Book review: H20 (The Rain #1) by Virginia Bergin (4 stars)

“It’s in the rain.”

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H20 (The Rain #1) by Virginia Bergin

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Science Fiction-Dystopian

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

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

Ruby and her friends were partying happily, until the rain came. Just one drop blisters your skin and leaves you bleeding, and in the next moment, you’re dead. A few weeks later, Ruby is left alone, everyone else who touched the rain or even went near the water ended up dead. Ruby is determined to find her father, if he’s still alive.

I really liked the very honest writing style. I loved the world building and the overall progression of events, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book.

I felt that the world building was done very well and it drew me in immensely (that I was so afraid to go and take a bath, seriously!).

I personally wasn’t a fan of Ruby’s character, she’s pretty snobby and unlikeable for me. I also didn’t really understand why she kept putting on make up (Maybe it’s her way of coping?)

I actually would want to read the 2nd book but couldn’t get my hands on it! Nonetheless, I would definitely recommend this to all who are fans of dystopian books!

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

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Movie Review: Pocahontas (1995) & Pocahontas 2:Journey to the new world (1998) (5 & 2 Stars)

“I have seen hundreds of new worlds, Thomas. What could possibly be different about this one?”

 

“But the spirits around me…”

“Can help, but only the spirit within can guide you.”

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Title: Pocahontas (1995) & Pocahontas 2:Journey to the new world (1998)

Director: Mike Gabriel & Eric Goldberg (1st movie)

Tom Ellery & Bradley Raymond (2nd movie)

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Synopsis:

An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia.

Pocahontas sets off on a journey to England with Meeko, Flit, and Percy. Hearing rumors of John Smith’s death, Pocahontas tries to prevent war and battle.

Rating: 5 stars and 2 stars

Review:

(1st movie)

Captain John Smith leads a boat to plunder treasure for England in the new world, where he chances upon Pocahontas, the daughter of the chief of the village.

Can you believe that I have never watched this movie before either? Gosh.

The music was light, dramatic yet largely mystical.

Meeko the racoon was so cute! The romance between John Smith and Pocahontas is so cute and I found the comedy pretty funny. I loved the drama and conflict in the film and was left tearing at a lot of parts throughout the film.

I loved the duets between the sailors and villagers. I was swept away and left breathless by this movie!

(2nd movie)

John Smith is rumored to be dead, Pocahontas sets off to England to prevent an oncoming war.

I heard that Pocahontas is an INFJ too? (idk)

If you loved the first movie, just stop there, I’m serious. There was a very unneeded love triangle in this movie which made me question a lot. This second movie felt pretty forced and I definitely wouldn’t recommend to watch the 2nd one. Also, (Spoiler alert) she didn’t even end up with John Smith, so what was the entire build up in the first freaking movie for?

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

 

Book review: Hung up by Kristen Tracy (1 star)

“I learn something new every time I talk to you, Lucy.”

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Hung up by Kristen Tracy

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 1/5 stars

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Can you fall in love with a voice? This witty romance, told entirely through phone calls, chronicles the tale of a wrong number gone right.

It all started with a wrong number. The voicemails Lucy left on James’s phone were meant for someone else—someone who used to have James’s digits. But then when James finally answers and the two start to talk, a unique bond forms between the two teens.

Gradually Lucy and James begin to understand each other on a deeper level than anyone else in their lives. But when James wants to meet in person, Lucy is strangely resistant. And when her secret is revealed, he’ll understand why…

(Review)

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

Lucy’s angry messages were meant for someone else, but James was the one who received them.

What I really liked was the easy conversation style of the book, but this also made the characters very flat. The problems they faced were pretty realistic but the characters definitely lacked depth.

I disliked Lucy as a character, she’s pretty judgemental and unemphatetic.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book as the characters felt flat to me and the story was predictable.

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Book review: Last Star Burning (Last Star Burning #1) by Caitlin Sangster (Did not finish)

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Last Star Burning (Last Star Burning #1) by Caitlin Sangster

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction-Dystopian

Rating: Did not finish

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) 

Sev is branded with the mark of a criminal—a star burned into her hand. That’s the penalty for being the daughter of the woman who betrayed their entire nation.

Now her mother’s body is displayed above Traitor’s Arch, kept in a paralyzed half sleep by the same plague that destroyed the rest of the world. And as further punishment, Sev is forced to do hard labor to prove that she’s more valuable alive than dead.

When the government blames Sev for a horrific bombing, she must escape the city or face the chopping block. Unimaginable dangers lurk outside the city walls, and Sev’s only hope of survival lies with the most unlikely person—Howl, the chairman’s son. Though he promises to lead her to safety, Howl has secrets, and Sev can’t help but wonder if he knows more about her past—and her mother’s crimes—than he lets on.

But in a hostile world, trust is a luxury. Even when Sev’s life and the lives of everyone she loves may hang in the balance.

(Review)

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

I chose to read this book because of the cover and intriguing storyline which had a lot of promise. But I wasn’t a fan of the writing style and was confused about the world building (maybe cos I read too little about the book).

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Finding courage despite anxiety

Well, I went to my local library today because I had finished my stack of library books and wanted to borrow more. I was excited to see that they were going to put a moving ladder onto one side of the shelves!

I was mostly kind of annoyed at someone answering a call at the back of the shelves, probably trying to get a job and I kind of thought it was a sign.

Remember my most recent post titled ‘You aren’t your anything’? (Link here) I mainly talked about how uncomfortable I was about finding a job, not because I didn’t want to, but my anxiety always acted up the moment I just LOOK AT AN APPLICATION.

Well, I mean, it’s no big mystery that I LOVE books, like I even run a blog that talk about books, books probably take up 24/7 of my time.

So I had kept a tab open at a job at the library, but it was for an officer job, which meant that you had to speak to a ton of people and probably even do storytelling, which I was EXTREMELY hesitant about since my anxiety was already killing me. I decided to check out more of their jobs and was surprised to find that they were indeed hiring LIBRARIANS.

And I read through the job expectations and it fit me perfectly. Like I can’t believe people get paid to arrange and be around books ALL DAY. I would kill for that job.

The more I read on, the more I knew that this was for me, but was I the right fit for them?

As a librarian, you had to work shifts and I was planning on enrolling in part time studies (which meant that I could only work morning/afternoon shifts and I’m afraid that they wouldn’t take me in because of that) and I had violin lessons every sunday, which made me panic even more.

I even made a poll on twitter over here and the end of application date is on the 31st of August, which means that I’m running out of a lot of time. But I kinda really want this but my anxiety is acting up like crazy.

Like just by reading the application online sheet made my heart palpitate like crazy and my hands were shaking insanely while I was trying to take bookstagram photos.

I 50% decided that I wanted to do this but my anxiety is stopping me again. I was thinking of talking to my mum at night to ask her to help me with my application, but I’m worried that they would ask my sister to apply too (She doesn’t even read any novels and doesn’t even go to the library, yet everyone thinks that she is a reader and writer, do you understand how frustrated I am?)

So if you have any nice or encouraging messages, feel free to drop them in the comments!

I’ll be here, trying to calm myself down and decide whether I want this job or not, and whether I can find the strength in me to stop letting my anxiety stand in the way.