“If I Stay” movie Review

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4/5 stars

School has started and I have hardly any time for anything. But, in between the homework and practices , I have somehow manage to squeeze in a movie or two.

Last week, I had the wonderful pleasure of watching If I Stay with a few of my friends. I absolutely adored it. I felt that there were very minimal flaws, and that old fans and new will love it. :)

I’ll admit, when I first heard of the casting for this movie, I wasn’t too sure if I liked it. I didn’t know if Chloe Moretz could tackle the role of Mia, and I wasn’t familiar with the other actors. Well, after seeing this movie, I couldn’t be more satisfied with the actors portraying these characters. Adam was just how I imagined, and Mia had that same passion for music that she had in the book.

However, I sometimes thought the flashbacks and present tense could maybe be confusing for those not familiar with the story. They would spend a lot of time on a flashback and then randomly come to present for a brief time. But, it wasn’t too bad overall.

The story felt very true to the book, and while there were a few differences, the overall theme was the same. The ending was even the same! I was really happy with that.

This movie was a really nice roller-coaster of emotions, and I think everyone will get something out of this. I didn’t cry, but I came close to it when something happened to Mia’s younger brother, Teddy. I hugged my little sister really hard when I came back home.

I absolutely loved this movie and hope others will as well. Definitely give it a chance if you have some free time. :)

Cassandra Clare Posts a new Short Story!

So, I just finished reading the new story she wrote, and I thought I would share if you’re interested. She already puts a disclaimer, but this story does involve Jem and Tessa, so if you don’t like that, don’t read it. The story takes place right after the end of Clockwork Princess, so if you haven’t read the The Infernal Devices, you WILL be spoiled. Enjoy!

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“Sinner” by Maggie Stiefvater Book Review

*received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars

I have a love/hate relationship with Maggie Stievfater. Although I love her writing, her books can be rather dull. I loved “The Raven Boys” series, but Shiver was rather meh. Even so, I still really loved Cole and Isabel and was interested in a book following their story. While I wasn’t in love with this story, I still enjoyed following Cole and Isabel’s journey.

Both Isabel and Cole are quite crazy, self destructive characters, miles away from Grace and Sam’s quiet peaceful personality. I loved how different they were from the usual YA protagonists. Isabel was such a sarcastic, cynical person who I probably would be bffs with in real life. xD Cole was such a charming, arrogant guy on the outside, but only Isabel could see the true Cole. An unhappy, miserable person who loved music. These two definitely understood each other and I could see the reasoning behind why they loved each other. However, While I liked the romance at first, after a while I stopped caring. I liked these characters, but I never quite loved them for me to truly note everything that happened.

As far as the plot went, I found myself bored at times.
As much I loved the idea of Cole as a rock star in LA, I didn’t actually end up loving it. Which is too bad, because I love music more than anything else and I love reading about characters who are true musicians. The paranormal element could have been ended better as well. His storyline just felt dull. Isabel’s wasn’t much better. I found I had the same issue with this book that I had with Shiver. I liked the characters, and the writing, but there was just something missing for me overall.

On the good side of things, I really liked the side characters. They were likable and helpful to the story. Leon and Jeremy were just wonderful.

This is not a bad book by any means. I still gave it three stars. But, this is probably more suited to hardcore fans of Shiver. While this felt a lot different than Shiver, it still felt rather slow at times. I really struggled to find a purpose for this story. Why was it written? I assume for the fans, but I don’t know. It just felt like If you were bored with that series, you might be bored with this. I still love Maggie Stiefvater and her wonderful “Raven Cycle”, but this series just isn’t for me. It just felt like one big meh. While I don’t regret reading this book, it simply felt not bad, but nothing special.

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“Who’s your Fictional Boyfriend” Quiz

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I tend to only post reviews, but I thought I would try something new. If you have some free time on your hands, feel free to take the fictional boyfriend quiz. It’s simply for a bit of fun. I thought I would post in case anyone’s interested.

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My results:
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I have the hugest crush on William Herondale, so I am rather pleased with my results. xD Tell me what character you got if you took it, and/or the character you have the largest crush on. I’d love to know. :)

“Animal Farm” by George Orwell Book Review

Mini review of Animal Farm

4 stars

“Tired of their servitude to man, a group of farm animals revolt and establish their own society, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs, whose slogan becomes: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” This 1945 satire addresses the socialist/ communist philosophy of Stalin in the Soviet Union.”

Books like this are one of the reasons that words can be the most powerful of weapons. I love banned books. Books that are surrounded with controversy have always made it on my “to read list”. I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get to it, but after reading “Animal Farm”, I definitely think George Orwell is an amazing thinker and writer.

This book is an excellent example
of how the attempt of freedom and revolution can go so horribly wrong. At the start, the animals will do anything to escape the torture of Mr. jones, their farmer. But, when the pigs start to take charge and even create their own “seven commandments” to prove that all animals will be given fair and equal treatment it all goes downhill from there. The pigs do everything to keep the other animals uneducated and believe that everything they say is right. One pig in particular, Napoleon, becomes the leader (dictator) and decides to change all the rules and commandments made gradually to trick the animals and make the pigs superior. It’s so awful to think of how in real life, many countries have tried to do this to their people, keeping them ignorant and unaware while they rule the people’s lives.

The story is very simple, yet incredibly complex. The exposing of the flaws of communism and dictatorship was incredibly interesting and history buffs will probably love it. I’m not an expert on politics and Russian history, but I still got the message this book was trying to explain. This book is just another example of how communism just doesn’t work. What a horrifying and important book.

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“Can You Keep a Secret” by Sophie Kinsella Book Review

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3 stars

“Mummy always told me, you should never let a man see your feelings or the contents of your handbag.”

This  week was quite a busy and exhausting one, but I still had a tiny bit of time to read. I chose the perfect book to read when I was tired and had a break. Sophie Kinsella’s books are always so much fun. Although I was a *little* disappointed in this book, I still laughed loads and had a great time reading it.

Emma Corrigan, the main character of this book, has a lot of secrets. Ones that she would never tell anyone. Ever. Except one day on a turbulent plane ride, she does. All her secrets and all the weird little things that have happened to her she tells to a complete stranger. Or so she thought… That stranger turns out to be the CEO of her company. Uh oh.

Emma was quite a frustrating character. While I get that most of her characters are flawed and awkward and a bit scatterbrained at times, I still manage to like them. But, I never really cared for Emma in this book. She felt whiny, incredibly selfish, and a bit dumb and naive. That being said, her character did have a lot of hilarious events happen to her that had to do with her personality. I always love a good laugh.

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The romance in this book didn’t do much for me. It felt rather underdeveloped. I wanted more. I never felt like I got to truly know Jack Harper and didn’t feel any butterflies with the two of them. Don’t get me wrong, I liked Jack, but I just didn’t really care about him. I also thought Emma liked him wayyy too fast. I was rather underwhelmed by their relationship. Meh.

The reason I liked this book so much was for the laughs. This book, like her others, had so many cringeworthy, embarrassing moments that had you laughing out loud. Emma and her friends managed to crack me up. The airplane scene was pretty “lol” worthy as well. Sophie Kinsella definitely knows how to make people laugh.

While this book was rather predictable and not her best, I still enjoyed it. “I’ve Got your Number” is still by far my favorite, but if you have some time on your hands and want a light read, “Can You Keep a Secret” is for you.