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A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney films. Make it rated R and you have yourself an invested reader.

I’ll explain more on it through the review!

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Feyre is the sole provider for her family, which consist of her father and her two older sisters. Living in poverty Feyre has to hunt for their next meal and one day she comes face to face with a wolf ready to eat her meal, a deer and herself. Knowing that if she dies her family would too, from starvation, she manages to kill the wolf before he could attack her. Everything changes when a bigger AF wolf arrives at her cottage and demands retribution for the death of not just his friend but a faerie. She’s given a choice of either dying in front of her family, who again would die without her, or go with him to his home of Prythian, a place no human is allowed to enter, and live forever there. Feyre’s father, the man responsible for their lifestyle, begs Feyre to live out her life with the beast and not return. So 19 year old Feyre leaves to be a captive in Prythian.

Prythian is divided, closed off to mortal is one section, but the rest they’re known as the Spring Court, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Dawn, Day, and Night Court.

Upon arriving Feyre learns that the beast is actually a faerie, but these aren’t your typical faeries. The only thing that defines them as faeries are their ears, pointy, and they can produce magic. At least some of them look the same. Once the beast, who is revealed to be named Tamlin, returns to his fae, short for faerie, form she notices that he, along with all his servants are wearing masks. Masquerade masks. It is revealed that a disease has infected their homeland and in doing so has cursed them to wearing the masks all time except in animal form. The curse has been active for nearly 50 years.

Feyre wanting nothing more than escaping and returning to her family begins to learn more and more about Tamlin and his kind. Time passes she begins to see the good and the very thing she was taught to hate and fear. But just as all is good danger emerges and endangers her life as well as everyone she’s grown to care for.

Now for the whole Beauty and the Beast aspect. Yes, there are similarities in this book which was one of the reasons why I ended up buying it without really knowing much of it. But what I found out was that even though it had the B&B theme it was it’s own story and was just as riveting.

A Court of Thorns and Roses might have taken Disney’s version of Beauty and the Beast as inspiration, or the real OG Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s version for the matter, but it made it it’s own, which isn’t easy. It went from awww totally shipping those characters to wow it’s going there to what the fuck just happened! The book had me and refused to let go. I was entertained, was on the edge of my seat, it had mystery, action, and romance. I wanted more the second I finished reading which is something that every book should make you feel.

I bought A Court of Thorns and Roses out of popularity and a comparison to my favorite Disney film and hoping I didn’t waste my money on a book I will end up disliking. After months of just sitting on my shelf I am relieved and disappointed that I didn’t read it right away. It was an amazing read and one I will continue with the series!

I might just do a spoiler review for it…

A Court of Thorns and Roses is now in development for a featured film.

 

Starz Outlander Season 2 Review (Spoilers)

Binge completed and now fully caught up, it only seemed right to review the second season as well, especially since tonight is season 3 premiere.

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The season started off with Clare back to her time and I was immediately thrown off guard. Had I missed something because that last I checked she was sailing off with Jamie. Fear not because what they had created was BRILLIANT! The first episode succeeded in was tell you what the season finale was going to be and the rest of the season, the middle, was get to you wonder what lead to that outcome. I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. It took that one episode to realize what they were trying to do and it worked because I was hooked.

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Jamie and Claire, along with Murtagh, arrive to Paris with a mission to change the future. What I really liked about this season was that you knew that Clare was going to end up back with Frank and her era but wonder what lead her to return and at the end of last season she had revealed to Jamie that she was pregnant. Which was another burning question because didn’t look pregnant when she reunited with Frank and her time with Jamie she was probably a month or two into the pregnancy. There were so many questions that I wanted answered and that fueled the need to watch more and more and that’s great story telling.

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Claire, whose from 200 years into the future, tells Jamie and together they can stop a war from happening and still trying to heal from everything that has happened to them already. Especially Jamie. From my review of season 1 I thought him getting over his ordeal was a little too quick but season 2 came to the rescue. The dude is messed up and as he should be! He gets nightmares everything night and can’t really touch Claire without seeing Randall’s face. That sort of reaction was what I was hoping to see because it made his torture far more realistic and that scene was already twisted, so it would’ve have been a waste for that character not be affected by it.

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I enjoyed watching the political theme of this season. It made that anticipation for the war far greater. Jamie sweet talking to the Prince and other members of the court and them decrypting messages, it was really interesting to see. The chemistry between Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe definitely progressed so much from season 1. Them having conflict and the pain they both carried was 100% generated through the screen. You really felt compassion for both, Jamie trying to overcome what was done to him and Claire feeling powerless in helping him. And as cheesy as it sounds you see that love is truly powerful…cue the “awwww.”

Through the season Claire is pregnant and ends up having a still-born and the scene alone was pretty heavy you continue to see them trying to take burdens off each other and when she breaks down and tells Jamie that she feels like it was her fault for trying to change the future was what caused their daughter’s death truly heart wrenching. That moment a question was answered from the first episode, when Claire reveals to Frank, back in 1948 that she was pregnant by another man, who she was married to. Claire become pregnant a second time before she landed in 1948 again.

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With all the planning and plotting to stop the Battle of Culloden, it still happens and it was cool to finally see something that has been talked about in some of season 1 and the whole season 2. It reminded me of Braveheart although Jamie’s speech isn’t as powerful as William Wallace it was a good “let’s get shit done” speech. Although it wasn’t as long as I wanted it to be I found it entertaining and exciting as hell. We’re introduced to new characters that I look forward to seeing more of in season 3.  That includes Brienna, Jamie and Claire’s daughter, who didn’t sit well with me until I processed what she was going through. Finding out that the father that helped raised her wasn’t her biological father but a man from 200 years ago when her mother traveled back in time through a rock. I mean if your mother told you that you bet your ass you would think she would be crazy or on drugs. So her reaction was definitely right but as an audience knowing the truth, I totally wanted to slap her.

Knowing that the battle can not be won Jamie takes Claire back to the stone and tells her to return to Frank, with their unborn child and live happily and away from possible death. If you don’t end up respecting Jamie or if you’re a woman and feel immediately in love with him you have no soul! The season finale answered questions you have from the first episode but you end up with more which you should have. That’s the whole point of another season.

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Season 2 was so much more than the first season. It had the same elements that kept me watching but it made you care more about the characters, mainly Jamie and Claire, but it made room for more characters like Murtagh, Fergus, and Jenny to care about. The emotional scenes were far more effective because of the growth in Claire’s and Jamie’s relationship and that credit goes to Sam and Caitriona’s performances. Them together is so strong but what I love about this show is that they can make the characters strong without the other as well, and still manage to balance it out well.

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I’m excited to see what season 3 will bring since Jamie and Claire will be separated and how they survive without each other. I wanted to know how they end up together again but are they going to be different, is it going to work? Am I going to yell at my tv screen for it? TELL ME NOW! Outlander exceed my expectations because I didn’t really have any and it’s that good! Season 1 if I had to pick between Outlander and Game of Thrones, it would hands down go to GoT. With season 2 it’s definitely right there with it. Granted Outlander has more of the romance element that GoT really doesn’t have, but it has your action, suspense, mystery, sex and some disturbing shit that GoT does as well. I can see now why it’s so popular and it’s deserving of that praise. If you haven’t seen I HIGHLY recommend it.

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BINGE WORTHY!

Here’s the season 3 trailer!

Starz Outlander Season 1 (SPOILERS)

Outlander was a show I’ve been meaning to watch and with season 3 set for next month, why not start now.

MAJOR SPOILERS WARNING!

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Clare (Caitriona Balfe) is a healer and has been on the battlefield to save the lives of soldiers. The year is 1945. The war ended and her and her husband Frank (Tobias Menzies) a historian, go off and have a second honeymoon. Clare then witnesses a strange dancing ritual around these rocks and founds herself drawn back. She then touches the rocks and she’s transported to Scotland 1743. Trying to understand what happened she runs into a British soldier who looks exactly like her husband because he’s his ancestor. Clare is then nearly raped by her husband look-a-like great great great a few more times grandfather, when she’s rescued by a Scottish man.

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The man brings her to his group where she helps heal one of them. Clare is then forced to go with them. Now I’m not going to talk about every single episode that happen but just the moment important parts. Now it was a bit difficult to follow with the Scottish accents, British I can follow just fine, but Scottish is another story. But once you get into it you tend to follow it better. Clare keeps her secret of time traveling to herself but people still tend to disrespect her, assault her, and question her. Clare is groped so many times and close to getting raped that I don’t know how she manages day to day.

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It was cool seeing how she had to stop herself from saying certain things or do certain things because she’s from 200 years into the future and she’s already the odd one out. Clare wants nothing more than to return to the same rocks and transport herself back but something always gets in the way. Now the chemistry between the two main characters, Clare and Jamie (Sam Heughan). Clare’s husband wannabe is Jack Randall, a captain in the British army. A sadistic son of a bitch! This guy is Joffery from Game of Thrones if he were an adult. Joffery was someone we all hated (I’m assuming you’ve watched GoT) and wanted nothing more than to see that little shit head die. Well Jack Randall is no different except he took things that Joffery didn’t really do because someone had the bright idea to kill him. By the way, this has to do with the chemistry, just bare with me.

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Jack Randall have a horrible history, with Randall beating the shit out of Jamie, not once but twice, and once more at the end and we’ll get to that because I HAVE TO! Clare tries to find someone that can take her to the magic rocks when she runs into Randall. FYI the bastard always appears when he shouldn’t. Randall becomes eager to get Clare that the only way to save her from him is if she marries a Scottish man. Oh because she’s English and their suppose to hate the Scottish. Jamie’s uncle who isn’t good at all actually saves Clare. Clare and Jamie get married, you know to save lives. I would marry the shit out of Sam Heughan/Jamie, totally unrelatable.

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Although Clare is married, to a second man, she stills wants to return to her time and to Frank. Which is completely understandable! I 100% believe Jamie is in love with her but when she begins to say she loves him or fights for him, I didn’t really feel like she was in love with him. It felt more like she was defending a really good friend, who she bangs. She finally tells him everything about the time travel and he takes her to the rocks and says goodbye was so sweet. I was completely confused and shocked when she decided not to go back and stay with him.

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It wasn’t until the finally three episodes where I finally believed that she truly loved Jamie and what a time to do it. Now, again assuming you’ve seen GoT, remember the many scenes that made you feel uncomfortable and you ask yourself did they really show that? There were scenes in this series where it was just that but nothing compared to the finally two episodes. Randall through the whole season has been it known that he takes pleasure in conflicting pain. As well as his obsession with Jamie. This whole time I thought that he wanted Jamie because he never gets the reaction he seeks. Jamie been put through hell and he really shouldn’t be alive because of it, no person could survive that. Randall loves the blood, and screams and Jamie doesn’t give me that he craves and that leaves Randall wanting more.

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I’ve never watched an episode, let alone two, where I felt like I needed a shower, a bottle of alcohol and cry into my pillow. Jamie is captured and Randall takes him into the dungeon to inflict something worse than death. Clare stops at nothing to get Jamie back and seeks help from his cousins and friends, who aren’t the greatest either. There’s really very few good people in this show. I swear I though GoT was bad, this one takes the cake. Randall tells Jamie that things would be better if he surrenders himself to him, which Jamie refuses until Clare arrives now to save her, yet again cause you know LOVE, he agrees. Clare is forced to watch Randall nail Jamie’s hand onto a table and Randall kiss Jamie. Jamie begs to have Clare be released safely and Randall does the only good thing and lets her free.  Image result for outlander season 1

Jamie, weak from pain and loss of blood, among other things, is then violated by Randall. When Randall doesn’t get a reaction from Jamie he then bends Jamie over and rapes him repeatedly while Jamie screams. And just as I watch and cry with despair and disbelief, it only gets worse. Randall then gives him something to sooth the pain he inflicted and mind fucks him to the edge, and tells him to think of Clare as he rapes him again. Jamie thinking of his wife, with the medicine he hallucinates and pictures Clare and enjoyed it only come to the realization what Randall did and he is fully broken. I have to commend the actors Tobias Menzies for that performance. I can’t imagine the thought process he must have gone through to achieve such a performance. That goes to Sam Heughan as well! To make you see the horror and defeat in his eyes was truly heart breaking.  Related image

You see the true work of Randall when Jamie is rescued and sees Randall’s face on Clare and refuses her touch. The fear and desperation seen on Clare was actually uplifting because it snapped something inside her and ended up getting through to Jamie. However, he’s recovering felt too quick. Not to say I didn’t enjoy some happiness after all that, because believe me you need relief but if you’re going to break a character like that at least make his or her recovery believable. I know I still have season 2 and maybe he isn’t well at all and what he shown was something that we won’t see for a while. I mean he was ready to commit suicide one second and then he’s smiling and cracking jokes.

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Another issue I had was this was taken place in the past and Clare knew current events that happened in that time and what’s ultimately going to happened in years to come, are they things she’s doing altering the future? Especially with Randall, since she married his descendant. It’s never confirmed until the last scene, where Clare and Jamie are sailing to France. Clare tells Jamie that with her knowledge of the future they can end the war together. As well as her announcement that she’s pregnant when she thought she was infertile, which makes me wonder what will happen when she returns to 1945. The show exceeded my expectations and although their were some slow parts and it’s a bit hard to understand with their accents, I found myself clicking the next episode.

If I had to choose between Game of Thrones and Outlander I would go with Game of Thrones but that’s not to say Outlander isn’t worth watching because it is. The story is great and you get twist and turns, adventure, suspense, romance, action, mystery etc. I’m eager to see what happens next and hope Randall gets a death he deserves, but I’m sure it won’t be enough just like Joffery! If you haven’t watch Outlander, it’s definitely worth watching and binge watching! Season 3 is September 10.

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The Raven Boys Book Review

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I was similar with Maggie Stiefvater, having read for previous series. This particular series was intriguing mainly the summary and how many positive reviews it had received. It’s a rare occasion where I buy the book before ever reading it, it happens but it’s rare. I tend to check it out in the library first, and if it meet my expectations and beyond, then it gets rewarded by being displayed on my shelf. I had high hopes and I was confident enough that this book was going to reach that level others have claimed it had reached for them.

THANK GOD FOR AUDIBLE!

I don’t give audible books enough credit. I wanted to stop a few pages in and abandon the 100 page rule. If you aren’t familiar with the 100 page rule it’s okay since I just learned of it myself. You should always give a book until 100 pages if you are leaning towards giving up. That 100 pages determines if it will get better or not worth continuing. I have only ever stopped reading one book and I don’t feel at all guilty for it and I didn’t even make it for the second chapter. Trust me, the book was horrendous. I try not to make it a habit of giving up on a book and I wasn’t going to start now.

After a few chapters in I still had no idea what was going on and I just couldn’t get into it. Then the audio book came to the rescue. I was able to finally finish it and a lot fast then if I had to read it on my own. I’m going to try and give the best summary I can because I’M SO CONFUSED!

Blue comes from a family of psychics but that special ability has skipped her. Just then when she sees a spirit, something she has never done. When a spirit is seem that means that person will die within a year, which means their still alive in present time. Blue was always told that when she kisses her true love he will die. So they spirit she has seem is of a boy she has never met, he will die within a year, and he is her true love.

Sounds intriguing right! Which is why I bought it before hand. These boys who attend a prestige private school are known as The Raven boys because of the raven logo of the school. One of them in particular is obsessed with finding a welsh king Glendower, and if found will be granted anything they want. The some of the boys have some serious issues and tend to fight each other. There are secrets amongst each other and you can kind of guess whose on the good side. There’s so much that I’m so confused about and it’s not just because there’s more books and it will continue the story but I really don’t know what happen.

I had to google the book to find out what I just read, or I should say hear. The ending went completely over head. There were things that I didn’t know happen and couldn’t believe it because I listened to the book. I probably should give it another try, considering I already purchased it. For the moment I’m really disappointed that it didn’t reach expectations. I wanted to love this book so much and be captivated by this story that sounds so promising. It just didn’t happen and I’m very sad about it.

I did read that it has been picked up for a television series which I’m excited for. Although the book didn’t do it for me maybe the show can make a fan out of me.

 

Netflix’s The Defenders Season 1 Review

It’s the Avengers Netflix.

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4 shows finally come together, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luck Cage and Iron Fist. Now, if you haven’t watched any of shows, The Defenders does a pretty good job in filling you in. But I do HIGHLY recommend you watching them, atleast Daredevil and Jessica Jones, since their the best ones. I’m just going to assume you’ve watched them.

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What I really like was that each character had a different reason for being in the group. Luke Cage talks about making his city safe because of the abilities that were given to him, Danny aka Iron Fist believes it’s his destiny to fight, Jessica Jones doesn’t give a shit and really all she wants is to find answers for her client, who ultimately lead her to the group. What was really interesting was Daredevil, Matt Murdock. Again if you watched Daredevil do yourself a favor and watch it. He’s really a broken person after dealing with so much death and losing people he loves because of this persona he’s created to save people. I loved Daredevil from beginning to end when I watched the show. He believes in justice which is why he became a lawyer but then there’s Daredevil, something inside him that pulls into this lifestyle that demands something that the justice system can’t provide.

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Each them have their reasons and it brought them together, and watching it was so damn entertaining. Stick, the blind two agenda ninja master, tells the group that the Hand, the evil organization that wants world domination, is going to unleash something big. In order to stop them they must work together, which they don’t take very well of course.

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The Hand is ultimately run by Sigourney Weaver, who kills it as a villain. She plays this character that is so desperate and wants to see what they’ve set out to do done ASAP. Sigourney Weaver’s character Alexandra wants to use Danny to open the chamber of secrets and use the basilisk’s bones to create antidote to death. Obviously it’s not Harry Potter but that’s exactly was I thought of. Only the Iron Fist can open the door that’s under ground which contains the bones of what looks like dragons. The dragons bones can be cut and formed to a substance that can help them prolong their lives. Like every villain, live to be immortal.

The season is comprised of 8 episode, which was a little disappointing. I think 11 episodes would have been ideal but I do see that they tested it out with the 8 episodes so I respect that.

The season was off to a solid start but it did it hit a slope…

THIS IS MAJOR SPOILER WARNING!

 

When Elektra ended up fighting the mind control the Hand tried so hard to achieve and ended up killing Alexandra. Sigourney’s character was far more convincing than Elektra taking over and started giving out orders. From that moment it really did fall a bit from the beginning of the season. The whole objective of retrieving the bones just didn’t seem as dangerous and a good enough reason to bring together of group of heroes. Which it sucks because it’s builds up to this major fight for the end to only end up feeling unresolved and anticlimactic in a way.

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Although the ending wasn’t as satisfying as I wanted it to be, the rest was amazing. I loved the chemistry with all 4 characters and how they balanced each other out. The action was good, I prefer the action shown on Daredevil’s show. However, this being the first season I get they needed to set a story line and showcase the team for the first time, it doesn’t leave a lot of room for kick ass actions.

I also enjoyed the return of secondary characters from each of their own shows because does humanize them instead of just seeing them as heroes or people with abilities. What I did surprise me was that I disliked Karen, who I enjoyed on Daredevil, in this season. It went from me shipping Matt and Karen to me wanting Matt as a lone wolf in the dating world.

The Defenders has major potential and if they fix some things that didn’t really work on this season for the next one, it could make for a really amazing season 2. From that ending and what I’ve read, I see a really good story line with Matt and hope the rest follow just like the beginning and maybe bring along the Punisher because he’s series is coming out soon.

Even with flaws it’s an amazing show, leaves you wanting more. If you haven’t seen any their individual shows, it makes you want to go and binge them. Daredevil is definitely my favorite! It hasn’t been confirmed for season 2 but I’m sure we’ll hear something soon.

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