Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jan 25-31)

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Another week another round of Trailers and promos! Prepare for quite a couple of animated movies this time around!

Movies

Kubo and the Two Strings

I think this looks fantastic! It looks adventurous but like a story with heart at the same time. Also, the voice actors and actresses are amazing!

Trolls

This isn’t really Trailers … more like a Teaser. It’s too soon to really have a full opinion on it.

Storks

Same as above, but the babies look adorable!

The Secret Life of Pets

FINALLY A FULL TRAILER! Now I at least know what the movie is about, which is a huge step forward. I am definitely going to watch it!

Angry Birds

I think the Trailer came out a while ago already, but it was re-released again and since I hadn’t shared it yet, I thought it might be interesting for some. I never really caught on to the Angry Bird craze, but some of them are really cute.

The Bronze

It’s Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory!!! This movie is weird though and it gets weirder with her talking somewhat normal, but that’s just the way Indie movies are.

TV Shows

The Night Manager

While this seems very dark, the cast definitely has me intrigued. And no, not just because of Tom Hiddleston, but he is definitely part of it.

Heartbeat

As if there weren’t enough medical dramas already … but I guess if it is based on a real person, they MUST do it … doesn’t mean I have to watch it though. I am still undecided.

Queen of the South

Drug cartel stories! Also something that is very in right now and that I don’t care much about …

What do you think about these movies and shows? Anything that sparked your interest?

Golden Son by Pierce Brown (Book Review)

gold‘I’m still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.’
Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind’s last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations.
In
Red Rising, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It’s a journey that will take him further than he’s ever been before – but is Darrow truly willing to pay the price that rebellion demands?

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Page Count: 442

I would recommend that you don’t read this review if you haven’t read the first part in the trilogy, Red Rising, yet (You can read my review of it here!). I will try my best not to spoil anything in terms of content for Golden Son, but I am going to mention characters from the previous book and that might give something away.

I guess the short version of this review is that I feel like I just got stabbed in the back and in the heart at the same time, but that’s not much of a review, is it? But where do I even begin?

I wasn’t exactly sure where the story would continue after Red Rising, but we pick up years later with Darrow almost finishing his time at the Academy and it makes sense. It doesn’t feel like the years in between are missing at all, yet you do notice that the world of the Golds has changed Darrow. After the first book, you know what kind of life he has to lead: constantly scared of betrayal, keeping everyone at arms-length while needing their support and talent … it’s a lonely life. And this change I mentioned, the decisions he has to make, are more complicated now with even more severe consequences. But this book isn’t as much about Darrow’s rise as a hero as it was in Red Rising, instead it is about politics and media, about loyalties and betrayals and finally also truth. There are so many twists and turns, basically nothing ever goes as planned and friendships are tested to their breaking point. The final betrayal stung the most to me, even though for once I saw it coming. Still not over the cliffhanger though …

In my opinion, Golden Son was sometimes a little bit more difficult to follow, because of the complex nature of the universe it is set in. There are family names and bloods feuds to be remembered and maneuvers to be planned – it gets tricky, but it pays off in every possible way! I especially enjoyed the use of media and how it can manipulate the public into believing certain things. We saw a few glimpses of that in Red Rising, but it slowly gets amplified in this sequel. I hope to see even more of it in Morning Star, a book I seriously can’t wait to get my hands on even though I am seriously scared what it has in store. (Publishing Date for Morning Star is February 9th, 2016!!!)

In the end, I just love how these books make me feel! My whole body tenses up, my heart gets broken, adrenaline rushes through my veins, I am on the verge of tears and even though I should know better I still put my silly faith in the characters I like. Darrow’s world is a complex one, a world that may seem far away from ours, yet it mirrors so many aspects of our society. The change of the hierarchy of Colors he wants to achieve demands answers to questions I don’t know how to respond to, but it gets me thinking. It makes me want to find a solution and that is what makes this book so good!

Fazit: 5/5 stars! If this series gets any better, I will suffer from a heart attack!!!

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Are you a fan of the Red Rising series? Have you read Golden Son? Are your feels as crushed as mine?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Epistolary Novels (Freebie)

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and this week we got a FREEBIE! We were supposed to choose a topic near and dear to our hearts and I thought about it for a really long time. In the end I came up with a list of my Favourite Epistolary Novels! Now, some of you may wonder what that even means, right? Those are stories told through documents, letters, mails, diary or newspaper entries. I find books a lot more intriguing and often easier to get through if they are told like that. It just makes them feel more real! So, here are some of my favourite examples, just remember that this is a list and not a ranking!

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1. Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer

12640615This is a story especially near to my heart, because it is one of the few books set in my hometown, Vienna, that I actually love! It’s about two strangers who accidentally start a correspondence via mail and then fall in love. It’s such a quick and fun read, I loved it and instantly got the second book as well, which I needed for closure but which wasn’t as good as the first one. From what I heard, David Tennant is supposed to read the English audio book, which is awesome news too! (But I’ve met the actor who has played the part in German and I will forever connect those two!)

2. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern

23289214I generally like Ahern’s books, but I got really excited to read this one when I heard that it got turned into a movie with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin. In the end that was a little disappointing, because it couldn’t hold up with the emotions of P.S. I Love You, but the book was great! It’s told through DM, letters and notes that are passed on over time. It’s just amazing! The US version of it is called Love, Rosie just in case you were wondering.

3. The Beatrice Letters by Lemony Snicket

74720Everyone knows that I was obsessed with the Series of Unfortunate Events when I was little and I even called my laptop Lemony, after the author of the books. Now, The Beatrice Letters is a sort of companion to those books, but in the end it tells you absolutely NOTHING new. It’s still fun, but I thought I should mention that little detail.

4. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

8909152One of my absolute favourite Rainbow Rowell books! It’s not all told in mails but they do feel very authentic and organic. I loved reading that book and just flew through it. Also, it has one of the more satisfying ends considering other Rowell novels.

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

4327066I wondered if I should mention this book or Letters to the Dead, seen as they are very similar, but The Perks is a real teen classic, so I went with that one. The main character tells his stories through letters to a nameless friend. Admittedly, this definitely didn’t feel as “real” in terms of letter-writing as some other books, but it still gets a place on this list.

6. Cathy’s Book by Jordan Weisman/Sean Stuart/Cathy Brigg

856969I don’t remember how much I really liked the story itself, I think it got a bit iffy in the middle, however, the effort that was put into this book is freaking amazing and only top by the last one on the list. Written like a diary, Cathy’s Book is actually an interactive story. The phone numbers in the book are all real and if you call them, you’ll get the voice mail of different characters or messages they’ve left behind. Also, there are separate photos and napkins with smooches on them that go with certain scenes. It’s so cool and way more surreal than I thought at the first glimpse of it.

7. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

46799I had to read Go Ask Alice for school and it was a bit of a tough read. I hadn’t really paid much attention to drug abuse stories beforehand and reading it in form of a diary made it all seem very real and strange. It’s not my favourite school read, but definitely a better pick than what some other teachers bestowed upon us.

8. The Martian by Andy Weir

18007564Yeah, we all knew that I wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to talk about that book, right? Mark Watney is stranded on Mars and keeps these logs to document his progress, so basically it’s a diary, at least that’s how I see it. Watney is one of my all time favourite characters with his strong will and humour. The only thing I am going to add to that is that not the entire book is told in these logs and that’s a good thing too!

9. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

12974171We all know I sometimes have my issues with classics, just because I can’t seem to concentrate on them as I should. Well, because of that I haven’t actually finished Frankenstein yet, but it was a pleasant surprise to find out that it is partially written in letters. I never would have guessed that … then again, why wouldn’t it be written like that? It’s very cool!

10. S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

18755048THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING BOOK EVER! I am currently reading it and it will probably take me forever to finish, but this is a piece of art! It looks like a really old library book that people have written in. It’s a gazillion stories in one and you have no idea how to read it and where to look first. Still, it is so much fun and SO. DARN. BEAUTIFUL. on the inside! There are postcards, newspaper clippings, scribbles on the side of the pages in all different sort of colours and there is also a decoder! I don’t even know how to use it, but it feels like a real adventure!

You can click on the covers to get redirected to Goodreads and learn more about these books! Did you like my idea for the freebie? What did you choose for your TTT? Don’t hesitate to leave a link below!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Book Review)

redrisingThe Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.
Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.
Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Page Count: 382

I started this book not knowing what to expect. Seen as Pierce Brown was crowned hottest YA author by Buzzfeed (Yes, this is for real! Check out the post here!), I guess I just assumed that Red Rising would be a Young Adult dystopian novel … well, I am not so sure now. Despite the main characters being teens, I think this is a very adult book.

You cannot imagine how “gorydamn” hard it is for me to write this review right now, because this book took me completely by surprise and swept me off my feet. I can’t say that it was love at first sight though. The book itself is separated into several parts and it starts out with a lot of information, just to negate everything we thought we knew in the second part. The world-building is really complex with it’s own unique vocabulary that needs some time getting used to. Like Districts in the Hunger Games and Factions in Divergent, we now have Colours that separate the people – Red being the lowest and Gold being the highest in the hierarchy. There were also tons of references to Greek and Roman mythology, which I really loved, which I thought gave the story a very distinct voice.

Right from the beginning everything is very dark, cruel and unjust. A lot of things are already considered given from the get go, but at the same time so many very emotional things happen that you aren’t yet ready for. I think that maybe there wasn’t enough time to get to know everyone properly for some of the tropes to really hit you with their full force. However, as I went on I found myself unable to put the book down. There was this raw rage, the sense of injustice, an incredible amount of scheming and the pure confusion about who to trust. My whole body tensed up at times, almost shaking from the intensity with which I had to know how the story continues.

I really have to give it to Pierce Brown for creating such complex characters, each of them having a unique motivation, likable and dislikable traits. Darrow is a strong hero, but he is also human and therefore makes mistakes. He is incredibly relatable in his struggle between getting vengeance and justice for his people, but he is far from being the only great character! I changed my mind about so many people several times throughout the book, feeling my heart crack every single time there was another betrayal or death. So many people die! I was emotionally exhausted by the end.

In the end, I can only give it 4.5 out of 5 stars because of it’s slow start. Other than that I utterly loved it and cannot wait to continue with the series!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! People who like dystopian novels in the slightest bit HAVE TO check it out!

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Do you know what I am going to do now? I am going to order Golden Son, that’s what! Have you read Red Rising? What’s your take on it?

The BFF Book Tag!

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I was tagged by Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions to do the BFF Book Tag (which was originally created by Chantal @CK’s Reading Corner) and it looked so lovely, so let’s not waste any more time. Let’s get to it!


 

1. SETTING THE EXAMPLE: a pair/group of book bff’s that you love?

I have to say all the people from the Anna, Lola and Isla books by Stephanie Perkins. Altogether they are an awesome group with many different and fun individuals where you can be sure to be allowed to be yourself. The picture only really shows the gang from the first book, but whatever!

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2. CHILDHOOD BESTIE: Which book character would you like to grow up with?

cathI would have liked to grow up with Cath from Fangirl, pretty sure that our obsessions with books and the likes would have made us really close friends. You always need someone to geek out with about those things! Also, she just generally seems very chill and like she is my kind of girl!

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3. FRENEMY: Which book character would bring out your competitive side?

Somehow I have the feeling that Harper Price from Rebel Belle would have it in her to really start a competition with me. Not so much in terms of popularity, I won’t even try for that, but definitely grades and stuff like that. She is smarter than people give her credit for. I kind of imagine her like Lydia from Teen Wolf.

4. FASHION GURU: Who would be the bestie whose closet you’d want to raid or would you want to go on a shopping spree with?

So difficult!!! I hate shopping, so I guess I am looking for a person I can just steal clothes from … I don’t exactly know why, but I am thinking of Echo from Pushing the Limits now. She mostly wears long-sleeved shirts or jackets, which I like. And she wears colours that fit her red hair and I think that I would quite enjoy that pallet as well.

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5. THE BAD INFLUENCE: Which character would you want to commit a small act of rebellion with? (Go skinny dipping, sneak into a movie, hvae a drag race with, etc.)

lucienNone? I don’t know about this one. It would have to be someone I trust a hundred percent and with whom I feel safe with. I have trust issues with many book characters, so this took a long time of me just staring at the shelf and thinking. In the end, I am choosing Lucien from ACOTAR. He is fun and convincing, so I think he could probably persuade me in the end …

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6. BLOOD BROTHERS: Which character wou you want to be your surrogate big brother/sister? (You can do both if you want!)

Alec and Izzy Lightwood!!! They are fiercely loyal and I love them so much already, so definitely them!

7. MOTHER HEN: Which character would you want to be by your side when you’re having a bad day to cheer you up?

I think I want Sam from My Life Next Door, she is kind and understanding and mostly put together. She’s always in a good mood, especially when she is with other people, so yep, her!

8. THE COUNSELOR: Which character would you go to for relationship advice (or) confide a secret to?

Can I just say Anna from Anna and the French Kiss again, because she is nailing her relationship with Etienne!

9. MORE THAN FRIENDS: Who would be your book bf/gf? (if you like both genders, you can choose one of each, but only one choice per gender!)

I don’t know who to go with! I think I should just pick someone at random, because I love all my book people! Bellamy from the 100 it is! He’s a mess, but whatever, I don’t think you can argue with that!


I TAG:

*If you have already been tagged or simply don’t want to do it, feel free to ignore this!*

In the end, I guess I had a lot of similar answers to Cristina, but I used them on different categories … so, that sort of counts, right?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Jan 11 – 17)

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It’s that time of the week again where I try to show you some Trailers and promos of TV shows you might have missed. There was not much fun and light stuff released this week, everything was mainly going in the more serious direction, but I hope you’ll still enjoy my finds!

Movies

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Sooo … this is not usually my kind of movie, but it is the film John Krasinski got really ripped for and I love him … but the fact that this is based on someone’s life just sort of freaks me out a little.

Hail Caesar!

There’s already been a full Trailer release for this movie, but that particular Teaser is new, so I thought I’d share it! I think it looks quite funny … in an odd way!

Money Monster

And we are back to something serious. The thing is that I am not really a huge fan of George Clooney. I don’t dislike him, but I am just not really gripped that often … however, IT’S CLAIRE FROM OUTLANDER! I am quite excited to see her in modern day clothing (even though I have seen her in other stuff before).

The Secret Life of Pets

Again, the first trailer has been released a while back, but THIS LOOKS SO FUNNY! I can’t wait for that movie!

Sing Street

YAY to British movies! And the music that is going to be featured is just the greatest!

TV Shows

Orphan Black Season 4

I’m a little creeped out but whatever … Orphan Black can’t come back soon enough!

So, that’s it for this week! Let me know in the comments below what you think!