Monthly Wrap Up

March 2016 Wrap up

March wasn’t the best reading month for me. I only read two books in March. For a majority of March, I was working on my final project for my “Child Development” class and visiting my dad in the hospital.

6131164 ” A Clockwork Princess“, by Cassandra Clare. This was the 3rd and final installment of the “Infernal Devices” series. I loved this series from the very beginning and was a little sad for it to end. The ending was perfect and the book gave me all the feels.The characters really came to life, and the relationships between the characters were epic and touching all at the same time. I enjoyed seeing how Tessa’s life turned out and I had to reread the epilogue several times. I also, started reading/listening to “City of Heavenly Fire” and I felt  that it really helped that I read “Clockwork Princess”, before starting “City of Heavenly Fire” because they do talk about certain relationship that occurred in “Clockwork Princess.” I gave this book a 4/5 stars.
I also read “img_0317Cress“, by Marissa Meyer. This part of the Lunar Chronicles Series. I enjoyed reading the series so far. However, this was my least favorite book so far. I just really felt there was hardly anything going on the the story and for majority of the book they were flying around in space. However, the ending of the book was amazing, and I really can’t wait to get my hands on the next book “Winter”. I was a little confusing to me at parts because there were so many different characters that had significant counterparts. In this novel, many of the characters were separated from their counterpart and I had a hard time keeping up with which characters were together. I gave “Cress”, a 3/5 stars.

Stay tuned, for my April TBR, which I am hoping to have up this week.

Until next time, warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters!

Rina

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Book Review

Lunar Chronicles: Cress By Marissa Meyer

Title: Cress img_0317

Author:Marissa Meyer

Pages: 550

Publisher:Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis:Even in the future. there are damsels in distress…

In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana’s evil plan, has a slight problem. She’s been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress involving Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet, and Wolf goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes as a high price. Meanwhile, Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

Review:  starsstarsstars/5

The Lunar Chronicles, are fairytale retellings with a science fiction spin to them. I enjoyed this book, but I honestly felt that it was a little slow. For a majority of the book the characters are flying around in space after rescuing a hacker named cress. I understood why the author did this but, it didn’t activate my attention much. However, although the first 3/4 of the book were really slow in my opinion. I thought the way the book ending was epic. Not only were we introduced to a character that will be an important part to the next book but there was an unveiling to how the war between Luna and Commonwealth really started.

I loved the characters once again. I still think that Wolf and Scarlet are my favorite couple in this series. But, this book introduced Cress and Thorne which also made a badass team. One thing that bothered me in this series is that the female characters are portrayed to be very strong and most of the time they are even taking care of their male love interests. But, it made me wonder in the last half of the book are the male characters really necessary to the story or would it have still been an excellent series with out all the love interests. I noticed myself getting really confused in certain parts of the book, because each female character had a their own story that somehow connected with the other female characters. But, there was also the same number of male characters per female character and in this book not all the female characters were in the same situation as there male counterpart which made the book to be a little confusing and I had to go back several times to reference who was who’s love interest.

The antagonist, Levana is such a frightening character. Every time that she made an appearance around Prince Kai I would be on the edge of my seat hoping that Kai would stand up to here. On numerous occasions he did and I did a little cheer for him in my head. I recognized that the decisions he was making were for the good of the country but sometimes I wish he would have told Levana off.

I have to say that the world building was fantastic, not only does it encompass the planet of Luna, Commonwealth, but all the countries that surround the Commonwealth as well. I enjoyed seeing the characters travel through space to Africa. It was interesting to watch Cinder, struggle with decisions that can risk the wellbeing of not only her friends but the planet of Luna and the country of Commonwealth. There are a lot of things that Cinder has come to terms with, and make some big choices as to how to save her and her friends. On numerous occasions she battles with herself and wonders if it would be better to just rescue herself and let her friends figure things out on their own while she is safe and sound. She battles with the choice to start a rebellion and be responsible for a revolution on Luna.

I am impatiently looking forward to read “Winter,” to find out what our characters are going to face next, thanks to the sneak peak in the end. I highly recommend to check this series out if you like science fiction and fairy tales.

 

 

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Book Review

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

6131164Title: Clockwork Princess

Author: Cassandra Clare

Pages:570

Publisher:Simon and Schuster

Synopsis: Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy. 

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)

Review:  starsstarsstarsstars/5  

If you have read my January wrap- up you may have gotten a glimpse at how I feel about this book. I simply loved it. It was so good. I loved listening to it, on audible. The characters came to life. This book gave all the feels. I loved the relationship that was between Jem and Tessa, it was beautiful. I really valued Jem’s maturity through out the book, and his acceptance of his fate. The battle between Mortmain and the shadow hunters was EPIC. It was action packed and suspenseful. I really enjoyed how the events lead to the end of the book, I  felt it tied the “Immortal Instruments,” series in together really well. I recently started listening to “City of Heavenly Fire”, and the transition was so smooth.  There are characters that come from relationships that occurred in “Clockwork Princess”. I think that reading this book before “City of Heavenly Fire”, really clears things up. It was so good, the beginning was very slow, but it was so beautifully written. Once I got about 1/4 of the way in I couldn’t stop listening to it. This book was breath taking, the emotions of the characters could truly be felt by the reader. I honestly, didn’t mind that this book was filled with more romance then action. I think that it made the book extremely enjoyable and edge of your seat exciting. I loved the romance between Jem and Tessa. The love triangle between, Will, Tessa and Jem was a little stretched out for me.  But, I was team Jem from day one. I really wanted Tessa to just chose one of the boys. It frustrated me, that she kept analyzing her feelings for both of them, and then settling on the fact that she loved them the same. I adored the relationship between Charlotte and Henry. It was beautiful and pure. They both cared so much for each other and were willing to do anything ignored to save the institute. Charlotte supported Henry through every, and that was very symbolic and powerful to me. Even at his worst, Charlotte was able to love him as if he was at his best. There was only on major fight scene between the shadow hunters and Mortmain, but it was truly written so the reader could visualize what was happening. Yes, I recommend you to check out this series. It was fantastic.

 

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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:

 

waiting on wednesday book and clock

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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