Friday, 27 December 2013

Review: Beautiful Creatures - Book and Film (Contains Spoilers)

I made the crucial mistake of watching the film first. It's a mistake I won't repeat again. I was very confused and so read the book to try to make sense of it all. Trouble is, the book didn't make sense of it, and this only made me frustrated. Not with the book, with the film.

Beautiful Creatures Film

The script writers have made some serious errors.
1 Casters in the Duchannes family CANNOT choose to be light, they are CURSED. The contradictions here really baffled me and left me feeling zero sympathy for the dark characters.

2 Macon is an INCUBUS, not a dark caster! And where the heck is his brother in the film?!

3 Where is the Sixteen Moons song?? It's a recurring motif in the book and pretty damn important.

4 In the book we feel sympathy for Ridley because she didn't choose to be dark and does have a heart. This is clearly shown by the way she acts at prom, seeking some kind of justice for those who taunt her cousin.

5 The absence of Ethan's parents. Both parents play in huge role in the book!

6 Where the heck is Marian?! She's really important to!! Handing her librarian  role to Amma also changes Amma's character too.

Ugh, there were way too many things that I disliked about the film. I feel like all the good of the book was taken out and what's left is some mediocre film that contradicts itself and confuses everyone.

Film Rating 1/5


Now onto the book...
Beautiful Creaturesby Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Book Rating 4/5


Despite my dislike of the film, I really enjoyed this book. I did find Lena pretty annoying at times, especially with the way she's so back and forth with her feelings toward Ethan. It felt like the Edward-Bella twilight thing - which I did not enjoy. Aside from that, it's a pretty great book. Ethan is a very loveable character and you feel for every character in this book, even the dark ones. I'm looking forward to see how to plot develops in Beautiful Darkness.


Monday, 16 December 2013

Review: Harvesting the Heart


Harvesting the Heart 
by Jodi Picoult

2/5



Why would a mother leave her child? To what extent do our parents traits affect us - do we inherit them? This book addresses these two questions in typical Jodi Picoult style. 


The story is told from two viewpoints, that of Paige and Nicholas. Paige's mother left when she was young, and after being brought up by her father, she decides to ran away after her high school graduation. She then meets Nicholas, they fall in love and get married. But Paige never tells Nicholas the whole truth about her past. After having their first child together, three months in Paige leaves. 

I found this book a little slow in parts - it didn't grab my attention like I thought it would. Paige and Nicholas come across as pretty selfish in parts, and so I couldn't always relate to them and found them to be irritating at times.


Verdict: Not as great as Picoult's other work. Only give it a go if you're a patient reader who can get along with character you cannot always relate to - or, of course, if you like the sound of the book.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Film Review: The Silver Linings Playbook



The Silver Linings Playbook

2/5


When JP and I went grocery shopping and saw the DVD, he told me it was supposed to be good. Now, I really trust my husband when it comes to films because he watches so many and has great taste.

We didn't buy the film, as I usually like to watch the film on Netflix, NowTV or Lovefilm before I buy it. I mean, why buy a film I don't like? So today I spent my morning watching The Silver Linings Playbook on NowTV.

The concept of this film is good, so I expected the film to be great. It wasn't. Charming? No. Funny? Definately not. It lacked the depth and emotion I imagined it would hold. I was very disappointed.

Verdict: Mental illness wrapped up in a warm predictable romcom.


Friday, 6 December 2013

Toby: 2 Months






My little baby boy is already two months old, already!

Likes

- Wriggling
- Smiling and babbling 
- Staring at lights, shiny things and anything remotely interesting
- Watching TV (must get it from JP!)
- Storytime
- Making cute faces

Dislikes

- Baths
- Changing
- Bedtime
- Tummytime



I didn't think my baba could get any cuter and then he started smiling. 
How can I say no to this sweet smile?



Review: The Happiness Project





Book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


1/5




Gretchen was not an unhappy person, just a person who believed that she could be happier in her life. Through this book we see her explore happiness - what it is and how to be more happy.

Although I'm not starting my own happiness project, I have been thinking about re-prioritising my life, so thought this would be a good read.

I wanted to like this book. Heck, I wanted to love it. I just couldn't. In fact, I had to push myself to finish it. Yes, it was insightful but lacked the warmth that you usually find in memoirs. I found Gretchen rather whiny and just couldn't relate to her at all! I'd say it's more of a "Happiness How To" rather than a memoir.

Verdict: Interesting but not what I was expecting. Read if you're into "How To" and scientific books.


Friday, 22 November 2013

Review - The Second Nine Months





The Second Nine Months: One Woman Tells the Real Truth about Becoming a Mom. Finally.
by Vicki Glembocki



4/5




For those exhausted new mothers who wonder why the hell they signed up for this - you are not alone! In this book, Vicki exposes what it's truly like to become a mother, insecurities and all!


In my life I am surrounded by people who LOVE motherhood and tell me how fulfilling being a stay at home mum is. So when I did not fall in love with motherhood, I felt like something was wrong. I felt alone. Then I found this book and someone with whom I could relate.


Vicki approaches the topic in a humorous light, but doesn't hold back all the dark moments; and for that I commend her. Too many people hide their problems in an effort to appear in control and 'normal', when we all go through challenging times. It's best to just be honest about it, that way you allow others to open up without them worrying about not being 'normal'.


Verdict: I would recommend this book to all those who don't fall in love with motherhood straight away.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Motherhood

It's been 7 weeks since I gave birth to my beautiful son - I can't believe it's gone by so quickly!


At first I was apprehensive about being a mother. The two lines on the test freaked me out. I had only just gotten married and there I was pregnant?! It seemed unreal. Of course my husband, JP, was excited. I just sat there my mouth wide open thinking, "My life is over." Because I knew that as soon as you become a mum the life you knew changes drastically.

This nervousness was not helped by the fact that I got sick, REALLY sick. Each day, all day, I could not keep any food or drink down. I felt dizzy, faint and weak. JP nagged me to go to a doctor, but I come from a stubborn family and believed I would just power through it. Two weeks later, I finally gave in and went to the dreaded doctors office. The doctor confirmed this wasn't normal morning sickness, that I had hypermesis gravidum (the same thing as Kate Middleton) and, given how dehydrated I was, I was lucky that I wasn't already hospitalised or dead. He gave me sickness medication, instructing me to drink coke with sugar to take out the fizz (weird is exactly what I thought) - apparently it was to quickly get salt and sugar into my system. He told me if things worsened or there was no improvement in the next few hours to call back so I could be hospitalised.


Even with the sickness tablets I STILL threw up; though not as much, so I didn't have to be hospitalised. However, I had so little energy that it was hard to do anything. I was in bed for nearly 2 whole weeks. JP had to balance working and helping take care of me. I cannot tell you how grateful I am that we were living with his parents at that time - we wouldn't have been able to cope otherwise!


Finally at 20 odd weeks the sickness stopped. It was like a miracle! From then on I actually began to enjoy my pregnancy...


The labour was smooth sailing in comparison to the hypermesis, and since then I haven't looked back. I'm lucky to be here, I'm lucky to have such wonderful in-laws, I'm lucky to have my son.












Two week old Toby.