Movie Review: I Fine Thank You Love You (2014) (3.5 Stars)

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Title: I Fine Thank You Love You (2014)

Director: Mez Tharaton

Runtime: 120 minutes

Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy

Synopsis:

I Fine Thank You Love You tells the story of tutor Pleng, who is asked by a Japanese student – Yim’s girlfriend – to translate a breakup message to him. Instead, Yim blames Pleng for being dumped and demands she to teach him English so he can better communicate with his girl and get a job to follow her to the United States. As the tutoring sessions progress, Pleng falls for her mannerless student.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review:

(Technical)

The shots were really rustic and raw, most Thailand films use these styles of shots but it made the story feel really realistic.

The music is soft and mellow and really helped emotions of the story. Although that Korean drama song took me off guard.

(Story)

Pleng, an English tutor unknowing accepts to help her student; Kaya to break up with her boyfriend; Yim.

(Thoughts)

The comedy was pretty weird, but extremely funny. And OMG, Yim was so freaking savage, I cannot.

I loved how they use language as a theme in this movie and the way they mixed it up was really creative.

Their relationship progression is pretty sweet and I love the set up and pay off of this film. It was a really cute and heartwarming film.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book review: Flashfall (Flashfall #1) by Jenny Moyer (5 Stars)

“I’m not ready to die. Not when we’ve found a way to finally live.”

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Title: Flashfall (Flashfall #1)

Authors: Jenny Moyer

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Rating: 5/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

This book has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a while and I almost bought it last year (luckily I didn’t) because I found it sitting on a shelf in the library!

Orion and her partner Dram mine the tunnels of Outpost Five to collect Cirium which is used to shield the protected city from the flash Curtain’s radioactive particles. The two of them battle mutated creatures in hopes of earning enough Cirium to gain access into the protected city and they will never have to risk their lives ever again.

I really loved the world building for this series and this novel reminds me of a combination between The 100 by Kass Morgan, The Flawed Series by Cecelia Ahern and The Cage series by Megan Shepherd.

This novel was thrilling and unpredictable. It was also really heartbreaking as the stakes are high and it brought me to tears so many times. I really would love to see a movie version of this book!

Orion is such a strong and fearless heroine, someone who would do whatever it takes to help her friends and family. I loved Orion and Dram’s relationship although they are tested and pulled apart so many times, they always find a way to get back together.

Reading Flashfall was like taking a walk under the Flash Curtain, full of uncertainty, unpredictable, insane and most of all, hopeful.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Anime Review: Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau/ Children of the Whales (3.5 stars)

Anime Review: Kujira no Kora wa Sajou ni Utau/ Children of the Whales (3.5 stars)

“Become our guiding light.”

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Genre: Drama, Shoujo, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Number of episodes: 12 (Completed, now renewed for Season 2 yet)

Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (Taken from Kissanime):

Chakuro is the 14-year-old archivist of the Mud Whale, a nigh-utopian island that floats across the surface of an endless sea of sand. Nine in ten of the inhabitants of the Mud Whale have been blessed and cursed with the ability to use saimia, special powers that doom them to an early death.

Chakuro and his friends have stumbled across other islands, but they have never met, seen, or even heard of a human who wasn’t from their own. One day, Chakuro visits an island as large as the Mud Whale and meets a girl who will change his destiny.

(Review)

Chakuro is the archivist of the Mud whale. The Marked take up 90% of the mud whale, they can control Thymia with their emotions, the other unmarked live longer. They find a girl named Lykos on a drifting island. People who have done crimes on the Mud whale are placed in the ‘Bowels’. As they continue living their seemingly peaceful lives, they uncover secrets, secrets that may shake them to their core.

I really like the animation style, the characters look really cute. The music was very mellow, village-like.

The moment I set my eyes on Ouni, I knew he was my favourite character. Ouni literally does the dirty work for everyone else by acting as the nonchalant bad boy in this anime.

The most annoying characters award for this show goes to the Elders. OMG when the elders didn’t bother with them, it was so heartbreaking. Okay, I was so irritated at the Elders and wanted to kick them into the freaking sand sea. Who where they to decide whether the whole village died or not?

Suou is another MVP of the show, apart from Ouni as he is desperately trying to save everyone and the Elders treat him like freaking dirt. Falaina is the nous that keeps the Mud whale alive, once destroyed, it will sink.

There are strong themes of hope and perseverance throughout the anime. Wow, this anime sent chills down my spine so many times man.

Have you watched this anime before? Let me know some of your favourite anime in the comments down below!

Book review: Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2) by Tonya Kuper (Did not finish)

“I can’t be without you. We’re stronger together.”

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Title: Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2)

Authors: Tonya Kuper

Format: ebook

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Paranormal

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Reid has instructions to take Josie to the safe house but they end up going to the hub instead when they figure out there is a mole amongst them.

I liked that Josie and Reid’s relationship is ambiguous and that the whole push and pull is still ongoing. Once they step into the hub, Reid is all business-like.

Urgh, the council doesn’t understand the urgency of the situation.

I don’t know, but this 2nd book didn’t bring the same level of excitement as the first book did for me. Although their relationship was hidden, it felt as though Reid just flipped a switch and suddenly wasn’t interested in Josie anymore. I felt that the world building for this book collapsed and unfortunately am going to DNF this book 😦

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

Camp NaNo 2018 Part 2

Hello friends! Today marks the end of the 2nd week for Camp NaNoWriMo! Any of you guys who took part? How are you guys doing?

So for this second week, I was working on the 2/4 of my story and have just finished writing the middle portion of the novel! Keeping up with the average quota of writing 2.5k words everyday, I managed to do it almost everyday, except for once!

Here are my stats for this week:

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Week 2:

9/4 -22,670 (+2,517)

10/4 -25,187 (+2,517)

11/4 – 25,809 (+622) (On this day I didn’t write much because I was unmotivated and confused as to where the story was heading. So I took a step back to plan out the events and scenes that would unfold in the story!)

12/4 -28,338 (+2,529)

13/4 -30,898 (+2,560)

14/4 -33,414 (+2,516)

15/4 – 35,930 (+2,516)

 

Well, after doing this for two weeks, it still is difficult, but it’s very fun because I get to see the dream I had once come to life in words.

For this week, the title is still the same, Siren Song and I’ve decided not to change it as for the time being! I managed to work on a newer aesthetic and I feel that this one has a clearer image of the story and characters that I wanted to showcase in this novel!

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Here is the photo of the reference map I’ve been using for my story! I’m mainly working with the Atlantic, Arctic, Indian and Pacific Oceans in my story!

And the next photo will be the newest aesthetic!

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I must say that I absolutely adore this newer one I’ve made!

If you’re interested in reading an excerpt or seeing the cover of the book, definitely let me know in the comments! (I hope to work on the cover of the book next week!)

For all those who are participating in Camp NaNo or just writing their stories, good luck!