THE GREATEST SHOWMAN: THE GREATEST FILM OF 2017?

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

rating: ★★★★☆

time: 1 hr 45 min

Censorship Rating: PG

Big Names: Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Keala Settle

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WHY SHOULD I SEE THIS FILM?

  • The casting is fantastic!
  • Based on a true story (though how much of it is true I really don’t know)
  • It looks amazing
  • Zendaya did her own stunts
  • It’s a feel-good film
  • The voices of the cast are really utilised and the soundtrack is gonna be so cool

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WHAT IS “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN” ABOUT?

So… The Greatest Showman… is a loosely-based story about P.T. Barnum (you can thank him for the circus). This is an original musical movie (think along the lines of Lala Land) with a stunning cast and some seriously brilliant shots (the colouring of the film was to die for).

So… who is P.T. Barnum? Dude is an ethically messed up guy but the film gives him a big smile and an elephant so it’s okay? The movie shows that there really is quite a lot wrong with the character (can I even call him a character???), in that he thrived off of him exploiting animals, marginalised groups and physically disabled people, because hey that is just how circus stated okay don’t shoot the messenger.

MY THOUGHTS

THE FAULTS

Considering they spent 7 and a bit years getting this film onto the screen, the movie felt pretty disjointed and I just felt like they really sanitised and idolised a pretty ethically screwed up man. He really made all of his money off of what made other people “freaks”, and boy, did he milk it. He doesn’t sound like the best guy but hey, we’re still rooting for him?

So, in a second I’m going to praise the music but for now, can we just admit that nothing is perfect? So… the music sounds good but some of it really didn’t feel like it fit the period. In reality, all of this was going down in the 1800s so when I started getting a pop vibe from some of the songs that sounded like stuff I would hear on the radio I was like, whatttt? Like, it has this awesome pop vibe but also an 1800s backdrop?? It was weird, but damn they sounded good so I’m not gonna complain anymore.

Okay, nobody hurt me but I wanna just say this one lowkey negative thing and then I’ll talk about the pros and leave immediately.

Okay, so maybe this movie was a tad disjointed plot-wise (dude had a crazy life) and maybe it dealt (subtly) with a lot of social issues that were never fully discussed (the cast is pretty large and most of the characters have their own issues) and the movie is kind of  only carried by Hugh Jackman’s commitment to the project and an amazing soundtrack.

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THE GOOD STUFF

Okay, so when you watch the trailer what do you notice? The soundtrack and the cinematography.

My favourite things about this film are the soundtrack (which I am definitely buying), the FAN-BLOODY-TASTIC choreography (especially in the below gif), and how beautiful the film looks with your eyeballs. And yeah, I am listening to the soundtrack on repeat right now (it’s on YouTube) and I’m never turning it off.

My favourite songs (in no particular order): The Greatest Show, This Is Me & Rewrite The Stars

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  • some of the musical numbers had a pop vibe and didn’t progress the plot but some of them really did and damn were they good (that bar scene amirite?)

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AND FINALLY, YA GIRL IS GONNA HAPPY RANT ABOUT THE CASTING

I feel like if the movie had gone on a darker, sadder route with Barnum than Hugh Jackman definitely would not have been fit for the part BUT, considering the vibe of the film it did really feel like he was fit for the film.

In other words, I loved it. Hugh Jackman’s character was definitely a bit of a dick but if you just watch it for what it is then you’ll be set to go.

ALSO, Zendaya is gonna have a fantastic career (the girl can do anything and I love it) and I feel like it’s been an age since I’ve heard Zac Efron sing and maybe I missed it I don’t know he just has a nice voice??

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Okay, so fun, this movie is fun. This is a really fun family movie, yeah there are significantly strong issues with the film but if you just take it at face value then you’re all good. But the main things is that i came out of that cinema amiling and I will definitely be seeing it again because damn, I loved it.

In conclusion: The Greatest Showman was the greatest film of 2017.

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I KNOW THIS REVIEW FELT NEGATIVE BUT, I DO WANT YOU ALL TO SEE IT AND MAKE YOUR OWN OPINIONS BECAUSE DAMN THERE ARE ABOUT 10 DIFFERENT STORIES GOING ON AND DAMN, I AM DEFINITELY SEEING IT AGAIN.

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LOST BOY REVIEW | IF YOU LOVE EVIL PAN, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

my rating: ★★★★★

tags: classics retelling

goodreads rating: 4.2

Lost Boy

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There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

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Okay, so I’m going to preface this review by saying that last year I read Peter Pan and I honestly didn’t really care for it. I am also not the biggest fan of  the Disney film. That being said, After reading this book I am now a massive Peter Pan fanatic and yeah, I’ll admit it, I am slghtly obsessed with the world now.

THIS BOOK MADE ME THINK

Lost Boy has made me think. I never cared for the idea of Peter Pan, even when I was reading the original story I just couldn’t bring myself to care about the characters of the world but this book really made me wonder about how Peter got to Neverland and why he needs the Lost Boys in the first place.

I HAD TO THNK SO MUCH AND I’M NOT EVEN MAD.

EVIL PAN COULD SAVE A LIFE

In the original story (sorry all you Disney fans), Pan is actually a bit evil and definitely a murderer. Basically, in the original, he strives off of his kills, and it’s much the same in this version.

Evil Pan is amazing and Chistina Henry does not shy away from how brutal he can be as a character.

EDITION AWARENESS

So, if you have the edition that I showed at the top of the post then you should be spoiler-less. However, if you have the other edition then you know who this book is about and you should understand why I enjoyed it so much.

I would recommend not reading anything about this book before reading it though and you should definitely go in as blind as possible so you can figure everything out in your own time as you read.

This book took me for a complete loop I’d honestly never thought the world before. I’ve never thought about the main character or word of Peter Pan before and now I can’t stop thinking about it and I may have gone slightly insane whoops.

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This actually just a standalone but I will definitely be reading more of Christina Henry’s novels, I think she has an Alice inspired series, and another book coming out next year which is about The Little Mermaid, another story I know nothing about.

So yes, I will definitely be reading whatever else she puts out.

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The Sandcastle Empire | SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW

The Sandcastle Empire by  Kayla Olson

my rating: ★★★★☆

tags: dystopian, young adult

goodreads rating: 3.64

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I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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When all hope is gone, how do you survive?

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores…

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IT’S BEEN A WHILE

Okay, so it’s been quite a while since I’ve actually read a proper dystopia so this was quite the change of pace (and storyline) for me. Since I haven’t read a dystopian novel in what feels like years I really didn’t know what to expect with this, and it also didn’t help that I haven’t read a survival story like this is months didn’t really help. Honestly, I don’t know why I requested this book, but I am really glad I did? This book is a survival story, a dystopia (the general x group takes over, people run & hide) and a mystery all tied into one, and I seriously had a great time reading it.

THE ROMANCE

I think in general, the romance was my least favourite part of the novel. I didn’t feel like it was necessary for most of the novel and because of it some of the plot twists felt lacklustre and obvious.

IN SUMMARY

As a whole, I did really enjoy this novel but I thought the romance felt slightly forced, but I did really enjoy the novel.

So far this is a standalone, but you know how publishers are. Honestly, if they did continue this series I don’t think I would continue it, the story just flows so much better as one book wonder.

I feel like my review has come off as sort of negative, but I really did enjoy this novel and I would definitely recommend it if you feel like a change of pace or want to try something new (especially if you enjoy the mix of genres).

 

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EDITING EMMA ARC REVIEW

Editing Emma by Chloe Seager

my rating: ★☆☆☆☆

tags: contemporary, young adult,

goodreads rating: 3.67

Editing Emma: Online you can choose who you want to be. If only real life were so easy...

I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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When Emma Nash is ghosted by the love of her life Leon Naylor, she does what any girl would do – spends the summer avoiding all human contact, surrounded by the Chewit wrappers he left behind.

Seeing Leon suddenly ‘in a relationship’ on Facebook, however, spurs Emma into action. She vows to use the internet for good (instead of stalking Leon’s social media), chronicling her adventures on her new Editing Emma blog.

But life online doesn’t always run smoothly.

From finding her mum’s Tinder profile to getting catfished and accidentally telling the entire world why Leon Naylor is worth no girl’s virginity… Surely nothing else could go wrong?!

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Before we get into this review I would just like to say this: if you liked this novel I am so so sorry.

MY OVERALL THOUGHTS

It has taken me a month and a half to get up the nerve to write this review. I hated this book from page one through to the last, I did not like anything about it and I don’t think it was a realistic depiction of any teenage girls life, let alone any blogger’s life.

There is a lot of internet stalking and I was so uncomfortable.

I thought I was done with Georgia Nicholson but this read exactly like a fanfiction of the series – the characters are all practically the same

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT A BLOGGER??

Okay, so technically the main character, Emma is a blogger and she blogs about her life, but I’m sorry no. This was just Georgia Nicholson but sub the diary for WordPress.

As a blogger, this book just didn’t ring home for me. I have literally never seen a person post so much, sometimes she would have blog posts that were like 2-3 sentences and then 5 minutes later she would post another word and then 5 minutes later a new paragraph, it was bullshit and it really rubbed me the wrong way.

EMMA (THE MAIN CHARACTER)

  • Emma is useless and petty
  • She is constantly lying to her mum about where she was or where she was going
  • She just needs to get over herself holy crap
  • She is obsessed with the internet (and herself) and her  self-esteem comes purely from a number of likes she gets
  • Emma is 16 years old and completely incompetent. She can’t cook pasta, I’m sorry but what the hell? Bolognese is not hard people!
  • Emma is manipulative (very much in the same way Georgia Nicholson is)
  • She is manipulative, rude, immature, insensitive and creepy.
  • Seriously, this is a *minor* spoiler but at one point she keeps someone’s band-aid (or, plaster for all you Americans) under her pillow which is absolutely DISGUSTING
  • Emma has no respect for anyone, especially adults – she is constantly rude to her mum/ on her phone in class
  • She is immature in the sense that she picks her senior subjects because a boy was also taking them – pure stupidity

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I honestly have so much more to say, especially about the lack of caring that seemed to be represented by the mum (she just hands out alcohol to minors wth??)

Also, on another note, Emma is involved with like, 5 or 6 boys throughout this novel and this is some of the most unrealistic and stupid shit I have read in a long time.

I’m sorry, but this is just not my kind of book. I am sick of irresponsible and unrealistic teenagers.

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THE SWORD OF SUMMER SPOILER-FREE REVIEW | THANK GOD FOR DEAF CHARACTERS, THEY KNOW WHAT’S UP

Hey guys, before I get into this review, I just want to apologise for not getting to your comments as fast as I usually do. I am really sick at the moment, I  feel like my eyes are about to fall out of my head and I haven’t really gotten out of bed all day. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible, but at the moment all I seem to be able to do is watch Descendants on repeat ( I am still surprised by how much I enjoy this movie).

Anywayyy, onto the review!

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The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

my rating: ★★★★★

tags: Diverse, Disability, POC Side character, YA, Mythology

goodreads rating: 4.26

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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HOW TO START

If I’m honest I went into this with no expectations. I knew nothing about the book, other than that it was based around Norse mythology.

You don’t have to, but I would recommend reading Rick Riordan’s previous books before starting this one. You do meet other characters from his other series throughout the trilogy so it might be helpful to know who they are, I definitely got a kick out of it. That being said, it’s not all that important and you can just start here.

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THE CHARACTERS

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MAGNUS CHASE

I wasn’t so sure about this guy at the beginning, I felt like Rick was trying too hard to convince us that he wasn’t Percy (he doesn’t like water, and his least favourite colour is blue???). However, after a while, I started to get used to him and found that I really liked him.

SAMIRAH AL-ABBAS

I love her?

You know what I really loved about Samirah’s character? I love how her being Muslim wasn’t a big deal. Yeah, she wear’s a hijab but does anyone care? Nope. She is also part of an arranged marriage, and what I loved about this is that, I feel like most of the time these days, arranged marriages are shunned so for this not to be a big deal, and for Sam to defend herself properly was amazing.

Samirah is also a really strong and independent character, she takes nobody’s shit and she knows how to wield an axe, I honestly can’t wait to see more of her in the rest of the trilogy.

HEARTHSTONE & BLITZEN

Ahh, yes, my new favourite duo. These two are amazing and I love them very much.

Hearthstone is brilliant and I love him, he is right up there with Adam Parrish – that is how much I love him. Could it also have to with the fact that he’s deaf? Yeah, it totally does!**

I also really appreciated Blitzen, he is a fantastic character. I don’t want to spoil anything about his character, but he is definitely not what you would expect, and I really appreciated it.

**By the way, I am not romanticising disability. I am deaf, so I really appreciated the representation.

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The only thing that I’m unsure about with this book, was purely that it felt like all of his other books. It follows the same formula as the others so I felt like I always knew what was going to happen. That being said, I still loved the book, and I can’t wait to read the next one.

Clap clap for diversity, I really loved that the characters didn’t feel forced. If you couldn’t tell, I really loved Hearth, and he was definitely my favourite character. What I really enjoyed, especially about Hearth was that all the characters made an effort to learn ASL (American Sign Language) so they could communicate with Hearth, and it honestly made me tear up. I mean my friends can barely remember that I’m deaf, and here we have this whole group learning ASL for their friend.

I really appreciated the break from Greek mythology, Norse is just so different. After reading 3 series surrounding Greek myths, it was such a cool bre to read about Thor and Helheim. I can’t wait to learn more about the world, and I am nervous to say that I might enjoy Norse more than Greek. I’ll have to finish the trilogy, but I seriously love this new world.

I feel like Riordan didn’t just add the diversity to earn points with his readers. Diversity is the hot new thing at the moment, and it honestly never felt forced. I really enjoyed how the characters religious beliefs and disabilities were talked about (in a positive light) and they were never treated differently because of them. They were always a valid part of the team, and Rick even showed that disability can also be a plus.

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Yes, definitely! I already have book 2 so I am excited to read it soon. I am really hoping to finish the trilogy by the end of the year, it is just soo good!

 

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DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES | SPOILER-FREE REVIEW

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire 

my rating: ★★★★★

tags: lgbt, fantasy, young adult

goodreads rating: 4.24

Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children, #2)

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Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretence of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

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  • This book, this book I swear to God you guys. This series is just too good.
  • This series has a perfect atmosphere, Seanan McGuire has totally encapsulated the perfect “Fall vibe”.
  • Seanan McGuire’s writing is seriously amazing. I don’t know how she does it but somehow, in under 200 pages, she can make me feel almost every emotion under the sun.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones follows Jack and Jill who we met in book one, but in this companion book, we see them in the world they were chosen for. I loved Every Heart A Doorway, but I think this is definitely my favourite in the trilogy so far. This book was hilarious in the sense that the author was completely sarcastic 90% of the time in her narration of the story. She would be talking about Jack and Jills’s parents and just being 100% completely sarcastic and making fun of them to the max and it was absolutely hilarious. This type of commentary throughout the book was actually what made me love it so much. Seanan Mcguire is not afraid to tell us what she thinks, and she was never afraid to talk about gender norms or how society shoves children into a gender box without letting them decide or explore for themselves.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones had a very different vibe (darker, gothic) to Every Heart A doorway (book 1), but I loved it nonetheless. I would definitely recommend this series for the month of October, especially this instalment, as it is very dark and has an intense Dracula/ Frankenstein vibe. Very Gothic and very fun.

She had tried to make sure they knew that there were a hundred, a thousand, a million different ways to be a girl, and that all of them were valid, and that neither of them was doing anything wrong.

Apart from the writing, what I loved most about this book was the commentary on gender norms. I talked about it a bit before this book dealt with the issue SOO WELL. Basically, Jack (Jaqueline) has been brought up in pink dresses, as her parents’ special princess child and Jill (Jillian) has pretty much been brought up as a boy, always hanging out with the guys and playing soccer. Though, as we get through the novel we find out that Jill wants to be wearing dresses, and Jack would rather be hanging with the guys.

What I loved about this book is that the two sisters were brought up to live a certain way and when they walk down the stairs and go to their world they don’t get out of that immediately. It takes them ages to re-write everything they’ve been taught, and even by the end of the novel, Jack can’t stand to be dirty because it has been so thoroughly ingrained into her mind that dirt is bad.

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  • Definitely going to read book 3, in fact, I’ve already pre-ordered it (something I never do)
  • I seriously love these books
  • This was actually really funny, I absolutely loved it!
  • Perfect for any October readathons that might be coming up!

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IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW | SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

rating: ★★★☆☆

tags: young adult, contemporary, romance

goodreads rating: 4.12

If There's No Tomorrow

I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything…

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Warnings: Trauma, Sex references, Minor swearing

I didn’t show you guys the whole blurb, mostly because I didn’t read the blurb before I read the book, and I think it is best to go in knowing as little as possible. I think because I had no idea what the book was going to be about, I enjoyed it more than I would have, because of this, everything was a genuine surprise.

Without spoiling anything I did want to briefly mention that this book does deal with grief. I won’t tell you anything about why it is dealt with, but I will say that of all the books I’ve read that revolve around this topic If There’s No Tomorrow deals with it the best. This book is pretty cliche, but the three things it really has going for it are:

  • The main character is a book nerd
  • The love interest is not a controlling douchebag
  • Grief is properly dealt with

I feel like in general, with books that deal with topics like this, grief is often dealt with really badly. It’s either pushed off until the last 50-100 pages or, it is only talked about in the first 100-200 pages or it’s not talked about at all.

What I loved most about this book is that Jennifer L. Armentrout doesn’t shy away from how deeply grief can affect people, not just the person in the situation, but everyone related to them; family, friends and even people you didn’t know exist can be affected by a disaster (that was the only word I can think of  – total life disruption, also works too).

In If There’s No Tomorrow, we deal with what it’s like to be in a split family (divorced parents) while going through the final year of high school and also dealing with trauma.

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I said before, what this book has going for it is grief, the main character’s nerdiness, and the love interest.

Pretty much off the bat, we learn that Lena (the main character) is just like us, she’s a massive book nerd. In the first chapter or two, she is talking about Feyre and Rhysand and I was like:

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It just feels like we rarely ever get characters we can actually relate to ( I haven’t read ACOTAR but that’s beside the point). In herLux series the main character is also a book nerd, she even has a blog and I pretty much had the same reaction when I read that the first time.

Lena also has a love interest in this novel, I don’t have much to say about him but:

  • He is very respectful
  • He is kind
  • He is patient

and ^^that’s what you want in a guy, right?

Other than that, this is very different to anything I’ve read from Jennifer L. Armentrout before. I have only read the first two books in her Lux series so reading this was a completely different experience. I will say though, it definitely feels like one of her books, the writing and the cheesiness of the love story is all still there. It did feel like the love story was a bit too important at times, but I do understand why it was written that way. I mean, Lena is a teenager and she’s had a crush on this guy for half her life so I won’t begrudge her of her thoughts.

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MORE HAPPY THAN NOT | SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera 

my rating: ★★★★★

tags: lgbt, contemporary, young adult

goodreads rating: 4.11

More Happy Than Not

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In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

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Trigger Warnings:

Suicide, Attempted Suicide, Depression, Homophobia, Domestic Abuse

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I think I’m in love with Adam Silvera’s writing? Seriously, his books are so good and so thought-provoking. Like They Both Die At The End, I really had to sleep this one off, there was a lot of pacing involved.

This is also a really great friendship book. I really enjoyed the relationship between Aaron and Thomas, they had a really lovely storyline.

I feel like I have been hearing about this book for half of my life so I am honestly so glad I have finally read it. Adam Silvera seems like such a cool guy, that he is mostly the reason I picked up his books in the first place. I think this guy might even be getting me into contemporary books, I am slightly more excited to pick them up now!

His books are completely depressing but for some reason, I keep picking them up. This was also such an interesting read because I live such a different life to Aaron, the main character. Aaron is gay and he lives in the Bronx, the complete opposite to myself. While I am on the lgbt scale, I am still straight, and while I am by no means loaded and ready to burn some cash, I do have a much better living situation. I will say though, while this book didn’t have as big an impact on me as it did many others, it did give me an appreciation what I have.

While I’m on it I actually wanted to talk about the “impact” the novel has had on other readers. For me, it wasn’t a big shock and I had seen pretty much everything coming from a mile off, but I was still left crying by the final page. You would think that was all though, right? Well, no I don’t think it is.

Like I said before, I am straight, so the way I see it, this book can only have so much of an effect on me, compared to someone who is gay or bisexual. I know from watching her review, that Cece from ProblemsOfaBookNerd struggled a lot with reading this book. She has suffered homophobia and so from what I can remember, that contributed a lot to her enjoyment of the book and how well she coped with it.

One thing I will say for anyone who hasn’t read a Silvera novel is this:

His books are hard-hitting and unrelenting. Nothing is sugarcoated so if you don’t think you can handle any of the trigger warnings than maybe don’t pick it up. I had, of course, heard that this book was sad, and even after hearing people talk about this book for 3 years, I didn’t understand the effect Adam Silvera’s words would have on me.
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My one issue with the book: SPOILERS

Isn’t trying to make someone gay the same as trying to make someone straight? Please tell me if I’m completely wrong but this was something that irritated me throughout the entire book. While  I was reading this book the main character keeps trying to pressure Thomas into coming out even though he’s straight. Even in the last ten or so pages Aaron was finally accepting that Thomas was straight but then he was all like “Nah he’s in denial” and I lost my shit, Even if Thomas wasn’t straight Aaron should know not to pressure Thomas into coming out.

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Quotes I enjoyed:

  • “Some stories leave off without an ending. Life doesn’t always deliver the one you would expect.” 
  • “I would do my damn best to be more happy than not.” 
  • “You don’t get to keep ignoring the past because you don’t like it.”

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  •  SO SAD WHAT THE HELL ADAM
  • A great read, be prepared

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 Have you read MHTN? Are you a fan of Silvera’s novels?

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THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END | SPOILER-FREE ARC REVIEW

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

my rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5)

tags: contemporary, romance, lgbt

goodreads rating: 4.37

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

reviewsynopsis

When Mateo receives the dreaded call from Death-Cast, informing him that today will be his last, he doesn’t know where to begin. Quiet and shy, Mateo is devastated at the thought of leaving behind his hospitalised father, and his best friend and her baby girl. But he knows that he has to make the most of this day, it’s his last chance to get out there and make an impression. 

Rufus is busy beating up his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he gets the call. Having lost his entire family, Rufus is no stranger to Death-Cast. Not that it makes it any easier. With bridges to mend, the police searching for him and the angry new boyfriend on his tail, it’s time to run. 

Isolated and scared, the boys reach out to each other, and what follows is a day of living life to the full. Though neither of them had expected that this would involve falling in love… 

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This was my first Adam Silvera novel so to say I went in with high hopes is an understatement. I’d heard nothing but good things about his previous novels and so I was elated when I got approved for an e-arc of his latest novel, and this was probably the novel I was most excited to read so it was a very happy day for me.

That being said, if you looked at my rating then you know that it hasn’t received the rating I assumed I would give, though a 3 star rating, in my book still constitutes a good book. A 3 star for me, means the book was still good but it was pretty average, for example, I rate the Mistborn novels 5 stars because I fall in love with the world more and more the more I read them. Whereas, I rate the Lux novels 3 stars so far, because while I get through them quickly and quite enjoy them, I find them quite average and don’t think they’re anything special.

I know I’m going on about this a lot but I do want to emphasise that I gave this a 3.75 overall, because while some parts were slow, I did really enjoy the novel overall and will definitely be picking up Silvera’s other novels later on.

Anywayyyyy… let’s get into the review!

Slow for the most part but I understand why – the book is set over a period of 24 hours so it kind of makes sense – you can’t race through lots of scenes and have a lot of action of high-pressure scenes when you’ve only got 24 hours to work with and have to keep the characters alive until the last chapter or two.

The last 20% of the book was phenomenal – it really captured the essence of the characters and showed how the characters had developed throughout the day, it pointed out their flaws and showed them at the very high point in their life. It made me love Adam Silvera and hate him at the same time, for making me fall in love with these characters, only for me to actually remember every few pages that the characters were going to die.

This was such an awesome concept for a book and I’m so glad that Silvera wrote it because he did it flawlessly. This book made me think, it made smile and it made me cry. I will definitely be shoving it under all my friends’ noses when it hits the stores.

I definitely recommend this book if you want something short that will hit you like a tonne of bricks, or as Miley Cyrus would say:

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If you’re totally on board for all that, then this is the book for you.

It’s been a while since a book has really pulled at my heart strings. I didn’t cry because it seriously takes a hell of a lot to get the waterworks going but damn, I was exhausted by the end of this one. The first two-thirds of this was pretty slow but by the last 20% is was reeling, I experienced probably every feeling on the emotions scale. I was going through the works, there was anger, happiness, sadness, everything under the sun. But, I definitely wouldn’t change anything about this book, it was a great read and it really got me thinking about how our actions can completely change our lives.

Another thing I really loved about this book is how it doesn’t shy away from the fact that the characters all have family and family plays a big role in the actions we take. One of the main characters, Mateo his best friend is a teen mum and he never shames her or talks down to her, he respects her and babysits whenever she needs a break. He loves their little family and completely respects Lidia (the mum) as a normal person. Also, it talks about how like with Lidia and Mateo (who aren’t actually together, they’re just awesome friends), family isn’t always blood. The other main, Rufus, has a completely different style of family, The Plutos and they’re completely amazing and I love them.

It’s actually just occurred to me that I haven’t actually talked a lot about the world yet, and it’s one of the best aspects of the novel, something to really pay attention to and think about when you pick this one up.

I am going to talk a bit more about some stuff that actually happened in the book, but I won’t go into depth, so this bit is still spoiler free, don’t worry!

  • At one point in the novel, a character actually says, “teen deckers these days”, which I found really interesting because people obviously still feel really bad when they find out someone is about to die but this has also been completely normalised. I mean, you have people complaining about kids being a bit dramatic or wanting peace and quiet when the kids are literally about to die in less than 24 hours, how harsh is that?
  • There’s also a Make A Wish sort of place called Make a moment in this book, and it was really interesting to see how bored all the employees are, at one point Mateo and Rufus are walking past someone in the foundation and the employee in charge of that station was completely absorbed in their phone.
  • The last thing about the world of TBDATE that I want to touch on, that I guess directly relates to what I was talking about before, is that all of this is totally normalised in their society. Someone calls you up at midnight, with a completely emotionless voice and tells you that you have 2 hours or less to live. The people calling you are just trying t get their shift over and done with so they rush through it and often call way after midnight, and so by default you have even less time.

I guess what I found most interesting about the world is that unless you’re actually a Decker, death really isn’t a big deal. Unless you got the call you know you’re going to be fine and so people don’t really worry about it at all, they can do what they like because nothing really affects them. The world is really complex and even if you don’t care for the story I think the world really makes up for any dislikes.

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  • I wasn’t blown away but I definitely enjoyed it enough to recommend it enough to friends.
  • SO SAD
  • Be prepared to think about this book for days after you finish it.
  • Awesome world, props to Silvera

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This is a standalone so I can’t also THEY’RE DEAD AND I AM HAVING FEELINGS

But, yes, I will definitely be picking up more of Adam Silvera’s novels.

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Have you read any of Adam Silvera’s novels?
Will you be picking up They Both Die At The End?

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The Flash Volume 2: Speed of Darkness | SPOILER FREE ARC REVIEW

The Flash Volume 2: Speed of Darkness

my rating: ★★★☆☆

tags: comics, DC

goodreads rating: 3.44

The Flash, Volume 2: Speed of Darkness

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I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

MY THOUGHTS ON VOLUME ONE:

I am not totally sure how I really felt about this volume. This reminds me a lot of the show, though I have to say I have recently fallen out of love with the series. I had a hard time getting into this volume as I wasn’t really digging the art but as the volume went on I really started to like it. I really enjoyed Godspeed and Avery so I’m hoping to see their characters develop in volume 2.

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SYNOPSIS FOR VOLUME 1:

A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, well…you know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts–but just where did this amazing new friend come from? Spinning directly out of the epic events of DC Universe: Rebirth, the Fastest Man Alive finds himself at the center of a DC Universe at a crossroads–and reeling from the reemergence of his protegee, Wally West!

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  • easy to read
  • cool villains/plot
  • everything happens very fast
  • centered around Wally West

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This is what I said on Goodreads after I finished the comic:

“I wasn’t really expecting to like this because volume 1 was pretty meh and I am really exhausted lately but I actually really enjoyed this one. I’m hoping to read volume 3 when it comes out later this year.”

Though I think I disagree with this now that I’ve had time to think about the comic. While I was definitely more impressed with this volume than the first, I still wasn’t a massive fan of it. Overall, I was pretty bored and now that it’s been a month since I’ve read the comic, I really doubt I’ll read the third volume.

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In this volume we really got to explore the relationship between Wally and Barry which I really liked. I think if you don’t know much about the comics or you’re interested in learning more about Wally West, Rebirth is  good place for you to start, especially because the series is so new and you don’t have too far to catch up.

I think in this comic I really realised why I preferred Francis Manapul’s series, 1 I just really preferred Barry in that series and 2 I have never been a fan of the Barry x Iris reltionship, especially in the show because they’re asically siblings and it’s too weird.

This is definitely a cool comic series but after waiting a couple weeks after I read the second volume I’ve realised that I don’t really care about Rebirth. I much prefer Manapaul’s series. The only thing I really care about in this series is Wally, Barry is wet and boring, whereas Wally is more interesting to me as I know a lot less about him.

Also, I think I’m just falling out of love with The Flash in general, I don’t watch the show anymore. Actually, in general I might have fallen out of love with DC completely. The only thing I really care about is the WW films (my mum’s excitement makes me excited) and I am still planning to see the Aquaman film, though I doubt I’ll see it in the cinema.

I think Barry Allen as a main character is too much of a wet towel for me, I much prefer a superhero like Iron Man or Spidey, a character who actually has personality and isn’t just a guy with a sad past.

reviewquickoverview

  • Continuing plot from volume 1 but barely
  • Weak plot arc
  • I enjoyed it while reading it but I just don’t think The Flash is for me

reviewwillicontinue

I doubt it. I am interested in the storyline and how the comic series will end but I don’t really care enough to actually finish the series.

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Have you read The Flash Rebirth yet? Are you a comic reader?

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