Book review: Children of Eden (Children of Eden #1) by Joey Graceffa (2 stars)

“We killed the world and ourselves at the same time.”

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Title: Children of Eden (Children of Eden #1)

Authors: Joey Graceffa

Format: Paperback (library book)

Genre: YA , Science Fiction-Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: 2 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

The electrifying #1 New York Times bestselling debut novel from YouTube sensation Joey Graceffa dares to ask the question: What would you do in order to survive if your very existence were illegal?

Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden.

Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron Al-Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world.

As an illegal second child, Rowan has been hidden away from the ruthless Center government in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run.

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, Children of Eden is a thrilling and completely absorbing work from one of social media’s brightest young storytellers. Taking the genre of dystopian fiction far beyond where it has traveled before, viral sensation Joey Graceffa’s first novel introduces us to an empowering and endearing young protagonist and a world that contains as many perils as it does illuminating surprises, perfect for fans of the Divergent and Maze Runner series.

(Review)

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

Rowan is a second child, but her very existence is illegal and if she’s caught, she is as good as dead. When she manages to sneak out and explore for a night, but it leads to nothing good and soon, she is labelled as a renegade on the run.

To be honest, when I saw that this book was written by a YouTuber, I was slightly skeptical and put the book back onto the bookshelf. But a little voice in my head told me to give it a go and I decided to give it a chance.

It wasn’t a bad book, honestly. But it wasn’t very impressing for me either.

This book reminded me of The 100 and the world building was okay, pretty easy to digest and understand. I ended up speed reading the 2nd half of the book.

Unfortunately, I didn’t emotionally connect with the book and I didn’t find the book memorable enough.

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Book review: Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout (4.5 stars)

“Listen to me, Ember. I couldn’t hurt you. I can’t.” Hayden settled his eyes on me. They were softer than I’d ever seen. “I love you— I’ve loved you since the first time I saw you.”

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Title: Cursed

Authors: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Format: Paperback (library book)

Genre: YA , Fantasy-Paranormal, romance

Rating: 4.5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Dying sucks

…and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand.

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

(Review)

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

After an accident, Ember is brought back to life by her little sister’s gift, but she’s no longer the same. Her eyes have changed colour and anything she touches, dies. When Ember meets Hayden and he tells her that she can control it, as long as she trusts Hayden’s adopted father.

I actually kind of saw that plot twist coming, he was being way too nice.

I really liked this book and connected emotionally with the characters and story. I actually wanted to see more of the story and characters and was sad to see it end so quickly! The only reason why I didn’t give this book the other 0.5 star was because it didn’t make me cry (That’s one of my biggest criteria for books, I know, pretty weird). This was definitely another great work from Jennifer L. Armentrout.

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Book review: Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Did not finish)

(I received a free review copy in exchange for an honest review from Edelweiss.)

“Heart for a heart, life for a life.”

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Title: Heart of Thorns (Release date: 31st July 2018)

Authors: Bree Barton

Format: kindle (eARC)

Genre: YA , Fantasy

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

In the ancient river kingdom, touch is a battlefield, bodies the instruments of war. Seventeen-year-old Mia Rose has pledged her life to hunting Gwyrach: women who can manipulate flesh, bones, breath, and blood.

Not women. Demons. The same demons who killed her mother without a single scratch.

But when Mia’s father suddenly announces her marriage to the prince, she is forced to trade in her knives and trousers for a sumptuous silk gown. Only after the wedding goes disastrously wrong does she discover she has dark, forbidden magic—the very magic she has sworn to destroy.

(Review)

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

Mia has dedicated her life to hunting Gwyrach; women who manipulate flesh, bones, breath and blood, the same ones who took away her mother. Her father suddenly announces her marriage to the Prince, she is forced to be a proper lady of the court.

-> Sit still look pretty by Daya (I felt that this song really suited this book)

I read 15% of the this book before deciding not to finish it. I was really excited when I got approved since this book has been sitting in my TBR list for quite a while and it has yet to come out, unfortunately, the pacing was way too slow for me and I felt that there wasn’t much going on.

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Movie Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) (4 Stars)

“Return the jewel and lift the curse.”

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Title:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Director: Jake Kasdan

Runtime/ Rating: 119 minutes/ PG13

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Synopsis:

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. There they must beat the game in order to return to the real world.

Rating: 4 stars

Review:

(Technical)

The shots were very rustic and dark, showcasing how the jungle feels and looks and helps to bring out the vibe of the game. The shots were also shaky, giving the audience a sense of adventure and makes it feel more realistic.

The music mainly consisted of orchestra/instrumental pieces which helped to bring out the thrilling, action and heroic scenes of the movie.

(Story)

Spencer, Fridge, Bethany and Martha get detention together, only to get transported into the game world of Jumanji where they become the avatars they have chosen. They must return the jewel to the jaguar to lift the curse and win the game to return to the real world.

I really liked the story development and the high stakes of the movie.

(Thoughts)

There was a lot of use of game terms, which was good and pretty cute. The comedy was great and well timed, I was snickering throughout the entire movie.

I love that all their avatars are like a reflection of someone they aspire/hate to be.

A shoutout to the girl love and support between Bethany and Martha!

I love how they used their weakness and turned it into their strengths. The messages of the movie was really good, for e.g. you choose who you want to be, be comfortable in your skin, etc… I actually liked this movie more than I originally thought. I really thought it was just going to be another one of those action flicks, so I was pleasantly surprised.

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

 

Book review: Batman:Nightwalker (DC Icons #2) by Marie Lu (4 stars)

“You got me… for now.”

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Title: Batman:Nightwalker (DC Icons #2)

Authors: Marie Lu

Format: Paperback (library book)

Genre: YA , Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Mystery, Retelling

Rating: 4 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

(Review)

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

First things first, I LOVE the cover and have been a Batman fan ever since I watched Gotham!

Bruce is turning 18 and after an encounter with the GCPD, he is forced to do community service at the most notorious place in Gotham City, Arkham Asylum. Inside, he meets Madeleine, a beautiful and silent girl who has relations to the Nightwalkers. She only speaks to Bruce and the more they talk, the more Bruce figures out what the Nightwalkers’ intentions are.

My heart was smiling at Bruce and Alfred’s interactions, I always had a soft spot for their relationship.

I really like Madeline, she’s dark, intense, menacing, not what Bruce expected her to be. I was hoping that James Gordon would make an appearance in the book since he’s my all time favourite Gotham character.

Reading this book felt like I was watching an episode of Gotham and it felt as though I was in Gotham city itself! This book is a definitely recommendation to fans of Batman and Gotham!

I had to stop myself from squealing when Bruce caught a glimpse of the prototype Batman suit and I literally got goosebumps.

I was definitely emotionally connected to the character and the story. The writing style was really good and really brought out the vibe of the entire Batman series.

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