Mara Dyer series

The Unbecoming/Evolution/Retribution of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Thriller

RATING: #1 – ★★★★★, #2 – ★★★★✩, #3 – ★★★✩✩

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This series, as a whole, was seriously good. It’s a shame that my fondness lessened as the series went on but my overall judgement towards the trilogy is positive. As a brief summary for the first book, Mara Dyer is a teenage girl who has recently moved away from her home town after experiencing a traumatic event that really shook her but the most frightful aspect is that she can’t remember it at all. The story follows Mara adapting to new life as she slowly uncovers what happened that night and more is revealed about her character. While adjusting, she meets a boy named Noah Shaw who, on the surface is a player and arrogant teen but, in reality, has a connection to Mara that is remarkably unimaginable.

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Me Before You movie review

Me Before You (adapted from the novel by Jojo Moyes)

RATING: ★★★★★

My book review

I had been highly anticipating this movie ever since I read and adored the book. My excitement was only heightened when I heard that Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (my dearest Khaleesi from GOT) were starring in it alongside some other familiar faces like Neville Longbottom and Tywin Lannister. Safe to say, they nailed the casting. Each of them played their characters so well and were brilliant at portraying them in the way I had imagined from reading the book. And it’s true what they say: tissues are a must. I balled my eyes out like no other, in one particular heart-wrenching scene and I commend Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin for acting in a way that made me so unbelievably connected to their characters which, in turn, initiated such an emotional reaction from me. That said, the movie is not exclusively sad. For the most part, it’s actually hilarious with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments so don’t expect tears to fall from start to finish (unless the tears come from laughter – in which case, you’re not alone!). And so, regardless of what your ‘typical’ type of film taste is, I thoroughly encourage you give this one a watch as it easily the best film I’ve seen of 2016.

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I’M BACK + end-of-exams book haul!

Hey everybody! Long time no see! I didn’t realise quite how much I missed blogging until starting this blog post – it feels so long ago that I did this! But I am definitely back and here to stay with loads of ideas for blog posts and book reviews coming your way. Admittedly, my last exam was actually on the 23rd May so I’ve been free for about 3 weeks and it felt so good to just relax (and READ!) that I decided to make a comeback on the blog when college started up again and there was more structure to my life! Before exams started, I promised to reward myself with new books because 1) I hadn’t received any new books since Christmas, 2) I had stopped reading before/during exams so wanted a pick-me-up and 3) I mean, BOOKS, need there be a reason?! And so with that, I’ll show you what I treated myself to:

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So I’ll split this up into college books and ‘leisure reads’

I needed to buy a couple books for my English Lit coursework that I’m starting when I get back. I’ll probably touch on it more in another blog post but for my assessment, I have to compare Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte with a 20th century novel. From a list we were provided, I’ve narrowed it down to Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jennette Winterson and Burial Rites by Hannah Kent. I’ve already read Winterson’s book and wasn’t overly enthralled by it but it’s a popular one in my class so it’s still a contender because I’m going to need as much support as possible if I’m going to do well in this essay! I know Burial Rites is quite popular among the book-blogging community so if anyone’s read it/read a review that might sway me to pick it then please comment down below!

Now for the leisure reads, a.k.a. the ones I’ve been dying to read for so long. First we have The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, the third and final book in the Mara Dyer trilogy. This has been out for a while now and I’ve been desperate to get my hands on it! I re-read the first two prior to reading this one and I definitely have some thoughts that I’ll share in my series review next week (with and without spoilers!) so I won’t say anything yet! There’s also The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve already read this one too but it completely slipped my mind to take notes while reading (see how out of practice I am!?) that I don’t think I’ll be able to do a full review on it so I’ll say now that I was disappointed in it. I had such high hopes after The Wrath and The Dawn (review here) but the sequel had an unclear direction and I really struggled to keep up with the different character’s plot-lines despite having read the first one only a matter of months ago! The final two books I bought were Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson (which came highly recommended by friends and who doesn’t love a lil’ bit of Sanderson in their life?) and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (which I am uncontrollably excited to start!)

Hope you’ve all had a wonderful time while I’ve been away and if you had exams/still going through them, good luck and stay calm!

Happy Reading Bookworms!