Movie Review: Animal Crackers (2018) (3.5 stars)

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Title: Animal Crackers (2018)

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance, Drama

Rating: 3.5 stars

Review:

When Owen’s uncle passes away, he is handed a box of animal crackers whereby he and his family have to use it to prevent the circus from being taken over by his other evil uncle Horatio.

The music was really upbeat and full of pop music.

I went into the movie thinking that I wasn’t going to like it and that it would be pretty childish, I was definitely wrong. It actually felt more Young Adult. The comedy was pretty funny and well-timed.

The story progression was pretty good and I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed the movie from start till the end! It had a simple story with a great concept and the execution was great and helped prove that the movie was really entertaining!

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

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Book review: Stage kiss (Mountain Creek Drive #1) by M. F. Lorson (2 stars)

(I received a free eARC from NetGalley for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

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Stage kiss (Mountain Creek Drive #1) by M. F. Lorson

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 2/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Erin is a Homecoming Court nominee, but when she finds her two best friends, Libby and Nick, who is also her boyfriend, holding hands behind the porta potty, her popularity is jeopardised. Erin enlists the help of Peter, the theatre kid to help her find her perfect Homecoming King to go with her to Homecoming, but she starts falling for him instead.

First off, I don’t have a good impression of Erin, she is really vengeful and cruel, someone I would have totally not pegged as nice and would stay far away from. She always put on this perfect facade for the rest of the world to see until it becomes more of a character rather than a mask.

The story was okay, but predictable. I didn’t emotionally connect to the characters or the story as I couldn’t empathise with Erin.

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

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Book review: Bad romance by Heather Demetrios (5 stars)

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Bad romance by Heather Demetrios

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 5/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Grace wants to escape her life, the life where her step father wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floor. When she falls in love with Gavin, she’s afraid it’s too good to be true, until she realises that it becomes another prison that she cannot escape from.

I like how the story was written, in a past tense and reflection/reminiscence style. We start at the end to see how everything began. The writing style was really interesting, profound and unique. If you read between the lines, you can see that there is something dark and gritty lying in it’s midst.

It shows how every toxic relationship starts, all the sweet things first before the possessiveness sets in, then comes the verbal and mental abuse.

I did understand where Gavin was coming from, his ex, Summer treated him badly, but him using Summer’s name to manipulate Grace was definitely not the way to get into Grace’s heart.

What sucks the most is that Grace was set up as a character you’re inclined to root for since the start, but you see her downward spiralling and can’t do anything to help her. I wanted so badly to reach into the book to pull Grace out of that situation.

Unfortunately for me, this story was really relatable and it definitely hit certain chords with me. I almost wrote ‘you’ and ‘I’ in my review notes because this story was kinda personal to me too. Of course my toxic relationship wasn’t this extreme (thank god) and I should have saw the signs from both sides before I let it carry on for too far, letting it destroy me in the process and only realising it a few years later.

I liked the ending of this book. This story was such a personal and relatable one to me that it brought me to tears. Because I found myself in Grace, because a few years ago, I WAS Grace, letting myself fall prey to the verbal and emotional abuse when I should have been the one to walk away a long time ago. (My sad story aside) Definitely give this book a go! It has a powerful message and I think everyone should read it!

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

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Book review: We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1) by Tehlor Kay Mejia (3 stars)

(I received a free eARC from the Edelweiss for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

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We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire #1) by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Genre: YA, LGBT, Science fiction-Dystopian, Romance

Rating: 3/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Daniela (Dani) is the top student of Medio School for Girls, a school that trains girls to either run her husband’s household or raise his children, both are offered a luxurious life. But she has a secret that could ruin her chances of placement, her pedigree is a lie since her parents gave up everything to get her into the school, including illegally forged identity papers. As her marriage to a politico’s son quickly approaches, Dani has to make decisions, since the resistance group, who fights to equalise Medio asks her to spy for them. Will Dani choose to cling to the affluent life that her parents gave up everything to get her there or will she choose to stand on the side that will free Medio, and a chance at forbidden love?

I liked Dani since she was very driven and controlled, the years of her training has made her perfect the ability to conceal and control her emotions and expressions, thus making her an ideal spy for the resistance.

What I did like was that the F/F romance actually didn’t feel rushed or insta-lovey at all. But I was kinda irked that Carmen’s past of bullying Dani was brushed aside quite easily and the reasoning behind it didn’t really justify the bullying well enough.

Mateo was a big jerk and I hated him so much throughout the book.

I actually really liked the intricate world building since it was very interesting, but didn’t seem to be able to connect with the characters or the story. I definitely didn’t expect the final plot twist and felt that the pacing of the story was pretty okay as well.

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Lipstick Haul

Saying that this is a lipstick haul is kind of an exaggeration since I actually don’t even wear make up. I have 7 tubes of lipstick which I don’t use much anymore since it’s a hassle (and I don’t leave my house).

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I don’t wear much make up, at most concealer and lipstick on days I actually feel like dressing up (which is rare). So without much of me rambling on, let’s get right into the ‘haul’, shall we?

Out of my 7 tubes of lipstick, 4 of them are from one specific brand.

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  1. Avon Simply Pretty Color Magic Lipstick

First off, this is actually a pretty cheap lipstick and the first brand of lipstick I ever bought. After using it for a while, I ended up with 4 different colors and I still haven’t even used up the first tube!

  • A) Green apple
    This was the first tube that I had (and am still not done with)! The colour of the lipstick is actually green! Although it may seem horrifying at first, after the lipstick is applied to the lips, it takes on a dark pink hue!
  • B) Snow Pink
    Starting off as white, the lipstick takes on a light pink hue when applied to the lips. I think this one is one of my favorites in terms of color!
  • C) Orange Poppy
    As the name states, it starts off as orange and when applied, takes on a more coral color on the lips! Personally, orangey-hues aren’t a color I would usually wear!

These three’s colors are pretty long lasting but they do transfer pretty quickly. Nonetheless, I really like their colors since it’s kinda casual yet dressy!

  • D) Navy Strawberry
    My maid had one of this color and it looked so much better in the previous batch. In mine, there was glitter in the lipstick which I think was the main problem and spoiled the color. The navy was supposed to turn into a dark pink, but it ended up looking like a blue-black on my arm. Definitely not a fan of this one.

 

2. Moonshot in Electric Pink

It’s black casing is really pretty but I wasn’t a big fan of this lipstick! The color really pops but I was mainly not a fan because it emphasized all the creases on my lips (even with the lip balm underneath). It transfers really easily and leaves behind a light stain after removal.

3. Kailijumei in Barbie doll powder

I’m not one to spend a ton of money on make up (since I barely wear any of them), so I actually bought an imitation of the product. It had a plastic-ish smell and taste, but I really liked the color since it was really light and great for casual wear. The color I got was Barbie Doll Powder and it was in a shade of light pink that I actually really liked. Out of all the lipsticks in this haul, this left behind the least stain of color after removal.

4. Etude house – Dear my Enamel lips talk

I bought this one quite a while back and I don’t even think it’s on the market anymore! I got the color in code PK003 (I have no idea what the lipstick color is called). It’s a bit of a coral reddish and dark pink color. I wasn’t a big fan of this one either since it transfers really quickly. After removal there was a slight stain but easily wore off.

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So that’s the end of my haul! My favorites were 1A, 1B  and 3! I hope you enjoyed my post and look forward to my next one which would be a ‘What’s in my make up pouch?’ post!

Do you use lipsticks? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments down below!