I watched Captain America: Civil War back when I
went to the Fierce Reads St. Louis signing a few weeks ago, but I just now
decided to write about it. #lazycollegestudent
Anywho, if you’ve
been living under a rock in the bottom of the sea and haven’t yet seen the
trailer for CW, here you go:
Okay, now I’ve got
to be brutally honest here. I haven’t really loved Marvel’s movies since Captain America: Winter Soldier. That
was a really good movie. Avengers: Age of
Ultron was, at first, blah because of certain relationships between
characters who have no business being together (I mean, honestly! Black Widow
and Hulk?! WTH!). Now, I’ve gone back and re-watched AoU, and I liked it a lot
more. But don’t get me started on how terrible Iron Man 3 was. Ick.
Needless to say, I
was hoping for better. And I got some better. Civil War is great. I enjoyed all of the characters (minus one I’ll
get into later), and I thought the plot was a true testament to what’s going on
in our society right now. Way to bring the comic book plot to the real world,
Back to the
characters though. Steve/Captain America was fantastic, as always, but I did
have a problem with his character. It wasn’t that he was bad or anything; it
was that he wasn’t in the movie as much as I feel the title Captain America: Civil War should
warrant. Iron Man/Tony Stark hogged the screen time. And, while I may be in the
miniscule minority in this one, I have grown to loathe Iron Man. Why? Because
Marvel sticks him in practically every scene and allows for no real character
development for the “side characters,” and instead puts funny Tony Stark in to
save the day. Grr… But I could, for the most part, ignore Mr. Stuck-Up Stark.
As for the other
characters, I really enjoyed Black Panther and Spider-Man. I didn’t know much
about BP before, but I can’t wait to see him in his own movie. I did find it a
little odd that BP got his own twist to the fight scene theme music that was
jungle/African-based but no other character got his/her own music.
Peter and Ant-Man
were hilarious, but as someone mentioned online somewhere, Ant-Man as a
character was never introduced to the ex-Avengers. No one ever said his name
out loud. Weird… But the female characters had me in so much love. I can’t wait
for the Black Widow movie. She seriously deserves her own storyline.
As for the plot of
the movie, it had me guessing the entire time, despite how much I thought was
given away in the trailers. Yes, you know Team Iron Man is going to take on
Team Captain America, but the logistics behind it are a lot more complicated
than the trailers share.
All in all, this
is a must-watch for any Marvel fan or even any kind-of Marvel fan, and I’m sure
if you are a fan, you’ve already watched it. Civil War is funny, action-packed, and has some cool new and
almost-new superheroes to add to the growing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When Eadlyn became the first
princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in
love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the
competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as
events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes
that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find
the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart
has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more
impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
So once again the America Singer gang is back to do…
whatever it is the royalty in Illéa actually do. Which seems like
a whole lot of nada. And, as most people can probably relate to, The Selection series was not my favorite
and it had some major problems, but it was entertaining in its own way. The Heir and The Crown, though, have absolutely no value to the world Cass has
built. Let me tell you why I think so.
let’s talk about the characters. Absolutely none of them seem real. The boys
are two-dimensional, Eadlyn is two-dimensional, and her siblings are
two-dimensional. It’s just absurd how fake they all were. While The Selection trilogy had some character
development and seemingly realistic male and female characters, it seems like
Cass put no effort whatsoever in creating characters for this duology that had
their own thoughts and feelings. All of the boys constantly kissed Eadlyn’s
butt and none of them were really that different from the next boy in line.
I feel like my character rant could go on
forever, so I’m just going to move on to the plot. My major issue with the plot
does not revolve around Eadlyn stepping up to help her father, King Maxon,
after everything that happened in The
Heir. What does bother me is the fact that her father agreed to a certain
spoilery arrangement, just because it would make his life easier. No real father would have done that to his child.
No real king would have done that to an unprepared princess.
second major issue plot-wise was who Eadlyn chose. This, like with the
father-daughter dilemma, does not revolve around Eadlyn’s actual choice. It
revolves around the fact that I was unemotionally invested in the boys that by
the time I got halfway through the book, I realized I didn’t care who she
chose. That should never happen in a good book. I should always care who the
main character ends up with. Always.
you might wonder why, if I claim to have this much ill-will towards this book,
that I am giving it 2.5 stars instead of 1. Well, that’s a sort-of simple
answer: the ending managed to redeem a few qualities. Eadlyn did manage to step
up, and the way her family situation worked out did kind of fix itself into a
way I was comfortable with. I still didn’t believe it could happen, but the way
it was explained later on in the book felt a little more realistic. Also, a wee
bit more character development happened towards the end, but it was nowhere
near what I really wanted.
in all, I’m sure, if you read and enjoyed the books in The Selection series, you’re probably going to read this one in
order to finish the entire series. However, if you want to keep things where
they left off in The One and are
unsure about continuing, just don’t bother picking this book up. It won’t add
very much to your overall experience, especially considering both books are
ridiculously short and it seems like Cass had no investment in the story. It
actually seems like the publisher pushed her to write the spin-off books more than
Cass was actually willing to write them, and that’s just sad.
*Note: I purchased
a copy of this book for myself. This in no way affected my opinion/review.
I had a different
post in mind for today, but then I saw this beauty. If you haven’t yet seen the
teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action Beauty
and the Beast movie, now’s your chance.
I recently wrote
my review for The Jungle Book
live-action film, and you all know how amazed I was by that movie. I’m hoping Beauty and the Beast goes above and
beyond that though. Emma Watson as Belle is simply perfection, and the effects
and castle images are absolutely breathtaking in this teaser.
When the trailer
started up with the soundtrack music from the cartoon, I immediately started
feeling the childhood nostalgia. It seriously made me want to run and watch the
older version. Unfortunately, I don’t have it with me. Darn.
I don’t have a
whole lot to talk about because this trailer is so ridiculously short (evil
teasers), but just know that I love it, and I must watch it. There is no other
What do you guys
think of this new live-action adaptation?
so I needed a quick post, and then I realized “Hey, you just rearranged your
entire collection of books and bookshelves. You can share a snippet of that.”
So, that’s what I’m going to do.
a sneak peek of the mess I made trying to do just that:
the following weeks, I’ll share some actual bookshelf pictures. These are
mostly for myself, since I won’t remember what my shelves look like once I go
back to college. With these updated pics, I can know for sure what my new shelf
organization system looks like.
I was rearranging though, I thought it was strange how it took me over three
days to arrange my books on the shelves in a way I’m semi-satisfied with (I
still need at least two more full-size bookshelves) while it used to only take
me a few hours to completely take them off and redo them. I remember even being
able to lay out every single one of my books on my bedroom floor. Now, I can
barely do that with just one bookcase. I love owning 900-some books, but at the same time it can be a burden.
own WAAAAY too many books now. This experience has made me very wary about what I'm going to do in the future when I have to move all of my books out of my parents' house. Oh well, I'll deal with that later…
I watched The Jungle Book live-action movie when
it came out, and I just recently had enough time to share my thoughts on it. So,
if some of my comments seem a little off, it may be because the material isn’t
fresh in my brain.
I’ve posted the
trailer below, just in case you, for some unfathomable reason, haven’t seen it
Okay, so I was
skeptical when the idea of creating a live-action The Jungle Book was mentioned. Why? Because I’m not a huge fan of The Jungle Book cartoon version. It was
okay, but there are a lot of other Disney movies that I liked 100x more
(*cough* The Lion King *cough*).
However, once I saw the first trailer for this movie, I automatically knew I’d
be watching it in theaters.
I had watched
Disney’s live-action Cinderella, and
while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t amazing or anything. When I watched The Jungle Book though, feelings of
childhood nostalgia rose up in me. I had never even been that connected to
Bagheera, Baloo, and Mowgli, but once I saw that first beautiful opening
sequence, I was hooked.
Every scene had
such vivid detail, yet apparently, pretty much everything besides Mowgli was
CGI-made. That’s insane. The animals alone would have been exhausting to
create, but to do the plants and tress too, ugh. Some people just have too much
talent. As for the actor who played Mowgli, he was really, really good. I can’t
believe how fantastic he was considering he was acting at nothing.
Now, there are
probably people out there who are unsure of seeing a movie that is essentially
a reproduction of the cartoon, however, it’s really not. While the general
plotline is the same, there are completely different scenes and some new
introductions to characters that were very minor in the cartoon version. Additionally,
Mowgli’s wolf brothers are absolutely adorable in this film, and what happens
to that wolf family was incredibly shocking. I couldn’t believe Disney did
Despite my raving,
I did have a few minor qualms. I didn’t like the voices for a couple of
characters, like Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, but most of the main characters’
voices were spot on. I also thought King Louie was just too big. I know there
was an actual ape that got to be that large once upon a time, but Louie was
simply too big for the time period he was in.
All in all, even
if you simply thought the cartoon The
Jungle Book was simply an okay movie, you need to go watch the live-action
film. It’s so much better and more detailed, and the action scenes are
incredible. I for one can’t wait to see what they do with the sequel.
What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery?
While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her
pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The
next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk! Soon enough Lily
and the mystery student are exchanging notes, and lyrics, and even sharing
secrets. When Lily finds out that her anonymous pen pal is a guy, she's
flustered -- and kind of feels like she's falling for him. She and her best
friend set out to unravel the identity of the letter writer -- but when the
truth is revealed, the guy is the LAST person Lily could have ever imagined it
to be. Now that Lily knows the truth, can she untangle her feelings and gather
the courage to listen to her heart?
From beloved author Kasie West (The Distance Between Us) comes an
utterly charming story about mixed messages, missed connections, and the magic
of good old-fashioned secret admirer notes.
don’t even have to read the description to know I’ll enjoy this one. I’ve only
read one of Kasie West’s contemporary books, but it was good enough that I plan
on reading all of her other ones.
Devon Tennyson wouldn't change a
thing. She's happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently
crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high
school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon's cousin Foster, an
unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the
obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right
where she doesn't want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every
other aspect of her life.
Pride and Prejudice meets Friday
Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the
unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.
Lights combined with a Pride and Prejudice retelling? Count me
all the way in. I was definitely looking forward to devouring this book,
especially since I finally managed to actually read P&P last year. Thankfully, or not so thankfully depending upon
how you look at it, this book did live up to that description.
The book starts by introducing the main character Devon
Tennyson, who while seemingly average, was funny in a dry-humor kind of way.
However, some of the relationships between Devon and the other characters, like
her friends, love interests, and family needed flushed out. I wasn’t sure all
of the time why certain characters liked hanging out with her or why a certain
someone even had a crush on her. She was too distant and sometimes even
abrasive to those around her.
Although Devon wasn’t exactly the most flushed out character
ever, her cousin Foster is fantastic. I very much enjoyed how he instigated a
majority of the book, and I wish the relationship between himself and Devon had
gotten more attention. This would have also helped with the Ezra love interest
thing because of Ezra’s insertion into Foster’s life.
Oh, and random note, there was some mild slut-shaming (this
does get addressed in the book in a positive way though) and popular kid
nonsense that I feel was overly done. It wasn’t terrible, but it was a little
distracting at times. I just wanted to warn some people in case you are like me
and find that displeasing.
The plot of the book was cute with no huge deviation from P&P. This meant you knew things were
going to work out in the end, no matter what. Unfortunately, this did make the
ending so very rushed (like all Jane Austen books, P&P ends too abruptly, so F&T does the same). I wanted so much
more from Devon and her other half, so to speak. I really wish a sequel or
another spinoff book in the same world revolving around a retelling of Austen’s
other books was in the works. This would really help ease my need for more.
All in all, First
& Then is a light and ridiculously short contemporary read. It’s about
football and unrequited loves, family and loss, and even finding a place to fit
in. I’d definitely say pick it up if you’re in the mood for any of that.
*Note: I purchased
a copy of this book for myself. This in no way affected my opinion/review.