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Pretty Little Liars Season 6a Finale (Spoilers)


Hey Guys,

So recently, the mid-season finale of Pretty Little Liars has aired and there has been a lot of controversy as to the big reveal. If you have not seen the episode, STOP READING HERE AND WATCH IT BEFORE YOU CONTINUE.

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Right, I think that was a decent enough spoiler warning. Anyway, I thought I would give my opinions on it.

So I had mixed feeling on the finale personally. I found that ‘A’ was very anti-climatic and almost a let down. I feel like there should’ve been a more interesting person than Cece as I feel that she didn’t really have enough of a motive to target the girls. I understand her story for hating her Dad but then why the girls or Ali?

Cece as ‘A’ in Pretty Little Liars Season 6a finale

Also, not a big fan of the fact that she dated Jason. Fair enough, Jason didn’t know they were related but I’m pretty sure Cece did and I think that’s a bit messed up. The transgender story line was very interesting however I think that it has been one of the topics causing controversy. Personally, I don’t feel like I can say an accurate statement about the accuracy or how it portrays transgender people but the general opinion that I got from fandom blogs and tumblr is that it was a very negative portrayal.

The final ending as well was very confusing as it’s set a couple of years into the future and the girls run into a classroom in a panic. I found this quite confusing as it seemed rather random…

Overall, I found this episode kind of anticlimactic as it was just watching Cece telling the story about why she was ‘A’ and there wasn’t very dramatic moments. There were also a lot of plot holes that I can only hope are filled in future episodes.

Thanks for reading and I’ll post again soon 🙂

~Spike

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All the Bright Places


ATBP coverHey Guys,

So today I will be reviewing All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. This book was one that I saw on the shelves at Waterstones and thought that it looked like a fun read! Also, according to Goodreads and numerous news sites, it is set to become a film in 2017! Such an amazing book so let’s hope the movie reflects that. Now let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Date Published: January 6th 2015
Publisher: Knopf
Overall Rating:

4.5 star

Blurb:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
 
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

My Review:

All The Bright Places is a captivating novel written by an up-and-coming author and describes how a simple rally of events can drastically alter the future of anyone. This story in particular follows the tale of Theodore (Theo) Finch and Violet Markey. Due to unfortunate circumstances, they meet at the top of the school bell tower. Both helping to save the lives of the other, they form an unlikely friendship and eventually love. Their bond only growing stronger with a school project, this relationship is… well… complicated…

There is so much that I loved about this story. I loved the diversity of the characters and how some who you thought had perfect lives, were actually rather complex and abstract. Finch was an amazing character to witness. The diversity in his personality and how rapidly it changed made you realize that he was scared of who he could be and what he could do. In his life, it is clear to see how the factors and decisions of his family and friends made him the person he was. Violet also was a unique character. Her life being changed after the untimely death of her older sister, pulling out of clubs and isolating herself from her friends, her character and Finch really merge well together and create an almost perfect pair. The other character I would like to mention is Amanda Monk. She plays the classic “popular high school queen” role with her own posy and her crude nicknames for anyone not inline with the status quo. However underneath all that status and popularity is an uncertain, insecure girl with no idea how to save herself. We find this out when she and Finch meet in an unusual situation which shall remain unnamed in the view of no spoilers.

As well as the depth of the characters, the plot line was also extraordinary. I felt that everything Finch did throughout the story (all the wondering and visiting unique places) told us a lot more about his personality than just meeting the character. Towards the end of the book, Finch leaves a trail for Violet to follow. This leads her to all the places he wanted her to visit and each with a little memento left by him to show he was there. Each place he led her to was somewhere that few kids their age would have been interested in visiting. Yet throughout the story of the wandering and arriving in unexpected places, Finch told the deepest parts of his personality to Violet on that final wandering through every gift he left her. This made us realize just how in-depth his character was and how much he had grown to trust Violet in the short time he knew her.

There was honestly very little that I disliked in this novel. The one thing would probably be that I felt we didn’t get to know the real reason for decisions that Finch made and I found that to be almost unfinished in a way. I knew how it was going to end after Finch sent the emails to his close friends and family, however I found them to be very abstract and without a clear reason (however this did perfectly fit his character). I feel like right at the end of the book, there should have been a way to clearly understand what happened as I found it to be confusing.

Other than that one thing though, this book was perfect. Complex, interesting characters coupled with a perfectly deep and twisting plot line made this an enticing and gripping read all the way through. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 13 and likes romance, occasional serious issues and hidden humour. It is a great addition to the world of YA and perfect for fans of John Green (TFIOS, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska etc.), Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park, Fangirl etc.), Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why etc.) and Gayle Foreman (If I Stay, Where She Went etc.). I look forward to seeing what else this new writer has up her sleeve.

Thanks for reading and I’ll post again soon!

~Spike

Anna and the French Kiss Review


Anna and the French KissHey Guys,
So today I will be reviewing Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I read this book last week and it just was so much more than I expected! Let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Date Published: December 2nd 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

My Review:

This book follows the tale of Anna Oliphant, a privileged senior sent away to a boarding school in Paris where, kind of ironically, most of the kids speak in English and there isn’t much French said throughout the whole novel. Add in some not so loyal friends and a guy with looks to die for and this basically becomes the perfect teen novel. I’ve heard mixed things about this book. Some of my favourite authors such as (John Green or Cassandra Clare) have had nothing but praise for this book, though many members of online communities (like Goodreads for example) have been rather different.
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There were a lot of things I loved about this book. I have always been an honest romantic and love reading about romances because, let’s face it, we all know how it’s going to end. For me, it’s more reading their story. In this book, the story follows a strange twisting pathway that brings us close and then far continuously until you almost hope the ending is different. Stephanie Perkins also has the amazing ability to bring humour to her writing. By around page 6 I was already laughing and the way she described many tragic novels and seeing the humour within them. This book is also extremely quotable. For example: “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home”.
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The characters also developed, some more than others. I feel at times, Anna became very rebellious and quite emotional. At the age they are, you would expect them to have extreme emotion and this is perfectly captured by Stephanie. St. Clair also developed. He became a lot more aware of how his actions affected others around him. Meredith became more absorbed into herself part way through the novel before becoming closer to Anna than ever. Even though there were some slight character developments, none were really very dramatic.
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However much I loved this novel, I found the thing that stopped this being 5 stars was that right at the beginning, Anna hated the opportunity to go to Paris. Don’t get me wrong, if my parents forced me to attend a school over 4000 miles away, I would be pretty annoyed. But the fact still remains, it’s a brilliant opportunity and, what does Anna spend her first days doing? Lying in her room watching TV and acting like she lost everything. In my opinion, I felt like she should’ve been a bit more courageous and asked her new friends if they could show her Paris as she’s never been before. However, as the book progresses, she does start to enjoy it more and started taking advantage of the opportunity she had been given.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who loves classic romance novels, humour and some drama as well. I feel like the ideal age for this would be 13+ as there are occasional conversations of more serious matters that, to avoid spoilers, I will not get into now. Overall, I loved this book and hope anyone else who reads it will love it too.

Thanks for reading!

~Spike

Google Asks, I Answer


Hey Guys,

So the post that I am doing today is one I’ve seen a couple times and really enjoyed reading. It has been done on VlogBrothers as well as 101 Books (Winner of 2013 Top Ten Book Blogs) so it’s a pretty fun thing to do. Just want to say that I am completely stealing this idea from them (click here for Book 101’s version) so no credit taken.
So what you do is go onto Google and type in a question word (e.g. How/Why/Where) and a single letter after and answer the top suggested question with that letter. Today I will be attempting to do letter A-J with the question word of “how”.
Let’s get started!

How are you in French?

Uh… I can’t tell whether this is asking if I am good at French or what How Are You is in French? For the record, I’m not bad and it’s (Ça va?)

How big is an acre?

Uh… I think it’s 4046.86m2 according to Google at least…

How college?

Confusion… college I presume is good but it depends where you are, what you study and all that jazz

How did Charles Kennedy die?

I have absolutely no clue and will probably proceed to spend the next half hour trying to figure it out and then forget it promptly after

How effective is the pill?

Which pill? There are a lot of pills dearie. You need to be a tad bit more specific

How far did I run?

How am I meant to know? Though I can tell you aren’t getting any farther by asking Google…

How great thou art?

Ah, channeling the Yoda I see. The force is strong with this one… I probably got that quote wrong…

How high?

Where are you trying to go?

How I met your mother

I hope this is the TV show or that’s a tad bit creepy…

How J say?

How J say whaaa? I don’t even know guys….

So that’s my attempt at the Search Questions Answered challenge like thing… I think I’ll make this into a series.. We’ll see how this one goes 🙂

Okay so now you’ve read my possibly failed attempt, seriously check out the series at 101 Books (link above) because they are amazingly funny!

Thanks for reading!

~Spike

Pretty Little Liars ~ New Fandom and Finale of Season 5


Hey Guys,
So over the past few weeks, I have become very interested in the Pretty Little Liars series. Last night, I finished the final episode of the 5th series. This by all means was one of my favourites and has left me with even more questions. There will be spoilers in this post so if you don’t want spoilers then STOP HERE!

Let’s start from the beginning:
JANEL PARRISH, TROIAN BELLISARIOMONA LIVES!!!! So a couple episodes before this one, we see that Mona has indeed been ‘killed’… or so we thought. In a recent plot twist, Mike reveals that Mona planned to fake her death but, as she never contacted him, Mike believed that ‘A’ had intercepted her and killed her. However, even though no body was found, we were shown her body in the back of a car that we can only assume belonged to ‘A’. This brought about more questions such as, “How did her body look so lifeless if she was still alive?”, “Why did ‘A’ specifically choose Mona?” and “What did he/she plan to do with her?”

SASHA PIETERSE

Alison also enters her court case and we receive the final verdict… arrested for first degree murder… and she took the other four liars down with her for assistance.

ASHLEY BENSON, LUCY HALE, SHAY MITCHELL, TROIAN BELLISARIO

In the truck, on the way to a Woman’s Correctional Facility, they get attacked. When they wake up, they appear to be back in their own rooms. However, there are camera’s in every corner and no photos or personal belongings of any kind. Turns out that they are in a large house that resembles each Liar’s bedroom as well as a couple other rooms needed for any other activities ‘A’ has in mind. Throughout the series’, occasionally when we see a scene of what ‘A’ is planning, there appears to be a dollhouse. This episode allows that to make sense as they are completely under the control of ‘A’ and have been put in an underground structure that resembles a dollhouse.

JANEL PARRISHWithin this house, the liar’s discover that Mona is still alive, but being forced to pretend to be Alison for the entertainment of ‘A’. She herself has been in this house for a while and she is working on a way to leave and get back to her home and normal life.   

CODY ALLEN CHRISTIAN

Mike also becomes more important in this episode as he becomes a target for ‘A’. This brings around questions such as: “Why is Mike being involved?” and “What will ‘A’ do to him next?”.

BRANDON JONES                                     BRANDON JONES

Andrew also begins to look a bit suspicious. When he listens in on an important conversation between the Liars, we can all start to suspect that he is involved in this. Remember, in Pretty Little Liars, everyone is guilty until proven innocent.

NOLAN NORTH, LESLEY FERA

Spencer’s parents have also discovered ‘A’ and have joined Toby, Caleb and Ezra in the hunt for ‘A’ and where the girls are. What will this mean for the girls and how much danger are they all in now?

TROIAN BELLISARIO

Lastly, WHO IS CHARLES??? Towards the end of the episode, in an escape attempt, Spencer discovers a room full of ‘A’ personal mementos. She discovers that his name is Charles and, when a video randomly plays, she discovers that Charles appears to be Alison’s sibling. This brings up more questions than it answers. Why haven’t we seen him before? Where was he throughout the series? Why does he hate Alison? Why did he put the girls through torture?

In an interview with the director, he revealed that ‘A’ is someone we have seen before and that, by the end of season 6A, we will know who ‘A’ is and the story. The plan for the next season is a flash forward, using flash backs to discover how they escaped the dollhouse in the middle of nowhere and how they ended up the way they became. There are however only going to be 10 episodes is season 6A whereas there used to be 12 or 13.

I don’t know about anyone else but I am extremely excited for the next season and looking forward to finally discovering who ‘A’ is.

Thanks for reading and a review for Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse should be up around Sunday.

Spike

All photos are from: http://tvline.com/gallery/pretty-little-liars-season-5b-photos/#!21/brandon-jones/

Reading Challenge 2015


Old BooksHey Guys,

So this year I am going to the PopSugar 2015 reading challenge. I have gone through the list of books and categories and I have chosen some books to read. I have however missed out some of the books as I have not been able to find one that I like in the particular category. There are 52 books on this list and there are some that I have and need to read but have not been able to fit onto the list. I shall attempt to complete this list however and add my other books onto the end.

2015 TBR List

Cinder ~ Marissa Meyer

Scarlet ~ Marissa Meyer

Cress ~ Marissa Meyer

Requiem ~ Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall ~ Lauren Oliver

Where She Went ~ Gayle Forman

Atlantia ~ Ally Condie

Emma ~ Jane Austin

Pride & Prejudice ~ Jane Austin

Where Rainbows End ~ Cecelia Ahern

The Cost of All Things ~ Maggie Lehrman

13 Little Blue Envelopes ~ Maureen Johnson

Between The Lines ~ Jodi Picoult

Beauty Queens ~ Libba Bray

The Lying Game ~ Sara Shepard

Shanghai Girls ~ Lisa See

This Star Won’t Go Out ~ Esther Earl

Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief ~ Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters ~ Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse ~ Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth ~ Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian ~ Rick Riordan

The Confessions of Nat Turner ~ William Styron

Remember Me ~ Christopher Pike

Soul Surfer ~ Bethany Hamilton

Anna and the French Kiss ~ Stephanie Perkins

The Wish List ~ Eoin Colfer

Dolphins at Daybreak ~ Mary Pope Osborne

Earthquake ~ Aprilynne Pike

Uglies ~ Scott Westerfeld

The Maze Runner ~James Dashner

Shatter Me ~ Tahereh Mafi

The White Queen ~ Philippa Gregory

Pretty Little Liars ~ Sara Shepard

The Fault In Our Stars ~ John Green

The Book Thief ~ Markus Zusak

This One Summer ~ Mariko Tamaki

The Raven Boys ~ Maggie Stiefvater

A game of Thrones ~ George R.R. Martin

The Legend of Hornigold’s Treasure ~ C. Joseph Elder

I’ll Be There ~ Holly Goldberg Sloan

Pastels and Jingle Bells ~ Christine S. Feldman

Kiss An Angel ~ Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Circle Mirror Transformation ~ Annie Baker

The Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ Stephen Chbosky

The 100 ~ Kass Morgan

So these are the books that I am reading in 2015. There are a couple missing because I haven’t matched all the books to categories yet but hopefully I will soon. I would love to hear from all of you! What books are you reading this year and are you doing any challenges? Leave a comment down below  to let me know.

Thanks for reading and talk soon 🙂

Spike