Sunday, 13 April 2014

Movie Review: Divergent


Hey guys! Last week Divergent was released in the UK and me and my friend went to see it. Oh my, it was amazing! It is definitely one of the best book to movie adaptations out there. It wasn't perfect but still one of the best so far.

Shailene Woodley portrayed Tris so well, i can't imagine anyone better suited for the role. I'm still not sold on Theo James as Four. In my opinion, he just looks way too old BUT he did quite a good job of portraying Four.
I loved the actors chosen for Will and Christina, they looked very close to how i pictured them in my head. My problem was that we didn't get enough scenes with them to really care about what happens to them.
Also, Al and Will looked a bit too similar that it did confuse me a couple of times.

I pictured Eric quite different whilst reading the book but i didn't really mind the movie Eric (those crazy tattoos though).
However, i didn't like Miles Teller as Peter. I remember absolutely hating Peter in the movie because he was just so evil. Movie Peter seemed more of like a bully who occasionally makes snarky comments.

Oh I loved Kate Winslet though.

The cinematography was brilliant. The world, the effects and the fear landscapes were done so well. It was all weirdly close to how i pictured it. My favourite scenes would have to be the zipline scene and all the fear landscape scenes!

Even though i was disappointed Uriah wasn't in the film and wasn't a huge fan of the Ellie Goulding soundtrack, the movie stayed very true to the book. It had great acting and everything was explained relatively well. I can't wait to see Insurgent! Apparently, Allegiant is being split into 2 parts - not sure about how i feel about that though.


Have you seen Divergent yet? What did you think? - Tess x

Saturday, 5 April 2014

The Raven Boys Dream Cast

I loved The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. The characters were so unique and interesting in their own way. I know i NEED to start reading The Dream Thieves ,which is the second book in the Raven Cycle series. I thought i'd do a dream cast (is that what it's called?)...

Blue Sargent


Willa Holland - When i imagine Blue, i think of someone with soft features and has that 'cute' look. It was quite difficult to find someone for Blue but Willa Holland ,who you may recognize from Arrow or The O.C., did come pretty close my version of Blue, except I imagined Blue with Black hair and to be quite short (she's described this way in the book). I think Willa would be able to pull that off though. 

Richard Gansey 


Francisco Lachowski - If you don't know who this is, let me enlighten you. Francisco Lachowski is a model (not a huge surprise). Is it bad that i imagined all of the Raven boys to be REALLY hot? ah well. Gansey is described with messy brown hair, hazel eyes and occasionally wears glasses. Francisco can very much tick those three boxes easily. 

Adam Parrish


Brenton Thwaites- Star of The Giver and Blue Lagoon: The Awakening Brenton Thwaites is literally how i pictured Adam. He has that dusty brownish hair that Adam is described to have too. 

Ronan Lynch


Colton Haynes -I guess he's most people's pick for Ronan and i can see why. First of all, he fits the description perfectly with his brown hair shaved short and those blue eyes and secondly, from his TV show roles as Jackson in Teen Wolf & Roy in Arrow we can see that he can play angry/moody really well. 

Noah Czerny


Nico Mirallegro - There were many people i considered for Noah. I haven't watched My Mad Fat Diary yet so i don't know if he'll be able to play Noah well but he can definitely pull off Noah judging from looks. 


So ,if you've read The Raven Boys, what do you think? Good choices?
 And if you haven't read The Raven Boys, do give it a try. 

Thanks for reading! Be sure to comment if you like -Tess x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Never-ending Book Slump & Update

It feels like so long since I've written a post on this blog! I have been SO busy with school, exams, creating my other blog (the-essence-of-fire.blogspot.co.uk) etc. Also, it seemed that no matter how hard i tried i couldn't get into any book until about a month ago.

My friend encouraged me to pick up Bared to you by Sylvia Day and it really helped me get out of my book slump. Since then i have read Bared to you & started the second book (Reflected in you), The Lord of the Flies (for school), Shatter me and Destroy me both by Tahereh Mafi. I actually loved them all.

Next on my TBR is:
- Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
- In Time by Alexandra Bracken
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I'm glad to be back and hopefully i'll be posting much more. :)

One of my fave Quotes

Thanks for reading! Be sure to comment if you like -Tess x

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. 

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her. 

My Rating: 5/5 stars




wow. Where do I begin? As the 3rd and last book in a trilogy it had a lot of high expectations and wow, were those expectations exceeded. This book had my heart racing the whole entire time. I cried, laughed and experienced all the feels. All the loose ends were tied up and the book was action packed. It was so hard to put it down and i spent countless nights staying up late to read it. This is definitely the best book in the whole series and Cassandra Clare writes so beautifully that there were so many breathtaking moments.



The character development was phenomenal and i never been so attached to so many characters in a book before. Tessa and all the other characters were kick-ass. The plot was layed out really well and we finally got the answers we were looking for.
The epilogue brought me to tears and this couldn't have ended better. I literally have nothing else to say about this book apart from the fact that it was amazing and i loved it.



I still have yet to read Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, i have only read the first book but i intend to continue it and see where my feelings go. I hope tot see some familiar faces too.

Favorite Quote:
“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” 

-Tess xxx

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

My top 10 reads of 2013

So another year is over. sigh. Well i had a pretty amazing reading year. 2013 was the year that i got back into reading and discovered book blogging and YA books in general. I compiled a list of 10 books that i have loved in 2013. These go in no particular order:
                                                         

The Fault in our stars by John Green

- Made me laugh and cry
- Had great lovable characters
- The love story was SO well done
- Written SO well
- Heartbreaking and emotional
- Makes you think about your own life and how lucky you are









Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare:

* just started Clockwork Princess which i heard is even better 

- We grow so attached to the characters
- so much drama and action
- Shocking twists and turns
- Written so well
- Strong plot








Amy & Rogers epic detour by Morgan Matson:

- so much character development
- unique style with pictures inside
- Realistic characters
- heartbreaking  and memorable moments
- fun and exciting










Emerald green (ruby red #3) by Kerstin Gier:

- Great finale to the series
- Everything ties up
- satisfying ending
- fun and action packed
- funniest and realistic main protagonist
- Shocking plot twists and revelations
- fast paced








The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey:

- Amazing storyline and plot
- Exciting and action packed
- Bad-ass main protagonists
- scarily believable
- Written beautifully










Storm (Elemental #1) by Brigid Kemmerer:

- Lovable and funny characters
- fun and exciting plot
- loved the romance
- action packed
- fast paced











The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken:

- Interesting story premise
- Action packed
- Unique and fun characters
- heartbreaking moments
- Shocking ending
- dark and creepy (in a good way)









The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin:

- shocking ending
- Creepy
- Confusing (in a good way)
- The way it's written adds to the creepy effect
- love the characters
- Fast paced






The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater:

- extremely fun, unique and lovable characters
- Unique ad different storyline
- interesting plot
- fun and exciting
- different to other ya books (in a good way)
- intriguing ending



Bully by Penelope Douglas:

- heartbreaking and emotional
- fun and unpredictable characters
- best thrilling romance
- makes your heart race
- deals with real life issues










So those are my top 10 reads of 2013! What are yours? Thanks for reading! Hope you have a very happy new year. Lets hope 2014 is even better.  - Tess xxx

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of days #1) by Susan Ee

Synopsis from Goodreads:

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

I hadn't heard too much of this book before going into it but what i had heard was that is was a very fast paced ,action packed ,creepy but gripping story. On reading the synopsis i was extremely interested so i decided to pick it up. Let me tell you: I was not disappointed.
The plot that this book follows had me invested the whole time and i found myself staying up to try and read more. The book was fast paced and not for a moment was i bored. The world building was so intriguing and it left me wanting to know more about how and why the apocalypse happened. I loved learning about the angels and the humans. 

Can we just talk about how creepy this book is? At some moments i literally felt scared and shocked and grossed out all at the same time!
  <----- literally my face

The characters are just incredible. Penryn , unlike many other YA protagonists, didn't annoy me at all. She was such a strong ,kick-ass, witty but yet caring and sweet girl. Loved her throughout the whole book.
We don't see much of Paige, Penryn's sister, but we can't help but care for her and especially after what happened in the end!
oh my,then there's Penryn's mother. I found her so creepy and insane but a part of me really liked her. Her insanity caused so many disturbing but slightly funny situations. Felt sorry for Penryn though!

Oh, I'm adding Raffe to my long list of YA boyfriends! He is serious and closed in but you know that he does care and does have emotions. I seriously can't wait to see the relationship between him and Penryn develop in the next book.
Speaking of the relationship, i'm so glad that it wasn't instalove but slowly and carefully built up. Thank you ,Susan Ee!

So in case you haven't gathered already, yes i am going to pick up the next book. I want to learn more about the angels and what's going on with the children and what the freedom fighters are going to do next and what will be next for Penryn and Raffe.

oh, forgot to add but the ending tore me apart. so many shocking truths and heartbreaking moments!

- Tess xxx

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Altered by Jennifer Rush Book Review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. 

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.


This book was such a quick fun read for me. The concept and plot was interesting and before i knew it i had finished the book. There were so many twists and revelations that i really did not expect. 
I really loved the boys. I mean 4 hot boys; what more could you ask for? They had such  a great bond. My favorite boy was Cas! He was the cutest funniest one and the best out of all of them.

I did, however, have some problems. I needed more character development. The book was so quick and that's probably why we didn't get as much. Also, i didn't really like the main character, Anna. She didn't really seem like a real person, her whole life revolved around Sam and she never had a fun quirky or kick-ass personality. She was just there. 
Speaking of Sam, i didn't really find him that hot. He didn't show any interest in Anna until suddenly out of the blue. He didn't really have any personality either. 

Even though the ending was quite anti-climate for me, i'm still interested enough to carry on with the series.


-Tess xxx