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carry on review

Carry On Review

I’d been wanting to read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell since I read Fangirl back in early 2015 and knew that she was turning the story of Simon Snow into an actual book. And I’d been stalling to go to the bookstore and get the book, but here I am! Honestly, the book is everything I expected it to be. If you’ve been here for a while, you surely know that I’m a huge Potterhead. I’ll mention that name in every chance that I got, if I can. So there’s no surprise when I turned out to be loving this book! Continue Reading

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X-Men: Apocalypse Review

First things first, I have watched X-Men: Apocalypse twice. TWICE, guys! My love for the X-Men franchise goes back to the days when I was still in school, naive, and hadn’t learned much about the world. This was before Nolan’s The Dark Knight made everything less important. This was my first love for superhero characters. This is the real deal. I had loved the old Professor X and Magneto even before the younger versions made an appearance. I stopped following the franchise after the third movie came out, but when one day (I actually don’t remember when and how) I saw clips of First Class on TV or something, I fell in love again with it. After so many years, now we’re finally in the home stretch (or is it?) of the prequel trilogy, and I still love it despite what the reviews say. Continue Reading

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Compiled Reviews: 4 Books/4th Month!

Hi people! I’m starting a new series: Compiled Reviews. I’m going to write several reviews in one post for books that I can’t seem to compose their standalone reviews. It’s not that I don’t find those books, like the ones I’m going to share in a bit, unsatisfying. There are just times where there are not strong enough words to describe certain books in one single post. Probably it’s just me, though.

Anyway, before you start questioning my legitimacy as a reader, although I’m not sure if such thing exists or not, yes I am aware that that number is very low. I am sure there are tons of readers out there who can read 10 books in just a month, but I was never that kind of reader. I take too long breaks, I guess. And there’s always that reason that I can’t have my eyes glued to books/TV/phone or laptop screen for too long because I have a poor eyesight. So, reading four books in a month already counts as an achievement for me.

Okay, enough rambling. Here’s the 4 books I read in April: Continue Reading

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Batman v Superman Review

Hello, people! So I’m back with a film review: Batman v Superman review. It feels like it’s been a long time since I posted a review that isn’t about books. (I know this blog has a “books and travel” subtitle, but now and then there will be posts about films as well.) I suppose because there aren’t that many films that really pique my interest lately. Yes, I’ve seen a few enjoyable and stunning movies this year, but nothing made me think about it all day and night, you know? Nothing like Harry Potter or The Hunger Games films. Not that I should only do reviews of those films, which what I’m trying to change.

So despite the mixed and unfavorable reviews, I was still quite excited as I was planning to see Batman v Superman with a friend. Perhaps it’s because I have a soft spot for Batman, which I’ll tell you more about it later. And surprisingly, I walked out of the theater feeling quite satisfied. Continue Reading

i'll give you the sun

I’ll Give You the Sun Review

Hello, people! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while. Hope you’re all good. Here I am back with a book review!

About a month before we entered 2016, I read one glorious book titled I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It follows the story of Jude and Noah who are twins whose lives were changed after a tragedy occurred. The story was told in two POVs: from Noah’s younger self and Jude’s older self. Something was missing in between these years and they need to find the missing piece for life to be good again.

But the plot isn’t the only thing that made me give this book a 5 star. Continue Reading

Always, Real: Mockingjay Part 2 Review

(Warning: This review contains spoilers)

(DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the gifs seen in this post. They belong to the rightful owners. The Hunger Games belongs to Suzanne Collins.)

Do you know that jittery feeling when you’re seconds away from seeing your most anticipated movie in the theater, especially when you know how good it will be and what a mess you will be afterward?

Yeah, me too.

More than two weeks ago I watched Mockingjay Part 2 with about 500 people. That was the second time I went to a screening event with this community, and it felt as awesome as ever. I left the building feeling both satisfied and devastated. It had little to do with the fact that we sang “The Hanging Tree” at the end (Nina Jacobson, the producer of the film series, saw a video of us singing on Twitter and retweeted it). I was being sarcastic, by the way. Continue Reading

All the Bright Places Review

(I just want to write a little bit about what’s going on in the world currently. These past few days have been dreary and I can feel my heart so heavy at times. It’s important in this dark time to look into ourselves and start making a good decision: whether we want to sit around and put blame without analyzing, or sit and pray rather than spreading unnecessary hate. Even if you don’t believe in religion it’s still better to keep silent instead of making judgments.)

Hey everyone! I’m back with a book review. This time it’s about All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I had this book on my top 5 TBR list, which I wrote about in this post. The hype of this book is ubiquitous, especially if you’re in the bookstagram community, that I was very intrigued to see what it’s all about. Then one of my good friends, Yuri (thank you!), gave me this book as a farewell gift in the last week of my time working at the previous job. After finishing the book, it’s safe to say that it has captured my heart and tear it into pieces. In a good way. Continue Reading

The Scorch Trials Film Review

(This review may contain spoilers. You’ve been warned.)

Hiya folks! I have no fun facts or random thoughts to share at the moment, so I’ll go straight to the classic “How are you?”. Hope you’re all well.

I went to the cinema a couple of weeks ago to see The Scorch Trials, by MYSELF. First of all, I have no problem whatsoever with going to the cinema alone. But after having seen and been told some spoilers (which also I don’t mind about), I kind of dreaded seeing it with no friends to accompany me. Or perhaps arms to grasp. Due to some circumstances, I had no choice.

At least I made it out alive. Continue Reading

The Beginning of Everything Review

Fun fact: I have a cold. Again. Oh well.

I had finished reading this book more than a month ago, but haven’t really gathered my thoughts about it until now. I picked up the book because it’s one of those YA books that have many appearances on Instagram (or should I say, bookstagram?) or Tumblr. It’s obvious I spend too much time on social media.

“Everyone gets a tragedy.” That’s the tagline written down on the cover of the book. The Beginning of Everything, penned by Robyn Schneider, brings another classic tale that is also a sad truth: tragic is inevitable. But it won’t be a good story if nothing good comes out of the unfortunate event; hence the title. The book follows the life of Ezra Faulkner, who was the cool guy before an accident changed everything. His leg is broken, his ex-girlfriend cheated on him, and he cannot play tennis again. Then he meets Cassidy Thorpe.

(BEWARE. This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.)

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Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Review

Fun Fact: I ALWAYS get excited whenever I see a trailer of MY highly-anticipated films on the big screen. It never feels the same way when you only watch it from your laptop screen, just as much as it never does when you watch a movie at home (unless you build a mini cinema in your house, with the screen as big as in the actual ones). And, even more amazing is when your favorite trailer is played on the IMAX screen.

I got so worked up today when I went to see Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation in IMAX, because just before it began, they played the Batman vs Superman trailer out of nowhere, seeing the movie isn’t out until next year. Seeing Wonder Woman on an enormous screen even just in a split second was thrilling.

I’m ridiculous, I know.

It was the second time I watched Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. The first time I went with my dad, and we saw it in the regular format. I desperately wanted to see it in IMAX, so I went again by myself. Speaking of IMAX, you don’t know how grateful I am because this technology exists. I am aware that what I’m saying is so mundane; being grateful for something as trivial as film technology. But, if you’re a film freak like I am, you know what I mean. The experience of sitting in an IMAX theater is like no other. The capacity and quality of everything are just the finest. Continue Reading