Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review||| The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by: Katherine Howe



















The Appearance of Annie Van Sinderen by: Katherine Howe


Rating: 2.5/5

Standalone

Format: Library hardback

Page Count: 400 

Published: September 15th, 2015

Publisher: G.P Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

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"It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose petal lips and her entrancing glow. But there’s something about her that he can’t put his finger on that makes him wonder about this intriguing hipster girl from the Village. Why does she use such strange slang? Why does she always seem so reserved and distant? And, most importantly, why does he only seem to run into her on one block near the Bowery? Annie’s hiding something, a dark secret from her past that may be the answer to all of Wes’s questions . . .
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Oh this book. Back in early September I went to the library and decided to get all the books (because who doesn't love free books?) TAOAVS was one of the many in my haul. At the time I was really feeling the plot line and I was like "I'll start it RIGHT NOW" ... so that's what I did. I can tell you one thing and it's that this book didn't take me a short period of time to read. Actually, it took me over a month and it's only 400 pages, which isn't anything too drastic. I'm not sure if I lost interest or if I was too busy worrying over all the new-releases but this book just took me FOREVER to finish. So let's get into my actual thoughts on the story.

I was immediately intrigued by the prologue (or chapter one but I can't remember which it is.) The narrator is discussing an old newspaper, nothing too drastic, when all of a sudden you begin to hear about a fire that massacred a ton of people. The tone of the novel was eerie and I loved it.
Then we start to get into the actual story. I definitely wasn't as drawn in as I was with the prologue but still I trudged on. I didn't really pick up on everything that was happening and I wasn't instantly in love with any of the characters either. The story was told in parts that followed two different character, Wes and Annie. The first part, which followed Wes, was pretty lacking in content, nothing really happened. 
After part 1 we flip over to part 2, which followed Annie. I was instantly confused when it was her POV and I didn't feel unsettled like I think I was supposed to feel. 
... and it really didn't get much better.
I kind of began to catch on to "the big reveal" when I wasn't far into Annie's POV, so finding out some things about her past weren't as surprising as I wish they would have been. 
There is one point in the book where Annie is just running around the streets screaming about how confused and scared she is. This wouldn't have been a big deal if it hadn't continued for a good 3 pages. It was extremely dragged on and I just wanted to start skipping pages at that point.
As much as I didn't really enjoy Annie's POV I really didn't enjoy reading Wes's POV. Wes's parts were just pretty average until the end, even then they weren't super interesting.
After you get a good chunk of the way into the book you begin to see the Pov's changing in no specific pattern. I personally really hate when this happens, especially when a book is told in 3rd person similiar to Allegiant. I couldn't tell who was talking and it's annoying to flip back through the book to check.

As far as the characters...
We have Wes, Annie, ... Wes's friends and his girlfriend? Who's names I've long forgotten at this point. Wes started out as a shy film guy, at least that was my interpretation. I really liked him because it was refreshing to not read about a douche canoe main guy for once.Yeah, well that didn't last. I felt like he had a very double-sided personality. He had a cute nice-guy exterior but then towards the end he cheats because... well I still don't understand why. 
MADDY *remembers girlfriends name*
So Wes and Maddy meet at a seance towards the beginning and Maddy immediately doesn't mesh well with me. I think she was supposed to be seen as an "I can take care of myself bad-a**" but she comes off pushy and needy and just... *shudders.*
Both of Wes's friends were douche bags. We had one who was pushy and had one-sided expectations; then we had the one friend who got all the girls and worked at a super fancy clothing store. Both had smug attitudes and I couldn't stand scenes that included them.
Annie was just meh. I didn't really hate her but I didn't connect with her. Actually about the not hating her part...
Towards the end she has her head in the clouds and she makes some idiotic decisions. Actually I guess everyone does. There were so many ways to avoid what happens in the end but apparently no one in this book has a smidgen of common sense.  

Overall, I really just didn't like this book. I was hoping for an eerie contemporary but all I got was annoying characters and a few confusing chapters. However, after reflecting on the book I couldn't find a ton of things that I would change about it. I truly believe that this just wasn't my type book and someone else could find enjoyment out of it. If the synopsis sounds interesting then you may just want to give the first few chapters a try.


Favorite Quote:

"... A minute can be an eternity, sometimes."

(P.s I have a TON more quotes on my Tumblr 
because if there's one thing this book has it's the amazing quotes.)


Thank you for reading and have a lovely day!
:D


Monday, November 23, 2015

Movie Review||| Mockingjay Part 2: ALL DA FEELS

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Movie info:

Mockingjay Part 2 is the final movie in the Hunger Games franchise; Based off the NYT bestselling series by Suzanne Collins.

Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen

Josh Hutcherson is Peeta Mellark

Liam Hemsworth is Gale Hawthorne

As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts by the Capitol, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance.
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*MAY INCLUDE SPOILERS*

Being the fangirl I am I was dying to see Mockingjay Part 2 on Thursday night; Let's be honest I wanted to be at that premier with the cast because that would be the dream. However, I finally got to see the movie today (Monday the 23rd) and ASDFGHJKL.
So let's start from the beginning... like the VERY beginning *transports to 2011*
I remember reading the books when I was fairly young and just DEVOURING them. (Fun Fact: THG was my very first fandom) Then in 2012 the first movie came out and I went and saw it and I loved it and it was the best thing ever. Then Catching Fire came out and that was the bomb dot com. Mockingjay Part 1 definitely wasn't my favorite but it was still pretty fantastic. 

Mockingjay Part 2.

Was.

Amazing.

It may be one of my new favorites. 
The tagline is "Nothing can prepare you for the end" and it's extremely true. I read the books and I knew what was going to happen and I knew what deaths were going to occur. But nothing could have prepared me for how it would visually go down. 

The movie starts where Mockingjay Part 1 ends with Katniss taking off her neck brace in District 13. She wants to talk to Peeta etc. The action really kicks off when she decides to "go rouge" and join the front lines so she can fight in the war. If you've read the book then you know that nothing good happens from then on. Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and the rest of the people in the squadron encounter endless traps, all gruesome and unforgiving. 
The traps that specifically stood out were the black liquid (oil? tar? acid?) and the specifically traumatizing scene with the mutts in the sewers. I knew they were coming but it still scared the crap out of me. They also weren't what I envisioned in my mind. Where as in the first movie they were dogs in this movie they were slimy swamp creatures that had rows of sharp teeth, moved extremely fast, and didn't seem to be affected by fire. 

Was not expecting this. IT IS TERRIFYING.
Oh did I mention that they're completely cannabalistic? BECAUSE THEY ARE. I started sobbing and hyperventilating when Finnick died (I screamed out loud like a lunatic.)
Of course there was another traumatic death that I think we all were scared of. Prim... and the POW POW EXPLOSION. I started sobbing when the children were killed but then to see Prim look at Katniss a final time and to see it on screen was too much. I started sobbing uncontrollably because it was just so sad. Just thinking about the scene as I'm typing this is making me super sad *tear*
But moving away from the inevitable tragic deaths......

The set was absolutely stunning; I could not have pictured the Hunger Games world any other way. The graphics and special effects were amazing as well (actually they were pretty mind-blowing.) The actors were amazing and the perfect people to play the characters. Everything about this movie was mind-blowing and chilling and UGH so good!

Though there was a ton of death and I was super upset, the ending was strangely satisfying. The epilogue really did it for me and I think the franchise was ended perfectly.



Aftermath:I was completely in-denial after the movie ended so me and my friend stayed in the theater for an extra 5 minutes wishing that this wasn't the end. (We even learned who the directors driver was.) But eventually we left the theatre :)



In the end I can't give this movie anything less than 5 stars. If you're hesitant because you've read the book and you don't think the movie will even compare then just go see it! I really loved it and I truly believed it will give you some closure.


Thank you for reading!
Have a wonderful day 
:D 


P.s the movie poster and the mutt picture are from Google and I claim no rights to the image used.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Quote-a-liscious?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish


  Today is one of those days where I wish I kept a book of quotes like everyone else. Why? Well, I'm supposed to be sharing with you wonderful peoples some of the quotes from books I've read this past year. I think there was another TTT similar to this one where I just got my quotes offline, I know I'm horrible xD
But today I'm going on a hunt to find the perfect quotes to put in this post (not from the internet this time, I promise.) 

                                                 .....and I'm off!



-Don't Look Back by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
(P.s This book was FANTASTIC. I can't recommend enough.)




-Vengeance Road by: Erin Bowman
(READ READ READ)




-The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by: Stephen Chbosky



-Winter by: Marissa Meyer
(SO GOOD SO FAR. I'll forever and always recommend the Lunar Chronicles)


-Downcast by: Cait Reynolds
(READ READ PLEASE READ READ SO GOOD)



Mmmmmm that's all I've got xD
 From now on I'm going to try and keep a quote book *forgets immediately*


Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
:D



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday (Where I break the rules and fangirl... a lot)

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish


   Helloooo! It's time for another TTT with today's topic being:

Top Ten book --> movie adaptations I'm excited for

Since I'm a rule breaker I'm also considering "movies" as TV shows because there are a few TV shows that I'm uber excited for *cough* SHADOWHUNTERS *cough*



1. Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children

So I have yet to read the book (yes, I know I'm behind but SO MANY BOOKS) but I'm still excited because... Actually just know that I'm excited for fangirly purposes.



2. THE FIFTH WAVE

Okay, fine. So maybe this book has been sitting on my shelf, unread, for two years now but have you seen that trailer?! There was so much epicness in just a few minutes that I NEEEEED the movie. Like now... *looks into distance longingly



3. The Young Elites

I don't remember the exact details or anything however I do remember something about a movie? I'm not sure if it's even been officially picked up but ya know what let's go with that. Plus, I need *spaces out and forgets character names* Enzo? Yes Enzo must be in my life.




4. Fallen 

I haven't read Fallen, probably because I hear nothing but negative things about it. However, I really want to see it on the big screen because maybe it translates better into a movie?



5. MockingJay Part II

ASDFGHJKL I CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT. I almost made a list without mentioning this glorious movie. So I'm obviously super excited for this movie because WHO ISN'T?  but I'm also super scared. Why? Well If you've read the books then you know *makes exploding hand motion* But I also recently realized that this was the end of the franchise as in no more movies or books. What will I even do? THG has been a part of my life since 2011 and it's about to end in a few weeks. *ponders what to do with life*



6. Allegiant (Parts 1&2)

Excited is not the word I would use to describe how I feel towards these movies. The words "Let's get this over with because I think the franchise is doomed" is more accurate. (I mean they were on Mars in the trailer so...) Maybe it won't be cringe-worthy? Hopefully?



*PAUSE*
CHOCOLATE BREAK



7. Obsidian

No explaining needed. I'm just interested to see who they cast as Daemon because sometimes there are certain things that are important in life...



*Bonus*
A movie I wish was a thing


8. Don't Look Back

This book was pretty freaking fantabulous and I think this book would make a fantastic movie. I'm not huge on thrillers but I would definitely go see this one!



T.V Shows I'm excited for... very excited for

9. Shadowhunters

I know this may come as a surprise but Shadowhunters is definitely at the top of my must watch list. The cast seems extremely promising, the trailer was meh, but I'm still gonna cross everything I possibly can and hope that the show is amazing.



10. Throne of Glass

I'm not sure if ToG will even be picked up but if it is I hope that the cast and the script shows how amazing the books are. Plus those fae though.




Thank you so much for reading!
Have a wonderful day
:D


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #?


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.


     Faith here (Haha not I'm not avoiding Nanowrimo again...) and today I'm going to be talking about a book that I'm currently waiting for...and anticipating.... and dying because it doesn't come out until May of next year. I love this author and I'm personally super excited for this debut. (Probably out of this world amazing debut.) I'll stop fangirling for long enough so that I can tell y'all the book.



*drum roll*




"Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose."


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I'm excited for everything to do with this book! (I've been holding out on posting a WoW until the cover was released but lookie it's so pretty!) If this book interests you then maybe sign up for the Tsar's Guard?


What is your WoW?
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
:D


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nanowrimo-ing is hard: An update on my nanowrimo experience... thus far


As many of you may know Nanowrimo (or National Novel Writing month) began only a few days ago and can I just say that I'm already tired. This is my first year actually participating in Nano (I mean I signed up last year but I did absolutely nothing lol) and so far it hasn't gone the best. Keep reading if you want further proof that the struggle is real.

Day 1: November first was a stressful day for me. Actually, October 31st was stressful as well. I continually checked the clock every few minutes to see how much closer nanowrimo was. Spoiler Alert: The time wasn't changing as fast as I thought it was. At about 11:20 pm I started to go into full panic mode. Here I am sitting on my friend's couch without a writing prompt or any pre-planning whatsoever, getting ready to attempt to write 1,667  words. My thoughts in that moment: "Yeah I'm screwed."
Despite my mental negativity I tried to be as positive as possible.  I didn't have the resources to start writing as soon as the clock struck twelve so I didn't start writing until 5 p.m. (I took a nap for about four hours because I had only slept about 3 the night before.) I'll admit that I did procrastinate but fortunately I was able to write more than a few words. Sadly, I was unable to reach the minimum number of words for that day. Though, I did write 1,247 which was only 420 off from the goal. I will admit that I only stopped because I had school the next day and I didn't want to be drastically tired.


Day 2:I got up at 3:30 a.m that morning because apparently my brain thought it was time to write? Since it was such and unreasonable hour I only wrote a paragraph before I fell asleep again. Throughout the school day I continued  a scene that I had been writing, using a paper and pencil instead of my laptop. I felt that things were going okay until I got to third hour, went to start writing, and realized that I didn't  like what I was writing. I felt as if I was just spewing nonsense at an invisible audience at that point, even though I was only about 4 pages in. I didn't write anything else for the rest of the school day and when I got home I procrastinated... again. Later that night, currently tonight, I decided to start over from scratch. Maybe this decision was idiotic but I'd much rather be behind on my word count that working on something that doesn't satisfy and excite me. As of right now I'm doing research on German folk lore and I'm trying to get more research done so I can jump into my novel as soon as possible. 


(Yes, I definitely am writing this blog post to avoid doing nano right this moment.)


I'm also a fairly slow writer so we'll see how the rest of Nanowrimo goes. I'm determined to push through, even if I dedicate this month wholly to novel research because that's still progress in my book. :) Not actually in my book (haha) but y'all get what I'm saying.




Are any of you participating in Nano this year?
If so what is your username? (mine is bookspiration_)
I wish everyone the best of luck and as always thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.
:D

Top Five Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to (toss a book across the room and never look at it again aka) NOT read a book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovelies over at  The Broke and the Bookish Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday ...