Movie Monday: Glass – it could have been better! #MovieMonday #MovieReview #Glass #Bloggers

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I went to the movies to watch the latest release.

Glass

This week Glass came to theathers and I was so excited about this movie. It is continuation to Unbreakable and Split.
Unbreakable I haven’t watched, but Split I really, really liked, so it made me happy to see all the characters James McAvoy pictured again.

When Split was a new movie I featured it in one of my Movie Monday editions, and got under fire for some things I said. If you want you can read my post here (and attack me some more).

With sad words I have to admit that I didn’t like Glass. I don’t even think it was the hype thing this time, it is the fact that I was bored most of the time, there was almost no action until the very end, no victims in a way I hoped there would be, and the whole story in my eyes was kind of stupid.

The whole picture reminded me of bad version of X-men, with small amount of characters.

It got to the point where I felt bad for asking my friend to go with me to the movie theather, because it was that bad. But she said she liked the movie, so there is at least a hope that others will like it.

If you’re curious about seeing this film I suggest you to wait until it comes out on Blu-Ray or becomes available for streaming on HBO or Netflix.

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The one with intelligent humour: Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton (Book Review) #BookReview #ComingOfAge #YoungAdult #Contemporary #BookLovers

Title: Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe
Author: Preston Norton
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: May 22nd, 2018
Pages: 410
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

Review:

Warning: This novel contains strong language and touches the topic of suicide.

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe is the one novel I feel like I had on my kindle app for the longest time. I got it unsolicited from the publisher (which I’m very thankful for) way before it was published, and then at first I saved it so I could read it closer to it’s releasing day, but then life got in a way, I hit that blogging and reviewing slump, and this book was one of the victims of the mental state I was in.

As Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe was on many bloggers lists of favorite books of 2018, I decided it was the time for me to read this book myself, and now when I finished it, I only feel sorry I didn’t get this book a chance sooner, because it was amazing!

The story follows Cliff who is known at school as Neanderthal because of his height. He got into fight with a popular boy at school, Aaron Zimmerman, and he is on his mission to get revenge.
However, after nearly death experience Aaron comes back to school claiming that God spoke to him, and gave him the list to make their high school a better place, and Cliff is the chosen one to help him complete the list.
From there we watch a new friendship being born and follow our main characters on their adventure to discover life.

First of all, this book is really funny. It talks about serious topics like poverty and suicide, but it still has that intelligent humour that never came over board. I really appreciate it for that.
Second, the way serious topics and problems were talked about made me appreciate this novel even more, because it touches important things, but never loses that light tone.

I think that I’ve read that this novel is perfect for fans of John Green and I agree, but also I have to stress out that there is something unique that Preston Norton gave to this story, something that is entirely his.

I know, in my reviews, I usually say that I want to read author’s other books, but this time I’ll say I know I will read Norton’s next novel, because there is no way I’m going to let myself miss it. I will probably read it as soon as it comes out!

As you probably guessed, Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe impressed me, and if I read it last year, it would probably on my list of favorites too, but there is a big chance it shows up on my 2019 favorite lists.

If you like ya contemporary and coming of age stories, trust me, you do not want to miss this one!

Movie Monday: Crazy Rich Asians – romantic comedy that made me realize how mediocre my life actually is #MovieMonday #MovieReview #CrazyRichAsians #Diversity

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I wantched a movie that was based on a bestselling novel.

Crazy Rich Asians

Crazy Rich Asians is a bestselling novel, first in the series, that got it’s movie in 2018.
I have never read the books, even though I want to for years now. I’ve heard nothing but good things about them, and judging by the movie, I can imagine they are a lot of fun.

Going into this movie adaptation I didn’t have big expectations. Sure, I’ve heard great things about it, and if I’m not mistaken, it even won a Golden Globe in some category, but still, that feeling you get when you just know that something will blow you away was missing.

However, for the whole 2 hours the movie was on, I was invested, entertained and had lots of fun.
This is a movie I will highly recommend to all my friends.

I kind of look on this movie as a window to the world I will not have a chance to experience in this life (here’s to the next one!).
It just made me realize how mediocre my life actually is, and in whole honesty, it made me daydream how it would be awesome if I was also born in one of those very, very rich families…
Don’t we all dream about it at least once?

Oh, did I mention how hot the main actor was? Because he was really hot!

Crazy Rich Asians was high quality movie that I can imagine myself re-watching over and over again, so I really don’t understand why it never played in cinemas in my country.

However, now when it is available for streaming and on blu-ray, I highly recommend it to everyone who’s looking for something to watch with friends (or alone, but I think with crew it’d be more fun).

Movie Monday: Aquaman – fascinating picture that surprised me with it’s beauty #MovieReview #Aquaman #DCComics #SuperHeros #MovieMonday

Movie Monday is a feature here on my blog, in which I’m rambling about movies I’ve watched lately.

This week I watched Aquaman, the movie everyone talks about. After seeing it, I understand why.

Aquaman

This week me and my fiance decided to go to movies. We haven’t been for a long time, so I kind of missed it.
Since I wanted to see the last movie in Harry Potter franchise (sorry, can’t remember the name right now, but you probably know the one I’m talking about), and there weren’t any available tickets (because it plays in only one room), we had to choose another movie.

So we picked Aquaman, and I am so glad we did.

I love superhero movies, but I have to admit that my expectations for this particular one weren’t so high.
I have to admit that I’ve never read comics about Aquaman, so I wasn’t familiar with his story. Therefore, I couldn’t even imagine that his story would be interesting.

Now, I am so glad I saw this film! And I am very, very glad I watched it in the movie teatre, because I am 100% sure that I got the most out of it that way.

I fell in love with this world. From my perspective, Aquaman has the richest world out of all superhero movies I’ve seen so far. And it is so fascinating.
It was like watching an urban fantasy, at times I even forgot this was a superhero movie.

I loved the scenes under the sea. I loved the kingdoms and the whole story of Atlantis.

I even had an AHA moment while watching. I realized how little I actually know about history and decided I will work on that.

The movie is pretty long (2h23min), but I understand why. It has to be long to give you the tale of everything, to build the world and to develop the storyline.

If you haven’t seen the Aquaman yet, but you thought about it, I highly, highly encourage you to go to the cinema and watch it there. Trust me, this movie is the one you have to watch in the movie teatre, because it would be a shame not to fully experience all of it’s beauty and awesomeness!

Sunday Post (Weekly Wrap Up Jan. 7th-13th) #SundayPost #Reading #WrapUp #SundayFunday #Bloggers

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This meme was created for bloggers to spotlight posts they published in the week, as well as to talk about what they plan to write in the week that’s coming.

Sunday post is also great opportunity to showcase books we got in the week behind us.

Hi Guys!

This has been a slow week and not much happened. I feel like I wanted to read more, wanted to write more, but was slower at everything I did, so therefore I didn’t end this week too satisfied with that aspect of my life.

I keep thinking how behind I am with some of my reviews, and even though I don’t want to pressure myself too much, I still feel down about it.
I decided to give myself a big pause and stop buying/requesting books for the fist half of the year, so I could focus on books I already have.
There are some books I already purchased/requested, but other then that, there won’t be new ones for a while.
My main aim is to focus on ARCs and Netgalley copies.

On the other hand, for some reason my blog DA went up (for only 1 point) so the traffic was really good, even though I didn’t host any giveaways, and it made me really happy.

Today I’m looking forward to go on a date with my fiance. We’ll go to a nice restaurant and just enjoy ourselves.

 

Last Week on Book Dust Magic:

Monday: I gave you my 2018 end of year bookish survey

Wednesday: I talked about how I left some books around city, for others to find them

Friday: I reviewed The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup and White Stag by Kara Barbieri

 

Next Week on Book Dust Magic:

Upcoming reviews:

 

 

Currenly Reading:

 I’m rereading The Cruel Prince so I could jump right into The Wicked King when it arrives (I ordered it some time ago but it is still on it’s way).

That is it!
Let me know what’s been going on with you, what you’ve been reading or watching this week and feel free to leave your links so I can visit you.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Book Review: White Stag by Kara Barbieri (Blog Tour) #BookReview #BlogTour #WhiteStag #Fantasy

I am so honoured to take part in this blog tour.

I really liked this book and I’d like to thank Maghan Harrington from St, Martin Press, for giving me this opportunity.

About the book:

The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

Get your copy HERE. 

My Review:

White Stag is young adult fantasy that made notice even before it was released, and now when I read it, I can see why.

This is the first fantasy about goblins that I have ever read, and I can tell you that I have enjoyed learning about these creatures that I knew so little about before (basically, my whole knowledge before this book came from Lord of the Rings movies).

The world was fascinating, and I wish we got to see more of it. Since this is only first book in the series, I hope we will learn more about it in next installments.
I would really want to explore it more, because some scenes (like the one when Janneke looked around her and thought how beautiful this world actually would be if she wasn’t in a position she was) captivated me, so I crave for more of it’s beauty.

I was always fascinated with faeries. They are my favorite creatures, and I loved reading about them even before they were popular in literature.
Goblins have some similarities with them (like, how they can’t lie or how manipulative they are), so it was natural that I was fond of them too.

White Stag is an action packed story. I loved it’s pace and it reads so fast.
There’s an action at the very beginning and it lasts until the end (with some slow parts in the middle).
I liked it, but I wish we got at least two chapters at the very beginning to learn about politics in this world.

What I liked the most in this novel is one phrase that stayed with me, and that is how everyone is a monster in some way (I’m paraphrasing it here so don’t quote me on literal words).
One particular scene when our main character realized that stuck with me the most. Ever since I finished this book, I feel like every day I think about that scene, and her words.

The writing style is solid. I really enjoyed reading Barbieri’s words and I can only imagine she will even get better at times.

Some scenes reminded me of Twilight Saga, but in a good way. I strictly talk here about dialogue.
Also, some sentences in the novel (and don’t take it like a bad thing because it is a 400+ pages long book) reminded me of ones I already read somewhere (like breath she was holding, you know that one!).
What I have concluded is that the author probably read many ya novels so they influenced her.

I like how atypical the ending was. It really stood out in my eyes, and welcomed it wholeheartedly.

I loved White Stag and I will gladly be continuing with the series.

A gripping crime that will make you hold your breath: The Chestnut Man by Soren Sveistrup – Book Review (Blog Tour) #BookReview #BookTour #TheChestnutMan @MichaelJBooks

I am so honoured to be today’s host in The Chestnut Man blog tour.
I want to thank Jenny Platt from Michael Joseph, Penguin for inviting me.
I just loved this gripping novel so it is my honour to tell you everything about it.

About the book:

A NAIL-BITINGLY THRILLING CRIME NOVEL FROM THE SCRIPT WRITER BEHIND THE KILLING

Rosa Hartung is returning to her job as Minister for Social Affairs, a year since the disappearance of her twelve year-old daughter. Linus Berger, a mentally ill young man, confessed to her killing, but can’t remember where he buried her dismembered corpse.

That day a young single mother is found murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen – she’s been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Thulin and Hess, sent to investigate the crime, arrive to find a chestnut figure hanging from a playhouse nearby.

When yet another woman is murdered, and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect that there’s a connection between the Hartung case and the murdered women.

Thulin and Hess are drawn into a race against time, as the murderer is on a mission that is far from over . . .

My Review:

It seems to me that everyone already knows about Soren Sveistrup because of The Killing, but since I’ve never watched it, this was my first time encountering his work.
It will definitely not be the last, because my Soren Sveinstrup journey just began!

In case you didn’t have a chance to see The Chestnut Man in person, let me tell you: it is a massive book. It has more than 500 pages and bigger format than usual novels. You could easily use it as a weapon!

But despite this novel looking intimidating at first, it reads really easily because of the short chapters, intense story and great translation.

The story follows two main characters, detective Naia Thulin and investigator Mark Hess who work on the case together. The murders they have to deal with are not easy on the stomach because the killer likes to do amputations while the victims are still alive. On the crime scenes, there is always one little chestnut man, as a mark of a killer.

There is so much more to the story, because we follow so many characters who’s stories intertwine.

At first it was bit hard for me to follow and connect everything and everyone, because of so many different characters with to me unusual names, but after some time (around 80 pages into the story), it became pretty easy to follow.

This crime novel is the first one that reminded me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Even if their stories are totally different, I recognized the similar dark atmosphere.
If you like Stieg Larsson, don’t miss out on this one!

This book really pulled me in. I was so invested in this gripping story, wanted to know everything and solve the crime myself, but also it made me want to know why characters acted the way they did, and what is under everyone’s surface.

The Chestnut Man is a brutal, chilling story that made me question are psychopaths really born that way, or do they become what they are because of others?
I think it’s both, and I think the second plays the main part what will become of a person.

Overall, I recommend The Chestnut Man to every single crime novels fan.
This book is the one that should be on everyone’s tbr-s and I predict that by the end of 2019 it will be on many people’s favorites lists.

 

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