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{News} How to Train you Dragon 2 – first 5 mintues

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For those for you out there that are in love with the first movie as much as I am, Dreamworks have released the first five minutes of the next movie.

As much as I would like to watch it, I just can’t bring myself to do it. I know if I do I will only want to watch me.

I’m counting down the days til I can see it on the big screen; a computer screen just doesn’t do it justice.

http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi837463321/

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{Review} Divergent (Divergent #1)

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Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent #1
Read April 2014
4 stars

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Synopsis

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Veronica Roth is the New York Times bestselling author of Divergent, the first in a trilogy of dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance

Series Reading Order

#1 Divergent
#2 Insurgent
#3 Allegiant

Review

I really liked Divergent. It makes a change from the romance novels I have been reading recently. The story and writing is very captivating. It flows very easy and I was sucked in from the very first page. It will be interesting to see what the movie is like.

However I need to make one thing very clear. I liked the Hunger Games and I liked Divergent. While similar in some ways, they are NOT the same.

{Image} Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Poster

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{News} The Hunger Games: Catching fire movie changes

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First off, let Catching Fire director Frances Lawrence assure the ardent fans of Suzanne Collins Hunger Games series that their sacred text will always be honored: “The movie is very, very true to the book,” he says. But when he first met Collins last spring, the two hunkered down and hammered out a new beat sheet for the sequel. And together they were merciless about what wouldn’t serve the screenplay adaptation. Here’s three changes readers should expect in the film (in theaters November 22)

To read more click on the link below:

http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/08/08/hunger-games-catching-fire-movie-book-changes/

 

{Review} City of Bones: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion

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City of Bones: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Mimi O’Connor
Read August 2013
4 stars

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Synopsis:

When Clary Fray heads out to a New York nightclub with her best friend Simon, she isn’t expecting to witness a murder, much less one committed by three teenagers bedecked with odd tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret army of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And she’s introduced with a vengeance, when Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon?

The Shadowhunters would like to know…Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie with this official companion book. This fan favourite features full-colour photos from the set, designers’ sketches, interviews with the cast and crew, and more! From the screenwriting process to the casting decisions to the director’s vision, this definitive book is a must-have for fans of the blockbuster film!

Review:

It was interesting reading about the background for the movie and how it all came to be. Well worth the read before seeing the movie.

{Review} City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #1
Read July 2013
4 stars

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.

Series Reading Order:

#1 City of Bones
#2 City of Ashes
#3 City of Glass

Review:

I enjoyed this book more the second time around. I originally read it when it was first released and didn’t really fall that much in love with it. But I felt more of a connection the second time around.
The story is very dark, but not depressingly moody. All of the characters have a personality of their own, and I loved all of them. Well nearly all of them.
It was strange reading about the world as we know it, but different somehow. For those that love urban fantasy this is a must.

{Review} Shadowhunter’s Guide: City of Bones

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Shadowhunter’s Guide: City of Bones by Mimi O’Connor
Read July 2013
4 stars

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Synopsis:

When Clary Fray heads out to a New York nightclub with her best friend Simon, she isn’t expecting to witness a murder, much less one committed by three teenagers bedecked with odd tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air.

Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret army of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And she’s introduced with a vengeance, when Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon?

The Shadowhunters would like to know…Delve deep into the world of the Shadowhunters with this ultimate guide that’s based on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie.

Featuring full-colour photographic portraits and profiles of the film characters, quotes from the script, detailed information on downworlders, Shadowhunters, the Clave, and more. Fans of the movie won’t want to miss this must-have guide to the realm of the blockbuster City of Bones movie!

Review:

Don’t know if I can really call this reading a book, since it was more about the images from the movie than any thing else.
However, it is still a useful information source for those that have read the book or would like to see the movie.
There is not a lot of detail to this book, but what there is get straight to the point.
A must have book for those that love everything about The Mortal Instruments.

{Review} Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)

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Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Warm Bodies #1
Read June 2013
4 Stars

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Synopsis:

‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead. Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins. This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…

Series Reading Order:

#0.5 The New Hunger
#1 Warm Bodies

Review:

“We will not let Earth become a tomb, a mass grave spinning through space. We will exhume ourselves. We will fight the curse and break it. We will cry and bleed and lust and love, and we will cure death. We will be the cure. Because we want it.”

To be honest, I only read the book because I saw the movie. And it may be rare, but I like both equally and for different reasons. The book is a little different from the movie and more detailed, but the movie didn’t spoil this either. ‘R’ is more lovable in the novel because you get to ‘hear’ much more of his struggle to stay alive.
A different take a the zombie theme, and it paid off well.