Movie Review: Spectre (2015)

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In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

CAST:

Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, David Bautista with Monica Bellucci and Ralph Fiennes as ‘M’

DIRECTED BY:

Sam Mendes  – Official Movie Site

Review: Now I know that it has been out for a little while now. I saw it on opening night but haven’t had the opportunity to review it yet so here it is. I was really excited to go see Spectre. I love action movies; some of my favorites are the Transporter series with Jason Statham and I love the other James Bond movies as well. The movie started off amazing. The opening scene was greatly done. The action was superb and I have to say that it was probably one of two of the biggest scenes of the movie.

All throughout the movie, Daniel Craig was great. The movie was mostly a story/plot that was pretty predictable. I was disappointed. You could tell right away who the bad guy/guys is/are after the opening scene almost because Bond looks at it basically. The interesting part of the movie was that it basically went through his life and also we find out who the love of his life is and Vesper apparently.

For me, as I stated previously, I was there for the action that I was expecting of a James Bond movie. It was not that interesting to me overall, however, for a person that really likes the James Bond movies and is not very intersted in action and more of a story/plot then this is perfect for you. It makes Bond more rounded as it build up his past/history. So built him into a more believeable character however some of the characteristics were not believable. The love story was pretty interesting. I have to say that the “Bond Girl” this time was super intereting and as I believe the bad guy says something to the effect of “this is the perfect girl for yoy, that could understand you.” And from what I understood of the movie, they all knew each other when they were younger.

Something that I was disappointed was that the gadgets… were almost nonexistent and also. The biggest was the car… and a watch. I think we (those who have seen the movie) can agree that this James Bond is an absolute alcoholic. Anytime he had a breakthrough, he had a drink in his hand. Something that was however amazing was the visuals. We see some amazing views of the Swiz Alps and… let me just say breath taking.

Overall: The movie was good, just not $10.50 worth of good. I would wait to see it at home when it comes out on Blu-Ray/DVD.

3.5/5 stars

Some more reviews: Rotten Tomatoes : Metacritic

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Giveaway Hop: Gratitude Giveaway Hop (CLOSED)

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To thank you all for following me these years, I wanted to do this giveaway to show my gratitude. So thank you for following.

The giveaway is that of a mystery box. This box with contain all sorts of goodies that I think are necessities for a good time with a book. 

This “mystery” box will contain:

  • books
  • candies
  •  and many other things.

All you have to do is be a follower of the blog. It doesn’t matter how you follow. Twitter or email or wordpress. Giveaway ends Nov. 30. US only. And don’t forget to share and check out the other

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School starting! :)

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back to school

I am happy to say that this will be my first day of my final year of undergrad! I am happy about this but sad at the same time. I truly enjoyed my time in college. I made many friends and reconnected with some that I hadn’t seen since elementary school.

I had many new experiences such as my first outdoor concert in the quad and seeing many new cultural aspects from all over the world that was new to me such as bhangra dancing and seeing all the different ways that other student came up with to help charity organizations.

I will never forget my college experiences and I hope that for those of you entering college or still are, I hope you use your chance to utilize everything available to you. I hope this year will also be great! I can’t wait to meet new people again this year.

#Tbt – Mediator Series by Meg Cabot

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I recently found out that Meg Cabot will be releasing another Mediator book and this one is for adults. I read the Mediator series when I was in my early teens and I can’t imagine what my childhood would have been like without those books. It was how I discovered Meg Cabot for the first time and I went to the 1-800-Where- R-U series and I still read them even now.

Anyways, the book will be called Remembrance, it will be the seventh book and it will take place after Susannah has graduated from college. The book is going to be for an adult audience which is good because the audience of those books when they were first published would be my age now and would want to know what happened as they aged along with Susannah. I already pre-ordered the book and can’t wait for its release.

In REMEMBRANCE (Mediator 7), the seventh installment of the Mediator series, all Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she stumbles across an ancient murder, old ghosts—and ex-boyfriends—aren’t all that come back to haunt her.

REMEMBRANCE will be the first ever adult installment of the Mediator, published by William Morrow, the adult division of HarperCollins, the company that brought you the YA books in the series.Meg Cabot Official Website

HERE is the official page from Meg Cabot about the book and here is the wedding invitation to Susannah and Jesse’s wedding. 🙂 The book will be released on February 14, 2016.

Waiting on Wednesday (23) – An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine spotlighting upcoming releases.

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Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz

For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought? – Goodreads

Publishing Date Sept. 15, 2015

Teaser Tuesday (23) – Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teaser:

Calpurnia said, “As sure as the sweet Jesus was born, baby. Get this in your head right now, you ain’t pregnant and you never were.”  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee pg. 137  –>Goodreads<—

Musing Mondays (1)

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MusingMondays-ADailyRhythmMusing Mondays is a weekly meme that is hosted by a A Daily Rhythm,that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: I bought the following book in the past week Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman. I actually got this the first day it came out, however, I decided to wait to read it on my vacation to the Dominican Republic. The reason I chose to write about this is that many of the reviews that I have read so far are saying some interesting things about the main characters and how different they seem. This has peeked my interest even more, because it creates a more complex world than the one that we were introduced to in To Kill A Mockingbird. I am very excited to see the new details that get exposed.

I am hoping to read Go Set a Watchman on the plane ride, hopefully I’ll finish it and like it.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

Movie Review: The Duff

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The Duff is directed by Ari Sandel and is based on the novel by Kody Keplinger of the same title with the screenplay written by Josh A. Cagan. I reviewed it last week,(review can be found HERE). It stars Mae Whitman as Bianca and Robbie Amell as Wesley.

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF – Designated Ugly Fat Friend – by her prettier, more popular counterparts. – IMDB

My opinion: This was funny, really funny. I really enjoyed it. I watched it when it was in the theaters and I just re-watched it again on DVD and it was still as funny as the first time. There are some differences from the book to the movie. One of which was the parents of Bianca, Bianca’s father is absent and she lives with her mother who is still a motivational speaker/self-help book author. Her friends are still pretty cool and she and Wesley live next door to each other, which is different.

Another difference is that they do not have sex all the time, as it is in the book. Another major difference is Bella Thorn’s character, Madison, she isn’t in the book, however, the role that she had was really nice and it added to the story a little more I feel like. It created an adversary like character to her protagonist.

There were so many funny moments. Mr. Arthur was hilarious, I loved him. I feel like he made the movie. I also really liked the shopping trip Bianca and Wes had. It started off Pretty Woman and then went from funny to funnier to hilarious.

The progression of the plot points was similar to that of the book and the movie was overall very good and funny.

4 out of 5

Review: City Love (City Love #1) by Susane Colasanti

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City Love by Susane Colasanti

Hardcover, 336 pages

Published April 21st 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher for honest review
Three girls are about to discover the meaning of city love. From bestselling YA romance author Susane Colasanti! Sadie, a born and raised New Yorker, is hopeful and romantic and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate.Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources, looking for summer boy adventures.Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC with a grand total of seventy-three cents so she can reinvent herself and forget about her past.Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives. Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl’s life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once…in a way it will never be again. – Goodreads

My opinion: I don’t know why but it was so hard for me to get into this book. I did finish it, but it was torturous as times. I did like the three girls, Rosanna and Darcy and Sadie are different characters. They come from different socioeconomic status as well as different cities and they all like different things but they get along and work together. They also meet three different boys that are different but similar to them as well. For instance, Sadie meets Austin and they both like looking at buildings. The girls also develop a strong bond with each other as they talk about different activities they do together.

The reason I think that I didn’t enjoy the book as much is that although it was  good romance, I have been reading a lot of books that have a romantic feel to them and the romance progression was very obvious I feel like.

I was trying to figure out why I didn’t enjoy it and I remember I review that I read when the book first came out and I have to say I think Bri from Once Upon a Time put the words in my mouth or fingers as I am typing this. I think I wanted a strong friendship between the girls and not just the boys. That is what I think the book was missing. I think that if there were more moments of the girls bonding and spending time together, the book and I would have gotten along much better. There were times when they were bonding but that was mostly at the beginning of the book, however after about a quarter of the way of the book the focus is on the relationship with the boys and the rest of the mentions of the girls spending time together is from things they were thinking of things that happened in the past days.

Overall, I don’t really think that this was my “cup of tea” and it didn’t really meet my expectations but the story was okay.

2 out of 5


Other reviews of City Love

Waiting on Wednesday (24) – Illuminae (The Illuminae Files 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine spotlighting upcoming releases.

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Illuminae (The Illuminae Files 1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Publishing Date Oct. 20, 2015