Sunday, 24 April 2016

Book Review: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

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In a Nutshell:Our Vanilla Ice protagonist, Grace, has always been obsessed with wolves since she was attacked/saved by one as a child. Okay scratch that, <b>one</b> particular wolf. Fortunately for her, turns out it is a werewolf by the name of Sam. They meet, make googly eyes and play domestic while there's wolf attacks, death/disappearance of Grace's classmates and stuff that in a Twilight-esque fashion, doesn't happens until the very of the book, in which I just stopped caring long before that point.

Rereading this book is like taking a trip down memory lane. Back to my teenage years where YA paranormal romances were in, thanks to the phenomenal success of the Twilight series. So of course, it was only a matter of time before the copycats and wannabes started invaded in swarms. So while I'd like to thank Stephenie Meyer for helping push forward and help cultivate the YA genre (as a whole) - I'm going to blame her for the 398729 bad tropes that came along with it. Which explains this book right here.

10 Worst to Best Films of 2015 (According to Me)

Happy extremely belated new years, you guys! Who knew that several months could fly by without me even noticing? I know I could...

I'm so sorry that it has been eons since I made a post, or any sort of update with this long-lost relic of a blog. Honestly, I'd been working at my summer job since November last year, and it is only recently that I felt I had time to take a breather, and do other stuff. Like you know, actually read a book or two. I know, I amaze myself too.

But this post isn't about the books I read last year. It's about the 10 films I saw this year. Yeah that's right, I only saw 10 films that were released in cinemas (and whatnot) in 2015.

I guess it means that making this list just got a whole lot easier to write. This list is based purely on my own personal tastes/biases and overall enjoyment I got from the films, than any real... critical merit. So in the order that I rank from worst to best, here are my thoughts on the films I saw last year (because why not).

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

 The Itty Bitty Details
Director: Wes Ball
Genre: Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Writers: Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, T. S. Nowlin, James Dashner
Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Aml Ameen, Ki Hong Lee, Blake Cooper, Thomas Brodie-SangsterReleased:  (Australia)
Summary (taken from IMDB): Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape.

I'm sure I have already mentioned that this was one of the few YA movie adaptations I actually wanted to see. So I guess all it took was a year (or two) to sit my butt down and actually watch the film. 

What did I think of it? The Maze Runner, thankfully, was exactly as I was expecting the first time around. Here's a tweet that pretty much sums it up (aka this is the short version of this review): 

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Book Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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In a Nutshell: Cath (aka Cather, or as I like to refer to her as - Catheter) is forced to navigate through her first year of college without her sister Wren, who wants to experience life without her twin and their nerdy obsession with not-even-trying-to-hide-it's-Harry-Potter book series, Simon Snow. Cath spends half the book racing to finish her Simon Snow slashfic Carry On, all the while dealing with her manic father, her own anxiety, other people and a love interest because she's the Main Character, duh and what it means to grow up. Supposedly (aka not really).

If I had to compare this book to anything, it would be The Big Bang Theory. Like the TV show, Fangirl gives us an insight into the nerdy/geeky world of fandoms, specifically fanfiction. While Rowell's book is more sympathetic and affectionate homage towards its subject matter (unlike Big Bang Theory, which I have many problems with - like the fact the show still perceives nerds and geeks with the mindset of an 80s high school flick); but it still makes me uncomfortable with its representation of fangirling and fandoms.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Unpopular Opinion Tag

This tag originated from the booktuber TheBookArcher, but I'm appropriating it for this blog because I can, and also unpopular opinions? That is what I'm practically all about, y'all.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

5 Movies I Actually Want to See in 2015

This list exists solely for my own personal benefit and not because I'm out of ideas of what to write about so I can try to keep a consistent blogging schedule.

In general, I am a pretty picky person (what a shocker, I know) and it takes something really special to compel me to want to see/read anything nowadays. Because yes, I am that one grouchy person who really doesn't give a shit about the films most people are harping on about nowadays (ahem, Paper Towns, aka the film/book that is  really convincing me that John Green, like Cassandra Clare and many others, is only capable of telling one particular kind of story).

So anyway, on with the list!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #1 - Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, which 'spotlights upcoming releases' that any one of us are excited and anticipating for. Because believe it or not, there is some part left in my cold, withered, disillusioned and cynical heart that still genuinely gets hyped up and hopeful for things - like books!

Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier
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Disillusioned healer Blackthorn and her companion, Grim, have settled in Dalriada to wait out the seven years of Blackthorn’s bond to her fey mentor, hoping to avoid any dire challenges. But trouble has a way of seeking out Blackthorn and Grim.

Lady GeilĂ©is, a noblewoman from the northern border, has asked for the prince of Dalriada’s help in expelling a howling creature from an old tower on her land—one surrounded by an impenetrable hedge of thorns. Casting a blight over the entire district, and impossible to drive out by ordinary means, it threatens both the safety and the sanity of all who live nearby. With no ready solutions to offer, the prince consults Blackthorn and Grim.

As Blackthorn and Grim begin to put the pieces of this puzzle together, it’s apparent that a powerful adversary is working behind the scenes. Their quest is about to become a life and death struggle—a conflict in which even the closest of friends can find themselves on opposite sides.

Anyone who knows me, knows of my undying love for Juliet Marillier, and how I practically love every single one of her works (with a few exceptions of course). I loved Dreamer's Pool, and so it was a no-brainer that I am pumped and ready for this sequel. There seems to be some fairy tale allusions here possibly implied in the summary already (or I am just looking too much into it), but regardless -  can't wait to read more about Blackthorn and Grim. Why can't November/my birthday month come any sooner?