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The Fault in Our Stars – Movie Review

If you follow me on Twitter (@chloemckayyy) you might have seen me tweeting about The Fault in Our Stars today. I have had a couple of (well deserved) days of work and a few of my friends and I got together and decided to have a bit of a movie marathon starting with The Fault in Our Stars.

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Now I have been putting on The Fault in Our Stars for a while now (both book and movie, I’m still yet to read the book), sometimes I do this when books get a bit over hyped I start off wanting to read it and at some point when the hype just goes seriously insane my interest wanes and the book goes on my probably not going to read anytime soon TBR.

But I have to say watching the film adaptation has totally changed my mind and I have already ordered myself a copy of the novel by John Green.

Synopsis of the film (and book)…

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“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

When you go into a film knowing you are watching a story about two young people with cancer the emotional heights can be high (tissues at the ready anyone?)

I loved the book (not the film) My Sister Keeper by Jodi Picoult so had that sort of in the back of my mind when going into The Fault in Our Stars, they were absolutely NOTHING alike but both just as brilliant.

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What I loved about this film aside from the fabulous acting, the story does the amazing job of telling a love story but also a really unfair love story. This isn’t just a story of two teenagers who fall in love this is a story of the realities of life and sometimes, although we don’t like to think about it, life can be absolutely heartbreaking and tragic. We can laugh, we can love, be kind and a terrible disease can rip all those things away from us, us and the ones we love and who love us.

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This film didn’t hold back, and I’m sure a huge part of that was due to the author of the novel John Green. When a story is sad the easy thing to do is to say, don’t worry everything is going to be alright, or give the characters a happy ending. That doesn’t happen here and that is so brave.

The pay off for me as a viewer was, firstly I have ordered the book and can’t wait to read it to compare it the film, I should also say that I didn’t just wipe a couple of tears away while watching this movie I wept, I sobbed uncontrollably. I fell in love with these characters and when you love with something you wish there was a better way, but there are real people out there who have to deal with these issues, so when it comes to this film and this ending I really feel there was no better way.

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I hope you enjoyed my The Fault in Our Stars Review, see you next time!

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Top 5 Wednesday – Rainy Day Reads!

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Hi guys! It’s Wednesday once again and that means it’s time for Top 5 Wednesday, created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more about Top 5 Wednesday you can go to the Goodreads page by clicking here. This week’s theme is Rainy Day ReadsFor me a Rainy Day Read is a short (ish) stand alone with a sad or melancholy feel that I can just curl up with and be pulled into the world for the day.

In no particular order-

  • Like a Virgin by Gordon Steel

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Like a Virgin is a short play about two loving teenage bestfriends who dream of being pop stars. The story revoles around their friendship and what happens when one of their lives changes and not for the better…

Like a Virgin by Gordon Steel – Review

  • We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

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A hard hitting tale of family, friendship and the mistakes we make and the ones we have to live with.

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart – Review

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

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Brooklyn is a real Irish immagration story, I found Brooklyn so relatable, relatable to anyone who has ever been home sick, ever been in love or dreamed of a better life.

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin – Review

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What if you could live forever? Would you really want too?

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – Review

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Great for fans of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Chronicles of Narnia The Magician’s Nephew is the real orgin story of Narnia and tells us how Narnia really came to be.

The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) – Review

That’s it for my Top 5 Wednesday,

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Happy Reading Everyone!

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- by Ransom Riggs- Review

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a series I have wanted to start for about two years and this December I finally got round to it making it my final book of 2015.

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This creepy YA Fantasy-Mystery is both aesthetically pleasing and beautifully written it is the story of Jacob a young boy who has a close relationship with his Grandfather. This Grandfather has always told him stories and Jacob has come to an age when he realises than his Grandfathers tales are more like fairy-tales then the rock solid truth he had always believed them to be. With his Grandfather’s health failing and his own fathers difficult relationship with his Grandfather all tied in with Jacob’s mental heath issues, Jacob visits his Grandfather in search of answers. Only to witness something on his arrival that is so shocking it will change his life forever.

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Jacob is lead by the stories he was told as a child to England and a creepy, dead deserted house with nothing there but burnt belongings and the ghosts of a past long gone. But Jacob soon finds that this house is more than it seems, that the world from his Grandfathers tales might not be gone after all and it might be his destiny to be part of it after all.

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Told with genuine antique photographs the pictures add to the creepy feel of the story and help Jacob’s Grandfather’s tales come to life bringing the Peter Pan esk world into reality of Children who live forever, who never die.

I really enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I felt great empathy for Jacob’s story I loved learning about the Peculiar Children and I can’t waited to jump right in with book 2. To find out what will happened to Miss Peregrine, Jacob and the rest of the Peculiar gang! The Miss Peregrine series is being adapted to film for 2016 – Directed by Tim Burton this is something to look forward to in the up and coming year the film stars Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson and Asa Butterfield as Jacob.

This first book in the series has 4/5 Paint and Butterflies Rating!

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Happy reading xoxo

 

 

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan Review

Unspoken is the first in a Young Adult fantasy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan the novel is about budding journalist Kami Glass who talks to a boy in her head – that’s right this chic has an imaginary friend, named Jared but it’s when Jared turns out to be a real living, breathing person (and not a medical condition) that things get complicated. Set in a quirky English village called Sorry-in-the-Vale surrounded by woods and long winding rivers this book sure does do erring well  it that has the reader questioning everything they think they know about the characters all the while dying to know what’s going happen next.

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When mysterious bloody goings on start to happen in the woods all seem to point the finger at the Lyburn’s but Kami has other ideas she has to find an alternative now that her imaginary friend is real and what’s more a Lynburn.

This book is so great, it’s so different from any other YA I have read recently the romance is kept to a tiny portion of the book which considering this book is a trilogy I think is great it just kept me wanting more. It has a really great gothic tone to the book which really helped me feel connected to the characters and their surroundings especially the Lynburn’s and their creepy Gothic house.

Kami and Jared’s internal monologues were hilarious and sometimes a little awkward
(in a good way) it really helped me imagine what it would be like to have someone else in my head 24/7.

The last thing (I don’t want spoil anyone) but the ending was fantastic it really had me wanting me more and to me this novel the screams the beginning to a great series.

3.5/5 Stars 

Down To You by M.Leighton (Bad Boys Series Book 1) Review

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Down to you is about identical twin brothers Cash and Nash and before you laugh hysterically at the god awful names and move on I should say I loved this book!

I binged read Down to you in one day, the first in the Bad boys trilogy, and I have to say it was not a waste of time. Both Cash and Nash Davenport fall for the same girl Olivia Townsend a student who is a struggling financially. Cash meets her at hen do at his bar and before long she is working for him and juggling both brothers, even though Nash is her bitchy cousin’s boyfriend, what a brazen hussy.

It is a  hilarious twin juggling romp and at its very heart the boys are hiding a dark secret which threatens their relationship with Olivia and with each other, all the while Olivia is trying to choose between the identical twins which such opposite personalities.

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I will just tweak your imagination by saying the twins father is in prison for murder and has left behind him a whole heap of trouble.

It’s written from two different POV’s which makes for interesting reading and I could really hear the different character’s voices and made for a pleasurable reading experience. My only criticism is that it makes for a bit of a sloppy read with a few spelling errors that crop up here and there, but all in all I really enjoyed with book. None of this stopped me downloading book two straight to my kindle and I have to say it was another cracker (I’m currently making my way through book three)

All in all it’s a massive thumbs up for Down to you book one in the bad boys series. It’s fluff but it very readable fluff with characters that have had me lost in their world, a world which I’m not quite ready to leave.

Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick – Ladies of Lantern Street (Book 1) Review

So, in my attempt at shaking up my reading list a little bit I purchased Crystal Gardens – A Ladies of Lantern Street Novel by Amanda Quick the first in the trilogy.

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I had never read any Jayne- Ann Krentz novels before and was intrigued to learn she regularly writes under the pseudonyms Amanda Quick and Jane Castle depending on the genre of her writing, Crystal Gardens is paranormal fiction and my first real taste of the genre. I am a regular reader of fantasy novels and thought this would be an easy transition.

Crystal Gardens is set in Victorian England; the main character of the novel is Evangeline Ames a paid companion, with ‘special talents’. Evangeline is a young woman past the age of marriage for her time with no other way to support herself finical she joins the companion agency who, it turns out only take on woman with special physic ‘gifts’ with these gifts the agency goes about solving cases for its clients, mostly regarding extra marital affairs. Evangeline is paid well, a lot higher than the usual companion rate as are all the girls because the risks they take, It is during one of these cases that a threat is made on Evangeline’s life and is she and her friends decide it is a good idea for her to get away for a while to the small town of Little Dixby. While there another attempt is made on Evangeline’s life and, in an attempt to escape Evangeline runs to the nearest and largest and coincidentally the most supernatural house in the area Crystal Gardens.

She is saved by the mysterious Lucas Sebastian who immediately takes an interest in her, and her abilities, of course Lucas and Crystal Gardens have their own secrets which Evangeline is just dying to discover.

All in all Crystal Gardens is all right, it was a very easy ready but personally I didn’t think the paranormal side to the book was done particularly well. The romance between Lucas Sebastian and Evangeline Ames was the only thing that I really liked about the book; I guess I found it all a bit predictable.

This was the first  Jayne- Ann Krentz novel I have ever read and, I have read reviews from  long-time fans saying her other books are much better than Crystal Gardens so I haven’t been put off I’m all for second chances but I won’t be buying the rest of the trilogy any time soon!

Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin Review

So, I have become a little addicted to the book haul videos on BookTube recently and watching Booktubers haul their books made be in the mood to do a little book haul of my own. I have a kindle but, really it just makes me pine for the feeling of a novel between my finger so, I had a booky date with Amazon (don’t judge me) where I purchased Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin.

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Now, as an avid Downton Abbey fan I think I was bamboozled into buying this book mainly by the big house on the cover and the Amazon quotes that stated if you love Downton Abbey you will love this, I can’t stress enough how this is nothing like Downton Abbey.

 

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There is no glamour in this book what so ever and no really protagonist, the main character how ever is Charlotte Blackshaw who’s father is the Lord at Tyringham park. Her mother shows very little interest in her or her little sister Victoria and, one afternoon her Ladyship for some unknown reason decides she will have an hour with little Victoria which is completely out of usual character. During this hour the child disappears, it is believed by most that Victoria fell into the river and drowned when her Ladyship was not looking but, Lady Edwina believes she has been abducted.

Charlotte’s tale really is a sad one, abused by her nanny and hated by her mother as she grows up through the novel the consequences of such a horrific emotional neglect play out and affect Charlotte as an adult and she struggles to believe that she is worth more than nothing. As the reader we are supposed to feel for Charlotte in her darkest hours but it is hard to feel for a character that is so self destructive.

Eventually I lost interest in the out come of her character, It is also hard to read a book when there is no one to root for, we follow Charlotte’s story but I’m not sure if I wanted her to win in the end, as a reader she tested my patience. For me Lady Blackshaw is the most interesting Character because she is such an appalling mother and, human being.

All in all, Tyingham Park is written okay but there is know real flare, I would recommend it to people who don’t mind not falling in love with the characters they are reading about or at the very least liking them, most of the characters in this novel are highly despicable and I’m sure that was the point but, for me it was all a bit like hard work.