretty and beautiful cover just brightens your day and it also makes you shelves look much more aesthetically pleasing. 

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First we have Queen of Shadows which is my most favourite cover at the moment. The white cover makes the book look clean and Celaena just looks like so strong. Sometimes I hate when there`s a person on the book cover because it can make the book look cheap and tacky, although I think having a drawing of the characters is better. In addition if there is a picture of the character on the cover it`s easier to imagine what they would look like.  Here is my review if you want to read more about it.Read More »

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Spoiler Review

Publisher: Simone and Schuster (8 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (688 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

It`s been five years since the Dark War and Emma`s parents’ death. The Clave told her that Sebastian Morgenstern killed her parents but Emma believes someone else did and she is going to find out. However, as she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in a difficult situation with her parabatai. No matter what parabatai must not fall in love: “the Law is hard, but it is the Law”.

*Warning* Before I get into this review any further I would like to remind you that this is a spoiler review so if you haven`t read the book or you don`t want to get spoiled then stop reading. Here is a link to my spoiler free review and part one.

Since finishing reading Lady Midnight I have been in a little reading slump so I think writing another review will get this pain and heart break of my chest. In many ways Lady Midnight was an amazing book that left me staying up until 11am! No book has made me stay up that late and I think this is a great achievement, this is because I have been reading YA fiction for a long time now so I can spot the cliches, but Lady Midnight kept me reading through these parts.

On a more critical note, there were some parts that made me cringe , for example, when Emma asked Julian if she could stay with him and she explained what staying meant: “Stay and chase the bad dreams away”. This was a little too much for me and I felt like I couldn`t connect with the characters at this point because I wouldn`t say this to my supposed parabatai.

Although there were many parts that made my heart warm, like when Julian was making pancakes for his siblings. This made me realise how much Julian had to sacrifice and how strong he is, he had to go through the death of his father and he as to look after his siblings and run the institute! I felt so much sympathy for him and this was when I feel in love with his character.Read More »

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Spolier Free Review


 

Publisher: Simone and Schuster (8 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (688 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

It`s been five years since the Dark War and Emma`s parents’ death. The Clave told her that Sebastian Morgenstern killed her parents but Emma believes someone else did and she is going to find out. However, as she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in a difficult situation with her parabatai. No matter what parabatai must not fall in love: “the Law is hard, but it is the Law”.

Review:

First of I have no idea how to start this review! I have such mixed feelings about this book and one of the main reasons for this is because the emotions I went through.

Lady Midnight is Clare`s new book in The Dark Artifices series. It takes part five years after City of Heavenly Fire following Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. When they are offered Mark to come back in return to find out the killer of 12 notorious without blinking they take the chance. However, the task is harder than seems.

One of my favourite thing about this book is the diversity it has. There are different characters that have different sexual orientation and different races. Clare isn`t afraid to include diversity in her books and she breaks the stereotypical ice that is immediately thought of when you think of YA books.

Moreover, I found it quite lifting when Emma was the main character because in her other series the main female protagonist was normally the one being introduced into the Shadowhunter world and they weren`t necessary strong. On the other hand, you have Emma who is one of the best young shadowhunters like Jace (from the Mortal Instruments series). I just love it when we have a strong female protagonist because it inspires you to be strong like them and to not relies on people.

Then we have Julian Blackthorn who I kind of see as a Will Herondale because of the eyes and hair, but anyway let’s not get off track, he is such a strong willed character who has done so much for his family and we will continue to do anything for them, you immediately fall in love with him and his story.Read More »

Half lost by Sally Green Review

Publisher: Penguin (31 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

There is a war going on and Nathan has to find a way to defeat Soul and Wallend altogether so that black witches and white witches and half codes can live together in peace. However Nathan has to find something that will make him untouchable so he can get close to Soul and defeat evil. Meanwhile Nathan is finding out about himself and the gifts he got from his father.

Review:

Half Lost is the third book in this phenomenal Half Bad trilogy and I was really excited to read this book to finish this series. Half Bad (the first book in this trilogy) was one of my favourite book in 2014 so I had a lot of hope for this book and boy did this book exceed my expectations.

I went through a whirl wind of emotions when I was reading this book. I was happy, angry and tears left my eyes. I have not read a book yet that have made me go through every emotions you can think of. I was angry when Nathan was under Soul`s influence and I just felt like throwing the book because the anger look over. However I didn`t and I`m glad I didn`t because I would have ruined the book. Tears left my eyes during the end of the book and I couldn`t contain myself.

In this book there is a war going on between white witches and the Alliance. Nathan has it in his mind to take revenge for his father`s death but to also stop the war by killing Soul, however to do this he needs a weapon that could make him invincible.

One of the greatest thing I love about this book is the amount of characters. In “Half Lost” there aren`t that many characters. This is a good thing because if gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters and so the character development if very great in this book. In addition the minimal amount of characters means that I won`t have the problem of trying to remember the characters. In addition the characters in this book are very diverse so this brings a change to traditional Young Adult literature (YA). The themes of this book mainly evolves around coming-of-age, magic, witches and GLBT. Read More »

Book Haul

I feel like I haven`t been buying books lately, however I was completely wrong when I made a pile of the new books I owned. Therefore I thought it would be quite nice to make a book haul post and just to let you know, most of these books are blue (apart from one) and isn`t that strange? Well blue is my favourite colour and so I can`t really complain.


Anyway the books:

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Glass Sword and The Sleeping Prince were two books that I was looking towards to. I really enjoyed The Sin Eater`s Daughter but it was left on a cliff hanger so I was obviously dying for the second book. As you might all know, I didn`t enjoy Red Queen but I had the urge to read the second book because sometimes the second book is better than the first, so I took the daring risk and I can say Glass Sword is much more better then Red Queen!

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I was walking through a bookshop one day like any book lover out there and I found myself looking at the Harry Potter shelves. I looked at the books and I realised that I haven`t read The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Immediately I thought I needed to fixed this massive problem and I brought the book.

Carrying on in this Harry Potter theme Carry On was one of the books I was desperate to get my hands on and I was quite intrigues because I know that Rainbow Rowell tends to write contemporary books like Eleanor and Park (which is my favourite book) and so when I heard that she was writing a fantasy book I thought I would see what her writing would be like.Read More »