Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 23-29)

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So, today I will include some TV show promos again, simply because I didn’t have the time to create separate posts and I haven’t even found that many. Sorry about those videos that got taken down on previous TV promo posts, if I have the time, I will look for replacement videos. That’s the trouble with embedding YouTube videos, someone can always take them down. But without further ado, here’s what I found this week:

Movies

The Space Between Us

This movie looks so darn original, I love it BUT DON’T WATCH IT IF YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE HALF THE MOVIE. I don’t get trailer cutters sometimes. Who thought it was a good idea to basically show everything in 3 minutes? Asa is doing an amazing job though – his face when he sees te horse – priceless!

Careful What You Wish For

Is this the dark version of Endless Love?

Beauty and the Beast

I think we all got a little overly excited with this one. I watched it like a gazillion times! But I am still disappointed as to how little we actually saw. I WANT MORE! I am greedy that way.

Finding Dory

It looks so cute, but it’s been terribly long since Finding Nemo and I am scared it won’t be as great. But I will keep my anxious side at bay.

Sing

A FULL TRAILER – WOHOOO! I think I am most excited about Taron Eggerton being the voice of the gorilla. Legit awesomeness!

Morgan

They did so well with this trailer! It is proper terrifying, has some Ex_Machina vibes and the music is chilling to the bones. As if AI movies weren’t scary enough.

The Infiltrator

I can’t say that this is my kind of movie, but I also can’t deny that it looks good.

Wiener-Dog

Why is everyone so set on making weird shows/movies with dogs now?

Len and Company

I am not actually sure what to think about this one.

Seoul Searching

That’s definitely a different kind of movie!

TV Shows

Will (TNT)

Yeah, I don’t know. I love Shakespeare, but I’ll really have to see the pilot for that one first I think.

Good Behavior (TNT)

Well, Mary Crawley is sure living it up now!

Shooter (USA Network)

Well, I hope Ryan lasts longer in this one than in Secrets and Lies? Although I don’t think this is my kind of show.

Falling Water (USA Network)

Dreams are so fascinating. I definitely want to check this out!

What do you want to watch? Anything that caught your eye?

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Book Review)

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Publisher: Penguin
Page Count
: 448

There is so much hype around this book and there has been for a while, but I feel it has intensified ever since the Trailer for the movie came out. It’s as if that had been the final nudge for all the people out there who hadn’t read the book yet, including me, Cátia and Cristina as we once again attempted a buddy read together.

I was prepared with some tissues by my side and quite honestly a little surprised when it turned out to be a really easy and fast paced read. Lou’s voice is relatable and the few chapters that were thrown in from different POVs were a nice change as well, even if they weren’t always strictly necessary. I enjoyed it right from the beginning, the only thing that kept nagging me were basically all the side characters except for Nathan. I was able to get and even like some of them more by the end, but overall they were a selfish and nonsupporting lot.

The book gets more difficult as you get from page to page, asking some tough questions you will probably be glad not to have to answer for real. When I finished Me Before You, I felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest, however, I did NOT cry all that much and here’s why:

Lou’s and Will’s story is heartbreaking. There is no denying that. You get to see their relationship develop over time and you want them to be happy. But the thing is, their life will never be sunshine and rainbows and glitter bombs, that’s just not how it is. And even though you might wish for it to turn out differently in the end, a part of you always knew what this whole story would lead to. So, I shed that single tear when it was over, but I also recognised what the story was about – being granted the right to make your own choices. Something that, in my opinion, many people take for granted these days. It also encourages one to live boldly, a message that I always appreciate and try to embrace as much as possible.

Finally, I am glad I picked up the book before going to watch the movie. It looks great from the Trailer and as if they stuck really close to the original story, but I am still struggling with some of the casting (not Lou and Will – they look awesomepants!). I bet it will be fun either way and not only because of the bumblebee tights moment!

4stars

Fazit: 4/5 stars! A story that will target your heart viciously with main characters that are compelling until the final page.

Have you read Me Before You? Are you excited for the movie? How many packs of tissues did you need?

The Spring has Sprung Book Tag

So, spring is almost over, summer’s almost here – I am super late with my tags, so I am finally going to do The “Spring as Sprung” Book Tag before it is too late, which I was gratefully tagged by the awesome Orang-utan Librarian! Thank you! This should be fun!

THE RULES:

  • Answer the questions for the tag
  • Nominate whoever you want
  • Post the image of this tag
  • Have fun!

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Flowers: Look on your bookshelves. What is the most beautiful book both inside and out?

The Martian!!! I can’t get over the shimmery mix of orange and red and just the general beauty of it. Also, it is one of my all time favourite books, so there’s always that. Where is my real life Watney? I am still waiting for you dude!

Grass: What is a book that you find that others like way more than you do?

It’s not that I don’t like the story itself, but somehow I couldn’t connect to The Perks of Being a Wallflower all that much, even though I feel like it is a modern classic and a must read and everyone loves it.

Rain: What’s a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down?

I’ve said it a couple times now, but Inkheart is just that amazing and I loved it and cherish it still. I don’t even know how old I was when I read the book. It was probably 10 years ago, but I will never dislike a book that was practically a love letter to readers.

Dew: What’s a book that made you feel alive?

My answers are so boring, but Red Rising definitely made me feel alive. My emotional range in real life has its ups and downs, but I felt some deep emotions with that book, things that I don’t usually feel – it was so exhilarating!

Storms: What’s a book that you found unpredictable?

Darn it! I used a good answer for this one for the previous question. Well, what else was unpredictable? We Were Liars kind of threw me a loop there. It’s not even that it was the most original or shocking thing ever, but I was so into the story, reading it through the course of a stormy afternoon that I simply didn’t notice it coming up.

Rainbow: What was a book that you struggled with, only to be happy that you read it in the end?

The entire Magicians trilogy made me feel so weird. I did not like those books, but in the end they stayed with me and I couldn’t forget about them. So, I don’t have regrets, even though I am still hesitant to ever recommend it to others.

Chilly Weather: What’s a book that you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy?

I always try not to DNF books, but at some point I get impatient and put them on hold and then … well, in most cases I forget about them and they remain on my shelf unfinished. I could not get through Winter’s Tale. Which still makes me sad, but that writing was so full of description and metaphor and I just couldn’t do it.

Warm Weather: What’s a book that you loved and wanted more of?

I guess Kindred Spirits is the perfect candidate for this one. I loved it immensely, because it just felt so true to my life in many aspects and like a story I could truly relate to and then it was over. Like a teaser for a movie but never the whole thing.

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Green: What’s a book that you haven’t read yet, but really want to?

The Unexpected Everything! It is sitting on my shelf and taunting me, but SOON! I would never pass on a chance to read a Morgan Matson book.

Pink: What’s a book in which you felt a strong connection to the characters?

One of the characters I could really connect to was Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone. I’ve mentioned it before in a post with characters that matched my personality, so yeah, that’s still true.

Purple: What’s a book that when you read it, you feel safe?

Safe you say? I honestly don’t know, usually books spark my wanderlust, my urge to do something more with my life than I am currently doing. They get my imagination started, make me yearn for magic and foreign lands. For the love and friendship of fictional characters. But safe? Not really. Sorry for such a non-answer. I will probably be able to think of something as soon as the post goes up.

Orange: What book do you feel is intelligently written?

I don’t know why exactly this is coming to mind now, but The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was one of the first books that came to mind. I feel like YA is an underrated genre in terms of being intelligently written, so I am choosing that book instead of some classic.

Yellow: What book puts a smile on your face?

Anything You Want was downright hilarious until it had me sobbing of course. But before that – laugh-out-loud funny!

I TAG:

Since I was so late and I really have no clue who already did this tag, I tag everyone who wants to do it!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (Book Review)

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Publisher: Putnam
Page Count
: 404

I read this book together with the wonderful and amazing Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books. We’ve read a couple of books together by now, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that we once again had a fantastic time buddy reading and as always, I was super glad to have someone to share my thoughts with. Don’t forget to check back on her blog within the next couple of weeks to see her review!

The Wrath and the Dawn was an absolutely magical tale. Inspired by A Thousand and One Night, I was bound to like it from the beginning, because those used to be some of my favourite tales as a child. Shahrzad was a commanding presence from the get-go, determined to avenge her friend. I understood her motivation right away, even though her techniques were a little unorthodox, but I had a much more difficult time understanding Khalid. I was never able to hate him. From the first moment he appeared, I saw him as a broken boy, smelling of sun and sandalwood. In my mind he was a good person with warm eyes, but that’s just not how he is described. It’s mysterious how my brain can conjure up something that’s not really there. Either way, I am glad that there was sort of a valid explanation in the end.

But Shazi and Khalid weren’t the only characters I liked, the side characters were just as great! The only thing that bothered me a little was that I felt like I was missing a backstory on some of them (*cough* Despina and Jalal *cough*). Some decisions just felt rushed, but as if they were really important for what’s to come. I hear there are various novellas for the duology, but even though I think that novellas should enhance a story, they shouldn’t hold necessary information on key characters. In my opinion, that is supposed to be in the actual novel itself.

The Wrath and the Dawn was really fast paced and a lovely tale. It got more intense with every chapter, your heart getting torn in all different kind of directions. It truly did end on a cruel cliffhanger, so I am glad I waited with reading the book until I had the second one at home as well. And that is what I am going to do now – go on and read The Rose and the Dagger, because I definitely can’t get enough of that story!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! A beautifully written and magical tale with characters that you can’t help but love!

4stars

Have you read The Wrath and the Dawn? Did you enjoy it? 

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 16-22)

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Are you tired yet of all the TV show stuff I am sending your way? I hope not, because there are still some more channels I have to cover, but first we switch it up with a little more movie-related trailers. Here’s what I’ve found this week:

Star Trek Beyond

I … I am not sure I know what to say. It looks like chaos and a lot of bad things happening. But I love Star Trek, so I cannot wait. I am conflicted that way.

Don’t Think Twice

So, a movie about comedians that is not necessarily a comedy. Could work! I am hoping it does, because I love Gillian Jacobs.

Nine Lives

Why can’t people make normal movies with animals? They always turn out so weird!

Ghostbusters

So, I have 2 Trailers for you here. I feel a little iffy about Chris Hemsworth in this, but it seems that he likes acting in comedies now, playing characters that I cannot take seriously.

The Light Between the Oceans

This movie is going to break my heart. I already showed you a trailer once, but Cátia was kind enough to show me the new one (actually already last week, ooopsie!). Now I only need to read the book before the movie comes out.

Margarita with a Straw

I have to admit that I only clicked on the trailer because it said that it had William Moseley in it (wait ’til the very end if you want to see him), but it looks so great. I like that there are more diverse movies out there now.

Queen of Katwe

I love that chess can change a life like that!

Are you going to watch some of those movies? 

Space Zombies and a Crazy AI – An Illuminae Files Book Review!

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Publisher: Knopf Books
Page Count
: 599

It has taken me forever to write this review. I was just staring at the empty file for the post and no words would come to me. I am afraid this is going to be really, really short in the end, because Illuminae is one of those books where you simply can’t talk about the content at all without spoiling something. The header was meant to catch your attention, because those were elements of the story that I did not expect to be in there at all. I am not sure, but maybe that would have even put me off reading the book rather than getting me more into it (not a big fan of zombie-related stuff), had I known it before, but it was done great. This is all you get from me plot-vise though, let’s talk about some parts of the story that I can’t spoil.

First of all, I want to say that this book is a work of art. I am a huge fan of epistolary story-telling, because I simply find it a lot more engaging than regular writing. Still, it has to be done right in order to work and Illuminae has managed to do just that. The characters seemed vivid and real, some surprisingly more so than I expected.

I gave the book 4 stars, because there were a lot of things that were supposed to tuck at your emotions or make you surprised, but somehow they didn’t catch me all that off-guard. It’s not that I could have exactly guessed what would happen, but it also didn’t really stun me. All in all it was still such an enjoyable read! I am really excited for the sequel and still in love with the looks of the book. I sometimes just stare at it dreamily! The only thing that would have made the art better is if it had been in colour.

So, I guess that’s all I am going to tell you about it. But, as always, I would be happy to talk in the comments in more detail.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! Definitely a book that is worth the hype!

4stars

Have you read Illuminae? Are you as excited for Gemina as I am?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 9-15)

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Most weeks these posts are very movie-heavy, but it’s that time of the year where a ton of shows get cancelled (you’ll be missed Undateable) and other new ones get introduced. Prepare for some very short teasers to possible new shows as well as the usual movie trailers!

Movies

Assassin’s Creed

Many people have feared and dreaded this trailer. Game adaptations don’t always work so fine, but I actually like this one. I guess the music is highly debatable and I’ve never played the game, but I think look-vise it seems legit. Any gamers who want to give us their input?

Nerve

I thought this actually looked like an interesting and funny sort of teen- or at least younger-ish audience movie. Then it totally turned dark and dangerous. I still want to watch it though.

The Accountant

Uhm, not a fan of Ben Affleck, so that sort of puts me off. Also, I am not sure how well he will mix with Anna Kendrick. But I bet this could somehow make an interesting Thriller if you are into it.

Indignation

Awe, Logan Lerman is seeming more grown up with each new film I see, even though I doubt that this is my cup of tea.

Hell or High Water

In the beginning I was like “meh, even with Chris Pine I am not sure” but the second half kind of made me want to see it. That’s some real sibling-love.

Into the Forest

This is not my kind of movie, because it creeps me out. But I do believe that this one has great and subtle cinematography.

TV Shows

Time After Time (ABC)

I am intrigued to be honest. Time travel shows are always interesting!

Still Star-Crossed (ABC)

An eternal curse on the families of Romeo and Juliet because of what they have done? I like it!

Notorious (ABC)

I don’t actually know what this is about, but the colours and the fact that Piper Perabo is in it kind of reminds me of Covert Affairs. Guess that’s definitely not it.

Conviction (ABC)

ABC must really like Hayley Atwell. I am not super into law dramas (which I am guessing this one is) but I will check it out nonetheless.

Imaginary Mary (ABC)

This already looks super awkward and kind of hilarious. Her imaginary friend reminds me of the worry eaters though.

Speechless (ABC)

Well, that left me a little speechless.

Dark Matter & Killjoys Season 2 (Syfy)

I LOVE BOTH THOSE SHOWS SO MUCH! *fangirling over*

So, that was a lot for one day. What are you going to watch? What are you going to pass up?

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius (Book Review)

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Publisher: Simon Pulse
Page Count
: 304

I think Anne & Henry was recommended to me by Goodreads after I had read Lock & Mori, because just like that book, it is a modern-day retelling with pre-existing characters – namely Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. I was instantly intrigued by it, because I am a mad sucker for those kind of contemporaries and always had a little obsession with the Tudors. So, just imagine my vast disappointment when this book did not work for me at all.

From what I gathered, Ius stuck to history as much as she could in this particular setting. I am not going to dwell on the fact that I wanted her to change history with her novel, give it some sort of twist of fate, because that was never promised anywhere, but somehow it still didn’t work. Anne and Henry meet right in the first chapter and have this weird mix of insta-lust and insta-love going on. Everything moves pretty fast from this point onward and it feels like barely weeks have passed throughout the novel, even though it were supposedly months. Henry turns his whole life upside down for Anne, but when it really counts, he isn’t able to choose her side.

I was really frustrated with this book, especially towards the end. There is a lot of slut-shaming going on, that I just don’t think is okay. Also, while Anne’s unjustified fate changed history back in the day, here it seems like she is just an insignificant blip in the lives of the townsfolk. I am not sure anyone will remember her and that sort of changes the essence of the original story.

My final problem was the writing in general. While it was fitting for teenagers, I just didn’t like Anne or Henry’s voice all that much, there were barely any redeeming characters in general. Anne seemed bold and strong, but even that couldn’t cover for her rash and rude behaviour. And Henry, he was just weak, trusting all the wrong people and having a fickle mind.
It did have some fun and steamy moments without a doubt, but in the end the whole thing just seemed so irrelevant and without depth. There were much bigger problems the characters should have faced, other than their doomed relationship, but they were only addressed on the surface.

Fazit: 2/5 stars! A good effort but in the end the story falls flat due to its insignificance.

2stars

So, I am afraid this isn’t exactly a read that I can recommend. However, I think the cover looks gloriously flashy on my shelf! Have you heard of this book? What is your stance on retellings?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 2-8)

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Wow, with work and mother’s day mayhem, I almost forgot about Trailer Sunday *insert shocked face here*, but worry not, you shall get your weekly fix! First things first though – Happy Mother’s Day to all you fierce mama bears out there! Hope you had/have a wonderful day! Where would we be without you? (Other than probably not even alive)

Movies

Bad Moms

I don’t have words for this right now. I think it’s funny that it was the first trailer that came up when I recapped what I saw this week.

Fathers and Daughters

Why only honour mothers today? I’ve heard about this movie months ago, but apparently it’s really just getting out there now. I think it looks lovely and heartbreaking/warming.

No Stranger Than Love

I LOVE Alison Brie, I really, really do, BUT that movie looks ridiculous … not sure it’s in a good way. The voice of the narrator is terrible and … what is that whole? I am laughing, but I am not sure I should be.

Welcome to Happiness

Do I get what this movie is really about? No, but I do like some nice Indie flick on a rainy day with a cup of tea. This might just be something I’d turn to, just because of some of the cast members.

The Last King

No one (except for the narrator) talks in this trailer! They all just grunt or moan. How? Is the movie going to be that way as well? Whatever, all I could think of was that one of the dudes is from Game of Thrones.

TV Shows

Animal Kingdom (TNT)

If you are into cartel/family-drama this might be the right thing for you.

Dead of Summer (Freemform)

Now that I’ve seen the whole trailer, I don’t think this is my kind of jam. Why is Freeform taking such a dark route?

New Girl Season 5 Finale

I am going to need tissues for this Schmece episode. It’s going to be beautiful!

Did anything catch your eye? What would you like to watch?

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin (Book Review)

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Publisher: Orion
Page Count
: 390

I am not really sure where to even start with this review. Maybe it would be wise to mention that I have a little bit of a strenuous relationship with WWII stories. It’s not that I don’t think they can be fantastic and valuable or even entertaining at times, but coming from Austria, there is no way around that topic. You talk about it pretty much every year in class, visit concentration camps and everyone is just afraid of it happening again, so they bombard you with the terror of the past and make you carry the guilt of generations way before your own. Yes, Austria was Hitler’s birth country and yes, we were the first to get annexed to Germany, but fact is, that I had nothing to do with the events of WWII. Yet the way it is treated in my culture still makes me feel like I have to make amends for what happened back then … you can see why I wouldn’t exactly seek out even more of that on my own time then, right?

Despite everything I just said, I still venture out into that world every now and then, because I know that these stories have an even greater impact on me than most things do. So, when I kept hearing about Wolf by Wolf on a regular basis and everyone seemed to love it, I finally caved and I am so glad I did. I wouldn’t want to miss it from my little library.

From the first page onwards, the beautiful writing never lets you go. I couldn’t remember one dull moment in the entire book. Varying between Now and Then, you get a good sense of how Yael has become the person she is now and why she is willing to do the thing she does. You can feel her determination just as much as her doubts and her wavering when she isn’t sure of her actions. Even when she doesn’t know who she really is, you know that she is a good human being.
By the end I was shaking with nerves and not sure I ever really wanted to put that book down again. However, it is just the beginning to a whole series and one has to take that into account. There are so many things still in the open and I NEED to know how it continues. I NEED to know who’s paths are going to cross again. I think I might even consider reading the novella to shorten the wait until November (Yes, you heard right. I want to read a novella at my own free will! That does not happen often!).

If I had to complain about one thing, it would partially be the use of German language. That is really just me nit-picking, because it doesn’t really have much of an impact on the story. However, it just felt so english-fied (I know that that’s not a word, but I don’t care). Sometimes there would just be too many or too few letters to a word, making it something that a native speaker wouldn’t use in a real sentence. And then there were the names. I have to say that most of them were chosen really well, except that if a person is German and their last name was Wolfe, they probably wouldn’t end it with an “e”. Neither would they shorten the name Adele to Ad. As I said though, that’s minor things and I am clearly rambling. The one name that truly nagged me was Luka Löwe … I don’t know how that sounds to you, but to me it sounds like an animated lion from a children’s cartoon, which definitely subtracted from his supposed attractiveness a lot.

Wow, this has gotten so much longer than I planned for. Either way, I think it was a great first book in a series that seemed weirdly realistic and made me shudder to think of what might have happened if events had turned out differently – I can only recommend it!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! A stunning piece of alternate historical fiction!

5stars

Do you think this book could be for you? Have you already read it? Did you like it?