Free For All Friday: Ocean’s 8 Movie Review

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Oceans-8-2018Title:Ocean’s 8

Rating: 4 Stars

Release Date: June 5th, 2018

I saw Ocean’s 8 last weekend and I really really enjoyed it for the most part.

For those of you who don’t know the plot, it’s basically about an all girl crime ring lead by Sandra Bullock’s character who happens to be Danny Ocean’s sister. The plot was great, the characters were great, and the execution was alright.

One thing I forgot when I watched this movie was that I really don’t like Sandra Bullock. Most of the time, I can sit through her movies and be fine, but there was just something about the way she was playing her character in this movie that I absolutely hated. She was kind of a bully, and borderline kleptomaniac. There was also something about the way her face never changed out of a stupid smirk that screamed “fuck you, I don’t do logic” that I couldn’t stand at all.

The rest of the movie was flawless though. Rihanna was everything  I could have ever wanted. I think we were all swooning over her in this movie. Sarah Paulson is my everything.

And Anne Hathaway. I love her so damn much and everything about her character in the movie made me so damn happy.  Like if I could get a spin off movie of just Anne Hathaway as she was in this movie, I’d watch it over and over again for the rest of my life.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad movie. There were just somethings that I didn’t really love about it. My rating would probably be 4 stars, even with the things I didn’t love.

Happy Watching,

Emily

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Tag Thursday: The Netflix Book Tag

the netflix book tag

I found this book tag on Pinterest actually and thought it was super cute and wanted to try it. I’ll tag anyone who wants to do it because it was super fun.

1. Recently Watched: The Last Book You Finished Reading

Book: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

I recently reviewed this book and only gave it two stars which was really disappointing because I had really been looking forward to it. It was just one of those things that I was just really into the hype on and it let me down. I’m hoping my next read won’t be as disappointing.

2. Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on a book you have previously read

Book: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

I was recommended this book because I read Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman and was raving about it for weeks. I love pretty much anything to do with pirates and ships and the sea aesthetic so I really really enjoyed this book.

3. Recently Added: The Last Book You Bought

I actually bought like seven books that last time I bought a books so here’s a list.

Halo- Alexandra Adornetto

The Rose & The Dagger- Renee Ahdieh

The Upside of Unrequited- Becky Albertalli

Bad Girls, Don’t Die- Katie Alender

Never Never- Brianna Shrum

Enclave- Ann Aquire

The Impossible Knife of Memory- Laurie Halse Anderson

4. Popular On Netflix: Books Everyone Knows About (2 you have read and 2 you haven’t read or  have no interest in reading)

Two I have read:

To Kill A Kingdom– Alexandra Christo

The Mortal Instruments Series– Cassandra Clare

Two I haven’t read:

Children of Blood and Bone– Tomi Adeyemi

Save the Date– Morgan Matson

5. Comedies: A Funny Book

I actually went through my read list on Goodreads and I could not find a single comedy book. Most books with just good banter make me laugh.

6. Dramas: A Character That Is A Drama King/ Queen

Pretty much any character in Thirteen Reasons Why don’t @ me.

7. Animated: A Book With Cartoon Characters On The Cover

Does Pretty Little Liars count? (It’s Barbie Dolls but I couldn’t think of another one)

8. Watch It Again: A Book/Book Series That You Want To Re-Read

The Raven Cycle– Maggie Stiefvater. I love this series so much. Reading it was a magical experience the first time around and I want to immerse myself in that world again.

9. Documentaries: A Non-Fiction Book You’d Recommend To Everyone

The Stranger Beside Me- Ann Rule. This book was such a fascinating look into Ted Bundy’s life and all the things that lead up to him being one of the most notorious serial killers in history. j

10. Action and Adventure: An Action Packed Book

This Savage Song- Victoria Schwab. I felt like every scene had a different kind of action in it and I couldn’t put it down because I didn’t want to miss something important. I can’t wait to read the next book.

11. New Releases: A Book That Just Came Out Or Will Be Coming Out Soon That you Can’t Wait To Read

Trail of Lightning- Rebecca Roanhorse! I can’t wait to read a book that centers around Native culture that doesn’t include them in the savage antagonistic tribe kind of way. I think its going to be such a great read and I can’t wait for release day.

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I Own and Should Have Read Already

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I have probably the worst book buying problem on the planet. I get even the slightest bit stressed out and suddenly I’m ordering ten books on Amazon because for some reason that makes me feel better. So naturally, my To Be Read list is like twenty pages long and still growing. No regrets though, right?

Anyway, here are my top ten book that I own and definitely should have read by now.

1. Children of Blood And Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1)– Tomi Adeyemi

children of blood and boneThey killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.

2. An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)– Sabaa Tahir

an ember in the ashesLaia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

3. Caraval (Caraval #1)– Stephanie Garber

caravalRemember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

4. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)– Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

illuminawThis morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

5. Strange The Dreamer (Strange The Dreamer #1)– Laini Taylor

strange the dreamerThe dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep.

6. Sky in the Deep– Adrienne Young

sky in the deepRaised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield — her brother, fighting with the enemy — the brother she watched die five years ago.

Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.

She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.

7. Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1)– Tricia Levenseller

daughter of the pirate kingThere will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

8The Wicked Deep– Shea Ernshaw

the wicked deepWelcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

9. The Sun is Also a Star- Nicola Yoon

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.inddNatasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

10. Heartless– Marissa Meyer

heartlessLong before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Book Birthday Mini Post Part 2: Thief of Happy Endings- Kristen Chandler

I lied.

There are two of my Most Anticipated Releases happening today.

Thief of Happy Endings- Kristen Chandler was also on my list and it’s definitely my guilty pleasure out of the whole list. Horses, rodeo, and romance are three of my favorite things and I can’t wait to read this one.

Thief of Happy Endings– Kristen Chandler

Thief of Happy EndingsEver since her father moved out, Cassidy feels like her life has been falling apart. So a summer of riding horses at a ranch camp in Wyoming sounds like just what she needs–never mind the fact that she has a paralyzing fear of horses. She’s determined to move past her fear, even if that means taking lessons from the insufferable (yet irresistible) junior wrangler Justin and embarrassing herself in front of the other campers. What follows is a summer of rodeos, complicated friendships, and a wild mustang thief on the loose. 

Book Birthday Mini Post: Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

It’s June 19th which means another one of my Most Anticipated Reads of June 2018 is being released! Dive Smack is one of the ones I’m most looking forward. I love mysteries with a creepy edge and I’m a sucker for books where some sort of dark family past is discovered slowly. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and get down to business. (I’d have it already, but I suck at preordering anything.)

Dive Smack– Demetra Brodsky

Dive SmackTheo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match.

Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hollow Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.

But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rushing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.

 

Book Review: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)- Cassandra Clare

img_1258Title: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Review:

I do this weird thing every time I read a book by Cassandra Clare where I convince myself that it’s going to take me too long to read the book for it to be worth it because they are so big. I’m always wrong though because these stories never fail to suck me in and keep me reading until the very last page.

Lord of Shadows was no different. It’s very rare in a book series where I like every single characters. Interesting enough,  I loved all the characters in The Infernal Devices trilogy too. Emma and Julian are such dynamic main characters, but they would be nothing without their supporting characters. Cristina is amazing. I love her more than probably anyone else in the books because she feels more human. Emma would probably be lost without her down to earth personality and rationality. Julian lives for his family. His entire character is built around his need to protect and take care of them. Without them, he’s just another broody character that paints his feelings.

So many things happened in this book. It wasn’t just a rollercoaster of emotion; it was an entire theme park. I somehow managed to read this 701 page book in one sitting because the twists and turns were so well placed that I would start to put it down and something else would happen that would force me to keep reading.

One thing I didn’t particularly like in the first book was Emma’s weirdly forced connection with Clary. It just didn’t seem to fit and every interaction seemed awkward. It was better in the second book, but I kind of rolled my eyes at where that particular plot point is going. Clary has always been my list favorite Shadowhunter’s character because she always has a flare for the dramatic and I can see this plot point annoying me a lot.

And last but not least, in true Cassandra Clare fashion, the ending had me open mouth gaping and rereading the page over and over again. I’m always blindsided by the things that happen in the last few pages of these books and this particular one left me breathless and unable to process for at least five minutes.

I need the next book immediately because I need to know what happens to everyone.

Happy Reading,

Emily

 

 

 

Five Fictional Love Stories I Despise

Romance is really hard thing to capture in books sometimes. I run across a lot of love stories that I really can’t stand. Whether they are unhealthy, co dependent, or just down right creepy, here is a list of five love stories that I absolutely despise.

1. Hazel and Augustus (The Fault In Our Stars– John Green)

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I really really struggled with this entire book. The whole thing was whiny and self destructive. Hazel and Augustus were just too pretentious for me to take seriously at all. I hate that Augustus Water’s is described as a beautiful plot twist in the book’s synopsis. In reality, he’s exactly the sort of person you would squint at when they try to talk to you because you aren’t sure whether they are being serious. His pretentious personality made him seem slimy and fake whereas Hazel was just too naive and desperate for something better to realize that he was actually very toxic. Hazel’s almost instant devotion to Augustus made me really uncomfortable along with all his weird, quirky ways of getting her attention and convincing her that he’s something special. While it was still a fairly well written book I could have done without the creepiness of the love story.

2. Juliette and Warner/ Adam Kent (Shatter Me– Tahereh Mafi)

shatter meI want it on record that I’m going to be rereading this series because I didn’t finish it to begin with purely because this series has my least favorite love triangle ever. I want to give it a second chance but who knows how well that is going to go. I started out really like Adam Kent and hating Warner which was obviously what we were supposed to do. I watched Adam Kent risk his life over and over for Juliette who ultimately was all heart eyes for the enemy for some reason that I still don’t understand. I remember being really annoyed through the two books that I did read and then I started hating Adam because he started being awful (which i I felt was out of character but whatever). But like I said I am going to reread because the series is getting a lot of hype again with the release of Restore Me so I guess we’ll see if I change my mind.

3. Alina and Mal (Shadow and Bone– Leigh Bardugo)

shadow and boneI loved this series. I loved the story. I loved the world. I loved the characters. But the romance between Mal and Alina was something I could have lived without. It was co-dependent and unhealthy. Mal was awful to Alina when she first discovered she was Grisha and it took him longer than it should have to come to terms with who she really was. I hated that he judged her and made her feel awful, but then turned around and claimed to love her. I truly believed that Alina would have been better off in the end without a love interest. (I thought the same thing about Katniss in The Hunger Games.) I don’t like that she took him back after all the shit he put her through. At least the Darkling nourished her powers and taught her how to come into herself. Mal just judged her for being different.

4. Celaena and Chaol (Throne of Glass– Sarah J Maas)

throne of glasI have been internally writing a blog post for years about the relationship between Celaena and Chaol and how it could never have been end game. Every time I sat down to write it I could hear the hundreds of rabid Throne of Glass fans coming at me on all social media telling me that I’m wrong. I loved them in the start, I really did. Until it became obvious that Chaol was never going to stop being prejudice and I was happy when she was able to move on from him. I don’t know why people always have an issue with female characters in books that have more than one love interest and I definitely would have been more angry if she was forced to stay in a relationship with someone who couldn’t accept her. One day, I’ll write that real post, but today is not that day.

5. Luce and Daniel (Fallen– Lauren Kate) 

fallenThe whole concept of the love story in this series is really gross. Daniel is a thousand year old angel who basically stalks a human girl for centuries because she’s his “soulmate” and then basically causes her death over and over again every time she’s reincarnated because he can’t control himself enough to stay away. Throughout the whole series, he gets progressively more possessive and secretive. The whole thing is just creepy and weird. Luce is too enamored by his broody good looks to even make note of all the weird things that are happening when she’s around him.  Personally, just the drama between Daniel and the other alpha male, Cam, would have turned me off so fast. It was like a giant pissing contest all the time and it was just really difficult to read.