Tuesday, 30 June 2015

City of Bones (Movie Review)

Hello wonderful people :3

Today I’m going to talk about a book to film adaption. The film in question is City of Bones, and it’s based on a book series I LOVE of the same name. The movie kind of fell short. It’s rated 12 and was made in 2013.

The movie plot is as follows. Clary’s mother disappears from home and Clary needs to know where she went. And, around the same time she sees some teenagers stabbing a creature in a club. The catch is no one else can see these people. Clary digs deeper and deeper to find who has taken her mother and who these mysterious teenagers are, and why only she can see them. Her best friend Simon helps her out, and she will discover some things about herself that she never knew before.

Although it did kind of stick to the books, the whole film didn’t really work out well. It was okay, because had the slightly comical feel to it, like Percy Jackson, even though that did stray from the books. I found it hard to take most of the characters seriously. I think this might be because of my main problem with the book, and that was the casting.

I think Lily Collins was perfectly chosen. Apart from ginger hair as a difference she looks exactly as how I would’ve imagined Clary to be. She also acts exactly like her and did generally well in her role. Robert Sheehan was awesome as Simon, geeky and loyal as expected. What I didn’t like about the casting was Jamie Campbell Bower who had to play Jace.

First they offered the role to Alex Pettyfer and I wish he had accepted it. Jamie’s acting got better as the movie progressed, but it felt too stoic for me. He was so expressionless and it made everything seem a whole lot less realistic, ruining the imagery. It’s not the Jace I pictured at all.

What I also enjoyed about the movie were the effects that made the monsters. They were cool and looked how I expected them. Also, the runes ^.^

The film was directed by Harald Zwart, who is Dutch. He also directed films like Karate Kid and The Pink Panther 2. The movie runs for about 125 minutes and I would rate it 2 stars.

New Video! I reviewed the movie Dark Shadows!

Olivia's Catastrophe: Does it bother you if book to film adaptions are different from the book?

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Book Haul #5 Part 2 - I Have to Review the World & Giveaway!


Today I have part two of my monthly book haul (have you seen part 1?) and now that I am composing this haul I am realising that I definitely did go beserk this month and hopefully will tone it down a bit in the future? I have very few paperbacks for you, a few DVDs and mostly... a whole bunch of review copies and ebooks which I am going to review in time. Wish me luck with reading this summer because I am going to be very busy...

Paperbacks and DVDs!

DVDs: Hancock (which I have already watched and loved)
Dirty Dancing (Already watched - me and this movie are now best friends for life.)
It's Complicated
2 Fast 2 Furious (FINALLY saw the sequel. Not as good as one at all, but okayish I guess.)

| Bag of Bones - Stephen King | Joni - Joni | Psalms as Poetry | Fairest - Marissa Meyer | A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Gray |

I am really looking forward to reading Joni's autobiography because her condition is a unique one and her journey is truly moving. I have been collecting more Stephen King since reading On Writing as well. The Psalms as poetry was actually a gift but it sounds like it will be interesting!

I have already read Fairest and I read it in the hours after it arrived because I literally couldn't wait xD I have also already read A Thousand Pieces of You and wrote a review of it when it was released here. But I loved the book so much and the cover, I got a paperback version instead of simply the E-arc.

For Review/Giveaway Win/Ebook buys

| Scion, Chameleon and Ungifted - Kelly Oram | Walk the Earth a Stranger - Rae Carson | Dangerous Lies - Becca Fitzpatrick | The Edge of Forever - Melissa E. Hurst | Persuasion - Martina Boone | Biggie - Derek E. Sullivan | Dreamland - Robert L. Anderson | The Rest of us Just Live Here - Patrick Ness | Fate - Andrea Buginsky | Divine Scream - Benjamin Kane Ethridge | He Who Walks in Shadow - Brett J. Talley | Violent Ends - Collective authors | The Witch Hunter - Virginia Boecker |

| Stand Off - Andrew Smith | Bomb - Sarah Mussi | The White Rose - Amy Ewing | Ice Like Fire - Sara Raasch | The Clouded Sky - Megan Crewe | Autumn Hush - Linda Gatewood | Another Day - David Leviathan | Cleo - Lucy Coats | A Madness So Discreet - Mindy McGinnis | Resignation - Amanda Thome | The Immortal Heights - Sherry Thomas | Tick - Allison Rose | The Tattooed Heart - Michael Grant | The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Graphic Novel) | What Lies Within - James Morris |

| The Heart Goes Last - Margaret Atwood | Lair of Dreams - Libba Bray | Velvet Undercover - Teri Brown | The Lies About Truth - Courtney C. Stevens | Teen Titans Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) | Suicide Squad (Graphic Novel) | Lost Canyon - Nina Revoyr | Caught Up - Shannon Holmes | Supervillians Anonymous - Lexie Dunne |

There we have it. I have some serious reading to do this summer >< There are some that I am more excited for than others, but I am generally happy with the collection here and will be busy reading!

Giveaway Time!  I am throwing this giveaway to celebrate 1500 pinterest followers! So this giveaway is courtesy of those lovely pinteresters, and definitely for you! Open internationally,

Enter to win a signed copy of the book There's a House in the Land by Shaun D. Mullen. I will say that this is my book, which means I have read it once. It's not a spanking new edition, but I hope you might want it anyway. 

Olivia's Question: Which books have you recently acquired?

Olivia-Savannah x

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Monsters University (Movie Review)


This film for today is an absolutely amazing one. And I mean absolutely amazing. I am tempted to give it five stars because I just loved it that much. Don’t know what I’m talking about yet? Well, it’s an awesome movie called Monsters University, which had the tough job of making a prequel to the well-known and much loved movie Monsters Inc. And they did it brilliantly. Just sayin’. It’s a family fun film that I love :D

This 2013 movie follows the two monsters Mike and Sulley during their first years at university. They must have planned this really well, because in Monsters Inc. they share a common enemy Randy. In this movie they show what the conflict was between them and Randy which made them dislike him. But they also dug deeper into more details. In the Monsters Inc Randy squints all the time, constantly narrowing his eyes. In this film you can see he has glasses and someone else tells him he shouldn’t wear them, hence the squinting begins. And of course, we get to see how the monsters exercise of scary feet, scary feet, scary feet ROAR! Came about :P But that only makes sense if you’ve seen the film.  They also brought in characters from Monsters Inc. so we could see how they grew a bit themselves, and had some things explained from their background too. I would still watch Monsters Inc before this one, because it’s more fun that way.

My favourite scene had to be the end one, where Mike realizes what Sulley has done. I am not going to say anything further because then I would hit a massive spoiler, but it was a really emotional and nice scene.

Other than knowing Monsters Inc from my childhood and I loved the fact that they brought it back, I also loved the morals they teach. They teach children the importance of teamwork, and why it is so special. About solving differences for the good of a team. It also shows them an  uplifting story of getting their childhood dreams. But other than those two there are so many other morals woven in there, but I shall leave you all to puzzle them out yourselves ;)

The movie was directed by Dan Scanlon who was the story artist for movies like Cars and Toy Story 3. The movie runs for about 104 minutes and I have decided it is so worth five out of five stars.

Now go and watch it!

Olivia's Catastrophe: What kind of monster were you afraid of as a child (if any?)

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Simplistic Nail Art Designs!

Morning everyone!

Updates! You guys, I feel so proud. I did my first bit of coding ever. (Even though it was a very little bit of coding). I made some buttons for my social media which you can see in the sidebar now, and also added my Goodreads challenge simply because I couldn't find a good size for that button and I wanted a link to Goodreads somewhere. I don't really take that challenge seriously because my real challenge is on Shelfari.

Today I decided I wanted to do something a bit different and share some more nail art with you all. Without further ado I have five designs here for you, most of which are pretty simplistic. I recently got some new equipment but it's going to take me a while to figure out how to use it all. Hopefully after that you will have some nice designs!

With this design I had originally tried out another one, but it didn't work out so I brainstormed for about five seconds and invented this as my cover up for the failed attempt. All it is is slanted polka dots and some random curls that came to mind! I was actually pretty pleased with the results.

If you're very sure that you can't do nail art and would still like your nails looking glamorous, you can always opt for some nail stickers! That's what I used here, and arranged the stars to make a pattern. 

Again, another failed-nails-cover-up-idea. I guess polka dots are my natural escape route? You can mix it up by having one nail the opposite colours. Oh, and I was experimenting with my new dotting tools here. My thumb nails have triangular tips but I don't have a photo of that :(

I'm calling this one simplistic because it didn't take too long. Apologises for the strange lighting going on here. I painted my nails black and tipped them using a thin nail brush with a glittery silver. The word 'light' is on my accent nail because of the book 'Light' by Michael Grant. I was feeling fangirl-ish and decided to cross it over to my nails for the week :P

And lastly, this is my lazy pattern. It was late at night and I didn't have very long so I went for a simple line down the middle and crosses on my accent nail just to have something different there!

New Video: My movie review of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins!

There you have it! Five fairly simply designs which I am sure you might be able to do too.

Olivia's Question: Which was your favourite?

Olivia-Savannah x

Sunday, 21 June 2015

The Revenge Playbook (Review, SST Tour & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: The Revenge Playbook
Author:  Rachael Allen
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Published Date:  16th June 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy

Synopsis: Don't get mad, get even! In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.

In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That's a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it's only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.

Review: Lately I have been stuck in a rut of reading a lot of bad books one after the other, which made me so happy to break into this one! I loved every minute of reading it and knew I would love it the moment I started this book.

What I loved most about it had to be the strong theme of friendship that was running through it. We get these four girls – some who have met before and some who haven’t. And they are the ones who come together, all driven by revenge (well-deserved revenge) to try and make a difference to their school and the way it works. I loved the way I could see the friendship blossoming and transforming in this book, and it just made my heart squeeze with joy.

Before I break into each individual character I want to mention that I also liked how they were trying to get revenge on the football team because some members on the squad have the habit of being given special treatment just because they play a certain sport. They were basically the spoiled champs of the school and they could do whatever they wanted to and get away with it. No matter who anyone is, they shouldn’t have the right to doing that. We should always be treated as equals, which is why I could admire the girls for trying to make that difference.

Let’s start off with Liv. Her full name is Olivia (yay!) and I liked how enthusiastic and playful her personality was. She was confident, easy going and would find pleasure in the smallest things. And even though she was always an outgoing get-out there girl, I felt like she was also someone who had her difficult moments. Her parents are split up and you get to see into the divorce a bit, which I think was a good thing. Liv also has a boyfriend called Trevor who is so sweet. In this book they have some tough things to try and overcome. I won’t tell you the outcome, but I will say that Liv had a really difficult time with it :/

Then there is Melanie, who might seem to be a bit prissy at first. She’s the popular girl who everyone assumes has the perfect life. She’s a Christian who goes to beauty pageants and all that stuff. Her parents can be pushy sometimes, but I did get the impression that she loved them. Melanie and another character Ana had some trouble in the past which I won’t mention anymore because it is really important for the book. But Melanie is someone who since then doesn’t let anyone get very close to her – not even her boyfriends who all have an expiration date on them in the end. Oh, and Melanie is a virgin, and her boyfriend chooses to dump her because she is someone who wants to wait for marriage.

I mentioned Ana before. She’s one of the quieter girls in the group. She has a really difficult time at school, especially as she went through a period of depression and serious bullying at school. She also has an inner conflict running through her mind which again, relates to what was mentioned before. I feel like she’s the girl who I can tell you the least about, so I’ll leave that aura of mystery there.

And finally, there is Peyton. A tall, talented dancer who loves hip hop. She was dating Karl who was controlling and basically tried to run her life. Now she’s dumped him and is trying to move on with her life, but is finding it incredibly difficult. As well as that, her parents are also divorced and seem to be competing with each other to find out which of them could get over the other faster. It’s pretty difficult on her. She seemed to be the shyest of the group and struggled with self-confidence. I could relate to the shy personality.

When I saw the way the friendship blossomed. 
I did mention the characters more than anything about the book. But it was an incredibly fun read, and I loved the characters a whole lot. Highly recommended from me!

About the Author: Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. In addition to being a YA writer, she's also a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is the author of 17 FIRST KISSES.

Giveaway Time! Open internationally. Win a signed copy of The Revenge Playbook and some swag!

Olivia’s question: What do you like the most about your best friend?

Olivia-Savannah x