Books & TV Wrap Up: May 2020

Hey everybodyyy! A whole month has whizzed by once again, and it has made me realize just how short life is(only 12 months in a year! That doesn’t seem like a lot when you really think about it). There are a lot of sad and mad things going on lately in the world, I hope that things will become better by the end of 2020.

 

 

What I’ve been reading

 

The sequel to The Archived did not disappoint. I think it was even better than the first, you got to know more about the characters and there was a tad bit more complexity to the plot. Schwab has a way of keeping her stories realistic(no absent parents in this teen/YA novel!) and touches on some serious topics, too.

The first book of the Darkness Rising trilogy didn’t leave me eager to read the next installments but once I picked it up I was hooked(mainly because there were more scenes between the two characters I was rooting for!) After finishing it and moving on to the last book do you know what I discovered, to my horror? I had read the LAST book before the SECOND! >_<!!! And it’s not the first time this has happened. Did you know that I read the 1st and 3rd book of the Golden Compass series, without ever reading the 2nd? xD I tell you, book series really need to be numbered.

Now, aside from my great fumble, I was quite impressed by Kelley Armstrong’s teen/YA series. The characters are very mature and good values are upheld and addressed. Although, I’d say some of them seem to be a little too mature for their age. I also LOVED the romance in this. It was exquisitely slow-burn! I’m going to watch out for her other books from now on(luckily I have one other book of hers already!) Honestly, her books should be getting so much more attention in the YA community. (P.S. Does the girl on the cover not look like a cross between Jessica Brown Findlay and Elizabeth Olsen??)

What I’m currently reading

The Address Book is non-fiction and is, like the title says, about addresses. So far where I’ve got to it has detailed the surprising importance of having a street name. It’s quite fascinating to read actually, who knew addresses could help the poor? And aiding recovery efforts in a plague?

I’ve started on my re-read of Gone by Michael Grant to refresh my memory before I continue on the 3rd book in the 6-book series. It’s about a small-town where all the adults disappear one day and the ensuing struggles and events that the kids below 15 years old have to face. It reminds me of Stephen King’s Under The Dome, except for teens. Don’t assume that just because the characters are under 15 y.o. that things aren’t complex. Grant does not deal a light hand, things get quite serious and dangerous(even brutal in some parts) and it’s interesting to see how the characters grow, revealing different sides to them. There is also an aspect of fantasy to the Gone series I might add.

 

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In Jumanji 2: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

 

I watched the this with my sisters recently and it was a casual and fun movie. However, I think the first one is better as the novelty of this movie’s premise has worn off. Some of the jokes were recycled and Awkwafina’s on-screen presence wasn’t strong. Although I must say the cast’s acting was pretty good when they were playing multiple roles.

I’ll be honest, the plot isn’t unique and some of the characters’ actions are annoying, but if you really like the pairing of Dilraba Dilmurat and Johnny Huang it’s watchable. Dilraba’s acting has improved significantly in this, too. Looks like I’ve got a new couple to ship 😛Review end bannerAnd that’s all for the month of May! I was busy with selling some second-hand stuff(sold 7 items in one day once, totally abnormal! I think it might have had something to do with it being a holiday that day so maybe more people were free to check items out…) and *cough*, I might have lost a bit of control and bought a bunch of books 😀 I’ll be sharing what I got in that haul in another post soon!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! This is my first taste of her works so I don’t have anything to compare it by 😄 But if her first books aren’t as good as the later ones then, woah, she’s a bangin’ writer! Also, I’ve always wanted to read her Darker Shade of Magic series!! Alternate worlds are one-click buys for me 😁

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    1. It’s enjoyable if you really like the leads, like to see Reba’s improved acting and as a business woman, and the actors’ wardobe(some of Reba’s are quite pretty!). Plot-wise it’s not strong and has cliches. Like the meddling mother, argh, I hate her! But she means well and I can see this happening in China. It’s still unbearable though. At least it’s not dominating the show(Phew!)

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