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Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Rating: 3.75/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.

Review:

This is not really related to the book the movie borrows its title from, but it was a fast-paced, entertaining adventure and I got a couple of good laughs through it.

It is very interesting to see the past of Alice in Wonderland’s characters..

Though some things didn’t make much sense (like how Alice changed to her last outfit and the ending – where did they get the funding to do that if they seem to be broke?), I have to say I mostly enjoyed it.

I would say the weak spot is the plot and all the running around felt pretty pointless at times and even bored me.
However, it is such a fast-paced and colourful that you don’t stop to think about it much.

The visual effects are stunning as usual and I felt taken a way but I do feel the characters had shone more and the plot had had a bit more depth and oomph.

The Conjuring 2

The Conjuring 2

Rating: 4/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a malicious spirit.

Review:

I know it sounds a bit sick but when I heard a 65 year old man died watching this movie I just knew I had to watch it. It’s been so long since I got a good scare.

The setting in England was very refreshing. I loved everything about it. The family seemed very real.

The sets were amazing as well, particularly the house. It was so decrepit. I really felt for that poor family, living in those conditions.

As far as I am concerned, most of the performances were spot on. The girl playing Janet was pretty amazing at times.

And I did get good scares, although I could always see them coming.

Regarding the shortcomings, I would say the pacing was a bit off, the ending was somewhat rushed and convenient, the romance between the two investigators was a bit overdone – american style, I suppose – and some dialogues were just not good at all. Example:

– (…) entities like to kick you when you’re down.
– Well, that hardly seems fair.

It was just silly and I never really felt like that mother truly feared for her daughter’s sanity or safety.

The Conjuring 2 is still amongst the best horror movies I have watched lately, so I recommend it.

The Versatile Blogger Award

I am late, oh so late!

 

I have not done one of these in ages!
I don’t know her name but thank you for nominating me, Ajoobacat!
You should definitely visit her blog, her reviews are concise and very informative and have helped me on several occasions to pick out my next reads.

Rules:

Show the award on your blog
Thank the person that has nominated you
Share 7 different facts about yourself
Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

Seven facts about me:

1. I am extremely awkward in social settings but I thoroughly enjoy one on one interactions.

2. For the past few months I have woken up at 5ish am regardless of what time I went to bed and just cannot get back to sleep.

3. Some of my happiest moments are spent around nature, just feeling/listening/smelling it or reading as well.

4. Reading is definitely my #1 hobby but it has been increasingly difficult to find a book that sweeps me off my feet.

5. I don’t watch movies or shows on my computer.

6. For several months now I have switched from morning coffee to around 4 cups of tea and have found it makes me feel better and perks me up just as much, not to mention I get the liquids I need and never get otherwise.

7. I cannot recall ever buying an e-book.

15 Blogs I Nominate:

I am picking awesome people who take time to check out my posts and whose blogs I thoroughly enjoy.
So, in no particular order:

1. Sarah @ http://www.sjhigbee.com/

2. Emma @ https://emmathebooklover.wordpress.com/

3. Kim @ https://cadburypom.wordpress.com/

4. Rosie @ https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/

5. Koeur @ https://koeur.wordpress.com/

6. Paul @ https://photopaulm.com/

7. Nicola @ https://rustandstardustblog.com/

8. Diana @ https://mythsofthemirror.com/

9. Cathy @ https://746books.com/

10. Angela @ https://booksandopinions.com/

11. Loreen @ https://coffeeandcatsblog.wordpress.com/

12. Daniela @ https://bookstogetlostin.wordpress.com/

13. Geoffrey @ https://highteadreams.com/

14. ? @ https://abooknation.wordpress.com/

15. ? @ https://wearevoracious.wordpress.com/

Blood, Ink & Fire

Title: Blood, Ink & Fire

Author: Ashley Mansour

Genres: Dystopia | Fantasy | Romance | Science Fiction

Length: 464 pages | 6224 locations

Source: Netgalley

Format: Mobi

Rating: 1.25/5

Premise:

Noelle is different from everyone else in Fell. In a place where words are forbidden and no one even seeks them anymore, Noelle feels an urge towards them.
When she makes the decision of following that calling, can the ones she loves be safe? What will she find? About herself, about the world?

Review:

I understand many people loved this book so I will try to keep my review as objective as possible.

Blood, Ink & Fire starts out as your average dystopia: a society where individuals are deprived of freedom and has this incredible AI whose purpose is more than meets the eye. Quickly you get the feeling that this is an ode to Fahrenheit and Shakespear and book loving in general.

However, as a work of fiction, to me, it failed to deliver. Suspension of disbelief is taken to an extreme, dialogues and monologues are cringe-worthy and the narrative just doesn’t flow, being obvious at time and not delivering resolution at others.

For example, we don’t even know why people are ‘immersed’ on their 17th birthday. Why 17? Because it is convenient that our main character is that old when all the juicy stuff starts happening?

And the bad guys. They are supposed to be almighty and have full control and all imaginable resources to be anywhere, anytime they want and yet they only show up at convenient times?

Even the names are ridiculous. Why Fell? Other than it is one letter apart from Hell? Obvious much?
And Boolos as short for book lovers? Really?
Forgetsum?
Need I go on?

There is a lot of info dumping and yet no actual world setting. When do these people eat? How can Noelle drive? How can she run for ages, did she get any exercise in her previous life that would justify it? And it goes on and on.

Also, once again, romance completely overpowers the story from a point on. And it doesn’t even make sense. This Ledger guy sounds much too human from the getgo, for someone or something who is not supposed to be one of us. I didn’t even get what he was supposed to be.
There’s a lot of feels and yet I go through the book completely unable to connect to any of the characters, least of all the main one, who everyone seems to love, Lord knows why.

The book had potential. I thought the relationship between Noelle and John was cute, different, and not just because he was blind or they didn’t make romantic moves. Although the fact that they called each other by their initials never made any sense to me but I guess it was supposed to make their relationship more special. Then it just went downhill for me. Things started happening for the sake of happening and I was, quite honestly, bored.

There were, as I said, things left unexplained and others that made no sense like what happened to the twin who deserted the Risers, or Noelle finding herself in a room, alone, with a note explaining that the room only locks from the inside and she can use the key to let herself out. Wha…? Is this a whodunnit book? Nope, it goes completely unnoticed.

There were several interesting concepts, especially the importance of books and the dangers of this new age where people no longer seem to resort to them to obtain information or pleasure – supported by quotes of books at the beginning of the novel whose authors have studied this phenomenon and sadly I have to say that was about my favourite part, the inspiration. The development of the premise just left me disappointed beyond words.

Disappointing does not even begin to describe the ridiculous ending. Is it supposed to be surprising or shocking? It’s not. It’s just ridiculous.
If you are going to introduce a different concept you need to make it work, not just be lazy in the end. You have this guy who isn’t a guy but sort of the memory of books. He has a mission. She has a mission. Find 9 books which will somehow lead to the location of this special, amazing place, although it is never clear what is supposed to be done when it is found. HOW?? How on Earth was that supposed to happen? How does it work? She reads all 9 volumes and something clicks? Are there hidden clues in each of the volume? How??
Also, for a thing that is supposed to be special, there were numerous opportunities to shake the reader with the wonderful act of reading and yet I only even remotely felt it once that I recall and even that lacked a good amount of emotion.

So even though most of this book waived between a 2 and a 3, by the end it just went down to 1. What a total waste of time.

Disclaimer: I would like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Read from Jun 19 to Jun 24, 2016
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Now You See Me 2

Now You See Me 2

Rating: 3.75/5

Premise:

From IMDB:
The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

Review:

Well that was entertaining!

There were quite a few loopholes, some corny stuff particularly in the villain department, no way most of that stuff could ever have happened, and I have to admit the long sequences worn me out, but the movie still held my attention through and through.

The ending spoiled it a bit for me and I felt dizzy with everything that went on, but it was still a very enjoyable experience. Cannot beat the first one, but still pretty darn amazing.