Thursday, January 28, 2016

The 5th Wave Movie Review

The 5th Wave Movie
Rick Yancey
Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Alex Roe
January 21, 2016
Rating: 8.5/10 stars

Every reader wants nothing more than to see their favorite books come to life whether it be on the big or small screen as a TV series or a movie. They want to see how the actors portray the characters that had only been on the reader's imagination and hearts.

It is inevitable, yes, to compare the book to the movie. Often readers say that the book was better, which in fact is in always true but it's hard to say anything because the movie and the book are completely two different forms of media and should they be compared it isn't really an accurate basis of anything. The movie is only a mere representation of the book and not necessarily the whole book itself. If a book will be turned exactly as it is with the dialogues and all it would take as long as how a reader read the book and movies runs only for about two hours at most. I&m not going to focus on the book but the movie and we'll judge it more as a viewer than as a reader.

It had been 3 years since I've first read the book, sometime on June 2013. Not actually read but listened to the audiobook narrated by Phoebe Strole. It's a science fiction slash dystopian book which I enjoyed reading. It was the kind of book that would make you gasp and hold your breath as you turn the page. As far as I can remember back then, the movie stayed true to the book. As the scenes on the movie played, memories keep on flooding back in my head and I remember what happens next. It's hard holding yourself back to spoil your friends, to be honest. But really the movie was more than good.

As a viewer myself I think the movie would be quite interesting to people of any age because it's the story of a family who was torn apart by nature and the circumstances that the world is ending. Teens would relate to Cassie played by Chloe Grace Moretz, the main character, in what they would do for the people they love if they have the courage and the heart. Every scene is action packed and every turn is full of suspense. Who doesn't want to see a movie who would make their heart pound and their ears ring right? In pursuit of finding her little brother, Cassie outfaces the challenges along the way. She fights for her right of life and she rises against insurmountable odds. Like what are the odds of teenagers against an army of Others? But still she keeps on pushing and even trusts someone who must have been her enemy if he was one of the Others. Risks and sacrifices are made in order to defeat the enemy. It was hard and heartbreaking to watch this movie but overall it would teach us to hold those things that keeps us alive and keeps us human. Why should you watch this movie or try to read the book? The plost twist. I tell you the plot twist was really good and the ending will make or break your heart.

The actors did a great job in making the viewers see what the readers saw through their eyes in reading the book in which most movie adaptations doesn't. Not to mention that some of the cast are just new and unpopular actors that would surprise you of their acting skills. Chloe has played other young adult characters from books like Mia from If I Stay, and as Carrie from a horror movie entitled as is. That makes her one the most sought out teens and girl crushes in Hollywood today.

Not giving up is what makes us who we are. Fear, pain hope and love is what makes us human. Let us never lose them and hold them tight so as not to lose our humanity no matter what happens. Let us have the courage to fight for what we are given and those that we love. Loss and grief shouldn't get the most out of but let those be our guide to push back and give what's left of us so that what we'll gain will be nothing compared to what we have lost.

Reawakened by Colleen Houck Audiobook Review

Reawakened Series #1
Colleen Houck
Penguin Audio
5/5 Stars

I had been into Mythology since what I can't even remember, maybe since I started reading books. I started with Greek mythology as my foundation and I continued my booknerd journey since then. Don't get mistaken though, I know Mythology isn't real and I don't believe in them. It's just that it is good to lose yourself in these kind of worlds but you'll never find yourself on them.

I'm partial to audio books, especially if they're narrated by Phoebe Strole. I didn't read this one, I listened to the narration of Phoebe. I had this audio since the book was released last year and I just little by little finished by listening to it whilst I'm traveling home from the uni. This book about 12 hours and I listen to 2 hours everytime I travel once a week.

This as well is my first audio book review and I've listened to a few narrators from the past and it's just that I'm too drawn to Phoebe's soothing voice not to listen to her narrate for me. She's very good in narrating because she captures every moment and emotions with only just her voice and diction and I love that in this book, I can still determine who what was saying even if there is more than 3 people having conversation in the story. Trust me she's the best narrator I've ever listened to and you would not get bored or get sleepy or get tired in listening but you'll find yourself intently listening at her bewitching voice. It's like you're watching a movie in your head and Phoebe is doing all the audio for you.

Let's get to the story. Now Liliana Young is the typical New Yorker rich and sophisticated girl that in all ways changed and became as Lily because of the mind blowing adventures she had with not just one but three reincarnated princes of Egypt. You learn here a lot about Egypt and it's gods. And you get to see here how an Egyptian prince from the past adapts to the technologies and events of the future to keep the enemies at bay. This book is all about sacrifices. Totally about sacrifices.
What I totally adore while listening to this book is how many couple times my heart broke. I couldn't even count. I love and hate that Lily had been too frequently rejected and pushed away. But no matter what she stayed there at Amon&s side. That's loyalty and love at it's deepest and it really touches your heart. I love that no matter what immortal or not have both the ability to fall in love because we can't choose who we'll love. It just does. I loved how Colleen did write the three brothers though. Even if they're not of the same flesh and blood they are brothers through and through.

Heart breaking and heart mending as this book is you should read it or try listening to it because I loved every bit. I couldn't wait any longer for the Sequel #RECREATED I'm sure there would be more epic adventures to listen about and more romantic tension to sate.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard Book Review

Witchlander Series #1
Susan Dennard
5/5 Stars

This will be my first book review for the year. You have no idea how we, Witchlanders, have waited so long for this book. I got picked for the Earth Clan in the search for Witchlanders by Susan. Nicola and Jada. Though I had struggles in keeping  with the Clan Heists because of activities in the uni and exams to pass, not to mention the time zone differences on Twitter Chats despite all those and the little participation I had, I can say that it had been an honor and a privilege to be a Witchlander and most of all it had been so much fun.

I could say that Truthwitch is one of that books that met all the expectations of the readers. Exceeded it even for some. For about 6 months the hype for the book never died down and when the book was released of course it came out as a NYT best seller, congrats to Susan! She deserved it all the well.

Now let's talk about the book. In this book you'd see Voyagers or Pirates if that's what you wanted to call them and avatars, I'm kidding on that last part. I meant witches, not the witches that do potions and stuff but witches that has different kinds of elemental magic. Some abilities are very rare and these abilities are in possession of the main characters in this book. How downright appealing would it be to be a walking lie detector test or a scent tester in another sense.

I liked Safiya, not for being the trouble maker that she is but that firm stand on everything that she believes and the loyalty for the not so many people she loved. She's the not so typical headstrong, independent and seductive girl you'd read in YA books. Now you could ask what makes her different. It's her love for Iseult. For that unbreakable friendship bond they shared. As for Iseult, she's the sweet girl that doesn&t need saving, she&s the one saving the day and her best friend. If there's something I admire the most in Iz, it's her heart.

A book is not complete without the romance and here I could qoute &some lovers started off as enemies and some enemies started off as lovers&well in this case you have to read the book to figure things out. Ask me who I ship and I'll tell you it's Iseult and Aeduan. This book in fact is full of hot guys. Hot-controlling-gentle guys all girls long to read about.

This is the first book I've read by Susan and because of Truthwitch I'll read all the books she had past written and will write once I get the time. If you don't read this book then you'll definitely miss out on all the epicness and awesome stuff. If you've read or you're reading books by Sarah J Maas-Susan&s threadsister, then you must, all things considered read Truthwitch.

The Capture by Tom Isbell ARC Review

The Capture
The Prey #2
Tom Isbell
4/5 Stars

How often do you get to read a heartbreakingly beautiful book? This book are one of those. A book that so utterly heartbreaking you keep on questioning yourself why you keep on turning and turning the pages.

So this is the second book of The Prey trilogy. A dystopian post-apocalyptic series that should make your heart race faster on how these characters survive and try to continue to live. It's also a book full of suspense you'd be at the edge of your seats.

I almost had no time to read this because of the upcoming midterm exams for the uni but if you want something you'd definitely find a way, right? I finished this book in just 2 nights, started reading past 12 and stopping at half past 3 am. I wouldn't have put it down if I could still help it but I needed sleep too. 

The story on this one is different from the first one. The first book is about escaping those heartless people who wanted them dead and finding a safe haven. But now it's plot is about salvation. How only 8 teens try to save their comrades-the remaining LTs and Sisters. A few people would be willing to sacrifice their lives for people they hardly know but these teens just have the right heart to do so even if the odds to beat their enemies are hardly on their side. Lost, revenge and love all fuels their desire to save which was lost and battered. No matter how many times they're on the verge of death they keep on holding on to some hope that they will succeed.

Book and Hope&s relationship in this one is too frustrating I keep on reacting too openly while I was reading. Hope just don't want to let herself get attached to Book because of the huge possibility, enormous even that he wouldn&t be able to save him and the heartbreak would literally kill her through grief so she keeps on pushing and pushing and pushing him away. Book on the other hand is too stubborn to keep his feelings to himself and to let her push him away, like he doesn't understand. It may be frustrating but I understood, when you've been through so much it's hard to trust even if you&ve come to love that person and the world is ending love is just but a distraction and weakness. I love that no matter how these two push each other away, they keep on coming back to each other, they keep on saving one another. And I think that's what love is all about: saving and sacrificing for the person over and over again even if it go unnoticed and even if may cost him his life.

My favorite dystopian books are the post-apocalyptic ones because I learn a lot about surviving. Who knows when they'll come in handy one day. I like that this book is both alternating told in first and third persons ànd I'd like for authors to write the way Tom does. Like the first book, this is full of suspense that readers shouldn't miss. It's all about courage, and doing what's right no matter how hard and whatever the cost. And you know what else is right? Read this book.

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