Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Insurgent: Movie Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to review the Insurgent movie! I've had a few days to digest everything, and I think that I have gotten everything in the right perspective. I'll be talking about some of the promos, the movie, and how the movie compared to the book. I will admit that I had some expectations for the movie, but I was (sort of) surprised. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!

My overall experience was a positive one, which I found a bit surprising. I hadn't really said anything about the trailers for this movie, but I guess that I'll go on record saying that I hated most of the previews for the movie. For the most part, what was shown was the green screen BS that didn't reveal much about the plot. It looked so fake and ridiculous, and it seemed to be featured in every promotion for the movie, whether it was a poster, commercial, or trailer. It was the shatter effect that really did me in. And, of course, it was in the movie, but thank God it was only there for a few minutes. I still cringed a bit, but only for about twenty minutes.

There were a lot of effects that I didn't really believe. I think that if you're going to do green screen effects, then do them well, but if you can do practical effects, do practical effects. One such case was the the cable effect that puts Tris in the simulation. (I'm considering this not a spoiler because it was in a few of the trailers) When the cables come down from the ceiling, it just looks so fake. They could have easily have someone attach cables to her, and that could have made it more dramatic if they picked the person that I'm thinking of. Just things like that start to pick at me.

Another small thing is Tris's wig. This goes back to the Twilight days where everyone was checking wigs, and everyone would judge who'd have the best one. The moment I saw Tris's, I cringed. That moment happened to be while I was watching one of the trailers, which may be another reason for me not to like the trailer. Fortunately, the wig was only featured for five minutes. I just felt the need to be nit picky.


Without the shatter effects, I felt pretty good about the simulations. They evoked feeling, and I felt myself tearing up despite the horrible effect. Part of me feels like that was partially due to the acting skills of Shailene Woodley. The way she react to simulations was really good, especially since a lot of it was green screen. It's got to be hard to act to something that's not really there.

I also felt pretty good about "the box change" that everyone (including myself) was freaking out about when the trailer first aired. It made sense in the whole scheme of things. It kept things moving forward, and it gave everyone a good reason to be doing something.

One thing I did have a problem with was the ending. Of course, I'm going to try and not spoil anything for anyone. But I will say that it didn't end the way that I expected it to. Not even so much that if it did or didn't go along with the book, but it seemed to me that things were wrapped up pretty nicely. No one, expect maybe Tris, seemed overly concerned with the new developments. I'm hoping that will be addressed in the last movie.

Another thing I hope they address is some of the characters that were introduced in this film. If you're like me, you've been watching every update for the movie, and it was kind of a big deal when Johanna and Uriah were cast. We were really excited, but they only appeared a few minutes each. There wasn't a lot there for character development. I'm hoping they'll have more of a chance in the next movie, but for this one, I felt a little let down.

Another weird aspect about casting was Tobias's mom, Evelyn. My friend went with me to see the movie, who also read the book, and when she saw Evelyn for the first time she turned to me and asked if she was twelve. While that's really nice for the actress, it made her seem like Four's sister instead of mother.

However, the rest of the cast did a really good job. Peter was his snarky backstabbing self. He was also really funny, which was nice because this movie is much grittier than the first one. That's another thing I appreciated. Caleb was pretty good, but I felt like he didn't have a lot of agency in this movie. I guess will see more of him next time.

Four is still hot. I'm sure his acting was pretty good, but that's not important. Just kidding! Theo James did very well in this movie. He didn't get a lot of really emotional scenes, but he'll get more of a chance of that in the next film - unless they decide to split the books.

All together Insurgent made me feel a myriad of emotions, some good and some not so good. After taking everything in, I'm giving this movie three truth serums instead of five.



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Monday, March 30, 2015

Shadowhunters: A New Television Series? Thanks, ABC Family! Maybe...



Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to report some exciting news. As we've been told since The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones failed at the box office, the Shadowhunter world is coming to life via a television series. However, new information has come out saying that ABC Family is taking up the project and production begins in May.

Now, I have to say that I'm pretty excited by this news. Sure, ABC Family has been known to produce some television shows that may or may not feature some bad acting or situations that are so ridiculous that none of it is actually relatable. But, they have been pretty successful with their book-to-television series Pretty Little Liars. What makes me pretty excited is the amount of effort that goes into the series. I'm hoping they'll put the same production values in Shadowhunters, and if they do, I'm thinking I'll be pretty happy. Also, I've seen it mentioned that they'll be steering away from a teenager audience and more towards adults in their 20s, which is great for me.

Another piece of news I would like to mention isn't really news but more of a rumor. It's already been confirmed that the cast for the City of Bones movie will not be reprising their roles for the television show. That doesn't really surprise me. But there have been some whispers of Molly Quinn being "in talks" for the role of Clary Fray. Some people aren't too happy with this, but I really like the idea. I've really enjoyed the work that she has done, and I think that if she's given the role, she can do a lot of things with it. She's also a really big nerd, and that may have endeared her to me a bit.

There hasn't been much news as to the other cast members, but if production begins soon, I'm sure we'll be getting some more news pretty soon.

Let's be honest, I can't wait for this television series to be out. I think that the movie had some good elements to it, but with the amount of intricate details that the books have, I think that the TV show will have a better shot of being what the Shadowhunter fandom wants. But, we won't know for sure until it comes out. Let the waiting begin!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist: Book Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the Booksplosion book of the month: We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist. This book is a set of short stories showing the many failed relationships of Josh Sundquist. He tries to go through each relationship scientifically in order to answer a very important question: Why has he never had a girlfriend? But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!

Let's start out with our narrator/author. He's not your traditional cool guy, which makes sense now that I think about it, considering he's never had a real girlfriend. He's awkward and clever, and he's really quite funny when he's not stressing about whether or not Liza Taylor is really into him. When he was just going with the flow, he was a good guy who went on to do some really cool things yet experience some really socially awkward situations. Still, if I met him at a bar, I would have thought he was really cool.

The way that he told his stories were really interesting. In the book, he explains how he is too much into math and science, and you can really tell when he takes an analytic approach to each of his relationships, complete with graphs both informative and hysterical. He supplies background of each relationship (or the story portion, if you will). Then he states his hypothesis, which is then tested by him talking to the girl in question way after the fact. It's such a novel idea, and I can say that him going back and getting the real scoop of his failed relationships was perhaps my favorite part of the book.

Each relationship was different, and each of them have their highs and lows. As it is with anything with multiples, you're going to have your favorites. I won't give into any specific details, but I will say that I can completely identify with many of the situations he faced and, unfortunately, how he reacted. I'm sure at least one of the back stories will make you feel the same.

I was ready to give this book a five out of five on just the fact that it's not like anything I've ever read before and because it was executed extremely well, but I have to dock it a few points for two reasons.

One, there is one story in the book where Josh and "the subject" hardly interacted. Thus, he filled the section with experiences with three other girls (this sounds like an impressive amount of women, but don't be fooled). One such girl that he mentioned, I felt could have gotten her own section. She was Crazy. Yes, that is with a capital "C." I wanted to know more about her, and I was kind of upset that she seemed more like filler than a real person.

Two, as much as I appreciated the message, I found the ending to be a little cliche. Again, I won't spoil the book, but I felt like the message could still come across without having it spelled out for me at the end. I do appreciate the last "subject" that was mentioned. She doesn't get a lot of page time in the book, but she made the ending more memorable.

With everything said and done, I'm giving this book four prosthetic legs out of five.



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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. It's the second book of the Starbound series, and the prequel to this book is last month's Booksplosion book. This book introduces Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac, two people on different sides of the war on Avon, a planet that hasn't been able to terraform into a more habitable planet. But enough about that. Let's get onto the review!

The first thing I have to mention is the lack of Lilac and Tarver in this book. They first appear about halfway through the book and quickly disappear, which is a bit upsetting considering how much I fell in love with them in the first book. I was looking forward to seeing them a bit more, but I will admit that the one scene where they are doing some long distance communicating is hysterical.

I have to say that despite the fact that I wanted Lilac and Tarver in the book a bit more, I am happy that this book stuck to the two switching point of view story-mode that was enabled in the first book. I was concerned it would turn into something more like The Lunar Chronicles, but was happily surprised with the format.

Let's get to our main characters. I love Jubilee "Lee" Chase. I don't know any other way to say this. She is a bad ass, in the best of sense. She comes across as a tough soldier who is untouchable and has no soul, but you can tell when she talks about how much she cares for the people she trains and leads. She's able to make tough decisions, but she can break. To me, she really breaks the mold for female characters.

Then there's Flynn Cormac. He's the yin to Jubille's yang. He's a dreamer, a bit naive, but he is still able to be a leader. He has a way of convincing his people, and goes to extreme lengths in order to protect them. He hopes when there is no hope. He dreams of peace on a planet that has no nothing of war. He just brings a breath of fresh air in the book.

Something that I felt like was an improvement was the fact that there were other characters in the novel. They were able to interact with more than just each other, which meant that there was more action in the story. There was also a chance to connect with characters other than our narrators.

Another aspect I was happy about was the whispers! Their back! I won't be spoiling this book, but just know that I am so happy that they make it back, and in a different way than what I was expecting.

I will say that I suspected that the Knave, an expect hacker, that they mentioned in the story would be the center of the next book. I looked it up, and yes, the Knave will be featured in Their Fractured Light. I will say that I am intrigued, but I'll save it for the next review.

This book is a mix of Romeo and Juliet, gender role reversal, and Star Trek. It even got me choking up at the end. While this review may be a little biased, considering I tend to like sequels a little more, I'm going to four and a half cocktail swords out of five. 



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Monday, March 9, 2015

It's My Birthday! - Update


Hello, everyone! I'm back, and no, I do not have any reviews today. However, I do have an announcement. Hint: look at the title. That's right! It's my birthday! That means I get to spend sometime with my family, get some cool merch to review, and (hopefully) sleep more than the five hours I've been getting. With all of that said, I've had trouble finding some time to get any reading done or writing any reviews. I've been very neglectful, but now I'm getting some work done!

I'm hoping that I'll be able to get some more work done with my new laptop! If you followed some of my other updates, you'll know that I've had some problems with my old laptop. Buttons are missing. It heats up to the point where it shuts itself down. One of the hinges is off. There were a lot of problems, and I'm really happy that I was given a new one before finals rolled around. Thanks, Dad!

My brother, who knows me so well, found a perfect gift for me. He got me the Target Special Edition Mockingjay Part 1 movie! I'm so excited, and from what he's told me, he had a bit of trouble finding it. Turns out they sold out quickly, but he was able to get me a copy when they restocked. I can't wait to see all of the special features. 



My mother decided to get me a couple of dresses from the Kohl's Cinderella Collection. They are a beautiful blue, and they make me feel so girlie and frilly. They feel a little tight, but that just motivates me to bring back How to Be a Heroine. I really need to update that. Back to the point! I can't wait to have an occasion to wear them. A ball perhaps? Hmmmm...



I got a purse and some cash from my sister. I know some people are a little miffed when they get cash, but this means that I can get more stuff to read and review! I also have to give her a pass for the awesome Christmas present that I recently got in the mail (long story-don't ask). It's an Catching Fire inspired half sweater. I posted a pic on twitter, which you should definitely check out.

I've just finished This Shattered World. So, expect that review to be up soon. I'll also be starting Booksplosion's Book of the Month, which is We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist. Expect lots of twitter posts of the funny infographics that fill this book. Hopefully, I will be able to continue some of the series that I've neglected, including some merchandise reviews and How to Be a Heroine.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner


Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm here to review These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. This is the book of the month of February for Booksplosion. It tells the story of the daughter of the richest man in the universe and a young major with a few battles under his belt. Both have been stranded after their spaceship crashed on a deserted planet with only them as survivors. But enough about that, let's get onto the review.

Now, let's talk about our two main characters: Lilac and Tarver. Lilac is a daddy's girl, and being the daddy's girl of a space mogul, she has certain expectations. She's a high-class gal who doesn't associate with commoners... or men... or anyone really. She leads an isolated life and holds a terrible secret. She's terrified of making connections, and for good reason. However, her character development while on the plane tickled me. I was delighted to see her transformation, but I can't say anymore without revealing the plot. But let's take a look at Tarver, shall we?

Tarver sounds like a thirty five year old man. He's not, but he definitely sounds like it. He's a major in the army by the age of eighteen, and he's seen some things out there on the battlefield. But lately, he's being doing some press for his good deeds while out in the colonies, and he despises it, until he spots Ms. Lilac. I'm really impressed with his deep emotional side. He loves deeply, and he writes poetry. He's really a complex individual when I think about it.

I also want to speak on "the whispers," and I'll do my best not to spoil it. They are eerily cool. They play such a vital role while being behind the scenes, yet give our characters some room to make some important decisions. Also, if they do not show up in the next book, I'm going to throw the biggest of fits. You can count on that.

I will say that at the beginning of the story, there were many characters I didn't feel the need to connect with. I'd read the summary for the book (like you do), and I knew that Lilac and Tarver were going to be the only people for most of the story. So, I didn't feel the need to pay much attention to anyone else.

One thing many people many people may not care for in this book is the constant switch of P.O.V. a la Allegiant by Veronica Roth. This doesn't bother me, but I know that some people find it disconcerting. There's only two P.O.V.'s in this story, which makes it okay in my book. Also, I think that each P.O.V. brings something different to the story, which justifies it in this case.

This book is a good mix of Doctor Who meets the Titanic (which did happen on an episode of Doctor Who) meets Cast Away. About half way through the book I had decided to give this book three and a half lilacs, but when the ending had me tearing up, I added an extra half lilac. Altogether, I'm giving this book four lilacs out of five.



That's it for this post! Comment down below on some of you favorite sci-fi books. Remember to check YouTube later this month for the Book Talk for this book. I'll make sure to post it when it does come out. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for ridiculousness about my life and up to date information about the blog. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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