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I realized that I am terrible at socializing as a blogger on here, so recently I’ve been trying to invest more time looking into what other blogs I follow are posting. Usually I would just post and get along with my day, but that’s not as fun.

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The 5th Wave

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Last night I went to watch The 5th Wave after work with my friends. To tell you the truth I was not that excited to see this movie. When I saw the cast for this movie I was not that impressed. I did not think that Chloe Grace Moretz was going to be a good Cassie. I’m not much of a fan of her, so I may be biased. I also did not like who they chose for Evan, but after watching the movie I could see Alex Roe being him. Ben Parish and Sams were cast pretty well.

When I was watching the trailers before the movie came out, they did not make me feel very excited. There was something about them that was lackluster. I did not feel that excitement I felt when I read the books. (Check out the book trailers here. I think they did much better than the actual movie trailers.)

I also did not feel much excitement as we watched the movie. As you watch it you feel as if there could have been more. You could feel the level of potential of the movie, but the movie never really makes it to that level. Honestly, there were a lot of “what the fucks” and “what the hells” coming out of my mouths and my friends. Why? Because the movie was not accurate to the book. It was like we knew it was The 5th Wave and they took concepts from it, but there were many scenes that happened differently. I understand that the movie is usually going to stray a bit from the book, but damn this was kind of disappointing. I felt like the writers did not even read the book. They either got someone to summarize it or they skimmed the book. How can you just change such pivotal points in the book?

******POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT!!! SKIP THIS SECTION IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK*****

The part where Cassie and Sam get separated and Vosch pretty much cleans out the whole refugee camp is hella different. I felt like that part should have stayed some what the same. They got rid of that Crisco kid and the ash pit. The way Sam and Cassie get separated is different. Cassie’s does not have a struggle with the soldiers. To top it off, Vosch does not neutralize the camp with his alien bomb thingy.

My friends and I felt like this was such a pivotal part in the book for Cassie, but they totally end up butchering it into something that was less of substance.

********POTENTIAL SPOILER OVER. CONTINUE READING*************

Can we just take a moment to talk about Ringer. Ringer looks nothing like I expected. When I went to Lib Con 2015 and Rick Yancey did his keynote speech he told us that Ringer was not going to look like what he imagined and kind of hinted at in the book, but damn that shit took me by surprise. In the second book, he kind of hints at Ringer being part Asian and I’m pretty sure there is a part that says she is part Native American (I could be wrong) however the Ringer in the movie was just something else. She ended up being a pale goth girl with dyed jet black hair that had some mini tats and hella dark eyeliner. IT IS THE END OF THE WORLD WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU GETTING THAT MUCH SUPPLY OF EYELINER. LET ALONE THAT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO ARMY STANDARDS.

I know that this is a movie, but damn. Teacups hair was all out of wack and in her face. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in a bun. Ringer’s hair was always a mess and I’m surprised her higher ups did not say anything about that makeup. I know that in the Army for women if you are in uniform your hair must be kept nicely in a bun  (unless at PT or if you have shorter hair) and make up should look natural. Then towards the end of the movie they somehow had blue fatigues? Did they high jack the Humvee from some naval soldiers or? I don’t know. I’m just being picky. Let’s also not get into how Cassie’s golden locks were always so nicely waved when the bitch was literally out there fighting for her life in the woods. Yall couldn’t have thrown at least a leaf or two in there?

The movie also felt very fast and pushed. Cassie was supposed to stay at Evan’s for a month or two, but it seemed as if she was there for only a few weeks. She was even running pretty fine after being badly injured. WTF. There was also the part to where Ben’s squad comes to a realization about the aliens. It was Ringer who figures it out in the book not Ben. The way that they figured it out in the movie was so quick. Ben literally takes probably less than a minute to realize it and spews it all out to their squad. Bruh, come one now. Where is the suspense?

In all honesty, this movie did not blow me away. Looking back at the notes I took at Lib Con, Rick Yancey did warn us that the movie is not what we were going to expect. I wrote down a quote from him where he said something along the lines of him not writing the movie, directing the movie, or casting the movie. I don’t want to exactly quote him on it since I was writing pretty fast, but the gist of it is that the movie was going to come out different…and it did.

Leaving the theater to use the bathroom, I heard one of the girls in the stalls next to me say “the book was so much better,” then I heard a young girl say the same thing to her father as we left the movie theater to go to dinner. So please, before you decide to watch the movie, read the book. Actually, if you want, go watch the movie now. Just make sure to read the book and you will see the total differences. The book will blow you away. Please Please Please do not judge The 5th Wave on the movie. Read the books.

If they ever do make a second movie, I pray that it will be much better.

I have my reviews for both books, so just click below:

  • The 5th Wave
  • The Infinite Sea (I do realize I barely reviewed this book in my review. You may want to find a better review for this one.)

I’m guessing that since the movie is out, I can release the notes I took while I was at Lib Con. My handwriting is really bad (doesn’t help I wrote in cursive), so you may not be able to read em:

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Here are some helpful links if you want to get to know more about The 5th Wave or Rick Yancey:

Until next time yall!

 

 

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

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“A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer — a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.”

My Thoughts:

In a way, I kind of relate to this book. I was a high school kid a few years ago but was not much like Anda. I was not really that popular but I wasn’t much of a gamer. I guess you could say I was kind of geekyish. The way this book relates to me is that it reminds me so much of one of my friends. She was a lot, to me, like Anda. She was a huge gamer and would spend countless hours gaming where she would meet friends online from across the world.

I think that this book is a great read. It shows us that what we may be doing for fun can be a way someone across the world makes money for a living and even though they are making this money it could be in the worst conditions. It also shows us that sometimes you have to be the one to step in and do the right thing. Stepping in to a situation could end up saving someone’s life. I know that there is that mentality of minding your own business (aka bystander effect) but sometimes people need help even if they don’t realize that they need it.

I definitely recommend to read this graphic novel. It did take me about two days to read it since I put it down a few times. This was only because it did not really grip me as much, but it was still a good read.

Until next time yall!

 

Library Trip 12.28.15

  Last Monday, December 28th, I went to my local library and final borrowed books after so many years. It was such a great feeling!

I picked up a lot of graphic novels and two regular novels.

I’m just so happy to be able to borrow books again and I have decided that I will try not to buy anymore books that I haven’t read yet. This meaning that if I want to try reading a new book I’ll go to the library and pick it out there instead of buying it. If I end up enjoying it, I’ll allow myself to buy it. I’m trying to do this because I have bought so many books in the past few months, but I haven’t read them. I feel like this will be a great solution to keeping my wallet in tact.

I’ve kind of been burning a hole through my wallet with buying books.

Speaking of book buying… I bought some books ahaha

  
Good thing is that I already read the Vampire Diaries ones. 

Until next time y’all! 

Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein

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“Wishing doesn’t make it so, Azra does.

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters,” Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn…and that her powers could endanger them all.”
My Thoughts:
Man. Just man. I was so hyped about this book when I bought it. Genies? oh hell yeah that sounded so cool. I was so ready to get propelled into a wonderful world full of Jinn, but man was I disappointed. The book did not meet my expectations.
I was expecting a great adventure or just something great. This book just did not deliver what I had expected. The concept of the book sounds great and the potential for it to be an amazing book is there, but it just did not make it.
This book took me a few months to read. I picked it up was not too entertained when I started it. I feel like a hefty part of the book was mainly set on the day she became a Jinn in their home. That part kind of dragged so I kept putting the book down.
After she goes to work at the concession shack on the beach, I feel like it picks up a bit more. Even though it picked up, it was still not that amazing.
I think what bothers me the most about this book is that there was sooooooo much potential. I can feel it in my bones that this book would have been so fucking good if it was turned up just a notch. The concept is great and I feel like Lori Goldstein has something going for her, but she just hasn’t found the right tune.
Hopefully the next book will be better. Yes, I’m still picking it up. There is so much potential for this series to be great that I am hoping that Lori Goldstein will kick it up a notch. I don’t hate the book and I don’t dislike it that much. I enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t what I thought I was hoping for. It felt more coming of age rather than a fantasy novel.
Until next time yall!

Alice In Murderland, Vol. 1

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“Now! Let the “Mad Tea Party” begin!

The Kuonji clan, owner of one of the world’s top conglomerates, has a tradition: Once a month, family members attend a “Mad Tea Party.” But at the latest gathering, the nine Kuonji siblings in attendance are shocked to hear a pronouncement issue from the lips of their mother, Olga-

“I’d like you children to now fight one another to the death!”

As chaos erupts, Stella, the fourth daughter, loses all reason, and suddenly a whole new Stella, complete with blonde hair and blue dress, comes out to play-!!”

My Thoughts:

The number one reason as to why I bought this manga was because it was hardcover. I was browsing through Barnes and Noble and decided to check out the manga section to see what it was like nowadays. Typically, I don’t purchase any mangas anymore since I can easily find them for free to read online. However, I immediately saw this manga and was like “holy shit, this shit is hardcover.” I’ve never seen a hardcover manga before do I had to have it, of course.

The second reason as to why I purchased this was because I have this thing for mangas that are based off of Alice in Wonderland. A few years ago, I read a manga called Alice In the Country of Hearts by Soumei Hoshino. I was pretty obsessed with it and was pretty heartbroken when I finished it (I always end up heartbroken once I finish a manga series). You could imagine how excited I was to pick this up.

This manga was sooo cool! I can’t wait to purchase the next volume. The twist that Kaori Yuki puts on the story of Alice is super intriguing. Stella aka Alice is a complete badass. The whole family is complete of badasses and pretty much all of them are mad (both in the angry way and the crazy in the head way).

There is some gore, but what would a manga be with out some blood? I wouldn’t say it’s gorey, though. More like a few sprinkles from time to time. There’s a good amount of violence that keeps you on your toes. This manga had me turning page after page. I’m pretty sure I finished this manga in under and hour (they’re usually very quick to finish).

This manga will not disappoint. You’ll be hit with some twists and turns where you’ll pretty much be saying “holy shit, holy shit, HOLY FUCKING SHIT” and you’ll have a great time all the way.

Until next time yall!

Fables: Animal Farm, Vol. 2

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“Collecting FABLES #6-10, the second story arc of the fan-favorite, critically acclaimed VERTIGO series. Travel to upstate New York, where the non-human Fable characters have found refuge on a farm, miles from mankind. But all is not well on the farm — and a conspiracy to free them from the shackles of their perceived imprisonment may lead to a war that could wrest control of the Fables community away from Snow White. Starring Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Plus, a sketchbook section featuring art by Willingham, Buckingham and Jean.”

My Thoughts:

I love how this volume went by much faster than the first. It’s a bit shorter and there isn’t as much world building so we go straight into the good stuff.

I can’t say much about this volume since it may give you a hint of what happened in the last volume.

In this volume Snow is off to check up the community in the north where the non human looking fables are living. She thinks that she is going up for a normal check up, but comes to face something that she does not expect (even though the signs were right in front of her).

I would say that this volume was okay. My favorite part had to be when one of the characters got out of their imprisonment and set off to settle things down. It was cool how they stormed in all bad ass like. I wish I could give more details but that would definitely spoil it for you.

This volume did not seem spectacular to me, but there is a shocking part in it where you’re just like “Oh Shit” and you just need a second to contemplate how crazy a bitch could be. Bitches be crazy, but of course there is a happily ever after (sort of).

I already have the third volume, so we’ll see how that one plays through.

Until next time yall!