5 stars · action · books to movies · Uncategorized

Books to Movies: Logan

I can’t accurately express how completely excited I was for this movie. Wolverine and Hugh Jackman are undoubtedly one of the best character and actor pairings I’ve ever seen. As in if anyone else ever tries to play Wolverine in my lifetime I’ll be disappointed.

It’d been a while since I’d seen any X-Men film, really, but all of them pretty much stand on their own as separate films, which is nice if you really aren’t sure about where to dive into the movieverse. I’d say watch at least a few of the originals before getting to this one because, after all, you want to save the best for last, right?

This review will only contain mild spoilers, but if you want to know absolutely nothing about the movie other than knowing I give it 5/5 stars, get out now.


Let’s talk about characters. I loved the dynamic in this film, because it makes everyone seem so much realistic, more fleshed out, than happens in most superhero films. As always it was amazing to see the relationship between Logan and Charles, aka Patrick Stewart, because I think they have one of the greatest, most interesting relationships out of all of the X-Men. They’re just so good. I can’t even reflect on it without getting hit by a mixture of emotions, that I don’t think I could accurately explain even if I spoiled everything in the entire movie.


Laura. I’m torn between wanting desperately to adopt her, giving her the good life she deserves, and running as far away from her as possible because she’s terrifyingDafne Keen conveys so much while not speaking a word, and as a child actress that’s only more impressive. I want more movies with her. I want a trilogy that’s only about her. Because those fight scenes including her were so intense, I couldn’t sit back in my seat.


Still, what I love about these movies (or just Wolverine in particular) is the tongue in cheek humor that comes with it. Maybe to keep me from being a complete and utter sobbing mess, there are still lighthearted moments perfectly interspersed in the script.


I love that while there’s backstory here, while we know everything that’s going on — behind the amazing action sequences there’s so much character work happening. Between Laura and Logan and Charles, yes, but even minor characters have their chance to shine. And I loved every minute of it.


That ending? Perfect — perfectly devastating. Everything I’d dreaded and hoped for realized.

Have you seen Logan? What did you think?






5 stars · action · science fiction · Uncategorized

Marvel-ous Mondays: Ms. Marvel Volume 1


Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal

author: g. willow wilson

illustrator : adrian alphona

pages : [paperback] 120

favorite character : kamala

memorable quote :

Who am I? It seems like an easy question. And then I realize.. Maybe what I said to those cops wasn’t a joke. Maybe the name belongs to whoever has the courage to fight.

summary :

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

review :


Okay, so I may be super new to the world of graphic novels and comics but I cannot express how much I love this reboot of Ms. Marvel. Sure, I know nothing about the original or Captain Marvel but that just gives me plenty of room to learn.

Kamala Khan is an awkward fangirling teenager who wishes for superpowers and happens to get exactly what she’s wished for. And is awesome at it. I mean, this is her origin story so things don’t exactly go smoothly at first, especially when she thinks that she’s hallucinating and doesn’t realize that she actually has superpowers.

I loved reading about a teen hero more than I’d thought that I would. Kamala is so smart, witty, and brave–she needs to be brave even outside of the costume because so much about contemporary life for her as a Muslim is discussed. The cultural clash, the prejudice–it’s all here, a worry for her on top of all of the supervillains looking to stir things up in Jersey City.

I don’t want to give away too much because it’s her origin story, so there’s her whole life as a hero to explore and unfold after she finds her place in this universe. Suffice it to say that I immediately picked up all of the other volumes and am quickly devouring all of Ms. Marvel’s adventures. I can’t recommend this enough–I’m already in love with Kamala!

5/5 stars


5 stars · action · Fantasy · series · young adult

Six of Crows convinced me that criminals are cool


Six of Crows

Six of Crows #1

spin-off series of the Shadow and Bone trilogy

author: leigh bardugo

pages: [hardcover] 465

memorable quote:

Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet . . . he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.

favorite characters: nina & inej


Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.


Leigh Bardugo proves herself again and again, always reminding me exactly why she’s one of my favorite authors.Six of Crows is her newest book, set in the beautiful (and terribly violent) backdrop of her previously explored world, which debuted in the Shadow and Bone trilogy. You certainly don’t have to read the trilogy to enjoy this book–this series is meant to stand on its own. But there are familiar places, people, and things mentioned; it’s fun to pick up where the books converge. I also feel like this book doesn’t spend as much time concentrating on the world-building and explaining exactly who can do what here. But, if you’re quick to pick up on things and don’t mind a little mystery, by all means dive right in.

Six of Crows is wild from the start. It’s harsh. It’s gritty. Not to say that I couldn’t have expected that from the terrible things that happened in Shadow and Bone but, come on. This one has a lot more terrible things happening to children. People growing up in Ketterdam typically stay in Ketterdam. There’s nowhere to go, no way to really better yourself. And, if you end up in the city without having been born there . . . Chances are you had no other choice and are at the bottom of your luck. Or you’re some rich merch who’s going to have their pocket picked the second they step off a pleasure cruise.

Enter our cast of wonderfully eccentric characters, a heist worthy of a blockbuster action film mixed with fantasy mixed with romantic comedy, and you get Six of Crows. It seemed like every time a new character was introduced I wanted to call them my favorite. They all had their flaws, yes–I mean, they’re a bunch of criminals. But they’re also teenagers! And I’m beginning to realize how my love of YA doesn’t change that 22 year old me sees a 15 year old criminal and thinks Oh my God what happened to this poor baby to make their life this way? Yes, I’m looking at you, Wylan. Whereas everyone else seemed rather rugged and sharp, I just wanted to give him a big old hug and make sure he knows that he’s loved.

Maybe it’s a little corny, but you need someone innocent to think about when you read about all of the things that have happened to these characters as well as the terrible things they’ve had to do, just to survive. It’s hard to blame them when you know they would have been dead long ago if they were kinder and gentler in life. No one survives long in Ketterdam living like that. It’s kind of funny, how quickly you can go from reading about someone’s backstory–Kaz, for instance–and pitying them, and two pages later they do something so twisted that you’re wondering how you could have ever thought they needed to be pitied.

Inej. I can’t wait to see more of her in book two. If I was forced to pick a favorite, it would be her (though I think my favorite romantic pairing doesn’t involve her, though I won’t mention it to avoid any possible spoilers). She’s a tough little cookie. And I absolutely wish that I could move the way she does. She has a twin set of knives that she’s such a badass with, and she pretty much taught herself. She can sneak up on anyone, climb up anything, eavesdrop on any situation . . . If I needed some criminal superpowers, I’d want to take hers. And then both of us could go on to live good, easy lives, because she’s earned it.

I’ll be recommending this book to everyone, really. It’s fantastic. Full of energy, wonderful writing, unexpected moments, and delightful links to the other trilogy. Don’t skip over this book!!

5/5 stars


5 stars · action · dystopia · series · young adult

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

***This is the review of book 3 of a trilogy and might contain spoilers for the first or second book! If you haven’t read Divergent or Insurgent check out those reviews instead of this one!!***


Divergent #3
Book 1: Divergent
Book 2: Insurgent

author : veronica roth

pages : [hardcover] 526

memorable quote : I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us.

favorite characters : tris & four

summary :

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent

review :

I always hate to see a favorite series (in this case, trilogy) go while at the same time I love to see how everything is going to end up. Before I managed to finish this book I knew that there was some controversy about it and I know there are plenty of people unsatisfied with what happened. Though I have to say this book ripped my heart out and made me cry more than I’d like to admit, I still can’t see the sense in disliking it because of that.

I absolutely loved the first book of this series, Divergent, and didn’t like Insurgent as much as that. I think that I like this third book more than I liked the second one. It was just so much more interesting to me and I loved not knowing what would happen next. I can’t say anything specific without giving away spoilers but be satisfied knowing that there are very cute scenes and scenes filled with action and suspense.

That said, I didn’t get the same heart-pounding feel I had through most of Divergent until I got to maybe the last third of the book. But I loved the pacing in this, even though some scenes felt very unnecessary. I liked being able to see more of the characters from other books in calmer settings, not just when they’re about to get killed. The theme of forgiveness that was strong in the first two books makes its return here in new but equally heartbreaking ways.

I did like hearing from both Tris and Four in this book. However, I didn’t like how similar their voices were. I’d often find myself reading and thinking that it was one of them, only to find out that the character I thought was speaking was somewhere else in the room. That made me backtrack a few times and tended to be annoying. I just wish that they’d had more unique voices.

If you haven’t read Allegiant yet, go and pick it up now! This is a quick read, despite its bulk, and I want to hear your thoughts on everything that happens!

5/5 stars

If you like this book, you might also like The Darkest Minds or Shatter Me.

5 stars · action · fiction · horror · series · young adult

Quarantine: The Saints by Lex Thomas

Quarantine: The Saints

Quarantine #2
Book 1: The Loners

author : lex thomas

pages : [hardcover] 400

favorite characters : will & violent

summary :

A cross between the Gone series and Lord of the Flies, Quarantine #2: The Saints continues this frenetically paced and scary young adult series that illustrates just how deadly high school can be.

Nothing was worse than being locked in—until they opened the door…
McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken.

As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. An epic party on the quad full of real food and drinks, where kids hookup and actually interact with members of other gangs seemed to signal a new, easier existence. Soom after though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.
The Saints brings readers back to the dark and deadly halls of McKinley High and the QUARANTINE series.


I read the first book in this series a little over  a year and a half ago. I remember sitting there after I finished it, devastated by how long I would need to wait to get my hands on the next book. Quarantine: The Saints has similarly ruined me. There isn’t even a set release date for book three yet! The way that this one ended, I really don’t know how I’m going to be able to stand the wait. I love this series so much!

First of all, the characters in this series aren’t always loveable but they’re well-written. I never really liked Lucy, especially because of how she led on both David and Will and always seemed to be spending time feeling sorry for herself. And then this book happened. I’m not going to spoil anything specific but she turns into a real badass that made me like her so much more. Although I hate how everyone in the school has turned savage because of being trapped in there with each other, I think she really did need to grow up a little and learn how to handle things on her own. She isn’t the weak link anymore and she knows it.

Will. I’ve always liked him, even when he was stupid, which does tend to happen a lot for him. It’s genuinely scary reading about the horrible things that are happening to the kids in this school, all because they’re tearing each other apart. If they all got along and calmed down and split up the drops evenly, things might have been better for all of them, yet right from the start nobody even considered that and it turned to absolute mayhem. This is even worse for Will because he’s epileptic and now doesn’t have the medication to stop his seizures. He’s trying hard to be strong and brave when his own body could betray him at any moment.

Now that there’s a group of new characters to contend with, I didn’t really know what to think of them for about the first half of the book, though something about it didn’t sit right with me. They all kept to themselves and formed their own gang but until the reader is given an insight into their lifestyle and what their leader is really like, they’re mysterious. And then it gets ugly, really fast. Because Sam, the main antagonist in book one and the guy who ruled the school, isn’t the only guy to watch out for now.

I loved, loved, loved this book. I couldn’t put it down and didn’t want to! There are so many different elements to it and I can’t wait to see where it goes in book three because there are so many things that could happen!

5/5 stars

If you love this book, you might also like This is Not a Test or The Hunger Games

4 stars · action · blog tour · fiction

Blog Tour! Review: Primal by D.A. Serra


author : d. a. serra

pages : [ebook] 126

favorite characters : alison & jimmy

summary :

This thriller story, originally purchased by one of America’s most popular storytellers, James Cameron, is now a novel!

What if the worst happens and you’re not a policemen, or a soldier, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart. What if you’re a schoolteacher – a mother? In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men. With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die. And then, things gets worse.

review :

I loved this book! I liked the initial setup where the reader gets to meet Alison and her family in, really, the calm before the storm. The text there is peppered with hints of what is to come, especially when the novel sometimes shows the perspective of a prison inmate who isn’t all that he originally seems to be. Suspense builds because we know that this little vacation they’ve planned won’t be all that they hoped it will be. And I never expected the turn the book would take even after the initial round of action and violence.

This book is definitely gripping. Although sometimes the wording of things threw me off because it was awkwardly put or there was an added exclamation point that made the tone feel off, that never really detracted from my overall attachment to the plot and characters. I really wanted to see what would happen to Alison, her family, and the other hostages on the island. The armed men were genuinely unpredictable, unlike some of the bad guys in books. They don’t need any kind of excuse to kill anyone they dislike or feel is unnecessary to them. They think killing is fun. In the beginning of the book, it’s even said that one of the guys once killed a person just for sneezing!

I’d highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick, gripping read focusing on a thrilling action-packed narrative. What I really enjoyed about this book, though, is that it didn’t rely purely on these moments to carry the rest of the book. In the suspenseful lulls we get to see more into the character dynamics and the little things there which might seem insignificant at first and then all come together to add more to the book.

4/5 stars

5 stars · action · dystopia · fiction · romance · science fiction · series · young adult

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me

Shatter Me #1

author : tahereh mafi

pages [hardcover] : 352

memorable quote : All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.

favorite characters : juliette & adam

summary :

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

review :

I loved this book. Serious, on the edge of my seat, couldn’t breath, wanted to know what was going to happen next love. The characters were wonderful, the writing spectacular, the plot both intriguing and interesting enough to keep me hooked. I read this book in a day; that’s how completely enamored I was with the wonderful (if completely decimated) world Tahereh Mafi constructed in Shatter Me.

The writing was purely beautiful. It was filled with imagery and imaginative comparisons and beautiful descriptions, all without being over the top. The way it was narrated let me know exactly what Juliette was thinking, how she was feeling, and more. I truly felt that I could understand everything about her. Her insecurities, her aversion to touching other people, her doubts that anyone could ever like her. Yet she’s still a strong, courageous woman who knows what she believes in and will fight for what is right. Even if those people have slighted her before. That’s how you can tell when someone is a truly good person.

The love interest in the story was similarly amazing! Though we don’t get to hear all of his thoughts, obviously, the narration provides enough information about him through his actions and dialogue to make him completely, irrevocably, loveable. Okay, he’s just plain awesome.

The ending! The ending! Oh, I need the sequel now! This might be my favorite book of the year so far. That’s how much I loved every twist and turn, every breathtaking sentence and heart-pounding action scene. I loved the suspense, romance, betrayal, heartbreak . . This is one I’ll be raving about for a really, really long time. As in forever. So, I’m going to have to recommend this to everyone. Go get it! Now!

5/5 stars (and beyond!)