Monthly Wrap Up

January 2016 Wrap -Up

Hey Bibliomanics,

Its been a hot minute. The last week of January and the first week of February was attack of the flu. That is the main reason that there hasn’t been posts up in the last week. I am glad to announce that I am feeling so much better and I am ready to tackle February.

Reading: In January I read a total of 3 books. And I have reviewed 2/3 of those books. ( The reviews & Discussion will be linked below.)

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Grey: I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. It was a bit of a downfall for me because I was expecting to learn more about Christian’s childhood. Even though, I got a glimpse of it, I had higher expectations. I didn’t feel like their needed to be a retelling from Christian’s point of view of the entire book. I did find some parts enjoyable such as learning about Christian’s business and seeing some of the difficulties Christian had to face as a child. However, I only gave this book a 3/5 stars because I felt it was just too drawn out with very little new information to give to the reader. (Discussion)

 

13206760Scarlet: This book was very enjoyable. I had a hard time getting used to the changes in POV between Cinder and Scarlett. That took a while for me to switch over from one to the other but once I got used to it the book was very enjoyable. The relationship between Wolf and Scarlett was simply perfect. I loved Wolf. He was very witty and had a good guy/bad boy vibe and I am a huge sucker for the bad boy vibe. As always Cinder was badass and  I just enjoyed seeing how her story intertwined with Scarlet’s. There was also a huge mystery element in this book which made it even more enjoyable. I gave it a 4/5 stars.

 

Clockwork Princess: I listened to this one on audio book. I loved, loved, loved the narrator.  This book just slightly didn’t make the cut to be a 5 star read, mainly because there were a few parts in the 6131164book that dragged one. The relationships between the characters were so strong and complicated that it made it hard for me to stop listening to the story. I loved Jem and by the end of the book I began to love Will as well. I fell head over heels Jem. But, overall the book was great. I loved the love triangle, which I don’t say very often. The romantic relationship between Henry and Charlotte, was beautiful, simply because it was so pure. Charlotte supported Henry in all his inventive ideas no matter how obscene they may have seemed to everyone else. That was something that seemed so powerful to me. Also, Tess’s characters as always came out to be so selfless and strong that I couldn’t help but admire her. My heart ached for her as well as she had to face so many difficulties regarding the ones she loved. But, this book was beautifully written and is my favorite out of the “Infernal Devices” trilogy. I gave this one a 4/5 stars. (Review to come.)

Movies/TV: This month I watched several movies that that I throughly enjoyed and meddled in some tv shows.

Cross roadsCrossroads: I love this movie. This has been one of my favorites since it came out in 2002. It stars Britney Spears, Taryan Manning,  and Zoe Saldana, as 3 childhood best friends who reunite on a road trip after graduation. There is friendship and a mystery boy involved. Like I said I love this movie, it has some of Britney’s hit singles such as “I love Rock and Roll”, “I am not a Girl” and “Overprotected”.

 

The Lady in the Van:

This one was one of my favorites this month. I have a fLady in the Van Posterull movie review on this movie. I thought it was great, Maggie Smith was an amazing Miss.Shephard. She played a little old lady, who had her set ways and lived in a yellow van. It was humorous and full of love. I adore Maggie Smith, and this movie was very heartfelt. I highly recommend everyone to check it out.

 

Kangaroo Jack:

I have a feeling that I fell asleep in the middle of this movie. So, I don’t have all that much Kangaroo Jackto say about it. The parts that I did watch I found very funny. It follows two friends that are sent to deliver money to the mob in Australia. The money is put into a jacket pocket, and the jacket ends up on a Kangaroo. And so the movie follows the adventures of these two friends as they try to track down the Kangaroo to get back the money. ( I think I need to re-watch this one.)

 

 

Angel Season 1:

This is another one of my favorites. This is the spine off tv show, from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. It follows Angel-TV-SeriesBuffy’s love interest Angel as he protects the citizens of Los Angeles after leaving Sunnydale. I love this show. Angel is such an awesome character. I love seeing how he comes to terms with the loss of his relationship with Buffy. He tries really hard to make up for his sins, by saving the people of Los Angeles. I really like that there is a detective feel and not just exploring the supernatural. There are two characters that join Angel from Sunnydale, a watcher- Wesley and Sunnydale’s popular cheerleader Cordelia Chase. I’ve been enjoying re-watching this show. Plus who doesn’t like a hunk who protects citizens from the night?

 

Girl Meets World Season 1:

This show I stumbled on accidentally. I have heard Girl Meets Worldabout a spin off from the 1993 “Boy meets World”, starring Ben Savage and  Danielle Fishel. This follows their daughter, Riley and her best friend Maya as they run into adventures and learn life long lessons. It is a Disney channel produced show, so there is a lot of kid friendly content and a typical Disney feel to it. However, I did find it to be enjoyable and I loved seeing Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel, and how their characters have grown through out the years. I think that its worthy checking out for the Topanga and Corey fans and its a nostalgic feel to fans of the original show. (Don’t expect it to have the same feel, as it is very much 2000’s Disney. )

General:

In general life news, I am officially back in school so juggling blogging and assignments is a little bit of a struggle but I am committed to at least one post a week.

Secondly, I went back to yoga and I have been loving it. I have been currently doing hot yoga and have been working on mastering the sequences with closed eyes as part of a meditational and balance practice. I am not quit there yet. I have also signed up for the February Yoga Six challenge where you try to go to 29 classes. I know that I won’t be going to all 29 but I want to go as many times as I can this month. The main goal is over 5. Secondly, this months practice focus is primarily mastery of the hot yoga class. (And possibly some meddling in running/walking. We will see how that goes.)

How’s was your January? If you wrote a January Wrap- up leave a link in the comments down below I would love to check it out. Let me know what you watched or read. As always if you have any recommendations or requests for reviews please leave it in the comments or for review inquires e-mail me at: marinareviewsbooks@gmail.com. I love connecting with all of you.

Warm cups of tea, and too just a few more chapters.

Marina

 

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday:

 

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by: Breaking the Spine

The love that saved the worldTitle: The Love that Split the World

Author: Emily Henery

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication date: January 26,2016

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken. (Goodread)

What books are on your wishlist? Are there any books that you are dying to read? Leave a comment or link to your “Waiting on Wednesday” post. I would love to check it out.

Warm cups of tea, and too just a few more chapters.

Marina

 

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Hey Bibliomanics,

I have been under the weather today, and it has been very cold out. Unfortunately, my reading and yoga routine were most definitely not on track. But, I am just going to go with the flow.

(Reading Update: I am currently 35 pages into Cress. I hope to read a little before bed today, but I think I might just listen to my audiobook (“Lock and Key” by Sarah Dessen) . Listening to audiobooks before going to bed has been kind of my thing during the past few weeks.)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB ofadailyrhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

Cress

So, without further or due here is a little teaser from “Cress”.

Title:Cress

Author: Marissa Meyer

” “Peony…” Cinder shifted closer to the net screen. “Thats why the android wanted her chip.””(Cress, p. 35)

What are you reading on this fine Tuesday? Leave your thoughts, down below. I would love to hear all about the books your reading. Don’t be a stranger and leave a teaser or a recommendation.

 

Warm cups of Tea and too just a few more chapters,

Marina

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Movie Review

The Lady in the Van – Movie Review

Synopsis: A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway. (Imdb)

Lady in the Van PosterDirector: Nicholas Hytner

Writer: Alan Bennet

Staring: Maggie Smith- Miss. Shepard

Alex Jennings- Alan Bennet

Run Time: 104 minutes

Review: This movie was phenomenal. I honestly can’t express how great it was. First of all, Maggie Smith was in it ( fans of Harry Potter, she plays Professor McGonagall). Do I even have to say more? Secondly, the entire story is filled with humor. There are so many funny parts in this movie, and the story is just really heart felt.

It follows a writer, who has this little old lady Miss. Shepard move in across the street in her little van. Through out the movie, you get to know this lady and learn about her life as a young woman and the demons that she faces on the daily basis. I loved this movie, it was so interesting. It kept my attention because it flashed from the present life of Miss.Shepard to the past life of a young Miss.Shepard. You got to see her life experiences and how she ended up living out of a van. Although, there was lighthearted humor in this film there was also a mystery that surround, Miss.Shepard. Who was she? And what happened to her? This movie takes place in a nice suburban neighborhood, where Miss. Shepard and her van decide to make there permanent stay. The members of the neighborhood, all have different views about this, but Alan Bennet through circumstances comes to befriend Miss. Shepard becoming a permanent member in her life.

I highly recommend you to check this movie out, it will have you laughing, and lift your hearts spirits. Maybe even make you cry but only just a bit. The events in this film are based of nonfictional occurrences. As well as a novel, written by Alan Bennet, which you can bet I will be checking out very soon.

Warm cups of tea, and too just a few more chapters.

Marina

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Book Review

Scarlet By Marissa Meyer

Title: Sca13206760rlett

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 331

Version: E-book

Publisher: Feiwel And Friends

Synopsis:Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner. (Goodreads)

Review:

May Contain Spoilers from Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles.

Oh boy, there is just so much to say about this book. This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles, it take place in Rieux, France. Our main character in this book is Scarlet, who is on a mission to find out who kidnapped her grandme’re. In the process she meets a street fighter named “Wolf”, who offers to help her. As Scarlet, pieces together what happened and why someone would want to take her grandmother, an unlikely relationship forms between Scarlet and Wolf. In the meantime, Cinder breaks out of prison and becomes a fugitive on the run in this exciting installment of the Lunar Chronicles.

 

I gave it starsstarsstarsstars/5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. I felt that the relationship between Wolf and Scarlett was down to earth. Wolf, was a very strong male character and he made the book very enjoyable. There was a lot of chemistry between Wolf and Scarlett. This chemistry really made the book more enjoyable because both characters were faced with difficult decisions that could have been devastating to their relationship. This book dealt a lot with loving someone that your family or people that you are close to wouldn’t approve off. I also enjoyed that it dealt with a major mystery factor, which was thrown at you from the very beginning. I couldn’t put this book down because I wanted to know what happened to Scarlett’s grandmother and why she was such an important element in the story.

This book contained of back and forth emotion. In the pervious, book we were introduced to Cinder and her relationship with the royal prince Kai. In this book Kai, is faced with a lot of challenges as he learns how to rule a kingdom and protect his people from a war that the Lunar queen threatens on the Commonwealth.

I wasn’t a huge fan of how the point of views changed between Cinder and Scarlett. I felt that I couldn’t really get into this story fully because I was so invested in Cinder’s story from the pervious book. That would be my only compliant, I would have preferred to have less information on Cinder through out the book and have an epilogue that talked about what Cinder was up too, in the time that this book was taking place. I just felt that I would get so invested in the voice of Cinder and then be pulled out and have to get reacquainted with the voice of Scarlett.

If you enjoy a supernatural mystery I recommend you check this book out. I will be finishing the rest of the series. I have already started Cress, which I will talk about in my weekly TBR post tomorrow.

Warm cups of tea and too just a few more chapters,

Rina

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Friday Reads

#Friday Reads 1/29/16: Scarlet & Clockwork Princess

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Its that time of the week again, Bibliomanics. Happy Friday! We worked hard and now its time for a little break. Here is what I will be reading this weekend.

Last week  in my #Fridayreads I talked about Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I planned on finishing it up last weekend but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance too. The new goal is to finish it by tomorrow night, because I would like to review it this weekend

Synopsis:

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
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Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.(Goodreads)

I am very much enjoying it. So, far nothing that I predicted to happen actually happened. There is so much suspense going on and I am just dying to find out how the story is going to conclude.

I have been trying to read a little each night before bed, but I have been going to bed really tired that the moment my head hits the pillow I am out like a light. So, now I  schedule a designated time in the morning after I get off work to read whether that be 15 minutes or an hour. I make sure some reading is being done.

Also, if you follow me on goodreads, you may have noticed that I am also reading  “Clockwork Princess”, by Cassandra Clare. I have been listening to the audiobook for about a month or two, anytime I’m driving anywhere or doing some housework I just put it on. I have been extremely enjoying it. It is the 3 book in the Infernal Devices series. This book I think is
my favorite in the series. It had so many feels, and swoon worthy moments. It also contains a very interesting love triangle, add a few demons, and scientific inventions and this book is difficult to put down. I have been extremely enjoying it.

Synopsis:Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy. 
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Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her. (Goodreads)

If you participate in #fridayreads, or are reading something that you are excited about, leave a comment down below. Feel free leave your links to your blogs, or youtube videos I would love to check them out. Also, if you have any book recommendations leave a comment down below I am always looking for something new to read.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Warm cups of tea and too just a few more chapters,

Rina

 

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday:Unslut: Diary and Memoir

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by “Breaking the Spine“, it high lights all the books that are on a book bloggers wish list. And believe me when I say, being a book lover my book wish list is 10 feet tall (at the minimum). Plus, the perfect present for any book lover is a book, we do value them as an important fundamental resource, almost on the same level as drinking water or you know possibly even breathing or taking a shower. Overall point is, books are absolutely extremely important to me. So, without further or due here is what is on my bookish wish list.

Unslut imageTitle: Unslut: Diary and A Memoir

Author: Emily Lindin

Pages:272

Publisher:Zest

Publishing Date: 12/ 29/2015

When Emily Lindin was eleven years old, she was branded a “slut” by the rest of her classmates. For the next few years of her life, she was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and online. At the time, Emily didn’t feel comfortable confiding in her parents or in the other adults her my life. But she did keep a diary. Slut/UnSlut is adapted from Emily’s much-acclaimed blog “The UnSlut Project” presenting unaltered excerpts from that diary alongside split-page commentary to provide context and perspective. (Barnes and Noble)

Are you excited to read any books that you don’t own yet? Any new releases that you can not wait to get your hands on? Leave a comment down below with your bookish wish list, because we all know we are curious about what others want to read.

Warm cups of tea, and too just a few more chapters,

Marina

 

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