April Wrap Up | 2017

April 2017

I really didn’t read too much this month which surprised me because for the first half of the month I was on holidays. However, I did have 3 assignments to complete so that may have contributed to my lack of reading. I will say that while I didn’t read too much I am still happy with what I read.

Amt. read: 10

Pages read: 2,549

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman
Finished April 03, 2017 | Pages: ­435 | Rating: 4/5

Best.Ending.Ever.

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare) 
by William Shakespeare
Finished April 14, 2017 | Pages: ­238 | Rating: 4/5

Much Ado About Nothing? More like Everything is horrible and old people are really dramatic.

This was pretty enjoyable overall and really makes me want to rewatch the David Tennant and Catherine Tate version.

Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare)

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Finished April 15, 2017 | Pages: ­432 | Rating: 3/5

Honestly, this started out so strong, I was thinking 4.5 or 5 stars and then bam the romance. No thank you, please leave, this is not what I signed up for.

I should have a review for this up in May.

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2) by Sylvain Neuvel
Finished April 17, 2017 | Pages: ­320 | Rating: 3/5

The first book started out so strong, I had such high hopes for it’s sequel – so of course I’ve let myself down.

I really didn’t enjoy this, the characters were annoying and I was bored.

Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2)

Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide Vol. 1 by Dan Slott
Finished April 21, 2017 | Pages: ­144 | Rating: 4/5

I really enjoyed this, though not as much as I thought I would. That being said I’m sure I’ll pick up volume 2 within the next week.

Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide, Vol. 1

The Forests of Silence (Deltora Quest #1) by Emily Rodda
Finished April 22, 2017 | Pages: ­131 | Rating: 3/5

My brother recently got really into the anime of this and for some reason I decided to only watch the final with him (bad idea) and I really enjoyed it so I decided to read the books over time. The only problem is I already know everything that happens.

The Forests of Silence by Emily Rodda

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1) by Anthony Horowitz
Finished April 22, 2017 | Pages: ­256 | Rating: 3/5

Growing up this was one of my favourite series and today I was writing ablog post where I happened to mention this series and I suddenly got all nostalgic about Alex and his spying adventures. I am so glad I re-read this and I can’t wait to continue re-reading this series.

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider, #1)

Point Blanc (Alex Rider #2) by Anthony Horowitz
Finished April 23, 2017 | Pages: ­292 | Rating: 3/5

I think I probably enjoyed this one more when I was younger but I still really loved it. I didn’t intend to read this so close after I read book 1 but oh well, the series re-read is well and truly underway!

Point Blank (Alex Rider, #2)

Skeleton Key (Alex Rider #3) by Anthony Horowitz
Finished April 24, 2017 | Pages: ­352 | Rating: 4/5

These books shouldn’t be this addictive but they are! I’ve read three in three days and now as much as I want to continue I think I need to take a break.

Skeleton Key (Alex Rider, #3)

Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
Finished April 26, 2017 | Pages: ­384 | Rating: 3/5

Good start, boring middle to end, cool debate.

This was an arc (yes, I know it took me too long to read this) so I have to review this, my review should be up in the next month or two.

Our Own Private Universe

What did you guys read this month? Did you have a favourite read?

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April Favourites

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YOUTUBE

This month I haven’t really been all that interested in Youtube but I have been sort of obsessed with Drinko in the past week.

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing (No Fear Shakespeare)

Much Ado About Nothing? More like Everything is horrible and old people are really dramatic.

This was pretty enjoyable overall and really makes me want to rewatch the David Tennant and Catherine Tate version.

APRIL REVIEWS

Sleeping Giants | April 12

Beauty and The Beast // 2017 Live-Action | April 14

CARAVAL [REVIEW] | April17

The Lego Batman Movie | April 21

MOVIES & TV

I started the month by continuing my Veronica Mars binge and honestly, I regret nothing. I think Kristen Bell is my spirit animal.

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Apart from that I’ve seen two movies in cinema and watched a couple of other films.

I watched The Lego Batman Movie and Beauty and The Beast (twice!)

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Other movies I watched this month:

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FAVOURITE BLOG POST

My faourite blog post of the month? Ummmm, I don’t know. Honestly, I posted a bunch of stuff this month but nothing really sticks out too much.

I guess my Beauty and The Beast movie review was fun to write, so that would probably have to be my favourite of the month!

OTHER

I got a desk! It’s a mess but I have basically no space in my room (because my shelves are full of books!) so I love it.

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T5W: Authors You Want to Read More From

April 26th: Authors You Want to Read More From
–Talk about some authors that you’ve only read one or a few books from, and you NEED to read more!

Click on the author’s name to go to their Goodreads page!

William Shakespeare

The Tempest (No Fear Shakespeare)  Julius Caesar (No Fear Shakespeare)  A Midsummer Night's Dream

I have only read Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth but i have seen a bunch of unabridged plays and loved them. The above are three plays that I’ve been dying to read, especially Julius Caeser.

Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Last year Becky Albertalli released her debut novel Simon Vs The Homo Sapien’s Agenda, it was amazing and I totally recommend you guys pick it up. Her new book The Upside of Unrequited came out April 11th, I haven’t read it yet but rest assured I will get to it soon.

She also has a book coming out next year, it’s supposed to be a spinoff of Simon, so I am very excited!

Brandon Sanderson

Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1) The Way of Kings, Part 1 (The Stormlight Archive #1.1) Elantris

Brandon Sanderson is my favourite author, yet I’ve only read seven of his books (Mistborn & Steelheart). The above are three books by him that I own, and really want to get to. Warbreaker and Elantris are both the first books in different series but were released so long ago that I question whether or not a book 2 will ever be a thing. However, The Way of Kings already has 2 books out, with the third coming out this year. I really want to read this series but it’s meant to be a ten book series and each book only comes out every two or three years so I’m not too sure when I’m actually going to start it.

Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2)

I have read quite a few of Riordan’s books over the years. However, there is one trilogy that I’ve been meaning to read ever since the first book came out. Although, for whatever reason I haven’t even started the trilogy yet.

Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)

I read Laini Taylor’s previous trilogy a few years ago and really enjoyed it. However, I read Strange the Dreamer, her 2017 novel earlier this month andwhile I didn’t LOVE it, I did enjoy it more than I thought I would. I feel like this new series has some geat potential so I can’t wait to continue it.

5 Authors I need To Read

I’m currently procarastinating writing my shakespeare essay and I thought what better way to do that then to start a new feature on my blog. This one is pretty similar to T5W except I’ll be talking about whatever I like (don’t worry I’ll still continue with T5W). I think I really prefer this feature to longer posts because it gives me a limit to the amount of books I talk about but it doesn’t restrict what I talk about.


We all have authors we’ve heard great things about but just haven’t got to yet, well so do I. I was going through my Goodreads TBR and I found there were soo many new-to-me authors, well these are probably the top 5 that I would really like to get to some time soon. 

Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not  History Is All You Left Me  They Both Die at the End

I have not read any of this man’s novels and it is my greatest book shame. His books sound amazing and I really haven’t read enough LGBT fiction.

I mean, honestly, I really don’t know why I haven’t read these books yet. I’ve recommended his works to my friends and I’ve had More Happy Than Not on my TBR since it came out and yet I still haven’t gotten to it yet.

Sarah Dessen 

Saint Anything  Lock and Key

Sarah Dessen sort of blew up a few years ago (2015?), or at least to me she did. I’d never heard of her or her books before until the release of Saint Anything. So naturally, I checked the book out and it sounds awesome. I would really love to read it and some of her other books but unfortunately due to lack of time or my mood I just haven’t picked up any of her books yet.

Jesse Eisenberg

Bream Gives Me Hiccups

This guy. He is one of my favourite actors and he seems like a really cool and intelligent guy. So of course when I found out he was a writer I went straight to the internet. I saw an interview with him talking about his book with Jimmy Fallon (I think) and sounded really cool so of course I want to check out what his book is like. He also writes plays so I feel like if I like this book, I’ll probably check them out to!

Shaun David Hutchinson

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley  We Are the Ants  At the Edge of the Universe

What’s that? I’m talking about Shaun David Hutchinson again? That’s right, because for some reason I still have yet to read a single book by him. I don’t know if it’s simply because I’ve been too busy lately or if I’m afraid it won’t be as good as I’ve heard. Either way, I really want to have read a book by SDH by the end of the year.

Rob Thomas

The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars, #1)  Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars, #2)

I am in a serious Veronica Mars mood right now so naturally when I heard there was a set of books set after the movie written by the Director they went straight to the top of my TBR.


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The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie

Rating: ★★★★★

Time: 104 minutes

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Censorship Rating: PG

Cast: Will Arnett – Batman,  Michael Cera – Robin, Rosario Dawson – Batgirl/ Barbara Gordon, Ralph Fiennes – Alfred Pennyworth, Siri – ‘Puter, Zach Galifianakis – Joker

Did I like this movie? Hell, yeah!

This movie is completely ridiclous – if you want a serious superhero story this is not the movie for you. I feel like people who like Brooklyn Nine-Nine would like this, it’s dumb and it’s the complete opposite of what a superhero should be.

I’m still unsure whether or not the actual lego aspect of the film, I’m not totally sure whether I enjoyed it. I guess the lego does help to enhance the comical aspect of it but at certain points it did become a bit distracting.

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What I Liked:

  • The humour; it’s my kind of stuff
  • Will Arnett’s voice perfectly encapsulates Batman
  • It’s one of the few DC films I’ve actually enjoyed
  • This is the school holiday movie that parents will actually want to take their children to. Lego Batman is for all ages, seriously I was laughing my ass off the whole time.

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What I Disliked:

  • Why the heck was Ralph Fiennes not the voice for Voldemort?
  • I can’t think of anything else, lol.

Overall:

 

  • This is a really funny movie and you should totally see it if you haven’t already.

 

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T5W: Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads

April 19th: Favourite LGBTQ+ Reads
–Talk about your favorite books that feature LGBTQ+ characters or are by LGBTQ+ authors.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens AgendaGeorgeLumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyEverything Leads to YouEvery Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Click on the title on the book to go to the Goodreads page!

Simon Vs The Homo Sapien’s Agenda by Becky Albertalli 

I read this early last year and loved it so much that as soon as I finished it I started it right over again. It’s a really fun and innocent story about some cool kids who just want to have a nice life and eat oreos.

George by Alex Gino

George is an amazing book, I feel like it’s a necessary read. It’s short and it gives non-transgender peoples an idea of the struggles transgender people go through, even when they’re young.

George really puts in perspective how hard it can be when you feel you’re in the wrong body, and it also shows how not everyone will stand by your side if you come out. Alex Gino also doesn’t use him/her pronouns, which I think is really smart as this book is middle grade and would be easier for younger readers to understand.

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen

Have you picked up the Lumberjanes series yet? No? Well you should. There are no bad things about this series, the characters are all amazing, they have their flaws but as the series goes on they all learn more about themselves and become better people. This is a really cute book about friendship and love (and monsters) and totally recommend that you pick it up.

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour

Something I’ve found with the majority of queer young adult that I’ve read is that, if a character is gay they’re usually a guy. Why? I have no idea.

So naturally when I picked up Everything Leads to You, it was a lovely change to see a lesbian main character, and not just that but a queer main who wasn’t coming out or discovering their sexuality. Emi knows who she is and who she likes, she’s got her shit sorted out and she knows what she wants to do with her life. Actually, that’s art of what makes this book so interesting, Emi works behind the scenes in Hollywood creating the sets.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

The main thing I want to talk about with this book is that Seanan McGuire managed to put so much representation into a 173 page book, whereas, soo many other books have absolutely no rep. This book has an Asexual main character and a Transgender main character, so whoop whoop for the representation.

There’s actually a quote in this book that I really love: “We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.”

CARAVAL [REVIEW]

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

my rating : ★★★★★

genre : fantasy

goodreads rating : 4.08

Caraval (Caraval, #1)

**SPOILERS**

It feels like such a long time since I have read a fantasy book that I really loved. 

SYNOPSIS

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


THE CHARACTERS 


I find, as I’m writing this review that it’s really hard for me to write positive reviews, so I’m sorry but this will probably be quite short.

THE FATHER

This guy, oh my god let me tell you. He is literally the definition of a monster.His wife dies adn so he becomes this horrible strict control freak? Dude’s got issues, and two daughters. Basically, if one of his daughters ever does something that he views as out of line then he punishes them. Let’s say, for example, that Scarlett stayed out too late or said she didn’t want to get married anymore, her father would punish her by beating her sister Donatella. Charming, right? I can see why the girls want to get off the island.

SCARLETT

Scarlett is the elder sister, she’s supposed to be the sensible one who does no wrong and says nothing when her father forces her into an arranged marriage. and, yeah, when we first meet her that’s who she is. However, as the story progresses we really see her start to embrace herself more and come out of her shell. I’ve seen a lot of criticisms of Scarlett’s character, which I understand, but personally I really liked her. I didn’t mind that it took her the majority of the story to become fearless – but even then, Scarlett still had her worries. I really liked this because I thought it really stayed true to her character, for most of her life Scarlett has basically been raised to be this flower petal who always does the right thing and then next thing she knows she’s being kidnapped by her own sister and a man she’s never met. Of course, she can’t just shake off literally a life’s worth of lecturing and threats in a few pages.

DONATELLA

Okay so she can be a bit annoying at times but she’s pretty much kidnapped right off the dot (not a spoiler, don’t worry!) so we don’t have to deal with her much. She’s pretty much the typical younger sister – young, rash and too trusting.

JULIAN

Who doesn’t love a mysterious bad boy who just can’t seem to stay away? I really loved his character and found learning about him throughout the novel to be really rewarding, and I think he’ll be an even more interesting character in book 2.

CARAVAL

Fight me, the carnival felt ike a character in and of itself.


THE BOOK 


Guys, this book had so many plot twists honestly by the time you finish reeling from the first twist there’s another!

This is honestly like nothing I’ve read in a while, the writing is brilliant and the author talks in colours which was something I found I really loved. The writing is so surreal and really suited the world.

Basically, this book will have you yelling “is this real life or just fantasy!”

I really loved this book, the writing is to die for, the characters are amazing and have their own unique qualities and the world is mid-boggling and astounding!

Sorry guys, this review was really lack-luster and I’m not proud of it. I’m sick and I’m tired but don’t let this crappy “review” fool you, this is truly a fantastic book!