Thursday, February 20, 2014

Review: Fated by Alyson Noel

Fated by Alyson Noel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Series: The Soul Seekers #1
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin | May 22, 2012
Pages: 352

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Until now, he's existed only in her dreams - but fate is about to bring them together. I shove through the crowd, knocking into girls and bouncing off boys, until one in particular catches me, steadies me. I feel so secure, so at home in his arms. I melt against his chest-lift my gaze to meet his. Gasping when I stare into a pair of icy blue eyes banded by brilliant flecks of gold that shine like kaleidoscopes, reflecting my image thousands of times. The boy from my dream. The one who died in my arms. Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead. There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he’s allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

My thoughts {bzzzzzzzzzzz}:

The Scene

Some girl named Daire has some weird things happen to her. Then, she goes to this one-horse town and stays with her grandmother that's she's never met. Then, her grandmother trains her to be a Soul Seeker and she meets some twins with weird names.

The Girl

To be honest, Daire was just kinda blah. No, that's not right she was annoying actually. Daire complained a lot and she called her mom Jennika. Yeah, she called her mom by her first name. Like I said, annoying.

The Boy(s)

Okay, let me think. The twin brothers in Fated are like yin and yang I think. Uh, maybe not. Oh, right yeah I think the Dace dude was the good one and the other guys name I think Cace? was the evil one. Oh, now I remember it's Cade. Talk about some weird names. Other than their names I really didn't like Dace and Cade too much. Obviously I thought Cade was a douche but Dace just felt like the author was pushing the reader to like him a little bit too much. I think cause maybe she was going for the whole like this guy because he's GOOD and hate this guy because he's EVIL thing.

The WTF?!

The first thing that irked me was Daire. The second thing that irked me was the names. Really, what kind of names are Daire, Jennika, Cade, and Dace. I applaud the concept of trying to find something original but that's a little over the top. The third thing that irked me was the slow pacing. It was very slow and very boring.

The Buzz

They're really wasn't much buzz in this book. I think the whole book overall annoyed me. The characters, the slow pacing, even the world building bothered me. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of potential for this book but it just fell flat for me. I have the second book on my to read pile but I don't know if I'll pick it up.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Movie Review: Vampire Academy

Vampire Academy
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Director: Mark Waters
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Released: February 7, 2014
Duration: 1 hr 44 min
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland
Rated: PG-13


Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir: half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story.

My Thoughts {bzzzzzzzz}:

Guys. So, I watched Vampire Academy last night. I don't know if the trailers were any indication but IT WAS FUCKING HORRIBLE.

No, really like totally down the toilet bowl needs desperate help deserves a painful slow death needs to DIE cringe-worthy awkwardness really really really fucking awful shit.

I don't usually swear that much but man does this movie warrant that.

But now let's backtrack to BEFORE Vampire Academy the Book was even going to be made into Vampire Academy the Most Horrible Movie on the Planet.

Okay, ready?


I read VA and then I was like "Wow this is actually pretty good."

Then I read the next 5 books and was like "WOW this is a damn good series. Really Richelle Mead YOU deserve an award."

Fast foward a few years later. Me: 

"Oh, finally VA is being optioned film rights! Took you long enough to make the awesomeness that is Vampire Academy being made onto the big screen."
Then, we finally get the casting and blah blah blah.

But then one of the most important part comes:

the trailer

And my reaction was like " doesn't look too bad but it doesn't look great either. I'm still excited though!"

Then, the second trailer comes out and I'm like "NOW this is more like it. Give me somethin' more like this."

Now, I'm generally pretty excited for February 7th and can't wait to see the movie. Finally, after a long awaited wait, I get to go the theater.

So, I sit down watching a blank screen (I got there around 45 minutes early don't ask me why), munching on my popcorn and anticipating this movie. I'm thinking, "I hope they really portray the quality of the book onto the big screen well" and "this is so cool, I can't wait to see Rose kick some ass."

Whoa, was I so very, so THOROUGHLY disappointed. 

Don't get me wrong, I had some doubts before I went to see the movie as I do with all YA book to movie adaptations. But did I ever in my wildest dreams think that VA would be THIS horrible as a movie? The answer would be no. I didn't think the movie people would or could screw it up this bad. Honestly, this was one of the worst movies I've ever seen and not to mention THE worst book to movie adaptation I have ever seen.

It's really a shame because the Vampire Academy series is one of my favorites and the movie was nothing like it. Not even close. The line of offenses are so long I can't even count. My tweets after the movie will give you just a few: 
The whole thing sucked but a huge thing that irked me was the acting and rushed pacing. It just blurred from one scene to the next and the scenes itself felt very rushed as well. Oh, and the acting. Couldn't you guys just get that one thing right? Is that too much to ask? That was HORRENDOUS.

The bottom line is when you go see a movie you really shouldn't be cringing and rolling your eyes every other second. That's just poor.

The really sad and disappointing thing for me was that the movie didn't do the books justice AT ALL.
The only best part I can think of was The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent trailers (if that counts). Oh, and the ending.

Have any you guys seen the movie? If you have, tell me what you think. Don't worry I won't bite your head off if you do happen to like it. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
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