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Book Review- Stardust

I finished reading Stardust yesterday! I did not expect to like it better than The Princess Bride- but I did! I didn’t have high hopes for this one, it just seemed like another fairy tale. But it far exceeded my expectations and is definitely unique!

Stardust is about a boy named Tristan Thorn who is madly in love with a beautiful woman. She has no love for him, but one night when they see a shooting star, she promises that if he brings her the fallen star, she will give him anything he desires. Tristan goes on a crazy quest to find the star- but he isn’t the only one with an interest in the star. The story tracks not only Tristan’s, but many others’ quests to find the star through the wonderful, magical land of Faerie.

If I had sat down and read this book from cover to cover, it wouldn’t have taken me very long! It is a surprisingly quick read with easy yet beautiful language. It is nothing like any other fairy tale you have ever read. It certainly has some of the same elements of a traditional fairy tale- but the idea is entirely Gaiman’s own, and he wrote it with his special voice that we all love so much.

One thing I think I should mention is that I was very confused at first. It was hard to understand the frequent changes of characters at the beginning. And despite what you think, the person the story follows is Tristan’s father, not Tristan.  And the purpose of that is to tell the story of how Tristan came to be, if you know what I mean. 😉

Up until I read this book, I haven’t given you much information on the target audience for the books I review. I think now is a great time to start! Before I read this, I was checking out some reviews on Goodreads. This part of one particularly stood out:

“However, in attempting to write a “fairy tale for adults” Gaimon completely missed the mark. Apparently his idea of what makes a story “for adults” is generous sprinklings of gore, violence, and sex. Considering that the rest of the story is written with child-like simplicity these sections are jarring, to say the least. When I stumbled across the first somewhat graphic sex scene within a few dozen pages, I literally stopped to double check what book I was reading.”

While I have to disagree with the first part of this, the rest has a certain bit of truth. In certain parts, the violence is appalling! Nothing you can’t skim through… And the graphic sex scenes? Yes, they do exist, but maybe two times in the whole book. Again, nothing you can’t easily ignore. So while you can ignore these things, be prepared before you read it and I would only recommend it for high schoolers and up!

I think this is a great story that you can’t miss! I also really want to see the movie 😉

Hope you guys had a great weekend! You can look for a review of Cinder by Marissa Meyer next. It was great!

Olivia

 

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Movie Review- The Avengers

I saw The Avengers last night….. and I was so blown away!!! To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for this one. I was disappointed by Iron Man 2, and aside from the Captain himself, I hated Captain America. But it blew me out of the water and I can officially say that this is my new favorite movie.

The concept of this movie(*NO spoilers*) is that housed on Earth is a powerful cube called the Tesseract. Aliens from another planet have come to steal the Tesseract, harness its power, and rule the human race. Well aren’t they as fun as a barrel of monkeys? 😉 But really, these aliens are vicious, and reminded me a lot of the Decepticons from Transformers (yet they were just different enough so that it didn’t annoy me). As they steal the Tesseract, they are led by a demi-god named Loki, who happens to be Thor’s half-brother. To defend Earth against the probably phsycopathic murder Loki and his robot-alien goonies, the government puts together a team of superhero agents called The Avengers. The Avengers disagree about many things, but unite to fight for Earth in a deadly battle for Manhattan.

The Avengers consists of 6 awesome superheroes. These are my impressions of all of them. (I apologize for the fact that most have to do with hotness ;)) Also, you wouldn’t expect a superhero movie to be funny, right? Well, this movie was HILARIOUS! Like fall-out-of-your-seat, spill-your-drink-on-your-date hilarious. Keep your ears open for some classic jokes that won’t be going out of style anytime soon! Anyway, back to the task at hand…

Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)- Wonderful! He is a little old to be called hot, but his acting was great as always. He had several funny moments not to be missed!

Captain America (Chris Evans)- Let me just say that Captain America is my favorite. I saw his specific movie, and like I said before, aside from him, it sucked. Really badly. But especially in this movie, I appreciated my background knowledge of him. I understood why he was troubled, why he felt the way he did, and acted a certain way. That is good acting right there, my friends. But the reason he is my favorite also has to do with the way his character acts. I believe he is the most noble of all of them! Here is a little funny quote that I liked that also showed a lot about his character:

Black Widow: “You can’t go after them(Thor and Loki were fighting at the time). These guys are gods, it’s too dangerous.”

Cap.:”There is only one God, ma’am. And I’m pretty sure he doesn’t dress like that.”

See why I love him? And I can’t help but throw in a little picture. I mean, he is perfect. Without the dirt. His muscles are HUGE!

Thor (Chris Hemsworth): I love his accent. I haven’t seen the actual movie Thor, but this really made me want to know his backstory. He also has very, very good hair.

Hawkeye/ Agent Clint Barton(Jeremy Renner): OK, so I admit that I really like Jeremy Renner. I have ever since I saw him in Mission Impossible. He certainly didn’t disappoint in this movie either! I think he was more made for this role than for his in Mission Impossible! He basically has really good eyesight (hence the name Hawkeye) and has a bow and arrow that he rocks at shooting. My second favorite character! 🙂

Dr. Banner/ Hulk (Mark Ruffalo): They did a really good job with this character! I don’t know the story of the Hulk, but Mark Ruffalo did a great job giving him a depth I didn’t know a big green monster could have! He calls him “the other guy”, like he has a split personality disorder (and he kind of does) and it really is sad the way he feels volatile. On the other hand, he also has lots of funny moments and happens to be good at smashing stuff to pieces.

Black Widow/ Agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson): She was the only character that I really had a problem with, because I still fail to understand why she qualifies as a hero. Seems to me like she’s a kick-butt secret agent with mad skills, but super powers? Not really! Each of the characters has a trademark weapon (Cap.:shield, Hawkeye: bow and arrows, Thor: hammer, Iron Man: suit, Hulk: being huge and green) but hers is just…. a gun? Really…. that part just didn’t click with me. But she was a great actress, and I enjoyed her performance despite those things.

The only major issue I have with this movie is its length. After trailers, you spend about 2 1/2 hours in the theater. That is a little ridiculous. But since I can’t imagine them cutting any of the scenes out, I’ll let it slide.

So, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this movie is a total yes from me! Recommended to everyone! And if you aren’t convinced, check out some other movie  reviews of it. I have yet to find one negative one! 🙂 Also, it had the second biggest grossing opening day OF ALL TIME! It took in 80.5 million dollars, behind only the final Harry Potter movie (opening day for that was 91.1 mil). So far it has made 415 million dollars worldwide! And it has only been in theaters for 1 1/2 days! That, and the reviews are great everywhere. Clearly, this movie is a win on all accounts!

Hope you guys enjoyed it! Review of Stardust by Neil Gaiman soon 😉

Olivia

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Library Awesomeness Haul- No. 3

Ohhh yeah that’s right! I’m back for the 3rd time with a boatload of books that I’m tickled to share with everyone! This might just be my favorite batch yet!

I hate this cover compared to the others! But I am so excited to read this book! And see the movie afterwards of course 🙂 But it has that OMG- Olivia- this- book- was- made- for- you vibe to it! Reading this one first! Although, I’ll have to put it on hold tomorrow when Insurgent arrives on my Kindle!! (EEEEKKK!)

Also similar to The Princess Bride, and a quick glance through this had me hooked! I loved Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Graveyard Book’ but haven’t read anything else by him.

The sequel to Wither. Maybe she can sell me on this one, it seems like it improves from book to book. (now I’m wondering what the title of the 3rd one will be… can’t think of anything that ends in -er…)

Got this one on a whim. Maybe it will be good! But all of the highly- anticipated others come first! 🙂

I got the first 5 chapters of this for free on my Kindle, and I am HOOKED! I am so glad I have it now, I’ll be rushing to finish the others just to get to this. And have you ever SEEN a cooler cover?!

Yes, I know, another retelling. Of the 12 Dancing Princesses no less. What can I say, though? And I also think this one has a beautiful cover. It is a healthy size, but I’m not intimidated.

Anyone else find it hilarious that her last name is PROSE?! Oh, I crack myself up.

 

Well, there you have it! Possibly the greatest selection of library books OF ALL TIME. Or not. But I’ll love them anyway!

Talk to you guys more later! As you can probably tell, there will be maaannnyy reviews coming up! I’ll try to get one of Insurgent up ASAP!

Read until your eyes hurt! Then read more…

Olivia

 

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