Book Reviews

[Book Review] The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

51rtRPsbWNL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Year Published: 2017

Page Number: 362

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Editor: Disney-Hyperion

Personal Review:

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PLOT:

Prosperity is part of the famous and influential Redding family. He doesn’t feel like he fits in nor does he particularly like his family-outside of his immediate family-and just wished he were someone else. As if he wasn’t already different enough, it turns out that thanks to a deal his great-great-great-great-great (I don’t know how many greats-), grandfather made a deal with a fiend, and for reasons, now Prosper’s got a demon living inside of him. Now Prosper must find how the hell to get him out. 

THOUGHTS (the good and the bad):

I have to admit that the beginning was pretty interesting. I like the way Alexandra Bracken manages to lure the reader into the story. She drops hints and details that later come together to form a great scene.

I love the idea of having someone speaking to you in your head. In this case, we see a demon-here called a malefactor-from the 1600’s who speaks and sees the world as if he were still living in that time. It makes for some funny moments.

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Film Reviews

[Film Review] Venom

shareImage.jpgTitle: Venom

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed

Release Date: October 5, 2018

Review:

four-stars

 

 

Plot:

After his life takes a turn for the worse, ex-journalist Eddie Brock gets mixed up with bioengineering corporation Life Foundation who finds symbiotic lifeforms while out researching space. Like any intelligent human being, they decide to bring them to Earth. On reentry, one of the lifeforms escapes. Fast forward to a few months later and Eddie gets infected with one of these lifeforms who calls himself Venom.

Review

Following my vow to never watch a trailer again, I went into this film having no idea what it was about. I know who Venom is but I never really knew him. Only that he’s a villain in the Spiderman comics and that he’s a parasite. Nothing else.

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[FilmReview] Jurrasic World – Fallen Kingdom

06jurassic-world.jpgTitle: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

Director: J.A. Bayona

Review:

[Book Review] Starflight - Melissa Landers

Hey there everyone! So, I’ve been so busy for the last six months due to taking part in a hellish course I had to do while working, that I am behind many books, series, and films. This past Thursday I officially finished the course (I’M SO HAPPY GUYS!), and took the opportunity to catch up on some films. I started with Jurrasic Work, Fallen Kingdom. I’m not going to lie. It made me sad.

SPOILERS AHEAD

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[FanVid] Clone Wars

Okay, so we all know that moment we exploded from happiness when we realized that the Clone Wars was continuing.  A friend sent me the link through WhatsApp of all things simply saying: watch it.

I did and was impressed with the ‘editing’-I thought this was something fanmade-until those words: A war left unfinished… until now. I freaked and jumped and screamed and everything possible to express my happiness. Anyway, since then I’ve just been slowly re-watching the series, reading fics, looking at fanart and listening to the music (by the way, does anyone know where I can get the series soundtrack??)

Today I found this vid on youtube and I absolutely LOVE IT! I had to share it.

Rex is one of my favourite clones, though Cody is my top fav. This video is so heartbreaking. I feel like it encompasses everything that Rex and the rest of the clones are and so much more. A shout out to R1GHTEOUS who made this vid.

Are you a fan of the Clone Wars? What do you think of this vid?

 

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[LIFE UPDATE]

Hey everyone!

I know I’ve completely disappeared from this blog and even from my YouTube channel. The thing is that the moment I made the decision to return to writing and making videos, they gave me full time at work. Which is great. I’m really thankful that I have a stable job, even if it can be really stressful (teaching can suck the life out of you).

Just when I was starting to manage my new schedule, I got invited to do a course to improve my teaching skills. Basically, it’s a lot of methodology, analysis and putting all that you learn into practice in your classes (which are observed O.O). It’s really draining because we have many assignments and tasks at the same time that we are working. It also takes a lot of time to go to the classes and return. Last month the classes were every day, but these next two months only three times a week, and the last three months only two times a week (which sounds awesome but I’m scared that, that ‘free time’ will be spent researching and trying not to cry).

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[GIVEAWAY] Lunar Chronicles + New Retelling Book!

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Hello everyone!

Okay, this is sort of last minute because life has been chaotic and I just saw this. There is an awesome giveaway of Marissa Meyers’ Lunar Chronicles books, ALL FOUR. SIGNED!

I love these books and would simply scream my head of in delight if I got them signed! I’m really excited.

 

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Now, this is apparently done also to promote this book: Never Sea by Jenetta Penner and David R. Bernstein. Looks interesting and fun. It’s a retelling of the Little Mermaid and Peter Pan. I’m not sure what the plot is, but I love retellings and the combination is intriguing.

You can pre-order it on AmazonKindle for 2.99! Just go here.

Please click on any image to go to the giveaway site and follow the steps!

GOOD LUCK!!

 

Book Reviews

[BOOK REVIEW] Corazonadas – Benito Taibo

corazonadasTitle: Corazonadas
Author: 
Benito Taibo
Year Published: 2016
Page Number: 160
Genre: Children, Novel
Personal Review:

5-star_rating

Benito Taibo is a Mexican author known for being fun, passionate and a promoter of reading.

I hadn’t heard of him before, mostly because I’ve always paid more attention to English authors (even though I’m from South America). I decided to change that, getting more into Hispanic Authors and literature. I started with Benito Taibo because he was one of the invited authors to this year’s book fair in Lima, Peru. Booktubers from Lima started promoting him and his books. Three in particular were going to be presented at the fair, and a fourth in collaboration with two other authors (that last one was so popular it sold out, much to my disappointment).

But anyway, I picked up this one Corazonadas and Cómplices. Both are aimed more at young audiences. They both have a small page count and interesting topics.

Corazonadas basically means hunches or feelings. At first it’s not very clear to what ‘hunch’ the book is referring to, but I think it might have been a character’s hunch about something… spoilery that I won’t talk about. You’ll have to read it and share your thoughts on the matter with me later. ; )

THE PLOT

It starts with our protagonist Sebastián, who, searching for something in the attic of his old home finds a box with the name of his uncle on it: Paco. Opening it, he finds notebooks of all shapes and sizes and one simple instruction: Viernes: Haz con ellos lo que quieras. – Friday: Do with them what you want.

From there, we read entries of this one notebook with the title Corazonadas. It’s the moving thoughts and observations Paco has since his nephew came to live with him after his parents died in a tragic accident. Each chapter is a story, and the best part is that Paco is an avid reader, and not really knowing how to raise a child or what to do and what to say, gives Sebastián books that would answer his queries or help him. In one of the first chapters for example, he asks Paco: What is love? Because there was a girl he liked at school, so Paco gave him Pablo Neruda’s 20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair to try and answer such a big question as that. And so on. There are many literary references. Paco calls himself Robinson for Robison Crusoe and so he calls Sebastián Viernes (Friday) in honor of Robinson’s friend. From there we see references for Don Quixote, Frankenstine, The Lady of the Camellias, Love in Times of Cholera and so forth.

It’s a lovely book and I had a lot of fun reading it. I thought it was an easy read and perfect for anyone learning Spanish. The references also keep you on your toes and has you thinking about what other stories could have been used to answer one of Sebastián’s questions.

Have you read this book? Any Mexican author that has taken you by surprise? Please share your thoughts. ^^