Movie Review

Cinema Sunday #21|Bird Box (2018) Movie Review

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Released: December 21st 2018
Length of Film: 2h 4 min
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis
When a mysterious force decimates the population, only one thing is certain — if you see it, you die. The survivors must now avoid coming face to face with an entity that takes the form of their worst fears. Searching for hope and a new beginning, a woman and her children embark on a dangerous journey through the woods and down a river to find the one place that may offer sanctuary. To make it, they’ll have to cover their eyes from the evil that chases them — and complete the trip blindfolded.

Review

I’ve been into thrillers a lot recently, so when I saw the trailer for Bird Box, and seen that Sandra Bullock was the main character, I knew immediately that I needed to watch this one. This movie is by far the best movie I have seen this year, thriller wise. I am so glad that I took the time to see it because I am in complete awe.

po2j5bt4sg72Bird Box has one of the most unique plots I have ever heard of. An outbreak has spread across the world, making everyone that looks outside break down, and resort to committing suicide. It’s intense, it’s dark and it’s thrilling to the very end. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time, and I was crossing my fingers that my favourite characters survived.

DSC04279.CR2The creators of this film does not hold back. No one is safe as the more the movie goes on, the more people die. As soon as you think you know what is going on, a twist in the plot arrives and you are left breathless and sad over the loss of so many.

birdboxthumb-1542149318374All the actors did such an amazing job in bringing the thrill to the screen. Sandra Bullock is so amazing, she continues to surprise me with each movie she stars in. She has proven that she is capable of playing any roll that is giving to her. She is the actress of all trades. Sandra Bullock is one of my favourite actresses of all time, and this movie just adds to the list of the reasons why I love her.

1540458771_sandrasocialI am giving this movie 5 stars, simply because it was incredible. I encourage everyone that is looking for a good thrill to add this one to your list because you will not be disappointed. I know for a fact that I will be watching this one again very soon, it was that amazing. I am also going to recommend it to all my friends and family. Everyone should know about Bird Box. It deserves recognition for the amazing job that everyone involved in this movie performed.

5 Stars

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Giveaway! Signed Copy of The Girl In The Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan!

377950291Due to a postage error, I received an extra signed copy of The Girl in the Broken Mirror by Savita Kalhan. I read this book and absolutely loved it, so I am going to give you guys a chance to win this amazing book.

SYNOPSIS:

Jay’s creative writing exercise is to write a fairy tale, to end with ‘they lived happily ever aft er’. But the way her life is panning out she’s not sure it will ever reach that stage. She and her mother are moving in with distant relatives and they have super strict rules for girls. Jay is expected to have only Indian friends, if she has any at all. How can she see her school friends, Chloe and Matt ? But this is only the beginning of a nightmare for Jay. When her life implodes, how can she hide the shame and how will she find a way to keep going?

The Girl in the Broken Mirror is ultimately about hope and understanding, and where help can be found – even in the darkest situation

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Book Review

Review | Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

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Author: Rachael Lippincott (Goodreads, Twitter)
Published: November 20th 2018
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 288
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis
Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

Review

The trailer for the upcoming movie is what sent me over the edge. I just new that I needed to pick this book up as soon as possible. And I am so glad that I did.

This is the first book that Rachael Lippincott has ever published and it is an amazing debut. I was hooked from the first chapter. I needed to know what happened to our main characters. I needed to know that they would be okay.

This book switches characters each chapter so that we have the chance to understand the perspective of both Stella and Will. The two terminally ill patients that are both residing at the same hospital for the time being, hoping that the direction that the doctors are taking are going to improve their health.

This book made me cry so much. And it takes a lot for me to cry because I am usually pretty good at calming my mind when something bad happens in a story. But I couldn’t do that through this one because I could feel the heartbreak that these teens were facing every day. It made me hurt and contemplate about why the world is so unfair.

I loved the characters and how their personalities began to rub off on each other. The risk taker began to be more careful with his decisions. And the good patient started to become more reckless. They brought out the best in each other. And yet they weren’t supposed to be within 6 feet of one another. It honestly reminded me of The Fault In Our Stars a little bit.

I’m going to give this book 4 stars for breaking my heart and then slowly letting it heal. This book went by very quickly and my mind was whirling the entire time. I didn’t realize how invested I was in the story until the last page. I wanted to know more! Don’t get me wrong I was satisfied with the ending but I still wanted more and more of these two innocent souls. I would recommend you pick this book up because it was amazing.

4 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Version 9Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner

Book Review

(ARC) Review|Brief Chronicles of Another Stupid Heartbreak by Adi Alsaid

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Author: Adi Alsaid (Goodreads, Twitter, FacebookWebsite)
Published: April 30th 2019
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Pages: 384
Genres: Contemporary
Rating: 2 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis
The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her longtime boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, Lu can’t write a single word, despite the fact that her college scholarship is tied to her columnist job at hip online magazine Misnomer. Then, she meets Cal.

Cal’s ever-practical girlfriend Iris is looking ahead to her first year of college, and her plans do not include a long-distance boyfriend. When Lu learns that Cal and Iris have planned to end their relationship at the end of the summer, she becomes fascinated and decides to chronicle the last months the couple will spend together.

The closer she gets to the couple, the more she likes them, and the more she wants to write about them. The summer unfurls, and Lu discovers what it really means to be in love. On the page, or off it. The book is touching exploration of love and how it shapes us both during a relationship and after it has ended.

Review

I wish I could say that I loved this book. The first couple of chapters showed such promise. But in the end I was let down by the main character Lu, who was honestly the most unlikeable character I’ve ever read from.

Lu is a writer for an online magazine, where she specializes on the thoughts of love. But when she gets her heartbroken by her boyfriend, she develops writer’s block to the point where her editor must give her an ultimatum. Produce a column or you’re fired. Out of pure luck or chance, Lu discovers a couple that are facing the same troubles her ex and herself faced. She becomes obsessed with this couple convinced that they’re story is the only thing that will save her job and her future writing career.

Oh Lu. She is tactless, selfish, unreliable and a pain to read about. I detested her character. She begins to ignore her family and best friend. Obsesses over two love birds that she doesn’t know and even develops a crush on the boy who is her muse for her story. Newsflash he already has a girlfriend! Girl, you are not a smart cookie by any means.

What upsets me the most about this book is that I loved the idea of it! I wanted to love it so much but the main character and her horrible personality made this book hard to pick up. I’ve been putting off finishing this story for weeks because I didn’t want to read from Lu’s perspective anymore. She drove me crazy.

I’ve never written a book by Adi Alsaid before, and this story showed such promise I wish it could have followed through. I will however, still pick up some of his other works because apart from hating the main character, I thought the story idea was genius. And I would like to see what other stories the author has created.

I am giving this book 2 stars simply for the fact that I could not get over how much I disliked the main character. Take her out of this books equation and this would have probably been a marvellous story.

2 Stars

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

4505164Adi Alsaid is the author of several young adult novels, including Let’s Get Lost, Never Always Sometimes, and North of Happy. He was born and raised in Mexico City, where he now lives and spills hot sauce on things.

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Book Review

Review | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Author: Cassandra Clare (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Published: March 27th 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages: 485
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Review

I’m so excited that I re-read this book this month. City of Bones will remain one of my favourite books of all time as long as I live. I am still so baffled that Cassandra Clare was able to weave such an intricate world with so many species and laws and amazing characters. She is one of my all time idols, one of my favourite authors.

Clary and Jace are by far my favourite characters. I even found a new love for Simon this time around. Each character was so carefully crafted. Their personalities so different and unique from one another. The characters throughout this book are amazing, and I love how new characters got added throughout the book without me getting dizzy. It’s really a gift to be able to write about so many characters without confusing the reader. And Cassie Clare definitely has that gift.

I’ve read this book 4 times, and each time I catch things I missed during previous reads. I love re-reading this book because every time it confirms my love for the story and the Shadowhunter world. The way the story is woven is incredible. I would honestly put Cassandra Clare in the same category as J. K. Rowling, she is just so talented.

This book has non stop action, blooming relationships, silly banter, an evil idealist back from the dead, demons, supernatural everything. As they say, all the stories are true. There is only so many ways I can rave about this book. It’s amazing. It’s honestly on my top 5 list of all the books I’ve read in my life and I encourage you all to pick it up and give it try. You will fall in love with the characters and the world that Cassandra Clare so carefully crafted. You will become addicted, reading the books in the Shadowhunter world as quickly as possible. That is an almost guarantee.

I’m giving this book 5 stars. And I think it’s safe to say after all my gushing about this amazing tale, you can tell why.

5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

cassandraclare-683x1024Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

Book Review

Review | Rules of Survival by Jus Accardo

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Author: jus Accardo (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Published: June 2nd 2014
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Pages: 202
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Mystery
Rating: 5 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis

If you want to survive, you have to follow the rules…

Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother’s murder. She’s been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She’s a piece of work, and Shaun can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

Review

I was nervous to pick this one up because I have already read it when I was about 16 and I had absolutely loved it. And I was scared that I wasn’t going to love it as much as I used to since my reading tastes have grown tremendously. I am so glad that I was wrong, because this book is still going to be at the top of my favourites list.

There is never a dull moment in this one. Kayla finds herself handcuffed to a bounty hunter when all she wanted to do was clear herself from her mothers death, and clear her mother from a death that happened years ago. But it could never be that easy, as people, from bounty hunters, to hired muscle, to the actual man that killed her mother, were all after her.

I loved each and every character from this book. The good guys and the bad. They were all written so perfectly that I had a hard time believing these people were imaginary. And the romance! Oh, this book has the steamiest romance I have ever read in my life. It made my toes curl and my heart pound, and I loved every minute of it.

I love how the author was able to keep the intensity at such a high level throughout the entire novel. I read this book in one sitting because I was so captivated by the thrill that I could not put the book down no matter how much I tried. My heart was a mess of irregular heart beats on every page because I never knew what was going to happen to the two characters that I love so much. Even though I read this book a while back, the intense thriller vibe of the story made it seem like I was reading it for the first time.

I am giving this book 5 stars simply because it was amazing. I love the characters, the plot, the thrills, the ups and downs, everything about this story was absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to read more of Jus Accardo’s works, because I have a feeling if her other novels are anything like this one, then she is going to become one of my favourite authors pretty darn quick.

5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

NEW-PIC-300x300JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.

Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

Movie Review

Cinema Sunday #20|Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Movie Review

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Released: January 5th 2018
Length of Film: 1h 43 min
Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis

Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address — 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M. — the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear — the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.

Review

This is my second time watching this movie because I wanted it really fresh in my mind for this review. The Insidious movies quickly became one of the most loved horror franchise in the world. With only four released, anyone with an obsession for horror movies will have definitely seen them. I’ve seen them all and I love each and everyone of them.

insidious-the-last-key-2018-2Elise is my favourite character. I love her personality so much and I love the fact that this movie focused on her childhood and that us viewers got a chance to understand her past and the events that shaped her to be the woman she is today. We got to meet her extended family and we learned so much about her parents and her brother, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Film Title: Insidious: The Last KeyI love the mystery that follows this film. While ghosts are of course the main source of fear, the fourth instalment of the Insidious series also ventures into the realm of kidnapping and murder. This film is definitely more intense than the others, and I am so happy to see that this movie is just as strong, if not stronger than the others.

1000px-autopx-scale-to-width-downI was at the edge of my seat the entire time, and during both times of watching this movie, I found myself jumping out of my seat numerous times. It’s so easy to get rapped up into this story that when something on screen makes me me jump? I also scream my head off.

insidious-furtherI’m giving this movie 4 stars for the amazing plot and for just the right amount of horror. I love being able to watch these movies alone because yes they are scary, but they aren’t scary enough to have nightmares. I recommend the Insidious movies to people that are just getting into horror and for the people that love a good scare.

4 Stars

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