Friday, May 30, 2014

Movie Review: 'X-Men Days of Future Past' & 'Godzilla'

Title: X-Men Days of Future Past
Series: Yes (7th film in the X-Men film franchise)
Genre: Action || Adventure || Fantasy
Release Date: May 21, 2014
Platform watched: 3D
Recommended for: everyone who is still waiting for their superpowers to kick in, hopeful mutants, and all the X-Men fans out there




IMDB SYNOPSIS:

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and many others. (I just mentioned my favorites!)





MY THOUGHTS:
I expected a lot before watching this movie on the first (yes, first! I am THAT excited!) day of showing. IT. DID. NOT. DISAPPOINT! It even surpassed my high expectations. During the few minutes of the movie, I already got what I paid for. Action-packed exposition and no boring recap.

Parts that I LIKED?
  • Everything. Everything! EVERYTHING!!!
  • The first part. When I saw Bobby, I screamed my heart out!
  • Action-packed. No boring parts. I seriously enjoyed every detail.
Parts that I DIDN'T liked?
  • None. It just left me wanting more, which is a good thing and not a bad thing.
Will I get a DVD version? Yes! (For Shawn Ashmore and James McAvoy)
Will I watch it again? Yes! (For Shawn Ashmore and James McAvoy)

RATING:
5 hearts!
I highly recommend that you watch the movie in 3D. It's going to be a different movie experience and it is definitely WORTH IT!




Title: Godzilla
Series: No
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: May 16, 2014
Platform watched: 3D
Recommended for: everyone who wants a fresh take on Godzilla




IMDB SYNOPSIS:

The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Director: Gareth Edwards   
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston







MY THOUGHTS:
I went to the movie house expecting that this was a reboot of the 1998 version of Godzilla and boy I was disappointed. I read somewhere that this going to be a rehash but the storyline was totally different than expected. It had no sign of the previous Godzilla film. (I love the 1998 version!)

Parts that I liked?
  • Scenes where Godzilla is present. Sadly, those are only few.
  • Godzilla vs. MUTOs. Hell Yeah! #TeamGodzilla
  • The ending. I won't spoil it.
Parts that I DIDNT liked?
  • Dramatic exposition. Early on in the movie, someone dies. Ugh, no time for tears. I want Godzilla. NOW!
  • Unnecessary dialogues. I just wanted actions scenes with Godzilla or whatever monster there is.
  • It is not easy to follow. You have to listen to the dialogues and the progress is quite slow. I just want Godzilla. After all, the title is Godzilla.
  •  Less Godzilla. I am surprised that Godzilla had less exposure in this movie. The other monster appearred first and had more scenes. Godzilla was elusive. NOOOOOOOOO!
Will I get a DVD version? No.
Will I watch it again? Maybe. The 1998 version is better.

RATING:

3 hearts!
Not what I expected. Still, it was a decent 3D movie experience.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Review: Don't Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough

Title: Don't Expect Magic (Magic, #1)
Series: There's a second book!
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Kathy McCullough
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Book: Hardback, Borrowed from Carmel (Thank you!)
Recommended for: Fans of contemporary story that is mix with fairy tale and magic.




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
                      
                            

Delaney Collins doesn't believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she's stuck in California with "Dr. Hank," her famous life-coach father—a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right.

Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he's a fairy godmother—an f.g.—and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there's a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone's fairy godmother.

But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?



MY THOUGHTS:


A great story that taught me great lessons. Totally worth reading!

Characters are realistic. It's what I always find in stories. I can relate to Delaney about her issues with her father, Dr. Hank. They haven't seen each other since Dr. Hank left Delaney with her mother, who died and that's why Delaney was forced (well, kind of) to live with her father in Southern California.

'Dr. Hank: The big wishes are always about love. That's just the way people are.'
'Delaney: People are idiots.'


Delaney is a fun character. She's hard-headed, witty, cool, and selfless. I love her personality even though she doesn't listen to her father or teacher(s) sometimes. I find her amusing whenever she talks about her teachers. She always have something to say about everything. She's cool because she's artistic (the talent I don't have and I guess I'll never have), she designs her boots to make it more cooler. AND SHE'S FREAKING SELFLESS! She doesn't care about herself and she wants everyone to be happy. Isn't that sweet? I also love that Miss Popular (Cadie) in this book isn't the bitchy type. She's a good person and Delaney helped her to be the person she really wants to be.

I can sense that Dr. Hank is trying to be a good father to Delaney. He's trying in every possible way to make Delaney feel comfortable in her new environment and I love how he taught Delaney that there are certain things in life that you can't get easily.

The guy in this story, which is Flynn, is geeky and fun too. He is in the yearbook group together with Delaney and he loves to take photos of almost everything he finds interesting. There's NO love triangle and insta-love. I'm like 'Wow.'

"Everybody's screwed up in some ways but they get more screwed up when they try to change themselves." - Delaney
 
In this book I learned that you can't be anyone else but yourself and it takes hard work and also time to get what you want because in real life, there's no fairy godmother/father and magic.

At some point in this book, it got boring but then when the magic starts brewing, I got excited about what will happen so I continued and gladly it did not disappointed me. The ending is okay. I don't know if it's good that it ended that way or if it's a cliffhanger but in my opinion, I'm happy it ended that way, everybody's happy and contented with their lives. If I would read book two, I hope it won't disappoint me.
 
RATING:
(My rating is actually) 4.5 hearts! *winks*
 Very good even though there's some boring parts.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Review: Flawed by Kate Avelynn

Title: Flawed
Series: No
Reading Level: Mature Young Adult
Author:
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Release Date: January 22, 2013
Book: eBook
Recommended for: anyone looking for a dark YA romance




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
          
 

Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact . . .

MY THOUGHTS:

(Just a little note: this book deals with incest, rape and abuse. May contain sexual scenes. Not for younger readers.)

Dark, heartbreaking, and beautifully written. This book is just perfect for me! I am glad I stumbled upon this book. Ugh, really really good. No unnecessary details that gets the story derailed. Kate Avelynn's writing is what I am looking for in a book. Right from the first chapter to the last chapter, the story flowed well effortlessly that I could NOT put it down. Seriously.

The characters are realistic. You know where they are all coming from. You will feel for them. Especially James. It's just so heartbreaking and painful how they are all tied in a web of complicated situations.

Sarah (to James):  Nobody understands me better than my brother – they can’t, not without having lived the life we have. This is exactly why I love him and why, no matter how much I love Sam, I’m not sure I want to completely abandon my brother. Or whether I can.


I understood what Sarah meant at that exact moment. At the end of the day, no matter how twisted, family is family. Honestly, I do NOT hate James. Sarah told the story very well. She remained hopeful until the end. I applaud her character. (If I were Sarah, I would have gone bonkers already and killed everyone.) She knows what she believes in and she did not get swayed despite all the demented situations around her.

And Sam! Sam!!! I want him. NOW! Somebody conjure him out of the book and make him real. The world needs more guys like him. He is just the perfect boyfriend for Sarah. He definitely has genuine intentions for Sarah. He is not taking advantage of Sarah's vulnerability. A guy saying no to sex is a rare gem.

Sam:Sex isn’t going to fix this. I can’t fix this, though you have no idea how bad I want to.”

And this:
Sarah: ‘You'd give up everything for me?’
Sam: ‘When are you going to get that you are everything?’


The ending --- WHYYYYY?! I want to punch someone in the face and I want to throw my eReader. Made me an emotional wreck, but I don't care. I can't help but ask for more! More, please! Just 336 pages and my life is never the same again.  (Kate, thank you for writing this book. But how can you do this to me? *sobs* *sobs*)

If you're interested, there are alternate endings : http://www.kateavelynn.com/alternate-...
But it was too late for me. I already went ballistic. Broke my heart already. *more sobs*

The title is FLAWED, but I tell you it is FLAWLESS!

RATING:


5 hearts!
Must read! Must buy! BUY! NOW!




Sunday, May 18, 2014

Review: Live Through This by Mindi Scott

Title: Live Through This
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Mindi Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Book: Hardback, Borrowed from Carmel (Thanks!)
Recommended for: Lovers of realistic fiction




GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:
                                                         

 From the outside, Coley Sterling’s life seems pretty normal . . . whatever that means. It’s not perfect—her best friend is seriously mad at her and her dance team captains keep giving her a hard time—but Coley’s adorable, sweet crush Reece helps distract her. Plus, she has a great family to fall back on—with a mom and stepdad who would stop at nothing to keep her siblings and her happy.

But Coley has a lot of secrets. She won’t admit—not even to herself—that her almost-perfect life is her own carefully-crafted fa├žade. That for years she’s been burying the shame and guilt over a relationship that crossed the line. Now that Coley has the chance at her first real boyfriend, a decade’s worth of lies are on the verge of unraveling.

In this unforgettable powerhouse of a novel, Mindi Scott offers an absorbing, layered glimpse into the life of an everygirl living a nightmare that no one would suspect.

MY THOUGHTS:

It was a good read. I'd recommend it to people who loves contemporary stories because Mindi Scott really did a good job on this book. This is the first book I have ever read that talks about sexual abuse. 
 
Characters in this book are pretty good. Flawed. Realistic. Coley is not the typical teenager you'll know because of her secrets. Well, I know every one keeps secrets but Coley's secrets are much darker. She's being abused. No one likes to be abused but Coley's a little bit complicated. She goes through a lot. A lot of drama in school up to their house. While, Reece is a cute and sweet guy. He's a typical boy-next-door kind of guy. He'd definitely make a great boyfriend! *winks*

I am surprised when the abuser was revealed! I didn't even suspected him. I thought he was good! I even felt bad for him because his girlfriend broke up with him and it's been messy. Ugh. I'm bad with trusting people. I obviously don't like the part(s) where Coley was abused. How would you feel if someone would enter your room and lie down on your bed beside you and that person will start touching your treasured parts? I just want to punch that person but my point is why is Coley enjoying it, when you're supposed to hate it? I don't understand her.

Well, the story went smoothly, Coley expressed everything clearly. Most chapters talked about their vacation in Canada. The abuse scenes are not too extreme, though. As for the ending, it works for me. It wasn't the 'happily-ever-after' kind of ending but it was good, I know it will be.

RATING:

3 hearts!
It was good. Not very good nor very bad. Just good.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Book Haul #1

Hi Troglodytes!

I am excited to show you the eight books that I bought at Better World Books.  They often have a flash sale so you should check them out. For these books, I spent $25.00 including the shipping fee. Great deal! Considering that the books are in very good condition and all in hardback. *sniffs books* Plus, BWB supports literacy through donating a book for every book that you buy at their website.

Without further adieu, here are the books:


Trackers- Goodreads link
The Book of Blood and Shadow - Goodreads link
Long Lankin - Goodreads link
From What I Remember... - Goodreads link
Live Through This- Goodreads link
Break My Heart 1,000 Times - Goodreads link
White Cat- Goodreads link
Nerve - Goodreads link

Have you read any of the books? Let me know what you guys think.
What books are you currently reading?


If you want the video version of the haul, click here! 






Saturday, May 03, 2014

Hello World


 Welcome Troglodytes!

 
*happy dances*
*virtual confetti*


As Kyla and I are starting our blog, we hope that you will enjoy our little spot here. We will usually post about books. To keep you posted with our latest happenings, make sure to subscribe to these links below:

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Let's start with an awesome giveaway. Just follow the instructions below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
To those who aren't familiar with Better World Books, they are a for profit organization that sells used books. The books are either discarded library books or books donated by private individuals. Also, Better World Books has a campaign called Book for Book. For any book purchase, they donate to someone in need.
 
Just a little disclaimer, Kyla and I are NOT affiliated to Better World Books or any of its subsidiaries. We are simply a fan and we would like to spread the advocacy especially if you like reading. It's a win-win situation for avid readers.
 
 
Guidelines:
  • This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY for the GCs. While one of the physical copies will be for  PHILIPPINE residents only.
  • If the winner(s) does not respond to Carmel's e-mail within 48 hours, we will have to choose another winner. Additionally, we are NOT responsible for any items lost/damaged in the mail.  
  • We do check the entries before posting the winners. Invalid entries will NOT be counted. Please be honest.
  • Questions? Violent reactions? Please contact Carmel if you have any concerns. Thank you :)


Troglodyte forever,


PS. Since it is almost Carmel's birthday, we will be extending the contest duration and will be adding another prize for PHILIPPINE residents only. The winner can choose one of the books up for grabs (like Defiance by CJ Redwine, Infinity: Chronicles of Nick by Sherrilyn Kenyon, etc.). More details will be posted soon.
 
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