Friday, 27 November 2015

Movie Review: Mockingjay Part 2

IMDb Synopsis:
As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.

Warning – vague spoilers of book and movie.

What a way to end a franchise! Goddamn… It was explosive ;) and that’s the last I’ll reference a certain character’s death because I still can’t deal with it, nor will I ever be able to along with all the other losses. In particular the devilishly handsome victor that deserved so much and is making me tear up again (why did they have to include that? WHY?)

I only just saw the movie a few hours ago so everything is still fresh in my mind and heart, which makes this review bring all that to the forefront again. As a viewer I went through so many emotions because the characters do and they’re portrayed so brilliantly that you can’t help but get invested right from the start. This made it brutal to watch because a hijacked Peeta will break my heart every time (props to Josh Hutcherson and the rest of the cast for being so damn amazing). Jennifer Lawrence with always be The Girl on Fire to me; same goes for all the actors who embodied their roles exceptionally well.

What surprised me wasn’t the high level of emotions, but how well they worked in the overall film. I hadn’t thought the final book would translate well (this was before part 1 where I was proven wrong) but Francis Lawrence managed to include non-stop nail-biting action along with time for emotions to be shown evolving.

Add this to stunning cinematography and accuracy to the book (which I actually enjoyed less than the 2 movies!) and I couldn’t be more happy/satisfied with Mockingjay. People haven’t wanted the movies to end because they mean so much and I understand that completely since I feel the same, but it couldn’t have concluded better should someone cover the movie tape with sprinkles of perfection. I can’t wait to watch them all again!
Favourite Quotes:
Finnick: “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the seventy-sixth Hunger Games.”

Katniss: “Stay with me.”
Peeta: “Always.”

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Sunday Post (2)

Originally created & hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
The idea is to share news and recap the week (or in my case month). The last time I did this meme I was a day late, this time around I'm a day early... so maybe one day I'll have it on time! For now, here's what I've been up to :)

This month has been pretty busy for me so far and it has largely fallen down to that stressful thing called NaNoWrimo. I will have a more detailed post at the end of the month all about my experience and where I can hopefully celebrate hitting 50K (I can practically smell the celebratory cake already) if that's something you'd like to see?

In regards to my etsy shop Enchanted Bottle Craft, I have decided to do a new deal every week <3 the current one for 10% off The Grisha Trilogy inspired designs with coupon code 'GRISHA10' ends midnight tomorrow (Sunday 22nd).
     With Black Friday coming up I'll be having my biggest deal so far where you can get free shipping PLUS 20% off starting Monday 23rd until the 30th on all designs, so keep an eye out for that!

These Past Week's Posts
Review: The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns 17/11/15
Feature & Follow Friday (1): Funny Books 13/11/15
Review: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan 7/11/15
YA Shot Wrap-Up & Haul 3/11/15

Books Read

Currently Reading

Book Mail
I've been pretty good and only ordered a couple of books recently. The reason I can't post photos of them is because my mum has taken them away to use as Christmas presents XD I must say it's a pretty good idea, so it's made me think about doing the same for my brothers... at least I'm easy to buy for!

And that's it!
How was your week? Have you started thinking about Christmas shopping or are you too busy doing NaNoWriMo?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review: The Name on Your Wrist by Helen Hiorns Synopsis:
It's the first thing they teach you when you start school. But they don't need to; your parents tell you when you're first learning how to say your name. It's drummed into you whilst you're taking your first stumbling steps. It's your lullaby. From the moment it first appears, you don't tell anyone the name on your wrist.

In Corin's world, your carpinomen - the name of your soul mate, marked indelibly on your wrist from the age of two or three - is everything. It's your most preciously guarded secret; a piece of knowledge that can give another person ultimate power over you. People spend years, even decades, searching for the one they're supposed to be with.

But what if you never find that person? Or you do, but you just don't love them? What if you fall for someone else - someone other than the name on your wrist?

And what if - like Corin - the last thing in the world you want is to be found?

The gripping debut novel from the winner of the inaugural Sony Young Movellist Award.

It’s a rare treasure when you find a book with such a unique concept that it captures your interest immediately and doesn’t let go. Until the conclusion that is… but I’ll get to that later.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: dystopias are hit or miss for me. I’m still making my mind up about this book in general, but I can’t doubt that the world was beautifully created. Everything that you needed was well explained, in order to look at its consequences for the characters. That’s also where this book is different from others – while dystopias like The Hunger Games and Divergent are written in trilogies allowing time for an oppressed protagonist to “change the world”, The Name on Your Wrist is a standalone where it’s only the main character’s outlook on her world which changes.

Corin is a cynic through and through, with good reason as we learn through the novel; the girl’s been through a lot! Her voice was fresh and interesting with plenty of character and hilarious witty comebacks (I’m one of those people who love to read them, even though I suck at retorts myself and only think of something clever hours after the conversation when my brain is hyperactive before going to sleep…)

She manages to raise questions that didn’t just reflect to her life but made me think about our world right now, and it’s one of those great reads that makes you question everything; even when you've turned the last page. Should humanity have a choice? The immediate answer is yes, but there’s always an exception and this book explores that.

The Name on Your Wrist had one downfall: the ending. It simply didn’t work for me. The revelation made sense, but in a way it still didn’t… Okay I’m not explaining clearly. It was like when you give your money at the checkout but the change doesn’t look enough so you hand it back, they double recount and everything’s there but you’re still not happy. Basically it fell short and for that it lost a star in my rating.

Overall though, a very enjoyable read that’s worth checking out for the enjoyment factor alone.
Favourite Quotes:
“No one’s perfect.
That was one philosophy I could definitely believe in.”

“A moment of spontaneous idiocy doesn’t equate to being stupid.”
“Just being an idiot.”

“It was one thing convincing the world something was true, but it was bad when I started to believe it in my bones. There was enough deception going on these days without adding my own mind to the list of those not to be trusted.”

“Humanity always has to hate someone. It gave them a purpose, I supposed, and made many feel like they were worth more. There are too many people for everyone to be satisfied with being equal.”

Friday, 13 November 2015

Feature & Follow Friday (1): Funny Books

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. The goal of this blog hop is to gain followers, discover new blogs, and make new friends!

I had planned to start posting this meme back in... oh god it was March and as you can see from the title this is my first post XD *hides in shame* but at least I'm doing it now!

Question of the Week: What are the funniest books you've ever read?
Easy. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. Percy's wit is unrivaled and I'm sure he'd have something to make even the gloomiest person smile and/or crack up. And it all started with "I accidentally vaporize my pre-algebra teacher" <3

The following part
Leave a comment linking to your book blog and I'll be sure to follow via Bloglovin and GFC. Also I love to make new friends on Goodreads and Twitter (all links are also in sidebar) so feel free to add me :D

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Review: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan Synopsis:
Kami Glass loves someone she's never met . . . a boy she's talked to in her head ever since she was born. She didn't spend her childhood silent about her imaginary friend, and is thus a bit of an outsider in the sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, she has a best friend, runs the popular school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return. . . .  

For what I’d consider a “well-known book”, I’d heard surprisingly little going into Unspoken and with such a vague synopsis I was intrigued… After the first few pages I was hooked.

The mystery aspect was done so well in that we get enough information to keep the momentum going, but not enough to feel satisfied. There never failed to be something more to come which I loved. Most of this led up to (several) big reveals where the pace really picks up until it’s impossible to stop reading. That ending though… Not okay!

Moving on before I abandon this review and either start screaming or looking for the second book (possibly both if I can’t get it straight away), let’s talk about the characters. I have to say Sarah Rees Brennan is exceptional at writing people who you instantly feel something towards (I don’t say love because with a certain bad boy *cough*Jared*cough* I was constantly going back and forth between wanting to punch and kiss him).

Every character is so unique with their own personality quirks and my favourite parts in the book were scenes with many together because the dynamics are brilliant, and often hilarious! The main protagonist Kami has great humour and is very relatable with a strive to get answers, be it for her school newspaper or herself, trying to figure out what the hell was going on in town and how she fits into it.

There’s no doubt in my mind that I’d recommend you pick up Unspoken. With its supernatural mystery, eclectic cast of characters and entertaining dialogue it was my perfect read – maybe it will be yours too!

Favourite Quotes:
“Hark,” he said, his tone very dry. “What stone through yonder window breaks?”
Kami yelled up at him, “It is the east, and Juliet is a jerk!”
Jared abandoned Shakespeare and demanded, “What do you think you’re doing?”
“Throwing a pebble,” said Kami defensively. “Uh… and I’ll pay for the window.”
Jared vanished and Kami was ready to start shouting again, when he reemerged with the pebble clenched in his fist. “This isn’t a pebble! This is a 
“It’s possible that your behaviour has inspired some negative feelings that caused me to pick a slightly overlarge pebble,” Kami admitted.” 

“I read books, but I do it because I want to - because it's like an escape in my head, like being with you.” 

“Forest deep, silent bells
There's a secret no one tells
Valley quiet, water still
Lynburns watching on the hill
Apples red, corn gold
Almost everyone grows old” 

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

YA Shot Wrap-Up & Haul

Last week (on Tuesday to be exact) I travelled up to Uxbridge for the book event YA Shot ran by author Alexia Casale and it was fantastic!
     I hadn't planned on writing a post about the day (hence why I didn't write so many notes/record things/take photos/be organised!) but it was a great experience and has influenced some of the things happening in my life right now so I wanted to share :)

My plan is to do this in a kind of chronological order, starting off with a recap of the panels/workshops I managed to attend.

Me and my lovely friends Susie, Chloe, Sanaya, Izzy, Josie, Sally and Roman first went to the workshop Sitting on Both Sides of the Desk: Writing & agenting, novels & scripts with Faye Bird. It was really interesting to see how being an agent went on to affect being a writer (like not including character's physical descriptions) and as someone who doesn't necessarily know what they want to do 'when they're older' but has an obvious passion for books it opened my eyes to doing both.
     Going on to create our own characters was great too and the technique of continuously asking questions about them to create a profile is something I've been doing lately.
We then went to Benjamin of Tomes' workshop Getting Started with Vlogging, After giving an introduction he answered questions including if you need fancy equipment (not right away or really ever but if it's something you want to invest in that's also cool) and the best way to 'succeed' aka have fun (be yourself and make friends).
     Ben was lovely to talk to and earlier had given us all a free book each from Curiosity Quills & Of Tomes which is always a plus!
I managed to also briefly catch up with author Taran Matharu who was kind enough to talk to me about his workshop Creating Fantasy Worlds. Again, the advice to list some of your favourite things like certain tv shows, or life experiences and taking aspects be it good or bad and using that as the basis of your novel, is something I've been doing recently.

The Developing your blog's brand and gaining followers workshop with amazing bloggers Daphne and Jim since Debbie was unfortunately unwell, which I then went to was also resourceful (I'm hoping to implement some new things on the blog soon but more on that another time probably). Not only that, I met lots of great people I'd only spoken to online or hadn't met before.

Throughout my time at YA Shot it's safe to say safe to say I met some truly amazing people!

The two panels attended Re-writing Worlds: Heroines of Fantasy (chaired by Ellen Renner with CJ Daughtery, Melinda Salisbury and Gary Meehan) and Hopeless Romantics: Doomed lovers and ideals of romance (chaired by Lauren James with Cat Doyle and Lucy Saxon) both made me laugh frequently (killing off characters is not okay and nor is sending dead gnomes to people) but were also inspiring. I'm blaming them for encouraging me to try - emphasis on try - and write my own novel during NaNoWriMo.
From what I saw and heard, all the other workshops and panels were really great and well put together *applauds Alexia*.

So finally we get to my haul! Except for The Heartless City all my books are signed :D

And that's a wrap! It's been so much fun reliving the day in this post, and I really hope you took something from it even though you didn't go with me! Have a great day and happy reading