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Ender’s Game – Review

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Over all, this was a great movie. I was very pleased with it, as a just a causal watcher and as someone who read the book. I am usually very picky, but they did well. The visuals were awesome. They gave light to some of the more confusing scenes/aspects that were deeply sci-fy and brought a lot of the imagery to life.

It was a lot like the book, but there were the obvious difference as in any movie adaptation. They had to speed some things up and cut some things out, and even change a few small things get a message across quicker. It was a long and intricate book that needed to be conveyed in a feature film length time period. It left some of the depth and inner development out, but all in all it stayed very true to the book in spirit and accuracy.

The small things that were off were the friendships seemed too quick and the enemies too scarce in battle school. In the book it took a long time and some even hated him first before they were friends. And the Bonzo fight was a bit different In the book it was more strategic (Ender actually put the soap on himself for a reason), it took slightly longer, and it was more badass/devastating. Plus, he didn’t know right away that Bonzo was that badly injured and dying. But, again, that’s just a time issue and the idea was convey. Though, it was sped up, the scene was still the same as in the book overall.

A bigger issue and one of my only real issues is: the ending. Compared to the book it left something to be desired. It was a dramatic ending which was cool, but you didn’t get the full thing. I was aksed why he did something or what some of the things meant.
For example: **Spoiler** In the book the Queen actually talks to Ender, but it was the new queen and she did so thorugh the egg/cocoon. They converse and come to an understanding. I don’t want to give too much away, but they realize peace. It doesn’t seem to come through completely in the movie. They should have done a little more to convey that. And then he brings the egg somewhere.. it leaves it hanging. In the book he goes to another planet that they are colonizing and gets to govern it. His sister joins him. It is actually there that he finds the egg thing in a landscape made spcifically for him by the “buggers” as a message because they linked to his dreams and much later he brings the egg to another planet. The movie doesn’t tell you where he’s going or why he was just able to go. But, I get why they did it. Again, more of a time constraint and drama thing.

They did a good job showing the growth of Ender as a commander, though it was obviously more detailed int he book, and the actor was very good at personifying Ender. It was a great choice, though in my head he looked younger in the beginning.
The movie was great. My family liked it, I liked it. But there is so much more to the book (even a little side story with his sister and brother) and more insight. It is totally worth reading and this is worth watching each for their separate and consolidated reasons.

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I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while. Life has been getting busy lately. But, what’s new, right?

There are so many things I want to review, but I always refresh my mind by rereading or re-watching or re-playing what I review. I just haven’t had time for that lately. I promise I’ll try harder, though.

Things I plan to review:

Pokemon

Beyond Two Souls

Catching Fire

Thirst

and more…

If there’s anything you would like me to review also, just let me know 🙂

Divergent – Review (YA)

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The summary on the jacket:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is- she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are – and where exactly a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.”

If you had to decide which quality would contribute most to saving the world, could you choose just one?

Divergent is amazing! It had a slowish start, but it was always interesting. I was glued to the pages in no time. I couldn’t put it down. And I don’t mean that figuratively. I literally brought it with me everywhere and couldn’t put it down. It was fast paced, evocative, and compelling. I loved the strong heroine and watching her come into her own.  I loved the decision making through out the book and learning about her faction after the Choosing Ceremony. Of course, to drive home the fact that it is an oppressing society, some people had to die. I hate when people I like die in books. But, it wasn’t nearly as bad as Mockingjay (in the Hunger Games series). Some people say that this is like The Hunger Games. I don’t think it is. Sure, there are a few similarities, but the story and the style is very different.

This story has a lot to do with over coming fear, which really hits home for me, and with finding out who you really are. It also has to do with finding out your definition of right and wrong. I love the imagery the author made as well as the imaginative things she made seem realistic. I also, really love the character of Tobias and his relationship with Tris.

I can’t believe that the author wrote this when she wasn’t much older than I was, that this is her first novel, and that she did the same things I do now (write stories instead of dong homework). That’s my dream. To write and publish at least one really good book.

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Nightshade – Review (YA)

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Here’s the summary on the back:

“She risked her life to save his, believing she’d never see him again. But he has returned, challenging her destiny as Alpha wolf, leaving her doubting her past and fearing her future.”

Written by Andrea Cremer.

I cannot tell you how much I love this book. The plot has so much depth and so many twists. I love the characters, the dynamics, the pack/ friendships. I love the idea, too. I don’t know why so many books have to have a love triangle (maybe it just happens that way) but this one sort of does, too. However, I didn’t find as much of a problem with this one as I usually do. And it’s not exactly the main focus. Sure love is important in this story… but it’s also about finding yourself. It’s about triumph.

I am going to re-read it so I can say more of what it’s about, as I read this a while ago and forgot a few things. I want you to be well informed 🙂

But, I definitely say it’s worth a read. I couldn’t stop reading it and finished the series in no time.

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Beastly – Review (YA)

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Here is the summary on the back:

“I am a beast. A beast. Not quite a wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster. You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell. Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls the night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life.  And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly… beastly.”

I love this book. It may not be the most involved story ever, but I do love the story. It’s a great take on an old tale: the beauty and the beast. It’s set in modern day New York City. A very popular, rich, and handsome high school guy pisses off the wrong witch. He gets turned into a beast and has to learn his lesson or will remain that way forever. As a vain young man, this lesson is hard to learn. It gets to the core of things, to the core of love. It highlights, honesty and kindness. There are many nuances that intrigued me. It was a pleasure to read.

I’d say it’s worth a read.

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Twilight – Review (YA)

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Here’s the summary on the back:

About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him – and I didn’t know how dominant that part might be – that thirsted for my blood.And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

I’m not really sure what to say. On one hand I love this series (though this isn’t my favorite book in it) and on the other hand I don’t love it. There is a lot of controversy with this book.

When I first heard about the book I did not want to read it. I tend to hesitate when it comes to overly hyped up books and things that become mainstream, but when I finally did read it I loved it. I loved the new take on vampires (I love original vampire myths, too, but not as much as some people who strictly adhere to that lore). I liked that there was finally a book where vampires could go out in the sun and not kill people. I loved the corny romance and identified with the ordinary teen who gets the great guy. I could feel the intense emotion.

I have read it several times since then, however, and I can see the other side of the spectrum, now. For those who don’t like corny love stories, this is not the book for you. For those who love old vampire lore and hate new, sparkly takes on it, this is not for you. It does have some great extras like Native American culture and myths, shape shifting wolves, and vampire fights, but those things are not the main focus. The focus is Edward and Bella’s relationship. After a few reads, that gets boring. And the book does move slowly.  I also can agree that the characters are whiny once in a while and definitely moody.

Since she draws out the details and development, Stephenie Meyer does a good job of establishing the characters, place, vampire culture, wolf culture, and story, though. There are some really great parts to this story. I will always love Twilight as a whole, even if there are some things I do not like individually.  But, i definitely go drawn into the story and the good parts are worth reading.

So, is it worth a read over all? That depends on you. If you hate new takes on old myths, then no. If you hate teen love stories, then no. But if you don’t mind a corny teen love story then yes. Not every book can be perfect, but over all I like this series.

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Visions of Heat – Review

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Here’s the summary on the back:

Used to cold silence, Faith NIghtStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous – aching need… exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her.

Changling Vaughn D’Angelo can take the form of either man or jaguar, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds to utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced – and keep her form Vaughn.

Visions of Heat is the second book in Nalini Singh’s psy/ changeling series. I read this book before I read the first one (Slave to Sensation), though, so I figured I’d review it first. It explains the world well enough that I quickly understood what was going on.

I absolutely love this book! It includes familiar concepts into a whole new world, a new culture and society. It also introduces a whole new plane: the psychic plane which certain individuals can access.

The transitions between Vaughn and Faith’s perspective flow smoothly. I like getting the insight into both characters. The characters are all very real and almost tangible. They are well developed and the relationships are interesting and dynamic. The book has great descriptions as well as explanations of emotion.

The two characters come from separate worlds. Vaughn’s world is ruled by emotion, love, and loyalty. Faith’s world is ruled by silence (denying all emotion), greed, and power.

The story is compelling, fast paced, and passionate, with some very steamy scenes. Over all I would say it’s worth a read.

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The Hunger Games – Movie Review

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Usually adaptations of books don’t live up to expectations, but, for an adaptation, this movie was pretty good. If you haven’t read the book, it was probably excellent. The cinematography was good quality, though my eyes hurt when they chose to rush a few scenes (for aesthetic purposes). I liked the tone of the movie. It rang true to the book and the mood of the movie itself. It was fast paced and very interesting. It definitely drew you in and the actors did a great job.

Having read the book, I feel some of the scenes could have lasted longer. I was also not happy with the fact that they changed the origin of her pin. But, I suppose there was a reason for that. The effects were great and they did a great job of putting us into the world Suzanne Collins created.

I can say, as someone who has also read the book, that I am happy with the movie over all. It’s worth a watch.

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The Hunger Games – review (YA)

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Since the second Hunger Games movie is coming out, I figured it would be a good time to review The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

Here is the summary on the back:

Winning means fame and fortune. Losing means certain death. The Hunger Games have begun…

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

I have to say, I was reluctant to read it at first. I usually am reluctant to read hyped up books. But, once I started reading I got hooked. It’s a face paced, action packed book, but it also describes scenes intriguingly well. I also have to admit, the present tense in first person took me a bit to get used to, but that’s really a personal preference and it faded to the background once I got into the story.

Katniss, though gruff at times, is a lovable character. I love her because she is a strong independent character, but I’ve always loved the strong heroine types. I find, though, that even her more subtle attributes and her flaws make her lovable. I quickly became involved in a lot of the characters, actually. I’m also not one for love triangles usually, It seems most books have them, though. But, I wouldn’t really call this a love triangle, or at least it didn’t get that far in my opinion.

This book, as well as the series, can get quite intense. I hadn’t read a book like it before. Not only is Katniss dealing with teenage things and family problems, but she is dealing with a brutal game to the death. It is amazing to follow her journey and read what decisions she makes.

On top of this brutal game she’s in and the brutal society that created it, there are undertones of so many different types of love. The love she has for her sister, for example, is one of the most profound connections in the book. It is beautiful.

There’s really something for everyone. There’s a little romance, a little drama, a lot of action, and a lot of depth. In my opinion it’s worth a read.

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Another of my books

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John has always felt more at home in the fantasy realms of his games where he can be Alexander, his avatar. When an opportunity to dive even deeper into one of his games presents itself, he can’t wait to try it. A new virtual reality gaming software allows the player to transport his or her consciousness into the game server. But, John gets more than he bargains for when a glitch traps the players in the game indefinitely. Is this truly what he wants?

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