Saturday, March 21, 2015

Book Reviews: All Fall Down & Burn for Burn

I recently read two fast paced books, so I thought I’d share some of my thoughts about them. This will be a fairly quick post compared to my more lengthy book reviews. First off I read,
        All Fall Down was an entertaining, fast paced book, but not as good as I was expecting. I’ve read The Gallagher Girls series and part of The Heist Society series by Ally Carter, so I am familiar with Carter’s writing style. The premise of the story was very interesting, covering a variety of topics from politics and international relations to espionage. I enjoyed how this novel was written because it was fast paced and kept my attention. If you know me, I love a good mystery with spy thriller aspects, however this book just wasn’t anything extremely new compared to other novels that I have read. I definitely think there is potential, but I wish this book was longer because nothing really exciting happened. The main character is sarcastic, brave, and stubborn, all things I like about a good protagonist, but she was cloudy-headed sometimes when making decisions. I like the other characters and I hope there is further development of their personalities and friendships in the next book. (Possibly there will be a budding romance btwn Grace and Alexei?:) ) 

Next, I finally picked up a book by Jenny Han, an author that many people have talked about. 
        As a general overview, this novel is told in three different girls’ perspectives (you’ll just have to read to see how their stories intertwine) that all want revenge on someone in their lives. This is extremely intriguing with three points of views to read from. I like all the characters, but I also find faults with all of them (for ex, they are immature at times). I wasn’t very sure what to expect when I started reading this book, but logically the plot and the characters fit together. I think Burn for Burn would have been so much more enjoyable if it was a standalone novel (or just had one sequel). I feel like I did not have enough closure for this book; I'm not sure that I would like reading two more books with these characters because there's sure to be new stupid drama. I wish the novel was more focused on friendship, but there wasn't a huge emphasis on that. Overall, I was hooked while reading and I couldn't put it down, but after finishing it and thinking about it for a while, I like this book less and less. Not sure if I'll finish the trilogy; I would prefer to read something that has a little more depth with the characters and relationships. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Movie Review- Kingsman: The Secret Service

I'm a sucker for a good, fast paced action movie and Kingsman was all that and more! This is going to be a no-spoiler review of the movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, which was released on February 13th, but is still in theaters.
I really enjoyed the fast pace of the movie overall; there was never a dull moment because new, exciting things kept on happening. As a major spy movie and novel enthusiast, I did find some parts of the spy training predictable, but it was all still very entertaining to watch. I liked how Kingsman tried to break the mold of a typical spy movie (you'll see what I mean if/when you watch this) and the ending 40 minutes was by far my favorite. The action was suspenseful and fantastic to watch; I was definitely on the edge of my seat. There was quite a lot of blood, and one scene that was particularly shocking for me to watch  (that involved a blade), but the violence really wasn't disturbing. The bad ass characters really made this movie fascinating.

Even though he isn't well-known, I think the actor, Taron Egerton, who played the main character Eggsy did a wonderful job. I loved his character because of his caring dedication to his family and his humorous remarks throughout the movie. The rest of the actors were great as well. Fun fact: Emma Watson was a candidate for the minor character of Roxy, but Sophie Cookson, a newly graduated theater student, earned the role.

Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in action and adventure, and doesn't mind blood. Kingsman: The Secret Service draws inspiration from other spy movies, but is still very unique and entertaining. This movie is a 4.5 out of 5 stars (90%) in my opinion because I absolutely loved it.