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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

MockingJay Part 2: Teaser Trailer


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Hey Guys,

So today the teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: MockingJay part 2 came out and I thought I’d share my opinions on it (Click here to see the trailer).

I don’t really know what I think about it… to be honest, I do love the Hunger Games series but in my personal opinion, I find some of the lines really cheesy. Yes, I understand I’m being hypocritical because obviously some of my favourite quotes from books and movies are always *see what I did there?* extremely cheesy. However I just find them not that riveting in this series. Don’t get me wrong, yes I will go to see the movie and yes I will LOVE it, but I just think that the way the trailer has been done has made it really cheesy and appealing to a cliché audience.

On the good side though, I do really love all the video edits and fast transitions because I feel that it really incorporates the whole feel and emotion behind this movie series.

Right that’s all from me. Click the link above if you want to view the trailer and obviously let me know your opinions in comments!

Thanks for reading

~Spike

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Theif Review


Hey Guys,

lightningthief1So sorry this is a little (or a lot) late. I have been kind of obsessed with the show Pretty Little Liars and I haven’t been reading as much as I normally would have. This is extremely bad of me and I deeply apologize for this. Anyway, the whole purpose of today’s post was a review. This book is one of the few I’ve read so far this year and let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
Author: Rick Riordan
Date Published: March 1st 2006
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Overall Rating:

4.5 star

Blurb:

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

My Review:

This book is the first in the Percy Jackson series. The hype that has surrounded this series since it was first published in 2006 has been enormous. In all fairness, a lot of that hype was also based on the Hero’s of Olympus series however I felt that I couldn’t just jump into the Hero’s of Olympus series if I haven’t read the original series. It is one of the classic books that you have to read when you are a child. I am a little late to reading it but better late than never! This book is about a young boy called Percy Jackson who finds out he is a demi-god and that his father is part of the ‘big three’ Greek gods.

I loved a lot about this book. The hidden humor and ironic, snarky comments that are made frequently throughout the book adds a lot of humor and enjoyment to read. The characters are so in-depth that they seem real. There is a lot of character development as well over the course of the book. This development can also last into the rest of the series until we end up with one that everyone can understand. My person favorite character is Annabeth. She is a perfect role model for young girls everywhere as she is smart and clever but also has her faults. For example, she can be very proud and not listen to other ideas when she herself has one. Percy was also a great character because, for such a young age, he has gone through a lot yet still has the childish tone to the writing.

The one thing that stopped this being 5 stars was that I found it hard to keep reading. There weren’t really a lot of plot twists and therefore I found it quite hard to keep reading once I had started. However I did work through it and eventually finished.

Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars as the character development and main plot are very interesting and entertaining to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure books really. I think it’s perfect for all ages and as long as you don’t mind the childish phrases, it’s great!

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Thanks for reading and I’ll be back soon!

Spike

Top Ten Tuesday (Wednesday :) )


Hi Guys,
Sorry that this post wasn’t up yesterday. I had internet problems. Back to Top Ten Tuesday: Wednesday Edition.

Top Ten Tuesday
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly activity that is hosted by bloggers over at the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers from every corner of the world create lists based on different themes. This week, the theme is:
Top Ten Books You Think Would Make Amazing Movies

1. One Moment by Kristina McBride.
If you guys know me, you will know how much I love this book. This book would make a great movie because it is so… is inspiring the right word? It is a wonderful book that would make an even better movie.One Moment Cover
2.The Wings Series by Aprilynne Pike
Again another series of books that I always go on about, but it would be great as a movie. I have seen many fan made trailers and cast lists and most of them are PERFECT!!!

By: Aprilynne Pike
By: Aprilynne Pike

3.The Gallagher Girls
This is in honour of the final book that I have just received today. I have many books lined up but this series is all about spies. This would be very interesting as a film as I, personally, think that it would be entertaining and a hit!
Gallagher Girls
4.Many of the Classics
Many classics, kids these days don’t read because they don’t find them entertaining. I think that, when made into films, people would like them more than they do at the moment.
The secret garden
5.Gingersnaps by Cathy Cassidy
Gingersnaps
6.Trading Faces by Julia DeVillers and Jennifer Roy
This book would be entertaining because of the twins and the activities they do.
Tading Faces
7.Finally by Wendy Mass
Finally
8.UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn
The fairy tale take on this book would make it entertaining and fun to watch.
unechanted Cover 2
9.The Fallen Star Series by Jessica Sorensen
This pick would be great as it is very fantasy and would be a great teen/young adult film.
The Fallen Star-Cover
10.Clockwise by Elle Strauss
The anticipation of all the time travelling would make this a historical wonder of a film!

What books do YOU think should be films?

Thanks for reading and sorry it is late 🙂
Spike