Monday, October 26, 2015

Movie Monday: Paper Towns

Paper Towns
Adapted from: Paper Towns by John Green
Director: Jake Schreier
Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne
Running Time: 109 Minutes
Release Date: October 28th, 2015(Canada)

About the Film:

After an all night adventure, Quentin's life-long crush, Margo, disappears, leaving behind clues that Quentin and his friends follow on the journey of a lifetime.(From: IMDB)

My Thoughts: 

I am a new fan to John Green, only joining the fan club about 2 years ago. The Fault In Our Stars being my first book and the rest, is as they say, history! 

Paper Towns was a book I enjoyed thoroughly. It is one of Green's "lighter" reads...Meaning, it doesn't quite stomp on your soul, or make you ugly cry as bad as his other books.  When I learned that the book was not only coming to the big screen, but that John Green would be an Executive Producer, I was thrilled! It's not too often that the author can play a big part in the film adaptation of their books, but that has not been the case with John Green.

Let me just start off by saying that Margo was not one of my most favourite book characters and unfortunately, that same feeling was transferred into the film. Despite that though, I thought Cara Delevigne was an EPIC casting choice. She truly rocked the role as Margo. This teenage girl who has an old soul and was too big for her small town life.  She was actually more likable to me in the film than how her character was in the book! Speaking of epic casting choices, Nat Wolff...PERFECT! It is not too often that the image you peg in your mind is almost an exact match to the actor cast to the role. I am not very familiar with Nat Wolff, but I don't think they could have cast a better person to play the quirky, loveable Quentin. I absolutely adored him and he played a major part in my love for the movie!

I received the Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD version of this film. I initially watched the film on my phone while at the gym, using the Digital HD copy. There were absolutely zero complaints. It was a crisp picture and great sound. Having said that, I then thought I should check out the Blu-Ray...Even better! Same goes for the crisp picture but the sound was near flawless and it just made the epic(am I using that word too much?) soundtrack way more enjoyable for me. I actually found myself dancing, and drumming my hands along to the great music that was sprinkled throughout the movie.

This Blu-Ray combo pack packs a lot of punch! Not only do you get 3 awesome ways to enjoy the movie, so there is no excuse to not watching it OR sharing it with your friends, but it comes with some pretty great special features.!  I like to purchase films that will give me a full experience: Deleted scenes, commentaries, blooper reels, etc and this Combo Pack had it all and more! You'll fall in love with the actors that portrayed the characters that you fell in love with!

Paper Towns gave me such a great experience; One that I am eager to share with all my friends and family!

Purchase Paper Towns on Blu-ray/DVD or Digital HD

Monday, October 5, 2015

Blood and Salt by Kim Ligget

Blood and Salt (Blood and Salt, #1)Release Date: September 22nd, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Genre: Young Adult | Horror
Pages: 352 Pages
Series: Blood and Salt #1
Format: Arc
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon Canada | Amazon

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”
These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.
As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.  

Whoa! Now that was one wild and epic ride! Blood and Salt by Kim Ligget is one of the most unput-down-able books I have read in a long time.  I literally could not stop reading. I'm talking about head nodding at 2am but fighting back the searing pain in my dry, tired eyes because I must read one more chapter. I'm talking about sneaking the book under my desk at work to devour a page or two. I'm talking about dabbing sweat marks off of the pages because I couldn't stop reading while trudging away at the gym. This book did not leave my hands until I turned the last page. And I tell ya, what a bittersweet moment that was! Yes, it's always a wonderful feeling when You finish a book, but that feeling is quickly replaced with dread and longing because now you will miss this story, miss those characters, and miss the time you spend reading that tale.

Kim Ligget's writing while capture you the after the first page. It does not take long for her to whisk you away and join Ash and Rhys on their quest through Quivira. This book made me laugh, it made my heart leap and it made the hair rise on my arms as goosebumps crept their way up. Eerie, romantic and gruesome, this book had everything and more!

You will fall in love with Ash and Rhys right off the bat. Though they both were armed with a dry and sarcastic humour, they were blessed with a bond that not even the darkest of spirits can break. Their love was a powerful tether throughout this entire book. It was evident how important they were to one another. Another thing that I loved about this book is you never really knew what the true intentions of each character was until near the very end. Just as I thought the book was going in one direction, I was completely blindsided by an epic twist.

Blood and Salt is, above all else, a story about love. And how powerful that bond is, and how that bond will never die. A bond between siblings, a bond between mother and child and a bond between lovers.

A part of me is sad that I have finished this book, but knowing that there will be a sequel helps lessen the blow. And the wonderful thing about reading is you can always revisit these characters whenever you wish, and I know I will be revisiting Blood and Salt...More than once!

Please, if you were to ever take my word on any book, let it be this one! As the October days grow cooler, curl up and lose the time with this rare gem. It is truly a book that will stay with you long after you finish!
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