Friday, 24 October 2014

Five Friday Favourites: Favourite Cover Trends

Five Friday Favourites is a weekly event hosted by Book Badger, where once a week, a five favourites subject is posted and everyone is welcome to join in. You can find out more about Five Friday Favourites and the future subjects here.

Favourite Cover Trends

Starry Night Skies 

They are just so pretty and I can't get enough of them. I am a total sucker for a starry night sky on a cover. I just love the colours that it requires, they work so well. I am immediately drawn to a book if it has a starry night cover.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Films for Thoughts on Thursday: The Equalizer

This is a weekly meme that I am hosting here at Reviews from a Bookworm. To take part all you have to do is share a movie review once a week, link back to Reviews from a Bookworm and add your link to the linky tool.

This weeks movie review will be for:

The Equalizer

The Equalizer is a movie that I probably wouldn't have ended up going to see at the cinema if it wasn't for my boyfriend. He'd seen the trailer and liked the look of the film and wanted to go. I watched the trailer and thought it looked okay, we both like Denzel Washington as an actor, so we ended up going to see it the next day. By the end of the film, we both agreed that it was entertaining but it wasn't an amazing movie and it's not something we'd watch again.

Denzel Washington plays Robert McCall, a man with a mysterious past who has moved on with his life and tried to start over. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with Teri, played by Chloe Grace Moretz, who was forced into prostitution from a young age and works for the Russian mafia. When Teri winds up in the hospital because of them, Robert knows he must take action. But the consequences of this are that Robert now has the Russian mob after him and they will stop at nothing to find and kill him.

I wouldn't say this movie was bad, it really wasn't. It was actually really enjoyable to watch, but it had a few issues. The main one is that it has a very slow start, something I wasn't expecting when you consider the trailer. The trailer makes it seem like a very action-packed film that jumps straight into the action, which isn't the case for the film. This is so you can get to know the characters, especially Robert, which isn't a bad thing but it did get a little boring. I was just sitting there waiting for the action sequences to happen, which isn't usually like me.

It felt like they didn't really know how to tell the story. It jumps from one thing to the next and you start to feel a little lost, wondering what the point of it all is, It's the kind of story that you have seen before and probably seen done better. Guy decides to act like the knight in shining armour, exacting vigilante justice to those who deserve it. It has all the action scenes and death you'd expect, some of which were really bloody and gruesome. I am not good with bloody and gruesome, blood and me don't mix. I'm fine with my own but anything else is not good, even the fake movie stuff. Even typing the word makes my wrists all tingly, so you can imagine how bad I was during this film. I'd say there are only really two big action scenes in this movie and they're the two that you sort of see in the trailer. They are well done, but it feels like the movie needed more of them.

Denzel Washington is probably what makes this movie, that doesn't really surprise me though. He's great in absolutely everything I have seen him in. I enjoyed him in this movie and I also really did like the ending. But I was left wondering how the hell he got away with it all. This is an entertaining movie that's not without it's problems, but it's enjoyable overall.

6/10 Butterflies

This movie isn't bad, it just has a fair number of issues. It's entertaining and has some really great action sequences. It is slow in the beginning but the action definitely picks up around the middle part of the film. It's a movie that I am glad I saw, but it's not one I'd buy on DVD so I could watch it again. If you're into these kinds of films then I would recommend it. 

Next weeks review is for:
The Maze Runner

In my blogoversary post I posted my giveaway to celebrate 1 year of blogging. I am giving one winner the chance to win up to £40 worth of books of their choice from Book Depository. I am also giving one runner up a book of their choice, worth up to £10 from Book Depository.

Films for Thoughts on Thursday: The Riot Club
Five Friday Favourites: Favourite Book Cover Typography
My Weekly Book Haul: 18/10/2014
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: 2/5 Review
Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want To Start
The Maze Runner by James Dashner: 2/5 Review

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Maze Runner by James Dashner: Review

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Publisher: Chicken House
Buy this book: Amazon / Book Depository

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run

Warning: This is more rant than review. I couldn't help myself. If you like the book then it's probably best to just click off this review right now. It's not going to be pretty. 

My feelings in one gif:

I first wrote my straight after finishing the book, which was a mistake. It was 100% more rant than review, which is never a good thing. So I have tried to tone it down a little. But, if you follow the blog at all, you'll know that I don't really hold back when I review books. If I love it then I am going to full on gush, if I hate it then I am going to full on rant.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: New Series I Want To Start


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke & The Bookish. Each week they host a different top ten topic.

This weeks topic is:

Top New Series I Want To Start

These are all series that started in 2013/14 or will start next year. I am pretty behind on series, which is why a lot of these already have sequels out or planned sequels. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the series I am the most excited for! It's written by Sarah J. Maas and I really don't need to know anything else about it to know that I want to read it. Snow Like Ashes is one I have been getting more and more excited for, have been seeing so many amazing reviews for it. Steelheart is one a guy at work recommends to me all of the time, so I feel I should finally cave and read that one. I own quite a lot of these, so I should really hurry myself up and get to them. 

In my blogoversary post I posted my giveaway to celebrate 1 year of blogging. I am giving one winner the chance to win up to £40 worth of books of their choice from Book Depository. I am also giving one runner up a book of their choice, worth up to £10 from Book Depository.

In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis: 4/5 Review
Timebomb by Scott K. Andrews: 3/5 Review
Films for Thoughts on Thursday: The Riot Club
Five Friday Favourites: Favourite Book Cover Typography
My Weekly Book Haul: 18/10/2014
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: 2/5 Review

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers: Review

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Title: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Publisher: Anderson Press
Buy this book: Amazon / Book Depository

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart? (Goodreads summary.)

I must start this review with a warning to all those who are brave enough to read it. This is not a positive review in any way, shape or form. Sometimes I'll read a book and won't enjoy it, but I'm able to right a more balanced review that shows why I didn't like it but positive things about it too. Grave Mercy is not one of those books for me. This is a book where I finished it and felt nothing but pure rage, mostly at myself, for the fact I had wasted hours of my life reading it. I had anger at the hype, anger at the glowing reviews, anger at the gorgeous cover and anger over the amazing sounding premise. This book did not deliver what I was promised and I am not happy about it. So, get ready, the rant is about to begin.

Adequately describes how I am feeling right now!

This book had so much promise and I had such high hopes for it. The reviews are glowing and I've lost count of the number of times this has been recommended to me. Maybe the hype was too much or my expectations were too high. Or maybe it's just that this isn't that great a book. Whatever the case, I can say with all certainty that it was not for me. How can that be when it's a book about assassin nuns?!? You heard right, ASSASSIN NUNS! How is that not the recipe for the most wonderful, amazing, entertaining read ever?