I Was Here (Gayle Forman) Spoiler-Free Review!

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Rating: A strong 5 stars

“Thought-provoking, heartbreaking, beautiful.” ~ My one-sentence review 🙂

I was sent an ARC of Gayle Forman’s upcoming book I Was Here. Before I say anything even remotely intelligent, guys…the feels. This book was an absolute roller coaster of emotions, and now I can see why everyone seems to love Gayle Forman’s books. When I read If I Stay, I was completely unimpressed (don’t hate me), but this book was an incredible whirlwind of a story, and I am so eager to try out her other books such as Just One Day. 

For a brief synopsis of the book…

The story follows an 18 year old girl named Cody Reynolds, who is having to deal with her best friend’s suicide. But as Cody tries to put her life back together and attempt to discover the motives behind her friend’s suicide, she is faced with her own personal difficulties. She not only begins to notice her co-dependent relationship that she had with her friend, but also family and romance issues lead to a thrilling expedition of self-discovery.

Okay I know what you’re thinking.

a) that sounds amazing

b) that sounds ridiculously depressing

I think this book is a combination of both of those statements. Compared to other YA novels that deal with teen suicide, this book was not as depressing as it could have been and I am thankful for that. Generally, I cannot read books concerning suicide because of that reason, but I Was Here balanced these difficult issues so well with the self-discovery part of the story. The characters were believable and relatable. The romance was breathtaking and heartbreaking, strong and fragile. It was one of the most powerful novels I have ever read, and I only have Gayle Forman to thank for creating such a beautiful story.

The main character, Cody, handles the situation in such a way that is both believable as well as admirable. She works through her issues, but also often takes time to mourn. The other side characters in this book were also such great additions to the story, and as heart wrenching as it all was, the story drew me in so much that I wanted to be apart of that world. My heart broke reading about Cody’s relationship with her family, and the discomfort between her mother and herself.

This novel was beautiful, tear-jerking, heartbreaking and wonderful. Definitely one of the best contemporaries I have ever read and I do not say that lightly. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is ready to tackle an in-depth contemporary, for something out of the ordinary and thought-provoking. This is a book that will be staying with me for a long time, and a book that my thoughts will constantly come back to. A short read, but a ridiculously good novel. I am looking forward to reading more of Gayle Forman’s work.

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Paper Towns: Filming!

About a week ago, John Green and the Paper Towns movie crew arrived in North Carolina (USA) to begin filming. Filming is expected to wrap up in December, with the movie hitting theaters in June 2015.

Gah, this is all happening so quickly! I feel like it was just yesterday when we got The Fault in Our Stars movie, and just one year later from that, we’ll be getting the Paper Towns movie! I wonder if a year after that, we’ll get the Looking for Alaska movie.

I’m not too hyped for Paper Towns, didn’t enjoy it that much, but I will definitely go see it! I can’t wait till we get LFA news…now that is a movie I’m looking forward to!

Paper Towns Cast: Quick Discussion

This is a little late, but I have decided to screenshot IMDb and discuss the Paper Towns cast a little bit.

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How are we feeling about Cara Delevingne as Margo? Honestly, she is not how I pictured her at all and I know that she is also not quite what a lot of other fans believed her to look like. Apparently though, as John Green said recently, Cara is exactly how he pictured Margo. Interesting.

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And how do we feel about Nat Wolff as Quentin? I can sort of picture Nat as the character, but I definitely do not see him as Quentin. Can’t he just stay Isaac from TFIOS? Nat will definitely do his role justice with his incredible acting skills, but I still don’t know how I feel about him as Quentin

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Insurgent Teaser Trailer!

We have received the first of many Insurgent trailers to come, which was equally awesome and confusing. As far as readers know, the scene shown in the trailer was not in the book, so most of us believe it was an added simulation or dream. Either way, both the effects and Shailene Woodley’s acting are absolutely epic!

I have listed the trailer below for those of you who have not seen it yet 🙂

 

You can also check out my thoughts on the teaser below:

“Coral & Bone” by Tiffany Daune – Review! (Spoiler-free)

Rating: 3.5/5 stars or 75%

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I just finished reading Coral & Bone by Tiffany Daune, which was sent to me for review by Jester Ink Press. This is a book about mermaids, sirens, realms and a bunch of other things that I initially believed wouldn’t work well together. I went into this book not knowing anything about it and without any expectations, other than marvelling over the gorgeousness of the cover, and I am really glad that I did. Coral & Bone was definitely a book that I would not have picked up had I known more about it, considering the whole mermaid/siren genre really isn’t my thing. However, I ended up enjoying this book much more than I thought I would. It was definitely a page-turner and I was hooked from the beginning. This is still spoiler-free, but I’m just giving those of you who haven’t read it a little insight into the context of the book.

It opens up with a girl named Halen, sketching a boy she has been repeatedly drawing, a boy she hasn’t even met. If that isn’t mysterious enough, she’s also hearing voices in her head and trying not to let her fire powers burn down her classroom. That was what immediately captivated me. The story goes on, and it was quite a fast-paced read, though it was very slow towards the middle. I was really enjoying it for the first approx. 150 pages, but after that, I just started to really not like it. It wasn’t up until around chapter 38, which is quite a while later and towards the end (with all the action), that I really got back into it. I think this book should have been a bit more consistent, and I probably would have liked it a lot more if it was.

Occasionally, this book tended to take a few strange turns, and by strange, I mean strange. That is generally why I don’t like mermaid and siren books, because this is typically what happens. But overall, for that type of book, I feel like it was done very well. But there are definitely two things in my opinion that I would change:

First of all, I just felt like the characters and the world were completely lacking in description. Though I did enjoy hearing about the realms and the people, I would have enjoyed it a hell of a lot more if I could clearly picture it. I could barely picture the characters (with the exception of Tage) and I found that SUPER irritating. You can’t read a book properly if you can’t picture the world.

Secondly, the romance in this book was TERRIBLE. I’m sorry, but I just had to come out and say it. It’s pretty insta-lovey between the main character and her love interest, as well as Tage and her own love interest. The entire book was epicly unpredictable, but the romance? Completely predictable and I hated it. Sorry. I just found the romance quite predictable, cheesy and just overall unrealistic.

But besides that, I really quite enjoyed this book for the most part. Sure, the romance and the world-building could use a little bit of work, but like I said before, I really enjoyed the unpredictable-ness of this story. Just when I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, this book would throw a plot-twist at me and that just greatly increased my rating for this story. Overall, it is a book that I recommend you try, but I cannot guarantee that you will enjoy it.

TMI – TV Show!

By now, all of you are aware that The Mortal Instruments is being adapted into a television series. Want to know how I feel about that? You can watch the video below to hear all about my mixed feelings on this.

 

This is what we know so far:

-they are restarting the series from City of Bones

-the series will go into production in 2015

-each episode will be an hour long

-Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, executive producers from the film, will be producers on the show

 

We don’t have any hints for casting yet, but I’m very eager to hear all about the new members…though it will be sad to let the movie cast go 😦

Final Mockingjay Trailer Released!

WE GOT THE FINAL MOCKINGJAY TRAILER! GAH it was absolutely so epic! This was definitely the most intense of all the trailers that we have received for Mockingjay Part 1.

Katniss is becoming the Mockingjay and just looking badass in her little costume, but PEETA. This is going to be a heart-wrenching, crazily intense film.

Mockingjay Part 1 hits theatres 21st November! Have you booked your tickets yet?

Review: “Blood of Olympus”

Rating: 5/5 stars

An absolutely satisfying finale to the Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus series, though I did have some mixed feelings about some of the elements and plot lines in the novel. DO NOT watch this video if you have not read the previous books in the Heroes of Olympus series 🙂