Book review: Flame in the mist ( Flame in the mist #1) by Renée Ahdieh

“In the beginning, there were two suns and two moons.”


Title: Flame in the mist ( Flame in the mist #1) 

Author: Renée Ahdieh

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling

Rating:DNF
[Synopsis- Taken from goodreads]

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
(Review)

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

This concept really sounded like Mulan ( I checked, it’s inspired by Mulan but set in Feudal Japan instead).

When the first chapter started with Harakiri ( When a samurai cuts his intestines out because he has dishonoured his master or something), I knew that this book was going to be intense.

Personally, I have really high expectations of novels that are set in Japan because I’ve loved the Japan culture ever since I started watching anime 10 years ago.

Mariko is attacked by The Black Clan as she is on the way to meet the prince, only she survives. Kenshin, Mariko’s brother tracks her till the massacre but he knows that she has escaped. 

I did feel that the terms should have been translated, although I did understand some, a lot of term used about the clothing was a little difficult.

I stopped reading at page 76, I couldn’t get into the book or the characters and I felt that the world building was quite lacking.

Have you read this book? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Book review: Kiss, Date, Love, Hate by Luisa Plaja

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Title: Kiss, Date, Love, Hate

Author: Luisa Plaja

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling

Rating:DNF
[Synopsis- Taken from goodreads]

Lex Murphy’s group of friends have all dated, hated, ignored and lusted after each other for the last few years. If only there was a way of matching people perfectly to avoid all the unrequited love, dumping and drama!

Then Lex’s friend George is give a mysterious Sims-like game by his software-testing dad which involves building character profiles in the categories of Life, Looks and Love. Lex and George populate the game with avatars for all their mates, making a few ‘wishful thinking’ adjustments to the settings – and find that the next day these tinkerings have come true! But how long can this new calm, loved-up atmosphere continue…?
(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only, may contain coarse language)
I couldn’t get into this book as I was so confused at what was going on. Also, I think I didn’t like the writing style as it seemed way younger than for YA.
Have you read this book? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Book review: The city’s son (The Skyscraper Throne #1) by Tom Pollock


Title: The city’s son (The Skyscraper Throne #1) 

Author: Tom Pollock

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Rating:DNF
[Synopsis- Taken from goodreads]

Running from her traitorous best friend and her estranged father, graffiti artist Beth Bradley is looking for sanctuary. What she finds is Urchin, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London’s mystical underworld. Urchin opens Beth’s eyes to the city she’s never truly seen-where vast spiders crawl telephone wires seeking voices to steal, railwraiths escape their tethers, and statues conceal an ancient priesthood robed in bronze.

But it all teeters on the brink of destruction. Amid rumors that Urchin’s goddess mother will soon return from her 15-year exile, Reach, a malign god of urban decay, wants the young prince dead. Helping Urchin raise an alleyway army to reclaim his skyscraper throne, Beth soon forgets her old life. But when her best friend is captured, Beth must choose between this wondrous existence and the life she left behind.

(Review)

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

I stopped reading at page 14, I really couldn’t get into this book 😦

Have you read this book? What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Movie Review: The space between us (2017)

“Courage is fear that has said it’s prayers.”

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Title: The Space between us 

Director: Peter Chelsom

Runtime: 120 minutes

Genre: Drama, Romance, Family, Adventure

Synopsis:

Shortly after arriving to help colonize Mars, an astronaut gives birth to a son, but dies during childbirth. After 16 years, the first human born on the red planet travels to Earth for the first time, experiencing the wonders of the planet through fresh eyes while searching for his biological father.

 

Need the sun to break – James Bay

(I found a beautiful cover version of it as well and actually thought it was the original one, omg) Need the sun to break – James Bay (Covered by Moritz Garth)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Review:

This movie was so beautiful and emotional for me. I loved every scene and every part of this movie.

(Technical)

The music selection for classical music mixed with a few pop songs was a really great choice. I felt that the classical music pieces created and chosen really helped to build up the sci-fi world.

The shots were formal and that really helped to bring out the sci-fi look for the film, it was also beautifully executed. The scenic shots really stole the show! The colourist also did an excellent job of colouring the film, the cool colours really helped to bring out the science fantasy genre and also helped the bold colours stand out.

(Story)

6 Astronauts are sent to Mars to live in East Texas and one Astronaut gives birth to a child, but this child cannot live on Earth. The company pretends that he doesn’t exist and no one on Earth knows of his existence. Gardner chats with Tusla and they go on crazy adventures together.

(Thoughts)

Barely even 20 minutes into the film and I was tearing up so much. And I would definitely read the book if they had one. I absolutely loved the ‘Need the sun to break’ cover by Moritz Garth

I absolutely loved this movie, and I think you will too! Definitely check this movie out!

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

Book review: Jeremy Heimer and the Lady of the frozen owl by Jasser EL Hammami (Did not finish)

I received a free review copy in exchanged for an honest review.

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Title: Jeremy Heimer and the lady of the frozen owl

Author: Jasser EL Hammami

Format: ebook

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Jeremy discovers that our world is beyond mortals’ comprehension and that the gods they once worshipped were only descendants of elemental bloodlines – immortals with control over their elements – in a world humans can no longer see, a world with creatures beyond our imagination. He groups up with five of the finest elemental descendants in the “camp” and goes on a journey to save his mother whom Frost kidnapped and possessed. What will his fate be? And what kind of glorious battles await him?

(Review)

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

I gave chapter 1 a go and I couldn’t get into the book or the writing style. I really do appreciate the author reaching out to me to give me a review copy in exchange for a book review.

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