Friday, November 27, 2015

Books: My Thoughts on Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me, Book 3

Ebook, 393 pages

Read from November 15 to November 22, 2015

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My rating: ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。

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I pondered for a long time before writing my review, because I didn't know if I would be able to write it without a ton of spoilers. I am going to try here nonetheless. I am not promising there won't be spoilers though, so where they are, I will have them bracketed and hidden. You just need to highlight them to view, if you are interested.

This conclusion to the trilogy was much more interesting and engaging than the previous installment. Though I enjoyed it, the first installment was still the best in my opinion. This final installment did however revive my interest in Dystopian trilogies. I had almost sworn off Dystopian trilogies because for me, all that I've completed before this one had been excellent in the first, okay in the second, and terrible in the last installment.This trilogy ended with an installment that I really enjoyed and did not leave me with feelings of disappointment. It was not without it's faults though.

Everything I disliked about Juliette's character in Unravel Me was completely turned around here, though it did leave me with a feeling of confusion at the beginning of this book. It was almost as if her attitude and actions in book two never happened! *Spoiler here (highlight to view) [How do you go from someone who is anti-social and feeling sorry for herself all the time, to someone who suddenly thinks she can lead an entire army?!?] Despite this, it was nice to see the strong character I perceived her to be in Shatter Me come back.

Before I started this series, I was constantly hearing about Warner. Though I do enjoy Warner's character especially here at the end, it's all about Kenji for me. Without him, I don't think this story would've been as enjoyable as it was to me. He ended up being Juliette's family in a sense and was never afraid to tell her how it was when it was necessary. He was also always there for her when she needed him.

The end of this story did seem rushed to me. There were things that were suddenly dropped on me that I feel I was expected to accept without question. For example, [how is it that all of a sudden she figures out how to be invincible after being told by one of the members of Omega Point that it is possible she could be? She never even put it into practice, and it obviously didn't turn on automatically with what happened in the previous book]. I do understand why, especially in the end, things were happening the way they were, because it does seem like they were the only way the story could get to where it concluded. That being said, a lot of it was all so sudden.

The last section also only seemed to focus on Juliette and Kenji, which had me wondering where the other characters were during what was happening. As someone who usually reads for enjoyment and without critically thinking about what I was reading, it was surprising that I was questioning things as I read. I also wish that there was some sort of epilogue letting us know where our characters were after some time had passed as the very ending felt so abrupt. It did end on a good note though, which I was happy with and I was also pretty satisfied with where our characters were in their lives as well.

Though I have my issues and questions with this story, the entertainment factor was definitely there and this was a solid four star read for me. I highly recommend that you check this trilogy out if you haven't already and I am looking forward to see what story Tahereh Mafi brings us next.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Books: Fall Time Cozy Time Book Tag

My first tag video! I was tagged by Raul (LatinLector). His video is here.

Original tag was created by Novels and Nonsense. Her video is here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Books: My thoughts on NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2 NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's been a few hours since I've finished the book and still have no idea what to say about it.This was a very interesting read, and my first from Joe Hill. I started this on audiobook, but around the halfway point I had to switch to ebook because listening to the vulgar language bothered my ears. Listening to vulgar language is a very different experience for me than reading it and I found that listening to it was taking away from my enjoyment of this story. I am very glad that I switched over because if I hadn't, I might've had to put this book aside.

We start with Vic at seven or eight years old and her first experience with The Shorter Way Bridge. After this initial meeting, we always skip past a few years before we meet up with Vic again, until she grows into an adult. I think the next time we catch up with her is when she's 12, then 17 and so forth. Each time we meet back up with Vic, things have happened to her which molds her into the woman she has become. Though we get glimpses as to what those things were, that's all they were I feel. Being the hunker of a book that this was, I would've preferred more backstory in these areas.

Charles Manx - I was amazed by this character. So much like a child himself, but such a great villain. For a while, I was scratching my head wondering what was going on with him and then as we piece together everything and what importance his Rolls Royce Wraith has, that just made the story for me. I had a predication regarding his license plate before I started this book, and I was very pleased to find out that I was right in a sense.

Some other characters I enjoyed were Lou and Maggie Leigh. There was just a lovable quality about both of them. I'm still not sure how I feel about the very end of this book. **Spoiler (highlight to view) [I don't understand how Lou ends up with Hutter. I personally think the end would've been so much better without them getting together. Not that I don't believe Lou deserved someone, but why Hutter! UGH] Leading up to the very end though, I thought the story was action packed and full of excitement.

I thought this was a highly entertaining read and I am looking forward to reading more by Joe Hill in the future. Gonna go listen to some Christmas music now (*⌒▽⌒*)θ~♪

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Books: Trilogies (Monthly Recommendations)

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads Group that was created by Booktubers Kayla Rayne and Trina from Between Chapters. The Goodreads Group is here, if you would like to join us. This month's topic is Trilogies. I have realized that I don't read too many trilogies, but I do have four to recommend to you this month. Goodreads pages for these trilogies are linked below:

Wondrous Strange Trilogy by Lesley Livingston

The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong

The Forbidden Game Trilogy by L.J. Smith

The Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Have you read any of these trilogies or are you planning on reading any of them? If so, please let me know! Also, if you have a trilogy recommendation, I would love to hear it.

Until next time, Take Care and Smi-Le Always!

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/___\     Di

Friday, November 13, 2015

Book Blurb: Edgewise by Graham Masterton

Edgewise Edgewise by Graham Masterton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first Graham Masterton novel and I really enjoyed it! The story was very fluid and easy to read. I really like how it ended as well. I did not agree with how Lily went about things at times, but I can understand her reasoning behind it.

All in all, a great read and I am looking forward to reading other books by this author in the future.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Books: October Wrap Up

I read 6 books in October! Goodreads page links to books I mention in my Wrap Up can be found below.

Christina De Vries channel here

Raul's channel Latin Lector here

Once Haunted, Twice Shy (Peyton Clark #2) by H.P. Mallory

Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club #1) by James Patterson

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

Nearly Departed in Deadwood (Deadwood #1) by Ann Charles

Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry

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Let me know if you read any of these books or if you are planning on reading any of these books!

Take Care and Smi-Le Always,

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/___\     Di

Monday, November 2, 2015

Movies: Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) Live Action Movie Parts 1 & 2

My daughter and I were fortunate enough to be able to catch local showings of the live action movies Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) Part 1 and Part 2. Having watched and loved the anime, we thought it would be great to see the characters come to life. I was pre-warned by friends however, to not have high expectations going into it.

Part 1 was pretty similar to the anime, though there were changes that confused me. Not having read the manga, I'm not sure if those changes were in the manga but I kept an open mind. At the end of Part 1, I was pretty satisfied with how the movie was done. The visual gore was a little over the top for me, but I expected it going in, seeing as I knew what to expect from the story. The action scenes were great, I thought The Colossal was amazing and the casting for Hange was spot on, in my opinion. I think that her performance was probably my favorite of both movies.

Then a couple weeks later, we were able to see Part 2. This part, though it did start pretty similar to the anime, was not even close. The story line was completely new to me and there were moments where I wondered to myself what was going on. The action sequences were still very good, and it got really interesting towards the end. The credits started rolling and my inital thought was that I was ok with how it ended. Until the little portion after the credits...there is another scene after the credits that made everyone in the theater ask out loud, "What was that?!". Then I was left in confusion asking myself "What did I just watch?!" ∑(O_O;)

I suppose, I should've gone in expecting nothing, but after how close the first part was to the anime, I guess I did have expectations. That's probably where things went awry for me. You definitely can't watch this part expecting it to be anywhere close to where the story in the anime is. If I had not had expectations, I probably would've enjoyed this part and the story as a whole a lot more than I did.

We thought the anime was so awesome, but unfortunately this movie just didn't come up to par for us, not even close. I definitely have it on my list to read the manga however. All in all, I'm glad we watched these movies, but I will probably not re-watch or purchase it.

Have you seen these movies? What were your thoughts?

Until next time, Take Care and Smi-Le Always,

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/___\     Di

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