Favourite Books of 2017! (So Far)

I have read some pretty fantastic books this year so far, and since the month is half over I decided to share them with all of you. Listed below are the top 3 books that I read for the first time this year and really enjoyed so here they are!

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir – I absolutely adored her first book, An Ember in the Ashes so I was so excited to pick up the second one. This is a series that mainly followed two main characters, Laia and Elias, but now also follows a few others which I thought brought a good view on the world to the readers. It is set in a kind of Roman Empire and is action packed and filled with incredible world building. A must read and I was happily pleased by this read. 4.5/5 stars

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han – This is a series that you cannot help but love. It is quirky and cute, and was everything I hoped for in the final book of this trilogy. This series follows a girl named Lara Jean who writes love letters to all the boys she has loved before, but one day those letters are mysteriously sent out to them and she finds her life flipped upside down. I love, love, love this series and read this book in two days because all I wanted to do was finish it and see how it ended. 4.5/5 stars

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – This is probably no surprise because I had been anticipating this book ever since I read Lady Midnight. I don’t really like explaining what the book is about, because my explanations suck considering I don’t want to spoil anything from the previous books. You do have to read most of her other books to understand some things in this story, but it is so worth it and you will be glad you did! This was definitely my favourite book of the year so far, but probably will be my favourite over all because it was that good. 5/5 stars

That is all for my favourite books of the year so far, and I hope you enjoyed. Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Reading/Writing Update!

 

 

March 2017 Movie Reviews!

I watched two movies in the theatre this month that I had been anticipating for so long now, and I am so glad I was finally able to see them. If you haven’t watched Before I Fall or Beauty and the Beast (live action adaptation) then beware of spoilers below!

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Before I Fall – This movie came out March 3rd, and is based off the book by Lauren Oliver, which I read previously before watching this movie. The movie starts off with a very deep voice over and then our main character, Sam, waking up on “Cupid Day”. Once we find out what Cupid Day is, I realize it is something that would never in a million years be allowed at my school, because it is a day to show how popular everyone is compared to the rest of the school…but anyways, we also get a feel of Sam’s personality along with her friends. I agree with Juliet because they are bitches! I have never been so repulsed by a group of people’s personality and actions, and honestly that is saying a lot. They are a very mean and cliché group of girls (Lindsay, Sam, Ally and Elody) who think they are better than everyone else, especially one girl named Juliet who is a bit different than the rest. I really did enjoy watching Sam’s character grow and become for sympathetic and kind throughout the movie. She made friends with Anna, stopped treating Kent like trash, and finally understood that Juliet doesn’t deserve the hates she gets thrown at her everyday. In the book, the beginning is quite dragged because she wakes up and repeats the same day multiple times, but I liked how they fast forwarded it more in the movies because it made it less boring. Overall I thought it was a very impactful movie that has a greater meaning behind it, but at sometimes I felt like it faltered slightly. I would probably watch it again in the future, and do recommend it! 7/10 stars

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Beauty and the Beast – Okay, so I had been waiting for this movie for months, and I was very happy with it overall! I hadn’t seen the original Beauty and the Beast for a long, long time, but after I watched the new one, I picked up the original from the library and watched it. I was impressed with how much they stuck to the original plot, and I also really liked that they added some extra songs in. I thought all the characters were absolutely amazing, and I especially loved LeFou! He was just so hilarious and he made this whole film in my opinion. I also thought Emma Watson did a fantastic job as Belle, and while I didn’t appreciate how much her voice was auto tuned during the song (Disney should have believed more in her, her voice is quite good without all the auto tuning!), I could easily get passed that. Disney also did a great job with the animation of Lumiere, Mrs. Pots, Chip, Cogsworth, etc, and that was something I really appreciated. While I love all of Belle’s songs (especially “Belle” and “Belle Reprise”) I think my favourite song to watch in the film was “Gaston” because LeFou is in it, and funny as always, and also I thought it was a well choreographed and shot scene! It had be laughing and wanting to sing along, but luckily I didn’t. A lot of people had negative comments about the overall look of the Beast, saying he wasn’t “beastly” and “ugly” enough, but I thought the Beast was absolutely fine. I don’t understand why it is such a big deal that he doesn’t look like a repulsive mutant pig, but a furry, bad tempered dog. Finally, I adored the end scene because Belle’s dress was absolutely gorgeous. It gave me some wedding vibes, but I don’t think that was the point of the scene sadly…oh well it was still amazing! Overall I really loved the live action version of Beauty and the Beast. I think Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens and Josh Gad did a wonderful job, and acted very true to the original characters. There isn’t much I disliked about the film at all and my expectations of the film were exceeded! 9.5/10 stars

Those were my overall thoughts and opinions on Before I Fall and Beauty and the Beast and I hope you enjoyed! Don’t forget to check out my last blog post: Bookworm Problems!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Movie Review (Non-Spoiler!)

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themI recently watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and if you didn’t know, this movie takes place before the events of the Harry Potter series and it takes place in the late 1920’s. I am really excited to share my NON SPOILER thoughts and feelings about this movie and I hope you enjoy!

Seeing that Warner Bros sign with the familiar, eerie Harry Potter music brought back so many memories and it was just a fantastic start to the film. We start off with introductions of the characters who are each individually amazing and unique. I have to say my favourite characters were Newt, who is the character’s point of view we follow and also Jacob, his muggle “sidekick”. Before going into the film, I had pretty medium expectations and I had the idea that it would start off slow but the beginning was anything but slow! It was funny and fast paced and had me interested as they threw us into the middle scenes. I didn’t expect this but there were some hilarious moments throughout the film that were absolutely priceless, and they honestly made the film 10x better. The ending was great, and made me squeal with excitement because of how it ended, and because it got me super excited for the next upcoming movies! Overall the film exceeded my expectations and I am itching to run back tot he theatre to watch it again…but anyways I highly recommend you to watch this movie whether you are a Harry Potter fan or not because it is honestly a magical experience. After thinking about it for a bit, I had decided to give this film a 9/10 stars because it was just amazing and entertaining and I couldn’t ask for much more!

 

Legend by Marie Lu Book Review (Spoiler Free)

I recentlyLegend_Marie_Lu_Book_cover finished Legend by Marie Lu and I really enjoyed it. Don’t worry if you haven’t read this book because this is a spoiler free review but I definitely recommend you go and read this trilogy because it is so good!

If you didn’t know, Legend is about a boy named Day, who is a convicted criminal with more of a backstory then people think, and a girl named June who is highly looked up in their government. They both have two entirely different lives but when June sets out to take down Day she realizes he may not be the criminal everyone thought he was and shocking truths unravel about their government that she couldn’t even think of.

I thought this was a strong first book for this trilogy and I was satisfied with the outcome and how the story came along. Each character had their unique voice and I didn’t feel like they were blending together which is very important when you are writing a book in more than one point of view. This book totally spun a different way then what I thought and it was a really fun ride that I hope continues in the next two books! Overall I loved this book and think everyone should read it! 4.5/5 stars.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi Review

I just finished Ignite Me and it was so fantastic! Since this is the last book this will be a SPOILER review so if you haven’t read the book go and read it and then come back!


So I basically devoured this whole book. Like the first two, it was so poetically written and I loved it. It didn’t really feel like it was coming to an end but it did and that was sad because this book series is so great! In my opinion, I feel like Tahereh Mafi wrapped it up a bit too quickly but I still liked how everything turned out. Okay, now onto the main part of this book. The ships! I love Warner and Juliette together and I always have. They bring out the best in each other and even though Warner is perfect in my eyes, he needs someone to show his softer sides to everyone else, like Juliette. And Juliette needs Warner because she is stubborn and sometimes needs help to see the big picture which is what Warner does. One thing I do wish is that there were MORE relationships and not just the love triangle. I wanted to see Kenji with someone or even Winston, heck, maybe even James. The only person I did not want in a relationship was Adam, which he wasn’t, because he was very annoying and he needs to calm down before he gets into another relationship. Overall I thought this book was still a fantastic way to wrap up the trilogy, despite its minor flaws and I would give it a 4.5/5 stars!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Synopsis:

Fangirl is about a girl named Cath who is off to her first year of college with her twin sister, Wren. Before college they did everything together, they even shared a bedroom. But now that Wren sees some freedom she takes it, leaving Cath behind to fend for herself. The book follows Cath as she struggles to find her place and fit in, even though she doesn’t really want to try and fit in and make friends which doesn’t make it easier.

It has been over a year since I read this book for the first time and after re reading it I am happy to say I loved it just as much as the first time. Fangirl is such an easy, feel good book that you can’t help but love. Even if contemporary is not exactly your genre I can almost guarantee you will adore this book.

The characters in this book are so relatable and you find yourself really relating to at least one character in this book. The character feel so real and I always have to remind myself they are not real just because they are so 3D. They are not perfect but by the end of the book I love all of them equally. The main character, Cath is super shy but by the end of the book you can see some character development and while she didn’t change tremendously, you can’t help but feel happy for her in the end. Also her twin sister, Wren, she goes through some tough spots in the book and I am not exactly sure if she realizes her wrong doing but she does pick up her act.

I just love Rainbow Rowell’s writing style, it just flows really nicely and I find it pleasing to read which is why I have a good chunk of her books on my shelf. I just adore this book and you all need to pick it up!

So that was my short, no-spoiler review. I cannot really say much more without spoiling anything so I better just leave it how it is!