Book Review: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner @PRHGlobal #partner #BookReview #Contemporary #YoungAdult

Title: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee
Author: Jeff Zentner
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers, Penguin Random House
Date: February 26th, 2019
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

Review:

After spending some time only reading adult fiction and non fiction, I found myself craving some ya literature. I already read some fantasy this year, but what I really wanted in my life was good ya contemporary, since it was my favorite genre for the longest time.
This novel reminded me why I love this genre so much, and even though it wasn’t a 5 stars book for me, or a brilliant masterpiece, it still made me feel that familiar feeling you have when you return to something you love after a long time, and only from that point only, hours spent with Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee were worth it.

The story follows two best friends: Delia and Josie who work together on a TV show in which they talk about horror movies and they also show old cult horrors.
Josie wants to spend her life working on tv, so the show is her step to start her career, while Delia does the show in hope that one day her father will recognize her and make connection.
Delia doesn’t want for Josie to move on after the graduation, because she doesn’t want to be left alone.
On the other hand, Josie knows she has to move to another city to go to college, and she feels bad about leaving Delia behind.

I liked how the story shows the reality of life. It pictures perfect how hard  it is to succeed, and how many people try to reach their dreams, but they don’t.
Sometimes people do their best, but there is a reason why they say that success is hard work + luck + good connections.

The story is written in two POVs, Delia’s and Josie’s, both written in first person.

I liked each point of view, but if I have to state one that I liked better it would be Josie’s.
Maybe it’s because of Lawson, who is her love interest, and is also an interesting character who contributed to the story with his amazing personality.

It is kind of sad for me to say that I liked the girls the best when they were separated.
I know, it sounds awful, especially because this novel is about friendship, but I have to be honest. Together, they sounded kind of rude, especially when they talked to strangers.

Also, one down side of this novel were dialogues. They mostly sounded too forced. They were too much, and unrealistic.
But then again, maybe teenagers do talk that way these days, I wouldn’t know for sure. All I know is that I didn’t click with the way characters talked in this story.

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee talks about friendship, family and life.
It also covers serious topics like mental illness and poverty.

It is still pretty early and there are not many reviews for this book, but from what I see most people enjoyed this novel more then I did, so keep that in mind when reading my thoughts.

I would recommend this book to young adult contemporary lovers.

Advertisements

Funny and romantic: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella (Book Review) #BookReview #Comedy #Chicklit #IOweYouOne

Title: I Owe You One
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK, Transworld
Date: February 7th, 2019
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

Review:

For the last three years in a row, Sophie Kinsella puts a smile on my face every time I finish her newest book. I mean, there is a reason why she’s my favourite author, but I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with every book she ever wrote.
However, ever since she published My Not So Perfect Life it’s like we’re on a happy train and we’re not getting off. Every book she writes is pure perfection, and I Owe You One is one of those treasures.

The thing is, when you read a book by your favourite author, your expectations are high. You can’t help it!
So going into I Owe You One, I expected to like it, I wanted it to make me feel better, make me laugh, swoon and root for characters… and it delivered.

The story follows Fixie who got her nickname because she likes to fix things. She wants to make everything better for everyone, and to her, family always comes first.
One day in a coffee shop a stranger asks Fixie to watch his laptop while he goes away for few minutes. In that amount of time, the roof above starts to sink, but Fixie can’t leave the laptop, so she protects it with her body, and even though she ends up wet to the bone, laptop ends up untouched.
The story goes from there. The stranger, who’s name is Sebastian writes her a note with which she can ask him anything in return, because now he owes her one.

Going into the story, after few chapters readers can already assume how the story might end, because it is obvious from the start what a douche Ryan, Fixie’s love interest, actually is.
I mean, it’s been a while since I read about that kind of jerk in my books. A perfect character to hate, if you ask me!
However, it’s not always about the end, it’s about the journey!

I like how I Owe You One is characters based story, and we get to see not only different type of persons who functionate together, but also their development through the story.
I like how all of them have their flaws and the author really made them real, so by the end of the book readers will probably have the feeling like they know them. At least, that’s what happened in my case.

The writing style was amazing, as always. I flew through this book.

In the end, without spoiling anything, I just have to say there is one scene closer to the end of the story, that made me feel chills while reading (and they were good chills!). They were more like tingles.
It was such a beautiful scene, and out of everything this novel provides, I think that scene is how I will remember it.

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes funny scenes, romantic moments and family dynamics in their books.

Rivalry, Revenge and Bitches: Tell Me a Secret by Jane Fallon (Book Review) #BookReview #WomensFiction #Revenge #TellMeASecret

Title: Tell Me a Secret
Author: Jane Fallon
Publisher: Penguin, Michael Joseph
Date: January 10th, 2019
Pages: 404
Format: eARC
Source: from Publisher for a review

Review:

Two years ago I read Jane Fallon’s My Sweet Revenge and I really liked it. You can read my review here. I loved how it was a perfect read for book clubs, because there was so many things people could discuss about, and I am happy to say that with Tell Me a Secret the case is the same.

This book would make a perfect book club pick. There are so many small details and clues readers could pick up, and also characters’ actions they could debate on.

What I liked the most about this novel were it’s characters. Almost all of them had strong personalities and they felt real.
I was always character driven reader, so it is really important for me to have opinions about characters, whether that be positive or negative opinions. There is nothing worse then flat heroes, and this book is full of impressive people.

The story follows Holly who just got a promotion in the company she works at. She is a screen writer, and now is in charge of others writers for the teen soap opera they work on.
After her promotion, strange things start to happen to her. Her scripts are all messed up, her colleagues get personal emails from her, that she hadn’t sent, and even her boss gets one.
Someone is trying to sabotage her, so she wouldn’t keep her work position.

Tell Me a Secret is mainly focused on friendships and rivalry. It talks about real friends and fake ones, and how far people would go when it comes to relationships with others.
It’s second focus is family and importance of people that are close to us.

There is no love story, which was kind of surprising to me, but I also have to stress out that it wasn’t missing at all. I think that this novel was complete and amazing without romance.
So if you’re not a fan of romance, here’s the book for you!

This book made me think and question why people lie to make themselves look better in others’ eyes.
I hate lies and don’t like people who tell them. I almost never lie, so reading about pathological liar in this book was kind of interesting. Still, I rolled my eyes at that character so much and thought she was just pathetic.

The end was so much different then the one I would chose to have in my real life, if I was in Holly’s shoes. I guess that just proves that Holly is bigger person then me.

In the end, I just want to mention that Fallon’s voice is so good that it was a pleasure to read this story.
Some parts were dragged, and maybe the novel could have been a bit shorter, but still, I appreciate every single chapter of this book.

And the cover… OmG, Jane Fallon always has these awesome book covers with food or drink on them, that are simple but attractive. You can not notice her book with those covers!

Overall, I would recommend this book to readers who like to read about friends and enemies, family and lots of drama.
If you like to discuss about books you read, this one is a perfect choice!

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.

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!

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.