Series: The Island Novellas 3
English \ eBook, 182 pages
Debut: June 1, 2014
Read: May 4-17, 2015
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Given my love for cities and all that is gritty, my new obsession with trees really has me stumped. (Sorry.) Maybe it's because trees are the inspiration behind my new YA/NA novel, theLETTING.
Whatever the reason for my new infatuation, some things remain constant -- like my love for: coffee (although sadly, it's now decaf); yoga; Luna bars (I am petitioning for them to bring back Chocolate Raspberry!); running in my neighborhood; Hemingway; Bukowski... and, above all, my husband and my girls.
I'm also a playwright. I have my B.A. in English and my M.A. in Theatre.
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English \ eARC, 335 pages
Debut: December 15, 2014
Snuck from: YA Bound
Read: December 11-14, 2014
Dylan O'Brien as Thomas
Kaya Scodelario as Teresa
Will Poulter as Gally
Patricia Clarkson as Ava Paige
Ki Hong Lee as Minho
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Newt
Year: 09/2014 | Length: 113 min
Directed by: Wes Ball
Based on the novel by James Dashner
I heard alot of good things about the book as they were making it into a movie, I know many readers were looking forward to seeing it on screen. Since I have so many other books to read, I decided to just go ahead and watch it without knowing anything about the story whatsoever.
That being said, I thought it was a lame version of The Hunger Games, really. I expected there to be alot more actual maze running instead of social drama, and I think the book probably has a better balance of the two. I felt the story is a very good dystopia, and I believe the second movie can be a whole lot better, since it might focus on the action of the trials more. I also think this could be an amazing read, so I'll be adding the books to my reading list, just like I did with Divergent.
I totally dig Dylan O'Brien in Teen Wolf, but he didn't convince me as Thomas -- but I think that has more to do with the plot and script than with his acting, the role just didn't let him put on all his faces. It was nice to see Will Poulter in a dick role again, he has grown lots of muscles since Narnia 3, but I would've liked it even more he had been one of the survivors.
All in all, I would give this a critical 3/5, and just look forward what they'll be serving us in the sequel movie. Maybe I have the books read by then and can do a better comparison.
Theo James as Four
Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior
Kate Winslet as Erudite leader Jeanine
Zoe Kravitz as Christina
Jai Courtney as Eric
Tony Goldwin as Andrew Prior
Year: 03/2014 | Length: 130 min
Directed by: Neil Burger
Based on the novel by Veronica Roth
I loved this! I haven't read the book yet, so I don't know how close the movie matched it, but I really loved it. It had a good flow, solid and even for non-reders reasonable to follow plot, with good action and drama. In addition, I think the charaters came across quite good as well, even if you don't get too much insight on some of them.
The acting wasn't totally flawless, but the story in itself is so good that I keep re-watching this over and over again. I'm a little addicted, but I admit that Theo James is 40% responsible. 😉 I already liked him in his minor role in Underworld - Awakening, and he's just such eye candy. The tattoo, too. I generally liked to get to see so much tatted skin! ^^
Thus, after being this in love with the film, I'm most definitively reading the books. The story hits all my dystopia buttons, especially since it doesn't seem too far-fetched. I'll try to get through them before the next movie comes out.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss
Josh Hutcherson as Peeta
Woody Harrelson as Haymitch
Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair
Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
Stanley Tucci as moderator Ceasar
Donald Sutherland as President Snow
Liam Hemsworth as Gale
Philip S. Hoffman as game maker Plutarch
11/2013 | Length: 146 min
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Based on the novel by Suzanne Collins
<3 I can't say just how much this had me in its grip. I have to say, it was even better than the book, because seeing action is always better than just reading about it, because it all happens so fast, much faster than reading is even possible. Action loaded as this was, it was awesome. I felt that it was even better than the first movie, because the game details were easier to get on screen, a job very well done! I also loved all the new acters who played Katniss' new allies. And it's one of the movies I keep rewatching and rewatching, because I can't get enough, and somehow I have to calm my excitement for Part 3.1!