Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Death Cure by James Dashner - Book Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back with another fun book review! This time I'm reviewing The Death Cure by James Dashner. It's the last book of The Maze Runner series. But enough about that! Let's get on to the review!

The Death Cure is where things get interesting in this trilogy. Both the boys and the girls have made it back to WICKED, and WICKED gives them an option. They can have their memories returned or choose to live in ignorance. Thomas isn't buying it, though. He's starting to question the intentions of WICKED and if those intentions are worth hurting all of these kids. Now, they are on the run again, but this time they are determined to take down WICKED, and they'll try with some help from familiar faces.

I really enjoyed this novel, but if you know anything about my tastes, I tend to favor the final book of a series. However, for the most part, I do think that this book merits my liking of it. There was suspense and drama and new love interests and all sorts of good stuff.

One thing I like about the last novel in a series is that this is where everything comes full circle. That is very true with this book of the series. We have characters from previous books making important appearances. We have important figureheads that are introduced, sort of. We also have familar characters playing different roles.

I also have to appreciate the whole reason as to why the kids are there. For the first two books, I had zero idea of what could possibly come out of putting kids into giant mazes, making them kill each other, and forcing them out into a world that they don't remember or understand. Now we have a reason as to why they are doing this, and I could definitely see how society would be forced to do this.

I can't find many negative aspects about this novel. The one thing that I felt could have been better would have to be the introduction of Chancellor Paige. She changes the game in this novel, and is very important to what WICKED is and what they are doing. I just felt like she should have been introduced earlier on in the series.


I really enjoyed the last book of this series, and since I didn't many misgivings about this book, I'm going to give this book four and a half brains out of five.


That's it for now! I'm not sure what my next series will be. So, if you have suggestions on what you would like me to read, leave a comment about it down below. You can subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. You can get up to date info about the blog and ridiculousness about my life by following @KK_Donna_Blog on twitter. You can also follow the tumblr dedicated to this blog, and you can find it at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see you next post!

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner: Book Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back with another book review! Today I'm reviewing The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. It is the second book of the of The Maze Runner trilogy. But enough about that. Let's get to the review!

The Scorch Trials starts at the safe house where those who have survived the attack and the maze are staying. They wake up one morning, Teresa is gone, and it turns out that WICKED is still playing games with these kids. They tells the kids that they have all been infected with a virus called the Flare. The only way for them to get the cure is for them to make it to a specific location by a certain time. They all know that they don't have a choice. They set out, but they don't know who to trust or what is actually real anymore. Things take a turn when a friend becomes an enemy, and the race to the cure turns into a full out war.

There are a lot of good things happening in this novel. I love the fact that while I was reading, I couldn't be a hundred percent certain about what to believe or who to believe. It makes you feel like you're one of these kids. You suspect everything, and you want to figure out the mystery of WICKED and their intentions. I guess this story is a bit like a mystery novel, with a bit more suspense.

Usually in young adult literature, you can sort of guess what each of the characters intentions are even if the main character doesn't suspect a thing. In the case of this book, I was in the same position that Thomas is in. That's a really cool experience. Also, when he gets his heart broken, so do I. I really enjoyed that aspect of this story.

There is one thing that I did not appreciate about this novel. I kind of felt like it was a repeat of the first novel. Now the ideas that are being used in this book are new. That's not exactly what I'm talking about. I just feel like these kids are in the same position that they were in the first book. They are still under the control of WICKED. They just know a tiny bit more than they did in the previous book.

Overall, while it did a good job completely rounding out the would that the novel takes place in, it felt too much like the first book to really stand out to me. In all honesty, it's probably my least favorite out of the three books. I have to give this book a three rusty bullets out of five.



That's it for now! Next up is the review for The Death Cure by James Dashner, the third of The Maze Runner Trilogy. Feel free to write a comment down below for this series or some books that you would like for me to read. You can subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button to the right. You can get up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life by following @KK_Donna_Blog on twitter. Finally, you can follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog and you can find it at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see you next post!
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The Maze Runner by James Dashner: Book Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back with another fun book review. This time we have The Maze Runner by James Dashner. We're starting off this dystopian series with a bang. But enough about that, let's get on with the review!

The Maze Runner tells the story of Thomas. He wakes up in a elevator one day knowing nothing except his name. He ends up in the center of a giant maze where forty other boys await him. So far, there isn't a way out of the maze, but Thomas is determined to be a maze runner and figure out how to escape. The situation turns dire when the first girl appears in the maze with a mysterious message. Now it's do or die to get out of the maze.

This is a really cool concept that I've never seen before in dystopian young adult literature. These children are brought into the center of a maze without their memories. One great thing I love about this genre is fighting the control of the authority. In this book, they don't even know who that is. They don't know who they're fighting. Still, they have a common goal, and they work together to overcome obstacles.

One thing you learn quickly about the series is to expect the unexpected. There are constant twists and turns that the reader just doesn't expect. Once you learn about one aspect of the world, it get completely turned on its head. It's really interesting and different, but there's a part of me that didn't know what to believe in, which makes is a bit more difficult to read.

When all is said and done, this book is a bit difficult to to read but has an interesting enough concept that makes you keep reading and push on to the second book, which I did. Overall, I give this book four grievers out of five.


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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters: Movie Review! (Spoiler Free)



Hello, everyone! I'm back with my long awaited movie review of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters! Now, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this movie and the producers and the distributors and whether or not we will be getting a sequel. As always, I hope for a sequel because then you have a chance to improve the franchise (and make more money but what do I know). But enough about that! Let's get onto the review!

Now, in case you've never read the book this movie is based on, I will provide a short summary for you. This movie tells the story of two girls. One is a Moroi, a vampire who is considered good and can wield magic. The other is a Dhampir, a half vampire half human hybrid that is stronger and faster than Moroi and lives to protect the Moroi. The Moroi is Lissa who is a princess, can do strange magic, and has a enemy. Rose is the Dhampir who is determined to protect her best friend Lissa with her life. The movie tells the tale of them coming back to school and dealing with the the normal experiences of high school and the not so normal enemies trying to kill them.

I have to say that I did enjoy this movie; however, it did have some downfalls. First off, let me talk about what I love about the movie. They did an excellent job with the main cast. They are beautiful, talented, and fit their characters perfectly. I love Zoey Deutch who plays Rose. She did an excellent job with the character and looked fantastic while doing so. I also loved her interaction with Danila Kozlovsky who plays Dimitri. They have great chemistry and I loved all of their scenes together.

Speaking of Danila, I loved him in this movie! Everything about him said "Dimitri." The way he moved, the way he spoke, all of it really showed off Dimitri's character. I will also say he is nice to look at, like a lot. I know a lot of people thought that he looked a bit older than Rose, but that's kind of the point. That aspect didn't bother me. If anything it helped the whole forbidden romance he has going on with Rose.

I also enjoyed Lucy Fry who plays Lissa and Dominic Sherwood who plays Christian. They were so cute together, and I love their interactions. I have to say as a whole the protagonists did such a good job. My favorite character may have to be Sarah Hyland playing Natalie. She was everything I hoped for and more. She has some of the best lines, and she was so awkward. Everything she did fit the character well.

I loved how they did their best to stay as close to the book while giving the movie a thematic flare. They did a good job of interpreting the school and daylight equals nighttime thing. I liked their uniforms and the tattoos. They did a pretty good job of bringing specific elements from the story to the screen.

Now it's time to be a little critical. The movie felt more like a collection of moments rather than one continuous movie. Also, the movie was incredibly rushed. That probably has something to do with the setting up the scenes and editing. For example, there's one scene where Rose is breaking into someone's office. She asks for help and someone agrees to help her, but they just show Rose walking into the office, grabbing something, and walking out. In this case, the setup was there but the execution didn't follow through.

Now there has been some discussion about how the Weinstein Company may have sabotaged their own movie; however, I'm not here to play the blame game. I'm not here to say who was at fault for what went wrong with this movie. I'm just here to say whether I enjoyed this movie or not. Verdict: I did. I enjoyed this movie for what is was, faults and all. Was it perfect? Not even close. I think part of me liked it because I liked the book so much. I think that there are parts of of this movie that could be loved by people who didn't read the book, and I hope that these people take a chance when the DVD comes out.

So these are my final thoughts: I like this movie. Sure, there are some hiccups, but I don't think they ruin the movie. If you still have some concerns, rent the movie when it comes out before buying. But I think if you like the books as much as I did, you will like this movie.
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Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead: Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another fun book review! It's the final installment of the Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead! As much as I want to congratulate myself on getting to this final post for the Vampire Academy series, we need to get down to business. Let's get on to the review!

Last Sacrifice continues right were Spirit Bound left off. Rose is being charged with Tatiana's murder. Dimitri tries staying away from Rose, and now the both of them are on the run. Rose thinks the way to solve both the troubles with court and give Lissa some say so about the new age of legal Dhampir guardians is to find the missing Dragomir. Emotions flare once Dimitri and Rose are forced together to right the wrongs of their community.

I really love this book. So many things are coming to head, and I have to say that I love how Rose and Dimitri are forced to work together. We all know that Dimitri loves Rose. He just doesn't feel that he deserves her. Seeing him trying to force his feelings away feels a lot like the first novel, which brings me to my next point.

This book brings several aspects from all of the different books back to this last novel. Many characters that we see over the course of the books come back into this one, and they all play vital roles. It was great how each of them come back and what they all do. I cannot get anymore specific with the characters without spoiling the story for my readers.

I also have a love/hate relationship with the ending of this book. It is able to tie up a few loose ends, but it manages to unravel so many more, which is probably a setup for the Bloodlines series. As much as it infuriates me, I have to say that I plan on reading the Bloodlines series anyway.

I tend to really enjoy both the first and last novel of a series, and this one is no different. I love this ending of the series. I have to give it five C4 bricks out of five.



That's it for the Vampire Academy series. On to the Maze Runner series! Feel free to comment down below about this series or the one coming up in the comment section down below. You can subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. You can get up to date information about the blog and other nonsense by following @KK_Donna_Blog on twitter. You can also follow the tumblr dedicated to this blog, and you can find it at this link. Read on, lovies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead: Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another fun book review! We're getting close to the end of the Vampire Academy Series. This review is of the fifth installment of the series by Richelle Mead. So, let's talk about Spirit Bound, and let's get on with the review!

In Spirit Bound, Rose has made it back to St. Vladimir's Academy after failing in trying to kill Dimitri. She tries to move on with her life, including graduating, starting a relationship with Adrian, and trying to rebuild her image after going rouge. Dimitri is making it difficult with his threatening love letters, and things only get worse when Rose believes she has found a way to bring Dimitri back from being a Strigoi. The only thing is that it requires help from the one and only Victor Dashkov.

There is a lot going on with this novel. Rose is trying to hold onto some kind of hope that Dimitri can come back to her. They decide to break Victor out of prison. Dimitri is constantly trying to kill Rose. Lissa and Chrisitan get kidnapped. Rose tries to get over Dimitri with Adrian. Then at the very end, there is a cliff hanger that leads to the next book. While there's a lot of stuff going on in the novel, it didn't ever feel that way. Everything flowed from one moment to the next.

I haven't talked about a ton about this relationship, but it needs to be said that Christian and Lissa's relationship gets really interesting in this novel. They are still separated from the big fight that happened in the other novel, but they are forced to work together in order to save their friend. It's also nice to see some conflict come in a form other than Dimitri and Rose.

When I think about this novel, there isn't anything that I really dislike about it. It was as enjoyable to read as it was heartbreaking. This is definitely worth the read, and I think I'll give this book five out of five spirit-infused stakes.


That's it for this review! Up next is the the last book of the Vampire Academy series, Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead. Feel free to comment down below about this book or the series! You can subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. You can get up to date information about the blog or ridiculousness about my life by following @KK_Donna_Blog on twitter. Lastly you can follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, and you can find it at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!

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Blood Promise by Richelle Mead: Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another fun book review! Continuing on with the Vampire Academy series, we have Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. This is the fourth book of the Vampire Academy series, but enough about that. Let's get on with the review!

First off, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST THREE BOOKS OF THIS SERIES! That is in all caps because I would hate to spoil this series for anyone, but let's get down to nitty gritty of this book. This book is about Rose's journey to find Dimitri who is now a Strigoi. Her plan is to hunt him down and kill him, but will she be able to kill the one she loves? While Rose is on the other side of the world looking for Dimitri, Lissa is dealing with Rose's departure and what that means for their friendship. She's realized that Rose had a part of her life that she couldn't share with Lissa. Then new girl Avery moves to St. Vladimir's, and she has her sights set on Lissa. Everything comes to a climax when truths are revealed.

I like how this story takes an idea from the very first book and puts it into play. From the very beginning, Rose and Dimitri both said that if they every turned Strigoi, they would want someone to kill them. Now that is the major plot of this novel. Rose is out to kill Dimitri. How well she does that is another thing entirely.

I also love how we learn more about Dimitri in this novel. We see his home country, Russia, and we see his family who are devastated from losing him to the Strigois. It also shows Rose what actually happens in the blood whore communities that she's only heard about. There's a difference between the blood whores that she sees at the club and Dimitri's family. She even said how much she wanted a family like Dimitri's.

Now it's time to be a little critical. Since this is the first time that Lissa and Rose are away for an extended period of time, there is a lot of jumping back and forth between characters, and of course, anything that Lissa does is seen through Rose's eyes, which makes it a bit more complicated. There were some points that felt a little forced.

With all of that in mind, I give this book four and a half bottles of real Russian vodka out of five. While I did feel like I was jumping around a bit between Lissa and Rose, I thought that the relationship between Rose and Dimitri was absolutely stellar and really interesting to read.


That's it for this review! Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment down below. You can subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below. You can add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. You can stay up to date on the blog and ridiculousness about my life on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog. Lastly you can follow the new tumblr blog dedicated to the blog, and you can find it at this link. Read on, lovevlies! I'll see y'all next post!

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