Friday, 23 August 2013

Vampire Academy Movie Trailer (Review)

There is so many YA book to movie adaptations going on right now it’s hard to keep track, but the Vampire Academy adaptation is one I have definitely been keeping a keen eye on. The trailer was released about a week ago, and I have been wrestling since its release in regards to my reaction to it. In a wasn’t what I expected. I really want to reserve judgement, as its only a trailer, but there was just something off about it.

The first half of the trailer almost made me want to claw my eyes out. It just was so out of place, and very reminiscent of Gossip Girl. Not that I’m not a fan of GG but it’s really not what VA is about. If I had not read the series, from the first 30seconds I would just assume that the movie is about rich, elite vampires who stay up all night and party, and have to deal with first-world (vampire) problems. The second half of the trailer is much more of what I expected the movie to be.

Overall I wasn’t all that impressed from the trailer. It just seems like the director has made it for the masses, which thrive on cheesy chic flicks with vampires, rather than the loyal fans of the series. I’m not sure if this will be one I want to see at the movies yet, or just get out when it comes to DVD. 

That the actor who plays Dimitri, is actually from Russia. Authenticity...check.

  The action scenes looked pretty decent, and Rose looks very much how I imagined her.
There seemed to be a major focus on sex in the trailer. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good sex scene, but for a YA book/movie it just played too much focus in the trailer. I just hope that the rating isn’t high as in R16, because that would be pretty unfair on the youngin’s who are big fans of the series.

My Rating:

I'd Love to hear what you guys thought of the Trailer, so if you get a moment leave a comment down below :)

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Top Ten Tuesday (6)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the amazing Broke And The Bookish.

Top Five Books set in Made-up Worlds

The Iron King- So this book featured a multitude of made up realms, including the Wyldewood where Meghan first enters the faery court, there is also both the Summer (Arcadia) and Winter(Tir Na Nog) courts and let’s not forget the Iron Realm (Mag Tuiredh).

Game of Thrones: I must admit I have not read the books, but within the series there is some amazing world building done by George R.R. Martin. Although the world he created has no official name, there are many areas in the world such as Kings Landing, Winterfell and wherever the Dothraki come from.

Alice in Wonderland: What would a Top Ten list be without a classic ofcourse. Lewis Carrols world building has been the inspiration of so many books, enough said.

The Sword of Truth: Was the first ‘real’ fantasy book I ever read, and it blew me away with its unique worldbuilding. Like Game of Thrones, the world doesn’t have an exact name but it’s split into varying territories, Midlands, Westland, and D’hara.

The Hunger Games: Panem is technically a post-apocalyptic world based on our own, but it still deserves a mention. 

Friday, 9 August 2013

Feature and Follow (9)

Here’s this week’s question: Back to school. Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.

Feature & Follow is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.

All I remember from high-school was hating almost every book I was forced to read, not because I was forced to read and analyze them. But more the fact that every book was a 'classic', with big wordy sentences, and overly long descriptive paragraphs that went way over my head (especially since I had reading difficulties.

So if I was to choose a mix of books to teach high-school kids, I would choose slightly more modern contemporary books, that hopefully would keep them fully absorbed while also teaching them about themes, character development, and literary metaphors. My choices would be:

Thanks for stopping by guys!

July Wrap Up

First port of order, I know I’ve become increasingly slack with my blogging lately. So i've decided on a different approach this coming month, to get me out of my blogging slump. I’m only going to focus on 2 features: Top Ten Tuesday and Feature Friday along with a book review every week. Then each month I’ll do a haul/wrap up of the previous month. Previously I think I tried to do too many features which was overwhelming, so I lost interest and began procrastinating about blogging and it felt more like a chore. Which is not something that I want, because I really enjoy blogging. So instead I’m going to limit myself to a few posts a week and hopefully stick to it. And even if I don’t post I’ll still be actively reading everyone's posts, since that’s my favorite part :)
The month of July was a bit of a bust for me; I had planned to read quite a bit and was expecting to participate in the Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon, but ended up losing momentum before it even started. However I did manage to read 5 books all up though, which was a decent effort, considering my snail like reading pace. The books were:

Reviews will be up soon.

I was lucky enough to get quite a large haul this past month...well large by my standards haha. All of these books were for a dollar at my local book store, BUT it was also buy 1 children’s book and get the 2nd half price. So all up these 6 cost me $4.50. BARGAIN!

Then from, I got these: 

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