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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Catching Fire Movie Review

I know this review is a little late but I reviewed this movie for class recently and thought I would share it.

Having read the Hunger Games series I have been interested in watching the movies but did not get around to seeing Catching Fire until Spring Break. Watching a movie after reading a book is a weird experience because you know what is going to happen. It is usually less suspenseful and almost boring at times, however I did not have that problem with Catching Fire. Even though I knew what was going to happen I still found myself jumping in my seat in suspenseful moments. I also knew the movie was going to end with an intense cliff hanger yet I still found myself being surprised by it.  I think the director did a phenomenal job of making Catching Fire into an exciting movie, even for someone who read the book. The movie was also about two hours and thirty minutes long yet it did not feel like it. They also did a great job keeping the pace of the movie and keeping the audience’s attention.

As a whole, the character of Katniss is fascinating. She is viewed as a face of a rebellion even though she does not want to be. She just wants to live out her life with her mom, sister, and Gale in peace and not bothered by the government. Yet, she has these unintentional brave moments. For example, she does not hesitate to jump in front of a government official whipping Gale. Also, it is easy to see the difference in Katniss from The Hunger Games to Catching Fire. She is hurt and traumatize from the Hunger Games that she had to compete in. I’m glad that was shown in the movie. The traumatic events do not get glossed over.

Each character also has emotionally changed from the first movie to the second. Effie, one of my favorite characters, goes from a cheerful and optimistic person to physically run down from the effects of sending Peeta and Katniss back into the games. This seems to be the consensus for most characters. Clearly being able to see that they are fed up with the government and what they are forcing the citizens to do.

One particular scene that stands out is the citizens of the capital forcing themselves to throw up when they are full just to be able to eat more. Which is something that can be seen as a parallel to today’s society. People over eating, or throwing out good food when there are people starving in our country and others. Movies like this can make you think about how you live, and pay more attention to the news and government. While the series is ‘young adult’ based I think it is an interesting topic that is deals with. A corrupt government making kid’s fight to the death, and it takes 75 years before a rebellion is finally sparked by a teenage girl. Even though I know what happens in the last book, I’m eagerly awaiting the next two movies.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Morganville Vampire Series THE TV SHOW

I just found out today that on of my favorite series is becoming a TV SHOW! What series is that?

THE MORGANVILLE VAMPIRES by Rachel Caine.


 While I have not read the latest books in the series, I'm really excited to see these characters played out. This all started from a Kickstarter last summer. Kickstarter is an amazing invention that has funded from great stuff, such as the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and the Veronica Mars Movie. NOW, it has funded the creation of the Morganville Vampires TV show. 


Find out more here:
http://www.morganvilletheseries.com/

Monday, March 31, 2014

Ignite Me Review


The Shatter Me series has been one of my favorites since the first novel came out. I remember hearing a ton of positive buzz for the book, and being beyond excited to read Shatter Me. That positive buzz was truly deserve. Looking back to the first two books, I never would have imagined that Ignite Me would end the series the way that it did. Juliette has a fantastic character development, she starts out as a scared little teenager and by the end of the third novel she has taken charge of her life.
 

Juliette isn’t the only one who has an intense character development, Warner does too. Going into Ignite Me I had not read the prequels, and didn’t really know Warner the last book. I would actually suggest doing that, I liked learning as Juliette did. It made the novel has more surprises and turns then I expected. Mafi took me completely by surprised but she created this pathway that guides the reader into her plan.  Everything made much more sense after Ignite Me.

Mafi also has an amazing writing style. Throughout Shatter Me words and repeated and crossed out in most of the novel. It’s like you are really inside Juliette’s head, which is a really crazy place. Then as the series progresses the writing gets more complicated and more fluid. It shows how Juliette has grown. Over-all Mafi has a beautiful and poetic writing style that I really enjoyed throughout all three books. Especially how it changed.

One last thing, I loved how Mafi took the romantic relationship. She shows that as a teenager the first person you date is not always going to be the one you end up with for the rest of your life. As a character grows, they don’t always need the same kind of romantic relationship or the same person. I salute Mafi for doing this in her series.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack Giveaway!

18505845Hey guys! I'm apart of the Street Team for Cora's new series! I just finished the novel and it is fantastic! I think it's my new favorite from her. It's full of football and romance, and it's just a fun novel to read.

I just wanted to let you know that goodreads is giving away a ARC of All Lined Up! Go enter and win this awesome book!!!

Here's the link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/85845-all-lined-up

Good Luck!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: The Golden Lily and The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead


8709523I read these books back to back this week, so I thought I would combine them into one review. There's no major spoilers for either book, but their is spoilers for the first novel in the series Bloodlines.

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) and The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines #3) mainly focus on how Sydney’s torn between two worlds. One being the Alchemists her family and what she is raised to believe and the other is the Moroi world what she learns about them on her own. This is similar to what teens go through every day. While they are not debating whether or not vampires are morally good or bad, but rather in political views, future jobs they want to pursue, or maybe a hobby that their family does not believe in.

I also found Sydney’s slightly eating disorder another aspect that is easy for young readers to identify with, especially with today's media. Sydney is not over weight she even says she’s in a size 4. Yet she is comparing herself to Moroi who are supermodel sized 0. Personally, I can really relate to this. I’m also a size four yet sometimes feel the same way Sydney does.  In the first book her aversion to food seemed weird for a young adult novel and I wasn’t sure where Richelle Mead was going to take it. In the 2nd book Adrian out right says Sydney is on the verge on an eating disorder. From there she learns she might actually have a problem. I really applaud Richelle Mead for putting this in her series. It's a great lesson for young adults.

8709526The main character is not the only reason I love these books. The plot is always moving forward and interesting. The first Vampire Academy series dealt with the vampire world and didn't really extend much out of that. I loved how Richelle Mead added the witches to the Bloodlines series. It set it apart and gave it a new twist to the world. I also enjoy that each individual book in the series has its own plot. There’s a problem that starts, climax’s and is mostly resolved in each novel while also setting it up for more advance plot points in the following novels. It’s a great way for the series to advance.

Lastly, the romance between Sydney and Adrian has a forbidden Romeo and Juliet feel to it. I’ve been rooting for them since the first novel and can’t wait to see how it plays out in the rest of the series. They have some serious problems to get through if it is going to work out. They are literally not allowed to be together based on the Alchemist laws.
 
Can't wait to read more of Richelle Mead. I'm going to start the next book in the series ASAP!
 
--Danielle

 

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