Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review // Jackaby by William Ritter

Jackaby is a supernatural detective story about a girl, Abigail Rook, traveling away from her family and landing in the lap of said detective, R. F. Jackaby. The story takes place in the late 1800s in a growing town in New England. This book also only goes through the first two days of Abigail's new job and is very detailed with eccentric characters.

I did enjoy this book mainly due to the characters but the story was lacking. I picked out the baddie a third of the way through and everything seemed one dimensional. Nothing was forced and everything writing-wise had a place and time but...I suppose being in Abigail's POV, the story just seemed mundane despite the crazy magical creatures and abilities flying left and right. Abigail's gift, unlike that of the eerie Jackaby, is noticing unbelievably boring traits and obvious details that even a child could piece together. She was outstanding for a young girl being thrown into the world of the unknown but I think the book being in Jackaby's POV might've been a bit more suitable and fun.

I did enjoy how fast paced and fresh this book was, as it was only within two days that a murderer was looked into and then caught. I also enjoyed the different characters like Charlie Cane and definitely my little bug Jackaby! Charlie is sweet and dark and brooding and Jackaby is eccentric and always blunt, ALWAYS. He's my problematic child...

I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because I was expecting a bit more emotion and gripping connections between characters but I just wasn't feeling it.

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x Nat

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Review // The Untold Tale by J. M. Frey

The Untold Tale is a slow going, mindful fantasy narrated by Lord Forsyth Turn, the secret spy by night, tiny baby stutter bug by day. Forsyth is thrown in to a quest when a Reader falls in to his world.
I overall liked this story! I really enjoyed Forsyth's point of view as opposed to the usual girl POV seen in most of today's literature. Forsyth is a character I can really get into because we both suffer from self deprecating thoughts. He grows throughout the tale and I love the emphasis on his wit rather than another's strength.
The Reader, Pip, is another reason I stuck around and read all 600 pages. She is intimidating and strong in many ways. She's also an amazing friend and a new character I now look up to. I love her!
The pacing and attention to detail elongated the story more than needed but still so lovely! I really got engaged in the Shadow Hand scenes because Forsyth just became incredibly attractive :) I'm giving this 4 out of 5 stars because even though I liked it, there's still a few things that were too much or not enough.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review on Goodreads!
x Nat

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Film Review // Star Wars: The Force Awakens

My goal is to make this spoiler free as is most people's goal on the internet but this is so freaking serious, I'm dead serious. Here's my review on 2015's biggest blockbuster, a movie my youngest brother has seen seven times already, a film I cried during....five times. Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens

Let's start of with casting, shall we? Hella dope ladies, actors of color and the originals? I was completely caught up (choked and cried actually) during the first 15 second trailer released earlier in the year. Mostly due to seeing Chewie and Han, to be honest...But everything else was new and fresh and I was on board! And the cast did nothing but deliver. The acting was almost too real and everyone played their part incredibly well. My favorite, despite people not liking the character, is Kylo Ren played by Adam Driver. I sadly still have a thing for his grandpa, so...I'm grateful we can look forward to seeing all of these lil bugs (good and bad) in the next few films!

The next thing to peek at is the film in itself. Directed by JJ Abrams and backed by Disney...A little weird right? I do admit, the feel of the film is a little more like a current action but theres still those funny screen swipe transitions and even better CG. By my count, there was only one JJ Abrams screen flare, which I was mildly okay with. Visually stunning and effectual in all aspects! I saw the 3D version first, so I missed some details what with the things popping out of the screen at me but the second time around embedded everything right in my ole noggin. As for the saber scenes, eh, could've been better. But then again, the Sith/Jedi fighting were never properly trained, so keep that in mind. Other than that, wow, just wow!

Whether you haven't watched a single Star Wars film or you've read every book and played every game out there, this film is for you. Diversity, fresh and familiar faces around every corner, action and drama, everything you could want! If you haven't seen it yet, please do! If you have, maybe ill go see it with you ;)
x Nat

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

all of the films of 2015

Here is a list of every film I watched in 2015. Enjoy and I hope to know what you watched, the good, the bad, the short, the marathons. Stick around to see what I watch in 2016!

The Runaways
Silence of the Lambs
Small Soldiers
The Hobbit
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies
LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
LOTR: The Two Towers
LOTR: Return of the King
Peter Pan
The Awakening
Big Fish
It's Kind of A Funny Story
Palo Alto
The Fault In Our Stars
Uptown Girls
Whip It
Almost Famous
The Little Mermaid
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
The Bling Ring (2011)
21 Jump Street
The Theory of Everything
The Prince and Me
The Haunting at Silver Falls
HP and the Order of the Phoenix
The Ward
Dark Skies
Unfinished Business
Amazing Spiderman
Amazing Spiderman 2
The New Guy
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Behaving Badly
The Dark Knight Rises
The First Men in the Moon
Shaun of the Dead
If I Stay
Resident Evil: Extinction
Life After Beth
Silent Hill: Revelations
The Fall
Into The Woods
The Interview
How I Live Now
Across The Universe
Forest Gump
From Justin to Kelly
Hot Fuzz
HP and the Deathly Hallows part 2
Jurassic World
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
HP and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Quiet Ones
The Boondock Saints
HP and the Chamber of Secrets
Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Hole
Would You Rather
If I Had Wings
Grandma's Boy
Legally Blonde
10 Things I Hate About You
Kingsman: The Special Service
Barely Lethal
Pitch Perfect 2
Beautiful Creatures
Mad Max: Fury Road
Project X
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Corky Romano
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Magic Mike XXL
Employee of the Month
Sex Ed.
Pacific Rim
Ask Me Anything
Your Highness
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Anna Karenina
Jennifer's Body
For A Good Time, Call...
Blue Sushi
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Snow White and the Huntsman
Bring It On
Darkness Falls
Dead Silence
The Woman in Black 2
Insidious Chapter 2
Batman Begins
Donnie Darko
Bend It Like Beckham
Jupiter Ascending
Lady Chatterly's Lover
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The House Sitter
Hocus Pocus
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

That's it, that's all of them! I didn't include the marks for favorites, rewatched or crying warnings because...well, I cried for alot and most movies that I watch end up being a favorite for any reason! Over 150 movies either rewatched or seen in theaters but wow? I hope to watch many more this year! Good luck in your film endeavors!
x Nat

Monday, January 11, 2016

a plethora of playlists

I know I haven't posted any of my playlists on my blog recently but I do have them readily available on the first of each month over on my Spotify!

Here's what ya missed:

doe eyed // nov 15
adj. / having large, gentle, dark eyes
25 tracks / 105 minutes

transcendent // dec 15
adj. / beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience
17 tracks / 60 minutes

clodagh // jan 16
irish name / an irish river
16 songs / 56 minutes

I'm actually quite proud that I've stuck to putting together these monthly emotion bringers. It's a funny thing to know how you were feeling and thinking and doing when you heard that song or thought of this artist. Music is essentially what plays in my head and I just want to show everyone what I see :)

x Nat

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My First Audiobook Experience

The time is spring 2014, the era is the meme golden age, the book is The Fault in Our Stars and my patience is running thin.

Audio books are something I never thought I'd enjoy and to be fair my experience was better than I thought. I listened to John Green's bestseller last year to get it over with before I watched the film... I only finished half before walking into the film, blankets in hand and sunglasses to hide my solid, puffy eyes on the way out. I died, let me tell you.

The thing was, I never really had time to listen to the book? I always found that I was listening to music and reading a book in my free time and not having enough focus to listen to the book doing anything else (i.e. Cleaning, working). I finished the book months after watching the film in theatres and the story was still thrilling and interesting, I was just bored with listening.

I am currently listening to Amy Poehler's book Yes Please and I'm very grateful that she is the one reading it because I get a better sense of what she means and her humor. I am only half way through and I've had it for a few months but when I do get time, it's just me, Amy and the blissful oddities that come with her stories. More to come!

x Nat

Book Review // Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I've recently been more interested in hyped books, best sellers and books recommended to me over on Goodreads. So why not start near the top of the list? Cinder by Marissa Meyer, it is.
Cinder is about Linh Cinder, a cyborg who lives with her guardian and her two daughters and because she's cyborg, she is basically their slave. So Cinderella, right??? WRONG!
I enjoy the added stories and relatable themes out of anything of this book. The Lunar queen is an eerie "magical" villain, as is the plague that sweeps the Commonwealth which I essentially all of Asia. There's also leads into other stories that I know are post-Cinder such as Rapunzel (Cress) and Snow White (Winter), though they aren't at all focal points. I also like the disability point of view of this book.
Cinder struggles with being shamed for being cyborg, half human and machine, and her guardian, Adri, takes advantage of this. At one point, she takes Cinder's robotic foot as a punishment and Cinder must make do as New Beijing's renowned mechanic on ONE FOOT. But, of course, she is still the badass Cinder(ella). ;)
As far as characters go, they didn't really resonate deeply with me. Prince Kai, for instance, is certainly nice and concerned for his country but the random instances he'd show affection towards Cinder seemed forced or random. Also, Dr. Erland was altogether strange and I couldn't feel for his character. Peony and Cinder's familial relationship hit home though. Their strange connection despite Peony's naivety reminds me of my brothers and certain close friendships.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because of the lovely writing and quirks in the classic retelling. I do give Meyer some credit for the great cliffhanger that makes me crave reading the rest of the series!
Thank you for trudging through my first review! I hope to write many more and figure out a good review layout instead of constant rambling. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
X Nat