Precious Stone trilogy by Kerstin Gier| Interesting concept but had so much untapped potential

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Warning: Swearing and spoilers ahead. Some ranting too.

  • Not gonna lie, I did read the whole series in 3 days because it’s pretty addictive but like so is sugar and that shit’s bad for you.
  • Cool descriptions. I thought the Dragon Hall sounded really grand and the appearance of the chromograph sounded amaaazing. All the time travelling settings seemed really authentic too. The author can write some pretty creative worlds, I’ll give her that.
  • The plot was So. Damn. Slow. The first half of Ruby Red was just basically Gwen going to school. I swear nothing happened in each book but somehow we got to the end (thank god). Everything that happened in the whole series could’ve actually just been one book. That’s how slow it was.
  • Gwen had no character development. As the main character we expect her to develop a lot. At the start, she’s a normal girl who’s just like you! She likes chick flicks, romantic movies and isn’t the brightest bulb in the box. At the end, she’s a time travelling girl who likes chick flicks, romantic movies and still isn’t the brightest bulb in the box. The amount of time she spends thinking about Gideon… I guess it’s meant to build the romance but it really just makes her seem super airheaded and really annoying. And what was the point of her seeing ghosts? There was literally no point in her special power because it contributes shit all to the plot.
  • (Except Xemerius. He can stay because his sarcasm is what I live for)
  • The side characters are literally just there to be there. Gideon has no personality – not even joking, his character is just good looks and arrogance. Lesley is just there to provide random information and Charlotte is that one bitchy girl.
  • The Count is such an ineffective antagonist – who really cares if he gets immortality or not, he has no evil plots after it so whatever.
  • HAHAHAHHA THE ROMANCE IS SO SHIT. In Ruby Red or maybe it was Sapphire Blue (they kinda just blend together), they literally admit their love for each other in like 3 days of meeting like WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THIS. Also every time Gideon does something assholey she’s just like “OMG but he’s sooooo cute!!!!! That’s alright then!!!!”. Refer to above “airhead”
  • The most frustrating part of the whole series is that it had so much potential. The concept of time travelling and a whole organisation dedicated to it could’ve been so interesting and we see that in the big mystery that shrouds the whole thing. We could’ve gotten a romance between two people torn between their duty and their feelings. But instead of that, we get whiny, annoying romance that never really feels real and a mystery that really didn’t have any stakes. Nothing is really explained properly and nothing was really a surprise
  • Is Gwen related to Mr Bernard and does he know this? Do the other time travellers also have powers like Gwen and the Count?? See this is what I mean NOTHING IS ANSWERED IN THIS SERIES

Read this if:

you’re looking for a quick read – but maybe try find other books first so you don’t have to read through boring, frustrating dialogue and plot.

Is Nevermoor the new Harry Potter? | REVIEW

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.

I’m late to the party but happy new year! Here’s to great one 😀 Speaking of which, new year means new Goodreads Reading Challenge and after my dismal failure of last year I decided to keep it low for 2019 – hopefully I’ll get to read 20 books this year! What about you?

Anyways to start this year off, I decided to finally start Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend. It’s been sitting on my bedside table for half a year and I’ve read the first chapter probably 3 times by now. New year meant getting through all the books I got last year that I still haven’t read so I read Nevermoor in one night and I’m so happy to say that it’s really good.

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Dumplin’ | why the book is better (but it’s a close call!)

Dumplin'I watched the movie first and I know that’s usually not what people do but it was right there on Netflix when I was looking for something to watch. I tried to read the book first – got through halfway before Willowdean got too annoying for me and decided to watch the movie instead.

The movie was amazing.

Great actors, great story and a whole lot of fun! The drag queens were so good in the movie and Jennifer Aniston was hilarious as Will’s beauty queen mum. Since I loved the movie so much I thought I’d give the book a try.

The book was even more amazing.

I was really annoyed by Willowdean because of the whole Mitch thing. It seemed unfair to be stringing such a nice guy along. But I kept reading and what I got was a story filled with heart. It doesn’t have the same glamour the movie has – less drag queens – but I think I like it more that way. The movie has a fantasy sheen to it which makes it work well as a film. Visually, it’s spectacular but I can’t help but wish they had a but more characterisation and plot to it. That’s where the book completely outdoes the movie. I totally understand that some plots don’t always make it to the film adaptation for different reasons but having the extra scenes between Will and her mum and also building Bo’s character as more than that hunky guy from work gives Will’s story more depth.

Ultimately I think both the book and movie have their strengths and weaknesses but they both deliver on what they promise us – they give us a great story of a girl who’s striving to love herself. It’s heartwarming, inspiring and a ton of fun in both forms so you can’t help but love it.

To Future Me: Don’t forget why you loved Anna and the French Kiss

Hi! It’s me, or I guess you in the past. Just wanted to start off by saying, hope you’re well – happy, healthy and all that. I hope you’re doing well in uni and gotten to experience more life in the meantime. Lastly, but maybe most importantly, I hope you’re reading more. Right now… I’m not reading much but I’m trying. I’ve become really tired of the YA contemporary/ romance plots so I’ve tried going back to fantasy and paranormal but nothing’s really working out. But yesterday, I picked up Anna and the French Kiss – you know, our all time favourite book – and I realised I haven’t read it fully since the first time. Shocking, right?? We’ve read bits of scenes here and there but never the whole book. Well, I read the book cover to cover yesterday and it brought me back to the first time we read it.

Remember when you were scrolling on Goodreads looking for a book that was different from the others (as we were prone to do as a 13 year old who was starting to get tired of all the fantasy tropes)? And then Anna and the French Kiss came up. You had read other YA contemporaries before this so it wasn’t totally new to you. But this one was different – it was set in Paris.  Didn’t have expectations about it – just decided at 12am to get a ebook of it and try to read a chapter. It seemed kind of cheesy but you gave it a chance anyways. A chapter turned into two and two turned into three and suddenly it was 3am and you had finished the whole book, lying in your bed with a stupid smile that you couldn’t get rid off. You had never read something so extremely cute. It was basically a rom com in book form – it was perfect.

After that you read a lot of YA contemporaries, trying to chase that same thrill you had reading about Anna and Etienne. It got to the point where all you read were contemporaries and everything just became tropes, contrived romances and unrealistic stories. You didn’t read anymore because it was more of the same and it felt like you were wasting time. You spent hours on Goodreads looking for an interesting book and usually finding nothing good. There’s no point even trying to top this masterpiece you had already read. So you just stopped reading because even the books that had similar plots and vibes couldn’t live up to it.

There have been others like Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman – super cute friends to lovers romance – and Geekerella by Ashley Poston – a super cute story about fandom with a touch of romance – but nothing will be as amazing as Anna and the French Kiss. And that’s the thing I didn’t realise… nothing is going to top it because of my own expectations. After re-reading it, I realised that I loved it so much because I didn’t care if it was going to be good or bad or worrying about making an interesting review of it. Because, Future Me, reading is fun when there’s no expectations (aaand I guess that’s why I also hated English in school!).

So whatever you’re doing then (or I guess now?), Future Me, go into the book with an open and patient mind, not caring about what you have to do after reading the book. Read even if you don’t think you’ll like it, because that’s where the gems are.

See you on the upside!


Everything, Everything movie | Why was it just so cheesy??

I didn’t think that I’d write a full review for the movie but I have some feels and I have to express them. So the Everything, Everything movie came out sometime last year and I was super excited for it. Of course, I also totally forgot about it when it came out in cinemas.

However, last week Netflix sent me the best email: Everything, Everything was now available on Netflix. I may have had a fangirl moment in the middle of my math lecture, I won’t deny. I had high expectations for the movie because the book was so damn good. The feels, the romance, the eventual tears, all of in in Everything, Everything the book. But the movie? Let’s just say it targets its audience very specifically.

I’ll start with what I did like about the movie. The lead actors were likeable and charming. They played Maddy and Olly’s quirkiness really well, which made watching the movie a tiny bit better. The whole film basically hinges on these two. There’s not a lot of characters in the plot and even most of the side characters aren’t really there a lot. So acting wise the movie is pretty good. All the emotions are there and you really feel for the characters.

There’s these scenes where they’re texting and it suddenly just cuts to these crazy dream like locations with Madeline’s astronaut close by. I really loved these scenes. They were sort of out there but it showed the barrier between them two.  It’s actually really funny because they say things like “type faster!” out loud. It’s weird but it emphasized the normal teenage experiences Maddy missed out on. I was wondering how they’d translate all the multimedia stuff from the book over to the movie. They really captured the essence of all of that though.

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Can I also just mention how refreshing it is to watch a movie not about race but filled with race? The cast is very diverse but the plot isn’t about race. It’s a love story at its core and the movie gives us that. Personally, I love these kind of movies which just show everyday people having their own stories. I hope that the To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved movie is something similar to this. Fingers crossed!

Ok, well now onto the bad bits. It’s so freaking cheesy. I honestly watched most of the movie in a cringe state. It feels like it’s trying to be Fault in Our Stars with the sick lit theme but doesn’t quite hit the bawl-my-eyes-out mood TFIOS had. Honestly, I didn’t have a problem with the way the actors portrayed Maddy and Olly but I do think that the characters themselves were boring. They weren’t really fleshed out. Like seriously, 20 minutes into the film and they’re like best buddies already. It doesn’t feel right. Same goes for the romance.

Oh the romance. How can I even explain it? The two leads had chemistry but somehow it just didn’t translate into a good romance. There’s just a constant weary tone throughout the movie that sucks the life out of everything … everything hehe yes I just reused my own joke from the previous post. It just reduces the romance to a whirlwind teenage attraction rather than anything solid. I know that Everything, Everything is Maddy’s story of growing up but if they couldn’t even do that properly, they should’ve at least gotten the romance on point.

To finish off, I have to address the very obvious target audience. Yes, the movie is for teen girls. What gave it away? Well, let’s play the “Is it Taylor Swift music video or Everything, Everything?” game.

Yep. Honestly sums up my feelings about the movie.

Verdict: Cringe. Cringe. Cringe. Style over substance. Everyone was a bit too perfect, a bit too slick.