Monday, 20 November 2017

The Selection #5

Title: The Crown
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 3rd May 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend:  Yes

When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review, thank you to the publisher

Oh wow. The series has finally ended. Can you believe that? I have been delaying this book for so many reasons and now I can't even comprehend what just happened. All I can I say is that was very unexpected, I did not at all even see that coming.

This book is a lot different to the fourth one, we see Eadlyn a bit different. She tries to become more like her mother but what she doesn't realise is she already is. Eadlyn is stubborn just like America, she is also very protective of her loved ones and would do anything for them. I really liked Eadlyn in this book (a lot more than the first one anyways). She tries to show more of her personality in this book, her compassion to her people who she deeply cares about. She really shows that she is destined to be a Queen.

Ahren my love, what did you do? I love Ahren so much, I am bit upset that he moved all the way to France because I did enjoy reading about him. *sighs* oh well. Oh. Oh... what a surprise that Ahren's wife ends up being Daphne's daughter? 

I really have the need to just dedicate a whole paragraph to who Eadlyn chose, I cannot decide if I agree with her or not. I can see why she chose him but I perhaps would of chosen someone else but then again you don't choose who you get to love. As long as they are both happy, I will be too.


I was very surprised by the plot, I though it would take me ages to read this but I was constantly surprised at every twist and turn. Some of the antagonist that popped up (you know who you are) I never really expected, such a fab series Kiera.

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Movie Review: Fast and Furious 8

Movie Details:
Title: Fast and Furious 8
Release Date: 14th April 2017
Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron 
Rating: 4.5/5

With Dom and Letty married, Brian and Mia retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has found some semblance of a normal life. They soon face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher forces Dom to betray them all. Now, they must unite to bring home the man who made them a family and stop Cipher from unleashing chaos.

The intense chemistry of Dom and Letty is high in this movie, the hope and love is fought against all odds. The story picks up where it left off in FF7, after the demise of Paul Walker there was sudden need to change the ending of the film. Sadly, this also meant no more Mia or Brian. I admit, when I still think of FF7, I find it hard to admit to myself that Paul is really gone, I wish instead he had retired. I am happy though that their characters did get some mention in this movie.

I can't help but feel that I truly have missed out, you know one of those things you tell yourself you need to do only to realise you have a really long list and before you know it you forget about it? This is one of those moments, I need to still watch the first few films, I've had a few glimpses but every time I sit down to watch it something alway comes up.

The story line was not one I expected, from the trailer all you can tell is Dom betrays his family. For any who is a fan of this franchise know that Dom lives by protecting and supporting his family so for someone to all of a sudden turn his back on those same people he claims are the world to him? It doesn't make sense.

With a sense of something not quite right, you walk in to this film with anticipation of Dom's betrayal. What made him betray his own family? Why is he working with Cipher? Who is Cipher? Although I have to admit I never really did believe Dom would ever betray his family, you just instantly knew he would have some kind of reason that is being used against him, only I never expected what. 

Two things that stood out for me in this movie were the acting skills and the cast. Fast and Furious are known to bring in people with such high recognition so it was no surprise to see actors such as Charlize Theron being apart of the film and initially taking the role of the villain. I really admired her acting skills in The Huntsman: Winter's War (you can read the review here) she was absolute spectacular in this role.  Whilst I love his attempt for playing it cool and being Mr. know it all, Scott Eastwood couldn't quite match the pace as the other actors. I feel like each character has a specific role within the film and a title that goes with it but I really just didn't understand how Scott's character fit in to that (I do think he is absolutely gorgeous though!).

It's quite hard to top the stunts taken in FF7, but nevertheless the dramatic entrances, the near to death incidents never fail to amaze you and they just get better and better.

If you enjoy the thrill of adrenaline, love shiny sport cars, amazing cast with a stellar personality then this is the franchise for you. What are you waiting for, pick up this film and enjoy the ride. 

Let's talk: How do you feel about a franchise releasing new movies? Do you prefer just one or two movies. Let me know in the comments below.

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Heart of Iron

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Heart of Iron
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: N/A
Release Date: 27th February 2018

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

OH MY WORD!!! Here is yet another stunning cover, what am I going to do with myself? Right now all the blood is pumping in my own heart and in my unborn child. But I wonder if I would faint in this condition just by seeing this stunning cover!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Let's talk: What do you think of this beauty? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Descended of Dragons #2

Title: Origin Exposed
Author: Jen Crane
Published: 6th October 2015
My Rating: 2/5
Recommend: No

A Dangerous Secret 
In fiery redhead Stella Stonewall’s new world magic and shape-shifters are everyday life. Scales, sorcery, shifters—no big. Stella has learned she’s not only descended of dragons, but of something more, too. She struggles to keep this rare form a secret, even from her closest friends. 

A Bitter Betrayal 
Stella turns to her mentor Rowan Gresham for help. The charming but enigmatic Gresham forms a plan to improve her troublesome public image. The problem? The plan revolves around betraying the only family she has left. 

A Potential for Something Real 
When Gresham’s motives come into question Stella must rely on the new friends she’s made at a college for magical shifters. The feral bunch helps set Stella’s inner beast free. As these friendships flourish, so does the magnetism she’s always felt toward fierce and noble Ewan Bristol. But it’s so strong it threatens to overwhelm her. 

Can Stella afford to open her heart now, when her entire future’s at stake, or is it bolted shut for eternity?

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review

I am actually quite disappointed with this book, I really did not enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first book. I really wanted to but by the end of the book I really just wanted to finish it off and be done with it.

Stella finds out she is an Omni (having the ability to take multiple forms), coming from such a powerful background Stella is in danger, with trouble being around the corner Stella has no choice but to turn to her friends.

I am not sure why but I find Stella quite annoying, she never did what she said. I found her being told what to do rather than thinking for herself. Also, moving from one guy to another after stating she doesn't want to that quickly but then turns on her word? Like what is up with that. I found her decisions to be impulsive at time, she never really was thinking what she was doing or how her decision would impact her and other people.

Ewan, I am not so sure how I feel about him. I have mixed feelings. In the first book, I was really enjoying getting to know him, he is perceptive, smart, a loyal friend not to mention a hottie. What could be more perfect than that? But in this book I don't quite like how he goes after Stella even though she says to him she doesn't want to move on to another guy yet. Like Stella I also found him to be impulsive sometimes but I wonder if that is due to him changing in to a wolf?

Boone and Timbra really saved the story with this one, its unfair of how other forms of animal cannot fall in love and produce offspring? Stella is a clear example of that you can so I am confused.

Also, Gresham lies too much, I wonder if he has an ulterior motive? It was good to see Stella join her Uncle who only turns out to be the President of Thayer.

There was too much stuff happening and too quick, I felt like I did not have time to adjust myself to one dilemma before I had to move on to another one. I suppose one issue could be the length of gap I have left between the two books which is only myself to blame really.

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