Paper Towns Movie Review

Release Date: July 24, 2015Paper Towns

Director: Jake Schreier

If you haven’t heard of Paper Towns yet, you must be living under a rock, because it’s been EVERYWHERE the past few months! I remember when this was announced to become a movie and I was beyond excited. The Fault in Our Stars adaptation was so well on screen, and I couldn’t wait to see this one too.

I saw this movie a few days ago, and I’m still thinking of how wonderful it was. However, it seems I have sort of the unpopular opinion here. I see all these people pointing out these things and saying how it was completely ruined. GUYS. This is a great adaptation, so let’s stop judging it so harshly!

First off, the actors in this were truly phenomenal. I was apprehensive at first with Nat Wolff playing Q, since I thought I would see Issac, but he did a great job making them distinct and their own characters. Cara was exactly as I pictured the mysterious Margo. Austin Abrams was a hilarious yet geeky Ben. Finally, Justice Smith as Radar. He may just have been my favorite character in this movie. PETITION TO HAVE JUSTICE PLAY THE COLONEL IN LOOKING FOR ALASKA PLEASE.

The first part of the movie with the Margo/Q adventure was very exciting. For a movie, they did as well as they could with all the pranks. I personally wasn’t bothered by the missing 2 tasks, including the Sea World one. The way they captured that night and how Quentin was apprehensive but still followed Margo was just like the book.

After Margo disappears, they start finding all the clues and everything, which leads to the most epic road trip ever. The only thing that was missing for me in the movie was the thought of “Did Margo kill herself?” Instead, the deadline was Prom, which was fine, I just wish there was more to it.

For the road trip part, I liked the changes they made in the movie. After seeing Angela with the gang, I wish she had been included in the book, so we would’ve have known her better. The scene where they are running through the gas station getting supplies was one of my favorites from the book, and it was hilarious in the movie. Everyone in the theater gasped when they saw Gus!

In the end, when Q eventually finds Margo after everyone leaves, it gave me the same feeling. he thought he was special and was supposed to come find her, when really it was Margo just being her pretentious self.

Yes, there were changes made in the movie. It wasn’t after graduation and the deadline was prom, but who cares? It still turned out as a great movie, and I had tears streaming down my face from laughter. Here were some of my favorite scenes.

  • Q removing Chuck’s eyebrow
  • Every scene with Quentin, Radar, and Ben together
    • Pokemon song
    • Black Santa
  • Ben spilling the can
  • The gas station scene

So how did you like the movie? What were your favorite parts? Did you like the changes, or dislike them??

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Say What You Will Discussion: Disabled Characters

As you may know,  we read Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern for my July buddy read. Yesterday, I posted my review and overall thoughts on the book (which were very mixed), so you can check that out here.  I said that in the next few days, I would have some discussion posts about things that caught my attention in the book, and here is my first one. If you have read this book and have anything to add, comment below or make your own post! I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts.

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While reading the book, there was a scene where a class was discussing Amy after her speech. They all had their own opinions, but the teacher said something that really caught my eye.

“She’s a person with a disability conveying the message, Hey, my life isn’t all tragedy. Do we hear that message enough?”

When I saw this,  I thought about the entirety of  the YA genre. There are all these books, and only a few with disabled characters, and only a few out of that group where they are portrayed happy. Most of the time, a book focuses on how someone’s life is horrible because of their disability. Of course, their life is much more difficult to live, but that’s not all there is to that person. And yes, while they may not live what others would consider a “normal” lifestyle, that doesn’t mean they can’t be happy.

In fact,  sometimes I believe that these people are happier, because they have so to be thankful for. They tend to look on the bright side and find the beauty in all things. They are happy that they at least have the opportunity of living, even if it means facing some hard obstacles.

Young Adult books really need more books about disabled people, but more so, books about disabled people with happy endings. What makes them less capable of being as happy as the next person?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters that are Book Nerds

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July 28: Characters Who are Fellow Book Nerds

Oooooh I love this topic! When I’m reading a book and find a character that loves books, they become like 10x better. You will probably see a lot of the same answers today, but that’s because these characters are the best 😉

Fangirl     Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)     Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)

1. Cath from Fangirl: This girl is absolutely obsessed with books! She loves the Simon Snow series and even writes fanficition. I mean the book’s name is even Fangirl.

2. Celaena and Dorian from Throne of Glass: These two are constantly reading in the books. Celaena read anything and everything and Dorian’s room has book stacks everywhere.

3. Will and Tessa from The Infernal Devices: These two connected over books and reading, and it really started their relationship together.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)     The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)     The Book Thief

4. Hermione from the Harry Potter series: The ultimate book-worm. Hermione always has her nose in a book. When packing her magic bag in The Deathly Hallows, she had 19 books with her!

5. Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson series: She had dyslexia and still read more than characters that could read just fine. Being a daughter of Athena, she always wanted to know more.

6. Liesel from The Book Thief: I never got to finish this book (oops), but Liesel obviously loved books since she was stealing them!

The Fault in Our Stars     Matilda     To Kill a Mockingbird

7. Hazel from TFIOS: Hazel just read Imperial Affliction over and over. She even contacted the author (who turns out to be a jerk) several times because she loved it so much.

8. Matilda: This little girl had some serious reading skills. She was going to the library and reading on her own at such a young age, it was crazy!

9. Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus always read to Scout, so she knew how to read before even entering school (much to the annoyance of her teacher).

BONUS TV ANSWERS

Gilmore girls title screen.jpg The Middle logo

(Both pictures are from Wikipedia)

Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls: Rory always has a book in her hand and is always striking up conversations about them.

Brick Heck from The Middle: Brick is probably my favorite character ever. He loves reading (Books, instruction manuals, signs) and has a obession with fonts. The time Axl spoils a book for him is the most accurate episode ever!

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern Review

Author: Cammie McGovern  Say What You Will

Publisher: Harper Teen

Published On: June 3, 2014

Genre: Contemporary

3 1/2Say What You Will

As you may know, for the last part of July, I have done a buddy read for the book Say What You Will. For the next few days there will be discussion posts about this book, but first I wanted to start off my review. Here is the goodreads summary if you want an idea of what this book is about.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

I will say I do have some mixed opinions about this book. There were some things that I loved, while other things that I didn’t. This book truly was very unique to me despite it’s flaws, and it wasn’t what I expected. From all the talk about this book, it sounded like it would take The Fault in Our Stars route, but it most definitely didn’t.

The characters in this book were very diverse and unique and that was the thing I loved most about this book. Cammie dared to be different by writing about a cerebral palsy patient and someone affected by OCD. They way she portrayed Amy and Matthew was truly wonderful. I loved how simple their relationship was in the beginning and seeing how it grew overtime. During this book, I learned a lot about two disabling disorders, and it was very interesting to see what these two had to go through.

The whole idea of having other students help Amy at school so she could make friends was amazing. At first, I thought every but Matthew would blow Amy off, but they really were there and I wish we would’ve had more development with them.  Overall, I loved the beginning of this plot, but as it went on, instead of getting better, it got worse.
Many people say they started disliking Amy when she started throwing all the tasks at Matthew to help his OCD. While it seemed very harsh in the book, I suppose that is a way you have to deal with it, and it really showed how much Amy cared about him to help him. Matthew was always so insecure and would just shut down, and while it was frustrating, I thought it accurately showed him as a character going what he was going through. The two had major miscommunication problems, and so many things could have been fixed if they would just talk.
The big “twist” of Amy being pregnant was when it started to go down hill for me. It sort of came out of nowhere and was really out of character. Everything afterward sort of dragged, and I feel the ending would’ve been much better if that twist was never enacted. There was all kind of build-up about the relationship of Amy and Matthew, and it ended very abruptly. There were many pages left in my book because of a preview, but I thought it was still part of the story. So when I came to the last page, I didn’t know it was the last page because there was no closure.
Finally, the main thing with this book was the 3rd person perspective. There were so many emotional parts of the book that you could see, but you could never really feel the emotion. I wanted to be inside the character’s heads as they went through all their hardships, but instead we just got an oustide glance.
Overall, I thought this was a great read, but there were many flaws. It was still a very intriguing read, and I would recommend it because the first half of the book is beautiful. If only it had continued like that the rest of the way.
P.S. I still have many thoughts on this book, so don’t think this is the end for the buddy read 🙂

Totally Didn’t Book Tag

SODA

 

I have been wanting to do this tag for the longest time now! I first saw this at Inspired by the Page and it was on my tag list immediately! Technically I wasn’t “tagged”, but since when have I ever followed that rule! I’m not sure who the original creator is, but if you know/I find out, I will add their link to this post as well!

1. Totally didn’t need to have a sequel/sequels

To be honest, I didn’t think To Kill a Mockingbird needed anything else, but Go Set a Watchmen was published not so long ago. I have heard some mixed feelings on the book, but I’m sure I will still probably read it one day. Technically it’s not really a sequel, but the first copy of the story that Harper Lee later changed. I think things will just seem backwards, and messed up.

2. Totally didn’t need to have more than one point of view!

I really didn’t care for Tobias’s point of view in Allegiant. I understand Veronica needed another point of view after certain events took place, and that’s okay. What’s not okay is when you can’t tell if you are in Tris or Tobias’s head. There were so many funny and awkward moments when I was reading, because nothing made sense, and then I realized it was the other characters pov. If Veronica would’ve had more time to make Tobias sound like Tobias, I probably would’ve enjoyed it more.

3. Totally didn’t need to change cover art through the middle of a series!

I haven[t even read this book, but the cover change still irks me. The first cover of The Diviners by Libba Bray is so mysterious and intriguing. Then the new cover is just bleh.

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

4. Totally didn’t need a love triangle!

The Selection by Kiera Cass really didn’t need a love triangle. I mean, who actually thought that America would end up with Aspen. Exactly, no one did. The love “triangle” in this book frustrated me to no end.

5. Totally didn’t need this book to be included in this series!

Can I say every Maximum Ride book after the third one?  If this means books not needed in series because they need to be re-written, my answer is 100% Blood of Olympus. ALL I WANT IS A PERCY AND ANNABETH CHAPTER RICK! This was such a disappointing end for my favorite series, and I would gladly take a rewrite. Now if this means the book shouldn’t even exist, you guys know my disliking for P.S. I Still Love You.

6. Totally didn’t need a cliffhanger!

For the most part, I love cliffhangers. I may say I hate them, because I have to wait so long for the enxt book, but I still like the effect they have on me. So I don’t really have a true answer for this. I will say the book that had the most impact on me with a cliffhanger was definitely Mark of Athena (it really was a cliffhanger). That is a hard one to wait a year for.

7. Totally didn’t need to have just one point of view! 

I think it would’ve been really nice for The Darkest Minds to have several point of views. They could switch it up randomly like Sarah J. Maas does with her series, so you can see from several characters.

8. Totally didn’t need that much hype!

Awhile ago, matched was pretty hyped. I saw tons of people reading it, so I decided to give it a try. I’m pretty sure it is on my top 5 most disliked books ever. Long story short- don’t read Matched.

9. Totally didn’t need a relative book reference! (e.g. Hunger Games fan would love Divergent.)

I really don’t see anything wrong with this. This is how you ultimately help recommend a book to someone, by knowing what they have enjoyed. I don’t really understand this question. One thing that does annoy me is when something says “THE NEW HUNGER GAMES!” Every book is unique, so try to find words to describe it other than those.

10. Totally didn’t deserve my time!

I would like to say that every book I read hasn’t been a waste of time. Unfortunately, Side Effects May Vary is the reason I can’t say that. It wasn’t great when I started, but I had a ton of hope that it would get better, so I kept reading and reading it and….nothing. My thought after finishing the book was “why did I waste so much time on this book?” So yeah, there that.

NOW FOR THE TAGGING!

The Lonely Book Lover

Books Over People

XingSings 

Inside the Mind of a Bibliphile

 

The Sunday Post: Movie Weekend

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme created by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It is a way to recap posts and talk about what is coming in the future. Check out the website Caffeinated Book review here for more information: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/the-sunday-post-meme

I am not able to comprehend the fact that this is the last week in July, and that Summer is almost over! Time goes fast we you are having fun!

HERE ARE SOME OF MY RECENT POSTS:

This week was pretty successful! I’m pretty sure this is the first week in my entire blogging career that I have posted one or more posts everyday during the week. i doubt that will happen to often, but it is still cool to blog all week!

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 UPCOMING POSTS

  • Heir of Fire Review
  • Paper Towns Movie Review
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Who are Fellow Book Nerds
  • July Buddy Read
    • Say What You Will Review
    • Discussion Post
    • List
  • In the Library: Recommending Science Fiction
  • Totally Didn’t Tag (got pushed back to this week)

These are just some of the post ideas I have this week. I have 3 reviews coming, so I may split them up a bit, so one may be coming next week.

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Blog improvements

As you can tell. Find Me at the Library went under some construction this past week. How do you guys like the new theme and design? I just happened to come across this while looking at themes, and it had everything I wanted. I made some new post labels and it’s starting to look pretty good. I’m even working on expanding my menus, so keep checking those as well!

I finally made a rating system! Check it out under the Book Reviews tab!

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Random Updates

  • I GOT TO SEE PAPER TOWNS!!! I’ll have a review on it posted soon, but here’s something to give you my opinion on it: LOVE ❤

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Books I bought this week

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

While I love the Throne of Glass covers, this novella’s cover is absolutely breathtaking, and I needed it on my shelf. Can’t wait to get to this, because I want more Celaena!!

 

 

Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer Talk

The time has come for the last Hunger Games trailer we will see. The final Mockingjay Part 2 trailer came out a couple of days ago, and there are so many things I need to say about it. Before we start, here is the trailer so you can watch it either for the first time or the fifth time.

Now I’m not going lie, this trailer coming out was kind of bittersweet for me. Of course, I am extremely excited to see this movie, but it just keeps hitting me that this is the last one. I remember them announcing that the series would become movies, and counting down days for The Hunger Games to hit the screens. It felt like the last movie was ages away, and now it’s so close to being over. This movie series is truly one of my favorite on-screen adaptations, and it is one I will always cherish.

Enough of all the sappy stuff, let’s get to the actual trailer. If I had to choose one word to describe it, I would have to choose EPIC. There is an overwhelming sense of unity between the districts, and it gives you chills when you see them all marching toward the Capitol. I’m really excited to see all the traps that Snow sets in motion and how  they look on-screen. SPOILER IN WHITE, HIGHLIGHT IF YOU WANT TO SEE IT. I have no idea how I will handle all the casualties in this movie. The scenes where Boggs, Finnick, and Prim die will kill my emotions, I’m sure of it. 

Another thing to really look forward to in this movie is Peeta. Josh Huterson did a phenomenal job in the last movie with him being hijacked, and I can’t wait to see his portrayal during this film. There’s a part of the trailer where he is talking about how if Snow dies, all the lives will mean something, and it really just shows how horrible their leader was.

The part of the trailer that really excites me when Katniss is yelling to turn their weapons to the Capitol because I know that the climax of this movie will be awesome. For those of us who have read the book, we know what will happen, and I really want to see others reactions.

I was excited for this movie, but this trailer just made me even more thrilled. We have been with this cast for a while now, and I know they will give us a good finale. There will be happy parts and sad parts, and I will love it all. ALSO IS ANYONE ElSE EXCITED FOR THIS EPILOGUE BECAUSE I SURE AM. Only a few more months and we will be waiting in line at the movies for a Hunger Game movie for the last time. It’s going to be great.

 

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas Review

Author: Sarah J. Maas Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Published On: August 15, 2013

Genre: Fantasy

5         Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Crown of Midnight is a the sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass, which I adored with all my heart. If you have not read Throne of Glass or Crown of Midnight yet, what is wrong with you do not read this review. It will have some serious spoilers for the series that you will want to experience while reading. Normally at this point I would give a little non-spoilery summary, but even the summary could give things away if you haven’t read the first book, so I’m just going to avoid that. Go read the books, then you can come back and discuss.

If you would have told me that this book would manage to be even better than Throne of Glass, I wouldn’t have believed. Now I know that I was wrong to not believe you. More often than not, sequels are a bit of a letdown for me, but this one was extraordinary. There are so many things to discuss, but this review can only be so long, so I will I finatry to divide everything up as best as possible.

Crown of Midnight opens up to Celaena doing her Champion-work for the King, and it is revealed that she isn’t actually killing the people she is supposed to (which wasn’t a surprise, knowing Celaena). It was all going along fine until she got the order to kill Archer Finn, who was said to be a traitor to the King. This was really the beginning of the plot as we learned more about the rebel group and the treacherous things the King has done. At this point, we start learning a ton about magic, especially the wydrkeys used to create the portals. There are three keys total, and if you possess them all you can basically rule the world. At this point we aren’t sure where they are or how many the King has. Sarah J. Maas puts a lot of detail and explanation when explaining her world, and it just makes it so much better.

The characters are still the characters I loved in the first book, just enhanced ten times. Celaena managed to become even more epic as a character. Before I delve deeper in the characters, I must say this: Celaena and Chaol’s relationship. I have loved Chaol and his connection with Celaena since the beginning. These two are absolutely perfect, and their scenes together are adorable. But just because I love Chaol, doesn’t mean I don’t love Dorian! I may not like him as much with Celaena, but he is still an awesome character. He develops so much in this book with his magic, and I can’t wait to see where it takes him. Now for the feels, because Nehemia. I was so heartbroken when she died, especially when we find out she planned it to push Celaena toward the main goal.

The entire scene where Celaena finds Nehemia is a devastating scene. This is one of the first times we truly see Celaena crack. I mean she almost killed Chaol, who she deeply cared about (she killed like the entire rebel group for him). Thankfully Dorian’s magic saved the day and we still have Chaol with us.

While there were are many great scenes in this book, my favorite is hands down the climax. Celaena goes in the tunnel to open a portal to talk to Nehemia and all hell breaks loose (literally). Chaol, Dorian, and Celaena are all present and everyone learns some interesting facts to say the least. The twist of Celaena being Fae shocking me, but what shocked me more was her knowing about! We have spent two books in her head and nothing. After learning about it though, small instances and lines throughout the books all made sense. There was actually quite a bit of hidden foreshadowing that I never caught.

You think that Celaena’s faeness is the big twist about her in this book, but Maas proves us wrong. Let’s just say we may be calling Celaena Aelin in the future. At this point I was ready to believe anything, so Celaena being the lost princess of Terrasen was pretty normal. All I could think was that in my favorite books, the character ends up being a lost princess, because hello Cinder!

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. Celaena’s relationships with everyone grew so much and we got to know a little more about our mysterious assassin. I know this review was an absolute mess, but that’s probably because I have too many emotions and read this about a week ago. I’m truly loving the direction this series is going!

In the Library: Recommending Fantasy

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Today I come to you with the first post in my new recommendation series “What’s in the Library?” For the first week, I decided to do just a genre, so I went with one of my favorites: fantasy. Since this genre includes some very popular books, some of these recommendations will seem pretty mainstream, but they are still wonderful books nonetheless. Since fantasy books generally are in series, most of these books are in either a completed or on going series.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)1. The Harry Potter Series

This has to be one of the most beloved and recommended series in this genre, but there is definitely a reason for it. If you haven’t read Harry Potter, you don’t know what you are missing. The words I use to describe this series won’t do it justice. J.K. Rowling has created a beautiful story about adventurous friends and love always winning, and I am sure it will be read for many years to come.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)2. The Throne of Glass Series

This is a fairly new series to me, but it has still jumped to one of my favorite fantasies. In the first book, it takes a while for the fantastical elements to come into play, but once they do, it’s on. The magic in this world has a very creepy twist to it, and the more you learn about it, the better the book gets. I highly suggest continuing in the series if you have read the first book, because it only gets better from there.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)3. Percy jackson / Heroes of olympus

This is actually a middle grade series, but you will completely forget once you are so attached to the characters. I know so many people hesitant to read this series since it is made for younger kids and has Greek mythology, but Riordan’s books are really for all ages. In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, you see Percy as he grows into his Son of Posiedon powers and his role as leader. I am convinced that no person could read this series and not want to read the follow-up series, Heroes of Olympus. The spin-off still includes our favorite characters Percy and Annabeth, but Riordan also gives us 5 more to love. These series are packed with adventures, sassy remarks, strong friendships, and growing love. A must read in my opinion.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
3. Akarnae
Akarnae (The Medoran Chronicles, #1)

This is the first book in Lynette Noni’s debut series The Medoran Chronicles. I have raved time after time over this book, because it is seriously good. Alex opens up a door to this new world where she finds that she can’t leave without the Akarnae School’s headmaster’s help, who just so happens to be missing. She attends the school intended for extraordinarily-gifted kids, and learns a lot about this world and herself. The world-building and friendship in this book is incredible, and it was a great start to what I know will be a great series.

Akarnae (The Medoran Chronicles, #1)

There are my top fantasy books that I recommend to you! Most of you have probably read these books, but I am hoping that some one who hasn’t will see this post. I’ll be back next week with more recommendations, so stay tuned! And as always, if you have any recommendations yourself, leave them in the comments below!!