Friday, 27 December 2013

Review: Beautiful Creatures - Book and Film (Contains Spoilers)

I made the crucial mistake of watching the film first. It's a mistake I won't repeat again. I was very confused and so read the book to try to make sense of it all. Trouble is, the book didn't make sense of it, and this only made me frustrated. Not with the book, with the film.

Beautiful Creatures Film

The script writers have made some serious errors.
1 Casters in the Duchannes family CANNOT choose to be light, they are CURSED. The contradictions here really baffled me and left me feeling zero sympathy for the dark characters.

2 Macon is an INCUBUS, not a dark caster! And where the heck is his brother in the film?!

3 Where is the Sixteen Moons song?? It's a recurring motif in the book and pretty damn important.

4 In the book we feel sympathy for Ridley because she didn't choose to be dark and does have a heart. This is clearly shown by the way she acts at prom, seeking some kind of justice for those who taunt her cousin.

5 The absence of Ethan's parents. Both parents play in huge role in the book!

6 Where the heck is Marian?! She's really important to!! Handing her librarian  role to Amma also changes Amma's character too.

Ugh, there were way too many things that I disliked about the film. I feel like all the good of the book was taken out and what's left is some mediocre film that contradicts itself and confuses everyone.

Film Rating 1/5

Now onto the book...
Beautiful Creaturesby Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book Rating 4/5

Despite my dislike of the film, I really enjoyed this book. I did find Lena pretty annoying at times, especially with the way she's so back and forth with her feelings toward Ethan. It felt like the Edward-Bella twilight thing - which I did not enjoy. Aside from that, it's a pretty great book. Ethan is a very loveable character and you feel for every character in this book, even the dark ones. I'm looking forward to see how to plot develops in Beautiful Darkness.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Review: Harvesting the Heart

Harvesting the Heart 
by Jodi Picoult


Why would a mother leave her child? To what extent do our parents traits affect us - do we inherit them? This book addresses these two questions in typical Jodi Picoult style. 

The story is told from two viewpoints, that of Paige and Nicholas. Paige's mother left when she was young, and after being brought up by her father, she decides to ran away after her high school graduation. She then meets Nicholas, they fall in love and get married. But Paige never tells Nicholas the whole truth about her past. After having their first child together, three months in Paige leaves. 

I found this book a little slow in parts - it didn't grab my attention like I thought it would. Paige and Nicholas come across as pretty selfish in parts, and so I couldn't always relate to them and found them to be irritating at times.

Verdict: Not as great as Picoult's other work. Only give it a go if you're a patient reader who can get along with character you cannot always relate to - or, of course, if you like the sound of the book.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Film Review: The Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook


When JP and I went grocery shopping and saw the DVD, he told me it was supposed to be good. Now, I really trust my husband when it comes to films because he watches so many and has great taste.

We didn't buy the film, as I usually like to watch the film on Netflix, NowTV or Lovefilm before I buy it. I mean, why buy a film I don't like? So today I spent my morning watching The Silver Linings Playbook on NowTV.

The concept of this film is good, so I expected the film to be great. It wasn't. Charming? No. Funny? Definately not. It lacked the depth and emotion I imagined it would hold. I was very disappointed.

Verdict: Mental illness wrapped up in a warm predictable romcom.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Toby: 2 Months

My little baby boy is already two months old, already!


- Wriggling
- Smiling and babbling 
- Staring at lights, shiny things and anything remotely interesting
- Watching TV (must get it from JP!)
- Storytime
- Making cute faces


- Baths
- Changing
- Bedtime
- Tummytime

I didn't think my baba could get any cuter and then he started smiling. 
How can I say no to this sweet smile?

Review: The Happiness Project

Book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


Gretchen was not an unhappy person, just a person who believed that she could be happier in her life. Through this book we see her explore happiness - what it is and how to be more happy.

Although I'm not starting my own happiness project, I have been thinking about re-prioritising my life, so thought this would be a good read.

I wanted to like this book. Heck, I wanted to love it. I just couldn't. In fact, I had to push myself to finish it. Yes, it was insightful but lacked the warmth that you usually find in memoirs. I found Gretchen rather whiny and just couldn't relate to her at all! I'd say it's more of a "Happiness How To" rather than a memoir.

Verdict: Interesting but not what I was expecting. Read if you're into "How To" and scientific books.